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Charles Millard Pratt Papers

Identifier: MC-002

Scope and Contents

The Charles Millard Pratt papers consist primarily of correspondence between family members, such as his father, Charles Pratt (founder of Pratt Institute), and his brother, Frederic Bayley Pratt, both of whom were also his collegues at Charles Pratt & Co. and Pratt Institute. His papers also include memoraribilia such as a remembrance book of poems and drawings compiled by Institute students and faculty to commemorate his return from a trip abroad in 1889 or 1890 and copies of his addresses while president of the Board of Trusttees of Pratt Institute. Additional correspondence from or to Charles M. Pratt may be found in the Frederic Bayley Pratt Papers and the Pratt Family Papers as well as in various collections at the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1870 - 1912
  • Creation: 1870 - 1956


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Collection is open to the public.

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Biographical / Historical

Charles Millard Pratt was born in Brooklyn in 1855. He is the son of Charles Pratt, founder of Pratt Institute, and Lydia Ann Richardson. Like his father, Charles Millard Pratt was an industrialist and philathropist. Charles Millard Pratt studied at Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn, where his father was a trustee, and in Amherst College. Charles Millard Pratt joined Charles Pratt & Co. soon after graduating Adelphi Academy and continued to work with the firm after its merger with Standard Oil, evetually becoming Secretary. In addition to being on the Board of Trustees of various religious and educational institutions, including Adelphi Academy and Amherst College, Charles Millard Pratt was involved in various aspects of the founding and early years of Pratt Institute, including its administration and curricula until eventually becoming president of the Board of Trustess in 1891 following the death of his father.

He was married to Mary Seymour Morris, daughter of Governor of Connecticut Luzon B. Morris, with whom he had five children. Charles Millard Pratt died in Glen Clove, New York on November 27th, 1935.


0.4 Linear Feet (One document box. )

Language of Materials



Charles Millard Pratt was the eldest son of the founder of Pratt Institue, Charles Pratt. His papers include personal and business correspondance related to Institute matters as he was involved in its administration and curricular development and was named President of the Board of Trustees upon Charles Pratt Sr.'s passing in 1891. In addition to correspondence, the Charles Millard Pratt papers include memorabilia related to his personal life and Pratt Institute as well as copies of various addresses given at Pratt and Amherst College.


This collection is arranged chronologically by document type and content: biographical information; correspondence; and speeches.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Related materials at Pratt Institute Archives

  1. MC-001 Charles Pratt Papers
  2. MC-003 Frederic Bayley Pratt Papers
  3. MC-004 Pratt Family Papers

Related Materials at Other Institutions

  1. Pratt, Charles Millard, 1855-1935 (AC 1879), Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Related Collections at Pratt Institute Archives

Related Collections

Related Collections at Pratt Institute Archives

  1. MC-001 Charles Pratt Papers
  2. Pratt, Charles Millard, 1855-1935 (AC 1879), 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 Charles Millard Pratt papers
Paul Schlotthauer and Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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