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Guide to the Samuel B. Parsons, Jr. Papers
1862-1962 (bulk, 1877-1920s)
 MS 3153

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 30, 2020
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Parsons, Samuel, 1844-1923
Title: Samuel B. Parsons, Jr. papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1862-1962 (bulk, 1877-1920s)
Abstract: The collection includes a variety of documents related to landscape architect Samuel B. Parsons Jr. (1844-1923). The documents principally concern his involvement with New York City's Parks Department and Central Park, for which he was Superintendent of Planting under Calvert Vaux and later Landscape Architect (from about 1880-1911). There are also several corporate records of the privately-held firms Samuel Parsons & Sons and Samuel Parsons, Inc. In connection with Central Park, the collection holds photographs and diagrams related to the restoration of elm trees on the Mall, a typescript of testimony taken during Raymond B. Fosdick's 1911 investigation into the Parks Department accounts, a draft resolution of exoneration of Parsons by the Parks Board, and a scrapbook and manuscript "memories," both of which largely concern the Park. In addition the collection also holds several letters from Parsons written to his father while the son was in service during the Civil War with the U.S. Sanitary Commission; a lecture by Parsons with suggestions for landscaping a country home; published works by Parsons; a volume of extracts taken by Parsons of books he read; genealogical notes; photographs of the grounds of various estates; and other documents.
Quantity: 3.3 Linear feet in 4 document boxes and one flat box
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3153