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Pratt Family Papers

Identifier: MC-004

Scope and Contents

The Pratt Family Papers include personal materials collected or created primarily by various decendants of Charles Pratt, the founder of Pratt Institute. Also included are records documenting the anscestors of Charles Pratt, particularly through genealogical research presented in the form of family histories, timelines, and family trees as well as corresponence inquiring into the family's history. The majority of the collection is comprised of incoming and outgoing personal correspondence. Additionally, scrapbooks documenting various members of the Pratt Family from 1908 to 1930 are included. These scrapbooks compile newspaper clippings of events, weddings, births, deaths and other milestones. Although related, this collection does not include the papers of Charles Pratt, Frederick Bayley Pratt, or Charles Millard Pratt.


  • 1854 - 2002


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

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3 Linear Feet (8 document boxes and 1 oversize folder. )

Language of Materials



The Pratt Family Papers include personal materials collected or created by various decendants of Charles Pratt, the founder of Pratt Institute. The collection includes personal correspondence, genealogical research, timelines, and trees from 1856 to approximately 2002. Also included are scrapbooks of Pratt family media mentions.


This collection is arranged into 12 series with series 2 through 11 are separated by family member:

I. Family History 1. Family History, 1854-2000 II. George Dupont Pratt 2. George Dupont Pratt, 1882-1937 III. Harold Irving Pratt 3. Harold Irving Pratt, 1898-1939 IV. Helen Folsom Pratt (Dane) 4. Helen Folsom Pratt (Dane), Undated V. Herbert Lee Pratt, Undated VI. John Teele Pratt 6. John Teele Pratt, Undated VII. Lydia Richardson Pratt (Babbott) 7. Lydia Richardson Pratt (Babbott), 1874-1974 VIII. Mary Helen Richardson Pratt 8. Mary Helen Richardson Pratt, Circa 1864 - 1891 IX. Charles Pratt (son of Frederic Bayley Pratt) 9. Charles Pratt (son of Frederic Bayley Pratt), 1921, Undated X. H. Irving Pratt, 1959-1975 XI. Miscellaneous Pratt Family Members 11. Miscellaneous Pratt Family Members, 1840-2002 XII. Scrapbooks 12. Scrapbooks, 1919-1939


No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Related Collections at Pratt Institute Archives

  1. MC-001 Charles Pratt Papers
  2. MC-002 Charles Millard Pratt Papers
  3. MC-003 Frederic Bayley Pratt Papers

Related Collections at Other Institutions

  1. George D. Pratt (AC 1893) Papers, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Processing Information

This collection was processed and finding aid written by Paul Shlotthauer in 2014. Finding aid was imported into ArchivesSpace with further arrangement and description work by Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez in January, 2023. Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Finding aid written in English.

Guide to the Pratt Family papers
Paul Schlotthauer and Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • January 17th, 2023: This finding aid was revised in 2023 by Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez.

Repository Details

Part of the Pratt Institute Archives Repository

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Brooklyn NY 11205 United States