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Guide to the John Hone Scrapbooks
circa 1887-1911
 MS 302

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 24, 2022
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The collection includes seven scrapbooks compiled by John Hone (1844-1915), which date from about 1887 to about 1911. Generally, the volumes hold documents related to the various political, social and historical clubs Hone was a member of; the business and cultural institutions he was an officer or trustee of; his travels to Europe, Asia and South America, and summer vacations in Bar Harbor, Maine; and his various interests in political, financial, military, theatre/music, and family connections.

Primary document formats in the scrapbooks include invitation cards, dinner menus (often handwritten), event programs, pictorial works, and clippings. Some light correspondence, a few original photographs, and some Confederate currency are in the volumes. Organizations that appear often include (many others also appear): Manhattan Club (a Democratic political group), Sons of the Revolution, and the Veterans Corps of Artillery and the related Military Society of the War of 1812. Events that appear in the volume include the Columbus anniversary celebrations of 1892, the Washington inauguration centennial of 1889, the 50th anniversary of the 7th Regiment's deployment in the Civil War (1911), Hone's participation as delegate at the Democratic National Conventions, the erection of a monument to Commodore Matthew Perry in Japan in 1901, and many other celebratory dinners, organizational meetings, and the like.

Newspaper clippings in the scrapbooks touch on financial, military, extended family matters, and items of general interest. Clippings related to the August Belmont family and Hone's children and other family are in the albums. At least a portion of the diaries of Hone's ancestor, Philip Hone, were published within the scrapbooks' date range and typescript extracts from them are found at various points in the albums. Clippings from theatre/musical/opera programs appear frequently.

The container list notes any particular items or subject matter that was found on a skim of the volumes.


The volumes are arranged in rough chronological order. Nevertheless, there is no sharp chronology within each volume and there is overlap of date range and subject content across the volumes. Also, a considerable amount of the documents in the volumes are loose within the pages.