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Guide to the Sylvester Manor Archive
1649-1996
 MSS.208

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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 November 02, 2017
Description is in English.

Scope and Contents

The Sylvester Manor Archive includes correspondence, financial records, manuscripts, photographs, artworks, and realia from the owners and related family members of the Sylvester Manor. These materials document over 350 years of American history. The earliest items are legal and financial documentation such as land deeds pertaining to the purchase of property on Long Island, and includes the signature of noted Mantaukett tribe sachem Wyandanch. The earliest items also document Atlantic trade of the late 17th and early 18th century through wills and ledgers. Later records are the largely the personal records of the individuals who lived at Sylvester Manor, several of whom had noteworthy careers in their respective fields. The records of three individuals comprise the bulk of the collection: Ezra L’Hommedieu, a prominent attorney and politician; Samuel Smith Gardiner, a Long Island and New York attorney; and Eben Norton Horsford, an early leader in food chemistry and owner of the Rumford Chemical Works. Other significant groups of records include the early records of the Sylvester, Brinley, and Lloyd families, as well as the papers of Cornelia Horsford. A significant number of photographs dating from approximately the 1870's through the 1930's document Sylvester Manor and its grounds as well as members of the Horsford and Fiske families.

Arrangement

Materials are divided into record groups by their general family affiliation (Sylvester, L’Hommedieu, Gardiner, Horsford, and Fiske) and subdivided into series consisting of individuals’ papers. Women that crossed family divisions, such as Mary Catherine L’Hommedieu (Gardiner), and Phoebe Gardiner (Horsford), were included in their married family because most records date from after marriage. Sub-series are identified by the document or material types. Materials are arranged depending on the record type; correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and then chronologically, most other materials are arranged chronologically except where noted.

Materials are divided into record groups by their family affiliation (Sylvester, L’Hommedieu, Gardiner, Horsford, and Fiske). These record groups are then subdivided into series consisting of individuals’ papers. Women that crossed family divisions, such as Mary Catherine L’Hommedieu Gardiner, and Phoebe Dayton Gardiner Horsford, were included in their married family because most records date from after marriage. Subseries are grouped by the document or material types. Most materials are arranged chronologically except where noted; correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and then chronologically where applicable.

RECORD GROUP I: Sylvester and Early Familes

Series A: Sylvester Family

Series B: Brinley Family

Series C: Lloyd Family

RECORD GROUP II: L'Hommedieu Family

Series A: Benjamin L'Hommedieu II

Series B: Ezra L'Hommedieu Subseries 1: Correspondence Subseries 2: Financial and Accounting Materials Subseries 3: Legal Documents Subseries 4: Court and Legal Case Documents Subseries 5: Published Materials Subseries 6: US Government Documents and Reports Subseries 7: New York Government Documents and Reports Subseries 8: Upstate New York Land Materials Subseries 9: Personal Papers and Poetry

Series C: Mary Catherine Havens L'Hommedieu Subseries 1: Correspondence Subseries 2: Legal and Financial Materials

Series D: Thomas Lester

Series E: Sylvester Dering

L'Hommedieu: Oversize

RECORD GROUP III: Gardiner Family

Series A: Samuel Smith Gardiner Subseries 1: Correspondence Subseries 2: Financial Documents and Papers Subseries 3: Account Books and Ledgers Subseries 4: Legal Papers Subseries 5: Government and Political Publications Subseries 6: Printed Materials Subseries 7: Personal Manuscripts and Papers

Series B: Mary Catherine L'Hommedieu Gardiner Subseries 1: Correspondence and Additional Materials

Gardiner: Oversize

RECORD GROUP IV: Horsford Family

Series A: Eben Norton Horsford Subseries 1a: Academic and Family CorrespondenceSubseries 1b: Wellesley College Correspondence Subseries 1c: Rumford Chemical Works Subseries 1d: American Civil War Army Rations Subseries 2: Financial Documents Subseries 3: Shelter Island and Cambridge Materials Subseries 4: Personal Journals and Notebooks Subseries 5: Scientific Papers Subseries 6: Business and Patent Papers Subseries 7: University, Associations and Club Materials Subseries 8: Norumbega/Northmen Materials Subseries 9: Travel and Event Materials Subseries 10: Newspapers and Magazines Subseries 11: Poetry and Miscellaneous Materials Subseries 12: Maps

Series B: Mary L'Hommedieu Gardiner Horsford Subseries 1: Correspondence Subseries 2: Manuscripts and Printed Materials

Series C: Phoebe Dayton Gardiner Horsford Subseries 1: Correspondence Subseries 2: Financial and Legal Subseries 3: Notebooks and Printed Materials

Series D: Mary Leila Horsford Farlow (Lilian) Subseries 1: Correspondence Subseries 2: Notebooks and Printed Materials

Series E: Mary Katherine Horsford (Kate) Subseries 1: Correspondence Subseries 2: Notebooks and Printed Materials

Series F: Gertrude Hubbard Horsford Fiske

Series G: Mary Gardiner Horsford Curtis (Mamie)

Series H: Cornelia Conway Felton Horsford Subseries 1: Correspondence Subseries 2: Archaeology and Research Materials Subseries 3: Financial and Sylvester Manor Materials Subseries 4: Geneology and Local History Subseries 5: Manuscripts and Other Materials Subseries 6: Artwork and Sketchbooks Subseries 7: Plans and Blueprints

Series I: Assorted Horsford Materials Subseries 1: Correspondence Subseries 2: History and Genealogy Materials Subseries 3: Financial and Sylvester Manor Materials Subseries 4: Memorial Programs Subseries 5: Newspaper, Clippings, and Scrapbooks Subseries 6: Poetry and Manuscripts Subseries 7: Gardening Materials Subseries 8: Artwork and Engravings

Horsford: Oversize

RECORD GROUP V: Fiske Family

RECORD GROUP VI: Photographic Material

Series A: People and Portraits

Series B: Sylvester Manor, 27 Craigie Street

Series C: Research Images

Series D: Photo Albums

Series E: Glass Plate Negatives and Slides

RECORD GROUP VII: Artifacts