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Title Hunt-Fink Papers
Extent of Description 1 box; .5 linear ft.
Catalog Number Collection No. 190
Scope & Content The Hunt/Fink Collection (ca. 1883-1965). The collection contains papers and photographs accumulated by Samuel LeRoy Hunt (1896-1966). The papers collected include news clippings, postcards and other ephemera. The photographs which comprise the major part of the collection include photos of the Hunt Family, the Henry Fink family, extended family and friends. This collection would be useful to those researching the genealogy of the Hunt and Fink families as well as those interested in life in Stanton, Readington Twp., and Sand Brook, Delaware Twp., in the late 19th and early 20th century.

This collection is composed of 64 folders in one box. The collection is divided into two series. The first series includes newspaper clippings of Samuel Hunt's trip to NYC in 1965; postcards include Hunterdon Co., Trenton and New York City and postcard sets of Easton, PA; Seaside Heights, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; and San Pedro and Redondo Beach, CA. Other ephemera include Samuel Hunt's business card and sales receipts from J.S. Berkaw. Photographs in the first series include those of the Hunt family and friends and the family home.

The second series is comprised of photographs of Henry and Christina (Cook) Fink and their daughter, Ida (Fink) Bearder and their home in Sand Brook, Delaware Twp. The series includes the wedding portrait and invitation of Charles and Ida (Fink) Bearder as well as photographs of various family members, friends, dwellings, and family pets.
Admin/Biographical History Samuel Leroy Hunt was born on May 27, 1896 in Stanton, Readington Twp., Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He was one of four children of Andrew and Catherine (Reed) Hunt. Mr. Hunt, who was never married, ran a confectionary shop in Stanton with his mother until her death in 1956. Afterward, Samuel worked in a variety of jobs. He was the custodian in the Deats building where he also resided; he shoveled snow on Main Street, and he ran his own chair caning business. (His business card can be found in the collection.) Mr. Hunt made the local news when he traveled to New York City for the first time on his 70th birthday in 1965. Mr. Hunt died on June 11, 1966. He was the last known surviving member of his family.
Accession number 2011.013
Access Conditions Manuscript collections may only be viewed at the Hiram E. Deats Memorial Library on days the Society is open for business, or during appointments for research purposes that are pre-arranged with the Society’s Executive Director. The retrieval and use of manuscripts, microfilm, and other library materials ends 15 minutes prior to closing time of each open business day.
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