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The Bufallo History Museum

One Museum Court

Buffalo, New York 14216

http://www.buffalohistory.org/

Description:

Since 1862, The Buffalo History Museum (formerly known as the Buffalo and Erie  County Historical Society) has been Western New York’s premier historical organization, serving to collect, research, interpret, and share the Niagara Frontier’s rich history. Its collections include more than 100,000 artifacts, 200,000 photographs, and 20,000 books. The Buffalo History Museum annually presents a wide array of programs, exhibits, tours, outdoor events, and activities for all ages that utilize many of these resources to tell the stories of both ordinary and extraordinary people of Western New York. 

 

Description from: http://www.buffalohistory.org/Learn/About.aspx

Categories: Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes,

Collections:
Millard Fillmore Papers, 1809-1944
James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur to Ada Knowlton, 1880
Peter C. Doyle Letters received and scrapbook, 1878-1901
[Fillmore scrapbooks], Millard and Caroline Fillmore
John R. Hazel Papers, 1884-1967
Grover Cleveland Various Correspondence and Letters
Isaac Newton to Millard Fillmore, 4 March 1851
William H. Taft to Charles Clifton, 28 May 1913
Ansley Wilcox Correspondence, 1901-1928
Alexander Auchinleck appointments, 1865, 1866.
Erie County Sheriff Records, 1871-1874
Ulysses S. Grant presidential inauguration programs, 1873.
Grover Cleveland Legal Papers, 1877-1882
Martin Van Buren executive pardon of Frank Pearl, 1838 Apr. 16.
Appointment of Lucian Hawley as Supervisor of Internal Revenue, 17 Dec. 1872.
Goodwin Brown’s letters and clippings relating to Grover Cleveland, 1892-1912
Postmaster appointment and petition, 1841 Jan. 12-1842 Oct. 12.
Rutherford B. Hayes letters, 1874-1880
Paul G. Bulger - Speech to commemorate Grover Cleveland, 18 March 1960
Aunt Delia to John L. Beecher, Gallatin, Tenn., January 1851
Calvin Coolidge to David Lawrence, 2 October 1926
Williams Family Correspondence, 1861-1947

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Millard Fillmore Papers, 1809-1944

123 boxes + 2 indexes.
(62.0 linear ft.)
Incoming correspondence from 44 presidential letter books plus a comprehensive collection of originals or photocopies of Fillmore's letters and documents, dated 1809-1874. Correspondents include Charles Francis Adams, General Mariano Arista, D.D. Barnard, Anna Ella Carroll, Lewis Cass, Salmon P. Chase, Dorothea Dix, Andrew J. Donelson, Edward Everett, William A. Graham, Joseph Henry, Hugh Maxwell, William H. Seward, Daniel Webster and Brigham Young. Considerable correspondence pertains to the Whig party and New York State politics and government. Includes indexes and registers of letters received, 1849-1853; a presscopy book, 1834-1840; letters from Fillmore's bankers and lawyers, 1850-1853; a memorandum book, 1853; catalogs of Fillmore's library and pamphlet collection; miscellaneous personal papers, 1833-1873; and correspondence and personal papers of the Fillmore family, 1835-1944.
Buffalo and Erie County Hsitorical Society Archives, C79-1, Millard Fillmore Papers.
Substantial portions of the collection Available in microfilm edition with published guide. Address inquiries concerning purchase to the repository.
Permission to publish any documents or parts thereof must be obtained from the repository holding the original.
Born in Cayuga County, N.Y. and later a resident of East Aurora and Buffalo. Lawyer, local office holder, State Assemblyman, U.S. Congressman, N.Y. State Comptroller, Vice-President under Zachary Taylor and 13th U.S. President, 1850-1853. Founder and first Chancellor of University of Buffalo, Commander of Union Continentals (Home Guard) during Civil War, and first president of Buffalo Historical Society, 1862-1867.
Series level inventory, microfilm guide, and card index to letter book correspondents available in the repository.
 

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/34585337

Size
123 boxes

Presidential content includes:

- Millard Fillmore

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James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur to Ada Knowlton, 1880

One letter from James A. Garfield to Ada Knowlton thanking her for sending a poem and one letter from Chester A. Arthur thanking her for sending a copy of the Auburn Journal, and for her interest in the "success of the Republican cause." Knowlton was a resident of Victory, Cayuga County, New York.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/56504444

Size
2 items

Presidential content includes:

- Chester A. Arthur

- James A. Garfield

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Peter C. Doyle Letters received and scrapbook, 1878-1901

Doyle, Peter C., 1842-1901. Chief of Buffalo's fire department, 1868-1869 and 1877-1878; police superintendent, 1870-1872; and commander of the 4th Brigade of the New York National Guard. Two ALS, one from Grover Cleveland, congratulating Doyle on his appointment as Assistant Commissary General of Subsistence of the State of New York, 1883; TLS, regarding appointment as Major General by Brevet, N.G.S.N.Y., 1901; scrapbook containing newspaper clippings about Doyle's career, 1878-1896.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/925385916

Size
4 items

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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[Fillmore scrapbooks], Millard and Caroline Fillmore

2 v.
1 box (0.2 linear ft.)
Title derived by library staff.
Two scrapbooks, one kept by Millard Fillmore dated 1839-1849 (D64-145) and one kept by Caroline Fillmore dated 1874 (D64-146). Both primarily consist of news clippings relating to Millard Fillmore.
Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Archives, D64-145, Fillmore Scrapbooks.
Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Archives, D64-146, Fillmore Scrapbooks.
Written permission required to reproduce and/or publish. Information on use and fees may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives.
 

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/779409881

Size
2 volumes

Presidential content includes:

- Millard Fillmore

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John R. Hazel Papers, 1884-1967

Hazel, John R., 1860-1951. Federal Court judge for the Western New York district, 1900-1931. Administered presidential oath of office to Theodore Roosevelt after McKinley's assassination. Includes endorsements for application for United States District Judge for the Western New York district, 1900; letters, 1884-1925, from political friends, including Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, and T.C. Platt; two speeches, 1941 and undated, concerning the life of Theodore Roosevelt and administering the presidential oath of office to him; an opinion, undated, in Wright Company v. Herring-Curtiss Company and Glenn H. Curtiss concerning patent infringement; other personal papers; and biographical notes concerning his daughter, Margaret (Gretchen) Drake Hazel and her appointment as Assistant District Attorney for the Buffalo district, 1967, and two letters to her from Nelson Rockefeller, 1958 and 1966.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/925370209

Size
31 items

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

- Theodore Roosevelt

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Grover Cleveland Various Correspondence and Letters

Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. Mayor of Buffalo, 1882; governor of New York, 1883-1885; president of the United States, 1885-1889, 1893-1897.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/57008582

Grover Cleveland, Correspondence Concerning the Estate of Lewis F. Cleveland, 1869-1873. Concerns the death of Cleveland's younger brother, Lewis F., aboard the steamship Missouri, and the management of his estate by co-executors Grover Cleveland and W.W. Stephenson. Lewis F. Cleveland was the owner of the Royal Victoria Hotel in Nassau, The Bahamas, and Fairfield House, Fairfield, Connecticut.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/56939682

Grover Cleveland, Buffalo, to D.A. Morris, December 1, 1882. Thanks Morris for the letter and eagle's quill, and states his political aspiration. Includes typed transcription of letter.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/925384746

Grover Cleveland to Hiram Merton Robbins, 1876-1890. Personal letters regarding gifts received, the rigors of public life, and Cleveland's purchase of Oak View. Includes a letter from Mrs. Robbins requesting employment for her husband, and a statement concerning payment of a bond. Includes typewritten transcripts of letters.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/925386185

Grover Cleveland, Washington, D.C., to Mrs. Charles H. Utley, Buffalo, N.Y., May 22, 1887. Agrees to write letter certifying her good character; mentions pleasant visit.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/33229843

Grover Cleveland Correspondence with Judge Charles S. Cary, 1889, 1894. 26 Sept. 1889 & 13 July 1894. Letters concern political and economic matters.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/925385548

Grover Cleveland, New York, N.Y., to G.F. Spinney, 1890-1893. Three ALS, one from Frances F. Cleveland, regarding favors and statements in The Times.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/925385559

Grover Cleveland Telegram, New York, to Henry Schmidt, Buffalo, April 11, 1891. Concerns dredging arrangements with Henry Schmidt of Schoellkopf & Company.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/925385216

Grover Cleveland, Washington, D.C., to Peter Mergenhagen, Buffalo, N.Y., January 4, 1894. ALS, thanking Mergenhagen for package received. Signed by Grover Cleveland.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/56939679

Grover Cleveland, Princeton, N.J., to Messrs. Gurney & Overturf, 1902, 1904. Letters to Gurney & Overturf, Buffalo real estate firm, concerning the payment of city and county taxes on Buffalo properties owned by Cleveland.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/925386013

Grover Cleveland, Princeton, to George F. Church, Buffalo, December 26, 1903. ALS expressing condolences on the death of Church's father.

Size
71 items

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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Isaac Newton to Millard Fillmore, 4 March 1851

Concerns a gift to Fillmore of a pair of capons; touches on the abolition issue.

Photographic copy.

http://www.worldcat.org/title/letter-philadelphia-to-millard-fillmore-1851-mar-4/oclc/33484442

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Millard Fillmore

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William H. Taft to Charles Clifton, 28 May 1913

William H. Taft writing from New Haven, Conn. to Charles Clifton, Buffalo, N.Y., May 28, 1913. Concerns receipt of Pierce-Arrow automobile.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/925385746

Size
1 page

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

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Ansley Wilcox Correspondence, 1901-1928

Wilcox, Ansley, 1856-1930. September 23, 1901 - March 16, 1928. Buffalo attorney, statesman and philanthropist. Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as President in Wilcox's house after the assassination of William McKinley. Primarily correspondence between Wilcox and William Howard Taft, concerning civil service reform. Other correspondents include Elihu Root and Theodore Roosevelt, with several letters to Woodrow Wilson. Also, information about the Wilcox scrapbook, the Wilcox House and McKinley's assassination.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/925385314

Size
123 items

Presidential content includes:

- Woodrow Wilson

- William Taft

- Theodore Roosevelt

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Alexander Auchinleck appointments, 1865, 1866.

1 folder (2 items)
(0.1 linear ft.)
Certificates, signed by President Andrew Johnson, appointing Auchinleck chief engineer in the Revenue Cutter Service, 9 June 1865 and 4 June 1866. Documents are also signed by Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch.
Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Archives, Mss. A00-241, Alexander Auchinleck Appointments.
Chief engineer in the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service. Served with Admiral Farragut for several years on the Pacific coast, and during the Civil War.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/74336705

Size
2 items

Presidential content includes:

- Andrew Johnson

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Erie County Sheriff Records, 1871-1874

Records, 1871-1874 - Erie County, New York Sheriff. Volumes recording summonses, attachments, replevins, real estate foreclosures and executions during Grover Cleveland's term as Erie County sheriff, 1871-1873. Grover Cleveland served as Erie County sheriff (1871-1873), mayor of Buffalo (1882), governor of New York State (1883-1885) and president of the United States (1885-1889 and 1893-1897).

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/925386690

Size
2.5 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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Ulysses S. Grant presidential inauguration programs, 1873.

3 items (0.1 linear ft.)
Includes a program for the inauguration ceremony on March 4, 1873 as well as a dance card and invitation for the inauguration ball that evening.
Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Library and Archives, Mss. A2011-01, Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Inauguration Programs.
Archivegrid: http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/701552440

Size
3 items

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. Mayor of Buffalo, 1882; governor of New York, 1883-1885; president of the United States, 1885-1889, 1893-1897. Collection includes a postcard, letters, legal papers and newspaper clippings pertaining to cases for which Cleveland was an attorney. One notable case is in the matter of the application of the First Presbyterian Society of Buffalo to sell its real estate in which Cleveland represented the opposition of the sale.


https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/914319509

Size
17 items

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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Martin Van Buren executive pardon of Frank Pearl, 1838 Apr. 16.

Pardon of Pearl, found guilty of larceny in District of Columbia circuit court, and recommended for executive clemency by two of the judges and eight jurors.
Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Archives, Mss. A00-463, Martin Van Buren, Executive Pardon of Frank Pearl.
 

Size
(0.1 linear ft.).

Presidential content includes:

- Martin Van Buren
Transcription can be found online at http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Madison/99-02-02-3272

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Appointment of Lucian Hawley as Supervisor of Internal Revenue, 17 Dec. 1872.

1 oversized item (1 folder)
(0.1 linear ft.)
D.S. appointment of Lucian Hawley as Supervisor of Internal Revenue by President Ulysses S. Grant, December 17 ,1872.
Buffalo History Museum Research Library, Mss. A74-13, Appointment of Lucian Hawley as Supervisor of Internal Revenue.
Written permission required to reproduce and/or publish. Information on use and fees may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives.
Archivegrid: http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/880377531

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Goodwin Brown’s letters and clippings relating to Grover Cleveland, 1892-1912

Brown, Goodwin, 1852-1912. Born in Henderson, Jefferson County, N.Y.; educated at Cornell University; moved to Buffalo in 1878. Appointed by Gov. Grover Cleveland as pardon and extradition clerk in the governor's office. Served as a Democratic member of the State Commission on Lunacy from 1889 to 1899, when he retired to Yonkers, N.Y. Includes letter from Grover Cleveland, Gray Gables, Buzzards Bay, Mass., 5 Aug. 1892, regarding the probability of the Democratic ticket carrying New York State in the upcoming election; Brown's reminiscences of Cleveland, prepared 30 Oct. 1908; a New York Times article on the alien insane, featuring Brown's viewpoints, 7 Apr. 1912; and Brown's obituary, from The Yonkers Herald, 19 July 1912.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/56773119

Size
4 items

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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Postmaster appointment and petition, 1841 Jan. 12-1842 Oct. 12.

11 items.
(0.1 linear ft.)
Appointment signed by John Tyler.
Appointment of Charles C. Haddock as Buffalo deputy postmaster, 12 Oct. 1841; a petition signed by Buffalo citizens supporting the appointment, 12 Jan. 1842; and copies of post-office receipts dated 17 Mar. 1842.
Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Archives, A64-220, Charles C. Haddock Postmaster Appointment and Petition.
Physician; postmaster of Buffalo 1841-1845.

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/33311555
 

Size
11 items

Presidential content includes:

- John Tyler

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Rutherford B. Hayes letters, 1874-1880

1 folder (3 items) ; 18 cm.
(0.1 linear ft.)
Letters to George W. Tifft, 23 Jan. 1874, regarding the last moments of Hayes' uncle, Sardis Birchard, written on the funeral notice; to Hon. John M. Bedford, Buffalo, 12 Apr. 1879, concerning appointments in Bedford's office and Hayes' satisfaction that Bedford will do the right thing; and to Hon. J.R. Lowell, U.S. Legation, London, 5 Aug. 1880, introducing businessman Thomas J. Overturf.
Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Archives, Mss. A00-214, Rutherford B. Hayes Letters.
19th president of the United States, 1877-1881. John M. Bedford served as postmaster at Buffalo, N.Y.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/70823715

Size
1 folder

Presidential content includes:

- Rutherford B. Hayes

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Paul G. Bulger - Speech to commemorate Grover Cleveland, 18 March 1960

Bulger, Paul G. Grover Cleveland : Speech, March 18, 1960. Speech given at Buffalo City Hall to history classes of School 19 and Riverside High School to commemorate Cleveland's birthday. Concentrates on personal aspects.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/33841423

Size
9 pages

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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Aunt Delia to John L. Beecher, Gallatin, Tenn., January 1851

1 item (4 p.) + env. ; 21 cm.
(0.1 linear ft.)
Envelope postmarked 14 Jan. 1851.
Concerns Delia's moving to Washington with her father, and their meetings with Henry Clay and President Millard Fillmore. Also, personal news of family and friends, most apparently from Wooster, [Ohio?].
Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Archives, Mss. A00-32, Letter to John L. Beecher, from Aunt Delia.
 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/56628444

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Millard Fillmore

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Calvin Coolidge to David Lawrence, 2 October 1926

Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933. Thirtieth president of the United States. Facsimile of a letter stating the usefulness of Lawrence's The United States Daily, a topical survey of the bureaus of the federal government.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/732638779

Size
1 page

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

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Williams Family Correspondence, 1861-1947

Williams Family Correspondence, 1861-1947. Most letters concern award of the decoration of the Order of Saint Sava to Elizabeth Williams; also letters concerning peace and a reply from the Department of State to Frank Williams concerning legality in New York State of a marriage contracted in Germany. Includes photocopies of letters from Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/925386079

Size
10 items

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

- Woodrow Wilson

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