Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums
Birchard Austin Hayes Photograph Collection
Scope and Content
Birchard A. Hayes was the oldest son of President Rutherford B. Hayes. For further information on Birchard A. Hayes and family, see the Birchard A. Hayes Papers (Hayes-6). Additional photographs of Birchard and family appear in the Rutherford B. Hayes Photograph Collection (Hayes-PH-1) and the Webb C. Hayes Photograph Collection (Hayes-PH-3).
Birchard Austin Hayes was born November 4, 1853 in Cincinnati, Ohio and spent much of his early childhood there. During the Civil War he, along with his mother and brother Webb, spent several winters in camp in West Virginia with his father. Before the end of the war he moved to Fremont, Ohio to live with his great uncle, Sardis Birchard, for whom he was named. He lived in Fremont seven years completing his high school education. He enrolled in Cornell University and graduated with an A.B. degree in 1874. He then continued his studies at Harvard Law School receiving the Bachelor of Laws degree in 1877.
He began his law career, specializing in tax and real estate law, in New York with the firm of Evarts, Southmade, and Choates. In 1879 he moved to Toledo, Ohio, becoming a partner in the firm of Swayne, Swayne, & Hayes. He continued in partnership with Noah Swayne until Swayne's death and then practiced alone.
Birchard married Mary Sherman of Norwalk in 1886. They lived at 2112 Ashland Avenue until 1905 when they moved to their home at 2242 Robinwood, Toledo, Ohio. They were the parents of four sons: Webb II, Walter, Sherman, and Scott. Mary died in June 1924. Birchard’s death occurred two years later. Both Mary and Birchard are buried in the Hayes family area in Oakwood Cemetery in Fremont.
Scope and Content
Despite containing only about 175 images, the Birchard A. Hayes Photograph Collection provides a glimpse of the important events in the life of Birchard A. Hayes. From childhood and schoolboy images and wedding and family portraits to Mouse Island gatherings and the construction of the family home on Ashland Ave. (Toledo, Ohio), the collection spans the years from 1857 to the1920's. It is characteristic of a personal, casual collection not to be compared with the passionate assembly and description that his father engaged in.
ca. 175 items
1. Portraits - Birchard A. Hayes (including one during childhood)
2. Portraits - Mary Sherman Hayes
3. Birchard A. and/or Mary Sherman Hayes with children or other family members
4. Children of Birchard A. and Mary Sherman Hayes
5. Cornell University
6. Birchard A. and Mary Sherman Hayes Wedding (including Adda Cook & R.W. Huntington)
7. Mouse Island - Birchard A. Hayes and family - ca. 1920's (3 small albums)
8. Birchard A. Hayes Home, Ashland Ave., Toledo, Ohio, including construction of and interior views
(probably reprints from Lucy E. Keeler albums) Also includes one print of unknown residence
Birchard A. Hayes Home, 2242 Robinwood Ave., Toledo, Ohio (as it appears in 1997, now
owned by Don and Carolyn Seeman (Interior and exterior view, 18 color prints, 3 ½ X 5 ½)
9. Birchard A. Hayes at Law Office (Interior view, August 1910)
10. Groups - Miscellaneous (unidentified)
11. Birchard A. Hayes, 1917 ("Looking for the boys") Mouse Island ?
12. Birchard A. Hayes, Hand-colored print (emulsion adhered to glass)
13. View of Valley Parkway and Boulevard, Toledo, Ohio (View of proposed development)
14. "Spirit" image with letter of explanation - by its creator, Thaddeus Coffin
15. Mary Sherman Hayes - WWI Flag Presentation - Toledo, Ohio