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Columbia University Archives

6th Floor Butler Library
535 West 114th St.
M.C. 1127
New York, NY 10027

Description:

The Columbia University Archives preserves the institutional memory of Columbia University from its founding in 1754 to the present-day. Among its holdings are non-current official University records and a wide variety of other materials, including the records of student organizations, materials that pertain to alumni, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, and artifacts.* The University Archives' holdings are non-circulating, may only be used in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library Reading Room, and are open for research and reference use to all members of the University community and the public. 

http://library.columbia.edu/locations/cuarchives.html

Categories: Ulysses S. Grant, James A. Garfield,

Collections:
Lydiard Heneage Horton papers, [ca. 1900]-1945.
Chester Alan Arthur Papers, 1881-1885
Eleanor Robson Belmont Papers, 1851-1979
William Barclay Parsons Papers, 1899-1915
Nicholas Murray Butler Papers, 1891-1947
James Stillman Papers, 1830-1955
Henry Beetle Hough Papers, 1841-1994
Edward Morse Shepard Papers, 1837-1914
Frederick C. Tanner Papers, 1911-1928
Allan Nevins Papers, 1912-1992
William Walling Papers, 1871-1962
New Jersey Governors Papers, 1908-1936
Robert Lee Hale Papers, 1912-1958
Oscar S. Straus Papers, 1869-1947.
Charles Evans Hughes Papers, 1914-1930

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


Lydiard Heneage Horton papers, [ca. 1900]-1945.

8 boxes.
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Many typescripts of Horton's lectures, research studies, articles, and professional case histories, material gathered by the Cartesian Research Bureau, and correspondence, chiefly professional. The correspondence is largely that of Samuel Dana Horton, father of Lydiard, and includes eight letters of Moreton Frewen, three each of Robert Todd Lincoln, John Fiske, and C.W. Fremantle, one of President James A. Garfield, and typescript copies of nine from Henry James. There are two letters from Dr. Horton to his guardian, Frederick W. Holls, and one each to Horton from William James and William Howard Taft. The remaining indexed correspondence is with colleagues and professional associates. Some of the case histories contain correspondence as well as documentary material. Also, a diary of Lydiard H. Horton for July to December 1896, and copies of excerpts from the diary of Samuel Dana Horton, 1860, photographs, newspaper clippings, and printed pamphlets.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lydiard Heneage Horton papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Consulting psychologist. Horton was born in London in 1879 and received his early education in England, France, and Switzerland. After coming to America, his guardian, F.W. Holls, prepared him for entrance to Harvard, 1897, but upon the advice of Henry James Horton soon transferred to Williams College where he received his degree in 1901. He took his M.A., 1911, and Ph.D., 1922, at Columbia University. Horton's early work was with various railroads in a personnel capacity. He soon became interested in research in the fatigue and rest states and, ultimately, in dream psychology. During and following World War I, he studied shell shock and trench nightmare. Horton lectured and wrote widely on these subjects in addition to his consulting practice in Boston. He was the organizer of the Cartesian Research Bureau which evolved a precision method for the study of dreams. Horton is author of THE DREAM PROBLEM AND MECHANISM OF THOUGHT, 1925, and many articles in professional journals. Dr. Horton died January 19, 1945.
Contents list.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/496102521
 

Size
8 boxes

Presidential content includes:

- James A. Garfield

- Abraham Lincoln

- William Taft

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Chester Alan Arthur Papers, 1881-1885

Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886. President of the United States, 1881-1885. Newspaper clippings relating to the career, life, activities, and political milieu of Chester A. Arthur, compiled for him while he was president, and covering only the period of his presidency. The clippings are mounted in 76 volumes and were gathered from both the major New York papers had local and specialized journals from all over the country. The volumes are grouped in several sequences as follows: 45 volumes labelled "Current Comment" 1881-1885; 6 volumes "Presidential Predictions, 1883-1884; 7 volumes "Canal and foreign questions," 1881-1885; 2 volumes "Personal," 1882-1883; 3 volumes "Appointments," 1882-1885; 3 volumes "Conventions," 1881-1884; 2 volumes "Civil Service," 1881-1885; 2 volumes "Mormonism," 1881-1885; 2 volumes "Southern," 1881-1884; 1 volume "Financial and Statistical," 1881-1885; 1 volume "Tariff discussions," 1884-1885; 1 volume "Social," 1884-1885; 1 volume "Miscellaneous notes," 1884-1885.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/460879506

Size
19 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Chester A. Arthur

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Eleanor Robson Belmont Papers, 1851-1979

Belmont, Eleanor Robson, 1879-1979. Belmont (1879-1979) was an American actress and a prominent public figure. Correspondence, manuscripts, and papers reflecting Belmont's associations in the theatrical, musical, philanthropic, and social worlds. There are ten letters from Theodore Roosevelt, ten from George Bernard Shaw, twenty-two from Israel Zangwill, fifteen from Frances Hodgson Burnett, fifteen from Edith Wharton, and nine from Herbert Hoover, as well as letters from Anatole France, Mary Austin, Stephen Vincent Ben'et, Nicholas Murray Butler, Calvin Coolidge, Dwight David Eisenhower, Clyde Fitch, Harriet Ford, John Galsworthy, Ellen Glasgow, Yvette Guilbert, Amy Lowell, Archibald MacLeish, Edgar Lee Masters, John J. Pershing, Arthur Wing Pinero, William Howard Taft, and William Butler Yeats. In addition to the manuscripts of Mrs. Belmont's own writings, among them her autobiography FABRIC OF MEMORY, the collection contains a manuscript of Anatole France's "La Petite Ville de France" and a typescript of George Bernard Shaw's "Democracy and THE APPLE CART." There is also a considerable body of correspondence, notes and reports of the organizations with which Mrs. Belmont was associated, including the American Shakespeare Festival Foundation, Educational Dramatic League, Metropolitan Opera Association, Motion Picture Research Council, and the Red Cross.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122514983

Size
33 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Herbert Hoover

- Calvin Coolidge

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

- William Taft

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William Barclay Parsons Papers, 1899-1915

Parsons, William Barclay, 1859-1932. Parsons was associated with the Rapid Transit System of New York, made a survey of Chinese railroads, 1898-1899, was on the Board of consulting engineers for the Panama Canal, 1905, and Chief engineer for the Cape Cod Canal, 1905-1914. He served in both the Spanish-American War and World War I. He is the author of THE AMERICAN ENGINEER IN CHINA, 1900, and other works relating to engineering. (Columbia University A.B., 1879, C.E., 1882). Correspondence including letters from Grover Cleveland, Gilbert Parker, and printed monographs and magazine articles. Mr. Parsons' diaries of Panama Canal years and World War I have been catalogued as book manuscripts.

Civil engineer. 

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122622146

Size
15 items

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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Nicholas Murray Butler Papers, 1891-1947

Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947. University president. Butler was president of Columbia University, 1902-1945. Correspondence; manuscripts of books, chapters, addresses, lectures, articles, and other writings; clippings and other printed materials relating to Butler's life and career, and memorabilia, ca. 1900-1947. Also, correspondence, 1891-1946, between Butler and presidents of the United States including William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/472459364

Size
326 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

- William McKinley

- Theodore Roosevelt

- William Taft

- Woodrow Wilson

- Warren G. Harding

- Herbert Hoover

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

- Harry S. Truman

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James Stillman Papers, 1830-1955

Stillman, James, 1850-1918. American financier. Papers of Stillman include over 100 items pertaining to the business enterprises of his father, Charles Stillman of Brownsville, Texas, who was engaged in shipping and trade, real estate, and railroad investment. A large portion of the collection documents of James Stillman's activities in banking, in railroad financing, and in other of his business and industrial interests. The letters, legal documents, and miscellaneous papers are representative of the entire span of his career. Included in the correspondence are letters from many prominent financiers and industrialists of his day, including many from William Rockefeller; letters from President Grover Cleveland, some personal in nature and some concerned with business transactions; nine letter books of James Stillman, covering the years 1886-1897, 1906-1918; letter books of his secretary Miss K. Bredin, 1908-1916; journals for the years 1889, 1891, 1898, 1899; bank book recording Stillman's drafts, 1911-1914, on the London firm of Baring Brothers; four diaries, 1881-1884; six notebooks; one cash and journal and one ledger, 1868-1871.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122343393

Size
5.5 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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Henry Beetle Hough Papers, 1841-1994

Hough, Henry Beetle, 1896-1994. H B. Hough (Columbia University School of Journalism, B.Litt. 1918) and his wife, Elizabeth Bowie Hough, 1894-1965 (Columbia University School of Journalism, B.Litt. 1919), were co-owners, publishers, and editors of the Vineyard Gazette (Martha's Vineyard, MA) from 1920 until 1965. H.B. Hough was the author of many books of essays on Martha's Vineyard and on editing a country newspaper, as well as the author of short stories and magazine articles. The Houghs sold the Vineyard Gazette to James Reston in 1965, although H.B. Hough continued editing and writing for the weekly journal until 1983. He was married in 1979 to Edith Graham Blake and died in 1985. Correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, research files, documents, printed materials, photographs, and memorabilia of Mr and Mrs Hough. Correspondence includes both personal and business letters, dealing with wildlife conservation, civic interests, and birding. There is some correspondence of George A. Hough, Sr., father of H.B. Hough, who was editor of the New Bedford MA Standard. Most of the correspondence is arranged alphabetically, by personal name or subject, out-going and in-coming filed together. Henry and Elizabeth Hough's correspondence, for which there are no in-coming or related letters, are filed chronologically. Cataloged correspondents include Calvin Coolidge, Max Eastman, Helen Keller, John F. Kennedy, Emily Post, and James Reston. Manuscripts anclude appointment books, journals and diaries, manuscripts for book reviews, lecture notes, and radioscripts. Typescripts are primarily of essays, articles, editorials, and books written by H.B. Hough. Research materials include files for Hough's many books and subject files for selected topics of interest to Hough. Documents pertain to the Vineyard Gazette (1938-1986). Photographs are primarily of the Hough family, Hough residences, and Martha's Vineyard scenery. Memorabilia includes materials on Columbia University, certificates and awards, a scrapbook by George A. Hough, and historical materials.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/496102687

Size
24 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

- John F. Kennedy

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Edward Morse Shepard Papers, 1837-1914

Shepard, Edward Morse, 1850-1911. New York lawyer, prominent reform Democrat from Brooklyn. Correspondence, legal papers, and letter books of Shepard. The correspondence, which comprises the largest part of the collection, is rich in information about New York politics and social activities at the turn of the century. The letter books cover the years 1890-1911. The collection also contains legal papers, drafts of speeches, clippings, and memorabilia. Correspondents with Shepard include Felix Adler, Thomas Willing Balch, Frederic Bancroft, Bernard Baruch, Richard Rogers Bowker, William Jennings Bryan, Alfred Clark Chapin, Grover Cleveland, Hamlin Garland, Richard Watson Gilder, Edward Everett Hale, Fletcher Harper, Abram S. Hewitt, Charles Evans Hughes, John La Farge, Henry Cabot Lodge, Josephine Shaw Lowell, Hamilton Mabie, Walter H. Page, Alton B. Parker, George Foster Peabody, Bliss Perry, Joseph Pulitzer, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Root, Carl Schurz, Kate Nichols Trask, Oswald Garrison Villard, and Booker T. Washington.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122567002

Size
26,000 items

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

- Theodore Roosevelt

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Frederick C. Tanner Papers, 1911-1928

Tanner, Frederick C. (Frederick Chauncey), 1878-1963. Lawyer, chairman of the New York State Republican Party, 1914-1917. Files of political correspondence and papers of Tanner. The majority of the correspondence deals with city and state elections. The correspondents include Charles Evans Hughes, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Fiorello La Guardia. Also, a collection of eighteen scrapbooks.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122575453

Size
6,500 items

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

- Theodore Roosevelt

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Allan Nevins Papers, 1912-1992

Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971. American historian and editor. Approximately 12,000 letters to Allan Nevins from various correspondents including James Truslow Adams, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Willa Cather, Mrs. Grover Cleveland, Van Wyck Brooks, Robert Frost, Newton D. Baker, Archibald MacLeish, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Carl Sandburg, and Henry Wallace; notes and typescripts for Nevins' books including EMERGENCE OF LINCOLN, THE ORDEAL OF DEMOCRACY, ROCKEFELLER, and HISTORY AND HISTORIANS, with notes by editor Ray A. Billington; miscellaneous transcripts, clippings, newspapers, and photographs. Also, autograph letters and manuscripts by presidents, Civil War figures, financiers, politicians, and authors. There are also the Brand Whitlock World War I Diaries and letters to him by such people as Herbert Hoover, Gen. John J. Pershing, and others.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122632681

Size
40,700 items

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

- Harry S. Truman

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William Walling Papers, 1871-1962

Walling, William English, 1877-1936. Microfilm copy of papers of the noted liberal author and lecturer on social and economic problems, and a founder of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, the Women's Trade Union League, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Correspondence, 1871-1962, deals primarily with family affairs, but occasional letters discuss the breakdown of Czarist rule in Russia and the development of revolutionary spirit in Poland and Russia (1905-1906), race riots in Springfield, Illinois (1909), the Socialist Party and its problems prior to and during World War I, and the Negro and trade unions (1929). Some references to American Federation of Labor policies and conventions are also scattered in the correspondence. The collection also contains typewritten copies of a few of Walling's articles and speeches on labor, the national economy, racial problems, and foreign relations, as well as newspaper clippings and miscellaneous materials pertaining to his career.

Among the writers of letters to Walling are Albert J. Beveridge, Francis Biddle, Bruce Bliven, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Glenn Frank, John P. Frey, William Green, Hamilton Holt, W.L. Mackenzie King, Raymond Moley, Edward A. Ross, Upton Sinclair, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Matthew Woll. Copies of a few letters written by Walling to Mrs. O.H.P. Belmont, Eugene V. Debs, H.M. Hyndman, Theodore Roosevelt, and President Woodrow Wilson are also among the papers. In the family letters written by Mr. and Mrs. Walling (Anna Strunsky) there are some scattered, and usually very brief, allusions to Clarence Darrow, Samuel Gompers, Herbert Hoover, Jack London, Henrik Shipstead, Rose Stokes, and others with whom they had associations.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/81947204

Size
1,000 items

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

- Herbert Hoover

- Woodrow Wilson

- Theodore Roosevelt

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New Jersey Governors Papers, 1908-1936

A collection of about 250 uncatalogued items consisting of correspondence with various Governors of the State of New Jersey, 1908-1936. Governors represented in the collection are Woodrow Wilson, John Franklin Fort, and Morgan F. Larson. The subject of the correspondence is extremely varied and is typical of the material crossing the desk of the average governor. Typical items are a letter from a local Woman's Christian Temperance Union chapter complaining about conditions at a local militia camp; a diplomat outraged at the treatment afforded a countryman at a local amusement park; a memorial erected to a Mexican aviator killed in the state; official transmittal of the Supreme Court decision in the Delaware River Basin Case involving New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; campaign contributions; and intra-party correspondence during the Wilson Gubernatorial administration. There is a collection of three scrapbooks consisting of correspondence from contributors to the Wilson campaign chest, arranged by state and town of the correspondent. The collection offers insight into the grass roots appeal that Woodrow Wilson had for the poor and lower middle class American of the early 20th century. Also, a binder of newspaper clippigns concerning Woodrow Wilson and his career, 1910-1912, which was compiled and presented to Wilson by Joseph Hayter of New Brunswick, N.J. on June 3, 1912.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122529203

Size
1,150 items

Presidential content includes:

- Woodrow Wilson

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Robert Lee Hale Papers, 1912-1958

Hale, Robert L. (Robert Lee), 1884-1969. Correspondence, manuscripts, mimeographed course material, and printed works including academic papers from Hale's years at Harvard College and Harvard Law School. In addition to mimeographed copies of Hale's unpublished works, the files contain his notes, manuscripts, and typescripts for many of his articles and papers, along with correspondence relating to them. Prominent correspondents include Louis Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Harlan Fiske Stone, and William Howard Taft.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/460879846

Size
13 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

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Oscar S. Straus Papers, 1869-1947.

21 items (2 boxes, 2 v.)
Writings and memorabilia of Straus. The most interesting item in the collection is the letter from the President of Columbia College, Frederick A.P. Barnard, to President Ulysses S. Grant, dated 25 June 1869, recommending Straus, then a student at Columbia College, for a government appointment. Also, five manuscripts of poems, ten volumes of writings by and about Straus, and three scrapbooks of clippings, one of which covers 1909, the period of his ambassadorship in Constantinople.
American ambassador and government official.
Archivegrid: http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122589779

Size
21 items

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Charles Evans Hughes Papers, 1914-1930

Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948. Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, reports, and printed material of Hughes. The papers cover primarily the period following Hughes' defeat in the 1916 presidential election up to his appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1930; in most files there is a gap from March 1921 to March 1925, when Hughes was Secretary of State. Some materials relate to the law firm of Hughes, Rounds, Schurman and Dwight (later Hughes, Schurman and Dwight), but primarily concern Hughes' philanthropies and activities in professional organizations. Among these latter associations are the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Legal Aid Society, and the New York State Bar Association. Records for a number of Hughes' cultural, educational, and international philanthropies, such as the Armenian National Union of America and the George Washington Memorial Association, are included as are materials on his participation in the 1918-1924 aircraft investigation, the Sixth Pan American Conference (Havana, 1928), and the Permanent Court of International Justice, the Hague. Prominent correspondents include Benjamin N. Cardozo, Calvin Coolidge, William H.P. Faunce, Felix Frankfurter, William D. Guthrie, Warren G. Harding, Herbert Hoover, J. Edgar Hoover, Jean Jules Jusserand, Frank B. Kellogg, Frances Kellor, Fiorello H. La Guardia, James Grover McDonald, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Root, Leo S. Rowe, Alfred E. Smith, Harlan Fiske Stone, Henry W. Taft, William Howard Taft, Sumner Welles, and George W. Wickersham.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/496102546

Size
57 boxes

Presidential content includes:

- Herbert Hoover

- Warren G. Harding

- William Taft

- Calvin Coolidge

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

- Theodore Roosevelt

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