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Guide to the William Thompson Dewart Collection of
Frank A. Munsey and New York  Sun Papers
1833-1944
 MS 168

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dewart, William Thompson, 1875-1944
Title: William Thompson Dewart collection of Frank A. Munsey and New York Sun papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1833-1944
Abstract: A collection of materials relating to newspaper and magazine publisher Frank Munsey, his general manager William T. Dewart, and their publishing and business activities, especially their work on the New York Sun, purchased by Munsey in 1912. Includes correspondence, photographs, early issues of the  Sun and other early New York newspapers, and a complete run of the  Sun Rays, an in-house newspaper produced by the  Sun's staff.
Quantity: 30.84 Linear feet (22 document boxes, 37 negative boxes, 13 volumes, and 6 printing plates)
Call Phrase: MS 168

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Biographical / Historical

The New York Sun was the first successful penny daily newspaper in the United States. Founded by printer Benjamin Day in 1833, the  Sun was purchased in 1865 by Charles Dana, and within three years reached a circulation of 130,000. An evening edition was added in 1887, and in 1916, the morning  Sun and the  Evening Sun were sold to publisher Frank A. Munsey.

Munsey was born in Mercer, Maine, in 1854. As a young man with (in his own words) "insatiable ambition," he rose to the position of manager in the Augusta, Maine, telegraph office. Becoming interested in the publishing business, in 1882 he moved to New York City and founded theGolden Argosy, a magazine for boys. After six years, Munsey revamped it into an adult magazine, renamed the  Argosy, and now generally regarded as the first "pulp" magazine. In 1889, Munsey started  Munsey's Magazine, America's first cheap general-circulation illustrated magazine, which was selling 800,000 copies monthly by 1906. Having made a fortune with his magazines, Munsey began expanding his publishing empire to include newspapers: the  Star (1891), the  Press (1912), the  Sun and the  Evening Sun (1916), the  Herald and associated papers (1920) and  The Globe (1924). In addition to these New York papers, Munsey also owned the  Baltimore News, which he purchased in 1908.

After purchasing the Sun papers, Munsey merged the morning edition with his  New York Press. In 1920, he closed the morning  Sun, and the evening edition was renamed simply  The Sun. Munsey bought  The Globe and merged it with the  Sun in 1924 in order to obtain an Associated Press membership. In addition to his publishing activities, in 1913 Munsey founded the "Munsey Trust Corporation," which was subsequently re-organized as the "Equitable Trust Company" with Munsey as chairman of the board.

Munsey's ceaseless buying, selling and merging of competing publications earned him a reputation as a ruthless entrepreneur, and he is remembered more for his business activities than as an author or editor. However, Munsey also wrote five novels, and during the 1912 presidential campaign became the mouthpiece for "bull-moose" candidate Theodore Roosevelt, co-founding the Progressive Party and writing a series of articles supporting the former president's bid for election.

In December, 1925, Munsey died of a burst appendix, and the paper was purchased by William Thompson Dewart, president and treasurer of the Sun company and the executor of Munsey's estate (Munsey left the bulk of his vast estate, including his newspapers, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Dewart's son, Thomas W. Dewart, succeeded him as president and publisher in 1944. In 1950, the Dewart family sold the Sun to the  New York World-Telegram.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks relating to publisher Frank Munsey, his general manager William T. Dewart, and their publishing and business activities, especially their work on the New York Sun, purchased by Munsey in 1912. The collection also includes bound issues of the  Sun and other early New York City newspapers, and a complete run of the  Sun Rays, an internal paper published from 1926 to 1947 by New York  Sun employees.

The collection is organized into seven series. Series I, Correspondence and related documents, includes business and personal correspondence of Frank Munsey and William Dewart; correspondence and pamphlets relating to Theodore Roosevelt's 1912 presidential campaign; correspondence with other U.S. Presidents; condolence letters, reminiscences and other biographical material solicited by Dewart after Munsey's death; letters and newspaper clippings regarding special issues and publications; and other loose newspaper clippings, including copies of articles by Dewart's sons when they were reporters for the Albany Evening News.

Series II, Pamphlets and speeches, consists primarily of pamphlets, addresses and articles by Frank Munsey relating to advertising, journalism and business. A few speeches by other figures are also included.

Series III, Publications, includes bound copies of the first 18 months of the New York Sun (September, 1833 to December, 1834); special issues of the  Sun and other papers; a complete run of the  Sun Rays, a paper published by Sun employees reporting on staff weddings and vacations, office developments, and other events of personal and business interest; and a book (  The Story of the Sun by Frank M O'Brien) about the history of the paper.

Series IV, Photographs and prints, includes photographs of Frank Munsey and William Dewart; interior and exterior photographs of the old New York Herald building at Herald Square; a carte-de-visite portrait of William Gordon Bennett; and a photograph of Charles Lindbergh receiving an award from Thomas Dewart.

Series V, Photograph morgue, consists primarily of portraits of prominent figures from the 1930's and 1940's.

Series VI, Scrapbooks, includes three volumes of newspaper clippings relating to Frank Munsey's death, one volume of newspaper clipping regarding William Dewart's subsequent purchase of theSun, and one volume of newspaper clippings relating to the 100th anniversary edition of the  Sun on September 2, 1933. Also included is a Tiffany presentation box containing a memorial to Munsey following his death.

Series VII, Printing plates, includes replica printing plates of an October 1797 issue (the first?) of theCommercial Advertiser, and the Armistice Day issue of the New York  Sun.

Arrangement

This collection has been organized into the following seven series:

Series I: Correspondence and related documents
Series II: Pamphlets and speeches
Series III: Publications
Series IV: Photographs and prints
Series V: Photograph morgue
Series VI: Scrapbooks
Series VII: Printing plates (replicas)

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • De Forest, Robert W. (Robert Weeks), 1848-1931
  • Duffie, Cornelius Roosevelt, 1821-1900
  • Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923
  • Munsey, Frank Andrew, 1854-1925
  • Ridgway, Erman J., Ridgway, Erman J., 1867-1943
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Document Type

  • Letters (correspondence).
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.

Subject Organizations

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Americans -- Foreign countries
  • Newspaper publishing -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Periodicals -- Publishing -- New York (State) -- New York.

Subject Uniform Title(s)

  • New York sun (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers. Portions of the collection that have been microfilmed will be brought to the researcher in that format and can be made available by Interlibrary loan. Researchers on site may print out unlimited copies from microfilm reader-printer machines at per-exposure rates. See guidelines in Reading Room for details. 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.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Manuscripts Curator
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

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

This collection should be cited as the William Thompson Dewart Collection of Frank A. Munsey and New York Sun Papers, MS 168, The New-York Historical Society.

Provenance

This collection includes material donated by Mary Dewart Dooney in 2002, and by Frederick B. Gleason III (grandson of William T. Dewart) in 1985.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence and related documents

Scope and Contents

This series includes business and personal correspondence as well as newspaper clippings, and is organized into four subseries.

Subseries I.1, General correspondence, includes correspondence of and between Frank Munsey and William Dewart on personal and business matters. Other correspondents include Erman J. Ridgeway, Richard H. Titherington, Thomas W. Lamont, and Dewart's sons, William Dewart, Jr. and Thomas Dewart. This subseries also includes various news clippings.

Subseries I.2, Political correspondence, includes letters between Frank Munsey and "bull-moose" candidate Theodore Roosevelt during the 1912 presidential campaign, along with articles and pamphlets in support of Roosevelt's campaign. Also included is correspondence with Presidents Harding, Coolidge and Hoover.

Subseries I.3, Correspondence relating to special publications, consists primarily of letters (many from prominent figures) acknowledging receipt of various special issues and publications. This subseries also includes loose newspaper clippings relating to special publications.

Subseries I.4, Correspondence relating to Frank Munsey's illness and death, includes condolence telegrams and letters, and reminiscences solicited by William Dewart from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (arranged alphabetically by the sender's last name). Among the many prominent correspondents are Jules Bache, David Belasco, Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Calvin Coolidge, Chauncey DePew, Thomas Edison, Andrew Mellon, J.P. Morgan, Adolph Ochs, Elihu Root, Charles Schwab, Alfred E. Smith, and numerous others. Also included are notes of interviews with some of Munsey's childhood friends, and biographical newspaper clippings.

Subseries I.1: General correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence between Erman J. Ridgeway and Frank Munsey
1899-1921
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence between Erman J. Ridgeway and Frank Munsey
1922-1923, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence between Erman J. Ridgeway, Frank Munsey and William Dewart
1924
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence between Erman J. Ridgeway and Frank Munsey
1925
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence between Richard H. Titherington, Frank Munsey and Thomas Dewart
1896-1909, 1913, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence between Thomas W. Lamont, Frank Munsey and William Dewart
1925-1931
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence of Frank Munsey (business)
1908-1923
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence of Frank Munsey (personal)
1878-1922
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence between Frank Munsey and William Dewart
1903-1910
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Correspondence between Frank Moore and William Dewart
1911
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Correspondence between Frank Munsey and William Dewart
1912-1922, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Correspondence between William Dewart and Robert W. DeForest (President of Metropolitan Museum of Art)
1926-1929
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Correspondence of William Dewart
1908-1938
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence of William Dewart regarding Ella and Robert Pearce
1933-1935
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence of Thomas W. Dewart and William T. Dewart, Jr. (William Dewart's sons)
1934-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Correspondence and articles by William Dewart, Jr. and Thomas Dewart
1930-1931
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Albany Evening News articles by William Dewart, Jr. and Thomas Dewart (newspaper clippings)
1930-1931
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Correspondence and notes regarding business operations and transactions
1905-1937, 1967
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Correspondence regarding advertising
1937-1949
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Reporters' correspondence and stories
1916-1934, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 New York Press editorials and articles by Frank Munsey (newspaper clippings)
1912-1913
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Washington Times editorials and articles by Frank Munsey (newspaper clippings)
1912-1913
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Articles regarding Frank Munsey's purchase of the New York Herald,  New York Evening Telegram, and  Paris Herald (newspaper clippings)
1920
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Articles regarding the merger of the New York Sun and  New York Herald (newspaper clippings)
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Articles regarding change in name of New York Herald and  New York Sun (newspaper clippings)
1920 September - October
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Ephemera (New York Sun roster, reporter's passport, typeface samples, etc.)
1926, 1940, undated

Subseries I.2: Political correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Correspondence between Frank Munsey and Theodore Roosevelt
1910-1918, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Correspondence between Frank Munsey and members of Roosevelt's 1912 Presidential campaign committee
1912
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Frank Munsey articles and pamphlets in support of Theodore Roosevelt's presidential campaign
1912
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Correspondence between Frank Munsey and Woodrow Wilson
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Correspondence between Frank Munsey and Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover
1913-1928
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Correspondence between Frank Munsey, Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge (copies)
1920-1925
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Correspondence between William Dewart, George Van Slyke, and Franklin T. Roosevelt (regarding map of depression published in the New York Sun)
1934 August
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Anti-Roosevelt articles and memoranda
1935-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Correspondence and articles regarding Harry Truman
1946

Subseries I.3: Administrative correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Letters acknowledging receipt of books by R.H. Davis
1937-1938
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Letters acknowledging receipt of 100th Anniversary number of the New York Sun
1933 September
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Story of the Sun, by Frank M. Obrien
1928
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Story of the Sun, by Frank M. Obrien
1928-1937
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Newspaper clippings regarding The Story of the Sun, by Frank M. Obrien
1928
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Newspaper clippings regarding The Story of the Sun, by Frank M. Obrien
1928
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Administrative correspondence regarding The Story of the Sun, by Frank M. Obrien
1928
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1936
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1936
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1936
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1936
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1936
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Newspaper clippings regarding The Voice of Business
1936
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1938
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1938
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1938
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Newspaper clippings regarding The Voice of Business
1938

Subseries I.4: Correspondence relating to Frank Munsey's illness and death

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Letters to Frank Munsey during his last illness
1925 December
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Card from flowers sent to Frank Munsey during his last illness
1925 December
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Correspondence regarding Frank Munsey's funeral
1925 December - 1926 February
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Condolence telegrams addressed to William T. Dewart
1925 December
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Condolence letters addressed to William T. Dewart
December 1925 - January 1926
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Condolence letters addressed to William T. Dewart
December 1925 - January 1926
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Condolence letters addressed to William T. Dewart, and copies of Dewart's responses
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Condolence letters addressed to William T. Dewart (transcribed copies)
1925-1926
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Letters congratulating William T. Dewart on becoming president of the New York Sun
1925 December - 1926 January
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (A-B)
1926
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (C)
1926
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (D)
1926
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (E-G)
1926
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (H)
1926
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (J-L)
1926
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (M)
1926
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (N-))
1926
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (P-R)
1926
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (S)
1926
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (S-T)
1926
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (T-W)
1926
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (W)
1926
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Reminiscences requested but not received
1926
Box: 10 Folder : 3A Correspondence and editorials responding to unfavorable New York Times article on Frank Munsey by Don Seitz
1926 March
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Interviews with childhood friends of Frank Munsey
1927, undated
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Manuscript of Frank Munsey: A New England Portrait, by E.P. Mitchell
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Newspaper clippings about Frank Munsey
1925-1926
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Newspaper clippings about Frank Munsey
1882-1889
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Frank Munsey will, passport, and map of his estate
1901 July 10, 1917 March 1
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Resolution memorializing Frank Munsey from the Paris Herald
1926 January 27

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Series II: Pamphlets and speeches

Scope and Contents

This series includes pamphlets and speeches by Frank Munsey regarding advertising, journalism and business and political issues. Many are reprints of articles that appeared in Munsey's Magazine.

For additional pamphlets written in support of Theodore Roosevelt in his 1912 presidential campaign, see Series I, Subseries I.2, Political correspondence.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Pamphlets and speeches of Frank Munsey
1898-1900
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Pamphlets and speeches of Frank Munsey
1902-1922
Box: 11 Folder : 3 "Ideas" of Frank Munsey
1911-1913
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Speeches of Martin N. Johnson, Stephen B. Elkins and Martin W. Littleton
1896, 1897, 1911
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Reprints of Munsey's magazine articles
1900 November - 1912 March, undated
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Address and correspondence regarding Munsey Trust Company
1912-1918
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Address by Frank Munsey to Business Interests of Maryland and Baltimore
1920 November 30
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Address by Frank Schenider to The Academy of Political Science
1929 November 22
Box: 11 Folder : 9 The Founding of the Munsey Publishing House by Frank A. Munsey
1907 December
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Copy of a suggested booklet to advertise the Sun and The Story of the Sun
1928, 1883

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Series III: Publications

Scope and Contents

This series includes bound volumes of the first 18 months of theSun, from its first issue on September 3, 1833 through December 31, 1834; bound volumes of other early New York papers; the 100th Anniversary Issue of the  Sun and special issues of other papers; a complete run of the  Sun Rays, an internal paper published by  Sun employees from June 1926 through January 1947; and a book describing the history of the  Sun organization.

Subseries III.1: Historic newspapers

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 1 The Sun
1833 September 3 - December 31
Volume: 2 The Sun
1833 December - 1834 April 24
Volume: 3 The Sun
1834 July 14 - December 31
Volume: 4 The Sun
1834 September 3 - December 31
Volume: 4 The New York Transcript
1834 July 1 - July 31
Volume: 4 The Man.
1834 November 17 - December 31
Volume: 5 The Free Enquirer
1832 October 27 -- 1833 October 19
Volume: 6 The Eagle
1834 September 26 - November 5
Volume: 6 The Jeffersonian
1834 September 22 - November 15
Volume: 6 The Woman
1834 October 4 - October 8
Volume: 6 The Man.
1834 October 1 - November 15
Volume: 6 The Constitution
1834 October 8 - November 8

Subseries III.2: Special issues and commemorative ephemera

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 1 The Sun, first issue
1833 September 3
Box: 12 Folder : 2 100th Anniversary Issue of the New YorkSun
1933 September 2
Box: 12 Folder : 3 The Times (London), United States Number
1939 June 8
Box: 12 Folder : 4 The New York Sun, Frank Munsey obituary issue
1925 December 22
Box: 12 Folder : 5 The Chicago Sun, Volume 1, Number 1
1941 December 4
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Commemorative version of the New YorkSun headlined "Army Leads Navy at Half Time, 10 to 0" (2 copies)
1931 December 12
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Promotional notice for one-year anniversary of the Sunday evening issue of the Baltimore News
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Laminated copies (2) of article describing William Dewart gift of James Gordon Bennett Memorial Statue (Minerva and the Bellringers) to New York University
1928 April 18
Box: 12A Folder : unknown container Subscription receipts (framed)

Subseries III.3: The Sun Rays, internal paper published by the Sun Club, social and cooperative organization of New York Sun employees

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 1 The Sun Rays, Vol. I
1926 June - December
Box: 13 Folder : 2 The Sun Rays, Vol. II
1927 May - 1928 April
Box: 13 Folder : 3 The Sun Rays, Vol. III
1928 May - 1929 December
Box: 13 Folder : 4 The Sun Rays, Vol. IV and V
1930 January - 1931 April
Box: 13 Folder : 5 The Sun Rays, Vol. VI
1931 May - 1932 April
Box: 13 Folder : 6 The Sun Rays, Vol. VII
1932 May - 1933 April
Box: 13 Folder : 7 The Sun Rays, Vol. VIII
1933 May - 1934 April
Box: 13 Folder : 8 The Sun Rays, Vol. IX
1934 May - 1935 April
Box: 13 Folder : 9 The Sun Rays, Vol. X
1935 May - 1936 June
Box: 13 Folder : 10 The Sun Rays, Vol. XI
1936 July - 1937 May
Box: 13 Folder : 11 The Sun Rays, Vol. XII-XIII
1937 July - 1939 March
Box: 13 Folder : 12 The Sun Rays, Vol. XIII-XV
1939 July - 1940 December
Box: 13 Folder : 13 The Sun Rays, Vol. XVI
1941 January - December
Box: 13 Folder : 14 The Sun Rays, Vol. XVII-XVIII
1942 February - December
Box: 13 Folder : 15 The Sun Rays, Vol. XIX
1943 January - December
Box: 13 Folder : 16 The Sun Rays, Vol. XX
1944 January - July
Box: 13 Folder : 17 The Sun Rays, Vol. XX
1944 November
Box: 14 Folder : 1 The Sun Rays, Vol. I-II (bound)
1926 May - 1928 April
Box: 14 Folder : 2 The Sun Rays, Vol. III-IV (bound)
1928 May - 1930 April
Box: 14 Folder : 3 The Sun Rays, Vol. V-VI (bound)
1930 May - 1932 April
Box: 14 Folder : 4 The Sun Rays, Vol. VII-VIII (bound)
1932 May - 1934 April
Box: 14 Folder : 5 The Sun Rays, 1945
1945 January - December
Box: 14 Folder : 6 The Sun Rays, 1946
1946 January - November
Box: 14 Folder : 7 The Sun Rays, 1947
1947 January - March

Subseries III.4: Books

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 7 The Story of the Sun by Frank M. Obrien
1918

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Series IV: Photographs and prints

Scope and Contents

This series includes portraits of Frank Munsey and William Dewart; interior and exterior shots of the old Herald Tribune office at Herald Square; a carte-de-visite portrait of William Gordeon Bennett; and a photograph and lithograph of Charles Lindburgh.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Photographs of Frank Munsey, his father Andrew Munsey, and the family's homes
circa 1901, 1904, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Photographs of William T. Dewart and family
circa 1908, 1933-1937
Box: 15 Folder : 2A Photographs of Frank Munsey, William Dewart, William Dewart Jr., and Thomas Dewart (from photograph morgue)
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Benjamin Day (reproduction lithograph)
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Photograph of Charles Lindbergh receiving award from Thomas W. Dewart; lithograph of Charles Lindbergh
1927
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Photograph of typesetters at The New York Sun office, 81 Warren Street
1887
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Carte-de-visite of William Gordon Bennett
undated
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Photographs of the New York Herald Building, Herald Square (exteriors and interiors)
circa 1920
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Photographs of theNew York Herald building, Herald Square (exteriors and interiors)
circa 1920
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Photographs of theNew York Herald building, Herald Square (interiors, offices and reception area)
circa 1920
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Photographs of theNew York Herald building, Herald Square (interiors)
circa 1920
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Fulton Street 1849 (reproduction lithograph), showing Sun office
1913
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Photographs of Tom Ross, winner of a New York Sun drawing competition
1941

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Series V: Photograph morgue, New York Sun

Scope and Contents

This series consists of an indexed file of film and glass plate negatives from the Sun's archives. The images are mainly portraits of authors, artists and business and political figures who were prominent in the 1930's and 1940's. In addition to "famous" figures of the time, there are images of more obscure figures such as judges, FBI agents, and corporate officers. Portraits of Sun staff are also included. There are also a few photographs of events and places.

The series is organized into three subseries: Subseries V.1, Card catalog; Subseries V.2, Glass negatives; and Subseries V.3, Film negatives.

The file card catalog in Subseries V.1 serves as an index to the negatives in Subseries V.2 and V.3. The catalog is arranged alphabetically. Portraits are arranged by the sitter's last name; other images are arranged mainly by location, such as "City of New York," or "India." Each card lists the number of the corresponding negative in the upper right hand corner. In some but not all cases, a photographic print is also attached.

Negatives are individually sleeved and identified only by number. They are arranged sequentially, but film and glass negatives (which were originally interspersed) have been re-housed separately. This means that there are two possible locations for any specific negative number; accordingly, researchers looking for a particular negative should request the box with the appropriate range of negative numbers from both Subseries V.2, Glass negative, and V.3, Film negatives.

Film negatives, which are nitrate film and are held in cold storage, must be requested at least 72 hours in advance and require a confirmed appointment to view.

Negative numbers preceded by a letter are apparently not included in the card index. Identifying information for a few of these images is provided on the negative sleeve, but most are not identified. Among the subjects depicted are an early automobile race and a trip to Hawaii.

Subseries V.1: File card catalog

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 16 Index cards A-C
circa 1930's-1940's
Box: 17 Index cards C-F
circa 1930's-1940's
Box: 18 Index cards F-H
circa 1930's-1940's
Box: 19 Index cards H-M
circa 1930's-1940's
Box: 20 Index cards M-R
circa 1930's-1940's
Box: 21 Index cards R-W
circa 1930's-1940's
Box: 22 Index cards W-Z
circa 1930's-1940's
Box: 22 Unidentified prints
circa 1930's-1940's

Subseries V.2: Glass negatives

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 23 Glass negatives (10-5 to 11-39)
Box: 24 Glass negatives (11-40 to 11-130)
Box: 25 Glass negatives (11-138 to 12-49)
Box: 26 Glass negatives (12-50 to 12-159)
Box: 27 Glass negatives (12-166 to 13-54)
Box: 28 Glass negatives (13-55 to 14-7)
Box: 29 Glass negatives (14-8 to 15-51)
Box: 30 Glass negatives (15-52 to 16-27)
Box: 31 Glass negatives (16-28 to 17-15)
Box: 32 Glass negatives (17-16 to 17-72)
Box: 33 Glass negatives (17-74 to 19-31)
Box: 34 Glass negatives (20-5 to 12-28)
Box: 35 Glass negatives (21-29 to 22-23)
Box: 36 Glass negatives (22-29 to 22-83)
Box: 37 Glass negatives (22-84 to 23-42)
Box: 38 Glass negatives (24-1 to 26-1)
Box: 39 Glass negatives (26-2 to 28-4)
Box: 40 Glass negatives (28-5 to 28-84)
Box: 41 Glass negatives (28-85 to 29-22)
Box: 42 Glass negatives (29-23 to 32-4)
Box: 43 Glass negatives (32-5 to 32-89)
Box: 44 Glass negatives (32-91 to Z-250)

Subseries V.3: Film negatives

Scope and Contents

These film negatives, which are nitrate film and are held in cold storage, must be requested at least 72 hours in advance and require a confirmed appointment to view.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 45 Film negatives (10-1 to 11-181)
Box: 46 Film negatives (11-182 to 13-98)
Box: 47 Film negatives (13-100 to 15-76)
Box: 48 Film negatives (15-79 to 17-20)
Box: 49 Film negatives (17-29 to 21-9)
Box: 50 Film negatives (21-34 to 22-202)
Box: 51 Film negatives (23-3 to 28-185)
Box: 51A Film negatives (24-6 to 27-81)
Box: 52 Film negatives (28-186 to 32-115)
Box: 53 Film negatives (32-116 to A-15-39)
Box: 54 Film negatives (A-15-40 to A-27-8)
Box: 55 Film negatives (A-28 to A-53-61)
Box: 56 Film negatives (A-54-1 to C-15-9)
Box: 57 Film negatives (C-17 to M-4-103)
Box: 58 Film negatives (M-4-11.1 to Z-159)
Box: 59 Film negatives (Z-161 to Z-236-9.14)
Box: 60 Film negatives (Z-236-9.15 to Z-293)

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Series VI: Scrapbooks

Scope and Contents

This series includes three volumes of newspaper clippings relating to Frank Munsey's death, one volume of newspaper clippings regarding the subsequent purchase of the Sun by William Dewart, and one volume of newspaper clippings regarding the 100th anniversary edition of the Sun on September 2, 1933. Also included is a Tiffany presentation box containing a memorial to Munsey following his death.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 8-10 Newspaper clippings commenting on Frank Munsey's death (3 volumes)
1925 December
Volume: 11 Newspaper clippings commenting on the purchase of the New York Sun by William T. Dewart
1926 October
Volume: 12 Newspaper clippings commenting on the 100th Anniversary Number of the New York Sun
1933 September 2
Volume: 13 Tiffany-bound resolution mourning the death of Frank Munsey
1925 December 29

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Series VII: Printing plates

Container 1     Title Date
Oversize: Plates 1-2 Printing plates (copper) of the first issue of the New-York Commercial Advertiser
1797 October 2
Oversize: Plates 3-4 Printing plates (metal) of the first issue of the New-York Commercial Advertiser
1797 October 2
Oversize: Plate 5 Printing plate (metal), unidentified
Oversize: Plate 6 Printing plate (replica) of the Armistice Day issue of the New York Sun
1918 November 11

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