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Guide to the St. Clair McKelway papers 1977.310

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 11, 2011
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Foster, Florida Hale
Creator: Foster, Virginia
Creator: McKelway, St. Clair, 1845-1915
Title: St. Clair McKelway papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1901-1917
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet in 11 folders.
Text [Box]: A0062
Call Phrase: 1977.310
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Biographical Note

St. Clair McKelway (1845-1915) was born in Missouri and grew up in New Jersey. He was the editorial writer for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from 1870 to 1878, and editor of the  Albany Argus from 1878 to 1884. He was later editor-in-chief of the  Brooklyn Daily Eagle from 1884 to 1915, and it was during this time that the newspaper became a local success and won a national reputation. McKelway was also a regent of the University of the State of New York from 1883 to 1915.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of materials dating from 1901 to 1917 and relating to St. Clair McKelway's life and career. Items include two copies of a pamphlet on Queen Victoria written by McKelway, tributes and memorials to McKelway from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the University of the State of New York, a program for a dinner hosted by the Lotus Club in honor of McKelway, and a copper etching depicting author Mark Twain, given to McKelway by Twain. Also included are items relating to McKelway's family, including autograph books and correspondence of McKelway's wife, and poems written by Virginia and Florida (Flora) Hale Foster, McKelway's nieces. Additional items include advertisements and clippings regarding 25 Monroe Place in Brooklyn, and a program for the dedication of a memorial flag and tablet to Major Lansford Foster Chapman of Pennsylvania, who was killed in the Civil War.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Chapman, Lansford Foster, 1834-1863
  • McKelway, St. Clair, 1845-1915
  • Twain, Mark, 1835-1910

Document Type

  • Autograph albums
  • Etchings (prints)
  • Pamphlets
  • Poems
  • Printed ephemera
  • Programs (documents)

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Firm).
  • University of the State of New York.

Subject Topics

  • American newspapers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Newspaper editors -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Newspaper employees -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Intellectual life
  • United States |x History |y Civil War, 1861-1865

Subject Uniform Title(s)

  • Brooklyn daily eagle

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); St. Clair McKelway papers, 1977.310, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Frederick Albright on behalf of the estate of Flora Hale Foster, 1967.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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