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

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Nathan, Edgar J., Jr., 1891-1965
Title: Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1808-1976
Abstract: The Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. papers include documents related to Nathan's civic service as a politician and communitarian, particularly within Jewish organizations. The collection includes speeches, correspondence, reports, and memorabilia from his time as a delegate to the 1938 New York Constitutional Convention, as Manhattan Borough President (1941-1945), and as a Justice to the New York Supreme Court (1946-1965), in addition to containing papers on his lifelong work in the Jewish community, particularly with Congregation Shearith Israel and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Print matter (much of it related to Judaism), photographs, general personal correspondence, and materials related to his time in the practice of law or in the service of the War Trade Board during World War I can also be found in the collection, along with limited materials related to Nathan's ancestry and early Jewish immigration to America.
Quantity: 22.1 Linear feet in 18 record cartons, one flat box, and three oversize folders
Call Phrase: MS 438

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Biographical / Historical

Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. was born in New York City to parents Edgar J. Nathan, Sr. and Sara N. Solis on 28 August 1891. As a young man, Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. attended the Collegiate School, graduating in 1909 and receiving his A.B. degree from Williams College in 1913. Following in his father's footsteps, Nathan then studied law at Columbia University, where he received his L.L.B. After graduating from Columbia in 1916, Nathan briefly practiced law in his father's firm, Cardozo & Nathan (though relatives of Benjamin N. Cardozo worked for this firm, there are no records in this collection of Benjamin N. Cardozo in conjunction with Cardozo & Nathan), before marrying his lifelong wife, Mabel Unterberg, in 1917, with whom he would have two sons: Edgar J. Nathan, III and Frederick S. Nathan. When World War I began, he got a job at the War Trade Board, where he remained for two years. He climbed the ranks of his department, becoming the Chief of the Division of Restricted Imports before he resigned to return to the practice of law at Cardozo & Nathan.

Nathan, a direct descendant of Abraham de Lucena, one of the 13 original Jewish settlers in America, came from a very prestigious bloodline with deep ties to the United States, New York City, Judaism, and Shearith Israel—the earliest Jewish congregation in America, which was founded by Nathan's ancestors upon their arrival in New Amsterdam in 1654. As a result, Nathan dedicated large portions of his life to Jewish service and held positions of power in various Jewish organizations, including such titles as Vice-President, and later President, of Shearith Israel (for much of his life), Director of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Director and Vice-President of the American Jewish Historical Society, Secretary of the Jewish Family Service, President of the League of Fraternal and Benevolent Organizations of the Jewish Education Committee, and Director and President of The Judeans, among others. Nathan also did philanthropic work outside of the Jewish community, working as Director of the Goodwill Industries of New York and Honorary Director of the Knickerbocker Hospital in addition to donating large sums of money to various organizations, including his alma maters, all three of which (in addition to the Jewish Theological Seminary) eventually granted him awards or honorary degrees.

Though Nathan attempted to secure a position as Assistant Attorney General in 1920, it was not until 1937 that he was elected to his first political office, as a Republican delegate to the New York Constitutional Convention. There, he was on the Committees on the Judiciary, Bill of Rights, and Cities, where he worked with such notable politicians as Al Smith and Robert Wagner. One year later, in 1939, he ran for a vacant position on the New York Supreme Court, but failed to obtain the office, and so returned to the practice of law.

In 1941, Nathan successfully ran for Manhattan Borough President on the Republican and Fusion Party tickets. While in office, from 1941-1945, he worked alongside Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and Robert Moses on post-war construction works, including the East River (FDR) Drive and plans for the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway (LOMEX), though it was never built. When he ran for reelection in 1946 and was ousted, he briefly joined the law firm of Gale, Bernays, Falk, Eisner, & Nathan, before Governor Thomas Dewey appointed him to a vacant seat on the New York Supreme Court, in the First Judicial District, in March 1946. That November, Nathan was officially elected to fill the vacancy for a fourteen-year term, and eventually, in 1960, he ran successfully for reelection. He served on the court past the retirement age, remaining on the bench until his death on 30 April 1965.

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Scope and Contents

The Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. papers are comprised primarily of documents related to Edgar J. Nathan's work in civic service, both in terms of his involvement in New York politics and his active Jewish life. The collection includes papers—including correspondence, speeches, campaign materials, and reports on his accomplishments in office—for the three main stages of Nathan's political life, beginning with his time as a delegate to the 1938 New York Constitutional Convention and proceeding to his tenure as Manhattan Borough President in the early 1940s and New York Supreme Court Justice from 1946 until his death in 1965. During the years of Nathan's political service, he came into contact and formed relationships with a variety of influential political figures, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Fiorello La Guardia, Robert Moses, Al Smith, Robert Wagner, Nelson Rockefeller, and Thomas Dewey. Thus, the collection includes correspondence with some of these men, though in other cases Nathan possessed only their signatures or impersonal notes from their offices. The collection also includes a significant amount of correspondence with Nathan's cousin, Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo.

In regards to Nathan's Jewish life, the collection contains documents—mainly souvenir programs, correspondence, speeches, and print matter—from a variety of organizations with which he was intimately involved, most prominently Shearith Israel (also known as the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation) and the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). The papers include extensive correspondence and memorabilia from major events in each organization's history, including Shearith Israel's (and worldwide) tercentenary celebrations commemorating the 300th anniversary of the arrival of Jews in America, the Jewish Theological Seminary's semi-centennial anniversary, and, in the case of Shearith Israel, stretching as far back as the consecration of their current house of worship in 1896.

The collection is also home to a sizable quantity of Nathan's personal correspondence and bills, most of which originate from the mid-20th century, as well as photographs, accumulated books (mostly on Jewish topics), and personal memorabilia, some of which pertains to preceding generations of the Nathan family—including, but not limited to, information on early Jewish immigration to the United States that traces the genealogies of the Nathan, Gomez, Seixas and Solis families.

For more information on early Jewish families that were related to the Nathans, see the New-York Historical Society's collection of the Hendricks Family papers.

Arrangement

The collection is organized in the following series:

Series I. Constitutional Convention, 1937-1941
Series II. Manhattan Borough Presidency, 1923-1945 (bulk, 1941-1945)
Series III. New York Supreme Court, 1938-1965
Series IV. Jewish Leadership, 1896-1967 (bulk, 1937-1965)
Series V. General Correspondence, 1900-1976
Series VI. Print Matter, 1881-1959 (bulk, 1890-1925)
Series VII. Memorabilia, 1808-1966

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Burlingham, Charles C. (Charles Culp), 1858-1959
  • Cardozo, Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nathan), 1870-1938
  • Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971
  • La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947
  • Moses, Robert, 1888-1981
  • Nathan, Edgar J., Jr., 1891-1965

Document Type

  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Books
  • Certificates.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence.
  • Diplomas
  • Ephemera.
  • Genealogies.
  • Pamphlets.
  • Receipts (financial records)
  • Speeches (documents)
  • Scrapbooks.

Subject Organizations

  • Congregation Shearith Israel (New York, N.Y.)
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.). Office of the President.
  • New York (State). Constitutional Convention (1938)
  • New York (State). Supreme Court (1st Judicial District)
  • United States. War Trade Board

Subject Topics

  • Jews -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Judaism
  • Local elections -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Public works -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Sephardim

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government.
  • New York (State) -- Politics and government.

Family Name(s)

  • Nathan family

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Use Restrictions

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. papers, MS 438, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

Other materials related to the Nathan family can be found in the Hendricks Family papers, particularly in Subseries IX.F and IX.G.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Frederic S. Nathan and Edgar J. Nathan, III in September 1980.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by archival intern Zora Arum in 2018.

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Container List

Series I. Constitutional Convention, 1937-1941. 1.6 Linear feet in two record cartons and an oversize folder

Arrangement

The series is organized in rough chronological order, beginning with campaign materials and election congratulations, followed by general correspondence, proposed amendments, and clippings on the convention, and ending with post-convention correspondence. Print matter and oversize materials complete the series.

Scope and Contents

The series is comprised of materials related to Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s position as delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1938. Much of the series constitutes documents regarding the 1937 election, including voting schedules and results, colorful district maps, candidate promotional materials and other ephemera, and correspondence in light of Nathan's victory. However, the series also includes correspondence about the convention itself, such as a letter from Nathan to his wife, Mabel, on the daily routine at the convention, fairly extensive records on amendments proposed in Albany, and a souvenir poster signed by the members of the Committee on the Judiciary (especially significant are the signatures of Al Smith and Robert Wagner). Post-convention correspondence, which is also included in the series, is primarily in regards to dinner reunion plans and two funerals for former delegates to the convention. Additionally, the series contains 11 of the original 12 volumes of reading material sent out to the delegates in preparation for their duties, which mainly concern foundational information on U.S. government and constitutional history.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-2 Campaign Materials (2 folders of 3)
1937
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 Campaign Materials (Folder 3 of 3)

Scope and Contents

Oversize 1937 Borough of Manhattan election schedule, Republican ballot instructional manual and oversize maps of 7th and 11th Manhattan Assembly Districts.

1937
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Congratulations on Election
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Misc. Constitutional Convention Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Includes 1938 letter from Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. to wife on daily routine during Constitutional Convention.

1937-1939
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Proposed Amendments (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Contains name-embossed book of proposed amendments at the convention with Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s annotations.

1938
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Proposed Amendments (Folder 2 of 2)
1938
Box: 1 Folder : 7-8 Clippings (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Folder 7 includes a clipping about World War I.

1937-1938
Box: 1 Folder : 9-10 Post-Constitutional Convention Correspondence (2 folders)
1939-1941
Box: 17 Volume : 1-11 Constitutional Committee Reports, Vol. 1-10 and 12

Scope and Contents

Volumes include, New York State Constitution Annotated, Amendments Proposed to New York Constitution, Constitutions of the States and United States, State and Local Government in New York, New York City Government Functions and Problems, Problems Relating to Bill of Rights and General Welfare, Problems Relating to Legislative Organization and Powers, Problems Relating to Executive Administration and Powers, Problems Relating to Judicial Administration and Organization, Problems Relating to Taxation and Finance, and an index. All volumes inscribed with Edgar J. Nathan, III's name and address.

1938
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Constitutional Committee Note

Scope and Contents

Contains copies of note from Constitutional Committee Chairman Charles Poletti on the purpose of the committee reports. Originally enclosed in accompanying volumes.

1938
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 Oversize Constitutional Convention Seating Map
1938
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 Oversize Committee on the Judiciary Poster

Scope and Contents

Features the signatures of all members of the committee, as well as other prominent New York politicians who were involved with the convention, including Al Smith and Robert Wagner.

1938

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Series II. Manhattan Borough Presidency, 1923-1945. 4.8 Linear feet in five record cartons, one flat box, and in oversize folders

Arrangement

The documents remain almost entirely in their original subject folders, though many of the folders were previously unlabeled and titles were primarily devised by the processing archivist, with the exception of the folders containing Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s speeches and his plans for the arterial highway bill, which retain original labels. Items of other formats, including print matter, newspaper clippings, photographs, and oversized posters, are listed at the end of the series.

Scope and Contents

The series consists of documents related to Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s tenure as Manhattan Borough President, which lasted from 1941-1945. These include campaign materials, related correspondence (including communication with various influential politicians such as Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and Robert Moses), construction plans, speeches (many on Jewish topics or for Jewish audiences), financial reports, Board of Estimate meeting minutes, and memorabilia from New York City events, including a 1945 dinner honoring then-general Dwight D. Eisenhower. The series also contains photographs, clippings, and scrapbooks. Much of the material is about World War II and post-war construction works, including the construction of the East River Drive (FDR) and the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway (LOMEX), which was never built.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Congratulations on Nomination
1941
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Campaign Materials (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Election materials from 1941 campaign for Manhattan Borough Presidency, including biographies, press releases, and a Speaker's Handbook re: La Guardia Administration accomplishments, among other documents.

1941
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Campaign Materials (Folder 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Campaign materials from failed 1945 campaign for re-election to office of Manhattan Borough President, including campaign song, list of construction works, endorsements, and remarks.

1945
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Misc. Manhattan Borough Presidency Documents

Scope and Contents

Includes information about East River Drive opening ceremonies, plans for other post-war construction works, Manhattan Borough President ID badge, memo of understanding with Terminal Market of New York related to improvements in the Washington Wholesale Market, and correspondence from Mayor La Guardia, as well as a clipping on Thomas Dewey's campaign for the U.S. Presidency.

1941-1945
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Honorary Dinner Memorabilia (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Documents from 1945 dinner honoring General Dwight D. Eisenhower, including telegram from Marie La Guardia, Mayor La Guardia's wife, inviting Mabel Nathan, Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s wife, to a luncheon with the women of General Eisenhower's party, flowers from the table decoration, and a picture of General Eisenhower with Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. in the background. Also contains a letter from Charles C. Burlingham.

1945
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Honorary Dinner Memorabilia (Folder 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Programs and other mementos from 1945 dinners honoring General Jonathan M. Wainwright and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, including a photograph of Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. on a dais with various important New York State politicians (such as Governor Thomas Dewey). Also includes a parking map from Navy Day.

1945
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Arterial Highway Bill

Scope and Contents

Includes tense correspondence between Edgar J. Nathan, Jr., Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Robert Moses, and other important New York City officials regarding a disagreement over control of post-war highway construction works.

1941-1945
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Proposed Lower Manhattan Crosstown Express Highway (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Contains book of plans drafted by Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. for Lower Manhattan Crosstown Express Highway (LOMEX).

1943
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Proposed Lower Manhattan Crosstown Express Highway (Folder 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Contains papers previously enclosed within Folder 18 book, including correspondence between Edgar Jr . Nathan and various important New York officials (Mayor LaGuardia, Governor Thomas Dewey, Robert Moses) as well as plans for crosstown expressway.

1943-1944
Box: 1 Folder : 20 East River Drive Books

Scope and Contents

Contains 1940 book on East River Drive plans and a 1942 booklet commemorating the Opening of East River Drive and Commercial Marginal Way.

1940-1942
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Post-War Construction Print Matter

Scope and Contents

Includes, among other documents, the proposed post-war works program published by the City Planning Commission; a booklet on the Parks Department's proposed reconstruction of Battery Park; the Parks Department's report on scheduling of postwar improvements; Nathan's white paper "Plan to Alleviate Traffic Congestion in Midtown Manhattan"; and the Manhattan Borough Works' illustrated description of the new municipal asphalt plant.

1942-1945
Box: 1 Folder : 22 New York Advancing: Victory Edition

Scope and Contents

Book on accomplishments of Mayor La Guardia's tenure, signed by Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. and contains much information about post-war construction in New York City.

1945
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Board of Estimate Minutes and Other Documents (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Contains binder labeled "The Committee on Grievances: Bar Association," but documents inside are entirely related to 1943 Board of Estimate meetings.

1943
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Board of Estimate Minutes and Other Documents (Folder 2 of 2)
1944
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Borough of Manhattan Fiscal Reports (Folder 1 of 5)
1941-1942
Box: 2 Folder : 1-4 Borough of Manhattan Fiscal Reports (4 folders of 5)

Scope and Contents

The fifth folder holds the Borough President's financial report for 1944-45.

1942-1945
Box: 2 Folder : 5-7 Speeches—Home (3 folders of 5)

Scope and Contents

Many speeches written for Manhattan Borough Presidency events, but also many written for Jewish audiences or with Jewish themes.

1942-1945
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Speeches—Home (Folder 4 of 5)

Scope and Contents

Contains speech materials, including drafts of jokes and Jewish articles. Also contains copies of articles written by Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. on post-war construction.

1925-1944
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Speeches—Home (Folder 5 of 5)

Scope and Contents

Clippings, mostly featuring Judaism.

1923-1945
Box: 2 Folder : 9-12 Speeches (4 folders)

Scope and Contents

Folder 12 contains speeches and articles written in support of Governor Thomas E. Dewey's presidential campaign against Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1942-1944
Box: 2 Folder : 13-14 Reference Letters (2 folders)
1940-1945
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Photographs

Scope and Contents

Includes photos of Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. with various other men, including New York Secretary of State Thomas J. Curran. Also includes photos of Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. giving gifts to Jewish orphans and changing a Broadway street sign to say "Bondway" in honor of the third war loan drive.

1941-1945
Box: 19 Folder : 10-14 Clippings (5 folders)
1941-1945
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 Oversize Washington Eagle Clipping on Endorsements
1941
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 2 Oversize Campaign Posters
c. 1941-1946
Box: 9 Volume : 4-5 Scrapbooks (2 volumes of 5)

Scope and Contents

Contain clippings, dinner programs, photos, and other assorted documents from Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s tenure as Manhattan Borough President.

1941-1943
Box: 14 Volume : 3-5 Scrapbooks (3 volumes of 5)

Scope and Contents

Contain clippings, dinner programs, photos, and other assorted documents from Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s tenure as Manhattan Borough President.

1944-1945
Box: 18 Volume : 1 Meeting Attendance and Voting Records (Flat Box)

Scope and Contents

Contains log of attendence and voting records for all borough presidents at joint meetings during Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s tenure.

1941-1945

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Series III. New York Supreme Court, 1938-1965. 3.8 Linear feet in five record cartons and in oversize folders

Arrangement

The documents remain in their original subject folders, except for those that were relocated by the processing archivist from miscellaneous folders. However, the folders were originally unlabeled and titles were devised by the archivist. The subject files begin with campaign materials and correspondence from Edgar J. Nathan's appointment, election, and re-election to the New York Supreme Court, then advance to correspondence regarding cases that Nathan presided over, followed by reference letters that he wrote during his tenure. The series ends with clippings and seven scrapbooks, which are filled with clippings from law journals on Nathan's cases.

Scope and Contents

The series is made up of documents that relate to Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s tenure as a New York Supreme Court Justice, which lasted from 1946 until his death in 1965, as well as his failed campaign for the New York Supreme Court in 1939. These include promotional materials, sympathy and congratulatory letters (in response to Nathan's failure in 1939, appointment by Thomas Dewey to fill a vacancy in 1946, official election to the court that November, and his re-election in 1960), information on his cases in the form of clippings, scrapbooks, and correspondence, and general correspondence, including the vast quantity of reference letters that Nathan wrote while in office. The series also contains photographs and other miscellaneous documents, including an interview transcript in which Nathan speaks at length about his genealogy as a descendant of Abraham de Lucena.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 16-18 Election Materials (3 folders)
1939-1960
Box: 2 Folder : 19-20 Congratulations on Nomination to NY Supreme Court (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes endorsement from The New York Post, notes from family (including sons at college, Emily and Solomon Solis Cohen), congratulatory note from Charles C. Burlingham, and some enclosed four-leaf clovers. Includes letters from some New York politcians, including Edward Corsi and contemporary Manhattan Borough President Stanley M. Issacs. Some notes are addressed to Nathan's wife, Mabel.

1939
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Sympathy Letters on Election Defeat

Scope and Contents

Like Folders 19-20, contains letters from New York politicians, including Stanley M. Isaacs. Contains many references to the political machine of Tammany Hall and political polarization.

1939
Box: 3 Folder : 1-6 Congratulations on Appointment to NY Supreme Court (6 folders)
1946
Box: 3 Folder : 7-12 Congratulations on Election to NY Supreme Court (6 folders)
1946-1947
Box: 3 Folder : 13-16 Supreme Court Cases and Correspondence (4 folders)

Scope and Contents

Folder 15 contains a letter from Governor Thomas E. Dewey and correspondence related to injuries Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. sustained in an automobile accident. Also contains rosters of certified psychologists and members of the National Republican Club. Folder 16 contains a clothing catalogue for robes.

1946-1964
Box: 3 Folder : 17-19 Reference Letters (3 folders)
1946-1963
Box: Oversize Large Oversize Supreme Court Campaign Poster

Scope and Contents

Endorses Edgar J. Nathan, Jr., Macdonald Dewitt, and Michael R. Matteo for Supreme Court.

Undated
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 Oversize Supreme Court Campaign Poster
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Misc. Print Matter

Scope and Contents

Contains book of court cases that Nathan presided over (corresponds to "Volume 4" of Supreme Court scrapbooks), address book of New York Supreme Court justices in 1958, a bound interview transcript of Nathan explaining his genealogy back to Abraham de Lucena, and Nathan's certificate of service as a retired Supreme Court justice.

1954-1964
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Photographs

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of Nathan being sworn in as New York Supreme Court Justice by New York Secretary of State Thomas J. Curran, photographs of Nathan with Governor Thomas E. Dewey, and photographs of New York Supreme Court events.

1946-1964
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Typescripts of Campaign Clippings (Folder 1 of 3)
1939
Box: 19 Folder : 19-20 Campaign Clippings (2 folders of 3)
1939
Box: 19 Folder : 2-4 Clippings (3 folders)
1946-1965
Box: 19 Folder : 6 Yiddish Newspaper Clippings
1939
Box: 15 Volume : 1-4 Clippings Scrapbook of Nathan Cases (4 volumes of 7)

Scope and Contents

Volume 1 contains some unrelated material, including some clippings about the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Constitutional Convention of 1938.

1938-1960
Box: 16 Volume : 1-3 Clippings Scrapbook of Nathan Cases (3 volumes of 7)
1956-1965

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Series IV. Jewish Leadership, 1896-1967. 1 Linear feet in one record carton

Arrangement

The series is arranged by subject matter, beginning with papers related to Shearith Israel and advancing to Jewish correspondence and print matter. General correspondence is followed by papers related to the 300th anniversary (tercentenary) of the arrival of Jews to America and founding of the Shearith Israel Congregation and the 50th anniversary (semi-centennial) of the founding of the Jewish Theological Seminary. The series concludes with photographs.

Scope and Contents

The series is comprised of correspondence, memorabilia, clippings, speeches, and print matter related to Edgar J. Nathan's Jewish life and leadership, including his activity in various Jewish organizations such as Shearith Israel, where he was president, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was on the Board of Directors. Many of the materials in the series are related to specific events which Nathan helped plan, including tercentenary celebrations (both for Shearith Israel and for a larger Jewish audience) and the semi-centennial celebration of JTS. The tercentenary files also include a signed note from Dwight D. Eisenhower. Other information on Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s Jewish life and leadership can be found throughout the collection, but especially in the speeches segment of Series II. Manhattan Borough Presidency (Box 2, Folders 5-12) and in Series VI and VII (Print Matter and Memorabilia).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Misc. Shearith Israel Papers

Scope and Contents

Contains clippings and programs from the Mill Street Synagogue's 200th anniversary celebrations, programs from 1896 dedication of the synagogue, speeches and reports from Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s presidency, and bulletins from 1925-1964.

1896-1967
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Misc. Jewish Correspondence and Print Matter (1 folder of 4)

Scope and Contents

Contains print matter from various Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Social Service Association.

1941-1961
Box: 4 Folder : 1-3 Misc. Jewish Correspondence and Print Matter (3 folders of 4)

Scope and Contents

Contains print matter from various Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Social Service Association. Folder 3 contains newspaper clippings about various Jewish events and topics, including articles/essays about and by Solomon Schechter, as well as a photocopy of an 1815 article on Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s ancestors on the Solis side opening a dry goods store.

1815-1966
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Tercentenary Speeches

Scope and Contents

Mainly tercentenary speeches and speech drafts, but also includes unrelated 1948 Jewish speech.

1948-1955
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Tercentenary Papers (Folder 1 of 7)

Scope and Contents

Contains invitation to dinner honoring Jacob Javits and a copy of a speech by then-president Dwight D. Eisenhower as well as tercentenary material. Also includes photographs from the event.

1954-1955
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Tercentenary Papers (Folder 2 of 7)

Scope and Contents

Letter to Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1954
Box: 4 Folder : 7-9 Tercentenary Papers (3 folders of 7)

Scope and Contents

Various correspondence and print matter from tercentenary, except a few seemingly random letters from 1948 in Folder 9.

1948-1956
Box: 4 Folder : 10-11 Tercentenary Papers (2 folders of 7)

Scope and Contents

Scrapbooks.

1953-1955
Box: 4 Folder : 12-17 Jewish Theological Seminary Papers (6 folders)

Scope and Contents

Mainly contains correspondence and print matter related to 1937 JTS semi-centennial celebration, in addition to print matter from the 1910s with "E.N.S." inscribed on the covers of some booklets.

1918-1961
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Photographs
1951-1964

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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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Series VI. Print Matter, 1881-1959. 2.3 Linear feet in five record cartons

Arrangement

The series is organized into two subseries:

Subseries V.A File Cabinet
Subseries V.B Loose Print Matter

Scope and Contents

The series primarily consists of essays, speeches, and booklets on Judaism, as well as a number of publications on contemporary political topics from a variety of time periods, including women's suffrage, prohibition, World War I, World War II, Theodore Roosevelt, and Zionism. Additionally, the series contains print matter related to Shearith Israel and Columbia University, and memorial booklets for various Jewish people.

Subseries VI.A File Cabinet , 1884-1926. .7 Linear feet in two record cartons

Arrangement

The materials in the subseries were originally in a small file cabinet, and the folder labels in the subseries correspond to those originally found on the file cabinet drawers. Within each folder, the materials are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The subseries contains print matter from 1884-1926, when Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. was still a young man. Though possible that the materials within the file cabinet were originally his, the date range and the repeated inscription of his father's name on the booklets suggests that perhaps the file cabinet originally belonged to Edgar J. Nathan, Sr. The materials within the series are Jewish and political in nature, mainly about Zionism, anti-Semitism, Russian pogroms, Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt's foreign policies, and Shearith Israel.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: - Folder : - Unlabeled
1901-1914
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Invitation to Memorial Services for Pogrom Victims
1905
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Program for Shearith Israel's 250th Anniversary Celebration
1905
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Notes Relating to the Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Settlement of Jews in the United States

Scope and Contents

Published by the Executive Committee.

1905
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Program for General Celebration of 250th Anniversary of Jewish Settlement in the United States

Scope and Contents

Contains enclosed 1909 clipping naming Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. to review bar applications.

1905
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Program for 150th Anniversary of Columbia University's Founding
1904
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Rosh Hashanah Sermon

Scope and Contents

Preached by Rabbi H. Pereira Mendes, minister of Shearith Israel.

1904
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Shavuot Sermon

Scope and Contents

Preached and inscribed ("with greetings") by Rabbi H. Pereira Mendes, minister of Shearith Israel.

1914
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Year Book of the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation Shearith Israel
1908
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Jews in America

Scope and Contents

Reprint from the Jewish Encyclopedia.

1901
Box: - Folder : - Speeches—Jewish
1884-1921
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Address Delivered at the Celebration of the Centennial Birthday of Sir Moses Montefiore, Bart.

Scope and Contents

Delivered by D. Solis Cohen, at Portland's New Market Theatre.

1884
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Abuse By Russia of the American Passport

Scope and Contents

Speech to House of Representatives by Hon. Francis Burton Harrison.

1904
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Jewish Criminality in New York

Scope and Contents

Reprint of The Independent article written by Francis J. Oppenheimer in response to anti-Semitic comments made by NYC Police Commissioner Theodore Bingham.

1908
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Russia and the American Passport

Scope and Contents

Address given by attorney Louis Marshall to Union of American Hebrew Congregations with included resolution of council.

1911
Box: 10 Folder : 2 The Jewish Theological Seminary: Past and Future

Scope and Contents

Address delivered by Solomon Solis Cohen, at JTS's 25th annual commencement.

1918
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Memorials Submitted to President Wilson Concerning the Status of the Jews...

Scope and Contents

Appeal by Representatives of the American Jewish Congress, inscribed by Edgar J. Nathan, Sr.

1919
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Little Studies in Judaism I: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
1920
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Russian Persecution and American Jews in Russia

Scope and Contents

Speech given to House of Representatives by Hon. Henry Goldfogle.

1902
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Russia's Abuse of American Passports

Scope and Contents

Speech to House of Representatives by Hon. Henry M. Goldfogle.

1904
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Francis Burton Harrison Campaign Pamphlet

Scope and Contents

Markets Harrison for Lieutenant-Governor as "a friend of the Jewish people."

1904
Box: 10 Folder : 3 A Reply to Justice Brewer's Lectures

Scope and Contents

A refutation of Justice David J. Brewer's postulate that the U.S. is a Christian nation, by Isaac Hassler.

1908
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Palestine and the Diaspora

Scope and Contents

Written by D. de Sola Pool, a prominent Shearith Israel rabbi.

1913
Box: 10 Folder : 3 The "Protocols" Bolshevism and the Jews

Scope and Contents

An address for a Jewish audience by American Jewish Organizations.

1920
Box: 10 Folder : 3 The Tyranny of Intolerance

Scope and Contents

Booklet written by C.A. Windle, in anser to Henry Ford's Case Against the Jews.

1921
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Shearith Israel Constitution and By-Laws
Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Clippings

Scope and Contents

Poem about Russian anti-Semitism by Edwin Markham from The Jewish Comment and article from  The New York Evening Journal about William Waldorf Astor's anti-Semitism.

1904
Box: - Folder : - Reports—General
1903-1904
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Clippings
1904
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Speech by Hon. George F. Hoar

Scope and Contents

Speech to U.S. Senate in support of Filipino independence in aftermath of Philippine-American War.

1902
Box: 10 Folder : 5 The Republican Party

Scope and Contents

Book with two pro-Republican speeches, one by John Hay and one by Elihu Root.

1904
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Mr. Roosevelt and the Presidency

Scope and Contents

Claims to be written by "A. Spectator," actually by Frederick W. Whitridge under a pseudonym.

1904
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Roosevelt or Parker

Scope and Contents

By Frederick W. Whitridge.

1904
Box: 10 Folder : 6 John Hay on Theodore Roosevelt

Scope and Contents

Extract of pro-Republican address by John Hay.

1904
Box: 10 Folder : 6 An Open Letter to the Parker Constitution Club

Scope and Contents

Written by Nathan Bijur in defense of President Theodore Roosevelt.

1904
Box: 10 Folder : 6 The Panama Canal

Scope and Contents

Pro-Roosevelt speech delivered by Hon. Chauncey H. Depew to the U.S. Senate. Inscribed (likely by Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. due to the handwriting).

1904
Box: 10 Folder : 6 The New York Law Institute: Report of the Librarian

Scope and Contents

Inscribed by Edgar J. Nathan, Sr. ("from M.H.C.").

1903
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Minutes from Hearing Before the Committee on Woman Suffrage
1904
Box: 10 Folder : 6 The Trusts

Scope and Contents

Speech to House of Representatives by Hon. William Harris Douglas.

1903
Box: 10 Folder : 6 The United Typothetae of America (Typographical Union) Circular
1904
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Municipal Art Society of NY: Report of the Committee on Civic Centers
1904
Box: - Folder : - Speeches—General
1895-1926
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Annual Reports of The American Jewish Committee

Scope and Contents

Two reports (the fifteenth and nineteenth annual).

1922, 1926
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Addresses Delivered at Harvard Semitic Museum Opening
1903
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Solomon Schechter's Jewish Theological Seminary Inaugural Address
1903
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Views on the Synod

Scope and Contents

Compiled by Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Inscribed with Edgar J. Nathan, Sr.'s initials and contains enclosed 1905 clipping.

1905
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Ownership, by Edgar J. Nathan, Sr.

Scope and Contents

Address delivered at 106th meeting of The Insurance Society of New York.

1915
Box: 10 Folder : 9 "The Position of Judaism"

Scope and Contents

Journal article from The North American, written by I. Zangwill.

1895
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Souvenir Program from Decennial Celebration of Witwatersrand Old Hebrew Congregation

Scope and Contents

Congregation in Johannesburg.

1898
Box: 10 Folder : 9 The Jew as a Patriot

Scope and Contents

Speech delivered by Joseph Herman Hertz, rabbi of the Witwatersrand Old Hebrew Congregation in Johannesburg, in honor of the decennial celebration of said congregation.

1898
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Issue of The Maccabaean Memorializing Theodore Herzl

Scope and Contents

Has unidentified inscription.

1904
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Leopold Zunz—A Lecture

Scope and Contents

Delivered at the Jewish Theological Seminary by Louis Marshall.

1905
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Letter to Edgar J. Nathan, Sr. from Henry W. Scott
1908
Box: - Folder : - Miscellaneous
1894-1901
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 10 "Louis Kossuth: A Character Sketch," excerpted from Review of Reviews
1894
Box: 10 Folder : 10 The Two Great Commandments in Economics

Scope and Contents

By James E. Mills.

1898
Box: 10 Folder : 10 The Theory of Sociology

Scope and Contents

Written by Franklin H. Giddings, with inscription by Solomon Solis Cohen.

1894
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Speech by George F. Hoar to Senate on the Philippines
1900
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Booklet of Speeches from Mass Meeting to Maintain the Independence of the Judiciary
1898
Box: 10 Folder : 10 The Ethical Record Journal, Vol. 2
1901
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Excerpts from The North American Review

Scope and Contents

Includes article by Goldwin Smith, "Christianity's Millstone," with Maud Nathan's published response, "A Woman's View of Christianity's Millstone."

1896
Box: - Folder : - Miscellaneous
1898-1922
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Clippings

Scope and Contents

Includes an article on standard New York fire insurance policy written by Edgar J. Nathan, Sr. and a copy of Pike's Peak Daily News with the names of people who summitted the peak on September 7, 1908, including Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. and his father.

1908-1922
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Memo for a Judiciary Committee

Scope and Contents

Committee to renominate and reelect Justices Clarke and Greenbaum; Edgar J. Nathan, Sr. was a member of the general committee.

1915
Box: 10 Folder : 12 The Jews of Newport (Rhode Island)

Scope and Contents

Address delivered by Leon Hühner to the Old Jewish Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. Inscribed by the author.

1908
Box: 10 Folder : 12 The Problem of Jewish Charity in New York

Scope and Contents

Address delivered by Morris D. Waldman, under the auspices of the Jewish Community (Kehillah) of New York City.

1911
Box: 10 Folder : 12 A Grain of Wheat

Scope and Contents

By A. Chodat, reprinted from The Popular Sciene Monthly.

1913
Box: 10 Folder : 12 The Trial of the Kaiser

Scope and Contents

By Edward Menkin, signed by the author.

1918
Box: 10 Folder : 12 War Memorials—Bulletin of the Municipal Art Society of New York City

Scope and Contents

Unidentified inscription ("keep for E.J.N."). Contains pictures of war memorials across the United States, mainly in NYC.

1919
Box: 10 Folder : 12 Two Manifestos on Ireland

Scope and Contents

Includes Manifesto of Leaders of the Intellectual Life of Great Britain on Ireland and  Report of the British Labor Commission to Ireland. Inscribed with date and initials by Edgar J. Nathan, Sr.

1921
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Two Chapters from Evolution and Effort

Scope and Contents

Contains chapters "Municipal Misgovernment" and "Summary and Conclusion" by Edmond Kelly.

1898
Box: 10 Folder : 13 List of Passengers on Special Train for American Bar Association's 31st Annual Meeting

Scope and Contents

Inscribed with initials and his traincar information by Edgar J. Nathan, Sr.

1908
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Feature from The Bankers Magazine on The American Exchange National Bank
1915
Box: 10 Folder : 13 A Declaration of Interdependence

Scope and Contents

Book of resolutions and addresses in Westminster on the interdependence of England and the United States. Commemorates the first time July 4 was celebrated in England.

1918
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Memorial of Joseph Hodges Choate

Scope and Contents

Written by William Archer Purrington and read before the New York County Lawyers' Association.

1918
Box: 10 Folder : 13 The Federal Prohibition Amendment

Scope and Contents

Anti-prohibition amendment essay written by Otto Erickson and originally printed in Law Notes.

1918
Box: 10 Folder : 13 The World Wide Message of President Woodrow Wilson

Scope and Contents

Contains the address delivered by President Wilson in opening the Liberty Loan Campaign, with editorial comments by leading newspapers.

1918

Subseries VI.B Loose Print Matter, 1881-1959. 1.6 Linear feet in four record cartons

Arrangement

The materials in the subseries were originally interspersed randomly throughout the collection. They were gathered together into a series by the processing archivist and are now arranged in rough chronological order, with some interruption in the arrangement due to topical similarities or original order. The items are catalogued individually and divided into folders for convenience, rather than with intellectual intent.

Scope and Contents

The subseries contains a wide variety of miscellaneous print matter, from a booklet on rent control and copies of Senate bills to records of Cardozo & Nathan cases and a book of poems written by Frances Nathan. The majority of the materials in the subseries are related to Judaism, especially Shearith Israel, though there are also many copies of memorials for friends of the family, as well as a fairly large quantity of print matter that directly references members of the Nathan family.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 14 Brief and Abstract of Testimony for Supreme Court Case: William A. Stephens, Herman Blennerhassett, and Charter Oak Life Insurance Co. vs. Hoyt Sherman, assignee in bankruptcy of B.F. Allen, and B.F. Allen.

Scope and Contents

Holds printed brief and abstract, with an enclosed newspaper article about case. Inscribed with Edgar J. Nathan, Sr.'s signature.

1881-1882
Box: 10 Folder : 15 Two Billings & Cardozo Cases

Scope and Contents

Inscribed with Edgar J. Nathan, Sr.'s name, in stamp and script form. One report is also inscribed with, "With compliments from M.H.C." (Michael H. Cardozo).

1890-1892
Box: 10 Folder : 16 Cardozo & Nathan Case: Albert J. Wheeler v. Aetna Insurance Co.

Scope and Contents

Inscribed (likely by Edgar J. Nathan, Sr) to member of counsel for defendant.

circa 1905?
Box: 10 Folder : 17 Verses by Frances Nathan

Scope and Contents

Inscribed with "ESN". Contains enclosed handwritten poems, perhaps in Frances's hand or perhaps simply copied.

1928-1932
Box: 10 Folder : 18 Rand, McNally & Co's A Week at the Fair

Scope and Contents

Book on the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, inscribed with Clarence Seixas Nathan's signature. A fold-out map of the fair, originally secured in the book, has fragmented and is loose in the folder.

1892
Box: 10 Folder : 19 "Jews in America" (Re-print from the Jewish Encyclopedia)
1901
Box: 10 Folder : 19 Views on the Synod

Scope and Contents

Compiled by Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

1905
Box: 10 Folder : 19 Jewish Ideals and the War

Scope and Contents

An address delivered by Lucien Wolf, Vice-President of the Jewish Historical Society of England.

1914
Box: 10 Folder : 19 Educational Reforms in Europe in Their Relation to Jewish Emancipation

Scope and Contents

Article by Max J. Kohler, originally printed in The Jewish Forum. Inscribed with Elvira Nathan Solis's initials.

1919
Box: 10 Folder : 19 The United States and German Jewish Persecutions

Scope and Contents

Article written by Max J. Kohler, originally published in "Bulletin of the Jewish Academy of Arts and Sciences," and inscribed by author with brief note to Elvira Nathan Solis.

1933
Box: 10 Folder : 19 Program for Service in Max J. Kohler's Memory
1934
Box: 10 Folder : 20 3 Booklets on the 250th Anniversary of Jewish Settlement in America
1905
Box: 10 Folder : 20 Service Program for Consecration of Shearith Israel's Mill Street Synagogue
1897
Box: 10 Folder : 20 The American Hebrew Feature Issue on Mill Street Consecration
1897
Box: 12 Folder : 9 A Message to Garcia

Scope and Contents

A little booklet about obedience by Elbert Hubbard.

1916
Box: 12 Folder : 9 The Unchanging Law: Shearith Israel's Heritage and Hope

Scope and Contents

Sabbath sermon by D. de Sola Pool.

1916
Box: 12 Folder : 9 Pocket Guidebook to Military Insignia

Scope and Contents

Inscribed with Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s initials.

1917
Box: 12 Folder : 9 Program for Dinner Honoring René Viviani

Scope and Contents

In French and English.

1917
Box: 12 Folder : 9 Two Copies of The American Hebrew

Scope and Contents

Have inscriptions detailing the location of articles about Shearith Israel within the journals.

1917
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Booklet on Foreign Exchange
circa 1918?
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Edgar J. Nathan, Sr. Case: Nathan v. Hendricks

Scope and Contents

Concerning the will of Charlotte Gomez.

1894
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Cardozo & Nathan Case: Prescott v. Ball
circa 1918?
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Ephraim Williams—A Soldier

Scope and Contents

Two copies of journal published by the Williams Club, featuring men in military service.

1918-1919
Box: 12 Folder : 10 New York County Lawyers' Association Committee on Discipline Case
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Summary of the Organization and Operations of the American Expeditionary Force

Scope and Contents

As submitted to the Secretary of War by John J. Pershing. Includes list of wars/expeditions the U.S. has engaged in since its founding.

1918
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Columbia Law Review Vol. XVIII
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 11 New York State Senate Act on Partnerships
1919
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Two Volumes of Williams Alumni Review
1919
Box: 12 Folder : 11 The West End Bulletin No. 13
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York City Pamphlets
1919
Box: 12 Folder : 11 List of Invites to Economic Club of New York Meeting
1919
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Book of Addresses at Reception for Cardinal Mercier
1919
Box: 12 Folder : 11 List of Members of Congress and Congressional Committees
1919
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Petition to Review Order of Federal Trade Comission
1919
Box: 12 Folder : 12 The Traditional Code of Jewish Education

Scope and Contents

Written by D. de Sola Pool and originally published in Jewish Education journal.

1924
Box: 12 Folder : 12 Three Memorial Booklets for Clarence Seixas Nathan
1924
Box: 12 Folder : 13 The Judeans—Constitution and List of Members
1931
Box: 12 Folder : 13 Three Memorial Speeches

Scope and Contents

Two speeches by Rev. David de Sola Pool (one for Israel Unterberg, one for his wife Bella Unterberg) and one by Mordechai Kaplan, also for Israel Unterberg.

1934-1935
Box: 12 Folder : 13 Report of the Committee on the Judiciary to the Bar
1939
Box: 12 Folder : 13 Permanent Roll of Delegates to Republican National Convention
1940
Box: 12 Folder : 13 Memorial Booklet for Sol M. Stroock

Scope and Contents

Written by Joseph M. Proskauer and published by the Jewish Theological Seminary.

1941
Box: 12 Folder : 13 Albert Edward Henschel and His Connection with the Creation of the Greater New York

Scope and Contents

By Leon Huhner and inscribed by the author, originally printed by the American Jewish Historical Society.

1948
Box: 12 Folder : 14 Robert Moses on The Spreading City and New York City's Public Improvement Outlook
1954
Box: 12 Folder : 14 The Little Book on Rent Control
1956
Box: 12 Folder : 14 Insanity, Suicide and Accident Insurance

Scope and Contents

By George I. Swetlow, inscribed by the author.

1956
Box: 12 Folder : 14 Henry Solomon Hendricks Memorial Booklets

Scope and Contents

Includes Shearith Israel bulletin and American Jewish Historical Society pamphlet written by David de Sola Pool.

1959
Box: 12 Folder : 14 Gene Ryan's Songs "U" All Know Booklet
Undated
Box: 12 Folder : 14 Pre-Publication Booklet on Georges Lukomski's Old European Synagogues
Undated
Box: 12 Folder : 15 Fifty Years of Social Service: The History of the Jewish Social Service Association

Scope and Contents

Published when Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. was First Vice-President.

1926
Box: 12 Volume : 1 The Dutch and Quaker Colonies in America, Vol. 1

Scope and Contents

By John Fiske.

1903
Box: 14 Volume : 1 The Dutch and Quaker Colonies in America, Vol. 2

Scope and Contents

By John Fiske.

1903
Box: 14 Volume : 2 Louis Marshall: Champion of Liberty, Vol. 1 and 2

Scope and Contents

Selected papers and addresses, edited by Charles Reznikoff. Books packaged together in a slipcase.

1957
Box: 19 Folder : 7-9 Clippings (3 folders of 6)

Scope and Contents

Folder 8 contains clippings on Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo and Dr. Solomon Solis-Cohen. Folder 9 contains clippings on President Eisenhower's election to the U.S. presidency.

1929-1956
Box: 19 Folder : 15-17 Clippings (3 folders of 6)

Scope and Contents

Folders 6 and 7 contain WWI clippings.

1918-1958
Box: 19 Folder : 21-22 Jewish Publications on Relatives (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Copies of The Jewish Exponent,  The Jewish Tribune, and  American Hebrew that contain articles on Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo, Solomon Solis-Cohen, and Jacob Da Silva Solis Cohen.

1927-1932

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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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