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Guide to the Alexander Morgan Hamilton Family Photograph Collection
[1895]-1948, n.d.
(Bulk 1905-1948)
 PR 103

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Hamilton, Alexander Morgan, 1903-1970
Title: The Alexander Morgan Hamilton Family Photograph Collection
Dates [inclusive]: [1895]-1948, undated (Bulk 1905-1948)
Abstract: Collection of photographic prints, albums, scrapbooks, and certificates documenting the social, private, and political activities of the family of Alexander Morgan Hamilton (1903-1970). Materials relating to Elizabeth Hamilton's former husbands, John Wanamaker, Jr. and C. Egerton Warburton, are also included.
Quantity: 17.0 Linear feet (16 boxes)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 103

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Biographical Note

Alexander Morgan Hamilton, grandson of financier John Pierpont Morgan and great-great-grandson of the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, was active in New York City government, the New York Republican Party and a variety of civic and social clubs. Born in New York City in 1903, he graduated from St. Paul's School in 1921 and Harvard in 1924. He served as President of the New York Young Republicans Club and made an unsuccessful run for the state senate in 1930. Hamilton was appointed as Deputy Commissioner in Charge of Weights and Measures in New York City's Department of Markets in 1934; he was referred to as "one-dollar Hamilton" after requesting only a symbolic salary of one dollar per year for the position. A rift with Mayor LaGuardia prompted him to resign from the position in 1935. Hamilton served in the Marine Corps during World War II, eventually rising to the rank of major. In his later years he took an interest in conservation and preservation work, serving as president of the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society and as secretary-treasurer of the American Museum of Immigration at the Statue of Liberty National Monument. He received an award from the United States Department of the Interior for his efforts.

Alexander Hamilton received a divorce from his first wife, Katherine Comly Hamilton, in Reno in 1935, and later that same day married Elizabeth Peltz Warburton Wanamaker, the daughter of wealthy Philadelphian George Mifflin Dallas Peltz and widow of department store magnate John Wanamaker, Jr. In 1923, at the age of seventeen, Elizabeth Peltz was expected to make her debut in society, but instead eloped with C. Egerton Warburton, the son of Major Barclay Warburton, the mayor of Palm Beach, Florida. She was active in the Philadelphia social scene, taking part in charity events and drawing the attention of the press. Soon after divorcing Warburton in 1932, she married John Wanamaker, Jr. on the same day his divorce from his first wife was finalized.

Alexander Hamilton's family maintained a high profile in society and politics. Hamilton's older brother, Pierpont Hamilton, served in the Army Air Corps during World War I and won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force serving in Africa during World War II. In 1946, Harvard University awarded him an honorary Master of Arts, citing his military accomplishments. Another older brother, Laurens Hamilton, was a New York state assemblyman. Hamilton also had two sisters. Helen Hamilton Woods married Police Chief Arthur Woods; Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton died tragically at the age of eleven in 1919 as a late victim of the Flu Pandemic of 1918. Hamilton's parents, William P. Hamilton (1869-1950) and Juliet Morgan Hamilton, daughter of John Pierpont Morgan, were wealthy New Yorkers who owned and operated Thirlstane Ranch in Salisbury Cove, Maine.

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Scope and Content Note

The Alexander Hamilton Family collection spans the period from ca. 1895-1948 and primarily contains documents and photographs relating to the personal life and political career of Alexander M. Hamilton, the family and public life of his second wife, Elizabeth, and to a lesser degree the lives of Hamilton's siblings, Pierpont M. Hamilton, Helen M. Hamilton Woods, and Laurens Hamilton and his parents, William P. and Juliet Morgan Hamilton. Also included are some photographs, clippings and certificates relating to Elizabeth Hamilton's first two husbands, C. Egerton Warburton and John Wanamaker, Jr. The collection is divided into four series: Scrapbooks; Photograph Albums; Loose Photographs; and Certificates.

Arrangement

Scrapbooks and photograph albums are arranged chronologically. Photographic prints and certificates are arranged alphabetically by sitter or recipient.

Materials have been arranged into series based on format.

  1. Series I: Scrapbooks
  2. Series II: Photograph Albums
  3. Series III: Loose Photographs
  4. Series IV: Certificates

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Core, E.B., d. 1931
  • Davis & Sanford
  • Hamilton, Alexander Morgan, 1903-1970
  • Hamilton, Elizabeth Peltz Warburton Wanamaker
  • Hamilton, Juliet Morgan, 1870-1952.
  • Hamilton, Laurens
  • Hamilton, Pierpont M.
  • Hamilton, William Pierson, 1869-1950
  • Kurtz, William, 1833-1904
  • Loy, Myrna, 1905-
  • MacDonald, Pirie, 1867-1942
  • Shearer, Norma, 1900-
  • Wanamaker, John, Jr.
  • Warburton, C. Egerton
  • Woods, Helen Morgan Hamilton

Document Type

  • Albums
  • Certificates
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Diplomas
  • Greeting cards
  • Photographic prints
  • Scrapbooks
  • Telegrams

Subject Organizations

  • Hasty Pudding Club

Subject Topics

  • Boats and boating
  • Upper class--New York (State)--New York
  • Upper class--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)--Politics and government
  • New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs
  • Thirlstane Ranch (Me.)

Family Name(s)

  • Hamilton family
  • Wanamaker family
  • Warburton family

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of James Carr in 1979.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 photocopies per day per person. Suitability of the original for photocopying is at the discretion of the staff. Neither blueprints nor tracings can be copied under any circumstances. Duplication of large-format items will be done by the house photographer. See Print Room guidelines for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from

Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024

Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

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 Alexander Morgan Hamilton Family Photograph Collection, PR 103, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List

Series I: Scrapbooks

Scope and Contents note

Series I dates from ca. 1923 to 1948; it is arranged chronologically. The scrapbooks of Elizabeth and Alexander Hamilton document their social lives and Alexander Hamilton's political career. The two scrapbooks from ca. 1923 and 1930-1934 predate Elizabeth Hamilton's marriage to Alexander Hamilton in 1935, and contain a variety of clippings which document Elizabeth's early elopement with C. Egerton Warburton and later marriage to John Wanamaker, Jr., as well as her participation in Philadelphia society and John Wanamaker's boating activities. Later scrapbooks from 1935-1936 and 1936-1948 contain clippings related to Alexander Hamilton's divorce from Katherine Comly Hamilton and immediate marriage to Elizabeth Hamilton.

The Hamilton family's movements in society were often followed by the press, and newspaper clippings from the society pages are abundant in these scrapbooks. Also present are personal mementos, such as dried flowers from the couple's wedding, greeting cards, telegrams and personal photographs. Several of the scrapbooks, dating from 1934-1948 contain clippings which track the political careers of Alexander Hamilton and his brothers, Laurens and Pierpont Hamilton. One scrapbook dating from 1937-1947 concerns itself almost entirely with the Thirlstane Ranch in Maine, the Holsteins that William P. Hamilton raised there, and the elder Hamiltons' participation in the community. The clippings and other textual materials from the scrapbooks have been photocopied; the photocopies are located in Box 6. Researchers are encouraged to use these photocopies as surrogates due to the fragile nature of the originals.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Scrapbook: Photographs, telegrams and clippings relating to Elizabeth Peltz's marriage to C. Egerton Warburton and to Philadelphia society

General note

See also: Box 6, folder 3

[1923]
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Scrapbook: Photographs and clippings on Elizabeth P. Warburton's marriage to John Wanamaker, Jr., boat racing and Philadelphia society

General note

See also: Box 6, folder 4

1930-1934
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Scrapbook: Clippings relating to Alexander Hamilton's political career, Laurens Hamilton and the Republican Party

General note

See also: Box 6, folder 5

1934-1935
Box: 3 Scrapbook: Photographs, correspondence and clippings on the wedding of Elizabeth and Alexander Hamilton and Hamilton's political career

General note

See also: Box 6, folder 6

1935-1936
Box: 4 Scrapbook: Clippings on Elizabeth and Alexander Hamilton, Pierpont Hamilton, and New York society

General note

See also: Box 6, folder 7

1936-1948
Box: 5 Scrapbook: Clippings relating to Thirlstane Ranch in Salisbury Cove, Maine, owned by William P. Hamilton

General note

See also: Box 6, folder 8

1937-1947
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Photocopies of clippings from Scrapbook in Box 1
[1923]
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Photocopies of clippings from Scrapbook in Box 2, folder 1
1930-1934
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Photocopies of clippings from Scrapbook in Box 2, folder 2
1934-1935
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Photocopies of clippings from Scrapbook in Box 3
1935-1936
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Photocopies of clippings from Scrapbook in Box 4
1936-1948
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Photocopies of clippings from Scrapbook in Box 5
1937-1947

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Series II: Photograph Albums

Scope and Contents note

Series II documents the social and personal lives of the Hamilton family; the photograph albums date from 1936-1948 and include some undated materials. The albums are arranged chronologically, with one undated album at the end of the series. Many of the albums focus on the couple's travels; one album based primarily on the couple's trips to Santa Barbara and Santa Monica, California in 1937, contains photographs of social events and parties, some of which include Hollywood celebrities Myrna Loy and Norma Shearer. Others include photographs of fishing and boating trips to Florida, Maine, and Europe as well as unidentified destinations.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 7 Clam bake and fishing in unidentified locations
1936
Box: 8 California
1937
Box: 9 Hamilton family
1937-1948
Box: 10 Florida, fishing
[1938]
Box: 11 Fishing, boating in unidentified locations
[1939]
Box: 12 Europe, Maine and unidentified locations
undated

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Series III: Loose Photographs

Scope and Contents note

Series III consists mainly of portraits of the Hamilton family from 1895-1931; most are undated and unidentified. Loose photographs are arranged into subseries by size; thereunder, they are filed alphabetically by sitter, and by date, with unidentified individuals at the end. One folder of oversize portraits of Pierpont Hamilton is located in Box 15. Included are portraits of Pierpont Hamilton by Pirie MacDonald, portraits of Alexander Hamilton and his siblings as children by E.B. Core, and a variety of unidentified portraits of children and adults who are probably members of the Hamilton and Morgan families. Also included is one group portrait of Harvard College's Hasty Pudding Club of which Alexander Hamilton was a member.

Small Format

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 9 Hamilton, Alexander M.--Childhood portraits, by E.B. Core

General note

See also: Box 14, folders 28-29

[1905-1915]
Box: 13 Folder : 10 Hamilton, Alexander M.--Childhood portraits, miscellaneous
[1905-1915]
Box: 13 Folder : 11 Hamilton, Alexander M.--Portraits

General note

See also: Box 14, folders 28-29

undated
Box: 13 Folder : 12 Hamilton, Elizabeth Peltz Warburton Wanamaker
undated
Box: 13 Folder : 13 Hamilton family--Portraits of children, by E.B. Core

General note

See also: Box 14, folder 30

[1895-1915]
Box: 13 Folder : 14 Hamilton family--Portraits of children
[1895-1915]
Box: 13 Folder : 15 Hamilton, Pierpont M.--Childhood portraits

General note

See also: Box 14, folders 32-33

[1895]
Box: 13 Folder : 16 Hamilton, Pierpont M.--Portraits

General note

See also: Box 14, folders 32-33 and Box 16, folder 41

undated
Box: 13 Folder : 17 Morgan, Harry
undated
Box: 13 Folder : 18 Nichols, Jamie
undated
Box: 13 Folder : 19 Olney, Sigourney B.
undated
Box: 13 Folder : 20 Powel family
[1906]-1931
Box: 13 Folder : 21 Woods, Helen Hamilton, with children

General note

See also: Box 14, folder 35

undated
Box: 13 Folder : 22 Unidentified children

General note

See also: Box 15, folder 36

undated
Box: 13 Folder : 23 Unidentified children

General note

See also: Box 15, folder 36

undated
Box: 13 Folder : 24 Unidentified man with child
undated
Box: 13 Folder : 25 Unidentified men

General note

See also: Box 15, folder 37

1910, undated
Box: 13 Folder : 26 Unidentified women

General note

See also: Box 15, folder 39

undated
Box: 13 Folder : 27 Unidentified women with children

General note

See also: Box 15, folder 40

undated

Large Format

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 28 Hamilton, Alexander M.--Hasty Pudding Club of Harvard College
[1924]
Box: 14 Folder : 29 Hamilton, Alexander M. -- Portraits
undated
Box: 14 Folder : 30 Hamilton family--Portraits of children, by E.B. Core
[1895-1910]
Box: 14 Folder : 31 Hamilton, Laurens
undated
Box: 14 Folder : 32 Hamilton, Pierpont Morgan--Childhood portraits

General note

See also: Box 16, folder 41

[1910]
Box: 14 Folder : 33 Hamilton, Pierpont Morgan--Portraits in uniform, some by Pirie MacDonald

General note

See also: Box 16, folder 41

1917-1918, undated
Box: 14 Folder : 34 Olney family
1919, undated
Box: 14 Folder : 35 Woods, Helen M. Hamilton
undated
Box: 15 Folder : 36 Unidentified children
undated
Box: 15 Folder : 37 Unidentified men
undated
Box: 15 Folder : 38 Unidentified wedding portraits
undated
Box: 15 Folder : 39 Unidentified women
1923, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 40 Unidentified women with children
undated

Oversize

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 41 Hamilton, Pierpont Morgan, some by Pirie MacDonald
undated

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Series IV: Certificates

Scope and Contents note

Series IV consists of four oversized certificates and diplomas (1909-1921) issued to Alexander Morgan Hamilton and John Wanamaker, Jr. by the DeLancey School in Philadelphia, St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, and the U.S. Army. The certificates are arranged alphabetically by recipient and thereunder by date.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 42 Hamilton, Alexander M. -- St. Paul's School, New Hampshire, graduation
1921
Box: 16 Folder : 43 Wanamaker, John, Jr.--Delancey School, Philadelphia, graduation
1909
Box: 16 Folder : 44 Wanamaker, John, Jr.--Appointment to Captain in the Quartermaster Section of Officers' Reserve Corps of the U.S. Army
1917
Box: 16 Folder : 45 Wanamaker, John, Jr.--Completion of Third Course at Army General Staff College
1918

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