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Guide to the Henry O'Reilly Papers
1832-1873 (Bulk 1844-1860)
  MS 464

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Rohinie J. Munzel

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 02, 2011
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The Papers of Henry O'Reilly, 1832-1873 consist of 21 linear feet of material. The bulk of the papers date from 1844 to 1860 and include the following forms: business and personal correspondence, minutes, proceedings, organizational records, financial records, legal records, notes, reports, scrapbooks and printed matter.

The O'Reilly Papers document the diverse activities of Henry O'Reilly in Rochester, NY; the Genesee District; and New York State. Specific topics addressed include: the establishment of telegraph lines; the development, improvement and operations of the transportation industry, particularly canals, steamships and railroads; local and state politics; civic and cultural organizations; journalism; typography; American Indians; agriculture; government reform; the postal service; public schools; land purchases in Western Virginia; and the military career of O'Reilly's son.


Correspondence within series are usually arranged alphabetically for letters received, chronologically for letters sent. Unidentified letters received and correspondence between others arranged chronologically.

The documents have been arranged in twenty-three series. Many of the series have been arranged in subseries.

  1. Series I: General Correspondence, 1837-1872
  2. Series II: Telegraph Enterprise, 1844-1861
  3. Series III: Demoine Navigation and Railroad Company, 1849-1858
  4. Series IV: Erie Canal Enlargement, 1836-1841
  5. Series V: Clinton League, 1859
  6. Series VI: New York State Agricultural Society, 1841-1856
  7. Series VII: Politics, 1836-1857
  8. Series VII: Post Office, Rochester, 1838-1844
  9. Series IX: Common Schools, Rochester, 1838-1840
  10. Series X: Rochester Athenaeum and Young Men's Association, 1838-1840
  11. Series XI: Western Virgina Lands, 1838-1856
  12. Series XII: Albany Irish Repeal Association, 1843
  13. Series XIII: American Indians, 1838-1860
  14. Series XIV: Deputy Collector and Inspector of District of Genesee, 1832-1842
  15. Series XV: Irish and American Steamship Company, 1851
  16. Series XVI: New York Typographical Society, 1849
  17. Series XVII: Rochester Daily Advertiser, Undated
  18. Series XVIII: Sketches of Rochester, Undated
  19. Series XIX: Legal Documents, 1832, 1840-1851, 1857
  20. Series XX: Financial Documents, 1834-1859
  21. Series XXI: Notes and Fragments, 1840-1859
  22. Series XXII: Personal and Family Papers, 1832-1862
  23. Series XXIII: Printed Material, 1830-1869