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Ayer, Edward Everett, 1841-1927. Edward E. Ayer U.S. Board of Indian Commissioners files, 1912-1922.

Correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda, bulletins, 1912-1922, relating to Edward E. Ayer's work on the U.S. Board of Indian Commissioners. Ayer was a railroad tie manufacturer who donated his collection of materials on America and American Indians to the Newberry Library and served as a Newberry Trustee. Dating primarily from Ayer's period of active service, 1912-1917, there is both incoming and outgoing correspondence with commission members and officials.

2.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 911
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Babcock, Orville Elias, 1835-1884. Orville E. Babcock Papers, 1851-1947, bulk 1861-1884.

Orville E. Babcock was 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.  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.

6.9 linear feet (11.5 boxes and one oversize box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Babcock
Finding Aids:
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Badger, Elvira Cecelia Sheridan, 1832-1911. Elvira Sheridan Badger Papers, 1859-ca. 1930, bulk 1859-1878.

Six personal diaries and one diary fragment kept by Elvira Cecelia Sheridan Badger of Kentucky and Illinois, spanning the years 1859 through 1903. Also popular antebellum piano music compiled and bound for Badger before her marriage. Facsimile of notebook kept by Alpheus Shreve Badger about his move to Chicago and the subsequent freedom of his slaves in 1852. Diary entries concern the daily lives of a well-to-do family, including their 1861 move to Chicago, Illinois. Sentiment in Kentucky regarding the approach of the Civil War, relations with and freeing of the family's slaves, and news of the war are also noted.

1.7 linear feet (2 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Badger
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Baur, Bertha Duppler. Bertha Duppler Baur Diaries and appointment books, 1898-1939.

Diaries (partly in shorthand) and appointment books of Bertha Duppler Baur, Chicago businesswoman, suffragette, lawyer, and politician.

1.4 linear feet
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Baur
Finding Aids:
Collection available by appointment only.

Bell, Edward Price, 1869-1943. Edward Price Bell Papers, 1886-1951, bulk 1900-1942.

Correspondence, diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, clippings, photos, memorabilia, and articles in manuscript and print of Edward Price Bell, covering the period of Bell's service as foreign correspondent for the Chicago Daily News, roving correspondent for the Literary Digest, and contributor to the London Times and other publications. Correspondents include many world leaders and other prominent figures of the early twentieth century.

31.3 linear feet (64 boxes and 4 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Bell (formerly Be)
Finding Aids:
Newberry Library Bulletin, 2nd Ser. No. 1 (July 1948), p. 1-11; Newberry Library Bulletin, Vol. 4, No. 1 (November 1955), p. 24-27.
Catalog Record
Inventory

Blount, William, 1749-1800. William Blount Papers, 1794-1796.

Letters, orders and receipts written by William Blount, pertaining to his administration of Indian and military affairs in the Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio, 1794-1796. Correspondence directed to David Henley (as agent of the War Department), John Pitchlynn (U.S. interpreter to the Choctaw), and several other military officers.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 74
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Calhoun, Lucy Monroe, 1865-1950. Lucy Monroe Calhoun Papers, 1909-1922 or 1923.

Six letters by Lucy Monroe Calhoun and three by her husband, William J. Calhoun (U.S. Minister to China, 1909-1913), regarding their experiences in China during the last years of the Qing Dynasty, which includes a description of the December, 1922, wedding of Emperor Puyi. Another letter relates Monroe’s visit to Le Mans, France, the American Red Cross embarkation camp at the end of World War I. Also, a newspaper clipping and a photograph of Emperor Puyi as a child.

0.1 linear feet (3 folders)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS 126
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Clay, Henry, 1772-1852. Henry Clay Letters, 1825-1851.

Twelve letters of Henry Clay, prominent statesman and orator, during his career as US Senator, concerning political topics which include the election of Jackson, secession, the temperance movement, and slavery.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Clay
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Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard, 1809-1870. John Adolphus Bernard Dahlgren Papers, 1858-1870.

Collection contains 46 letters from U.S. naval officer and inventor of ordnance John Adolphus Bernard Dahlgren to his sister, Martha Matilda ("Patty") Dahlgren, one letter to his son Ulrich (1842-1864), and a letter to "Mary." The collection also includes one letter from Ulrich to his Aunt Patty, and a letter from F. A. W. Davis to Dahlgren, regarding Dahlgren's nephew Bernard. Printed poem and newspaper clippings relating to Ulrich's death in an attempted raid on Richmond, Virginia are included as well.

0.1 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Case MS E5.D136
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Davis, Charles A., fl. 1900. Charles A. Davis Papers, 1854-1901.

Charles A. Davis left Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 22, 1900, to take a job as a court reporter in Manila after the Americans had taken control of the Philippines. His wife, Bess, joined him in Manila in 1901. This collection consists of letters and photographs that describe Mr. and Mrs. Davis' lives in Manila. It also includes a travel journal in Spanish from 1854, titled "Memorias sobre las Yslas Filipinas," that Mr. and Mrs. Davis acquired.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 1980
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Davis, Jefferson Columbus, 1828-1879. Jefferson Columbus Davis Papers, 1867-1878.

Original journals, correspondence, photographs, engravings, newsclippings, together with some typed copies, documenting the career army officer's tenure as military governor of Alaska, 1867-1870, and his and his wife's tour of Mexico in 1878.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 3057
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Dickinson, Daniel S. (Daniel Stevens), 1800-1866. Daniel S. Dickinson Correspondence, 1799-1892.

Daniel S. Dickinson, lawyer, politician, and orator, served in the New York Senate (1837-1840), as Lieutenant Governor of New York (1842), and in the U. S. Senate (1844-1851). This collection contains 164 letters and documents related mostly to Dickinson's political activities. Correspondents include Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Dorothea Dix, James Buchanan, James K. Polk, Martin Van Buren, Horace Greeley, and Fernando Wood. Collection also features some letters written to Lydia Knapp Dickinson, Dickinson's wife, after his death. A few documents relating to John Tracy and James Clapp (1785-1854), father of Julia Clapp Newberry, are also included.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Dickinson
Finding Aids:
Manuscript Card Catalog.
Inventory (Modern Manuscript Collections Notebooks.)
Inventory (Database of Names in Manuscript Collections Notebooks.)
Information file available in Special Collections Department.

Eden-Martin Family Papers, ca. 1827-1961.

Papers pertaining to the family of Illinois U.S. Representative John R. Eden (1826-1909). The majority of the material primarily concerns John R. Eden’s daughter Rose, her husband Ivory J. Martin, and their children. The papers also contain correspondence and material relating to the Taylor and Pifer families, who were the in-laws of Rose and Ivory’s son, Robert W. Martin. (Robert Martin married Ruth Pifer, daughter of Hattie Taylor and Finley Pifer).

23.7 linear feet (20 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Eden
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Edwards, Ninian, 1775-1833. Ninian Edwards Letters, 1813-1814.

Collection includes six letters from Ninian Edwards, governor of Illinois territory, to Kentucky governor Isaac Shelby, regarding War of 1812-related Indian attacks in the Illinois Territory and the state of defenses there. Edwards was appointed governor of the new Illinois territory in 1809 and held office until 1818, when the territory became a state. He served as governor of the state of Illinois from 1826-1831, and died in 1833.

0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT box Ayer MS 401
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Faulk, Andrew Jackson, 1814-1898. Andrew Jackson Faulk Letters and speeches, 1862-1870.

Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1862-1870, of A.J. Faulk, written chiefly during his 1867-1869 governorship of the Dakota Territory concerning U.S. government's intention to stop a proposed expedition to explore and settle unceded Black Hills Indian lands, the Indian Peace Commission, the mustering of volunteer cavalry, appropriations for the relief of destitute upper Missouri tribes, etc. Also, Dec. 1867 annual address to the territorial legislature discussing, among many issues, the Black Hills, the Indian Peace Commission, and the future of the Indian.

0.2 linear feet (4 folders) 0.2 linear feet (4 folders)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 3070 (formally Ayer MS 280a and 280b)
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Goddard , Joseph Bachellor, 1793-1842. Joseph Bachellor Goddard Anti-Slavery Essay, 1833.

Incomplete (p. 81-296) manuscript of an essay written by Joseph Bachellor Goddard, a Congregational minister in Londonderry, Vermont, and 1816 graduate of Williams College, who argued for the elimination of slavery, but sharply criticized the program of the American Colonization Society. Goddard preached in Londonderry from 1827 to 1838, and later in Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, N.Y. Also typed transcript prepared by Eleanor Goddard Worthen, a great-grandaughter.

0.1 linear feet (2 items)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS 177
Finding Aids:
Collection available by appointment only.

Gruenberg, Robert, 1922-1992. Robert Gruenberg Papers, 1947-1990.

Articles, notebooks, and correspondence of Robert Gruenberg, Chicago Daily News political and urban affairs journalist and Washington and foreign correspondent. Includes much significant material on newsworthy events of the 1950s to 1970s such as the Cuban revolution (at which Gruenberg was present), the Civil Rights marches in the South (also present), Vietnam War protests, and Watergate.

4.6 linear feet (11 boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Gruenberg
Finding Aids:
Catalog Record
Inventory

Hall, Gus. Gus Hall Communist Party meeting recordings, 1988-1993.

Recordings of longtime American Communist Party national chairman and U.S. presidential candidate Gus Hall. Each tape contains Hall's updates at regular party executive board meetings, 1988-1993, a time of considerable dissent over Hall's rigid support of Soviet-style Communism and the absence of internal party democracy.

2.0 linear feet (98 cassette tapes in 2 boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Hall
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Collection available by appointment only.

Hammond, Charles Lyman, 1853-. C.L. Hammond Scrapbook, 1891-1895.

Scrapbook containing autograph letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, etc., relating to the Lincoln monument, collected by C. L. Hammond, the letters being for the most part, written by or to him.

0.2 linear feet (1 volume)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Case MS E 5 .L63375
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Harrison, Carter H. (Carter Henry), 1860-1953. Carter H. Harrison Papers, 1637-1953, bulk 1840-1950.

Correspondence, writings, clippings, photographs, and memorabilia relating to five-time Chicago Mayor Carter Henry Harrison IV (1860-1953) and his family, particularly his wife, Edith Ogden Harrison, and his father, Chicago Mayor Carter Henry Harrison III (1825-1893). The collection also includes a number of letters, autographs, and miscellaneous other documents from famous people that were not originally directed to Harrison or his family, but which Harrison kept as collectibles.

11.3 cubic ft.
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Harrison (formerly Ha)
Finding Aids:
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Inventory

Harrison, Gabriel, 1818-1902. Gabriel Harrison Letters, 1873-1883.

Brooklyn, N.Y., theatrical manager, actor, painter, and author of an 1875 work about John Howard Payne, who was himself an actor, playwright, defender of the Cherokee Indians, and U.S. consul at Tunis. Collection contains letters regarding Payne to Harrison from three current and former U.S. consuls to Tunis.

0.1 linear feet (1 folder).
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT box Ayer MS 3038
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Hawkins, Benjamin, 1754-1816. Benjamin Hawkins Letters, 1797-1812.

Collection of 8 letters by Benjamin Hawkins, Creek Indian agent, concerning southern Indian affairs between 1797 and 1812. Correspondents include Col. David Henley, Georgia governor James Jackson, and prominent Mobile resident Harry Toumlin.

0.1 linear feet
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT box Ayer MS 368
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Heaton, Harold R. Harold R. Heaton Political Cartoons, 1909-ca. 1913.

Sixty-one original political and editorial cartoons by Harold R. Heaton for the Chicago newspaper Inter-Ocean, drawn between 1909 and circa 1913. Most of the drawings are commentaries on corrupt Chicago politics of the period.

2.8 linear feet (3 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Heaton
Finding Aids:
Catalog Record
Inventory

Henshaw, Marguerite. Marguerite Henshaw Autograph Album, 1892-1931, bulk 1892-1904.

Autographs collected by Marguerite Henshaw ca. 1892-1904 (with additional autographs collected by Helen Gaspar Gunther, ca. 1930-1931). Autographs are mainly theatrical, military, and political persons. Notable autographs include Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and John Philip Sousa. Also includes some loose autographs, letters, and picture postcards.

0.1 linear feet
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS 179
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Collection available by appointment only.

Judson, Clay, 1892-1960. Clay Judson Papers, 1800-1963.

Correspondence, writings, photographs and memorabilia of Chicago lawyer Clay Judson. There is World War I correspondence with Judson's mother, his wife-to-be, the artist Sylvia Shaw, his father, William Voorhees Judson, and son, Clay Judson Jr. Also speeches and articles relating to Judson's law practice and his active involvement with the America First Committee and the Brookfield Zoo; photographs of family and of France and Germany during World War; and materials relating to family genealogy.

3.8 linear feet (6 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Judson C
Finding Aids:
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Inventory

Judson, William V. (William Voorhees), 1865-1923. William Voorhees Judson Papers, 1888-1947.

Correspondence, manuscript works, documents, drafts, reprints, maps, charts, and photographs relating to William Voorhees Judson, military officer, army engineer, political writer and speaker, and military attaché in Russia in 1917. Collection contains material concerning the Russian Revolution, most of which has been published in Russia in War and Revolution: General William V. Judson's Accounts from Petrograd, 1917-1918, edited by Neil V. Salzman, Kent State University Press, 1998.

3.8 linear feet (6 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Judson (formerly Ju)
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Newberry Library Bulletin, No. 3 (1945), p. 8-12.

Mabley, Jack. Jack Mabley Papers, 1937-2003.

Correspondence with colleagues, congratulatory letters, inter-office memos; works including newspaper clippings, subject files dealing with important stories including the 1968 Democratic Convention, the Richard Cain case, racketeering, police corruption, and vice in Chicago, miscellaneous articles and columns; biographical clippings, publicity, and interviews, and photographs of Mabley himself and with public figures such as Hugh Hefner and Richard Nixon. Mabley was a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Daily News.

7.5 linear feet (17 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Mabley
Finding Aids:
Catalog Record
Inventory

MacDougall, Curtis Daniel, 1903-. Curtis MacDougall Papers, 1940-1984.

Journalist and professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism who wrote one of the definitive textbooks of American journalism. An activist in civic affairs, McDougall ran for Congress as a Democrat in Illinois' 10th District, for the U.S. Senate as a Progressive Party candidate, and as a Peace Party candidate for the 13th Congressional District. His papers include correspondence, subject files concerning his many interests and activities, photographs, etc.

37 cubic ft.
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS MacDougall
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Collection available by appointment only.

Markow, Jesse. Jesse Markow Collection of Political and World's Columbian Exposition Ephemera, 1888-1929.

Tickets, programs, menus, and ephemera relating to political functions from 1888 to 1929, particularly the Democratic Party, New York mayoral politics, the Hungarian Republican Club of New York, the Coronation of King George IV, and the United States Congress. Additionally, collection contains ephemera and tickets from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Markow
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Collection available by appointment only.

Mauldin, Bill, 1921-2003. Bill Mauldin Collection, 1941-2003.

Mauldin was a GI cartoonist and later worked for the St. Louis Dispatch and for the Chicago Sun Times, and is remembered for for his haunting image of Lincoln weeping after Kennedy's assasination. Includes copies of Mauldin's works, including pamphlets printed in Europe during WW II, one original ediorial cartoon, and three original drawings of the Kennedy inauguration.

6 linear feet
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Mauldin
Finding Aids:
Collection available by appointment only.

McCormick, Chauncey, 1884-1954. Chauncey McCormick Papers, 1887-1955.

Letters, clippings, photographs, cartoons, and mementos of Chicago businessman and philanthropist Chauncey McCormick, president of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1944-1954. Correspondence concerns business, civic, philanthropic, religious, and political activities. Also contains speeches and writings, including those for the Art Institute, child welfare groups, and the Republican Party. Includes extensive material relating to McCormick's World War I service in the American Expeditionary Force in France and his direction of Polish food relief under Herbert Hoover.

6 linear feet (9 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS McCormick (formerly Mc)
Finding Aids:
Inventory
Catalog Record

Mitchell, David Brydie, 1766-1837. David Brydie Mitchell Papers, 1777-1843, bulk 1805-1829.

Incoming and outgoing correspondence (including 42 letters from Georgia politician William H. Crawford, 1808-1822), mainly covering Mitchell’s two tenures as Georgia governor and during his appointment by President Madison as Creek Indian agent, 1817-1821. Content concerns national and local politics, foreign affairs, military matters and the approaching War of 1812, the Yazoo land fraud, Florida history, attitudes and actions towards African-Americans and Indians, and Mitchell’s attempts to deal with accusations of smuggling slaves to Alabama. Also, a miscellany of documents and correspondence mostly relating to the Creek Agency.

0.8 linear feet (3 boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 606
Finding Aids:
Catalog Record
Inventory

Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821:


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New York (State). Treaties between the State of New York and the Oneida Nation, 1788-1811.

Collection includes five treaties and two supporting documents, one indenture and one agreement, between New York State and the Oneida Nation for the cession of certain tribal lands, executed between 1788 and 1811. In these treaties the Oneida Indians eventually sold much of their reservation lands primarily held in Madison and Oneida counties, N.Y.

5 linear feet (7 oversize folders)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Ayer MS 428
Finding Aids:
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Newberry, Walter Loomis, 1804-1868. Walter Loomis Newberry Letters, 1833-1838.

Eighteen letters from businessman Walter L. Newberry to Lucius Lyon, the Michigan Territory's Delegate to Congress (and later, Michigan's Senator), regarding local and national politics, property values in Chicago and Detroit, the prospects of Michigan statehood, and other issues. Collection also includes a $20 check on the Bank of Michigan, Detroit, dated Oct. 15, 1827, from Lyon to Newberry.

0.1 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Case MS E5.N422
Finding Aids:
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Parker, Ely Samuel, 1828-1895. Eli Samuel Parker Scrapbooks, 1828-1894, bulk 1870-1894.

Twelve scrapbooks, containing newspaper clippings and illustrations regarding Indian affairs, presumably kept by Ely Samuel Parker, who was U.S. Commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1869-1871. Also contains a few letters and reproductions of photos in the clippings.

3 linear feet (12 volumes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Ayer Modern MS Parker
Finding Aids:
Inventory
Catalog Record

Parker, Ely Samuel, 1828-1895. Ely Samuel Parker Papers, ca. 1850-1885.

Speeches, lecture notes, and correspondence, ca. 1850-1885, of Ely Samuel Parker, U.S. Commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1869-1871, regarding Indian customs and traits, the Indian policies of government and religious bodies, and his own background.

0.1 linear feet (6 folders)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT box Ayer MS 674
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Payne, John Howard, 1791-1852. John Howard Payne Papers, 1794-1842, bulk 1825-1842.

Material collected in the 1830s and 1840s by actor, playwright and editor John Howard Payne, relating to American Indians, primarily concerning the Cherokees for Payne's intended history of the Cherokee Nation. Collection consists of fourteen volumes of correspondence, manuscript notes, transcriptions, extensive historical research, memoranda, and published and unpublished documents.

4.6 linear feet (14 volumes in boxes, and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 689
Finding Aids:
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Inventory

Ross, Sherwood, 1933-. Sherwood Ross Papers, 1958-2011.

Newspaper articles and columns, other writings, and audio recordings of newspaperman Sherwood Ross, born in Chicago and employed by the City News Bureau of Chicago (1955), Ebony Magazine (1956-1958), the Office of the Mayor (1958-1962), and the Chicago Daily News (1962), before leaving for press positions with the Chicago Urban League and James Meredith during the Civil Rights era.

3.1 linear feet (2 record cartons and 2 boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Ross
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Collection available by appointment only.

Runnells, John S. John S. Runnells Papers, 1883-1887.

Papers of Des Moines, Iowa, attorney John Sumner Runnells, partner in the firm Runnells & Walker, including legal case files, and correspondence pertaining to his legal work, political activities on behalf of the Republican Party, role as U.S. District Attorney for Iowa, and procurement of CB&Q railroad passes and Western Union telegraph "stamps" for others.

0.6 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Runnells
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Seymour, Horatio Winslow. Horatio Winslow Seymour Papers, 1867-1948, bulk 1903-1918.

Correspondence, writings, clippings and memorabilia of Horatio Winslow Seymour, editor and editorial writer for the Chicago Times, Chicago Herald, Chicago Chronicle, and New York World. An active Democrat, Seymour wrote editorials attacking the protectionist policies of the Republican Party and a book promoting free trade and democracy. Notable correspondents include John P. Altgeld, Booker T. Washington, George M. Pullman, Ralph Pulitzer, C.B. Goodyear, and Marshall Field.

1.7 linear feet (4 boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Seymour
Finding Aids:
Catalog Record
Inventory

Spencer, William Marvin, 1892-1984. Spencer Napoleonica Collection, 1756-1975.

A collection of materials, chiefly autographs, relating to the Napoleonic Era. Military orders, political and personal correspondence, legal documents, receipts, portraits, and images are included.

12 linear feet (2,892 items in 23 boxes and 2 albums)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Modern MS Spencer
Finding Aids:
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Inventory

Spiegel, Andrew G. Andrew G. Spiegel Memorabilia, 1961-1989.

Son of Clara G. Spiegel and Frederick W. Spiegel. Collection consists of the following: signed letters (one each) from Richard J. Daley, Hubert H. Humphrey, and Robert H. Michel; one autographed note to Clara G. Spiegel from Peter Duchin; and three unsigned pictorial pieces relating to Buzz Aldrin, Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Stewart.

0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS 161
Finding Aids:
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Inventory

Stockbridge and Munsee Tribe of Indians. Stockbridge and Munsee Tribe of Indians Records, 1789-1858.

Tribe of the Mohican Confederacy, known as the Stockbridge Indians, which relocated in the mid-1780's to New Stockbridge, N.Y., and again in 1833 to Wisconsin near Green Bay. Collection contains tribal documents, 1789-1858, including petitions, memorials, arguments, powers of attorney, appointments, agreements, correspondence, financial reports, promissory notes, and requests for payment. 23 items total.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 836
Finding Aids:
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Strauss, Herbert R., 1899-1974. Herbert R. Strauss collection of Adams family letters, 1763-1829.

Collection contains autograph letters by John Adams (11), Abigail Adams (3), John Quincy Adams (2) and Samuel Adams (1); 17 items total.

2 linear feet (1 oversize box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 6A 81
Finding Aids:
Catalog Record
Manuscript Card Catalog.
Inventory (Modern Manuscript Collections Notebooks.)
Inventory (Database of Names in Manuscript Collection Notebooks.)

Strauss, Herbert R., 1899-1974. Herbert R. Strauss collection of autograph letters, 1775-1840.

Includes 13 letters by Alexander Hamilton, George Wythe, William Wirt, General de Lafayette, George Washington, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Benjamin Rush, Patrick Henry, John Jay, Richard Peters, Andrew Jackson, and Levi Lincoln, plus two engravings of Henry Clay.

2 linear feet (1 oversize box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 6A 82
Finding Aids:
Catalog Record
Manuscript Card Catalog.
Inventory (Modern Manuscript Collections Notebooks.)

Strauss, Herbert R., 1899-1974. Herbert R. Strauss collection of Thomas Jefferson letters, 1780-1823.

41 letters in Jefferson's hand, 1 printed item, and a copy of a Jefferson letter in his daughter's hand. Collection includes an 1789 letter from Jefferson to John Jay, largely in code (Item #1), a personal letter to his daughter Patsy (Item #3), Jefferson's memorandum on wines (Item #12). One Jefferson letter includes an autograph reply in French by General Thaddeus Kosciuszko. Transcriptions of some letters are available in the Newberry Library exhibit catalog, Thomas Jefferson: A Life With Letters (Call # Ref E332.795 N4 1993b).

3 linear feet (2 oversize volumes and 2 boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 6A 80 and VAULT Case MS 79
Finding Aids:
Catalog Record
Manuscript Card Catalog.
Inventory (Modern Manuscript Collections Notebooks.)

Tanner, Helen Hornbeck. Helen Hornbeck Tanner Papers, ca. 1970-2001.

Senior research fellow at the Newberry Library, who directed the Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History Project, was acting director of the Newberry's D'Arcy McNickle Center, and served as an expert witness and historical consultant for a number of Indian tribes.
Papers include personal and professional correspondence, research notes, research notebooks, card files, Potawatomi (1997) and Caddo court case materials, and research files and data for maps in Settling of North America (1995).

24 cubic ft.
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Ayer Modern MS Tanner
Finding Aids:
Collection available by appointment only.

Tree, Lambert, 1832-1910. Lambert Tree Papers, 1821-1933.

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.

5 linear feet (8 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Tree
Finding Aids:
Article: Newberry Library Bulletin, No. 8 (December 1947), p. 3-8.
Inventory
Catalog Record

United States. Army. [Letters between U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee], 1865

A series of nine communications exchanged between U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee during April 7-9, 1865, negotiating Lee's surrender, transcribed in the hand of Ely Samuel Parker, Grant's secretary. Also Parker's notes.

0.1 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Case MS F8340.905
Finding Aids:
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United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Oliver Wolcott letters, 1795-1800.

Thirteen letters, dated Mar. 11, 1795 - Dec. 11, 1800, written by Oliver Wolcott, secretary of the treasury, to David Henley, general agent for the War Dept. in the Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio. The letters contain rules and regulations regarding the administration of contracts, numerous directives regarding the choice of contractors supplying both the region and the Tellico Blockhouse, and accusations of fraud against contractor "Robert Searcey."

0.1 linear feet (13 folders)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT box Ayer MS 921
Finding Aids:
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United States. War Dept. Timothy Pickering letters, 1795-1798, bulk 1795.

Correspondence of the secretary of war, Timothy Pickering, regarding Indian and militia affairs in what is now Tennessee. The primary addressee is David Henley, War Dept. agent in the Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio, but the collection also includes letters to David Campbell, governor William Blount, and John McNairy. Two of the letters are written together with Oliver Wolcott, secretary of the treasury. 23 items total.

0.1 linear feet (23 folders)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT box Ayer MS 926
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Van Schaack, Henry, 1733-1823. Henry Van Schaack Papers, 1734-1896, bulk 1756-1809.

Mainly correspondence regarding Van Schaack's Indian trade operations, Seven Years' War service, Revolutionary War banishment, connection to Shay's rebellion, concern with loyalist emigration, advocacy of the U. S. Constitution, anti-church tax campaign, and party politics. Correspondents include friends, relatives, N.Y. and Mass. political, military, and church officials, rebels and loyalists, Federalist journalists, etc.

2.5 linear feet (257 items in 3 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT oversize Ayer MS 3193
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Ward, Estelle Frances, d. 1941. Estelle Frances Ward Letters and book manuscript, 1923-1927.

Unpublished manuscript by Ward entitled "The Fourth Estate and the Young Republic," about the letters of John Fenno, editor of the "Gazette of the United States," 1789-1798. Also includes some correspondence with potential publishers.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Modern MS Ward
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Watkins, Erwin C., 1839-1911. Erwin Watkins-Simeon Whiteley papers, 1863-1920, bulk 1863-1878.

Erwin Watkins and Simeon Whiteley worked for the Office of Indian Affairs in the 1870's and 1860's, respectively. While the Watkins papers contain mainly official government reports and correspondence, the Whiteley papers consist of mostly personal correspondence accompanied by several photographs, three maps, and two issues of a Wyoming newspaper.

6 linear feet (2 boxes, 2 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 3024 (formerly Ayer MS 964a)
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Wax, Murray Lionel, 1922-. Murray L. Wax Papers, 1944-1989, bulk 1962-1969.

Fieldwork and correspondence of anthropologist-sociologist Murray L. Wax, primarily between 1962 and 1969. Also copies of published articles and unpublished papers by other anthropologists, newspaper clips, and serials pertaining to Native Americans; field notes of Rosalie Hankey (later Rosalie Wax) from Japanese relocation camp at Tule Lake, 1944-45.

16.3 linear feet (39 boxes).
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Ayer Modern MS Wax
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Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825. James Wilkinson Letters, 1792-1818.

Correspondence and a few orders relating to Indian affairs and military operations in the Northwest Territory during the 1790's written by James Wilkinson, military officer, western land speculator, and governor of Louisiana.

0.1 linear feet (19 folders)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT box Ayer MS 982
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Williamson, Charles, 1757-1808. Charles Williamson Papers, 1775-ca. 1940s, bulk 1790-1810.

Extensive correspondence, documents, a journal describing an information gathering trip to Turkey, of Charles Williams, politician, British government agent, and developer of central New York State lands in the late 1700s. Williamson is suspected to have been involved in the "Burr Conspiracy," an episode in history in which Burr was accused of treason. Collection also includes research materials compiled by Isaac Joslin Cox, a scholar who wrote several articles on the Aaron Burr incident.

6.7 linear ft. (11 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 bound volume)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 1006
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Wright, Paul Randall, 1876-1965. Paul Randall Wright Papers, 1899-1965.

Writings and correspondence of Chicago journalist and foreign correspondent Paul Randall Wright, particularly newspaper stories reported from Siberia in 1918-1919, and Manchuria, China, Japan, and the Philippines from 1926-1930. The collection also includes diaries and a number of photographs relating to the periods in which Wright was stationed abroad.

3.4 linear feet (5 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Politics
Call Number: Midwest MS Wright
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