Business, Literary, and Local History Manuscripts

Business, Literary, and Local History Manuscripts

Manuscripts, records, and papers primarily related to businesses and people of New York and New England.
Chiefly 19th-century New York and New England local history manuscripts and business records, primarily for craftsmen and railroads; papers of children's book writer and illustrator Marcia J. Brown and two original manuscripts by Maud and Miska Petersham; papers of Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy; papers of Anthony Ashley Cooper, the 19th century social reformer; and papers of Benito Perez Galdos, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Evengi Zamyatin, and other writers.

Our Collections

Francoise Madeleine Mesnil Papers, 1756
An inventory and bequest. A notarial document done for Thomas Maurice Bronod, an attorney in Paris.
Collection ID: mss021
Thomas Smith Papers, Undated
Sir Thomas Smith served in official positions during the reigns of Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. This collection contains the manuscript entitled, "A Discourse for the Common Welthe of England," which was one of five known early manuscripts of a political treatise completed in 1549 in response to socio-economic problems in Tudor England at the time and first published in 1581.
Collection ID: mss028
Henri L. Stuart Papers, 1869
The collection contains a volume of clippings documenting the 38th National Industrial Exhibition of the American Institute, which took place in New York City from August to October 1869. The volume bears the stationer's label of W. Reid Gould, New York City.
Collection ID: mss114
Farrar and Boardman Records, 1862-1870
This collection contains an account book for a general store in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Collection ID: mss068
Andrew Lang Papers, 1898-1912
Andrew Lang was an English writer and folklorist. This collection, which was assembled by an unknown compiler, contains a scrapbook that includes printed materials and clippings pertaining to the life and work of Lang.
Collection ID: mss018
Geof Huth Papers, 1960-2006
The majority of these papers focus on Geof Huth's artistic activities: his creation of artworks, his involvement in the fields of visual and experimental poetry, his productions as a micropublisher, and his work as an active blogger in the worldwide network of online poets. They also document his personal life and professional career in archives and records management.
Collection ID: mss137
John G. Hurtin Papers, 1806-1821
This collections contains legal and administrative materials from the early 19th century from Orange County, New York.
Collection ID: mss081
Abraham Bell and Son Collection, 1809-1917
The collection consists of 157 volumes of business books and three boxes of financial materials, correspondence, books, scrapbooks and diaries relating to the Bell Family and the Abraham Bell and Son Company.
Collection ID: mss035
Charles K. Gardner Papers, 1835-1860
This collection contains correspondence of Charles K. Gardner invlolving a dispute over land, taxes, and railroad damages in Black Rock, Erie Canal, New York.
Collection ID: mss073
Duxbury and Cohasset Railroad Company Records, 1871-1872
This collection includes materials from the Duxbury and Cohasset Railroad in southeastern Massachusetts.
Collection ID: mss063
Oseola (Ship) Records, 1842-1843
Log book kept by Arthur Child, master of the Oseola merchant ship, on voyages between New Orleans, Liverpool, and Le Havre.
Collection ID: mss101
Amoskeag Manufacturing Company Records, 1934-1937
This collection contains reports on the finances and employment at the Amoskeag textile mills in New Hampshire during the 1930s.
Collection ID: mss038
Chapin, Day, and Ely Lumber Mill Records, 1774-1789
The financial and business records of a late 18th century Springfield, Massachusetts lumber mill.
Collection ID: mss049
Kendall and Hamlin School District No. 8 Records, 1838-1920
Includes board minutes and reports for the Kendall and Hamlin School District No. 8, located in the area of Morton, Monroe County, New York.
Collection ID: mss084
Forrest D. Braden Papers, 1922-1925
The collection contains the scrapbook retained by a police chief from Louisville, Kentucky and and Terre Haute, Indiana.
Collection ID: mss046
New York Canals Collection, 1828-1883
Collection contains a variety of 19th century materials related to several New York State canals.
Collection ID: mss093
Mark Woodbury Papers, 1818-1843
Mark Woodbury was a proprietor of a general store in Antrim, New Hampshire. This collection contains his account book for the store.
Collection ID: mss126
Galdos Benito Perez Papers, 1887-1898
Galdos Benito Perez was born on May 10, 1843 and was a Spanish writer and realist novelist. This collection includes a series of 50 letters written by Perez to Manuel Tolosa Latour, a physician and writer. This collection also includes a photograph of the exterior and a pencil sketch of the interior of Perez Galdos's Villa San Quintin at Santander.
Collection ID: mss023
Richard Falk Papers, Undated
Richard Falk was a conductor from Albany, NY who worked in New York City.
Collection ID: mss136
Lebanon Springs, New York Post Office Records, 1893-1895
This collection contains a late 19th century account book for the Lebanon Springs, New York Post Office.
Collection ID: mss086
Johannes Crounse Papers, 1796
This collection consists of a manuscript including treatments for ailments of horses, written in German, from a farmer living west of Albany, New York in the late 18th century.
Collection ID: mss058
Edwin Adams et al v. William Rockefeller Records, 1889-1921
Includes trial evidence, topical indexes to testimony, transcriptions of business records, legal briefs, and other materials compiled by V. N. Roadstrum of New York City, attorney for the J. P. Morgan Estate, in a 1915–18 lawsuit brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against William Rockefeller, the Executors of the J. P. Morgan Estate, and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company for "conspiracy to monopolize" railroad, streetcar, and water transportation of the "common-carrier business of transporting passengers and property" in New York, New Jersey, and New England.
Collection ID: mss067
Joseph Walders Papers, 1949-1977
This collection contains television and film scripts, movie posters, still photographs, lobby cards, and pressbooks collected by Joseph Walders.
Collection ID: mss030
Great Western Railway Records, Undated
This collection contains records of locomotive engines built between 1861 and 1921 and used by the Great Western Railway.
Collection ID: mss075
Richard Woodhull Papers, 1806-1819
Account book kept by Nathan H. White in the vicinity of Newburgh, New York.
Collection ID: mss127
Irina Kunina Aleksander Papers, 1937-1978
The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and manuscripts which reflect Irina Aleksander's association with a number of literary notables such as Anaïs Nin, Miroslav Krlea, Marijan and Zora Matkovi, Lon Pierre-Quint, Claude Aveline, and Evgenii Zamiatin.
Collection ID: mss032
John S. Schultze Papers, 1872-1901
John S. Schultze was president of the president of the Sylvan Lake Ore and Iron Company. This collection contains the business correspondence, 1875-1901 and financial accounts of the Sylvan Lake Ore and Iron Company, 1881-1884, as well as printed materials, 1872-1873.
Collection ID: mss111
S.J. Salisbury and Company Records, 1861-1863
Day book kept by S. A. Kelsey as agent for S.J. Salisbury and Company, a dry-goods firm, in the vicinity of Hartford, Connecticut.
Collection ID: mss108
E.C.M. Rand Papers, 1909
This collection contains a report on Investigation of Books and Records of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company from 1870 to 1899, inclusive showing value to it of the leases of the Albany & Susquehanna and Rensselaer & Saratoga Railroads. This collection also contains a 510-page typescript report, including a 22-page subject index and numerous manuscript corrections and emendations. E.C.M. Rand was a New York City attorney and authority on the railroad business.
Collection ID: mss104
Edward E. Lane Records, 1889-1890
The collection contains a late 19th century record book listing the technical specifications and dimensions of wagons, carriages, fire engines, and other horse-drawn vehicles from places in New England and New York.
Collection ID: mss085
Ludwig Schanz Papers, Undated
A hand-corrected carbon copy of a dissertation on the economic philosophy of National Socialism, which was written, probably in the late 1920s, for a doctorate at Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.
Collection ID: mss027
Sangerfield and Marshall Agricultural Society Records, 1857-1883
Includes board minutes and bylaws of the agricultural society of the Central New York towns of Sangerfield and Marshall; the group usually met in the neighboring town of Waterville.
Collection ID: mss110
Albany General Store Records, 1784-1786
The Albany General Store Records contain business records kept by an unidentified proprietor of a general store which sold dry goods, rum, and other merchandise.
Collection ID: mss036
Walter Zenner Family Papers, 1938-1990
The collection consists of correspondence and transcripts of interviews which Walter Zenner conducted with his family concerning their life in Germany and the United States. In addition, there are other materials pertaining to the life and work of the Zenner Family.
Collection ID: mss033
Edwin Robert Van Kleeck Papers, 1946-1965
Collection consists of correspondence concerning Van Kleeck genealogy, 1946-1965; correspondence with Kenneth Hasbrouck on history and education, 1951-1956; and printed materials on New York State and Albany history, 1950-1965.
Collection ID: mss123
New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company Records, 1849-1926
The New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company (NH) operated from 1872-1968. This collection records names, builders, repairs, renumbering, and dates of service of New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company locomotive engines since.
Collection ID: mss094
William G. Bannon Papers, 1920-1966
This collection includes writings on regional political affairs of Siberia and China in the 1920s by U.S. Department of War representative William G. Bannon.
Collection ID: mss003
Thomas D. Coloney Papers, 1827-1852
This collection contains the account book of a mid-19th century farmer in Farmington, Connecticut.
Collection ID: mss056
Sharon Springs, New York Union Free School District No. 1 Records, 1884-1899
Includes minutes and other records of the trustees of the Board of Education of the Union Free School No. 1, town of Sharon Springs, New York.
Collection ID: mss112
Thayer, Littlejohn and Company Shipping Records, 1827
Records goods received from the firm of Thayer, Littlejohn and Company in Albany, New York, for shipping aboard Erie Canal boats. The volume bears the stationer's label "Packard & Van Benthuysen, Printers and Blank Book-Binders."
Collection ID: mss117
James Sullivan Papers, Undated
James Sullivan was the principal of the Boy's High School in Brooklyn, New York, 1907-1916. The collection contains photographs compiled by Sullivan of the interiors of high school libraries in Albany, Buffalo, and New York City from 1916-1929. In 1940 the Department of Librarianship at the New York State College for Teachers (a predecessor of the Information Science program at the University at Albany) added photographs of high school libraries in Albany, Elmira, Glens Falls, and Malverne, as well as several school libraries in Detroit, Michigan.
Collection ID: mss115
Herbert Sartori Papers, 1915-1969
Manuscript and typescript volume of poetry and several letters written in German by a writer in New York State.
Collection ID: mss026
Thomas J. Tash Papers, 1857-1886
Thomas J. Tash was a real-estate investor in Pittsburgh. This collection contains ledgers that he kept.
Collection ID: mss116
Thomas De Grey Papers, 1809-1813
Thomas de Grey, Baron Waslingham was the Archdeacon of Winchester. This collection contains a record book of day laborers' compensation and services on the Merton estate in Norfolk, England in the early 19th century.
Collection ID: mss009
D. Ayers Blakeslee Papers, 1861-1867
This collection was kept by D. Ayeers Blakeslee, a native of Wellsville, New York.
Collection ID: mss042
John H. Cogswell Papers, 1866-1873
The collection consists of daybooks of a mid-19th century lumber dealer in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Collection ID: mss054
Hawley Saddle and Harness Shop Records, 1803-1846
This collection consist of records from the proprietors of a saddle and harness making shop in Paris, New York.
Collection ID: mss079
Abraham Hathaway Papers, 1825-1870
This collection contains the account book of a 19th century shoemaker and leather dealer near Taunton, Massachusetts.
Collection ID: mss077
Richard Varick DeWitt Papers, 1862
The collection consists of a journal kept by an Albany resident on a journey across England and western Europe in 1862.
Collection ID: mss128
George Scheider Papers, 1940-1947
The collection includes copies of Nazi documents with translations, 1940-1947, and photographs (with personal information) of 63 inmates at the Dachau and Ravensbruck concentration camps. Items were retained by George Scheider, a refugee from Czechoslovakia who served as a translator at the Nuremberg tribunals.
Collection ID: mss059
Freligh Family Papers, 1773-1955
This collection documents the activities of the members of the Freligh family who lived primarily in the Niskayuna area during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Collection ID: mss071
Max Dietze Papers, 1907
Includes manuscript writings on the life and works of Johann W. von Goethe (1749-1832) by Max Dietze.
Collection ID: mss010
Lovell and Nichols Lumber Mill Records, 1869-1882
Mid-19th century ledgers and day books kept by George W. Lovell and William H. Nichols for a lumber mill in Pascoag, Rhode Island.
Collection ID: mss087
Fred R. Brown Papers, 1882-1966
Methodist missionary and science teacher in the Kiansi Province of China from 1910 to 1931. He and his wife, a fellow missionary, later settled in DeWitt, New York.
Collection ID: mss004
Captain C. W. Chadwick Papers, 1873-1888
This collection contains the business records and correspondence of a late 19th century Maine sea captain.
Collection ID: mss048
Albany, New York Jewish Community Collection, 1905-1990
The Jewish Community of the Albany, New York area is featured in the Collection which was brought together to show community involvement in the region by the Greater Albany Jewish Federation and the University Libraries of the University at Albany, SUNY. This collection contains photographs, meeting minutes, commemoration papers, local area newspapers, academic articles, community reports, and a prayer book.
Collection ID: mss037
Maud Sylvia Fuller and Miska Petersham Papers, 1932-1945
This collection contains manuscripts of two children's books by Maud and Miska Petersham. The Petershams were a Caldecott Medal winning married couple who wrote and illustrated children's books together, primiarly between the late 1920s and mid-1950s.
Collection ID: mss024
William Kennedy Papers, 1926-2003
The William Kennedy Papers document nearly a half century of research, writing, and publishing efforts of the internationally recognized, Pulitzer Prize winning author, playwright, essayist, journalist, script writer, professor, and champion of the arts. The collection consists of records related to all of Kennedy's fiction and nonfiction books through 2002, including his "Albany Cycle" of novels, film scripts, essays, and newspaper articles from the Albany Times-Union. In addition, there is correspondence with other significant authors of American literature, biographical materials, and records documenting a trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with President Bill Clinton.
Collection ID: mss132
F.D. Jackson Papers, 1881-1882
The collection consists of a daybook, 1881-1882, kept by the proprietor of a general store in Derby, Connecticut.
Collection ID: mss083
John H. Robinson Papers, 1912-1919
This collection includes correspondence with Sen. Jonathan Bourne, Jr. (chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads) and A. S. Burleson (U.S. Postmaster General), maps, and other materials pertaining to the establishment of the U.S. Postal Service parcel post zoning areas sent by John H. Robinson.
Collection ID: mss106
Marcia Brown Papers, 1940-2000
A 1940 graduate of the New York State College for Teachers, Brown was a respected children's book writer and illustrator, and a three-time Caldecott Medal winner.
Collection ID: mss005
Charles Fisher Papers, 1831-1841
This collection contains tax assessments and petitions pertaining to School District No. 6 of Cumberland, Rhode Island.
Collection ID: mss069
Alexander Semmler Papers, 1914-1977
The Alexander Semmler Papers contain music written by Alexander Semmler, both published and unpublished, as well as some of his notes and correspondence.
Collection ID: mss131
Gonzalo Torrente Ballester Papers, 1954-1964
This collection contains manuscripts and a journal written by the Spanish novelist Gonzalo Torrente Balleste.
Collection ID: mss029
Bridge Line Historical Society Collection, 1870-2020
The collection consist of the Bridge Line Historical Society's newsletter, as well as original maps, drawings, and related material documenting the Delaware & Hudson Railway, a railroad that operated in the northeastern United States.
Collection ID: mss129
Jennie D. Lindquist Papers, 1937-1978
The Jennie D. Lindquist papers document the professional life of Lindquist, an editor, author, lecturer, and librarian. The collection is cheifly composed of copies of personal correspondances, printed materials, transcripts from her radio program, and an advanced publisher's copy of her book.
Collection ID: mss019
Berlin and East Sudbury Stage Company Records, 1828-1832
19th century accounting records for a Vermont stage company.
Collection ID: mss041
Abbe Family Papers, 1773-1896
The Abbe (Abbey) family papers include records relating to the Abbe family. The Abbe family, which consisted primarily of Richard T. Abbe, his wife Helen Woods Abbe, and their daughter Olive Abbe Jones, corresponded with many family members and business associates before and during the Civil War. This collection contains deeds, legal records, correspondence, business records, and other papers of the family.
Collection ID: mss034
Joachim Frank Papers, 1953-2016
The Joachim Frank Papers document Frank's artistic pursuits and accomplishments.
Collection ID: mss143
George Cooper Papers, 1876-1880
Account records of a saddle- and harness-maker in Burrillville, Rhode Island in the late 19th century.
Collection ID: mss057
Terwilliger Family Collection, 1912-1919
The Terwilliger Family Collection contains numerous letters written by Harvey Beebe, an American soldier from southwestern New York during World War I.
Collection ID: mss141
Phoenix Insurance Company of New York Records, 1807-1838
This collection includes minutes of board meetings, lists of stockholders, inventory of property, and other records of a New York City company specializing in maritime insurance.
Collection ID: mss102
Nine Partners General Store Records, 1767-1776
Day books kept by the proprietor(s) of a general store selling dry goods and products from the West Indies in the Hudson Valley of New York and Connecticut. The store may have been located in the Nine Partners Tract, in the vicinity of what is now Hyde Park, New York.
Collection ID: mss099
Jonah C. Boynton Papers, 1828-1836
This collection cosists of a daybook from a 19th century Albany bookbinder.
Collection ID: mss045
Great Britain. Commissioners of Excise Records, 1684-1764
This collection contains an abstract of the Gross and Net- produce of the several Branches of his Majesty's Revenues under the Receipt and Management of the Commissioners of Excise from the respective Times of the Commencement together with their respective Appropriations. The volume covers tax revenues through November 6. 1762. The collection also contains the bookplate of William Dowdeswell who served as chancellor of the Exchequer from July 1765 to July 1766.
Collection ID: mss013
Jesse Eddy Papers, 1834-1859
This collection contains the account book of a a late 19th century wagon maker from Rhode Island.
Collection ID: mss066
Prospect Hill Cemetery Records, 1854
Prospect Hill Cemetery was founded in 1854. This collection contains records of burial plots in this cemetery located in Guilderland, New York.
Collection ID: mss103
Socialist Party of The United States of America Dover, New Hampshire Local Records, 1894-1923
The Socialist Party of the United States of America Dover, New Hampshire Local Records contain records that document the range of activities of the Local. Records include correspondence that highlight the contacts of the local and its place within the broader Socialist Party movement in the United States.
Collection ID: mss113
Rochester Central Power Corporation Records, 1928
Includes bylaws, stock certificates, and other documents pertaining to the Rochester Central Power Corporation. The New York Central Railroad is described in the volume as the principal owner of the Mohawk Valley Company, which in turn owned all "outstanding common stock" of the Rochester Gas and Electric Company.
Collection ID: mss107
Henry M. and William L. Chase Papers, 1877-1901
Business records for a company in Pascoag and Woonsocket, Rhode Island, which specialized in the manufacture of windows, doors, blinds, and moldings.
Collection ID: mss050
Saltus and Company Records, 1825-1835
Day book kept by a New York City firm selling varieties of iron and steel bars; nails, hoops, and other iron products; and coal and salt to customers around New York State. Includes many entries for Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, the Troy Iron and Nail Factory, and companies in Albany and Syracuse.
Collection ID: mss109
Hudson Valley Writers Guild Records, 1983-1998
This collection documents the establishment and first quarter century of activities of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.
Collection ID: mss142
Ancient and Honourable Company of Fellmongers Records, 1820-1859
The Ancient and Honourable Company of Fellmangers was a trade guild located in Richmond, Yorkshire, England. This collection includes the Company's minutes of annual meetings, membership lists, and financial accounts.
Collection ID: mss001
George and Charles Meriam Papers, 1833-1863
Letters, publisher's catalogs, book dealers' announcements, and stationer's circulars received by mid-19th century booksellers in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Collection ID: mss089
William Eden Papers, 1828
This collection includes a journal of a journey through North America in 1828.
Collection ID: mss065
Daniel Hawks Papers, 1930-1951
Daniel Hawks was an attorney from Cortland Village, Cortland County, New York. This collection contains letters, financial accounts, deeds, and other legal documents, as well as copies of minutes, calendars, and other court records of the Cortland County Court.
Collection ID: mss078
Meginnei David Papers, Undated
This collection contains a late-nineteenth-century Hebrew manuscript commentary on the Book of Psalms, including an explanation of the Mogen David symbol.
Collection ID: mss008
Clove Branch Railroad Company Records, 1869-1893
The collection includes administrative records of a 19th century railroad in Dutchess County, New York.
Collection ID: mss053
Francis De Gress Papers, 1874
Francis De Gress was a member of the import-export firm of Wexel and De Gress, which had offices in New York City and Mexico City. This collection contains correspondence of De Gress.
Collection ID: mss060
East Freetown, New York, Railroad Freight Records, 1891-1901
The collection consists of railroad freight records from the East Freetown, New York station.
Collection ID: mss133
Thomas Reynolds Papers, 1858
An account addressed to Robert Gill, president of the Great Western Railway Company of Canada (London, Ontario), dated September 20, 1858, from Thomas Reynolds in Hamilton, Ontario.
Collection ID: mss105
Sidney Webb Papers, 1890-1929
Sidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield, was a leading British economist. This collection includes 16 letters from Webb about the publication of his work, economic measures being considered for enactment in Parliament, and the Fabian Society's support of political candidates.
Collection ID: mss031
Great Britain. Common Law Records, 1701-1706
This collection consists of several cases concerning the public revenues referred by the Treasury to the attorney general. This collection also contains revenue cases from the reign of Queen Anne (1665-1714), with legal opinions rendered in reports by Sir Edward Northey (1652-1723). In addition, this collection includes a 1705, "state of proceedings against the Good Seized upon Captain Kidd the Pirate in the High Court of Admiralty of England."
Collection ID: mss014
Liturgical Music Collection, Undated
This collection contains anonymous manuscript masses and other liturgical music dating from approximately the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries.
Collection ID: mss020
Newburgh, Dutchess, and Connecticut Railroad Records, 1887-1890
The Newburgh, Dutchess, and Connecticut Railroad was chartered on September 4, 1866 under the original name of the Dutchess and Columbia Railroad. This collection contains monthly statements of passengers and tons of freight carried over the railroad by the New York and New England Railroad. Kept by W. H. Moore, the railroad's general passenger agent, in Matteawan, New York.
Collection ID: mss097
E. Melton Miller Papers, 1904-1910
Journal kept in 1904 describing a trip in 1901 to Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru by E. Merton Miller of Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Collection ID: mss090
Frederick Hendricks Papers, 1709-1891
Frederick Hendricks worked for the Globe Insurance Company of London. During the years 1848-1890, Hendricks collected 164 autograph letters and holographic manuscripts of 18th and 19th century British actuaries, some of whom were also astronomers and mathematicians. This collection includes letters, manuscripts, printed materials, and portraits pertaining primarily to 18 British insurance companies and to the Institute of Actuaries.
Collection ID: mss016
Muzzey General Store Records, 1833-1903
Includes 32 volumes of day books and ledgers kept by J. A. Muzzey for his general store in Jamaica, Vermont.
Collection ID: mss091
Daniel Tomlinson Papers, 1842
Day book kept by the proprietor of a general store.
Collection ID: mss121
Auburn Woolen Company Records, 1847-1851
Records of the Auburn Woolen Company include 120 certificates of capital stock.
Collection ID: mss039