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Guide to the Cass Gilbert Papers and Architectural Drawings
1883-1952 (Bulk 1900-1934)
 PR 21

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Maurita Baldock with assistance by Kerri Anne Burke.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 16, 2021
The finding aid is in English

Container List

Series IV. Personal Files

Scope and Contents note

This series includes Gilbert's files that do not reflect his architectural work or professional life. The material includes letters among his friends and family as well as important papers from his personal life.

Subseries I: Correspondence

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of incoming letters to Cass Gilbert. The correspondence includes personal letters from family, friends, and colleagues relating to matters such as his insurance, the purchase and upkeep of his properties, automobile maintenance, and family finances. Many of the letters also document his donations to organizations such as anti-prohibition groups and patriotic organizations in World War I. Letters from his family include letters from his wife Julia Finch Gilbert, letters from his brother Samuel relating to Gilbert's insurance policies, and letters from his brother Charles related to property. Letters from other family members are included. Correspondence from colleagues includes letters from Edwin Blashfield, Alexander Calder, Daniel Chester French, F.H. Olmstead, Sir Aston Webb, etc. Some letters to Cass Gilbert from 1918-1919 relate to Cass Gilbert Jr.'s service in WWI. Incoming correspondence to other family members is also included. These include many sympathy letters to the Gilbert family after the death of Cass in 1934.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 633 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
Undated, 1887-1902
Offsite-Box: 634 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1903-1907
Offsite-Box: 635 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1905-1907
Offsite-Box: 636 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1907-1908
Offsite-Box: 637 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1909-1910
Offsite-Box: 638 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1911-1912
Offsite-Box: 639 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1913-1914
Offsite-Box: 640 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1914-1915
Offsite-Box: 641 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1915-1916
Offsite-Box: 642 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1916-1917
Offsite-Box: 643 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1917
Offsite-Box: 644 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1917-1918
Offsite-Box: 645 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1918
Offsite-Box: 646 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1918-1919
Offsite-Box: 647 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1919-1920
Offsite-Box: 648 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1920-1921
Offsite-Box: 649 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1922
Offsite-Box: 650 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1923
Offsite-Box: 651 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1924
Offsite-Box: 652 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1924-1925
Offsite-Box: 653 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1925-1926
Offsite-Box: 654 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1926-1927
Offsite-Box: 655 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1927-1928
Offsite-Box: 656 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1928-1929
Offsite-Box: 657 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1929-1930
Offsite-Box: 658 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1930-1931
Offsite-Box: 659 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1931
Offsite-Box: 660 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1932-1933
Offsite-Box: 661 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert)
1933-1934
Offsite-Box: 662 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert, Jr.)
Undated, 1918-1934
Offsite-Box: 663 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert, Jr.)
1934
Offsite-Box: 663 Correspondence (to Julia Finch Gilbert)
1919-1935
Offsite-Box: 663 Correspondence (to Emily Gilbert)
1928
Offsite-Box: 663 Correspondence (to Julia Gilbert Post)
1931, 1934
Offsite-Box: 663 Correspondence (to Read, R)
1912-1933
Offsite-Box: 663 Correspondence (to Margaret Gilbert Higgins)
1929-1931
Offsite-Box: 663 Correspondence (to Mrs. Cass Gilbert, Jr)
1918-1919
Offsite-Box: 663 Correspondence (to Samuel Gilbert)
1918, 1934
Offsite-Box: 663 Correspondence (to Cass Gilbert III)
1928

Subseries II: Clubs and Associations

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains organizational materials documenting Gilbert's work with groups including the Carnegie Institute,the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Parks and Playgrounds Association. The subseries includes correspondence, minutes, and reports for the organizations.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 663 Carnegie Institute, Minutes and Reports (Box 1 of 3)
1925
Offsite-Box: 664 Carnegie Institute, Minutes and Reports (Box 2 of 3)
1925
Offsite-Box: 665 Carnegie Institute, Minutes and Reports (Box 3 of 3)
1925
Offsite-Box: 665 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Minutes
1919-1931
Offsite-Box: 666 Parks and Playgrounds Associations, Minutes
1908-1909
Offsite-Box: 666 Century Association, Reports of the Building Committee
1924
Offsite-Box: 666 Various Organizations
1915-1932

Subseries III: Financial Documents

Scope and Contents note

The financial documents include bills and receipts as well as tax and estate papers of the Gilbert family.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 666 Bills and Receipts
1900-1918
Offsite-Box: 667 Estate Papers
1934-1937
Offsite-Box: 667 Tax Assessments
1912-1933

Subseries IV: Invitations

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains invitations to events from friends and organizations. Included are invitations to the White House by Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover. A small amount of invitations by Cass Gilbert are also included.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 667 Invitations to Cass Gilbert (including White House Invitations) (Box 1 of 4)
Undated, 1902-1934
Offsite-Box: 668 Invitations to Cass Gilbert (including White House Invitations) (Box 2 of 4)
Undated, 1902-1934
Offsite-Box: 669 Invitations to Cass Gilbert (including White House Invitations) (Box 3 of 4)
Undated, 1902-1934
Offsite-Box: 670 Invitations to Cass Gilbert (including White House Invitations) (Box 4 of 4)
Undated, 1902-1934
Offsite-Box: 670 Invitations by Cass Gilbert and Responses Received
1925-1930

Subseries V: Speeches and Writings

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of speeches given by Cass Gilbert, usually his acceptance speeches of awards and honors. It also includes poems and prefaces to books by Cass Gilbert and other unidentified writers.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 670 Speeches (Box 1 of 2)
1912-1933
Offsite-Box: 671 Speeches (Box 2 of 2)
1912-1933
Offsite-Box: 671 Speeches by Other Authors
1923-1939
Offsite-Box: 671 Prefaces to Books
1927
Offsite-Box: 671 Poems by Cass Gilbert and Others
1905-1930

Subseries VI: Property Information

Scope and Contents note

The property information includes agreements, specifications, contractor information, and drawings for property owned by Cass Gilbert and the Gilbert family.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 671 #1-#5 East 94th Street
1925-1931
Offsite-Box: 671 71 Floral Street
1900-1916
Offsite-Box: 671 Huntington, Long Island
1905
Offsite-Box: 671 James House
1931-1932
Offsite-Box: 671 Shepaug Farm
1927-1928

Subseries VII: Brochures

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes brochures saved by Cass Gilbert regarding water pumps, anti-prohibition organizations, and other groups.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 671 Brochures- Water Pumps, Anti-Prohibition Organizations, Proposed Public Works Department, etc. (Box 1 of 2)
Undated, 1920-1931
Offsite-Box: 672 Brochures- Water Pumps, Anti-Prohibition Organizations, Proposed Public Works Department, etc. (Box 2 of 2)
Undated, 1920-1931

Subseries VIII: Clippings

Scope and Contents note

The clippings include articles regarding politics and architecture. A folder of obituaries for Cass Gilbert is also included.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 672 Clippings related to World War I and Cass Gilbert's Career and His Death
1917-1937

Subseries IX: Photographs

Scope and Contents note

The small amount of personal photographs in this subseries consist of pictures of family, colleagues, and property.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 673 Photographs- Family and Colleagues
Undated, 1918-1928

Subseries X: Illustrations

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes drawings of architecture including the Parthenon and the Acropolis.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 673 Illustrations by Cass Gilbert and Others
Undated, 1918-1931

Subseries XI. Publications

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains issues of publications regarding Gilbert's personal interests.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 674 Publications saved by Cass Gilbert
1920-1934

Subseries XII: Other

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains folders of personal materials that do not fit in with the above subseries. It includes passports of Cass Gilbert, papers regarding family genealogy, and his written memories of important events.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 674 Other Family Papers
1911-1934

Subseries XIII: Bound Volumes

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains letterbooks of personal outgoing correspondence. Topics include expenses, residences, his work on World War I committees, etc. One book contains letters regarding Cass Gilbert, Jr's work with the American Society of the French Legion of Honor. Many of these volumes are fragile and access is dependent upon the judgment of the print room staff.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 392-430 Letterbooks
1889-1937
Volume: 431 Letterbook, American Society of the French Legion of Honor (Cass Gilbert, Jr.)
1934-1935

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