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Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Boulevard

Cleveland, Ohio 44106

http://www.wrhs.org/about/
 

Description:

The Western Reserve Historical Society is Cleveland’s oldest existing cultural institution. It was established on May 28, 1867 as the historical branch of the Cleveland Library Association which dated from 1848. The Society’s creation was part of an important trend in the United States, the establishment of private organizations to oversee the collection and preservation of documents and objects relating to various aspects of national, regional and local history. While its original focus was on the history of “…Cleveland and the Western Reserve, and generally what relates to the history of Ohio and the Great West,” it now concentrates on the history of Northeast Ohio. Today, WRHS has a focused mission to inspire people to discover the American experience by exploring the tangible history of Northeast Ohio. Explore its digital collections at Digital Cleveland History Center

Categories: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield,

Collections:
Cleveland Jewish collection, 1831-1971
Myron T. Herrick Papers, 1827-1941
Abraham Lincoln collection, 1841-1870 [microform].
Watertown Tercentenary Correspondence, April 26-May 26, 1930
Rutherford B. Hayes letters to James A. Garfield, 1877
John M. Stull Papers, 1880-1882
James A. Garfield to Lucretia R. Garfield, 28-30 June 1881
Warner M. Bateman Papers, 1849-1897 [microform]
Documents signed by Presidents of the United States, 1803-1875.
Diary of Eliza Ballou Garfield, 1881
Warner M. Bateman Papers, 1849-1897
John Tyler letters to John G. Miller, 1838-1842.
James A. Garfield II Family Papers, 1873-1930

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


Cleveland Jewish collection, 1831-1971

1 linear ft.
Forms part of the repository's Cleveland Jewish Archives.
Chiefly facsimiles.
Correspondence, biographies, genealogical materials, notes, and newspaper clippings, relating to area synagogues, including Anshe Chesed Congregation, The Temple (earlier name: Tifereth Israel), and B'nai Jeshurun; Rabbi Isidor Kalisch; Rabbi Gustave M. Cohen and his publications, including Musical Relaxations, The Orpheus, and The Sacred Heart of Judah; Daniel Peixotto and family, especially his son, Benjamin Franklin Peixotto as U.S. consul in Lyons, France, and Bucharest, Romania (1870-1877); Joshua Seixas and family; area Jews serving with Ohio units during the Civil War; and the Jewish community. Other persons represented and correspondents include presidents James Buchanan, James A. Garfield, Ulysses S. Grant, and Rutherford B. Hayes, and Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Businessman, of Cleveland, Ohio.
Partly in Hebrew.
Finding aid in the repository.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/28498253

Size
1 linear foot

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

- James A. Garfield

- Ulysses S. Grant

- Rutherford B. Hayes

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Myron T. Herrick Papers, 1827-1941

Herrick, Myron T. (Myron Timothy), 1854-1929. Humanitarian, financier, industrialist, Governor of Ohio, and United States Ambassador to France. Herrick served as president and chairman of the board of the Society for Savings, Cleveland, Ohio. He also had numerous other local and national business interests. Herrick was involved in Ohio and national Republican party politics, maintaining close ties with Marcus A. Hanna, William McKinley, and other party notables. He won election as Ohio governor in 1903, serving one term. He was appointed United States Ambassador to France in 1912, serving until November 1914. Herrick played a key role in wartime France, both in his participation in diplomatic relations between combatants and in various humanitarian aid pursuits. Herrick was reappointed Ambassador to France by President Harding in 1921, serving until his death in 1929.

Consists of correspondence, speeches, articles, memoirs, newspaper and magazine clippings, memoranda, notes, receipts, deeds, programs and other memorablilia, passports, reports, appointment books, bound visitors' and engagement books, luncheon and dinner records, diaries, photographs, and scrapbooks. Includes correspondence covering Herrick's terms as United States Ambassador to France, particularly his second stint 1921-1929. Correspondents include Ida and William McKinley, William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Charles E. Hughes, Frank B. Kellogg, Aristide Briand, Georges Clemenceau, Raymonde Poincare︠, and Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Also included are materials relating to the 1927 transatlantic flight of Lindbergh and his reception in Paris.
 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/18447069

Size
16 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- William McKinley

- William Taft

- Theodore Roosevelt

- Woodrow Wilson

- Herbert Hoover

- Warren G. Harding

- Calvin Coolidge

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Abraham Lincoln collection, 1841-1870 [microform].

1 roll of microfilm.
Letters and documents, written or signed by Lincoln, and numerous petitions, primarily concerning patronage, addressed to Lincoln and arranged by state. Also includes 50 letters in which Lincoln is mentioned or discussed, including letters to or from Edward Bates, Andrew Boyd, Salmon P. Chase, William Pitt Fessenden, Andrew Johnson, and Edwin M. Stanton.
Microfilm. Cleveland, Ohio : Western Reserve Historical Society, 1979.
Register available in the library.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/46893617

 


 

Size
1 microfilm reel

Presidential content includes:

- Andrew Johnson

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Watertown Tercentenary Correspondence, April 26-May 26, 1930

Crawford, Fred Erastus, 1857-1950. Consists of twelve letters, dating from 26 April to 26 May 1930, regarding the tercentenary of Watertown, Massachusetts, chaired by Fred E. Crawford. Includes three typed letters signed by Calvin Coolidge to Crawford concerning remarks to be made at the occasion. Also included are two typed letters unsigned by Fred E. Crawford, one to Calvin Coolidge reassuring him about the expected brevity of his address and one to Mr. and Mrs. Coolidge thanking them for attending the occasion.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/758985801

Size
12 items

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

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Rutherford B. Hayes letters to James A. Garfield, 1877

3 items (0.01 linear feet)
Consists of two autograph letters signed by Rutherford B. Hayes from the Executive Mansion to James A. Garfield and a newspaper clipping. In a letter dated 10 March 1877, Hayes states his preference that Garfield remain in the House of Representatives rather than seek a Senate seat. The newspaper clipping, from the Cincinnati Commercial of 18 October 1877, includes the corrected transcript of a letter Hayes wrote to Garfield on 11 March 1877 regarding the same subject. The other undated letter invites the Garfields to celebrate the Hayes' 25th wedding anniversary on 31 December 1877. Both letters are on Executive Mansion stationery, are addressed to "My Dear General," and include the original envelopes.
Rutherford B. Hayes letters to James A. Garfield, MS. Vertical File, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio.
Rutherford B. Hayes was born in Delaware, Ohio, in 1822 and earned degrees from Kenyon College and Harvard Law School before starting a career as a lawyer in Cincinnati. Hayes served as a major general in the Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War and was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1864. Hayes then was elected Governor of Ohio and later served one term as President of the United States (1877-1881) before retiring to his home in Fremont, Ohio, where he died in 1893.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/777244893

Size
3 items

Presidential content includes:

- Rutherford B. Hayes

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John M. Stull Papers, 1880-1882

Stull, John M., -1906. John M. Stull (d. 1906) was a prominent Warren, Ohio, attorney who helped organize the Wigwam Meeting, a Republican campaign meeting held in Warren, Ohio, on September 28, 1880 that purportedly helped solidify the party's support for James A. Garfield in that year's presidential election. Consists of 8 letters, 5 telegrams, and 2 documents relating to the Wigwam Meeting, a Republican campaign meeting held in Warren, Ohio, in 1880. Correspondents to John M. Stull and the Republican Committtee of Warren, Ohio, include Ulysses S. Grant, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Roscoe Conkling, Marshall Jewell, John A. Logan, and P.A. Chadbourne. Collection also includes one autograph letter signed by U.S. Grant to Mrs. King, a relative of Stull's, seeking confirmation for his memoirs about information on Morgan's Raid. Included in the folder are supporting documents received with the collection, including an inventory and a narrative account of the significance and provenance of the collection by John W. Barkley.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/796935365

Size
1 folder

Presidential content includes:

- Chester A. Arthur

- Ulysses S. Grant

- James A. Garfield

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James A. Garfield to Lucretia R. Garfield, 28-30 June 1881

Consists of three autograph letters signed by James A. Garfield (1831-1881) to his wife, Lucretia R. Garfield. The content of the letters primarily consists of Garfield asking his wife about her illness, telling her of his loneliness at the White House in her absence, and arranging a trip to New England. The letters are dated 28 June 1881, 28 June 1881 at 6:30 pm, and 30 June 1881 at 6:15 pm. All three letters are addressed from the Executive Mansion to "My Darling" and are signed "James." James Abram Garfield was the 20th president of the United States. He grew up in Orange, Ohio, graduated from Williams College in 1856, became president of Hiram College in Portage County, Ohio, and was a lay minister of the Disciples of Christ Church. He was elected to the Ohio Senate, and in 1858, married Lucretia Rudolph. Garfield served in the Civil War, as a lieutenant-colonel of the 42nd Ohio regiment. He was a major general when he resigned in 1863 to take a seat in the United States House of Representatives, where he served for 17 years. Nominated in 1880 as a compromise Republican presidential candidate, his campaign was conducted from Lawnfield, his Mentor, Ohio, home. Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881, and died September 19.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/773751625

Size
3 items

Presidential content includes:

- James A. Garfield

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Warner M. Bateman Papers, 1849-1897 [microform]

Bateman, Warner M. (Warner Mifflin), 1827-1897 - Consists of journals, notebooks, speeches, letters, bound volumes of correspondence, account books, dockets, checks, receipts, deeds, dividends, tax records, agreements, invitations, business cards and advertisements, notes, souvenirs, notebooks containing notes for Republican Party lectures, and eight volumes of newspaper clippings relating to legal and political matters. The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters relating to various legal, personal, political, and professional matters associated with Bateman's activities as lawyer, politician, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio (1869-77), and manager (1880) of John Sherman's political interests. Notable correspondents include John Sherman, Salmon P. Chase, James A. Garfield, Marcus A. Hanna, Rutherford B. Hayes, William T. Sherman, and William H. Taft. A calendar of correspondence is included in Appendix I in the register to the collection. Warner M. Bateman, noted Cincinnati, Ohio, lawyer, pursued a long and distinguished career not only in the field of law, but also in the world of nineteenth century Republican politics. Bateman served as an Ohio state senator 1865-1868, and as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio 1869-1877. He played a prominent role at the 1880 Republican National Convention, heading the campaign of John Sherman as Republican candidate for the Presidency of the United States.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/41672936

Size
39 rolls of microfilm

Presidential content includes:

- James A. Garfield

- Rutherford B. Hayes

- William Taft

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Documents signed by Presidents of the United States, 1803-1875.

Land grants and appointments signed by the following U.S. Presidents, or their secretaries: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, and Ulysses S. Grant.

 

This collection will be useful to researchers seeking examples of United States presidential signatures for presidents serving in the nineteenth century.

 

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is:

[Container , Folder ] MS. 940, Documents Signed by Presidents of the United States, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Description from: http://norton.wrhs.org/starweb/l.skca-catalog/servlet.starweb

Size
0.4 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Presidential content includes:

- Martin Van Buren

- John Adams

- Thomas Jefferson

- James Madison

- John Quincy Adams

- Andrew Jackson

- John Tyler

- Zachary Taylor

- Millard Fillmore

- Franklin Pierce

- James Buchanan

- Abraham Lincoln

- Andrew Johnson

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Diary of Eliza Ballou Garfield, 1881

Diary of Eliza Ballou Garfield (1801-1887) detailing daily activities and events at the family home in Mentor, Ohio and at the White House, Jan. 1-Jul. 2, 1881. Eliza was the mother of President James A. Garfield. She resided at the White House from March until June, 1881 and kept a diary during the last year of the President's life.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/17725256

Size
0.2 linear ft

Presidential content includes:

- James A. Garfield

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Warner M. Bateman Papers, 1849-1897

Bateman, Warner M. (Warner Mifflin), 1827-1897 - Consists of journals, notebooks, speeches, letters, bound volumes of correspondence, account books, dockets, checks, receipts, deeds, dividends, tax records, agreements, invitations, business cards and advertisements, notes, souvenirs, notebooks containing notes for Republican Party lectures, and eight volumes of newspaper clippings relating to legal and political matters. The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters relating to various legal, personal, political, and professional matters associated with Bateman's activities as lawyer, politician, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio (1869-1877), and manager (1880) of John Sherman's political interests. Notable correspondents include John Sherman, Salmon P. Chase, James A. Garfield, Marcus A. Hanna, Rutherford B. Hayes, William T. Sherman, and William H. Taft. A calendar of correspondence is included in Appendix I in the register to the collection. Warner M. Bateman, noted Cincinnati, Ohio, lawyer, pursued a long and distinguished career not only in the field of law, but also in the world of nineteenth century Republican politics. Bateman served as an Ohio state senator 1865-1868, and as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio 1869-1877. He played a prominent role at the 1880 Republican National Convention, heading the campaign of John Sherman as Republican candidate for the Presidency of the United States.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/18446288

Size
8.8 linear ft

Presidential content includes:

- James A. Garfield

- Rutherford B. Hayes

- William Taft

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John Tyler letters to John G. Miller, 1838-1842.


6 items (0.1 linear feet)
Consists of six autograph letters signed by John Tyler to John G. Miller of Columbus, Ohio, regarding family news and politics. The letters are dated 25 February 1838, 21 January 1841, 28 September 1841, 16 October 1842, 28 October 1842, and 17 December 1842. The letter of 25 February 1838 discusses politics and asks Miller how he likes Ohio and whether his wife has adjusted to not having slaves to perform "all menial offices". Tyler discusses a political appointment for Miller in Washington and President-Elect William Henry Harrison's potential cabinet appointments in the letter of 21 January 1841. The letter of 28 September 1841 details Tyler's struggles against the efforts of Henry Clay and the Whig Party to pass national bank legislation and seeks Miller's advice on cabinet appointments. Tyler discusses election news, politics, and the potential need to replace Daniel Webster as Secretary of State in the 16 October 1842 letter. In the letter of 28 October 1842, Tyler denounces the current climate in Washington as "the day of faction, mere personal faction" and predicts that Martin Van Buren and John C. Calhoun will vie for the Democratic nomination for President in 1844, but "no matter which is selected he will be beaten" while Tyler "can retire to my farm and as in all my past life be entirely content with the warm hearth of the domestic circle". Tyler continues detailing news of the various factions in Washington in the letter of 17 December 1842.
John Tyler letters to John G. Miller, MS. Vertical File, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio.
John Tyler was Governor of Virginia (1825-1827), U.S. Senator (1927-1936), and Vice President of the United States for one month before becoming tenth President of the United States (1841-1845) following President William Henry Harrison's death. John G. Miller was Mayor of Columbus, Ohio, in 1840 and was Tyler's brother-in-law.
 

Size
6 items

Presidential content includes:

- John Tyler

- William Harrison

- Martin Van Buren

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James A. Garfield II Family Papers, 1873-1930

Garfield, James A. (James Abram), II, 1894-. Consists of correspondence, an autograph book, scrapbooks, speech reading lessons, drawings, newspaper clippings, and notebooks of President James A. Garfield, James Rudolph and Helen Newell Garfield, and James A. and Edwina Glenn Garfield. The papers relating to President Garfield include a scrapbook compiled in 1874 containing documents which refute charges regarding improprieties in military contract awards, a political tract annotated by President Garfield, and a collection of Garfield "Maxims," as well as commemorative publications and a scrapbook of condolences sent to the family after his death. The collection also contains correspondence and other documents related to James Rudolph and Helen Newell Garfield, including teaching materials for speech reading used by Helen Newell Garfield, and letters of Edwina Glenn Garfield to her husband James A. Garfield II discussing concerns of a young, upper class wife of the 1920s. James A. Garfield II was the son of James Rudolph and Helen Newell Garfield, and grandson of President James A. Garfield. He was raised with his brothers at Hollycroft, the family home in Mentor, Ohio, next to Lawnfield, residence of Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, the president's widow. He graduated from Williams College in 1916 and served in World War I. He married Edwina Forbes Glenn in 1917. They lived in Cleveland and Mentor, Ohio, while James pursued various business ventures. Edwina moved to Florida with her daughters, Helen Louise and Elizabeth, after the couple divorced in the 1930s.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/43145994

Size
1.8 linear ft

Presidential content includes:

- James A. Garfield

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