Irving Browning
Autograph Collection, 1678-1966

SC16596

Quantity: 1 box (0.25 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Gift of Mrs. Hester V. Browning, November 1975
Administrative Note: A number of documents in this collection are missing. The inventory list reflects those documents, marked with an asterisk (*), that were recovered in 2008 by the Office of the New York State Attorney General.
Processed By: Kay deGonzague, Student Assistant, State University of New York at Albany, March 2010

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Related Materials: Browning Autograph Collection (NY Public Figures) | Browning Picture Collection

Biographical Note:

Irving Browning (1895-1961) was a photographer, actor and avant-garde filmmaker. He is known for his photographs of New York City during the Great Depression, the construction of the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, photomontages of Times Square, and a short city symphony (a form of silent film) called City in Contrast.

Browning and his brother Sam ran a photography business in New York City and received commissions from magazines, advertising agencies and architects. In his spare time, Browning would photograph New York City showing contrast between the fine life, rich shoppers and the vibrant building industry of the city and the weary Hoovervilles, street merchants and the unemployed.

As an actor, Irving Browning starred in several silent films, Wake Up in Society (1918), His Matrimonial Moans (1918), His Silent Fate (1918) and Chumps and Chances (1917).

In addition to taking still photographs for films, Browning worked as a director, cinematographer and director of photography on films. He produced City in Contrast (1931), U.S. Military Academy (1940), the biopic Women in Photography (1941), and Babies by Bannister (1943), and was the cinematographer for Unmasked (1929) and the original version of House of Secrets (1929) with director Edmund Lawrence.

Browning donated over 1,889 gelatin silver photographic prints and ephemera to the New-York Historical Society. After his death, his childhood friend Ira Meistrich acquired thousands of his photographic negatives covering the years 1918-1938 that show the genesis of Radio City Hall and the Empire State Building. This collection was shown at the Gettysburg Festival of 2009.

Meistrich wrote a memorial piece for Browning for American Heritage., in which he said  Browning was “fascinated by history” and his office was “an eclectic museum” filled with old cameras and Native American artifacts and weapons.

Scope and Content Note:

A collection of original manuscript letters and other documents assembled by Browning that were signed by individuals who had served either as mayor of New York City or governor of New York State from the 1670s to the 1960s. The collection is organized into three series: I. Mayors of New York City; II. Governors of New York State; III. Miscellaneous. Within these series the documents are arranged chronologically.

This repository also holds two other collections assembled by Irving Browning: a collection of historical documents related to prominent public figures of New York State history (SC16653), and a collection of portraits and views of people, places or items dating from the seventeenth century through the early twentieth century, many of which are related to the history of New York State. The engravings were created in the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries (PRI3595).

Series I: New York City Mayors

Folder Item Name Contents Date Year
1 1 De Lavall, Thomas Command re: John Cooley and John D. Meere as Overseers of Chimneys, etc., N.Y.C. 12/23 1678
1 2 Noell, Thomas Recognizance issued to William White Jr., and Obadiah Smith re: William Adderly, N.Y.C. 12/13 1701
1 3 Wilson, Ebenezer Testimony of William Swanston, N.Y.C. 8/23 1710
1 4 Heathcote, Caleb Ezekiel Weekes’s statement re: subpoena servings, N.Y.C. 1713
1 5 Johnston, John Recognizance to James Borgeron re: appearance in court re: assize of bread, N.Y.C. 3/25 1719
1 6 Walter, Robert, et al
as Justices for the Conservation of the Peace of the City and County of New York
Command to the sheriff to issue notice of court session, N.Y.C. Also signed by David Jamison, John Cruger, Hermanns Van Gelder, Phillip Cortlandt and Frederick Philipse 1/24 1720
1 7 Jansen, Johannes Deposition of and signed by Everardus Bogardus in case of R. Fenn vs. J. Denn., N.Y.C. -- 1714
1 8 Jansen, Johannes Statement re: James Harding v. Henry Spranger by Bickley and Quer, defendants counsel, N.Y.C. 12/30 1710
1 9 Jansen,  Johannes, with Francis Harrison, Harmanus Van Gelder and Phillip V. Cortlandt, as Justices for the Conservation of the Peace of the City and County of New York Command to the sheriff to issue notice of court session, N.Y.C. 1/18 1725
1 10 Richard, Paul Warrant to John Walter of East Ward to hold an election for constable, N.Y.C. On verso is Walter’s statement of the election of Jacobus Johnson, 10/4/1738 9/29 1738
1 11 Cruger, John See Item 6
1 12 Bayard, Stephen, John Pintard, John Marshall, Stephen Van Cortlandt, Gerardus Stuyvesant and Daniel Horsmanden, as Justices for the Conservation of the Peace of the City and County of New York Command to the Sheriff to issue notice of court session, N.Y.C. 4/9 1745
1 13 Holland, Edward, Simon Johnson, Stephen Van Cortlandt, James Livingston, Pierre De Peyster as Justices for the Conservation of the Peace of the City and County of New York Command to the sheriff to issue notice of court sessions, N.Y.C. 4/9 1754
1 14 Cruger, John Deposition by Thomas Stevenson concerning the bad character of Augustus Bradley, N.Y.C. 11/6 1760
1 15 Hicks, Whitehead Jacob Remsen’s power of attorney to Thomas Arnold, N.Y.C. 12/14 1773
1 16 Matthews, David Bail piece in case of Wm. Thorn v. Wm. McIntosh, N.Y.C. 2/27 1775
1 17 Duane, James Replication of Duane as plaintiff’s attorney in case of Powers and Onderkirk v. Charles Penny, N.Y.C. 6/2 1757
1 18 Duane, James Bond to Hercules Windover to keep a tavern, N.Y.C. 5/8 1789
1 19 Duane, James Bond to Stephen Stilwell to keep a tavern, N.Y.C. 4/14 1789
1 20 Duane, James Bond to Bernard Rapelyea to keep a tavern, N.Y.C. 4/6 1789
1 21 Duane, James Letter to Philip Van Rensselaer, Manour [sic] Livingston 6/4 1782
1 22 Duane, James Revocation of appointment of Titus Underdonck [sic] as a city marshal for malconduct in office, N.Y.C. 1/2 1785
1 23 Varick, Richard Order to constables to publish notice ordering sailors from the French ship Jupiter to deliver up their arms and not to carry arms with them, N.Y.C. 8/30 1793
1 24 Varick, Richard Bond to Christopher Fegenham to keep a tavern, N.Y.C. 3/2 1790
1 25 Varick, Richard Bond to Adam Fink to keep a tavern, N.Y.C. 3/5 1790
2 26 Varick, Richard Bond to Daniel Dunscomb to keep a tavern, N.Y.C. 3/8 1790
2 27 Varick, Richard Bail piece in case of D. Williams v. D. Forbes, N.Y.C. 6/25 1799
2 28 Varick, Richard Bail piece in case of Orange Webb v. Wm. Cowley, N.Y.C. 3/26 1799
2 29 Varick, Richard Bail piece in case of Henry Shenlaw v. John Hillsborough, N.Y.C. 6/18 1799
2 30 Livingston, Edward Deed to Christopher Ross, land in Colchester, Delaware County, N.Y., n.p. 2/22 1799
2 31 Livingston, Edward Order to Nicholas Low to pay Brockholst Livingston such sum as is done to E.L. from Leonard Bleecker’s estate, n.p. 1/21 1796
2 32 Clinton, DeWitt License to George Wilson to practice law in the Mayor’s Court, N.Y.C. 5/1 1805
2 33 Willett, Marinus Bail piece in case of J. Parkenson and I. Burr vs. F. Atkinson and N. Soamar, N.Y.C. 11/14 1787
2 34 Radcliff, Jacob Bond of Charles W. Connor as an auctioneer, N.Y.C. 4/6 1816
2 35 Ferguson, John License to practice law in Mayor’s Court, N.Y.C. 5/19 1815
  36 Hone, Philip Ship manifest of goods imported by John and Philip Hone on the ship Patowmac Chief, N.Y.C. Also (36a) Hone’s oath on entering the goods 4/27 1801
2 37 Hone, Philip Hone as naval officer approves of facts stated in letter of W.J. Averell and Co. to W.M. Meredith, Secretary of Treasury, N.Y.C. 4/4 1850
2 38 Hone, Philip Letter to G[ulian] C. Verplanck, N.Y.C. 10/25 1841
2 39 Paulding, William Jr. Letter to Van ?, Washington 1/13 1812
2 40 Lee, Gideon Letter to Andrew M. Shriver, N.Y.C. 10/1 1832
2 41 Lawrence, Cornelius W. Lease of lot in 6th Ward, N.Y.C. to Timothy R. Green, N.Y.C. 4/2 1835
2 42 Morris, Robert H. Letter to John Campbell, N.Y.C. 11/16 1841
2 43 Woodhull, Caleb S. Appointment of Bryan King as policeman, N.Y.C. 10/15 1849
2 44 Westervelt, Jacob A. Request by Westervelt and 7 others to Greene C. Bronson to appoint Richard Norris to a post with Port of New York, n.p. -- --
2 45 Wood, Fernando Letter to M. Montterlon (?), New York 8/6 1861
2 46 Wood, Fernando Letter to Silas Wright, New York -- 1860
2 47 Wood, Fernando, et al Letter to Wm. M. Tweed, Washington, D.C. 4/18 1871
2 48 Tiemann, Daniel F. Letter to F. Wood, New York 10/26 1858
2 49 Tiemann, Daniel F., et al Letter to Greene C. Bronson, N.Y. -- --
2 50 Tiemann, Daniel F. Letter to Greene C. Bronson, N.Y. 4/19 1853
3 51 Stevens, Simon Letter to D.D. Field, St. Germean Hall (?). Mentions Mayor George Opdyke 5/9 1863
3 52 Opdyke, George Letter to George W. Childs, N.Y. 2/13 1863
3 53 Opdyke, George Letter to Fredk. S. Winston, N.Y. 1/14 1862
3 54 Opdyke, George Letter to S. Stevens, N.Y. 10/9 1861
3 55 Hoffman, John T. Note accepting invitation to Capt. George M. Smith, N.Y. 1/31 1866
3 56 Hoffman, John T. Letter to H.A. Smyth, N.Y. 7/9 1866
3 57 Hall, A. Oakley Letter to E.A. Buckley ?, N.Y., Friday night -- --
3 58 Hall, A. Oakley Letter to unidentified person, N.Y., Thursday 10/8 1868?
3 59 Hall, A. Oakley Note to Recorder, N.Y. 9/30 1868
3 60 Hall, A. Oakley Document appointing members of Examining Board of Druggists, N.Y. 6/21 1871
3 61 Havemeyer, William F. Letter to Barclay Gallagher, N.Y. 7/20 1872
3 62 Ely, Smith Letter to Joseph F. Chattelier, N.Y. 11/4 1878
3 63 Ely, Smith Note to superintendent re: agricultural reports on verso of A.L.S. to Ely by A.W. Cutler, N.Y. 10/7 1876
3 64 Edson, Franklin Letter to John J. Garrett, N.Y. 2/7 1898
3 65 Cooper, Edward Letter to the New York Herald, N.Y. 4/17 1893
3 66 Grace, William R. Auctioneer’s license to George H. Clayton 6/29 1885
3 67 Grace, William R. Political hand card asking for support of Grace and the Citizens Party -- 1884
3 68 Grace, William R. Letter to Henry Schiff, N.Y. 1/9 1884
3 69 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to H. Metzner, Washington, D.C. 6/12 1886
3 70 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to Mrs. John D. Townsend 10/11 1895
3 71 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to E.P. Wheeler, N.Y. 4/21 1885
3 72 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to George A. Townsend, N.Y. 1/24 1888
3 73 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to Julius Harburger, N.Y. 9/21 1887
3 74 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to Charles M. Wallace, N.Y. 7/19 1888
3 75 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to Levi P. Morton, Washington, D.C. 6/23 1882
4 76 Grant, Hugh J. Letter to Al Aronson, N.Y. 11/6 1890
4 77 Grant, Hugh J. Letter to New York Mercury, N.Y. 12/11 1894
4 78 Grant, Hugh J. Letter to Julius Harburger, N.Y. 3/13 1891
4 79 Strong, William L. Letter to Chas. L. Ford, N.Y. -- --
4 80 Strong, William L. Letter to Genl. George M. Smith, N.Y. 11/5 1898
4 81 Strong, William L. Appointment of George M. Smith as commissioner of police, N.Y. 8/2 1897
4 82 Strong, William L. Letter to Everett P. Wheeler, N.Y. 11/14 1895
4 83 Strong, William L. Letter re: appointment to Col. George M. Smith re: Tennessee Centennial, N.Y. 2/20 1897
4 84 Strong, William L. Letter to G.M. Smith, N.Y. 7/28 1898
4 85 Strong, William L. Letter to Margaret Townsend, N.Y. 7/7 1898
4 86 Van Wyck, Robert A. Removal notice of George M. Smith from office as police commissioner 1/1 1898
4 87 Van Wyck, Robert A. Letter re: appointment of Richard A McCurdy, N.Y. 2/14 1898
4 88 Van Wyck, Robert A. Letter re: insurance renewal notice to Home Insurance Co., N.Y. 11/20 1903
4 89 Van Wyck, Robert A. List of members of Celebration Committee, for the New York City consolidation, N.Y. -- --
  90 Low, Seth Letter to Nathaniel H. Levi, N.Y. 12/19 1903
4 91 Low, Seth Letter to Rev. E.M. Bliss, N.Y. 3/6 1900
4 92 Low, Seth Letter to Dr. John G. Wight 12/16 1899
4 93 McClellan, George B. Letter to G.P. Farley, N.Y. 11/10 1905
4 94 McClellan, George B. Letter to Brig. Gen. George M. Smith, N.Y. 6/30 1909
4 95 McClellan, George B. Letter to Crofton Eser, Brooklyn 8/21 1890
4 96 McClellan, George B. Letter to Everett P. Wheeler, N.Y. 6/21 1907
4 97 Gaynor, William J. Letter to Lyman O. Dana, N.Y. 4/21 1910
4 98 Gaynor, William J. Letter to Everett P. Wheeler, Brooklyn 12/6 1909
4 99 Gaynor, William J. Letter to David Robinson, N.Y. 2/27 1912
4 100 Gaynor, William J. Letter to Sydney Reid, N.Y. 4/27 1910
5 101 Gaynor, William J. Letter to E.P. Wheeler, N.Y. 9/27 1910
5 102 Gaynor, William J. Letter to E.P. Wheeler, N.Y. 7/30 1913
5 103 Gaynor, William J. Letter to Margaret T. Tagliapietra, N.Y. 12/4 1911
5 104 Gaynor, William J. Letter to Cuyler Reynolds, N.Y. 9/3 1909
5 105 Gaynor, William J. Letter to E.P. Wheeler, N.Y. 3/17 1910
5 106 Kline, Adolph L. Letter to Jerome Milkman, Washington, D.C. 8/8 1921
5 107 Mitchel, John P. Letter to James E. West, N.Y. 6/18 1917
5 108 Hylan, John F. Letter to Hevlyn D. Benson, N.Y. 1/10 1930
5 109 McKee, Joseph V. Letter to Louis Wiley, N.Y. 10/24 1932
5 110 O’Brien, John P. Letter to Theresa McGinty, N.Y. 10/14 1932
5 111 LaGuardia, Fiorello H. Letter to I.S. Seidman, N.Y. 10/10 1935
5 112 O’Dwyer, William 3 autographs -- 1947
5 113 Wagner, Robert Letter to David Robinson, N.Y. 11/23 1926
5 114 Wagner, Robert Letter to Irving Browning, N.Y. 9/17 1957
5 115 Lindsay, Mrs. John V. Letter to Hester V. Browning, N.Y., with the Browning letter 2/16 1966
5 116 Lindsay, John V. Letter to Hester V. Browning, N.Y. 8/25 1966
5 117 Clinton, DeWitt Certification 7/13 1814

Series II: New York State Governors

Folder Item Name Contents Date Year
1 1 De Lavall, Thomas Command re: John Cooley and John D. Meere as Overseers of Chimneys, etc., N.Y.C. 12/23 1678
1 2 Noell, Thomas Recognizance issued to William White Jr., and Obadiah Smith re: William Adderly, N.Y.C. 12/13 1701
1 3 Wilson, Ebenezer Testimony of William Swanston, N.Y.C. 8/23 1710
1 4 Heathcote, Caleb Ezekiel Weekes’s statement re: subpoena servings, N.Y.C. 1713
1 5 Johnston, John Recognizance to James Borgeron re: appearance in court re: assize of bread, N.Y.C. 3/25 1719
1 6 Walter, Robert, et al
as Justices for the Conservation of the Peace of the City and County of New York
Command to the sheriff to issue notice of court session, N.Y.C. Also signed by David Jamison, John Cruger, Hermanns Van Gelder, Phillip Cortlandt and Frederick Philipse 1/24 1720
1 7 Jansen, Johannes Deposition of and signed by Everardus Bogardus in case of R. Fenn vs. J. Denn., N.Y.C. -- 1714
1 8 Jansen, Johannes Statement re: James Harding v. Henry Spranger by Bickley and Quer, defendants counsel, N.Y.C. 12/30 1710
1 9 Jansen,  Johannes, with Francis Harrison, Harmanus Van Gelder and Phillip V. Cortlandt, as Justices for the Conservation of the Peace of the City and County of New York Command to the sheriff to issue notice of court session, N.Y.C. 1/18 1725
1 10 Richard, Paul Warrant to John Walter of East Ward to hold an election for constable, N.Y.C. On verso is Walter’s statement of the election of Jacobus Johnson, 10/4/1738 9/29 1738
1 11 Cruger, John See Item 6
1 12 Bayard, Stephen, John Pintard, John Marshall, Stephen Van Cortlandt, Gerardus Stuyvesant and Daniel Horsmanden, as Justices for the Conservation of the Peace of the City and County of New York Command to the Sheriff to issue notice of court session, N.Y.C. 4/9 1745
1 13 Holland, Edward, Simon Johnson, Stephen Van Cortlandt, James Livingston, Pierre De Peyster as Justices for the Conservation of the Peace of the City and County of New York Command to the sheriff to issue notice of court sessions, N.Y.C. 4/9 1754
1 14 Cruger, John Deposition by Thomas Stevenson concerning the bad character of Augustus Bradley, N.Y.C. 11/6 1760
1 15 Hicks, Whitehead Jacob Remsen’s power of attorney to Thomas Arnold, N.Y.C. 12/14 1773
1 16 Matthews, David Bail piece in case of Wm. Thorn v. Wm. McIntosh, N.Y.C. 2/27 1775
1 17 Duane, James Replication of Duane as plaintiff’s attorney in case of Powers and Onderkirk v. Charles Penny, N.Y.C. 6/2 1757
1 18 Duane, James Bond to Hercules Windover to keep a tavern, N.Y.C. 5/8 1789
1 19 Duane, James Bond to Stephen Stilwell to keep a tavern, N.Y.C. 4/14 1789
1 20 Duane, James Bond to Bernard Rapelyea to keep a tavern, N.Y.C. 4/6 1789
1 21 Duane, James Letter to Philip Van Rensselaer, Manour [sic] Livingston 6/4 1782
1 22 Duane, James Revocation of appointment of Titus Underdonck [sic] as a city marshal for malconduct in office, N.Y.C. 1/2 1785
1 23 Varick, Richard Order to constables to publish notice ordering sailors from the French ship Jupiter to deliver up their arms and not to carry arms with them, N.Y.C. 8/30 1793
1 24 Varick, Richard Bond to Christopher Fegenham to keep a tavern, N.Y.C. 3/2 1790
1 25 Varick, Richard Bond to Adam Fink to keep a tavern, N.Y.C. 3/5 1790
2 26 Varick, Richard Bond to Daniel Dunscomb to keep a tavern, N.Y.C. 3/8 1790
2 27 Varick, Richard Bail piece in case of D. Williams v. D. Forbes, N.Y.C. 6/25 1799
2 28 Varick, Richard Bail piece in case of Orange Webb v. Wm. Cowley, N.Y.C. 3/26 1799
2 29 Varick, Richard Bail piece in case of Henry Shenlaw v. John Hillsborough, N.Y.C. 6/18 1799
2 30 Livingston, Edward Deed to Christopher Ross, land in Colchester, Delaware County, N.Y., n.p. 2/22 1799
2 31 Livingston, Edward Order to Nicholas Low to pay Brockholst Livingston such sum as is done to E.L. from Leonard Bleecker’s estate, n.p. 1/21 1796
2 32 Clinton, DeWitt License to George Wilson to practice law in the Mayor’s Court, N.Y.C. 5/1 1805
2 33 Willett, Marinus Bail piece in case of J. Parkenson and I. Burr vs. F. Atkinson and N. Soamar, N.Y.C. 11/14 1787
2 34 Radcliff, Jacob Bond of Charles W. Connor as an auctioneer, N.Y.C. 4/6 1816
2 35 Ferguson, John License to practice law in Mayor’s Court, N.Y.C. 5/19 1815
  36 Hone, Philip Ship manifest of goods imported by John and Philip Hone on the ship Patowmac Chief, N.Y.C. Also (36a) Hone’s oath on entering the goods 4/27 1801
2 37 Hone, Philip Hone as naval officer approves of facts stated in letter of W.J. Averell and Co. to W.M. Meredith, Secretary of Treasury, N.Y.C. 4/4 1850
2 38 Hone, Philip Letter to G[ulian] C. Verplanck, N.Y.C. 10/25 1841
2 39 Paulding, William Jr. Letter to Van ?, Washington 1/13 1812
2 40 Lee, Gideon Letter to Andrew M. Shriver, N.Y.C. 10/1 1832
2 41 Lawrence, Cornelius W. Lease of lot in 6th Ward, N.Y.C. to Timothy R. Green, N.Y.C. 4/2 1835
2 42 Morris, Robert H. Letter to John Campbell, N.Y.C. 11/16 1841
2 43 Woodhull, Caleb S. Appointment of Bryan King as policeman, N.Y.C. 10/15 1849
2 44 Westervelt, Jacob A. Request by Westervelt and 7 others to Greene C. Bronson to appoint Richard Norris to a post with Port of New York, n.p. -- --
2 45 Wood, Fernando Letter to M. Montterlon (?), New York 8/6 1861
2 46 Wood, Fernando Letter to Silas Wright, New York -- 1860
2 47 Wood, Fernando, et al Letter to Wm. M. Tweed, Washington, D.C. 4/18 1871
2 48 Tiemann, Daniel F. Letter to F. Wood, New York 10/26 1858
2 49 Tiemann, Daniel F., et al Letter to Greene C. Bronson, N.Y. -- --
2 50 Tiemann, Daniel F. Letter to Greene C. Bronson, N.Y. 4/19 1853
3 51 Stevens, Simon Letter to D.D. Field, St. Germean Hall (?). Mentions Mayor George Opdyke 5/9 1863
3 52 Opdyke, George Letter to George W. Childs, N.Y. 2/13 1863
3 53 Opdyke, George Letter to Fredk. S. Winston, N.Y. 1/14 1862
3 54 Opdyke, George Letter to S. Stevens, N.Y. 10/9 1861
3 55 Hoffman, John T. Note accepting invitation to Capt. George M. Smith, N.Y. 1/31 1866
3 56 Hoffman, John T. Letter to H.A. Smyth, N.Y. 7/9 1866
3 57 Hall, A. Oakley Letter to E.A. Buckley ?, N.Y., Friday night -- --
3 58 Hall, A. Oakley Letter to unidentified person, N.Y., Thursday 10/8 1868?
3 59 Hall, A. Oakley Note to Recorder, N.Y. 9/30 1868
3 60 Hall, A. Oakley Document appointing members of Examining Board of Druggists, N.Y. 6/21 1871
3 61 Havemeyer, William F. Letter to Barclay Gallagher, N.Y. 7/20 1872
3 62 Ely, Smith Letter to Joseph F. Chattelier, N.Y. 11/4 1878
3 63 Ely, Smith Note to superintendent re: agricultural reports on verso of A.L.S. to Ely by A.W. Cutler, N.Y. 10/7 1876
3 64 Edson, Franklin Letter to John J. Garrett, N.Y. 2/7 1898
3 65 Cooper, Edward Letter to the New York Herald, N.Y. 4/17 1893
3 66 Grace, William R. Auctioneer’s license to George H. Clayton 6/29 1885
3 67 Grace, William R. Political hand card asking for support of Grace and the Citizens Party -- 1884
3 68 Grace, William R. Letter to Henry Schiff, N.Y. 1/9 1884
3 69 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to H. Metzner, Washington, D.C. 6/12 1886
3 70 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to Mrs. John D. Townsend 10/11 1895
3 71 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to E.P. Wheeler, N.Y. 4/21 1885
3 72 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to George A. Townsend, N.Y. 1/24 1888
3 73 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to Julius Harburger, N.Y. 9/21 1887
3 74 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to Charles M. Wallace, N.Y. 7/19 1888
3 75 Hewitt, Abram S. Letter to Levi P. Morton, Washington, D.C. 6/23 1882
4 76 Grant, Hugh J. Letter to Al Aronson, N.Y. 11/6 1890
4 77 Grant, Hugh J. Letter to New York Mercury, N.Y. 12/11 1894
4 78 Grant, Hugh J. Letter to Julius Harburger, N.Y. 3/13 1891
4 79 Strong, William L. Letter to Chas. L. Ford, N.Y. -- --
4 80 Strong, William L. Letter to Genl. George M. Smith, N.Y. 11/5 1898
4 81 Strong, William L. Appointment of George M. Smith as commissioner of police, N.Y. 8/2 1897
4 82 Strong, William L. Letter to Everett P. Wheeler, N.Y. 11/14 1895
4 83 Strong, William L. Letter re: appointment to Col. George M. Smith re: Tennessee Centennial, N.Y. 2/20 1897
4 84 Strong, William L. Letter to G.M. Smith, N.Y. 7/28 1898
4 85 Strong, William L. Letter to Margaret Townsend, N.Y. 7/7 1898
4 86 Van Wyck, Robert A. Removal notice of George M. Smith from office as police commissioner 1/1 1898
4 87 Van Wyck, Robert A. Letter re: appointment of Richard A McCurdy, N.Y. 2/14 1898
4 88 Van Wyck, Robert A. Letter re: insurance renewal notice to Home Insurance Co., N.Y. 11/20 1903
4 89 Van Wyck, Robert A. List of members of Celebration Committee, for the New York City consolidation, N.Y. -- --
  90 Low, Seth Letter to Nathaniel H. Levi, N.Y. 12/19 1903
4 91 Low, Seth Letter to Rev. E.M. Bliss, N.Y. 3/6 1900
4 92 Low, Seth Letter to Dr. John G. Wight 12/16 1899
4 93 McClellan, George B. Letter to G.P. Farley, N.Y. 11/10 1905
4 94 McClellan, George B. Letter to Brig. Gen. George M. Smith, N.Y. 6/30 1909
4 95 McClellan, George B. Letter to Crofton Eser, Brooklyn 8/21 1890
4 96 McClellan, George B. Letter to Everett P. Wheeler, N.Y. 6/21 1907
4 97 Gaynor, William J. Letter to Lyman O. Dana, N.Y. 4/21 1910
4 98 Gaynor, William J. Letter to Everett P. Wheeler, Brooklyn 12/6 1909
4 99 Gaynor, William J. Letter to David Robinson, N.Y. 2/27 1912
4 100 Gaynor, William J. Letter to Sydney Reid, N.Y. 4/27 1910
5 101 Gaynor, William J. Letter to E.P. Wheeler, N.Y. 9/27 1910
5 102 Gaynor, William J. Letter to E.P. Wheeler, N.Y. 7/30 1913
5 103 Gaynor, William J. Letter to Margaret T. Tagliapietra, N.Y. 12/4 1911
5 104 Gaynor, William J. Letter to Cuyler Reynolds, N.Y. 9/3 1909
5 105 Gaynor, William J. Letter to E.P. Wheeler, N.Y. 3/17 1910
5 106 Kline, Adolph L. Letter to Jerome Milkman, Washington, D.C. 8/8 1921
5 107 Mitchel, John P. Letter to James E. West, N.Y. 6/18 1917
5 108 Hylan, John F. Letter to Hevlyn D. Benson, N.Y. 1/10 1930
5 109 McKee, Joseph V. Letter to Louis Wiley, N.Y. 10/24 1932
5 110 O’Brien, John P. Letter to Theresa McGinty, N.Y. 10/14 1932
5 111 LaGuardia, Fiorello H. Letter to I.S. Seidman, N.Y. 10/10 1935
5 112 O’Dwyer, William 3 autographs -- 1947
5 113 Wagner, Robert Letter to David Robinson, N.Y. 11/23 1926
5 114 Wagner, Robert Letter to Irving Browning, N.Y. 9/17 1957
5 115 Lindsay, Mrs. John V. Letter to Hester V. Browning, N.Y., with the Browning letter 2/16 1966
5 116 Lindsay, John V. Letter to Hester V. Browning, N.Y. 8/25 1966
5 117 Clinton, DeWitt Certification 7/13 1814

Series II: New York State Governors

Folder Item Name Contents Date Year
6 1 Hyde, Edmond, Viscount Cornbury Note about Thomas Stillwell estate inventory, N.Y. 10/3 1704
6 2 Hyde, Edmond, Viscount Cornbury Letter of administration to Sarah Latham, N.Y. 2/26 1707/1708
6 3 Hyde, Edmond, Viscount  Cornbury Letter of administration to Anne Pritchard, N.Y. 2/18 1705/1796
6 4 Hyde, Edmond, Viscount Cornbury Letter of administration to Alice Jones, N.Y. 4/13 1704
6 5 Hyde, Edmond, Viscount Cornbury Letter of administration to Cretice Van Cortlandt, N.Y. 1/28 1705/1706
6 6 Delancey, James (by his secretary, G. Bunyar) Citation to Jacob Van Schaick to cause James Cassedy to appear in Prerogative Court, N.Y. 2/18 1760
6 7* Hardy, Sir Charles Muster orders to Sir William Johnson, N.Y. 3/9 1757
6 8 Tryon, William, et al Ship register of the ship Elizabeth, Cornelius Conkling, master, N.Y. 9/13 1773
6 9 Clinton, George Letter to G.C. by Pierre Van Cortlandt and Evert Bancker, Kingston 5/26 1770
6 10 Clinton, George Appointment of David Wolfe, as a militia major, Albany 6/6 1789
6 11 Clinton, George Resolution of Council of Revision re: certain bills, [Albany] 3/19 1803
6 12* Clinton, George Appointment of Henry Platt as ensign, N.Y. 9/13 1789
6 13 Clinton, George Letter to Col. Van Cortlandt, N.Y. 3/17 1811
6 14 Clinton, George Resolution of Council of Revision, [Albany] 1/30 1794
6 15 Lewis, Morgan Letter to unidentified person,  refusing pardons, Albany 4/19 1805
6 16 Lewis, Morgan Appointment of Isaac Milliman as cornet, Albany 4/6 1807
6 17 Clinton, DeWitt Appointment of Joseph G. Foard and Jacob Cooper, Albany 3/18 1819
6 18 Marcy, William L. Letter transmitting report, Albany 12/1 1833
6 19 Wright, Silas Appointment of Elijah Shaw as “inspector of sole leather,” Albany 5/19 1845
6 20 Fish, Hamilton Receipt, N.Y. 4/25 1851
6 21 Fish, Hamilton Letter (incomplete) -- --
6 22 Fish, Hamilton Letter to G.C. Verplanck, [Washington] 3/22 1853
6 23 Hunt, Washington Letter to C.A. Olmsted, N.Y. 12/6 1804
6 24 Seymour, Horatio Letter to Darran C. Parry?, Utica 8/28 1873
6 25 Seymour, Horatio Letter to J.F. Millar declining invitation, Utica 4/24 --
7 26 Seymour, Horatio Letter to Hon. Judge Durnet, Washington 3/5 1833
7 27 Seymour, Horatio Letter to D.A. Ogden, appointing him a delegate to a convention in Chicago to discuss “suitable measures to secure adequate and uninterrupted navigation between the Great lakes and the Mississippi river.” 5/22 1863
7 28 Morgan, Edwin Note to F.A. Wood, Albany 10/28 1859
7 29 Morgan, Edwin Document ordering Willard Herrington “to cease … executing” the duties of “commissioner for loaning certain moneys of the United States in and for the County of Rensselaer” because a complaint had been filed against him., Albany 9/30 1861
7 30 Fenton, Reuben E. Speech on the joint resolution authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to sell any surplus gold in the Treasury. Printed 3/3 1864
7 31 Fenton, Reuben E. Pardon to William Elmore, who had been convicted of petit larceny in a Saratoga County court, Albany 11/1 1867
7 32 Hill, David B. Note to David B. Sickels, Albany 10/15 1896
7 33 Morton, Levi P. Letter to R.H. McCurdy, Albany 5/14 1896
7 34 Odell, B.B., Jr. Thanksgiving Proclamation, Albany [not autograph signature] 11/14 1904
7 35 Hughes, Charles E. Signature on Register of Patrons of Smithsonian Scientific Series -- --
7 36 Hughes, Charles E. Letter to W.F. Wakeman, Albany 12/29 1908
7 37 White, Horace Thanksgiving Proclamation, Albany 11/12 1910
7 38 Sulzer, William Letter to Milt Goodkind, Albany 5/12 1913
7 39 Sulzer, William Letter to Milt Goodkind, thanking Goodkind for “the good work you are doing for direct nominations,”
Albany
6/16 1913
7 40 Glynn, Martin H. Thanksgiving Proclamation, Albany 11/12 1914
7 41 Smith, Alfred E. Letter to Everett P. Wheeler, Albany 4/1 1913
7 42 Smith, Alfred E. Letter to Joseph Laurie, Jr., wishing him luck in his role in the musical comedy Plain Jane Albany 10/1 1924
7 43 Miller, Nathan L. Letter to Joseph Penny, Albany 3/23 1922
7 44 Roosevelt, Franklin D. Letter to Joe Wilson, Warm Springs, Georgia (Item missing March 2010) 5/12 1932
7 45 Lehman, Herbert H. Letter to W. Forbes Morgan, Albany 11/18 1932
7 46 Harriman, Averell Letter to George McCullough, “a staunch Democrat,” Albany 8/9 1956
7 47 Harriman, Averell Letter to George McCullough, saying “[t]here is a great deal of work to be done in New York, and I for one will continue to work vigorously for the principles of the Democratic Party,” Albany 11/25 1958
7 48 Rockefeller, Nelson A. Letter to Irving Browning, providing him with an autograph for Browning’s collection 8/26 1960

Series III: Miscellaneous

Folder Item Name Contents Date Year
8 1 New York (City) Mayor’s Court Complaint between Henry Lane and Mary Derby -- 1714
8 2 Van Cortlandt, Pierre Indenture with John Van Cortlandt, executor of the estate of Gertruyd Beekman 5/14 1784
8 3 Hathorn, John Voucher to Ebenezer Russell 5/22 1784
8 4 Bayard, Nicholas Indenture with John Frazar 4/10 1786
8 5 New York (City) Mayor’s Court Conviction of Nicholas Pitt for selling brandy without a permit 1/11 1799
8 6 New York (City) Mayor’s Court Bail 5/25 1799
8 7 Harrison, Richard Bail 8/6 1799
8 8 Fish, Nicholas Letter to John V. Henry, New York 9/13 1800
8 9 Laurence, John Letter to James Greenbat, New York 1/5 1810
8 10 Troup, Robert Letter to John V. Henry, Geneva 6/21 1822
8 11 Ulliman, D. Letter 9/2 1840
8 12 Ulliman, D. Letter, Saratoga 8/5 1859
8 13 Robinson, C.D. Letter, Elmira 7/25 1879
8 14 Graves, George B. Letter to Mary Whalen, Albany 6/4 1928
8 15 Benson, Egbert Letter, New York 11/17 --
9 Various Autographs on signature cards or clipped from documents; includes Mayors of New York City and Governors of New York State
10 Miscellaneous Material – consists chiefly of newspaper clippings
*Item recovered by the New York State Office of Attorney General, 2008
Last Updated: January 4, 2012