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

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Zora Arum

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 06, 2018
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Container List

Series VII. Memorabilia, 1808-1966. 4.2 Linear feet in 3 record cartons, oversize folders and an oversize book slipcase

Arrangement

The items in the series were originally scattered randomly throughout the collection, and were grouped together by the processing archivist. The series is now arranged in subject folders that advance in rough chronological order with the exception of object memorabilia, which is the first set of items in the series and is listed by individual object, and special cases in which interrelated subject folders are filed next to each other, thereby breaking the general sequence.

Scope and Contents

The series contains a wide assortment of memorabilia, including mementos from Horace Mann, Collegiate, Williams, and Columbia, awards and certificates, photographs, Nathan family heirlooms (including pedigrees, letters, and marriage certificates), and souvenir programs from various events. Some of the memorabilia is related to other series in the collection, especially Series II and IV, or Manhattan Borough Presidency and Jewish Leadership.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 Oversize Civil Defense Armband
circa 1940s
Box: 13 Large Embossed Slipcase
Undated
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. for Manhattan Borough President Napkin
1941
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Automobile and Building License for War Trade Board

Scope and Contents

In initials-embossed leather wallet.

1918
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Shirt Collar
circa 1960?
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Hair
Undated
Box: 11 Folder : 2 5 Passports

Scope and Contents

Belonging to Mabel U. Nathan and Edgar J. Nathan, Jr., with enclosed vaccination records.

1955-1959
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Postcards

Scope and Contents

Contains Haynes Photo Yellowstone postcards and a postcard advertising Fourth Liberty bonds.

circa 1920s-1940s
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Assorted Stationery

Scope and Contents

Contains blank stationery with letterheads from offices Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. held.

1918-1964
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s Misc. Writings

Scope and Contents

Contains memorial speeches and booklets written by Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. for various friends and relatives, as well as a few articles and speeches about other assorted topics.

1928-1963
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Fifteenth Annual March of Dimes Fashion Show Program
1959
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Print of Painting by Isabella Banks Markell

Scope and Contents

Contains note by artist to Mabel.

Undated
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Three Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletins

Scope and Contents

Bulletins feature light annotations by Mabel U. Nathan.

1957-1958
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Typescript of Poem by Solomon Solis-Cohen

Scope and Contents

Poem written in 1882.

Undated
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Dennison's Napkin Label

Scope and Contents

Features a note from "ENS" to Emily, dated November 9.

Undated
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 New York and Cuba Mail Steamship Company Passenger Accommodation Plans

Scope and Contents

Oversize document.

Undated
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Assorted Photos

Scope and Contents

Includes a photo of Albert Dreyfous, a couple of old photos of an unidentified woman (likely Edgar J. Nathan's wife, Mabel), a few unidentified group shots, and some political photos, including photos of Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. swearing people in and a shot of him and Arnold Zander. Also includes a photo of Williams Class of 1913 40th and 45th anniversaries.

circa 1880?-1958
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 1 Assorted Oversized Photos

Scope and Contents

Includes photos of Edgar J. Nathan shaking hands with various people including New York Secretary of State Thomas Curran, a headshot, and Supreme Court Justice dinners dated from 1952-1961.

circa 1940?-1961
Box: 11 Folder : 8-11 Headshots (4 folders)

Scope and Contents

Folder 11 contains typed out names and addresses of Edgar J. Nathan's contacts.

Undated
Box: 11 Folder : 12 Ketubah

Scope and Contents

Ketubah (marriage certificate) of Seixas Nathan and Sarah Mendes.

1808
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Gomez Family Genealogy

Scope and Contents

Copy by Horatio Gomez of Sephardic Jewish Gomez family genealogy originally recorded by Issac Gomez. Envelope says "Albert Dreyfous".

circa 1850s?
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Nathan Pedigree
circa 1900?
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Letter to Abraham Seixas from Issac Seixas
1823
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 Collage of Heritage Clippings

Scope and Contents

Contains clippings from 1762-1849, some (or all) about Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s ancestors.

Undated
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Clarence S. Nathan Scrapbook (Folder 1 of 2)
1879-1922
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 Clarence S. Nathan Scrapbook (Folder 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Clarence S. Nathan's oversize 1895 passport certificate.

1895
Box: 11 Folder : 14 Father's Academic Mementos

Scope and Contents

Booklets and papers from Edgar J. Nathan, Sr.'s time at Columbia University, as well as his high school thesis/"graduating essay."

1876-1881
Box: 11 Folder : 15 Father's Dinner Programs

Scope and Contents

Contains programs for Bnai Jeshurun dinner, NY State Bankers Association, dinner for Supreme Court Justice Hughes, and British Ambassador James Bryce.

1904-1913
Box: 11 Folder : 16 Stock Certificates

Scope and Contents

Includes stocks belonging to Samuel Derecktor, Carl M. Loeb and Co., Edgar J. Nathan, Jr., Edgar J. Nathan, Sr., Mabel Nathan, and Issac N. Solis, for companies Rossland and Deer Park Mining, Derwel Realty, Ford Mining and Milling, and Tareyton Realty.

1897-1941
Box: 11 Folder : 17 Souvenir Programs from President McKinley Inauguration

Scope and Contents

One book has "E.N.S." inscribed in it.

1901
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Horace Mann Yearbook

Scope and Contents

Mabel U. Nathan's high school yearbook, with signatures from classmates.

1909
Box: 12 Folder : 3-8 Collegiate Yearbooks (6 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contain pictures of Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. and Henry Solomon Hendricks in high school.

1906-1910
Box: 11 Folder : 18 Williams Memorabilia
1913
Box: 11 Folder : 19 Social Satire and Poems

Scope and Contents

Contains satirical poems, scripts, and faux newspapers written for dinners, weddings, and other social events, which tease people including Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. and a number of his friends and relatives. Also contains two unidentified serious poems.

1915-1954
Box: 11 Folder : 20 Wedding Materials (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Contains various papers from Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s marriage to Mabel Unterberg, including the guest list, dinner menu, Shearith Israel record, etc.

1917
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 Wedding Materials (Folder 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. and Mabel Unterberg's ketubah.

1917
Box: 11 Folder : 21 Materials from 27th Division Homecoming
1919
Box: 11 Folder : 22 Bar Association Event Programs

Scope and Contents

Materials from dinners honoring lawyers' services in WWI, including a song book.

1919
Box: 11 Folder : 23 Dinner Programs

Scope and Contents

From: Reception of Marshal Ferdinand Foch by the American Legion, National Republican Club Annual Lincoln Dinner, flag service to commemorate the sesquicentennial of adoption of U.S. flag, NY County Lawyers' Association Annual Dinner.

1921-1928
Box: 11 Folder : 24 Lindbergh Souvenirs and Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Photographs, telegrams, postcards, and dinner program re: Charles Lindbergh's non-stop flight from New York to Paris.

1927
Box: 11 Folder : 25 Mabel Nathan's Certificates
1915-1950
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 3 Mabel Nathan's NYU Woman's Law Class Certificate

Scope and Contents

Inscribed with Mabel U. Nathan's signature on the back.

1915
Box: 11 Folder : 26 Awards and Certificates (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Contains alumni awards/honorary degree dipolomas, as well as other small certificates.

1917-1963
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 3 Awards and Certificates (Folder 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Various oversized certificates. Includes Edgar J. Nathan, Sr.'s diploma from Friends Seminary, certificates naming Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. a lawyer, an employee of the War Trade Board, Manhattan Borough President, and New York Supreme Court Justice, as well as other significant awards and certificates, such as honorary degrees from Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s alma maters.

1876-1957
Box: 11 Folder : 27 Collegiate School Diploma
1938
Box: 11 Folder : 28 Columbia Bicentennial Programs (Folder 1 of 2)
1954
Box: 19 Folder : 23 Columbia Bicentennial (Folder 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Clippings.

1954
Box: 11 Folder : 29 Williams Honorary Degree (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Contains various documents from ceremony, including ribbon, programs, invitations, tickets, and photographs (though not the actual degree).

1955
Box: 19 Folder : 24 Williams Honorary Degree (Folder 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Clippings.

1955
Box: 11 Folder : 30 Collegiate Alumni Award

Scope and Contents

Contains various documents related to Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s Collegiate award, including articles, programs, etc. (though, again, not the actual award).

1958-1959
Box: 11 Folder : 31 11th Williams President Induction (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Contains programs, nametags, invitations, and correspondence/articles about John Edward Sawyer's induction as president of Williams College.

1961
Box: 19 Folder : 25 11th Williams President Induction (Folder 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Clippings.

1961
Box: 11 Folder : 32 Copies of Marriage, Death, and Birth Certificates
1963-1965
Box: 11 Folder : 33-36 Memorial Publications and Speeches (4 folders)

Scope and Contents

Various booklets, programs, speeches, and clippings memorializing Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. Also contains his sons' correspondence related to the creation of these materials.

1965-1966

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