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Archives related to: Morton, Levi P. (Levi Parsons), 1824-1920

titleLevi P. Morton papers, 1842-1920, bulk (1880s-1890s) (MssCol 2070)
repositoryNew York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division
collection titleCollection consists of correspondence, family papers, speeches, biographical materials, political memorabilia, photographs, and scrapbooks. Correspondence, 1842-1920, relates to civil reform, Morton's political campaigns, his service as Minister to France, and his activities as businessman, banker, congressman, vice-president, and governor. Also, correspondence, 1871-1915, of his wives, Lucy K. Morton and Anna Livingston Morton; papers of the Morton, Parsons, Street, and Kearney families; memorabilia from Morton's political campaigns; and biographical sketches, speeches, photographs, and scrapbooks of clippings, 1859-1913.

Biographical and Historical Note
Levi Parsons Morton (1824-1920) was an American businessman, banker, diplomat, and statesman. He founded the banking firm of L.P. Morton & Co. in New York City. After an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1876, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from New York in 1878. He was Minister to France from 1881 to 1885, was elected Vice-President of the U.S. under Benjamin Harison in 1888, and served as Governor of New York in 1895 and 1896. In 1899 he founded the Morton Trust Co. and retired after the company merged with Guaranty Trust.
extent19 linear feet (16 boxes, 22 volumes).
formatsCorrespondence Personal Papers Writings Photographs Ephemera
accessApply in Special Collections Office.
record linkhttp://www.nypl.org/sites/default/files/archivalcollections/pdf/mortonl.pdf
record sourcehttp://catalog.nypl.org/record=b11959755~S98
finding aidFinding aid available in repository and on internet: http://catnyp.nypl.org
acquisition informationGift of his daughter Edith Livingston Morton Eustis. Additional gifts and purchases from Ashley T. Cole, Robert McElroy, Howard C. Robbins, and L. Biffin, 1929-1967.
updated09/12/2019 15:29:19
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titleMorton, Bliss & Company Records, 1876-1899.
repositoryThe New-York Historical Society
collection titleLedgers, 1884-1899, of the New York City financial firm of Morton, Bliss & Company; and letterbooks, 1876 Mar.-1895 Jan., of Levi Parsons Morton's business partner George Bliss; principally written by him as a representative of the firm.

Letterpress books contain copies of letters pertaining to such matters as the buying and selling of stocks and bonds, the financing and reorganization of railroads in the United States and Canada, government funding operations, speculation, investments, government economic policies, international finance, management of various corporations, agreements with other financiers, the behavior of other businessmen, politics, financing of mines, and routine business and personal matters; 14 volumes, indexed.

Company ledgers record extensive individual accounts with individual and firms in the United States and abroad. Records include material pertaining to such individuals as August Belmont, Edward C. Billings, Theodore Bliss, Simeon Baldwin Chittenden, Jay Gould, P. D. P. Grenfell, Collis Potter Huntington, Junius Morgan, Thomas H. Perkins, Edward Reilly, C[harles] B[roadway] Rouss, the Rothschilds, Jesse Seligman, Alexander Williams, and many others.

Bio/History:
Private investment banking firm of partners George Bliss and Levi Parsons Morton founded in New York City in 1869.

Location
New-York Historical Society

Collection
Mss Collection

Call Number
BV Morton, Bliss & Co.

Bio/History:
Private investment banking firm of partners George Bliss and Levi Parsons Morton founded in New York City in 1869.

Location
New-York Historical Society

Collection
Mss Collection

Call Number
BV Morton, Bliss & Co.
extent20 v.
formatsBusiness Papers Financial Papers Photograph Album
accessAccess: open to qualified researchers at The New-York Historical Society
record sourcehttp://www.bobcat.nyu.edu
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titleEdward Gay and Gay family papers, 1852-1975.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleCorrespondence, photographs, sketchbooks, printed material, writings, and biographical material on Edward, Martha Feary, Duncan and Ingovar Gay.

REEL D30: Letters to Edward Gay from artists and others, concerning activities of the Artists Fund Society, New York Art Guild, exhibitions, travel and business; sketchbooks; photographs; a marriage certificate, 1864, lease and mortgage; exhibition catalogs and clippings; business papers and clippings on the Artists Fund Society; and art criticism written by Martha Fearey Gay, Edward's wife, for the Albany Evening Journal, 1885-1887. Among the correspondents are American Art Union, William J. Arkell, M. Deforest Bolmer, George H. Boughton, John G. Brown, Andrew F. Bunner, Jasper F. Cropsey, John H. Dolph, A. Duprat, Theodore F. Dwight, John M. Falconer, Seymour J. Guy, James M. Hart, William Hart, Daniel Huntington, George Inness, Eastman Johnson, H. R. Latimer, Oliver I. Lay, William H. Lippincott, Frank J. Mather, Thomas Moran, Levi P. Morton, James C. Nicoll, Erastus D. Palmer, Gardner A. Reckard, T. Addison Richards, David P. Secor, Lars G. Sellstedt, Charles E. Smith, Watson C. Squire, James F. Sutton, J. M. Toucey, Townsend & Evans, William Winter, and A. H. Wyant.

REEL 866: Edward's correspondence with Martha and Duncan Gay, Oliver I. Lay, George H. Boughton, Bayard Taylor, Henry Wolf, and George H. Smillie; legal documents; photographs of Edward (one by Giles Bishop and Son, 1912); exhibition catalogs and clippings; an essay "Potatoes and Point" and a book "The Social and Cultural Development of Mount Vernon, New York" by Dorothy Gay Gordon.

UNMICROFILMED: Biographical material, ca. 1901-1970, on Duncan, Edward, and his wife Martha and his daughter Ingovar; legal documents, ca.1890-1915, including Edward's citizenship papers and will; family correspondence, ca. 1863-1974, consisting of letters to and from Edward, ca. 1863-1914, letters from Duncan to his parents from St. Augustine, Fla., ca. 1882-1883, a letter to Duncan from Louis C. Tiffany, Feb. 27, 1891, letters to Ingovar from Martha, ca. 1888-1931, relating to family matters; and correspondence, ca. 1965-1974, from collectors, museums, and historical institutions concerning ownership of Edward's paintings.
Also found are clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs; a portion of Martha's journal, undated; three small oil on canvas sketches of apple blossoms by Edward; an article from "The Graphic," January 13, 1894, with a reproduction of a painting by Edward; Duncan's sketches and drawings of his trip to St. Augustine, 1882-1883, a sketchbook from his trip to Japan, China, and Indonesia, 1909, a watercolor sketch for a stained glass memorial window, and drawings for his house; and slides of Duncan's artwork. Photographs, undated and 1901-1902, include Edward and Martha in their homes and studio in Mt. Vernon, Stoneridge and Cragsmoor, New York, family members, Duncan and his trip to Asia, several family snapshots of Edward's children, Dorothy, Helen, Ingovar, Ruth, William and their families, family trips to Italy, Canada, Connecticut, and New York. Photographs from June 29, 1880 trip to the Erie Canal depict Edward and other members of the New York Artist Fund Society.

Biographical and Historical Note:
Edward: Landscape painter; Mt. Vernon and Cragsmoor, New York, married Martha Feary, an art critic. Their son Duncan was also an artist. Edward was born in Dublin, Ireland. He moved to the United States in 1848. He studied art in Albany, New York and Karlsruhe, Germany. Member of the Artists Fund Society, National Academy of Design, and the Lotos Club. He exhibited in museums and galleries throughout America and he painted murals for public libraries in Mt. Vernon and Bronxville, New York.
extent2.4 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 2 reels) reels D30 and 866
formatsCorrespondence Photographs Sketchbooks Business Papers Personal Papers
accessMicrofilmed portion must be consulted on microfilm. Use of unmicrofilmed portion requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. storage facility.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationMaterial on reel D30 donated by Mrs. Dorothy Gay Gordon, daughter of Edward Gay, December 1959. Material on reel 866 donated by Richard Coker, grandson of Edward, March 1974. Unmicrofilmed material donated by Susanne Gay Linville, daughter of Duncan Gay, 1983, 1987, and 1995.
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titleDavid E. Finley Papers, 1915-1977.
repositoryNational Gallery of Art, Library
collection titleThe personal papers of David Finley, lawyer, first director of the National Gallery of Art and close associate of Andrew W. Mellon in the planning of the National Gallery, span the period from about 1915, when Finley began to practice law, to the months shortly before his death.

They consist of correspondence, speeches, articles, diaries, photographs, recordings, medals, certificates and related materials. Of particular interest are records relating to the construction of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art and files concerning Andrew W. Mellon.

Biographical and Historical Notes:
Born 1890, York, South Carolina; 1922-27, Member, War Loan Staff, U.S. Dept. of the Treasury; 1927-32, Special assistant to Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew W. Mellon; 1931, Married Margaret Morton Eustis; 1932-33, Honorary counselor to the American Embassy at the Court of St. James; 1938-56, Director, National Gallery of Art; 1950-62, Chairman, National Trust for Historic Preservation; 1950-63, Chairman, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; 1977, February 1, died, Washington, D.C.
extentca. 73 linear ft.
formatsPersonal Papers Correspondence Writings Diaries Photographs
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
acquisition informationSeries descriptions and folder title lists compiled in 1986. Available in Gallery Archives office.
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titleAugust Belmont papers, 1853-1887 (MssCol 257)
repositoryNew York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division
collection titleCollection consists of Belmont's letter books, 1853-1858, as United States Chargé d'Affaires and Minister to the Netherlands; correspondence as a director and president of the New York Academy of Music; visiting list, 1853-1854, at the Hague; several letters to his wife, Catherine Slidell Perry Belmont, from European figures; and family memorabilia.

Correspondents include Charles R. Fowler, D. Kingslund Macy, J.H. Mapleson, Levi P. Morton, Royal Phelps, C.A. Seward, and B. Ullman. Also, personal and household papers, photograph of Belmont, and copper plates for invitations, calling cards and admission cards.

Biographical Note:
August Belmont (1816-1890) was an American banker, diplomat and patron of the arts.
extent.8 linear foot (3 boxes).
formatsCorrespondence Personal papers Ephemera
accessApply in Special Collections Office for admission to the Manuscripts and Archives Division.
record linkhttp://www.nypl.org/sites/default/files/archivalcollections/pdf/belmontasr.pdf
record sourcehttp://catalog.nypl.org/record=b12060497~S1
finding aidCollection guide available in repository and on internet: http://catnyp.nypl.org/search?/.b3522839/.b3522839/1,1,1,B/l856~b3522839&FF=&1,0,,1,0
acquisition informationReceived from Mrs. August Belmont, 1954.
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titleLetter to Colonel Cole, n.d. (MSC 1542)
repositoryNew York State Library
collection titleLetter to Colonel Cole concerning a man who wishes to have an honorable discharge, even though he was dismissed.

Preferred citation
Levi P. Morton to Colonel Cole, n.d.

extent2 pages
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies
record sourcehttp://nysl.nysed.gov/
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titleLetter to Colonel Cole, n.d. (MSC 1542)
repositoryNew York State Library
collection titleLetter to Colonel Cole stating that he has just received a book from Scribner's, and that he will not go to New York until the next Monday.

Preferred citation
L.P. Morton to Colonel Cole, n.d.

extent1 page
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies
record sourcehttp://nysl.nysed.gov/
updated11/12/2014 11:29:59
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titleJohn Hay Papers, 1829-1916
repositoryBrown University, John Hay Archives
collection titleHay's correspondence with his family and with literary, diplomatic, and political contemporaries; Civil War diaries and those kept by Hay as Secretary of the Legations in Paris, Vienna, and Madrid, 1866-1870; manuscript poems; galley proofs; personal letterpress copy books. Subjects include: Civil War; Lincoln and his administration; Reconstruction; court life in Paris; Hay's choice of careers; the bi-metal monetary standard; the Canadian boundary settlement; the fur seal question; Japanese naval activity; British politics; American political affairs, etc.

Biog/hist
Brown class of 1858. Secretary to Abraham Lincoln; Ambassador to Court of St. James; Secretary of State; author
extentOver 9100 items
formatsCorrespondence Manuscript Diaries
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://josiah.brown.edu/record=b2498067
finding aidTypescript inventory available for small portion of collection. Items individually cataloged in Manuscript Card Catalog
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titleLevi P. Morton Letters, 1868-1885.
repositoryDartmouth College
collection titleHolographs, signed; holographs in clerical hand, signed; holograph.

Consents to contribute to annuity fund for E.D. Sanborn; explains why he had not contributed to a fund for a new college library.

Title supplied by cataloger.

Letter to Smith is neither written nor signed by Morton; 1882 letter is in clerical hand, but signed by Morton.
extent4 items
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
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titleEllerslie papers, 1714-1885.
repositoryFranklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
collection titleDeeds and other papers of Levi P. Morton concerning his Rhinebeck, N.Y. estate "Ellerslie."

Microfilm available for use.
extentca. .2 cubic ft.
formatsLegal Papers Microfilm
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies
record sourcehttp://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/collec20.html
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titleLevi P. Morton Correspondence. 1844-1849.
repositoryDartmouth College
collection titleHolographs, signed (photocopy); holographs (photocopy); typescripts (photocopy).

Correspondence between Levi P. Morton and members of his family, chiefly his father, during the period of his residence in Hanover, N.H. Includes letter from Daniel O. Morton, describing a trip in the White Mountains.

extent[28] leaves
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
acquisition informationPhotostatic copies of originals and typescripts in the New York Public Library.
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titleW J Arkell Collection, 1881-1894.
repositorySyracuse University Libraries
collection titleMostly business and personal correspondence, largely in connection with the Judge, a weekly magazine of wit and humor which began publication in 1881 in New York.

Correspondents include August Belmont, James G. Blaine, George W. Childs, Charles A. Dana, Chauncey M. Depew, Joseph W. Drexel, Stephen B. Elkins, Joseph B. Foraker, George Jay Gould, David B. Hill, Collis P. Huntington, Robert Ingersoll, Levi P. Morton, John C. New, Bill Nye, William W. Phelps, Thomas B. Reed, Whitelaw Reid, Samuel Sloan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and William Kissam Vanderbilt.

Biographical and Historical Notes
American publisher, journalist.
extent39 items.
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record linkhttp://library.syr.edu/digital/guides/a/arkell_wj.htm
record sourcehttp://library.syr.edu/
finding aid Unpublished guide.
updated11/01/2017 15:42:07
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titleLevi P. Morton Correspondence, 1860-1912.
repositorySyracuse University Libraries
collection titleMostly incoming correspondence from clergymen, educators, financiers, journalists, and politicians. Some letters are addressed to Morton's executive secretary, Ashley W. Cole.

Biographical and Historical Notes:
Congressman from New York, United States minister to France, Vice-President of the United States, and Republican governor of New York State.
extent0.5 linear ft.
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record linkhttp://summit.syr.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=149382
record sourcehttp://library.syr.edu/
finding aidUnpublished guide.
updated11/01/2017 15:42:07
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titleWilliam Henry Smith Papers, 1800-1896.
repositoryOhio Historical Society
collection titleCorrespondence, diaries, scrapbooks, albums, and other papers relating to Ohio and national politics, the campaign of 1876, civil service reform, conservation, and journalism. Also includes transcripts of historical documents apparently written by and/or for Smith.

Biographical and Historical Notes:
Journalist, Republican politician, and historian, of Ohio.
extent9.25 cubic feet.
formatsCorrespondence Diaries Scrapbooks Photographs
accessContact repository for more information.
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
updated11/12/2014 11:29:59
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titleGeorge Bliss Agnew papers, 1882-1925 (MssCol 30)
repositoryNew York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division
collection titleGeorge Bliss Agnew (1868-1941) was a New York City businessman and politician. The collection consists mainly of political correspondence that includes letters from constituents, associates, and others interested in the outcome of bills before the New York State Legislature.

This collection, which spans the dates 1868-1929, is particularly strong in political correspondence from 1896 to 1929. Most of the correspondence is with business and political constituents; a small amount is with private citizens of New York. The political letters reflect the progress of legislation pending before the Assembly and Senate - for example, the racetrack gambling issue - in which Agnew's position could influence the passage or death of such bills. The assorted political materials in this collection parallel the political correspondence consist of Assembly Bills (1903-1911); Senate Bills (1905-1910); speeches; newspaper clippings; campaign matter; and dinner and reception invitations. The Agnew-Hart Act (anti-racetrack gambling) files contain transcriptions of legislative hearings and debates, public advertisements, and newspaper clippings. There is a small series of family papers which consists of Agnew's pocket diary (1898) and miscellaneous financial, real estate and other documents. There are four scrapbooks, pertaining to the National Guard (1894-1897); family interests; and state and national politics. There are also several certificates and awards, including a ceremonial pen.
extent3.9 linear ft. (9 boxes; 4 vols.)
formatsCorrespondence
accessApply in Special Collections Office.
record linkhttp://catalog.nypl.org/record=b12077726~S1
record sourcehttp://catalog.nypl.org/record=b12077726~S1
finding aidIn the repository and on the repository's Web site.
acquisition informationGift of Charles D. Agnew, 1947
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titleLevi P Morton Papers, 1880-1889 (MSC 23016)
repositoryNew York State Library
collection titlePapers consist chiefly of letters concerning matters of his private business and social life.

Historical/biog note:
Lawyer and politician; Governor of New York State, 1895-1897.
extent6 items
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies
record sourcehttp://nysl.nysed.gov/
finding aidLetters arranged chronologically.
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