The Stevens family documented in this collection can be traced to Otho
Stevens of unknown parentage and birthplace, although it is probable he was
born in Great Britain and certainly died in Hampstead, N.H. in 1771. Descendent
and resident of Pittsford, NY, Robert Croll Stevens, a genealogist and
biographer, collected materials documenting the personal and professional lives
of five generations of Stevens family, beginning with Alden Sprague Stevens,
1795-1874, a member of the fourth generation of the Stevens family.
Other major members of the Stevens family documented in this
collection in descending order of generation are: Robert (Wadleigh) Smith
Stevens, Frederick Charles Stevens, Robert Sproule Stevens, and the collector
himself, Robert Croll Stevens. In addition, published and unpublished materials
relating to members of the immediate families of these men has been carefully
sought and included.