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Guide to the Brooke Astor Papers
 MS 3157

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

Collection processed by Eri Matsuda and Larry Weimer

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Container List

Series V. Memorabilia, 1956-2007, undated. 1.75 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The series includes artifacts and other objects, mostly of a commemorative nature, related to the Astors or received by them. The container list provides an item level inventory.


The series is presented in rough chronological order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 26 Match book covers, personalized with initials "VA" (Vincent Astor)

Scope and Contents

5 covers. Matches have been removed.

Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 27 "Friends and Fellow Citizens: Washington's Address to the People of the United States, 1796"

Scope and Contents

Reproduction published by the New York Public Library for members of the Citizens Advisory Committee. This copy presented to Vincent Astor, whose name is embossed on the cover. Contextual correspondence with book.

Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 28 Gag diploma

Scope and Contents

Diploma awarded by Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, to Brooke for graduating class in "Latin Dances," etc.

Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 29 Vatican City 1st Day Issue Stamps. "Sede Vacante MCMLVIII"
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 30 "The Tall Ships Commemorative Postcard Collection; Cancelled in Moscow, July 4, 1976"
Offsite-Box: 7 Carved box with plaque

Scope and Contents

Plaque reads: "Presented to Ambassador A.D. Marshall [Brooke's son], the American Ambassador to Kenya by RADM W.J. Crowe Jr, USN, Commander, Middle East Force, 9 Feb 1977"

Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 31 Invitation/Program from New York Foundling Hospital

Scope and Contents

Invitation and program to the dinner honoring Brooke Astor with the Elizabeth Seton Humanitarian Award.

Folder: FF-1 Flag

Scope and Contents

Inscribed on edge: "Houseflag of the Black Ball Line flown at the mainmast of 'Wavertree' on the occasion of the Brooklyn Bridge centennial celebration, May 24, 1983, East River, Pier 15, New York." Wavertree is the name of a ship at the South Street Seaport Museum. Textile. Measures approx 60"x36". (Stored in flat file drawer)

Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 4 White House Christmas holiday print
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 19 Brooke Astor funeral guest books (2)

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