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Guide to the Charles M. Lefferts Military Uniforms Print Collection
1873-1926 (bulk 1900-1926)
 PR 99

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Emily Wolff; Larry Weimer (2021)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 02, 2023
The finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series V. Additional Documents, 1781, 1848-1926

Scope and Contents

This series includes documents found on the shelf in December 2021 that had not previously been recorded as part of the Lefferts collection. These were added to the finding aid at that time. The documents include Lefferts's research notes, some correspondence, sketches and other images of military uniforms, and books and other print matter. Generally, the books are either illustrated, with images of military garb, or military instructional texts.


The series is arranged by format. Each book was given a unique identifier (e.g., SN-1, SN-2) by the processing archivist. These are intended only to facilitate reference and are not indicative of any overall numbering scheme found in the collection itself.

Processing Information

The documents were added to the finding aid by archivist Larry Weimer in December 2021. The research notes are unprocessed with no clear arrangement beyond a rough categorization.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 1 Correspondence, etc.

Scope and Contents

This folder holds the content of a packet of various documents. Among them are Lefferts's application for membership in the Society of the Sons of the Revolution, with various related genealogical notes; an 1873 letter to Lefferts's mother from Ellen Mackubin acknowledging his birth and the fact that he was named after her husband; honorable discharge papers from the New York National Guard; letter of introduction from N-YHS President Samuel Verplanck Hoffman; and calling cards, notes, and other documents.

Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 2-8 Correspondence (7 folders)

Scope and Contents

The most substantive material in these folders concern arrangements for the "Historical Pageant of 1912" held at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. There is also a small set of documents related to the George Washington Memorial Association's Yorktown Day Peace Demonstration (1911) and the Brooklyn Historical Pageant (1914). In addition, there are miscellaneous invoices, letters regarding inquiries on research and other matters, some personal matters, etc.

Offsite-Box: 7A Research notes on U.S. Army, Hessians, French Army, etc.

Scope and Contents

Unprocessed notes and notebooks, typescripts, drawings and other images, etc.

Offsite-Box: 7B Research notes on British Army

Scope and Contents

Unprocessed notes and notebooks, typescripts, photographs, drawings and other images, etc.

Offsite-Box: 8 Case : 1 Images: U.S. Army uniforms
Offsite-Box: 8 Case : 2 Images: British Army uniforms
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 9 New-York Historical Society advertising placards for sales of "Uniforms Worn in the War of the American Revolution, 1775-1783"
circa 1926
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 10 Booklet: "Regulations for the order and discipline of the troops of the United States. Part I"

Scope and Contents

Printed by T and J. Fleet, Massachusetts. Bound.

Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 11 Small pamphlets and booklets

Scope and Contents

Holds: 1895 reprint of Henry Armitt Bown's 1878 oration at Valley Forge; "An illustrated souvenir of Old London" (1908); "Manual of interior guard duty, U.S. Army" (1914); "Questions on manual of military training" (1917); "Parish method of rifle instruction" (1919); "I. Our debt to France; II. What Lafayette did for America" (1921); "Cadence system of close order drill" (1919); "Military abbreviations" (undated); "Army of the First Empire" (undated checklist/guide for the exhibition at the Picture Galleries of the Wanamaker Store); brochure for Colt automatic pistol, caliber .45, government model (undated); checklist/catalogue of portraits of signers of the Declaration of Independence and others in Independence Hall (undated).

Offsite-Box: 6 Item : SN-1 Book: "Manual of military training"

Scope and Contents

With maps in back pocket and appendix on military map reading.

Offsite-Box: 6 Item : SN-2 Book: "Army paperwork"
Offsite-Box: 6 Item : SN-3 Book: "Officers' manual"
Offsite-Box: 6 Item : SN-4 Book: "Army and Navy uniforms and insignia"
Offsite-Box: 6 Item : SN-5 Book: "American orders & societies and their decorations"
Offsite-Box: 6 Item : SN-6 Book: "Historic dress in America"
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 12 German language books (4)
1848, undated
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 13 Books: "Napoleon" (In French) and "Joan of Arc"
1912, 1913
Offsite-Box: 9 Item : SN-7 Book: "Francois I" (in French)
Offsite-Box: 9 Item : SN-8 Book: "Richelieu" (in French)
Offsite-Box: 9 Item : SN-9 Book: "La Tour d'Auvergne" (in French)
Offsite-Box: 9 Item : SN-10 Book: "l'Histoire d'Alsace par l'oncle Hansi" (in French)
Offsite-Box: 9 Item : SN-11 Book: "Henri IV" (in French)
Offsite-Box: 10 Item : SN-12, 13 Illustrated histories of the Scottish regiments, books 1 and 2
Offsite-Box: 10 Item : SN-14 Book: "Die Konigin Luise" (In German)
Offsite-Box: 10 Item : SN-15 Book: "Der Alte Fritz" (in German)

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