TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Walter Cass Newberry

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organization

Selected Search Terms

Container List

Series 1: Walter L. Newberry Inheritance Case Correspondence and Related Materials, 1878-1886

Series 2: Walter Cass Newberry Business and Financial Materials, ca. 1880-1906

Series 3: Henry Warner Newberry Financial Materials, 1863-1908

Series 4: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1840-1898

Series 5: 24th New York Cavalry Regimental History and Related Materials, 1865-1900

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Inventory of the Walter Cass Newberry Papers, 1840-1908


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Lisa Janssen, 2006.

©2006.


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Newberry, Walter Cass, 1835-1912
Title Walter Cass Newberry Papers
Dates 1840-1908
Extent 3.5 linear feet (2 boxes, 3 oversize boxes)
Abstract Correspondence, legal documents, and other documentation relating to the finances of Walter Cass Newberry and Henry Warner Newberry; correspondence, manuscripts, paperwork, and photographs related to the Civil War activities of the 24th New York Cavalry and Walter Cass Newberry’s military history.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Newberry WC
Collection Stack Location 3a 41 3

Administrative Information

Cite As

Walter Cass Newberry Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Unknown.

Processed by

Kathryn Tucker, 2005.

Access

The Walter Cass Newberry Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Walter Cass Newberry Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Walter Cass Newberry

Chicago businessman, Civil War officer, and nephew of Walter Loomis Newberry, founder of the Newberry Library.

Walter Cass Newberry (1835-1912) was born in Sangerfield, New York on December 23. During the course of his life, he pursued mercantile activities, including the hops and barley business in the Chicago area; served in the 24th New York Cavalry of the Union army during the Civil War, eventually attaining the rank of brigadier general; served as the mayor of Petersburg, VA; served as Chicago’s postmaster; and was elected to the Fifty-second Congress of the United States as a representative from Illinois. He died on July 20, 1912, and was buried in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Mainly paperwork related to the finances of Walter Cass Newberry and his cousin, Henry Warner Newberry. Also materials relating to Newberry's business ventures and his Civil War regiment, the 24th New York Cavalry.

The majority of the financial papers consist of correspondence between Walter Cass and Henry Warner, related to the status of the Walter L. Newberry inheritance case being pursued by said relatives, as well as the final documentation naming the decendents per stirpes. There are also letters to Henry Warner Newberry from his creditors, a “Petition of Debtor—Bankrupt” filed by Henry Warner Newberry, correspendence from William B. Candee and Louise Candee, Henry Warner Newberry’s brother-in-law and sister respectively, and Henry Warner Newberry’s Last Will and Testament.

Also in the collection are Walter Cass Newberry’s cash book and impression books, materials related to Walter C. Newberry’s business ventures, including the hops and barley business and the buying and renting out of land and buildings, correspondence between Walter Cass Newberry and members of his old regiment, the 24th New York Cavalry, documents and photographs related to the regimental history of the 24th New York Cavalry, and a transcript of Walter Cass Newberry’s official military record.

Narrative descriptions of the subject matter, types of material, and arrangement of each series are available through the Organization section of the finding aid.

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Organization

Papers are organized in the following series:

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Newberry, Henry Warner
  • Newberry, Walter Cass, 1835-1912
  • Newberry, Walter Loomis, 1804-1868
  • United States. Army. New York Cavalry Regiment, 24th (1863-1865)

Subjects

  • Manuscripts, American
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives

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Container List

Series 1: Walter L. Newberry Inheritance Case Correspondence and Related Materials, 1878-1886

The bulk of this series is correspondence from Walter Cass Newberry to Henry Warner Newberry, related to the on-going inheritance case. Also in the series are legal documentation related to the distribution of the estate of Walter Loomis Newberry and letters from other family members and acquaintances to Henry Warner Newberry. Correspondents include John S. Newberry, Louise Cook Candee, William B. Candee, and M.P Cady.
Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Correspondence - Walter Cass Newberry to Henry Warner Newberry, 1878-1879
1 2 Correspondence - John. S. Newbery to Henry Warner Newberry, May 21, 1879-May 23, 1879
1 3 Correspondence - William B. Candee to Henry Warner Newberry, 1879
1 4 Correspondence - Walter Cass Newberry to Henry Warner Newberry, 1879-188-?
1 5 Correspondence - Louise Cook Candee to Henry Warner Newberry, 1880
1 6 Correspondence - Walter Cass Newberry to Henry Warner Newberry, Feb. 11, 1880-Feb. 23, 1880
1 7 Correspondence - M.P. Cady to Henry Warner Newberry, 1880
1 8 Correspondence - Walter Cass Newberry to Henry Warner Newberry, 1880-1882
1 9 Correspondence - Louise Cook Candee to Henry Warner Newberry, 1882
1 10 Correspondence - Walter Cass Newberry to Henry Warner Newberry, 1883
1 11 Legal Record - Distribution of the estate of Walter Loomis Newberry, 1885-1886

Series 2: Walter Cass Newberry Business and Financial Materials, ca. 1880-1906

Consists mainly of correspondence from various business partners to Walter Cass Newberry. There are also materials, including a business advertising card, related to Walter Cass Newberry’s hops and barley business, the inventory of Fanny L. Edgerton’s estate, of which W.C. Newberry was executor, and a certificate from 1897 naming W.C. Newberry as a trustee of the Soldiers’ Widows’ Home, signed by John R. Tanner, the Governer of Illinois at the time. Also in the collection are W.C. Newberry’s cash book, four letter-press books containing information about W.C. Newberry’s finances and business ventures, and Fanny L. Edgerton’s Last Will and Testament. Correspondents include Henry Warner Newberry, C.K. Dutton, P.H. Putnam, F.N. Newton, Mike Braun, and R.B. McConnel.
Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
1 12 Walter Cass Newberry and Company business advertising card, ca. 1880
1 13 Legal Record - Walter Cass Newberry and Company business dissolution notice, ca. 1880
1 14 Correspondence - Walter Cass Newberry to Henry Warner Newberry, 1882
1 15 Correspondence - C.K. Dutton to Walter Cass Newberry, 1889
1 16 Correspondence - P.H. Putnam to Walter Cass Newberry, 1889-1891
1 17 Correspondence - F.N. Newton to Walter Cass Newberry, 1891
1 18 Correspondence - P.H. Putnam to Walter Cass Newberry, Jan. 10, 1892-Dec. 13, 1892
1 19 Legal Record - Fanny L. Edgerton, inventory of property, last will and testament, 1894
1 20 List of Personal Property, Walter Cass Newberry, 1894
1 21 Correspondence - Mike Braun to Walter Cass Newberry, 1897
1 22 Correspondence - R.B. McConnel to Walter Cass Newberry, 1897
1 23 Correspondence - Walter Cass Newberry to the Bank of Cassville, 1897
1 24 Certificate from Soldiers' Widows' Home, 1897
1 25 Correspondence - Mike Braun to Walter Cass Newberry, 1898
2 25a Cash book, 18-?
2 25b Letterpress book, Dec. 11 1891-May 13, 1893
2 25c Letterpress book, May 26, 1893-Nov. 25, 1894
3 25d Letterpress book, Nov. 25, 1894-July 9, 1895
3 25e Letterpress book, May 1, 1904-Aug. 1, 1906

Series 3: Henry Warner Newberry Financial Materials, 1863-1908

Consists mainly of correspondence from various creditors and family members to Henry Warner Newberry, mostly concerned with H.W. Newberry’s debts. Also includes a “Petiton of debtor—bankrupt” filed by H.W. Newberry in 1866, a debt receipt, H.W. Newberry’s Last Will and Testament, and documents related to receipts and disbursements on H.W. Newberry’s estate. Correspondents include John. D. Brown, C.C. McClure, John H. Knight, John S. Newberry, Cornelius Kennedy, Mrs. Jacob Beeson, H.M. Roby, Walter Cass Newberry, Ellen M. Brown, Elmer B. Adams, Eliphalet Wickes Blatchford, J.W. and S.T. Keith, and W.S. Sheeran.
Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
4 26 Correspondence - John D Brown to Henry Warner Newberry, 1863
4 27 Correspondence - C.C. McClure to Henry Warner Newberry, 1866
4 28 Legal Record- Petition of debtor-bankrupt, 1878
4 29 Correspondence - John. H. Knight to Henry Warner Newberry, 188-?
4 30 Correspondence - John S. Newberry to Henry Warner Newberry, 1879
4 31 Correspondence - Cornelius Kennedy to Henry Warner Newberry, 1881
4 32 Correspondence - Mrs. Jacob Beeson to Henry Warner Newberry, 1885
4 33 Correspondence - H.M. Roby to Henry Warner Newberry, 1885
4 34 Correspondence - John S. Newberry to Henry Warner Newberry, 1886
4 35 Correspondence - Walter Cass Newberry to Henry Warner Newberry, Feb. 21, 1886-Mar. 2, 1886
4 36 Correspondence - Henry Warner Newberry to E.W. Blatchford and W.H. Bradley, 1886
4 37 Correspondence - Ellen M. Brown to Henry Warner Newberry, 1886
4 38 Correspondence - Elmer B. Adams to Henry Warner Newberry, June 2, 1886-July 13, 1886
4 39 Correspondence - Eliphalet Wickes Blatchford to Henry Warner Newberry, 1886
4 40 Correspondence - Elmer B. Adams to Henry Warner Newberry, 1886
4 41 Debt receipt, 1888
4 42 Correspondence - J.W. and S.T. Keith to Henry Warner Newberry, 1892
4 43 Correspondence - Henry Warner Newberry to W.S. Sheeran, 1897
4 44 Legal Record - Last Will and Testament of Henry Warner Newberry, registered Dec. 13, 1897
4 45 Legal Record - Statement of receipts and disbursements on the account of Henry Warner Newberry, 1896-1900
4 46 Legal Record - Additional statement of receipts and disbursements on the account of Henry Warner Newberry, 1900-1902
4 47 Legal Record - Statement of receipts and disbursements on the account of Henry Warner Newberry, 1908

Series 4: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1840-1898

Correspondence on various subjects, including a letter from Walter Loomis Newberry to R.M. Young, a letter from Louise Cook Candee to Henry Warner Newberry, a letter from John C. Black to Walter Cass Newberry, and a letter from M.W. Pollard to Walter Cass Newberry.
Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
4 48 Correspondence – Walter Loomis Newberry to R.M. Young, 1840
4 49 Correspondence – Louise Cook Candee to Henry Warner Newberry, 1883
4 50 Correspondence – John C. Black to Walter Cass Newberry, 1892
4 51 Correspondence – M. W. Pollard to Walter Cass Newberry, 1898

Series 5: 24th New York Cavalry Regimental History and Related Materials, 1865-1900

This series consists of correspondence between Walter Cass Newberry and various men from his regiment, the 24th NY Cavalry; biographical sketches and histories written by Walter Cass Newberry and Major Henry C. Meyer; correspondence between men of the regiment related to the 4th anniversary reunion of the 24th NY; a Company Descriptive Book; regimental rosters of the 24th NY; several photographs, presumably of men from the regiment; and the official transcript of W.C. Newberry’s military record. Correspondents include Hampton Thomas, Daniel Hurley, H.H. Scoville, R.A. Schwab, John. C. Hannan, S.E. Chandler, M. Umbdenstock, Thomas Conklin, George Washington Goethals, Henry. C. Meyer, Russel A. Alger, and Charles A. Taylor.
Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
4 52 Obituary of Major James Emlan Doran, 1865
4 53 Certificate of Honorable Service, Allen P. Brown, 1886
4 54 Correspondence - Hampton Thomas to Walter Cass Newberry, 1889
4 55 Walter Cass Newberry, history of men under his command, 189-?
4 56 Correspondence - Daniel Hurley to "Comrade" Brookins, 1890
4 57 Transcript of the official military record of Walter Cass Newberry, 1892
4 58 Statement of the military record of Walter Cass Newberry, 1892
4 59 Correspondence - H.H. Scoville to Walter Cass Newberry, 1892
4 60 Autobiographical history of Major Henry C. Meyer, 1896
4 61 Correspondence - R.A. Schwab to Walter Cass Newberry, 1897
4 62 Correspondence - John C. Hannan to Walter Cass Newberry, 1897
4 63 Correspondence - S.E. Chandler to Walter Cass Newberry, 1898
4 64 Correspondence - M. Umbdenstock to Walter Cass Newberry, 1898
4 65 Correspondence - Thomas Conklin to Walter Cass Newberry, 1898
4 66 Correspondence - George Washington Goethals to Henry C. Meyer, 1898
4 67 Correspondence - Walter Cass Newberry to Russel A. Alger, 1898
4 68 Correspondence - S.E. Chandler to Walter Cass Newberry, 1898
4 69 Regimental roster, 1899
4 70 Correspondence - Charles A. Taylor to Walter Cass Newberry, 1900
4 71 Photographs: 24th NY Cavalry soldiers
5 72 24th NY Cavalry Company Descriptive Book
5 73 Regimental rosters, Company A, 24th NY Cavalry, 1863-1864