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Guide to the James Hazen Hyde Papers
1874-1940, 1953
 MS 319

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer, with Alec Ferretti, Jennifer Gargiulo, and Aaron Roffman

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 24, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Series VIII. Photographs and Certificates, circa 1880s-1953. 1.5 Linear feet in two folders (one oversize)

Scope and Contents

The series includes a small number of photographs and three certificates. The photographs include one by Peter A. Juley & Sons of an 1859 solicitation letter from Henry Baldwin Hyde requesting that the recipient purchase an insurance policy of the still being formed Equitable; three of Hyde on horseback or in carriages (1899-1903); one of Hyde as a boy in carriage with father in front of their Bay Shore, L.I. home (oversize); one of Henry Baldwin Hyde taken by Pirou of Paris (oversize, circa 1900); five of paintings of Hyde's father (Henry Baldwin Hyde, one oversize), mother (Annie Fitch Hyde), and grandfather (Henry Hazen Hyde); one of the exterior of Hyde's house in Paris when used as Hopital Auxiliaire 79 during World War I; and Hyde in New York with the president of Equitable and the pastor of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian (1950s). There are also photocopies of other photos of carriages; the originals of at least some of these can be found in the Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections' Subject File (PR 68) under the category "TRANSPORTATION - VEHICLES - CARRIAGES AND COACHES."

Certificates include: diploma from Harvard (1898), diploma from Princeton (1903), commission as Inspector at rank of Captain from American National Red Cross (1918), Foreign Service Certificate from the Red Cross for work as aide to the Commissioner to France from September 1917-February 1919, and recognition from Harvard for Hyde's efforts in promoting relations between Harvard and French universities (1923).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The items in the series were donated at varous times in the 1940s-1950s by Hyde. The specific dates are noted on the back of most of the items. Items dated 1960 were donated by Hyde's estate.

Processing Information

Hyde's (and his estate's) donations of photographs and certificates were separated at the time and placed in various library collections based on format and content. During processing in December 2019, archivist Larry Weimer recovered some of these materials and placed them with the Hyde papers. These included two folders of photographs that had been in the general Portrait File and five certificates from the general Certificate File.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Photographs
circa 1880s-1953
Folder: OS-Small Photographs (oversize)
circa 1880s-1900
Folder: OS-Small Certificates
1898-1923

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