Peter Brush, Sleepy Hollow

Photograph by Gray Williams

Descriptive Inventory of the Mead Family Papers

The large collection of personal and business papers of the Mead family of Waccabuc was donated to WCHS by the family beginning in the early 1990s. Spanning the several generations of the family who have resided in Westchester since the 18th century, the collection provides a detailed picture of the Meads, who were devoted to the land they settled and who worked hard to preserve its natural beauty for future generations. The entire collection is housed in 120 boxes (including photographs) and 281 bound volumes The bulk of the papers comprise the documents of George Washington Mead (1827-1899), a Brooklyn lawyer, banker and landowner, and his family. This family was extraordinarily close-knit, corresponding extensively among themselves. They were rooted in Mead Street in Waccabuc, where their parents had established a summer residence. By the time George W. Mead died, the family owned nearly 1,500 acres of land in Waccabuc, and much of the collection of documents are related to the ownership and use of the land.

Mead Family Papers Inventory