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Archives related to: Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986

titlePapers of W. Averell Harriman, (bulk 1895-1986).
repositoryLibrary of Congress
descriptionCorrespondence, memoranda, speeches, statements and writings, business records, political files, diplomatic accounts, family papers, architectural and mechanical drawings, printed matter, scrapbooks, photographs, and other papers documenting Harriman’s career in business, finance, politics, and public service, particularly during the Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter presidential administrations. Major topics include the defeat of Germany in World War II, Soviet-American relations, Marshall Plan, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Korean and Vietnamese wars, African independence movements, U.S. intervention in Latin America, arms negotiations, and the antinuclear movement.

Family members represented include Mary Averell Harriman Fisk, E. Roland Harriman, Edward Henry Harriman, Marie Norton Whitney Harriman, Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman, Kathleen Lanier Harriman Mortimer, and Mary Harriman Rumsey. Other persons represented include Dean Acheson, Konrad Adenauer, Vincent Astor, C. R. Attlee, Mohammad Ayub Khan, Lord Beaverbrook (Max Aiken), Georges Bidault, Habib Bourguiba, Leonid Il’ich Brezhnev, James Francis Byrnes, Winston Churchill, Sir Archibald Clark Kerr, Richard Stafford Cripps, Wilhelm Cuno, John R. Deane, Anatoliy Fedorovich Dobrynin, Allen Welsh Dulles, Ira Eaker, Anthony Eden, Dwight D. Eisenhower, James Forrestal, Charles de Gaulle, Edward Heath, Richard Helms, Paul G. Hoffman, Cordell Hull, Robert F. Kennedy, Aleksey Nikolayevich Kosygin, Nikita Sergevich Khrushchev, Robert A. Lovett, Robert S. Lovett, Douglas MacArthur, Harold MacMillan, George C. Marshall, John Jay McCloy, Robert S. McNamara, Robert P. Meiklejohn, Robert Gordon Menzies, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Vyacheslav Mikhaylovich Molotov, Jean Monnet, Mohammad Mosaddeq, Jawaharlal Nehru, Georgi M. Pushkin, Dean Rusk, Robert Schuman, Souvanna Phouma, Paul-Henri Spaak, Joseph Stalin, Edward R. Stettinius, Herbert Bayard Swope, Josip Broz Tito, Ahmed Sékou Touré, Cyrus R. Vance, Sumner Welles, and Harold Wilson.

Other topics include Palisades Interstate Park Commission, Business Advisory Council for the Dept. of Commerce, World War II missions to Moscow, the Casablanca and other wartime and postwar conferences, posts in the Truman administration as ambassador to Great Britain and to the Soviet Union, secretary of commerce, and director of the Mutual Security Agency, presidential campaigns of 1952, 1956, and 1960, Harriman’s campaign for and governorship of New York (1955-1959), and his 1983 trip to the Soviet Union. Includes business files on Georgian Manganese Company, Merchant Shipbuilding Corporation, Russian Finance and Construction Corporation, the Sun Valley (Idaho) ski resort, Union Pacific Railroad Company, and W.A. Harriman & Company; memoirs Harriman coauthored with Elie Abel; and writings by Mark Lincoln Chadwin and Herbert Feis. Also included is an album documenting the Harriman Alaska Expedition, a scientific expedition to Alaska in 1899 undertaken by the Harriman family accompanied by John Muir and other scientists and naturalists.
extent526.3 linear feet
formatsPersonal Papers Business Papers Writings Financial Papers Photographs
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finding aidFinding aid published by the Library of Congress in 1991. Revised and expanded finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and on Internet.
acquisition informationGift and deposit converted to gift, Pamela C. Harriman, Namirrah Corporation, and others, 1985-1991. Gift, Kathleen Harriman Mortimer and Mary Harriman Fisk, 1992.
updated03/16/2023 10:29:51

titleGarden Club of America Collection
repositoryArchives of American Art
descriptionThe folder includes a worksheet and part of a brochure describing the conference center.

General Note:
Arden House sits on land in Orange County, New York, originally purchased by Edward Henry (E.H.) Harriman in 1885, atop a ridge with the valley of the Ramapo River on one side and the Forest and Cranberry lakes on the other. The house was designed by architects Carrere & Hastings, with landscape architecture by Wadley & Smythe. Harriman's son, W. Averell Harriman, was given the house by his widowed mother in 1915. Following use by the Navy in World War II, the house was given to Columbia University in 1950. It became a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and is now used as a conference center.

Persons and firms associated with the property include: Edward Henry (E.H.) Harriman (former owner, 1885-1909); W. Averell (William Averell) Harriman (former owner, 1915-1950); Wadley & Smythe (landscape architects); and Carrere & Hastings (architects).

extent1 folder+ 11 35 mm. slides.
formatsEphemera Slides
accessAccess to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers.
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updated11/12/2014 11:29:52

titleBrown Brothers, Harriman & Co. Records, 1825-1970.
repositoryThe New-York Historical Society
descriptionRecords (known as the Historical File), 1825-1970, of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. and antecedent firms such as Alex. Brown & Sons, Baltimore, and Brown, Shipley & Co., Liverpool: correspondence, papers, diaries, letter and account books, reports, printed material, photo copies, microfilm, tapes, slides, clippings, and photographs, including: first letter book of Brown Brothers & Co., New York, 1825-27 - reflects their interest in the "triangular" trade in cotton (New Orleans-New York-Liverpool); letter and account books, 1861-1908, of John Crosby Brown (1838-1909) and a few of his wife Mary Brown - his private letter press book, 1861-69, gives the Liverpool view of the "American quarrel"; typewritten extracts of various Brown Family letters during the Civil War; personal papers of Thatcher Magoun Brown (1876-1954) and his unpublished narrative of the firm's activities, 1900-1950; annual reports, 1897-1930; confidential diary of James Brown (1863-1935), 1910-30 - relates Brown Bros. controversial 1911 Nicaraguan experience during the period of "dollar diplomacy"; diary and daily log sheet of partner Robert A. Lovett (b.1895) while serving as Under Secretary of State, 1947-49; an excellent run of "Hunts Merchants Magazine", 1839-62; and microfilm copies of Brown, Shipley & Co. records in Liverpool.

Historical Note:
A private bank.

New-York Historical Society

Mss Collection 2nd Floor
extentca.200 v. Account books, diaries, letter books, etc. ca.10,000 items. Loose correspondence & papers, etc.
formatsAccount Books Correspondence Diaries Letterbook Ephemera
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updated11/12/2014 11:30:04