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Guide to the Astor Family Papers
1719-1943
 MS 25

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Description is in English

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Astor family papers
Dates: 1719-1943
Abstract: A collection of documents and bound volumes belonging to the Astor family and its dependents, primarily concerned with their vast real estate holdings in New York City. Includes deeds, leases, mortgages, releases, agreements, receipts, repair orders, surveys, property maps, abstract of titles, ledgers, daybooks, letterbooks, estate statements, and rent rolls.
Quantity: 30.8 Linear feet (34 boxes, 102 volumes, 26 oversize folders)
Location: Manuscript cage
Call Phrase: MS 25

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Biographical/Historical

For years, the Astor family was the wealthiest family in the world thanks to both the fur trade and real estate market.

The Astor family was established in New York City by John Jacob Astor in 1784. Although Astor bought his first piece of land in 1799, he derived most of his wealth from his American Fur Company (founded in 1808) until the 1830's. At that point, foreseeing the rapid northward expansion of New York City, Astor began to buy and develop large tracts of Manhattan real estate.

His son, William Backhouse Astor, followed in his father's footsteps, and was rumored to know every single inch of land in his possession -- not as farfetched as it sounds, as he kept precise books detailing these properties which can be found in this collection.

The Astor family largely remained in New York, although in 1891, William Waldorf Astor moved his family to Britain, creating an Astor lineage in Europe. Even after moving, William Waldorf Astor kept a close eye on the family's real estate dealings, depending a great deal on correspondence between John Coode-Adams, his London agent, and C.W. Baldwin, his agent in New York. Many of their letters concerning the business transactions of the Astor family are also found in this collection of documents.

The family's land holdings were not limited to New York, and they had properties stretching across the country to Oregon, where there is a city named after the original trading post John Jacob Astor had established in 1811, Astoria, located at the mouth of the Columbia River.

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Scope and Contents

This collection spans a time period from 1758-1943 of the Astor family real estate business. It includes deeds, leases, agreements, receipts, work orders, lease renewals, mortgages, ledgers, balances, daybooks, letterbooks (both personal and business), ticklers, and maps of Astor owned properties. Individual documents in boxes are organized alphabetically, and volumes are organized alphabetically by person. Oversize documents are organized in each folder alphabetically by location listed on the document.

Areas of interest in the Astor Family Papers collection:

1. Copy of assignment and lease from Aaron Burr to John Jacob Astor 1803. In an infamous purchase, Astor was able to provide Burr with quick cash he needed after killing Alexander Hamilton.

2. William Backhouse Astor's Letterbook, dated 1852-1855. In a letter addressed to Robert Neilson, London, February 16, 1854, Astor references political unrest in Europe during the time and speculates that should war break out, America would most likely remain a neutral party as it was in its best interest, until other 'Powers' joined in the war and put pressure on the United States. In March, France declared war on Russia, marking the start of the Crimean War. Astor's prediction of US neutrality proved true.

3.William Backhouse Astor's Letterbook, dated 1859-1864. There are two letters addressed to Salmon P. Chase, the Secretary of Treasury in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet, regarding transfer of moneys. (Pages 187 and 278) In a letter to his friend Robert Neilson in November, 1862, Astor makes references to the new form of currency (the 'Greenback') that had been released in April of that year and assures him that the banks would be able to cover this expansion. He also comments that the banks had been the government's principal creditors since the 'rebellion commenced.' Civil War. (Page 270) In another letter to Neilson, Astor comments on the Astor library, still a relatively new institution at the time, encouraging him to return for a visit as there were more volumes than when Neilson had previously visited it.

4. Map Book, dated 1891-1892. Includes newspaper clippings of articles from this time period concerning the Astor family history, John Jacob Astor III, William Waldorf Astor, and the scandal of the false reporting of WW Astor's death.

5. James Madison commission to soldier John Bateman. Includes James Madison's signature from during his tenure as president.

Arrangement

The Astor Family Papers has been arranged into the following two series:

Series I. Property Documents: Leases, Deeds, Mortgages, Maps Series II. Letterbooks, Daybooks, Rent Rolls, Journals, and Ledgers

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Items that include presidential signatures will be presented to researchers in duplicate form.

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The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Citations of this collection: The Astor Family Papers, The New-York Historical Society

Related Archival Materials Note

N-YHS holds other papers of William Waldorf Astor within its American Historical Manuscripts Collection (AHMC). See call phrases "AHMC-Astor, William Waldorf papers" and "AHMC-Astor, William Waldorf"

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Container List

Series I: Property Documents: Leases, Deeds, Mortgages, Maps, 1758-1940

Scope and Contents

This series contains individual documents spanning from 1758-1940 and pertaining to Astor owned properties, including title abstracts, deeds, leases, mortgages, agreements, and notification of arrears. It also contains documents related to the various branch families of the Astors, including the Wards, the Langdons, the Chanlers and so forth. Not only are there assignments of properties in these folders, but also marriage agreements, receipts, word orders, and Supreme Court cases due to complaints leveled against the John Jacob Astor Estate.

Subseries I.1: Aaron Burr to Bills for Properties, 1784-1916

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Aaron Burr

Scope and Contents note

Copy of assignment and lease from Aaron Burr to John Jacob Astor- 1803 Includes two signatures belonging to Aaron Burr, although one is redacted on the copy of the canceled lease. John Jacob Astor employed many different techniques in making money from real-estate, including ‘lending’ money to landowners. One of the infamous deals made was lending money to his friend Aaron Burr who needed quick cash to flee the country after shooting and killing Alexander Hamilton. In return, Aaron Burr turned over the lease to his tract of land, what is now Greenwich Village, which was to become a huge source of income for John Jacob.

1803
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Ann Street
1830
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Assessment of Properties
n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Assignment of Leases
1812-1831
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Astor Building
1879-1916
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Astor Building
1879-1916
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Astor House
1784-1880
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Astor House
1784-1880
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Avenue A
1834-1853
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Bank Agreements
1838
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Barclay Street
1843
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Bayard Family
1800-1832
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Bentzon Family

Scope and Contents

Magdalen Astor, John Jacob Astor's daughter, married Adrian Bentzon, but soon divorced him on grounds of infidelity on his part. This file contains an assignment of a bond after the divorce and remarriage of Magdalen to John Bristed, signing it over from Bentzon to Magdalen.

1819
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Bills for Properties
1842-1849

Subseries I.2: Bills of Estate to Bowery Street, 1804-1911

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Bills of Estate
1824-1843
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Bills of Estate
1824-1843
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Bills of Estate
1824-1843
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Bills of Estate
1824-1843
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Bills of Estate
1824-1843
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Bills of Estate
1824-1843
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Bloomingdale Road
1824-1847
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Bonds
1821-1911
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Boreel Trustees
1838-1876
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Boreel Trustees
1838-1876
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Bowery Street
1804-1868

Subseries I.3: Bowery Street to Broadway, 1804-1922

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Bowery Street
1804-1868
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Bowery Street
1804-1868
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Bowery Street
1804-1868
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Bowery Street
1804-1868
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Bristed Family

Biographical/Historical note

After divorcing Adrian Bentzon, Magdalen Astor married Reverend John Bristed, an English gentleman, and gave birth to John Jacob Astor's first grandson, Charles Astor Bristed.

1832-1874
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Broadway
1804-1922
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Broadway
1804-1922

Subseries I.4: Broadway to Charlton Street, 1804-1922

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Broadway
1804-1922
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Broadway
1804-1922
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Broadway
1804-1922
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Broadway
1804-1922
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Broome Street
1811-1897
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Broome Street
1811-1897
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Budd Street
1806-1811
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Carey Family
1876-1882
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Chanler Family
1862-1882
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Charlton Street
1808-1864

SubseriesI.5: Chatham Row to Dayton's Triangle, 1819-1896

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Chatham Row
1828
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Chenango County
1819-1844
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Cherry Street
1840
Box: 5 Folder : 4 City Hotel
1828-1846
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Cozine Farm

Scope and Contents note

Land owned by the Trinity Church Corporation which was highly contested by the family tracing their ancestry to the original owner, Anneke Jans Bogardus. However, the Church still sold off pieces of the property, including selling to the Astor family. Abstract of titles, deeds, leases, and mortgages from those and other transactions concerning the Cozine Farm properties can be found here.

1830-1876
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Cozine Farm
1830-1876
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Cozine Farm
1830-1876
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Cozine Farm
1830-1876
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Cozine Farm
1830-1876
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Cozine Farm
1830-1876
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Crown Point Iron Company
1895-1896
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Cruger's Wharf
1849
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Dayton's Triangle
1826-1837

Subseries I.6: Delano Family to Eden Farm, 1803-1911

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Delano Family
1830-1901
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Delano Family
1830-1901
Box: 6 Folder : 3 De Nottbeck

Scope and Contents note

John Jacob Astor's granddaughter, Cecilia Langdon, married Jean De Nottbeck in 1849. Soon after, she and her husband petitioned a complaint against the executors of John Jacob Astor's Estate, saying that she was owed $100,000 as described in the will of the late Astor. The complaint and appeal were brought before the Supreme Court, and the responses and replies can be found in this folder.

1839-1876
Box: 6 Folder : 4 De Nottbeck

Scope and Contents note

John Jacob Astor's granddaughter, Cecilia Langdon, married Jean De Nottbeck in 1849. Soon after, she and her husband petitioned a complaint against the executors of John Jacob Astor's Estate, saying that she was owed $100,000 as described in the will of the late Astor. The complaint and appeal were brought before the Supreme Court, and the responses and replies can be found in this folder.

1839-1876
Box: 6 Folder : 5 DeStuers
1875-1882
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Dey Street
1851-1890
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Dutchess County
1810-1823
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Eden Farm
1803-1911
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Eden Farm
1803-1911
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Eden Farm
1803-1911
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Eden Farm
1803-1911

Subseries I.7: Eden Farm, 1803-1911

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Eden Farm
1803-1911
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Eden Farm
1803-1911
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Eden Farm
1803-1911
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Eden Farm
1803-1911
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Eden Farm
1803-1911
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Eden Farm
1803-1911
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Eden Farm
1803-1911
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Eden Farm
1803-1911
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Eden Farm
1803-1911

Subseries I.8: Ehninger Family to Grand Street, 1819-1915

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Ehninger Family
1819-1851
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Eighth Avenue
1830-1889
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Elizabeth Street
1828-1831
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Eleventh Avenue
1864
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Elmwood Park
1861-1915
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Elmwood Park
1861-1915
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Fifth Avenue
1845-1875
Box: 8 Folder : 8 First Avenue
1834-1836
Box: 8 Folder : 9 First Street
1856
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Florida
1828
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Forty Seventh Avenue
1866
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Fourth Avenue
1832-1856
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Fourth Street
1845
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Gillespie, Moffat and Company
1831-1869
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Grand Street
1832-1846

Subseries I.9: Greenwich Lane to Hudson Street, 1797-1876

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Greenwich Lane
1797-1835
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Greenwich Lane
1797-1835
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Greenwich Street
1810-1865
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Greenwich Street
1810-1865
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Hamersley Street
1825-1846
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Hamilton Flats
1890
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Hart Estate
1816-1832
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Hermitage, The
1829-1830
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Hetty Street
1808-1817
Box: 9 Folder : 10 "H" Lots on 136th Street
1860-1863
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Hottinguer and Company
1858-1876
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Hudson Street
1825-1844

Subseries I.10: Individual Companies to King Street, 1816-1931

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Individual Companies
1840-1884
Box: 10 Folder : 2 John Jacob Astor I
1816-1931
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Kane Family
1857-1895
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Kane Family
1857-1895
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Kane Family
1857-1895
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Kane Family
1857-1895
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Kane Family
1857-1895
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Kane Family
1857-1895
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Kane Family
1857-1895
Box: 10 Folder : 10 King Street
1825-1844

Subseries I.11: Lafayette Place to Langdon Family, 1808-1887

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Lafayette Place
1808-1887
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Lafayette Place
1808-1887
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Langdon Family

Biographical/Historical note

Dorothea married Colonel Walter Langdon (against her father’s express wishes as the dashing young Colonel had no money—however, after a period of estrangement, John Jacob and his daughter were reunited and the Langdons moved into the property known as Hyde Park, which was owned by none other than John Jacob himself) and gave birth to eight children, creating a line of ‘Langdon Children’ as they are labeled in property and estate documents.

1848-1882
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Langdon Family
1848-1882
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Langdon Family
1848-1882
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Langdon Family
1848-1882
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Langdon Family
1848-1882
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Langdon Family
1848-1882
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Langdon Family
1848-1882

Subseries I.12: Langdon Family to Morrisania Avenue, 1807-1924

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Langdon Family

Biographical/Historical note

Dorothea married Colonel Walter Langdon (against her father’s express wishes as the dashing young Colonel had no money—however, after a period of estrangement, John Jacob and his daughter were reunited and the Langdons moved into the property known as Hyde Park, which was owned by none other than John Jacob himself) and gave birth to eight children, creating a line of ‘Langdon Children’ as they are labeled in property and estate documents.

1848-1882
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Langdon Family
1848-1882
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Langdon Family
1848-1882
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Leroy Street
1830-1833
Box: 12 Folder : 5 List of Deeds
1807-1879
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Ludlow Street
1846-1858
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Madison Avenue
1848-1924
Box: 12 Folder : 8 Madison Avenue
1848-1924
Box: 12 Folder : 9 Michigan
1836-1845
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Miscellaneous
1828-1928
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Monroe Street
1826-1834
Box: 12 Folder : 12 Morrisania Avenue
1887

Subseries I.13: Mount Morris Square to One Hundred Streets, 1792-1932

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Mount Morris Square
1857-1902
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Murray Hill
1805-1922
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Murray Hill
1805-1922
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Nassau Street
1837-1859
Box: 13 Folder : 5 New Jersey
1792-1806
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Newport, Rhode Island
1809-1929
Box: 13 Folder : 8 Ninth Avenue
1835-1860
Box: 13 Folder : 9 One Hundred Streets
1877-1932

Subseries I.14: One Hundred Streets to Property Taxes, 1826-1880

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 1 One Hundred Streets
1877-1932
Box: 14 Folder : 2 One Hundred Streets
1877-1932
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Orchard Lane
1826-1866
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Oswego County
1836-1848
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Park Theatre
1828-1842
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Pearl Street
1827
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Powers of Attorney
1819-1880
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Powers of Attorney
1819-1880
Box: 14 Folder : 9 Powers of Attorney
1819-1880
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Powers of Attorney
1819-1880
Box: 14 Folder : 11 Powers of Attorney
1819-1880
Box: 14 Folder : 12 Prince Street
1836-1838
Box: 14 Folder : 13 Property Taxes
1835-1890

Subseries I.15: Rivington Street to Twenty First Street, 1818-1940

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Rivington Street
1847
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Rope Walk
1822
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Rumpff Family
1834-1872
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Second Street
1826-1874
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Seventh Avenue
1846
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Sixth Avenue
1856
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Spring Street
1825-1848
Box: 15 Folder : 8 State Street
1818-1824
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Tenth Avenue
1830-1882
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Third Avenue
1835-1872
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Town of Westchester
1833-1940
Box: 15 Folder : 12 Town of Westchester
1833-1940
Box: 15 Folder : 13 Trinity Church
1847
Box: 15 Folder : 14 Twelfth Street
1851-1877
Box: 15 Folder : 15 Twenty First Street
1830-1851

Subseries I.16: Union Place to Ward Family, 1812-1881

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Union Place
1836
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Utica
1841-1842
Box: 16 Folder : 3 Vandam Street
1812-1844
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Vandam Street
1812-1844
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Varick Street
1822-1840
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Vesey Street
1826-1840
Box: 16 Folder : 7 Ward Family
1838-1881
Box: 16 Folder : 8 Ward Family
1838-1881
Box: 16 Folder : 9 Ward Family
1838-1881
Box: 16 Folder : 10 Ward Family
1838-1881

Subseries I.17: Ward Family to Written Agreements, 1802-1905

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Ward Family
1838-1881
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Ward Family
1838-1881
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Warren Street
1838-1863
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Washington Street
1824-1846
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Water Street
1802-1849
Box: 17 Folder : 6 West End Avenue
1905
Box: 17 Folder : 7 West Street
1825-1830
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Wilks Trust
1841-1879
Box: 17 Folder : 9 William Backhouse Astor

Scope and Contents note

Miscellaneous pertaining to William Backhouse Astor.

1835-1876
Box: 17 Folder : 10 Wisconsin
1853
Box: 17 Folder : 11 Written Agreements
1830-1836

Subseries I.18: Henry Astor Estate, 1785-1873

Biographhical/Historical

Henry Astor was John Jacob Astor's older brother, and had moved to the Americas years before and owned a butcher’s shop in Fulton Market on Bowery Street. Henry was actually the first Astor to look to real estate for profit, investing the money earned from his business into land, which he later urged John Jacob to do when his younger brother began making a comfortable living for himself. He and his wife Dorothea were childless and happily took the young man in. When Henry passed away, he left the control of his estate to John Jacob and are included in the Astor Family Papers.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Henry Astor Estate
1785-1873
Box: 18 Folder : 2 Henry Astor Estate
1785-1873
Box: 18 Folder : 3 Henry Astor Estate
1785-1873
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Henry Astor Estate
1785-1873
Box: 18 Folder : 5 Henry Astor Estate
1785-1873
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Henry Astor Estate
1785-1873

Subseries I.19: Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1890-1895

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1890-1891
1890-1891
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1891
1891
Box: 19 Folder : 3 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1892
1892
Box: 19 Folder : 4 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1892
1892
Box: 19 Folder : 5 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1893
1893
Box: 19 Folder : 6 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1894
1894
Box: 19 Folder : 7 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1894
1894
Box: 19 Folder : 8 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1895
1895
Box: 19 Folder : 9 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1895
1895

Subseries I.20: Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1896-1902, 1896-1902

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1896
1896
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1897
1897
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1898
1898
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1899
1899
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1900
1900
Box: 20 Folder : 6 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1901-1902
1901-1902

Subseries I.21: Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1903-1909, 1903-1909

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1903-1904
1903-1904
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1905
1905
Box: 21 Folder : 3 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1906-1907
1906-1907
Box: 21 Folder : 4 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1907
1907
Box: 21 Folder : 5 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1908
1908
Box: 21 Folder : 6 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1909
1909

Subseries I.22: Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1910-1916, 1910-1916

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1910
1910
Box: 22 Folder : 2 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1911
1911
Box: 22 Folder : 3 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1912
1912
Box: 22 Folder : 4 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1913
1913
Box: 22 Folder : 5 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1914
1914
Box: 22 Folder : 6 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1915
1915
Box: 22 Folder : 7 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1916
1916

Subseries I.23: Adams-Baldwin Letters to Adams-Baldwin Cables, 1890-1919

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 23 Folder : 1 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1917
1917
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Adams-Baldwin Letters, 1918-1919
1918-1919
Box: 23 Folder : 3 Baldwin to Adams Letters, 1915-1919
1915-1919
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Adams-Baldwin Cables, 1890-1897
1890-1897
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Adams-Baldwin Cables, 1890-1897
1890-1897

Subseries I.24: Adams-Baldwin Cables to Journal Transcrips London Accounts, 1890-1909

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Adams-Baldwin Cables, 1898-1909
1898-1909
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Cable Codes, n.d.
n.d.
Box: 24 Folder : 3 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1890-1893
1890-1893
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1894-1895
1894-1895
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1895-1897
1895-1897
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1897-1898
1897-1898
Box: 24 Folder : 7 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1899-1900
1899-1900

Subseries I.25: Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1900-1906, 1900-1906

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 25 Folder : 1 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1900
1900
Box: 25 Folder : 2 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1901
1901
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1902
1902
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1903
1903
Box: 25 Folder : 5 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1904-1905
1904-1905
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1905-1906
1905-1906

Subseries I.26: Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1906-1912, 1906-1912

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1906
1906
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1907
1907
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1908
1908
Box: 26 Folder : 4 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1909
1909
Box: 26 Folder : 5 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1910-1911
1910-1911
Box: 26 Folder : 6 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1911-1912
1911-1912

Subseries I.27: Journal Transcripts London Accounts to Balance Sheets, 1890-1917

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 27 Folder : 1 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1913-1914
1913-1914
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1914-1915
1914-1915
Box: 27 Folder : 3 Journal Transcripts London Accounts, 1916-1917
1916-1917
Box: 27 Folder : 4 Balance Sheets 1890-1893
1890-1893
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Balance Sheets 1894-1895
1894-1895
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Balance Sheets 1895-1896
1895-1896

Subseries I.28: Balance Sheets, 1897-1906

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 28 Folder : 1 Balance Sheets 1897-1898
1897-1898
Box: 28 Folder : 2 Balance Sheets 1899-1900
1899-1900
Box: 28 Folder : 3 Balance Sheets 1901-1902
1901-1902
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Balance Sheets 1903-1904
1903-1904
Box: 28 Folder : 5 Balance Sheets 1905-1906
1905-1906

Subseries I.29: Balance Sheets, 1907-1919

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 29 Folder : 1 Balance Sheets 1907-1908
1907-1908
Box: 29 Folder : 2 Balance Sheets 1909-1910
1909-1910
Box: 29 Folder : 3 Balance Sheets 1910-1911
1910-1911
Box: 29 Folder : 4 Balance Sheets 1912-1914
1912-1914
Box: 29 Folder : 5 Balance Sheets 1915-1916
1915-1916
Box: 29 Folder : 6 Balance Sheets 1917-1918
1917-1918
Box: 29 Folder : 7 Balance Sheets 1918-1919
1918-1919

Subseries I.30: Rothschild Freres to Hottinguer & Co., 1890-1918

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 30 Folder : 1 Rothschild Freres 1890-1894
1890-1894
Box: 30 Folder : 2 Rothschild Freres 1894-1895
1894-1895
Box: 30 Folder : 3 Rothschild Freres 1896-1899
1896-1899
Box: 30 Folder : 4 Rothschild Freres 1900-1908
1900-1908
Box: 30 Folder : 5 Rothschild Freres 1909-1918
1909-1918
Box: 30 Folder : 6 Hottinguer & Co. 1892-1894
1892-1894
Box: 30 Folder : 7 Hottinguer & Co.
1895-1897

Subseries I.31: Hottinguer & Co. to Profit & Loss, 1898-1917

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 31 Folder : 1 Hottinguer & Co. 1898-1899
1898-1899
Box: 30 Folder : 2 Hottinguer & Co. 1900-1901
1900-1901
Box: 31 Folder : 3 Hottinguer & Co. 1902-1904
1902-1904
Box: 31 Folder : 4 Hottinguer & Co. 1905-1906
1905-1906
Box: 31 Folder : 5 Hottinguer & Co. 1907-1909
1907-1909
Box: 31 Folder : 6 Profit & Loss 1890-1905
1890-1905
Box: 31 Folder : 7 Profit & Loss 1905-1917
1905-1917

Subseries I.32: Astor Homes to Ogden vs. Astor, 1794-1986

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 32 Folder : 1 Astor Homes 1851-1986
1851-1986
Box: 32 Folder : 2 Astor Homes: Red Hook 1847-1866
1847-1866
Box: 32 Folder : 3 Astor Homes: Red Hook 1794-1874
1794-1874
Box: 32 Folder : 4 John Jacob Astor I 1848-1891
1848-1891
Box: 32 Folder : 5 John Jacob Astor I 1820-1880
1820-1880
Box: 32 Folder : 6 John Jacob Astor I 1870-1889
1870-1889
Box: 32 Folder : 7 Ogden vs. Astor 1850-1854
1850-1854

Subseries I.33: Ogden vs. Astor to Sophia Astor, 1836-1882

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 33 Folder : 1 Ogden vs. Astor 1850-1854
1850-1854
Box: 33 Folder : 2 Ogden vs. Astor 1850-1854
1850-1854
Box: 33 Folder : 3 Ogden vs. Astor 1850-1854
1850-1854
Box: 33 Folder : 4 Ogden vs. Astor 1850-1854
1850-1854
Box: 33 Folder : 5 Sophia Astor 1836-1882
1836-1882

Subseries I.34: Sophia Astor to Miscellaneous, 1864-1935

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 34 Folder : 1 Sophia Astor 1864-1890
1864-1890
Box: 34 Folder : 2 Waldorf Foundation 1836-1867
1836-1867
Box: 34 Folder : 3 Waldorf Foundation 1836-1868
1836-1868
Box: 34 Folder : 4 Waldorf Foundation 1836-1868
1836-1868
Box: 34 Folder : 5 William Backhouse Astor Jr.
1853-1881
Box: 34 Folder : 6 William Waldorf Astor 1890-1923
1890-1923
Box: 34 Folder : 7 William Waldorf Astor
1922-1924
Box: 34 Folder : 8 William Waldorf Astor
1916-1930
Box-folder: 34 Folder : 9 William Waldorf Astor
1920-1931
Box: 34 Folder : 10 Miscellaneous
1890-1935

Subseries I.35: Oversize Documents, 1758-1840

Arrangement note

Each folder is arranged alphabetically by street name if it falls within the city of New York, and by city/town name when it is outside of New York.

Conditions Governing Use note

Presidential Signature

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases A-B
1807-1834
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases B
1803-1828
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases B
1794-1832
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases B
1802-1828
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases B-C
1802-1831
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases C-D
1790-1831
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases D-G
1787-1840
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases G-H
1800-1835
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases H
1806-1826
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases H-K
1810-1851
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases L
1807-1834
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases M
1801-1835
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases N-R
1790-1826
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases S
1806-1865
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases T-V
1804-1824
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases W
1794-1833
Box: Oversize Small Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases W-Miscellaneous
1801-1838
Box: Oversize Medium Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases A-B
1784-1838
Box: Oversize Medium Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases B-D
1790-1811
Box: Oversize Medium Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases D-G
1771-1824
Box: Oversize Medium Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases G-M
1719-1828
Box: Oversize Medium Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases M-P
1794-1804
Box: Oversize Medium Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases R-T
1790-1816
Box: Oversize Medium Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases V-W
1790-1832
Box: Oversize Large Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases B
1768-1825
Box: Oversize Large Folder : Astor Family Papers [Y-Astor Family Papers] Deeds and Leases B-H
1758-1816

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Series II: Letterbooks, Daybooks, Rent Rolls, Journals, and Ledgers, 1807-1943

Scope and Contents

This collection contains volumes from 1807-1943 belonging to the Astor family and associates. It includes daybooks, rent rolls, map books, letterbooks (business and personal), ledgers and journals.

Subseries II.1: Astor Family, 1807-1943

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 1 Abstract of Title
1807-1880
Volume: 2 House and Land Book
1832
Volume: 3 Family and Trust Ledger
1833-1849
Volume: 4 Maps of New York Properties and Mortgage Agreements
1843-1851
Volume: 5 Supreme Court Case: Ogden vs. Astor
1850-1854
Volume: 6 Deed Book
1851-1890
Volume: 7 Map Book
1891-1892
Volume: 8 Real Estate Assessment
1898-1929
Volume: 9 Map Book
1915-1935
Volume: 10 Business Accounts
1926-1943

Subseries II.2: John Jacob Astor I, 1826-1878

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 11 Rent Roll: Lessees and Tenants of John Jacob Astor I, from Nov. 1826-May 1831
1826-1831
Volume: 12 Ledger-Trust for Mrs. Eliza Rumpff
1826-1839
Volume: 13 Journal-Trust for Mrs. Eliza Rumpff
1826-1839
Volume: 14 Executors Estate of John Jacob Astor I: Accounts
1836-1875
Volume: 15 Map Book
1836-1878
Volume: 16 Rent Roll: Lessees and Tenants of John Jacob Astor I
1841-1848
Volume: 17 Minutes of the Executors, Estate of John Jacob Astor
1848-1854
Volume: 18 Executors Estate of John Jacob Astor I: Accounts
1849-1872
Volume: 18-A Executors Estate of John Jacob Astor I: Accounts
1849-1872
Volume: 19 Valuation of Real Estate
1847
Volume: 20 Deed of Appointment
1854

Subseries II.3: Henry Astor Estate, 1833-1855

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 21 Journal and Ledger, Estate of Henry Astor 1833-1834
1833-1834
Volume: 22 Journal and Ledger, Estate of Henry Astor 1833-1847
1833-1847
Volume: 23 Journal and Ledger, Estate of Henry Astor 1847-1855
1847-1855

Subseries II.4: William Backhouse Astor, 1840-1875

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 24 Business Letterbook 1848-1852
1848-1852
Volume: 25 Business Letterbook 1852-1855
1852-1855
Volume: 26 Business Letterbook 1852-1857
1852-1857
Volume: 27 Business Letterbook 1855-1858
1855-1858
Volume: 28 Business Letterbook 1858-1873
1858-1873
Volume: 29 Business Letterbook 1859-1864
1859-1864
Volume: 30 Business Letterbook 1863-1868
1863-1868
Volume: 31 Business Letterbook 1868-1872
1868-1872
Volume: 32 Daybook 1854-1857
1854-1857
Volume: 33 Daybook 1866-1869
1866-1869
Volume: 34 Daybook 1872-1875
1872-1875
Volume: 35 Daybook 1875
1875
Volume: 36 Estate Journal 1850-1853
1850-1853
Volume: 37 Estate Journal 1854-1857
1854-1857
Volume: 38 Estate Journal 1857-1861
1857-1861
Volume: 39 Estate Journal 1863-1866
1863-1866
Volume: 40 Estate Journal 1864-1868
1864-1868
Volume: 41 Estate Journal 1869-1872
1869-1872
Volume: 42 Estate Journal 1872-1875
1872-1875
Volume: 43 Memo Book
1840-1843(?)
Volume: 44 Mortgage Receipt Book
1851-1859
Volume: 45 Valuation of Homes and Lands
1847
Volume: 45-A Valuation of Homes and Lands
1847

Subseries II.5: John Jacob Astor III, 1875-1913

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 46 Business Letterbook 1873-1891
1873-1891
Volume: 47 Business Letterbook 1875-1885
1875-1885
Volume: 48 Business Letterbook 1875-1890
1875-1890
Volume: 49 Business Letterbook 1885-1890
1885-1890
Volume: 50 Daybook
1887-1890
Volume: 51 Tickler
1890-1913

Subseries II.6: William Waldorf Astor, 1890-1917

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 52 Expense Daybook 1895-1897
1895-1897
Volume: 53 Expense Daybook 1897-1900
1897-1900
Volume: 54 Expense Daybook 1900-1902
1900-1902
Volume: 55 Expense Daybook 1902-1905
1902-1905
Volume: 56 Expense Daybook 1905-1908
1905-1908
Volume: 57 Expense Daybook 1911-1913
1911-1913
Volume: 58 Expense Daybook 1913-1916
1913-1916
Volume: 59 Repair Orders
1912-1917
Volume: 60 References 1890-1897
1890-1897
Volume: 61 References 1898-1902
1898-1902
Volume: 62 Rent Roll 1890-1895
1890-1895
Volume: 63 Rent Roll 1895-1898
1895-1898
Volume: 64 Rents Collected 1900-1902
1900-1902
Volume: 65 Rents Collected 1904-1906
1904-1906
Volume: 66 Rents Collected 1908-1909
1908-1909
Volume: 67 Rents Collected 1909-1911
1909-1911
Volume: 68 Rents Collected 1911-1913
1911-1913
Volume: 68-A Rents Collected 1915-1918
1915-1918
Volume: 69 Rents Collected 1918-1919
1818-1819

Subseries II.7: C.W. Baldwin, 1880-1919

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 70 Business Letterbook 1880-1888
1880-1888
Volume: 71 Business Letterbook 1890-1903
1890-1903
Volume: 71-A Business Letterbook 1893-1899
1893-1899
Volume: 72 Business Letterbook 1894-1895
1894-1895
Volume: 73 Business Letterbook 1895-1896
1895-1896
Volume: 74 Business Letterbook 1896-1898
1896-1898
Volume: 75 Business Letterbook 1901-1902
1901-1902
Volume: 76 Business Letterbook 1901-1909
1901-1909
Volume: 77 Business Letterbook 1902-1904
1902-1904
Volume: 78 Business Letterbook 1904-1906
1904-1906
Volume: 79 Business Letterbook 1909-1919
1909-1919
Volume: 80 Business Letterbook 1911-1917
1911-1917
Volume: 81 Business Letterbook 1912-1913
1912-1913
Volume: 82 Business Letterbook 1913-1915
1913-1915
Volume: 83 Business Letterbook 1913-1916
1913-1916
Volume: 84 Business Letterbook 1915-1916
1915-1916
Volume: 85 Business Letterbook 1915-1916
1915-1916
Volume: 86 Business Letterbook 1916-1917
1916-1917
Volume: 87 Business Letterbook and Telegraphs 1890-1892
1890-1892
Volume: 88 Business Letterbook and Telegraphs 1893-1901
1893-1901
Volume: 89 Business Letterbook and Telegraphs 1899-1911
1899-1911
Volume: 90 Business Letterbook and Telegraphs 1911-1912
1911-1912
Volume: 91 Personal Letterbook 1875-1902
1875-1902
Volume: 92 Personal Letterbook 1906-1911
1906-1911
Volume: 93 Personal Letterbook 1911-1914
1911-1914
Volume: 94 Personal Letterbook 1914-1917
1914-1917

Subseries II.8: Abner Bartlett, 1890-1894

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 95 Business Letterbook 1890-1891
1890-1891
Volume: 96 Business Letterbook 1891-1894
1891-1894

Subseries II.9: Margaret Astor Ward and Samuel Ward, 1848-1855

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 97 Personal Receipt Book
1844-1858

Subseries II.10: Susan Annette Gibbes, 1854-1872

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 98 Personal Receipt Book
1857-1868
Volume: 99 Blotter
1854-1872

Subseries II.11: Edward Colegrove, 1893-1925

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 100 Estate Accounts
1893-1925

Subseries II.12: William Backhouse Astor Estate, 1876-1890

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 101 William Backhouse Astor's Estate belonging to William Waldorf Astor
1876-1890

Subseries II.13: Astor Homes, 1802

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 102 A survey of Astor home properties
1802

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