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Guide to the Erving-King Family Papers
1709-1975 (bulk 1780-1939)
  MS 204

New-York Historical Society
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Processed by Caroline D. Bain.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 28, 2020
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence (mostly among family members), diaries and journals (many from trips abroad), and various legal and financial documents (particularly wills). It is concentrated in the period from about 1795 to World War I. The papers delineate personal and social lives; they deal to a much lesser extent with public, political and business affairs. They document many aspects of the lives of women and men: birth, marriage and death, daily activities and events, visits and travels, and interpersonal relations among families and friends.

The collection contains many individual manuscripts relating to prominent historical figures. However, most papers of the best-known members of the Erving and King families (Rufus King, for example) are in other collections; those that are in this collection are, with some exceptions, copies.

There is voluminous genealogical material, much in the form of repetitious handwritten notations. The genealogies of connecting families are often indispensable to identifying individuals mentioned in the collection. There are also inventories of personal property, memorabilia, such as invitations, visiting cards, drawings and paintings, maps, pamphlets, newspapers, clippings, and photographs of people, of family homes and monuments, of family portraits, and of places visited.

Unless specified in the inventory as copies (typed copies, manuscript copies or photocopies), documents are assumed to be original.


The Erving-King Papers are divided into three series. Series III, Oversize Materials, is divided into three subseries.

Within Series I and Series II, individuals' papers are arranged alphabetically by first name, related families follow alphabetically by surname. Some volumes are placed with the individual; most are at the end of the series.

The Erving-King papers are organized into the following three series:

Series I: Erving and related families

Series II: King and related families

Series III: Oversize Materials