Gilded Age Collections

The Gilded Age collections illuminate the lives of some of the period's leading political figures and the activities of its social and political organizations. Hayes' cabinet is represented by the papers of Secretary of State William Evarts, Secretary of Treasury John Sherman, Secretary of War George McCrary, and Naval Secretary R. W. Thompson. Other prominent politicians represented in the collection include Supreme Court Justice Stanley Matthews, diplomat Edwin Stoughton, Civil War financier Jay Cooke, and Massachusetts legislator William Claflin. Historical materials from authors Benson J. Lossing and William Dean Howells, journalist Mary Clemmer Ames, ToledoBlade editor Robinson Locke, editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast, Harper's editor George W. Curtis, and General George Crook offer insights into the nation's political and social thought during the Gilded Age.

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AMES, AZEL

GA 58

AMES, MARY CLEMMER

GA 4

ANGELL, J. B. (MICHIGAN HISTORICAL COLLECTION)

GA MF

ARTHUR, CHESTER A. (PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS)

GA MF

BELDEN, ANNE

GA 67

BENHAM, GENERAL HENRY WASHINGTON

GA 5

BENNETT, REZIN, J.

PAPERS, 1861 - 1883. Correspondence, consisting mainly of letters of recommendation pertaining to government positions held by Rezin J. Bennett.

GA 6

BOURKE, JOHN G.

GA MF

BOUTWELL, GEORGE S.

PAPERS,1862-1904. Ledger kept by Boutwell from 1876 to 1902, containing newspaper clippings of Boutwell's speeches, printed articles annonated by Boutwell, and handwritten drafts of speeches; also photocopies of correspondence with Rutherford B. Hayes, William Claflin, and John Sherman.

GA 73

BRISTOW, BENJAMIN H.

GA 54

BRISTOW, BENJAMIN H. (LC)

GA MF

BRUCE, ROBERT V.

GA 51

BRYANT, JOHN E. SEE: BULLOCK, RUFUS...

GA MF

BULLOCK, RUFUS/FARROW, HENRY/KIMBALL, H. I./BRYANT, JOHN E.

GA MF

CARTER, ROBERT DEXTER

GA 40

CARY, EDWARD

GA 7

CENTENNIAL DIARY

GA 55

CHANDLER, PELEG W.

1816-1889. PAPERS, 1874-1880. Miscellaneous legal, political, and personal correspondence.

GA 8

CHANDLER, WILLIAM E. (LC)

GA MF

CLAFLIN, WILLIAM GOVERNOR AND MARY BUCKLIN

PAPERS,PHOTOGRAPHS.1753 - 1907. Business, political, literary, personal, and religious correspondence received by Governor William and Mary Bucklin Claflin; drafts of speeches; documents; photographs, 9,000 items

GA 9

CLARK, HENRY S.

GA 55

COATES, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

91ST OVI, PAPERS, 1862-1881. Primarily Civil War correspondence of Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Coates, 91st OVI to his wife in Adams Co., Ohio; miscellaneous post-war correspondence to his wife and a series of letters from Coate's son, Joseph, to his parents during his Kenyon College years (1876-1880).

GA 10

COBB, LYMAN, JR.

GA 11

COCHRAN, WILLIAM COX

PAPERS & PHOTOGRAPHS, 1876 - 1929. Family correspondence and 18 photographs of the family cottage on Ballast Island in Lake Erie, dtd.1888

GA - 76

COMLY, JAMES M.

GA 53

CONANT, CHARLES F.

GA 72

CONGER, ARTHUR L.

GA 12

COOKE, JAY

GA 71

CROOK, GEORGE

PAPERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1864-1890. Papers and photographs, 1864-1887; original correspondence, 1864-1887; U.S. Army letter copy books with Crook's correspondence & reports, 1871-1890.

GA 13

CURRY, J. L. M. (PEABODY COLLEGE) SEE: GREEN, SAMUEL A.

GA MF

CURTIS, GEORGE WILLIAM

GA 2

CURTIS, HENRY BARNES

GA MF

DAGGETT/PHELPS FAMILY PAPERS

1831-1901. Family correspondence of Rollin Mallory Daggett, 1837-1895.

GA 14

DELANO, COLUMBUS (OHS)

GA MF

DEWEY, MILDRED MCLEAN HAZEN

1858-1931. MEMOIR, 1896.

GA 52

DOUGLASS, ANDREW E.

GA 15

ELECTION OF 1876 SEE ALSO: GREAT CAMPAIGN (WISC. HIST. SOC.)

GA MF

EVARTS, WILLIAM MAXWELL

PAPERS, 1873 - 1894. More than 1,000 pieces of correspondence, the bulk of which is incoming correspondence. Correspondents include John J. Astor, Henry Ward Beecher, James G. Blaine, George William Curtis, Cyrus W. Field, Collis P. Huntington, John Jay, James Russell Lowell, Thomas A. Scott, Benjamin Silliman, Morrison R. Waite, and Sam Ward. Correspondence also exists for Evarts family members.

GA 3

FISH, HAMILTON

GA MF

FISKE/STOUGHTON, E. W. FAMILIES

GA 70

FLOCKEN, WILLIAM C.

GA 69

FORCE, MANNING FERGUSON

PAPERS, 1866-1895. Misc. correspondence by friends, colleagues, and Civil War comrades, reflecting Force's interest in the Civil War, military organizations, and veteran reunions.The addenda to this collection consists of more than 180 pieces of correspondence written between 1856 and 1894, most of which are letters written from family members to Manning Force.

GA 75

G. A. R. SEE: GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC

GA 19

GARFIELD, JAMES A. (LC)

GA MF

GARFIELD, JAMES A. (OHS)

GA MF

GLENN, JAMES KNOX

GA 16

GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC

GA 19

GREAT CAMPAIGN (WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY)

GA MF

HALE, EDWARD EVERETT (N.Y. STATE LIBRARY)

GA MF

HALSTEAD, MURAT

GA 60

HALSTEAD, MURAT (HENLEY COLLECTION)

GA MF

HARNEY FAMILY

GA 59

HARNEY, WILLIAM WALLACE

GA 59

HARRINGTON, PURNELL F.

GA 17

HART, WILBUR A.

GA 18

HILL/NILES FAMILIES

GA 61

HOAR, GEORGE FRISBIE

GA MF

HOWELLS, WILLIAM DEAN

1837-1920. PAPERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1815-1958. Correspondence of W.D. Howells (1857-1918) with family, friends, R.B. Hayes; correspondence of Elinor Mead Howells, W.D. Howells, II, Annie Howells Frechette. Photographs, manuscripts, and Howells genealogy.

GA 20

HOWELLS, WILLIAM DEAN (LETTERS TO RBH)

GA MF

KEIFER, JOSEPH WARREN

GA 21

KEIFER, JOSEPH WARREN (LC)

GA MF

KEY, DAVID M. (UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA)

GA MF

KNOX, JOHN JAY

PAPERS, 1826 - 1947. Approximately 500 pieces of family correspondence of John Jay Knox, Sr. of Oneida County, New York and his children and their families, of which the bulk of the correspondence was written from the 1830s to the 1880s.

GA 22

LITTLE, JOHN

Little, John, 1837 - 1900. Papers 1875 - 1898. Ohio Attorney General, Mayor of Xenia, Ohio, Greene Co., Ohio Prosecuting Attorney, Ohio Attorney General ,U. S. Congressman. Bulk of the collection focuses on the House of Representatives investigation of purchase of U.S. Senate seat by Henry B. Payne and the Venzuelan Claims Commission.

GA 23

LOCKE, ROBINSON

PAPERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1851-1920. Business, family, political correspondence by David Ross & Robinson Locke. Theatrical reviews, "Petroleum V. Nasby" manuscripts, memorabilia. Arranged chronologically in 6 scrapbooks by Robinson Locke.

GA 24

LOOKER, THOMAS H.

PAPERS, 1846 - 1902. Family correspondence of Ohioan Commodore Thomas H. Looker, grandson of Ohio Governor Othniel Looker.

GA 25

LOSSING, BENSON J.

PAPERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, ARTWORK, 1790 - 1998. Business and family correspondence; diaries; photographs;artwork; and research articles, books, and pamphlets pertaining to Lossing's publications.

GA 28

LOYAL LEGION, MILITARY ORDER OF SEE: MILITARY ORDER OF...

GA 62

LYMAN, LT. COL. THEODORE

LT. COL. THEODORE LYMAN (1833 - 1897. Correspondence;Army of the Potomac. 1863 - 1865. mf. 5 rolls

GA-MF

M.O.L.L.U.S. SEE: MILITARY ORDER OF LOYAL LEGION...

GA 62

MACVEAGH, ISAAC WAYNE

GA MF

MARBLE, MANTON M. (LC)

GA MF

MATTHEWS, STANLEY T.

PAPERS AND PHOTOGRAPHS, 1803 - 1932. Briefs, addresses, arguments, memoranda, speeches, court opinions, family correspondence, biographies, manuscripts, photographs, and printed material by and about Supreme Court Justice Stanley Matthews.

GA 30

MATTHEWS, STANLEY T. (CHASE TO MATTHEWS)

GA MF

MATTHEWS, STANLEY T. (CIVIL WAR)

GA MF

MCCRARY, GEORGE W.

PAPERS & LITHOGRAPHS, 1824 - 1936. Correspondence of George W. McCrary, Secretary of War during the Hayes Administation (1877-1879), 126 items.

GA 26

MCCRARY, GEORGE W. (JACKSON CO. HIST. SOC.)

GA MF

MCKINLEY, WILLIAM

PAPERS, 1861-1906. White House Telegrams, 1898-1902; Item-level description of McKinley correspondence, documents & speeches in 15 Hayes Center Manuscript Collections.

GA 29

MILITARY ORDER OF THE LOYAL LEGION

GA 62

MONTGOMERY, BENJAMIN F.

GA 29

MORROW, JAY JOHNSON

GA 31

MYERS, CLARENCE E.

GA 32

NAST, THOMAS

PAPERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, DRAWINGS, 1860-1902. Correspondence, diary (1860-1861), literary manuscripts, scrapbook, sketches, caricatures, clippings, photographs, the bulk of which is related to Nast's career as an artist.

GA 33

NAST, THOMAS (SCRAPBOOK)

GA MF

NATIONAL ASYLUM FOR DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS

GA 34

NILES/HILL FAMILIES

GA 61

NOBLE, WARREN P.

GA 35

O'NEIL, REAR ADMIRAL CHARLES F.

PAPERS & PHOTOGRAPHS: 1870 - 1871, 1897 - 1899. Rear Admiral Charles F. O'Neil, b. 1842 d. 1927, 365 letters received by O'Neil while serving as the Chief of the Ordnance Bureau of the U.S. Navy, concerning coastal installation sites, ordnance design, construction of magazines, requests for promotions, recommendations, and bids on ordnance and vessels. Album, dtd, 1870-1871 with 18 images (mostly tintypes) of O'Neil's wife, Mary Caroline Frothingham O'Neil and son Richard Frothingham O'Neil.

GA 37

OHLINGER, FRANKLIN FAMILY

GA 36

PARKE, ALBERT H.

GA 38

PARRIS, EDWARD L.

GA 39

PHELPS/DAGGET FAMILIES

GA 14

PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION

GA 40

PLATT FAMILY

GA 27

PLATT FAMILY (OHS MSS)

GA MF

RAILROAD STRIKE OF 1877

GA 51

RAMSEY, ALEXANDER (MINN. HIST. SOC.)

GA MF

REYNOLDS, JOHN P.

PAPERS, 1865-1892. Business records of the J.P. Reynolds & Co. Escutcheons for Military & Naval Service.

GA 42

RICE MEDICAL COLLECTION

PAPERS, 1872-1953. Articles re: human disease or treatment; medical supply & medical school catalogs; advertisements from pharmaceutical, surgical supply, & medical equipment companies.

GA 50

ROGERS, WILLIAM KING

PAPERS, 1830 - 1922, Family, business, and legal papers,correspondence,maps of William King Rogers, lawyer and private secretary to President Rutherford B. Hayes (1877 - 1881), including materials on the Chiriqui Improvement Co., land development in Hastings and Duluth, Minnesota, mining in Arizona Territory, and railroad interests in Northern Mexico.

GA 41

ROGERS, WILLIAM KING (LC)

GA MF

ROSECRANS, WILLIAM S. (UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA)

GA MF

SCHENCK, ROBERT C. (MIAMI UNIV.)

GA MF

SCOTT, ANNIE TRESSLER

GA 43

SHERMAN, JOHN

1823-1900. PAPERS, MICROFILM, SCRAPBOOKS, 1846-1900. Original and photocopies of political correspondence. Photocopies of speeches and scrapbooks containing news clippings and printed material re: Sherman political career, Ohio Republican Party activities, US Treasury Dept. business, political appointments, disputed election of Rutherford B. Hayes.

GA 44

SHERMAN, JOHN (LC)

GA MF

SKILTON/DAVIS/HEYMAN FAMILIES

PAPERS, 1854 - 1887. Civil War correspondence, business papers,inc. correspondence re: the Bellefontaine & Indianapolis Railroad, ledgers, and daybooks of Alvah Stone Skilton, Monroeville, Ohio

GA 45

SLATER, JOHN F.

GA MF

SMITH, WILLIAM HENRY

GA 65

SMITH, WILLIAM HENRY (IND. HIST. SOC.)

GA MF

SMITH, WILLIAM HENRY (OHS)

GA MF

SOUTHERN CLAIMS COMMISSION

GA MF

SPANISH AMERICAN WAR, 160TH INDIANA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

PHOTOGRAPHS, 1898-1899. Twenty albumen prints of the 160th Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish American War.

GA-PH-10

SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR RECORD BOOK

GA 46

SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR SCRAPBOOK

GA 68

STOUGHTON, E. W./FISKE FAMILIES

GA 1, GA 70

THOMPSON, RICHARD WIGGINTON

PAPERS & PHOTGRAPHS, 1830 - 1945. Correspondence mainly involving the development of the Chiriqui Improvement Co. Also includes minutes, stock certificates, agreements, maps, contracts, and briefs. This collection also contains more than 500 pieces of business and family correspondence.

GA 47

TILDEN, SAMUEL J. (NY PUBLIC LIBRARY)

GA MF

WARNER, SIDNEY S.

PAPERS, PHOTOGRAPHS 1855 to 1901. Business and political correspondence, papers, diaries, and photographs relating to Sidney S. Warner. .

GA 66

WATSON, GEORGE

GA 49

WHITE, ANDREW D. (CORNELL)

GA MF

WILLIAMS, EMMA ALMIRA SMITH

GA 74

WOOD, JAMES A.

GA 48

For more information please contact Curator of Manuscripts Nan Card ([email protected])