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Guide to the Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. Papers
1808-1976
 MS 438

New-York Historical Society
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Container List

Series V. General Correspondence, 1900-1976. 4.4 Linear feet in five record cartons and in oversize folders

Arrangement

The series is arranged into two subseries:

Subseries V.A Subject Files
Subseries V.B Chronological Files

Scope and Contents

The series contains mostly personal correspondence, including bills, receipts, condolences, and congratulations, the bulk of which is from the 1930s and 1940s. The series also includes some correspondence from or about various politicians and Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s political life.

Subseries V.A Subject Files, 1914-1976. 1.45 Linear feet in three record cartons

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged in original subject folders and grouped together by topic.

Scope and Contents

The subseries begins with condolences for Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s father's death, his mother's death, his cousin, Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo's death, his aunt's death, and finally his own death, coupled with acknowledgments for gifts made in Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s name, and obituaries/memorial papers for Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. The series then advances to congratulations, birthday wishes (including some from prominent politicians), correspondence in regards to jobs Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. held outside of politics, including with the War Trade Board and the law firm Cardozo & Nathan, and a failed attempt to secure a position as Assistant Attorney General. The subseries also contains a folder of correspondence regarding Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s sons, which includes correspondence both with and about them.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 19-21 Condolences for Edgar J. Nathan, Sr.'s Death (3 folders)
1929-1931
Box: 5 Folder : 1-3 Condolences for Sara Solis Nathan (Mother)'s Death (3 folders)
1937
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Condolences for Justice Cardozo's Death

Scope and Contents

Includes telegram from Charles C. Burlingham on his friendship with Cardozo.

1938
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Condolences for Esther Solis (Aunt)'s Death

Scope and Contents

Contains one letter addressed to Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s other aunt, Elvira.

1950
Box: 5 Folder : 6-13 Condolences for Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s Death (8 folders)

Scope and Contents

Letters from friends and family (including many local New York politicians) addressed primarily to Edgar J. Nathan, III and Mabel Nathan (Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s widow).

1965
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Acknowledgements re: Gifts Made in Edgar J. Nathan's Name
1965
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Obituaries and Memorial Papers for Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. (1 folder of 2)

Scope and Contents

Includes some correspondence re: donations made in Edgar J. Nathan's name. Also includes program for memorial services. More of this material can be found in Series VII. Memorabilia.

1965
Box: 19 Folder : 5 Obituaries and Memorial Papers for Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. (Folder 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Newspaper clippings of obituaries.

1965
Box: 5 Folder : 16-18 Congratulations on Return to Law Practice (3 folders)

Scope and Contents

Partnership with Gale, Bernays, Falk, etc.

1946
Box: 5 Folder : 19-20 Acknowledgements of Congratulations (2 folders)
1946
Box: 5 Folder : 21-24 70th Birthday Wishes (4 folders)

Scope and Contents

In addition to birthday wishes, contains invitations to parties and ceremonies honoring Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. for his birthday, as well as some cards wishing Nathan a speedy recovery after surgery. Folder 22 contains birthday letters from former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, and former Governor Thomas E Dewey. Folder 24 contains pictures of birthday party, a random piece of correspondence from 1943, a photograph from 1914 of Nathan and family on the Mt. Washington Railway, and other mementos from Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s life.

1914-1962 (bulk 1961)
Box: 5 Folder : 25 Post-Death Correspondence Re: Possible Book

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence between Edgar J. Nathan, III and Phyllis Stahl-Berkowitz, who was interested in writing an historical account of early Jewish American families. Also contains clippings and memorial materials about Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. that Edgar J. Nathan, III likely gave to Stahl-Berkowitz as research material.

1901-1976
Box: 6 Folder : 1-2 Personal—Re: Washington (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence about Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s failed attempt at an Assistant Attorney General position and work at the War Trade Board in WWI.

1918-1921
Box: 6 Folder : 3-4 War Trade Board Correspondence (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Among the documents is Nathan, Jr's will as of 1918.

1918-1919
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Alumni Awards Correspondence (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Correspondence related to awards and honorary degrees given to Nathan by Collegiate School, Columbia University, and Williams College.

1942-1958
Box: 19 Folder : 18 Alumni Awards Correspondence (Folder 2 of 2)
1955
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Edgar, 3rd and Frederic

Scope and Contents

Correspondence about and with Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s sons. Also includes two letters from Justice Benjamin Cardozo to one of the sons, Edgar J. Nathan, 3rd.

1931-1954
Box: 6 Folder : 7-8 Cardozo & Nathan Correspondence (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains documents from Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s law practice era, including financial statements and partnership agreements. Also contains correspondence with Justice Benjamin Cardozo. Similar material can be found in chronological folders.

1923-1941

Subseries V.B Chronological Files, 1900-1964. 2.95 Linear feet in three record cartons and in oversize folders

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged in original chronological folder order, and within each folder remains in original rough alphabetical order, except for the "Early Life Correspondence," which was gathered from miscellaneous folders, and the 1951-1964 folders, which were found grouped together, but were not alphabetized.

Scope and Contents

The subseries begins with two letterpress copybooks and three binders of carbon copies, which contain Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s outgoing correspondence from 1920-1931, and a folder of miscellaneous correspondence from 1900-1925, which contains both incoming and outgoing personal correspondence from Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s childhood and young adulthood. The remaining folders in the subseries primarily contain personal correspondence from family members and friends including Henry S. Hendricks, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Charles C. Burlingham, and Charles Sears, as well as extensive documents concerning routine bills, charitable donations, insurance (including lists of personal and other property owned), banking, and investments. The investments often relate to real estate and there are financial statements for the various realty companies involved (e.g., Grand Atlantic Corporation, Greenington Realty, Sunnington Realty). The subseries also contains some political materials, including brief notes from Thomas Dewey, Fiorello LaGuardia, and Herbert Lehman, invitations to Lehman and Nelson Rockefeller's inaugurations, anti-Franklin Delano Roosevelt print matter and an oversize cartoon stamp sheet, and various other documents related to Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s political and Jewish life.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Letterpress Copybook
1920-1922
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Letterpress Copybook
1922-1926
Box: 9 Volume : 1 Carbon Copies
1926-1928
Box: 9 Volume : 2 Carbon Copies
1928-1930
Box: 9 Volume : 3 Carbon Copies
1930-1931
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Early Life Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Includes a letter sent to Edgar J. Nathan, Sr.

1900-1925
Box: 6 Folder : 10-17 1929-1931 Correspondence and Bills (8 folders)
1926-1931
Box: 6 Folder : 18-25 1931-1934 Correspondence and Bills (8 folders)
1931-1934
Box: 6 Folder : 26-28 1935-1936 Correspondence and Bills (3 folders of 9)

Scope and Contents

Contains a brief note from Governor Thomas Dewey in Folder 28.

1933-1936
Box: 7 Folder : 1-5 1935-1936 Correspondence and Bills (5 folders of 9)
1931-1936
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 1935-1936 Correspondence and Bills (Folder 9 of 9)

Scope and Contents

Oversize perforated sheet of Republican Council anti-FDR cartoon poster-stamps. Informational sheet that came with stamps can be found in Box 7, Folder 5.

1936
Box: 7 Folder : 6-11 1937 Correspondence and Bills (6 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence related to Thomas Dewey's first campaign for governor and correspondence with Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo. Also contains in the third folder an unlabeled, undated photograph (perhaps of Edgar J. Nathan, Sr. and his wife, Sara Solis Nathan, or another pair of relatives). Folder 1 holds an illustrated prospectus for Sweet's Steel Company of Williamsport, Pennsylvania (1937).

1911-1937
Box: 7 Folder : 12-19 1938 Correspondence and Bills (8 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence and bills related to Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo's illness and death, the 1938 Constitutional Convention, Thomas E. Dewey's campaign for District Attorney (including a letter of thanks from Dewey in folder 14), as well as correspondence related to Nathan's law practice. Includes an (impersonal) letter from LaGuardia in folder 17.

1926-1938
Box: 7 Folder : 20-27 1939 Correspondence and Bills (8 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains various political materials, including materials from Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s first Supreme Court campaign, a letter from Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia (in folder 24), and an invitation to Governor Herbert H. Lehman's inauguration.

1936-1939
Box: 8 Folder : 1-7 1940 Correspondence and Bills (7 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains anti-FDR/pro-Willkie campaign materials, including booklets and papers condemning the concept of a president running for a third term (mainly in folder 6). Folder 3 and others contains documents concerning the Greater New York Interfaith Committee's effort to get legislation passed allowing release time in public schools for religious education. Folder 7 contains affidavits of support for two people to come to the U.S. from Europe.

1937-1941
Box: 8 Folder : 8-14 1944-1947 Correspondence and Bills (7 folders)

Scope and Contents

Mostly contains receipts and bills. Limited World War II-related correspondence.

1942-1947
Box: 8 Folder : 15-17 1947-1950 Correspondence and Bills (3 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains political materials throughout, including brief correspondence with Governors Dewey and Lehman. Also contains Supreme Court correspondence and Jewish leadership correspondence. Folder 17 contains some Manhattan Borough Presidency correspondence from 1942.

1942-1950
Box: 8 Folder : 18 1951-1959 Correspondence and Bills

Scope and Contents

Includes materials on Nelson Rockefeller's gubernatorial campaign, including an invitation to Rockefeller's inauguration.

1945-1959
Box: 8 Folder : 19-20 1960-1964 Correspondence and Bills (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Folder 20 contains undated, handwritten list of names and addresses of "Nathan friends."

1960-1964

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