TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Lambert Tree

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organization

Selected Search Terms

Container List

Series 1: Correspondence, 1873-1909

Series 2: Miscellaneous, 1885-1910

Series 3: Family Materials, 1821-1933

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Inventory of the Lambert Tree Papers, 1821-1933


The Newberry Library
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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Tree, Lambert, 1832-1910
Title Lambert Tree Papers
Dates 1821-1933
Extent 5 linear feet (8 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Abstract Correspondence, speeches, drafts, documents, photographs, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings relating to Lambert Tree, Cook County lawyer, judge, politician, philanthropist, and U.S. diplomat in Belgium and Russia. The collection contains some Tree family material, commentary on the state of the Democratic Party under Grover Cleveland and William Jennings Bryan, and numerous items related to Tree's social, political, philanthropic, and diplomatic activities.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Tree
Collection Stack Location 3a 43 1

Administrative Information

Cite As

Lambert Tree Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift, Ronald Tree, 1947.

Processed by

Jane Venanzi, 2009.

Access

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

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Lambert Tree 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 Lambert Tree

Cook county lawyer, judge, politician, philanthropist, and US minister to Belgium and Russia.

Lambert Tree was born in Washington, DC November 29, 1832, the son of a post office clerk. He began his education in private schools in the capital, attended the University of Virginia, then continued on to read law and was admitted to the bar in 1855. That same year, he left the East for Chicago, where he became a wealthy and influential figure. Starting as the junior partner in Clarkson and Tree, Tree’s business steadily prospered. In 1859, he married Annie J. Magie, daughter of H. H. Magie, a Chicago pioneer who had settled in the area in 1832. In 1862, Tree returned from a vacation in Europe to practice law without a partner. By 1864, he was president of the Chicago Law Institute and in 1870, he was elected to the Cook County Circuit bench. For Tree, the capstone of his achievements came in July of 1885, when President Grover Cleveland appointed him Minister to Belgium. He worked in Brussels for three years before being promoted to Minister to Russia in 1888, a position he occupied for only a month before the inauguration of Republican president Benjamin Harrison caused his resignation. Tree had one son, Arthur, who married a daughter of Marshall Field, who he later divorced for desertion.

Tree was a strong and opinionated Democrat, who not only influenced the party but ran for office several times, running for Senator against General Logan in 1884 and losing by one vote. Though he was unsuccessful at getting a seat in Congress, he was chosen as a delegate at large from Illinois to the Democratic national convention in Chicago, which nominated Grover Cleveland with Tree’s enthusiastic support. Tree’s position as a “Gold Democrat” caused him to disagree with Bryan and his free silver platform, which lead to Tree’s withdrawal from active participation in his party. As a judge, Tree was noted for his stand against corruption, making one of his first official acts an investigation of the city council, starting a trial that made the first conviction for corruption in Illinois. He was later encouraged to run for mayor during the world’s fair, but refused to consider it.

Lambert Tree continued to make contributions to the city of Chicago. As a patron of the arts, he commissioned a statue of French explorer La Salle while in Brussels, which he gifted to the city and was unveiled at its new home in Lincoln Park in 1889. For this, the French made him an Officer of the Legion of Honor. The Trees also created the Tree Studios in 1894, paying for a low-rent, well-lit building which became a haven for many artists. Tree was the President of the Illinois state historical library board from 1892-1895, served as a trustee of the Newberry Library from 1892-1910, and was one of the incorporators of the American Red Cross. He owned the entire block bounded by North State, Ohio, Cass, and Indiana Streets and was well respected. Tree died of a heart attack on Oct. 9, 1910 while returning from overseas.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Correspondence, speeches, and miscellaneous material of Chicago judge and diplomat, Lambert Tree.

This collection consists mainly of letters to Judge Tree, with many drafts of outgoing replies, mostly to and from fellow politicians and diplomats (inculding Adlai Stevenson, Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, John P. Altgeld, and Carter H. Harrison), and Chicago colleagues and friends. Content ranges from the political issues of the day, to political appointments, invitations, and letters of introduction. In addition, there are letters between family members, the bulk of which are from Lambert Tree and his two brothers, Joseph and Charles, to his father, Lambert Tree, Sr. during 1859-1860. These letters describe every day life and business in Chicago and Norfolk, Virginia, respectively, including details on fishing, weather, and views on marriage. Additional letters and mementos concern Lambert Tree, Sr.’s job at the post office in Washington D.C. The family papers include an album of newspaper clippings kept by Judge Tree’s wife, Annie Josephine Tree.

Along with the correspondence are passports, certificates, and papers connected with Lambert Tree’s political career, as well as clippings concerning the La Salle Statue he commissioned in Belgium and gave to Lincoln Park, and letters congratulating him on his appointment to Minister to Belgium. The collection also includes drafts of numerous speeches given by Tree and newspaper clippings detailing his political views and reporting his death.

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

  • Altgeld, John Peter, 1847-1902 -- Correspondence
  • American National Red Cross
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)
  • Harrison, Carter H. (Carter Henry), 1825-1893 -- Correspondence
  • Huggins, E. L. (Eli Lundy), 1842-1929 -- Correspondence
  • Newberry Library. Board of Trustees
  • Tree family
  • Tree, Lambert, 1800-1881
  • Tree, Lambert, 1832-1910
  • Tree, Lambert, 1832-1910 -- Correspondence
  • Tree, Lambert, 1832-1910 -- Political activity

Subjects

  • Ambassadors -- Belgium
  • Diplomats -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
  • Lawyers -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Art patronage -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Chicago (Ill.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
  • China -- History -- Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901 -- Personal narratives
  • Correspondence -- 1801-1850
  • Correspondence -- 1851-1900
  • Correspondence -- 1901-1950
  • Judges -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Norfolk (Va.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
  • Parents and adult children -- Correspondence
  • Secession -- Virginia -- Public opinion
  • Speeches -- 1851-1900
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1900

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Container List

Series 1: Correspondence, 1873-1909

Letters to Judge Lambert Tree, together with drafts of outgoing replies, concerning national, local, and international politics and diplomacy, as well as affairs in Chicago. Also includes routine correspondence regarding invitations, introductions, and appointments. National. political, and diplomatic correspondents include Adlai Stevenson, Grover Cleveland, and William Howard Taft, and also Thomas F. Bayard, Isaac Bell Jr., Walter Q Gresham, Robert McLane, William Ralls Morrison, Robert B. Roosevelt, Elihu Root, William M. Springer, Richard W. Townshend, William F. Vilas, and George W. Wurtz. Chicago and Illinois correspondents include John P. Altgeld, Eliphalet W. Blatchford, John Vance Cheney, W. C. Goudy, Carter H. Harrison (d. 1893), George P. A. Healy, Samuel Insull, L. Z. Leiter, Robert Todd Lincoln, A. C. McClurg, Robert Sanderson McCormick, Joseph Medill, Honore Palmer, Erskine M. Phelps, and W. F. Story. There is also considerable correspondence from Mabel Boardman of the executive committee of the American National Red Cross, from Compagnie des Bronzes regarding the LaSalle statue, and from Eli Lundy Higgins who was in China during the Boxer Rebellion.
Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Adee, Alvey Augustus, 1886-1903
1 2 Alger, R.A., Sep. 30, 1902
1 3 Altgeld, John P., 1893-1901
1 4 Anderson, C. P., Jan. 1909
1 5 Armour, Philip D., Oct. 1, 1890
1 6 Armstrong, Mary Stuart, Apr. 25, 1904
1 7 Arnot, Raymond H., 1902-1909
1 8 Bailey, M. B., Jul. 11, 1885
1 9 Baker, John H., May 17, 1885
1 10 Baker, William T., 1891-1892
1 11 Barbey, Edouard, calling card, n.d.
1 12 Barrett, John., Jun. 1899
1 13 Barringer, Paul Brandon, 1901-1902
1 14 Bayard, Mrs. Thomas F., 1898-1908
1 15 Bayard, Thomas F., 1886-1897
1 16 Beauclerk, Evelyn A., n.d.
1 17 Bell, Isaac, Jr., 1886-1888
1 18 Belmore, Somerset Richard Lowry-Corry, Jul. 6, 1891
1 19 Bernard, C., 1888-1892
1 20 Bigelow, Grace, Jul. 7, 1888
1 21 Bigelow, John, 1888
1 22 Billings, Frank, Jul. 19, 1905
1 23 Black, John C., 1890-1909
1 24 Blackman, Walther, Oct. 31, 1886
1 25 Blackstone, T. B., Nov. 17, 1891
1 26 Blaine, Anita McCormick, n.d.
1 27 Blaine, James G., 1889
1 28 Bland, Richard P., Mar. 16, 1894
1 29 Blatchford, Eliphalet Wickes, 1885-1908
1 30 Blodgett, H. W., n.d.
1 31 Boardman, Mabel T., 1905-1909
1 32 Bonnat, W., May 6, 1897
1 33 Borthgrave, Paul, Count de, Apr. 26, 1889
1 34 Boutell, Henry S., 1905-1908
1 35 Bowker, Alfred, 1901-1903
1 36 Bradley, Joseph P., Nov. 17, 1887
1 37 Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston, Mar. 18, 1886
1 38 Bristow, B. H., Jul. 13, 1894
1 39 Brooke, Mary T., Feb. 4, 1899
1 40 Brooks, Frank H., Nov. 11, 1893
1 41 Brower, A. T. H., Nov. 24-26, 1897
1 42 Brown-Sequard, C. B., 1877-1885
1 43 Brugmann, Georges, 1886-1889
1 44 Bruwaert, Edmond, 1889-1894
1 45 Bryan, Henry, 1888-1891
1 46 Bryan, Joseph, May 1904
1 47 Bryce, Lloyd, Nov. 4, 1891
1 48 Butler, Charles Henry, Apr. 6
1 49 Byford, W. H., Mar. 3, 1885
2 50 Cachard, Henry, Jan. 28, 1887
2 51 Calvo, Carlo, Dec. 19, 1888
2 52 Campbell, W., Aug. 23, 1906
2 53 Cantigalli, R., 1892-1893
2 54 Carlisle, C., Aug. 10, 1885
2 55 Carpenter, Fred W., 1905-1909
2 56 Carroll, Marian Mulligan Apr. 6, 1885
2 57 Carter, John Ridgely, n.d.
2 58 Caton, John Dean, 1884-1893
2 59 Causey, J. W., Jul. 15, 1892
2 60 Charlier, Joseph John, Nov. 14, 1888
2 61 Cheney, John Vance, 1907-1908
2 62 Chicago Club, May 14, 1892
2 63 Cleveland, Frances, F., 1892-1907
2 64 Cleveland, Grover, 1889-1907
2 65 Clory, Robert, Mar. 19, 1902
2 66 Cogordan, George, calling card, n.d.
2 67 Commissioners of Lincoln Park, 1889-1894
2 68 Compagnie des bronzes, 1888-1889
2 69 Condon, R. J., Dec. 1, 1904
2 70 Corbin, Henry C., 1892-1907
2 71 Cordier, Alphonse, calling card n.d.
2 72 Cotton, Mrs. Charles Stanhope, n.d.
2 73 Craigie, Mary E., n.d.
2 74 Crisp, Charles F., Feb. 16, 1892
2 75 Cullom, Shelby Moore, 1902-1907
2 76 Curry, I. S. M., 1888-1893
2 77 Cutting, Marion Ramsay, n.d.
2 78 d'Aumale, duc 1889
2 79 d'Auxy, la duchesse et marquisse, May 1888
2 80 de Burenstam, Charles 1890-1893
2 81 de Chimay, Prince, 1889-1891
2 82 de Chimay, Princesse, 1891-1893
2 82a de Lalaing, Jacques, 1889
2 83 de Leon, Arturo, 1886
2 84 de l'Espine, Comte, calling card, n.d.
2 85 de Marney, Victor, Nov. 14, 1888
2 86 Deneen, Charles, S., Jun. 17, 1905
2 87 Dent, Thomas, Feb. 3, 1906
2 88 de Sainte-Foy, L. R., n.d., 1895
2 89 d'Herwynen, Baron Gericke, calling card, n.d.
2 90 Evans, Charles, Sep. 24, 1896
2 91 Fertig, James W., Nov. 19, 1904
2 92 Floyd-Jones, De Lancey, Nov. 1, 1888
2 93 Gage, Layman Judson, 1899-1901
2 94 Garnett, Algernon, S., 1904-1905
2 95 Gilder, Richard Watson, 1894-909
2 96 Gillespie, George Lewis, 1907-1909
2 97 Gillespie, Phoebie McM, n.d.
2 98 Gofrelin, Martin, Jan. 14, 1890
2 99 Gordon, Nelly K., 1905, n.d.
2 100 Goudy, W. C., 1880-1889
2 101 Grant, Frederick D., May 10, 1904
2 102 Grant, Ida H., 1904-1909
2 103 Grant, Memorial Meeting Invitation, Aug. 8, 1885
2 104 Gravier, Gabriel, Feb. 3, 1890
2 105 Grey, Charles F., Feb. 3, 1933
2 106 Gray, George, 1886-1898
2 107 Greely, Henrietta N., n.d.
2 108 Gregory, S. S., 1897-1907
2 109 Gresham, Walter Q., 1885-1895
2 110 Grey, Aug. 15, 1897
2 111 Guerette, E., Nov. 9, 1893
2 112 Gunsaulus, F. W., Sep. 9, 1905
2 113 Hardin, Amelia McLaughlin, 1902-1908
2 114 Harlan, John M., 1894-1906
2 115 Harrison, Carter H., 1886-1893
2 116 Hart, Lady Hester Jane, 1893-1907
2 117 Hart, M. M., 1906-1907
2 118 Hart, Nolly B., 1906
2 119 Haulleville, Baron, Mar. 30, 1886
2 120 Hay, John, n.d.
2 121 Hay, Maria Jones, Jan. 10, 1896
3 122 Healy, George P. A., 1879-1892
3 123 Henderson, William R., Oct. 27, 1892
3 124 Hendricks, Thomas A., 1885
3 125 Herbert, H. A., 1894
3 126 Hewitt, Abram Sr., n.d.
3 127 Hitt, Robert R,. April 24, 1896
3 128 Hitt, Sally R., n.d.
3 129 Holdom Jesse, Nov. 12, 1904
3 130 Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Aug, 1890
3 131 Hopkins, John P., Dec. 1863
3 132 Hornsby, Rebekah Black, 1909
3 133 Howe, Haughwont, Apr. 12, 1889
3 134 Huggins, Eli Lundy, 1896-1907
3 135 Humphry, J. O., Jul. 18, 1905
3 136 Hunt, Wilson G., Nov. 22, 1886
3 137 Huntington, H. A., 1886-1897
3 138 Hyde, Charles Cheney, Jul. 11, 1905
3 139 Institute de France, Jan. 16, 1890
3 140 Insull, Samuel, Mar. 1907
3 141 International American Monetary Commission, 1891
3 142 Isham, Edward S., 1892-1901
3 143 James, Edmund J., 1904-1907
3 144 Jenkins, M. A., 1907-1909
3 145 Jewett, Ellen R., n.d.
3 146 Johnson, Allen, May, 1906
3 147 Jones, C. H., Oct. 3, 1892
3 148 Jones, David B., n.d.
3 149 Jones, J. R., n.d.
3 150 Jones, James K., Aug. 16, 1900
3 151 Jooris, J., Sep. 17, 1888
3 152 Joostens, Maurice, n.d.
3 153 Kauffman, Rebecca H., Jan. 6, 1909
3 154 Keen. Gregory B., Apr. 9, 1895
3 155 Kerfoot, Samuel H., Sep. 10, 1885
3 156 Knickerbocker, J. C., July 30, 1888
3 157 Kohlsaat, Herman Henry, 1896-1901
3 158 Lake Mohonk Conference on International Arbitrarion, 1907-1908
3 159 Lambermont, baron, 1890-1892
3 160 Lambert, George T., 1908
3 161 Lamont, Daniel Scott, 1888-1891
3 162 La Salle, Madame Georges de, (includes photographs), 1889
3 163 Lathrop, Helen, Jul. 30, 1905
3 164 Lathrop, John A., 1903-1904
3 165 Lawrence, W. E., Aug. 15, 1885
3 166 Lawson, Victor F., Oct. 17, 1886, n.d.
3 167 Lax, Jules, Nov. 28, 1888
3 168 Leach, Josiah Granville, Feb. 17, 1903
3 169 Leake, W. S., 1900
3 170 Leeds, Charles C., 1888-1907
3 171 Le Ghait, A., 1889-1895
3 172 Leiter, L.Z., 1891-1900
3 173 Leiter, Mary, 1897-1906
3 174 Leiter, Nance, n.d.
3 175 Leman, H. W., Oct, 19, 1889
3 176 Lemmon, A. I., Mar. 29, 1887
3 177 Liang-Ching, Chentung, Dec. 9, 1905
3 178 Lincoln, Robert Todd, 1886-1907
3 179 Loomis, Mary H, n.d.
3 180 MacMahon, J. A., Aug. 10, 1894
3 181 MacVeagh, Franklin, 1893-1909
3 182 MacVeagh, Wayne n.d.
3 183 Magee, Charles L., 1905
3 184 Magee, Rufus, 1888-1889
3 185 Magrudor, B. D., Feb. 9, 1906
4 186 Manning, Margaretta, 1907-1908
4 187 Margry, Madame A., 1896
4 188 Margry, Pierre, 1887-1892
4 189 Marr, W. W., Aug. 20, 1885
4 190 Mason, Edward G., 1892-1896
4 191 Mason, William E., Feb. 1898
4 192 Mathews, Shiler, Mar. 20, 1905
4 193 Maury, Nannie Bell, n.d.
4 194 Maury, WIlliam A. 1894-1908
4 195 Maynard, George C., Mar. 19, 1897
4 196 McArthur, L. L., Aug. 7, 1905, n.d.
4 197 McCagg, Ezra Butler, 1879-1897
4 198 McCalla, B. H., Oct. 12, 1888
4 199 McClellan, Ellen M., n.d.
4 200 McClurg, A. C., 1888
4 201 McCormick, Cyrus H., 1885-1896
4 202 McCormick, Katherine, 1899, n.d.
4 203 McCormick, Nettie Fowler, 1906-1908
4 204 McCormick, Robert Sanderson, 1895-1905
4 205 McCormick, Ruth, Aug. 2, 1905
4 206 McCreary, James B., Jan. 3, 1902
4 207 McLane, Robert M., 1886-1889
4 208 McMurdo, E., Sep. 16, 1888
4 209 McNally, Thomas J., May 1885
4 210 McPherson, J. R., Mar. 2, 1893
4 211 Medill, Joseph, 1897-1898
4 212 Merritt, M., n.d.
4 213 Michael, William H., Sep. 25, 1906
4 214 Miles, Nelson A., 1894-1906
4 215 Ministry Foreign Affairs, Brussels Sep. 1902
4 216 Mitchell, George H., Aug. 20, 1889
4 217 Monies, R. B., n.d.
4 218 Moore, John Bassett, 1889-1898
4 219 Morris, Mrs. John, Jan. 18, 1902
4 220 Morrison, William Ralls, 1885-1903
4 221 Morse, S. E., Apr. 24, 1897
4 222 Morton, J. Sterling, July 1886
4 223 Moulton, L. W., Jan. 5, 1885
4 224 Munez-Ortega, A., 1887-1810
4 225 Murray, W. H., 1892
4 226 Neef, Walter, Sep. 10, 1901
4 227 Neele, J., Jan. 5, 1904
4 228 Newhouse, Ida H., Mar. 19, 1898
4 229 Nourse, I. E., Jun. 5, 1888
4 230 Ohnesorge, Natalie, baroness d', 1907
4 231 Ormesson, comte d', calling card, 1890
4 232 Otis, Elwell Stephen, 1901-1902
4 233 Oultremont, John d', count, 1889-1891
4 234 Orleans, Henri d', Duc d'Aumale May 3, 1889
4 235 Palmer, Bertha Honore, 1901
4 236 Palmer, Dampier, 1897
4 237 Palmer, Honore, 1901-1905
4 238 Palmer, John M., 1891-1895
4 239 Paris, Bibliotheque nationale, Jan. 11, 1889
4 240 Parkhurst, John G., 1880-1890
4 241 Parkman, F., Jan. 14, 1890
4 242 Patterson, Elinor, c.a. 1888-1907
4 243 Patterson, Raymond, Mar. 16, 1892
4 244 Patterson, Robert, 1896-1901
4 245 Peck, George R., Jan. 4, 1905
4 246 Penny, James, Sep. 30, 1889
4 247 Perkins, Charles K., Jan. 8, 1890
4 248 Perrin, J. Nick, ca. 1896 ca. 1896
4 249 Peyton, Colonel H. E., 1895
4 250 Phelps, Delos P., 1893-1897
4 251 Phelps, E. S., Sep. 26, 1888
4 252 Phelps, Erskine M., 1886-1888
4 253 Phillmore, W. P. W., Sep. 23, 1903
4 254 Ponthos, Count Pierre van der Straten, ca. 1888
4 255 Porter, F. J., Jan. 5, 1880
4 256 Porter, James D., Jan. 12, 1885
4 257 Potter, Howard, Apr. 15, 1891
4 258 Pullman, Mrs., calling card, Mar. 11, 1909
4 259 Pullman, George M., Jun. 25, 1894
4 260 Putnam, James O., n.d.
5 261 Quigley, J. E., Archbishop, 1905
5 262 Quinby, William Emory, May 27, 1893
5 263 Quisnerieux, L. de la, Apr. 6, 1890
5 264 Reber, Cicelia Miles 1908
5 265 Ribot, M., Jul. 19, 1891
5 266 Roberts, J. E., 1907-1909
5 267 Robinson, Albert G., 1906
5 268 Rodenbough, Theophilus, Francis, Dec. 7, 1889
5 269 Rolin-Jacquemyns, Feb. 9, 1887
5 270 Romero C., Oct. 25, 1892
5 271 Romero, M., 1893
5 272 Roosevelt, Robert B., 1888
5 273 Root, Elihu, 1904-1909
5 274 Rouen, l'Archeveque de, calling card, Jan. 18, 1890
5 275 Roustan, R., Feb. 6, 1890
5 276 Russell, Martin, J., 1886-1889
5 277 Sadler, Sir J. Hayes, n.d.
5 278 Sanford, H., 1886-1889
5 279 Schweinitz, 1889
5 280 Schofield, John McAllister, Feb. 8, 1895
5 281 Scott, James W., 1891-1895
5 282 Seawell, Molly Elliot, 1908
5 283 Seeberger, A. F., Sep. 15, 1888
5 284 Sheldon, Henry I., Oct. 17, 1888
5 285 Shope, Simeon P., Aug. 24, 1899
5 286 Singleton, James W., 1881-1888
5 287 Smith, Hoke, Dec. 27, 1893
5 288 Sneyers, Augustus, 1888-1889
5 289 Snow, Mrs. Margaret Butler, 1908
5 290 Societe de Geographie, Paris, Jan. 17, 1890
5 291 Spooner, John C., 1905
5 292 Springer, William M., includes clippings, 1877-1895
5 293 Spuller, E., calling card, Jan. 27, 1890
5 294 Stanton, Edgar, Sep. 13, 1888
5 295 Stevens, Frank E., 1909
5 296 Stevenson, Adlai E., 1892-1893
5 297 Stewart, John H., 1889
5 298 Stone, James S., 1900-1904
5 299 Stone, Melville, E., n.d.
5 300 Story, W. F., 1875-1881
5 301 Suffolk, Daisy, 1906
5 302 Taft, Helen H., 1909
5 303 Taft, William Howard, Jul. 15, 1908
5 304 Taylor, B. W., 1907
5 305 Taylor, E. S., 1889
5 306 Taylor, Hobart C., Sep. 8, 1893
5 307 Terrell, A. W., Nov. 21, 1894
5 308 Terrell, F. H., Aug. 1, 1891
5 309 Thayer, Samuel R., 1901-1908
5 310 Theymens, May 13, 1891
5 311 Tompkins, Charles H., 1889
5 312 Townshend, Richard W., 1885-1888
5 313 Tree, Arthur, 1907, n.d.
5 314 Tree, Ellen F., May 27, 1908
5 315 Tree, Joseph, 1897-1907
5 316 Tree, Lambert to Campbell, Mrs. Colin, n.d.
5 317 Tree, Lambert to President Carnot, n.d.
5 318 Tree, Lambert to Clampittt, John W., n.d.
5 319 Tree, Lambert to Prince Czartoryski, Aug. 22, 1893
5 320 Tree, Lambert to Dallin, n.d.
5 321 Tree Lambert to d'Altena, Count Borthgrave, 1889
5 322 Tree Lambert, to Dana, Apr. 7, 1905
5 323 Tree, Lambert to de Villeneuve, Count, Mar. 17, 1899
5 324 Tree, Lambert, to de Villeneuve, Countess, n.d.
5 325 Tree, Lambert, to Porferio Diaz, Jul. 27, 1899
5 326 Tree, Lambert, to Dickinson, Don M., 1893-1900
5 327 Tree, Lambert, to Doane
5 328 Tree, Lambert, to d'Oultremont, Count, Jun. 1889
5 329 Tree, Lambert, to William W. Ireland, Jun. 18, 1906
5 330 Tree, Lambert, to Jewsbery and Brown, n.d.
6 331 Tree, Lambert, to Kimball, n.d.
6 332 Tree, Lambert, to Kohlsaat, C. C. n.d.
6 333 Tree, Lambert, to Lefens, T. J., n.d.
6 334 Tree, Lambert, to Leiter, Mrs. L. Z., 1897-1906
6 335 Tree, Lambert, to McCagg, Mrs. Ezra Butler, 1904-1908
6 336 Tree, Lambert, to McCormick, Mrs., n.d.
6 337 Tree, Lambert, to Mitchell, John J., Mar. 4, 1907
6 338 Tree, Lambert, to Olney, Richard, June 12, 1895
6 339 Tree, Lambert, to Palmer, Mrs. Potter, 1901-2
6 340 Tree, Lambert, to Phillips, W. H. C., May 5, 1906
6 341 Tree, Lambert, to Rice, J. M., n.d.
6 342 Tree, Lambert, to Rives, Mrs. Jeannie, 1903
6 343 Tree, Lambert, to Roosevelt, Theodore, Dec. 22, 1902
6 344 Tree, Lambert, to Roustan, Theodore, Mar. 9, 1890
6 345 Tree, Lambert, to Rucker, D. K., n.d.
6 346 Tree, Lambert, to Sanford, Cara, Dec. 4, 1904
6 347 Tree, Lambert, to Sanford, Mrs. Henry, Oct. 14, 1895
6 348 Tree, Lambert, to Sawyer, Mrs., Jul. 15, 1894
6 349 Tree, Lambert, to Scott, Mrs., n.d.
6 350 Tree, Lambert, to Scudder, Kathleen, Sep. 16, 1905
6 351 Tree, Lambert, to Smiley, Albert K., ca. 1908
6 352 Tree, Lambert, to Smith, Byron L., n.d.
6 353 Tree, Lambert, to Smith, George W., Jan. 24, 1895
6 354 Tree, Lambert, to Stoutenburgh, Mrs. Francis A., May 2, 1907
6 355 Tree, Lambert, to Tanner, John R., Dec. 31, 1896
6 356 Tree, Lambert, to Thurber, Apr. 21, 1893
6 357 Tree, Lambert, to Von Eitueldt, Edmund, Feb. 4, 1888
6 358 Tree, Lambert, to Vrooman, Dr. and Mrs., Jan. 7, 1909
6 359 Tree, Lambert, to Waller, n.d.
6 360 Tree, Lambert, to Walter, Wellman, 1897-1898
6 361 Tree, Lambert, to White, Peter, n.d.
6 362 Tree, Lambert, to Wigmore, John H., 1904
6 363 Tree, Lambert, to Willing, Mrs. H. F., Feb. 1, 1898
6 364 Truax, Charles H., Dec. 14, 1900
6 365 Trude, A. S., Jun. 2, 1885
6 366 Turner, Will, Jun. 13, 1905
6 367 Van Reypen, William K., 1905
6 368 Venable, Charles S., Feb. 18, 1888
6 369 Vignaud, Henry, 1889-1896
6 370 Vilas. William F., 1885-1896
6 371 Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1908-1909
6 372 Vivian, Lord, 1888
6 373 Washington, Booker T. (includes enclosure), 1904
6 374 Washington, L. Q., Jun. 4, 1887
6 375 Weber, Jessie Palmer, Sep. 28, 1905
6 376 Weede, M Jan. 26, 1890
6 377 Wermth, Ad., Jan. 23, 1893
6 378 Wharton, Francis, Jul. 10, 1885
6 379 Wherry, Alice G., Aug 10, 1885
6 380 White, Horace, 1907
6 381 Willard, Mary B., Dec. 26, 1888
6 382 Williams, R., Apr. 23, 1891
6 383 Winchester, Boyd, Jan. 13, 1892
6 384 Woodhouse, James, Oct. 12, 1906
6 385 Wurtz, George W., 1888-1893
6 386 Miscellaneous inquiries (includes photo), 1873-1903
6 387 Anonymous, regarding house, Oct. 1884

Series 2: Miscellaneous, 1885-1910

Papers and drafts of speeches concerning Lambert Tree's positions as Minister of Belgium and Minister of Russia, as well as newspaper clippings about his political views, and various awards and certificates. There are also papers concerning Tree's inclusion to the Legion of Honor and his participation in the Chicago branch of the Red Cross, and additional speeches and resolutions. Tree also kept a booklet and newspaper clippings commemorating the LaSalle statue that he donated to the city, as well as a scrapbook full of congratulations and memorabilia connected to his appointment to Belgium.
Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
7 388 Articles regarding Tree's political views, (see oversized box), 1900, n.d.
7 389 Certificates, (see also oversized box), 1885-1893
7 390 Clippings-biographical and obit., 1910
7 391 La Salle Statue, booklet and newspaper clippings, Oct. 1889
7 392 Minister to Belgium (credentials, speech, recall notification), 1888-1891
7 393 Minister to Russia (credentials, speeches, notification, telegram, recall), 1888-1889
7 394 Officer of the Legion of France (notification, acceptance), 1890
7 395 Passports (see also oversized box), 1888-1894
7 396 Program for banquet, n.d.
7 397 Red Cross, Illinois branch of America, signed by Lambert Tree, 1905
7 398 Resolution, Illinois State Convention, authored by Lambert Tree, 1894
7 399-400 Scrapbook containing letters and memorabilia re: Belgium, 1885
7 401 Speeches (political, memorial, etc.) 1901, n.d.

Series 3: Family Materials, 1821-1933

Family correspondence and other materials. There are letters from Lambert Tree and his brothers, Charles and Joseph, to their parents, describing life in Chicago and Norfolk, Va., 1859-1860. Of particular interest are Lambert Tree's 1859 letters descriping his courtship and marriage to Anna Josephine Magie, his business dealing with "Old Abe Lincoln," (Springfield, Ill., undated, ca. Feb. 1859) and September letters describing the U.S. Fair in Chicago. These letters also contain commentary about local and national business and politics. Brother Joseph Tree's letters from Norfolk emphatically express Southern and secessionist sympathies, and comment extensively on the John Brown affair. They also talk about the Norfolk shipping and railroad affairs. In addition, there are letters by Lambert Tree's son, Arthur, his grandson, Ronald, and his wife; an essay by his sister, Jeannie Tree Rives; correspondence and mementos re the senior Tree's post office position, and a scrapbook containng newspaper clippings kept by Anna Josephine Tree.
Arranged alphabetically by individual.

Box Folder Contents
8 402 Rives, Jeannie Tree, essay, n.d.
8 403 Rives, Jeannie Tree to L. G. Thomas, Mar. 25, 1905
8 404 Tree, Annie Josephine Magie, letter and receipt, 1884
8 405 Tree, Anie Josephine Magie (scrapbook containing clippings and writing), 1872
8 406 Tree, Lambert Sr. - Correspondence from Tree, Arthur, 1877, n.d.
8 407 Tree, Lambert Sr. - Correspondence from Tree, Charles M., 1859
8 408 Tree, Lambert Sr. - Correspondence from Tree, Joseph B., 1858-1860
8 409 Tree, Lambert Sr. - Correspondence from Tree, Lambert (includes one from Lambert Tree Sr.), 1858-1872
8 410 Tree, Lambert Sr. - Correspondence from 3rd Baptist Church, 1834-1835
8 411 Tree, Lambert Sr. - Correspondence regarding employment in post office and mementos, 1837-1880
8 412 Tree, Lambert Sr. - Incoming--Various, 1839-1866
8 413 Tree, Lambert Sr. - Miscellaneous, Personal, 1821-1881, n.d.
8 414 Tree, Mary (sister of Lambert Tree, Sr.), 1859-1860
8 415 Tree, Ronald, clipping and letters, 1932-1933
8 416 Tree Family History, author unknown, 1905, n.d.
8 417 Tree Family, Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1932-1933