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Guide to the Sylvester Manor Archive

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Collection processed by Colin Wells, with the assistance of Liza Harrell-Edge and Noah Gelfand, 2008-2010. Description revised and enhanced by Rhyannon J. Rodriguez , December 2015

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 07, 2019
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sylvester, Nathaniel, 1610-1680
Creator: L'Hommedieu, Ezra, 1734-1811
Creator: Fiske, Andrew, 1912-1992
Creator: Horsford, Eben Norton, 1818-1893
Creator: Gardiner, Samuel Smith, 1789-1859
Title: Sylvester Manor Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1649-1996
Abstract: Sylvester Manor is the home of the original European settlers on Shelter Island in eastern Long Island, New York, created in 1652 with the arrival of Nathaniel and Grissell Sylvester. For over 350 years and continuing to this day, the Manor has remained with descendents of the original Sylvesters, and the Sylvester Manor Archive contains documents dating from its mid-17th century European settlement to the late-20th century. The earliest documents provide evidence of an operational northern provisioning plantation involved in the Atlantic trade of the 17th century, while later portions of the collection document the lives of several notable descendents including: Ezra L'Hommedieu, an attorney and politician from the American Revolutionary Era, Samuel Smith Gardiner, an attorney from a prominent family of eastern Long Island, and Eben Norton Horsford, successful entrepreneur and scientist at the forefront of the development of American food science and chemistry.
Quantity: 88.37 Linear Feet (159 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS.208
Sponsor: The work to process, preserve, digitize, and exhibit this collection was funded by several foundations and individuals. NYU Libraries is especially grateful to the Gerry Charitable Trust, which made the first grant, and to The R. D. L. Gardiner Foundation, which supported digitization of many of the most important items. Other supporters include the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Double R Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Moore Charitable Foundation, The Reed Foundation, Richard S. Brookhiser, Robert P. Forbes, Martha Saxton, and Paula T. Jennings. NYU Libraries is grateful to The R. D. L. Gardiner Foundation, which has supported a second major phase of conservation and digitization (2016-2019).