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Guide to the W. Stebbins Smith Papers
1799, 1840s-1935
 MS 575

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 19, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Smith, W. Stebbins (William Stebbins), approximately 1846-1937
Creator: Smith, Chauncey, 1810-1883
Title: W. Stebbins Smith papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1799, 1840s-1935
Abstract: The collection includes the papers of Bronx, New York-based lawyer, W. Stebbins Smith, who practiced from the 1870s to the early 1930s. To a much lesser extent, the collection also includes the papers of Smith's father, Chauncey Smith, who was also a lawyer practicing from perhaps the 1840s to the 1880s. Smith's practice primarily encompassed real estate and general estate matters in the Bronx and Westchester County, and the collection reflects that. In addition to the many individuals represented by Smith, the collection includes records related to the real estate transactions of various Methodist Episcopal churches which engaged Smith. As a member of the Bronx community himself, Smith's papers also include a sizable amount of correspondence and other documents related to local politics, trade, transit, and charitable causes. The legal papers have not been processed and access restrictions apply to them.
Quantity: 50 Linear feet in 49 record cartons and 1 flat box.
Location: Most of the materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 575