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Guide to the Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States, New York Commandery Records
1894-2012 (bulk 1894-1960s)
 MS 3201

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 July 28, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series III. Photographs and Graphic Material, 1917-2012 (bulk undated). .5 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The series is comprised primarily of almost 100 photographic portraits of companions from across the history of the organization. All are identified by name and, for most, their companion number. These range from one of the group's charter members (#3, James Henry Morgan) to a set of photographs taken in 1990-91 during Operation Desert Storm with member #1955, Christopher Arnheiter. These photographs are of various sizes, ranging from small snapshots to larger, matted poses. There is a roughly even split between those that picture companions in their military uniforms and those in civilian dress. Eleven of the portraits are of companions that served as the organization's Commander from 1910-1937; these are identified in the container list. The series also holds a few group photographs from some of the organization's events, including dinners and meetings, and other graphic materials. All items are identified to some extent in the container list.


The series is arranged by subject, with portraits followed by events and miscellaneous topics. Portraits are generally arranged by size or other such feature.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 31 Companions. Portraits, small

Scope and Contents

Companions 105 (Betts), 176 (Perrine), 400 (Knauer), 428 (Whitney), 467 (Hitchcock, news clipping photo) 548 (Wallace), 581 (McLean), 617 (Crocker), 670 (Garrison), 692 (Ulrichs), 803 (Fiske), 1014 (Thierry, exceptionally small), 1016 (Pell, Jr)

1930s, undated
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 32 Companions. Portraits, approximately 4x6 inches

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Includes 61, (Andrews), 205 (Parker), 281 (Kobbe), 407 (Mazet), 494 (Nexsan), 522 (Robinson), 682 (Hays), 707 (Sloan), 728 (Joyce), 742 (Bourne), 749 (Huddleson, Jr), 754 (Pederson), 802 (Bogert), 818 (Vermeule, Jr), 828 (Wells), 849 (Vanderbilt), 927 (Heckard), 978 (Goodwin), 988 (Hellweg), 1020 (Berg), 1038 (Hansen)

1930s, undated
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 33 Companions. Portraits, approximately 6x9 inches

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Includes 168 (Andrews), 217 (Emmet), 267 (Wood), 421 (Adams), 586 (Reynolds/Ruscovar), 676 (Cattus), 699 (Moore), 725 (Gibbons, photo of painting), 765 (Towns), 771 (Merrill, Jr), 831 (Knierim), 882 (Cronin), 901 (Bolles), 907 (Durand), 953 (Benjamin), 965 (Sellman), 1035 (Douglas), 1036 (Reichner), 1046 (Gardner), 1842 (Carman)

1920s-1940s, undated
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 34 Companions. Portraits, approximately 8x11 inches

Scope and Contents

Includes 360 (Cluett), 408 (Engel), 479 (Chauncey), 610 (Clarke, Jr), 644 (Rack), 734 (Merriman), 768 (Comfort), 781 (Lloyd), 845 (Gilbert), 911 (Stewart), 1019 (Albee), 1023 (Lovejoy), 1043 (Perkins)

Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 35 Companions. Portraits, on boards or matted (medium size)

Scope and Contents

Includes 79 (Falls), 358 (Forshew), 834 (Shepard), 942 (Langdon), 975 (Davis)

Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 1 Companions. Portraits, unframed

Scope and Contents

These items were unframed for conservation reasons by N-YHS. Includes companions #3 (James Henry Morgan, one of the charter members, 1st Secretary General of the National Commandery), #304 (Amory Sibley Carhart, Commander, 1910-12), #145 (William Graves Bates, Commander, 1912-20), #397 (De Witt Clinton Weld, Commander, 1921-22), #390 (William Seaman Bainbridge, Commander, 1922-25), #455 (Paul Debevoise, Commander, 1925-26), #557 (Gustav Tuska, Commander, 1927-28), #970 (Pelham St. George Bissell, Commander, 1930-32), #875 (John H. Byrue, Commander, 1933-1935), #484 (Washington Irving Taylor, Commander, 1935), and #387 (John F. Daniell, Commander, 1936-37).

Box: OS-Small Companions. Portraits, oversize

Scope and Contents

Includes companion #456 (David Banks, Commander, 1920-21) and #888 (John W. Morgan, Secretary General of National Commandery).

1920s?, 1934
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 36 Companion 934 (Hoblitzell). Portrait, drawing

Scope and Contents

Inscribed drawing by Joseph Cummings Chase

1918 October 1
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 37 Companion 1955 (Arnheiter). Desert Storm (Iraq)

Scope and Contents

Includes color photographs taken in the field during the war, several of tanks (member was in the 3rd Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 24th Infantry Division. Two of the unit's "business cards" are with the photos.)

Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 38 Companions, unknown number. Portraits.

Scope and Contents

Includes Ralph Earle, Henry Lyden, Albert Kann

1917, 1924, undated
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 39 Honorary companions, no number

Scope and Contents

Includes John F. O'Ryan, Joseph K. Kuhn, W.M. Wright, and Joseph Park Moorer (1975)

1975, undated
Box: OS-Small Events. Dinners

Scope and Contents

Includes 3 panoramic photos: 46th annual dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria (1940), mess dinner of the European Commandry of the Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States (1943), and dinner in honor of General Hugh A. Drum, retiring commanding general of the New York National Guard, held at the 7th Regiment Armory (1948)

1940, 1943, 1948
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 40 Events. Annual banquet

Scope and Contents

Includes guest list as well as many photographs of the event.

Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 41 Events. New York Commandery group photo

Scope and Contents

Taken at Park Sheraton Hotel in 1974 or 1975

circa 1975
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 42 Events. Meetings/Banquets?

Scope and Contents

Includes event snapshots (1990, 1994), speaker notes (1990), program for 1995 meeting with publicity photograph of featured speaker Angier Biddle Duke.

1990, 1994, 1997
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 43 Events. President's Day celebration

Scope and Contents

Includes print-outs of digital photographs. The folder also has the CD of images; this is restricted from use in order not to corrupt the files. For access, make arrangements with the manuscripts curator at

2008 February 21
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 44 Other events

Scope and Contents

Includes awards to West Point cadets (1936, 1980, undated) and commemoration at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (undated, but likely 1937)

Box: OS-Small Drawing

Scope and Contents

Pen and ink drawing depicting military servicemen of various wars for the organization.

Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 2 Photoreproduction of Saturday Evening Post cover, with inscription

Scope and Contents

Includes reproduction of October 23, 1965, cover featuring the Medal of Honor recipient Captain Roger Donlon. Inscribed by Donlon in 2012, with accompanying texts. Item was unframed at N-YHS for conservation purposes.

Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 45 Digital storage device (RESTRICTED)

Scope and Contents

Small USB thumb drive with digitized scans of most of the collection as provided by the donor, plus a small number of other items. This digital storage device is for staff back-up access only; not for research access. The digital files will be made accessible in time through the N-YHS digital library.

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