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The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610


A world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, the Newberry offers readers an extensive noncirculating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries. Its staff provides award-winning service and supports a rich array of programmatic opportunities.

Categories: John Tyler, Ulysses S. Grant,

Orville E. Babcock papers, 1851-1947
Ralph W. Cram Papers, 1906-1952
Letters patent, Oct. 6, 1841, signed by President John Tyler

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

Orville E. Babcock papers, 1851-1947

4 cubic ft. (10 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Use the link to the finding aid for a fuller description of collection contents that explains the use of the name and subject terms appearing in this catalog record.
Collection is primarily correspondence relating to Babcock's military career, service as private secretary to Ulysses S. Grant during his presidency, role in the Whiskey Ring trials of 1875-1876, and private life. Collection also contains newspaper clippings, photographs, military service records and miscellaneous items. Correspondents include Adam Badeau, Joseph Warren Fabens, Hamilton Fish, Davis Hatch, John A. Joyce, Chester Krum, Ki Chiu Kwong, Edward M. McCook, Thomas Nast, Philip Henry Sheridan, William T. Sherman, and John Stevenson.
American brevet Brigadier General, Aide-de-Camp to Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War and Private Secretary to Grant during his presidency, 1869-1877.
Inventory available in the library and online, folder level control.

4 cubic feet

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Ralph W. Cram Papers, 1906-1952

Cram, Ralph W., 1869-1952. Born in Zanesville, Iowa, Cram began his career as a printer's devil with the Davenport Daily Democrat (later Democrat and leader), the newspaper to which he dedicated his life. He was reporter, city editor, managing editor, before becoming editor and publisher from 1930 to his retirement in 1940. An acknowledged political analyst whose editorials commented on local, state and national issues, Cram was also an authority on aviation and an avid pilot.

Mainly correspondence and copies of the autobiographical seventy-eight columns Cram published in the Davenport, Iowa, Democrat and Leader shortly before he retired as editor. Correspondence, much of which concerns the topic of aviation, includes letters from Floyd Dell, James Harold (Jimmie) Doolittle, Alice French, Hamlin Garland, Susan Glaspell, Robert E. Peary, Eddie Rickenbacker, Igor Sikorsky, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson and Orville Wright. There is also a report on the entertainment for a lecture by Admiral Robert E. Peary, and a photograph of the elderly Cram.
American editor and publisher.

1.5 cubic ft

Presidential content includes:

- Woodrow Wilson

- William Taft

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Letters patent, Oct. 6, 1841, signed by President John Tyler

1 item (1 leaf) : vellum ; 40 x 35 cm.
Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library).
Formerly known as Ayer MS 437a.
Written and signed by J. Williamson, recorder of the General Land Office, and affixed with the seal of that office.
For more information, consult the Special Collections Info. File.
Letters patent, Oct. 6, 1841, signed by President John Tyler, granting, in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, to Reuben H. Grant and Jefferson Clement, and their heirs, a 323+ acre land reservation in Mississippi. The tract had previously been granted to Tishoshe-le-ta, a Choctaw Indian, in fufillment of the treaty provisions, and its sale by Tishoshe-le-ta to Grant and Clements had already been approved by President Tyler. On the document's verso are endorsements regarding its use as an exhibit in a later court case.
Location of originals: Newberry Library, Special Collections, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610.
Among the articles of the 1830 Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, which provided for the removal of the Choctaw Nation from Mississippi to lands west of the Mississippi River, was the provision of land reservations for members of the tribe who wished to remain in the state. About 5,000 Choctaws stayed in Mississippi and received allotments as stipulated by the treaty.

1 item

Presidential content includes:

- John Tyler

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