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Ayer, Edward Everett, 1841-1927 : Edward E. Ayer Papers, 1847-1978, bulk 1860-1934

Railroad tie manufacturer who donated his collection of materials on America and American Indians to the Newberry Library and served as a Newberry trustee from 1892 to 1911. Ayer's papers include correspondence (some pertaining to Newberry collections), writings, documents, tributes, and photographs and reminiscences of his westward and overseas travels. Ayer was a Sergeant in Company E, 1st Regiment of Cavalry, California Volunteers, and a 2nd Lieutenant in Company I, Regiment of New Mexico volunteers. His papers include military enlistment and discharge papers, and reminiscences regarding his march with the California column and service in New Mexico.
Extent: 9.5 linear feet - (9 boxes, 4 oversize boxes, and 3 oversize folders)
Subjects: Chicago, Civil War, Indians and the West, Newberry Library
Call Number: NL Archives 02/15/02
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