Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

Rutherford Platt Hayes

 

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Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

Introduction

Typed transcripts of Rutherford Platt Hayes’ correspondence with his parents and his letter book (1884-1894) of business correspondence are available. Also included in the Center’s holdings are Rutherford Platt Hayes’ photograph album of Cornell University scenes (1880) and several group photographs of Cornell students.

Biographical Sketch

Rutherford Platt Hayes was the third son of Rutherford B. Hayes, nineteenth president of the United States, and Lucy W. Hayes. He was born on June 24, 1858 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rutherford attended Michigan State University and in 1880 graduated with a B.S. degree from Cornell University. Later he pursued postgraduate work at the Boston Institute of Technology. In 1882 he returned to Fremont, Ohio and immediately became associated with the Fremont Savings Bank. He became the cashier a few years later and carried the bank successfully through the Panic of 1893.

On October 24, 1894, Mr. Hayes married Lucy Platt. She was the daughter of William A. Platt of Columbus, Ohio. They had three children, Rutherford Birchard, William Platt, and Birchard Platt.

Soon after his arrival in Fremont, the Birchard Library was founded by Sardis Birchard, President Hayes’ uncle. Rutherford Platt Hayes was appointed one of the trustees. He devoted most of his time outside business hours to the library and introduced progressive ideas to its management. To make the library attractive to children, he arranged small desks and chairs and a large collection of books suitable for them. Boxes of books were sent to nearby towns, thus anticipating the present traveling libraries. He established a catalogue which was published by installments in a local paper. He was among the founders of the Ohio Library Association in 1895 and instrumental in getting a bill through the legislature for the appointment of a state library commission. The governor appointed him commissioner for six years.

After leaving Ohio, Mr. Hayes resided for a short time in Chicago, Illinois where he organized library work and developed a traveling library, and then moved to Asheville, North Carolina. In that region he acquired large holdings of land, including a tract on Deaver View Mountain, and Falconhurst, a farm near the city. There he engaged in scientific farming on a large scale, using his valuable knowledge of soils to considerable advantage. Mr. Hayes was an active promoter of the western North Carolina Fair which was held at Asheville, and as president guided its activities for several years. He was also president of the Buckeye Water Co., and member of the board of directors of the Blue Ridge Building and Loan Association. He was active in the early development of Asheville as a resort and business center of western North Carolina and prominently connected with numerous projects there.

During the last fifteen years of his life he spent his winters in Florida. First at Umatilla and in 1920 located permanently in Clearwater. As chairman of the board of directors of the Clearwater Savings and Loan Association, and the First Mortgage Investment Co., he promoted the business interests of the city and encouraged people to own homes of their own. He was interested in the organization of a Republican party in Florida and was one of the founders of the Lincoln Memorial Association, the purpose of which was to draw the northern and southern elements of the community into a closer bond of friendship. Prior to his death he devoted much of his time to the study of plans for vocational education. Throughout his life, he maintained his interest in library matters, promoting those of Asheville and Clearwater and retaining his membership on the board of trustees of the library in Fremont. For many years he was secretary of the American Library Association and also served as vice president and acting president. He was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, the Commandery of Ohio, and the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Rutherford Platt Hayes died July 31, 1927 in Tampa, Florida.

Scope and Content

This collection is primarily composed of Hayes’ correspondence with family members, mainly his siblings, as well as correspondence with his sons during World War I. Land investments, deed and insurance policies, and materials related to Rutherford Birchard Hayes’ estate are also included. Greatly interested in botany, Hayes was an avid collector of specimens. Samples of his botanical specimens and pressed leaves are preserved within this collection.

Inventory

4.5 linear ft.

Box 1
Folders:
1. Diary - 1871
    Diary - 1879
2. Social Cards - n.d.
3. Cornell University - Miscellaneous
4. School Papers - Miscellaneous
5. Deeds & Insurance Policies
6. Land Investments
7. Miscellaneous
8. Correspondence - Brothers/Sister - n.d.
9. Correspondence - n.d.
10. Correspondence - 1864-1872
11. Correspondence - 1873-1874
12. Correspondence - 1875
13. Correspondence - January-June 1876
14. Correspondence - July-December 1876
15. Correspondence - January-April 1877
16. Correspondence - May-August 1877
17. Correspondence - September-December 1877
18. Correspondence - January-April 1878
19. Correspondence - May-August 1878
20. Correspondence - September-December 1878
21. Correspondence - January-March 1879
22. Correspondence - April-June 1879
23. Correspondence - July-September 1879
24. Correspondence - October-December 1879
25. Correspondence - January-March 1880
26. Correspondence - April-June 1880
27. Correspondence - July-September 1880
28. Correspondence - October-December 1880

Box 2
Folders:
1. Correspondence - January-March 1881
2. Correspondence - April-December 1881
3. Correspondence - 1882
4. Correspondence - 1883
5. Correspondence - January-July 1884
6. Correspondence - August-December 1884
7. Correspondence - 1885
8. Correspondence - January-March 1886
9. Correspondence - April-August 1886
10. Correspondence - September-December 1886
11. Correspondence - January-March 1887
12. Correspondence - April-June 1887
13. Correspondence - July-September 1887
14. Correspondence - October-December 1887
15. Correspondence - January-March 1888
16. Correspondence - April-June 1888
17. Correspondence - July-September 1888
18. Correspondence - October-December 1888
19. Correspondence - January-March 1889
20. Correspondence - April-June 1889
21. Correspondence - July-September 1889
22. Correspondence - October-December 1889
23. Correspondence - January-March 1890
24. Correspondence - April-June 1890
25. Correspondence - July-September 1890
26. Correspondence - October-December 1890
27. Correspondence - January-July 1891
28. Correspondence - August-December 1891
29. Correspondence - January-May 1892
30. Correspondence - June-December 1892
31. Correspondence - January 1893
32. Correspondence - February-June 1893
33. Correspondence - July-September 1893
34. Letter book of business correspondence - 1884-1894

Box 3
Folders:
1. Correspondence - October-December 1893
2. Correspondence - January-February 1894
3. Correspondence - March-April 1894
4. Correspondence - May-June 1894
5. Correspondence - July-August 1894
6. Correspondence - September-December 1894
7. Correspondence - 1895
8. Correspondence - 1896
9. Correspondence - 1897
10. Correspondence - 1898
11. Correspondence - 1899
12. Correspondence - 1900-1916
13. Correspondence - 1917-1920
14. Correspondence - 1921-1930
15. Valentines received by children of President & Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes
16. Rutherford Platt Hayes - Portraits
17. American Library Association Meeting - Group and Travel images - 1887
18. Group Image - Spiegel Grove - August 1888
19. Mrs. Rutherford Platt (Lucy Platt) Hayes - 1900
20. William P. and Rutherford P. Hayes - 1900
21. William Platt Hayes - Portrait - 1914
22. Falconhurst Cabin and Cottage - Asheville, North Carolina

Box 4
Ledger - Miscellaneous Legal Forms

Box 5
Botanical Specimens and Pressed Leaves

Box 5A
Botanical Specimens and Pressed Leaves

Box 6
Botanical Specimens and Pressed Leaves

Box 7
Botanical Specimens and Pressed Leaves

Box 8
Cornell University photographs (1880)
Rutherford Platt Hayes - Portrait by R. Grob
Wellesley College Female Rowing Crew - 1882
Unidentified image of picnicking couple
Group images of Cornell University students

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