News from the RBML’s Archivists and Collections Management Specialists | November 2020

Gif by Chaya Neubort | Smoker (1646) by Georges de La Tour | Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

New Collections

“This is a small collection of research work consisting of correspondence and copies of materials collected by Geraldine De Courcy for her published biography of Paganini and for her unpublished biography of Joachim. The papers also give details of the problems that followed her death, given that her will was not properly witnessed and could not be probated.”
Updated and improved finding aids:
“Curator of the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace in New York City. MacLachlan (Barnard College A.B., 1918) was a lifelong friend of the English Poet Laureate John Masefield (1878-1967). She was the daughter of James Alexander MacLachlan and Mary MacLachlan; her brother was Howard James MacLachlan (Columbia University A.B., 1916; LL.B., 1918).”

“William M. Speer was born in Huntingdon PA in 1865 and died in Piermont NY in 1923. He graduated from Yale University in 1880 and from the Albany Law School in 1887. He was a journalist, public official, lawyer, inventor, businessman, publisher, and author.”
“Historian, professor of English at the City College of New York from 1932-1968. Columbia University B.A., 1922; M.A., 1928.”
“Family of Philadelphia, Pa. William D. Kelley served as judge of the court of common pleas in Philadelphia, 1847-1856, and as Congressman from the Fourth Pennsylvania District, 1860-1888. Florence Kelley, the daughter of William D. and Caroline Kelley, was active in the field of social legislation and was a resident at Hull House in Chicago, 1891-1899, and at the Henry Street Settlement in New York, 1899-1924.”
“Correspondence, manuscripts, and notes.”
A set of books (Series IV) were made visible in our catalog.
“Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and printed materials of Sypher, reflecting his interest in A.C. Swinburne and in the Estonian poet, Aleksis Rannit. Correspondents include Joseph Hume, Ted Joans, Aleksis Rannit, Enid Starkie, and Algernon Charles Swinburne. There are additional materials on Africa, the Mina dialect in Togo, and the Sypher and related families of New York State.”
“Correspondence with authors and other well-known figures, and also manuscripts of her own writings.”
“Letters written by Millay as well as manuscripts, proofs, documents, photographs, reviews and clippings relating to her books published at Harper & Brothers such as “Conversation at Midnight,” “Wine from these Grapes,” “Collected Sonnets,” and others. The papers consist of materials from the files of the designer Arthur W. Rushmore who was in charge of production at Harper & Brothers and was the proprietor of the Golden Hind Press which printed limited editions of several of her works.”
“Manuscripts by Payne, including plays, poems, journals, essays, account books, correspondence, letter books (to and from) including a large group of letters from Washington Irving. Also, pictorial material, scrapbooks, biographies, portraits, passports, and other documents; and materials on the Cherokee incident, 1835-1838, and Payne’s arrest in Georgia.”