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Guide to the Robinson Family Papers
1822-1966 (Bulk 1860-1940)
  MS 520, MS 2309

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Robinson Family
Title: Robinson Family Papers
Dates: 1822-1966 (Bulk 1860-1940)
Abstract: The Robinson Family Papers document the immediate family of Dr. Beverley Robinson, his wife Anna Foster Robinson, their children Beverley R., Herman, Pauline, and Anna Robinson, and some extended family members. The collection includes correspondence, scrapbooks, dairies, photographs, and volumes related to the relations and travels of the Robinson family.
Quantity: 7.0 Linear feet (17 boxes and 4 volumes)
Location note: Manuscript cage
Call Phrase: MS 520, MS 2309

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Historical Note

1844 Beverley Robinson born in Philadelphia to Moncure Robinson and Charlotte Randall Taylor Robinson.
1845 Anna E. Foster born in New York City to Herman Ten Eyck Foster and Mary Pauline Lentilhon Foster.
1862 Beverley Robinson graduates from the University of Pennsylvania.
1863 Beverley Robinson enlists as a private in the State Militia and fights in the Gettsburg campaign. After his campaign is over, he moves to Paris.
1864 Beverley Robinson begins his study of medicine in Paris. He is later the first American to receive a French medical degree.
1872 Anna E. Foster helps establish the Monday Sewing Class, a group of women who sew clothes for charity. She becomes the group's first President.
1875 Dr. Beverley Robinson and Anna E. Foster are married.
1876 Beverley R. Robinson is born.
1878 Herman Foster Robinson is born.
1882 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson is born.
[18??] Anna Foster Robinson is born.
1898 Beverley R. and Herman Robinson graduate from Harvard University.
[1900] Herman Robinson receives his law degree and passes the bar. It is unclear where he studied law.
1901 Beverley R. Robinson receives his law degree from Columbia Law School.
June 1903 Herman Robinson dies of suicide at the age of 25 of a gun shot wound in the head. The body is found after his brother, Beverley R., receives a letter from Herman instructing him where to find it. His death is reported in The New York Times and on the front page of  The New York Tribune and  The Sun.
November 1903 Beverley R. Robinson is elected Alderman of the New York City 27th District on the Citizen's Union and Republican Party ticket.
1904-1906 Beverley R. Robinson serves on the Board of Alderman.
1907-1909 Beverley R. Robinson represents the New York City 27th District as Republican Assemblyman.
[1910-1921] Beverley R. Robinson marries Gladys Endicott. Anna F. Robinson marries Arthur W. Butler. Pauline Robinson never marries.
1921 Anna E. Foster Robinson dies.
[1922] Pauline Robinson becomes President of the Monday Sewing Class.
1924 Dr. Beverley Robinson dies.

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Scope and Content Note

The Robinson Family Papers mainly document the immediate family of Dr. Beverley Robinson, his wife Anna Foster Robinson, and their children Beverley R., Herman, Pauline, and Anna Robinson. Although members of the extended family are represented, most of the correspondence, scrapbooks, dairies, photographs, and volumes in the collection relate to the work and travels of this immediate family. The collection is organized by family member, related family members, and charities. Unidentified items are grouped according to type of material. Some of the letters are in French.

The family member who is most represented in the collection is Pauline Robinson. The letters received by Pauline Robinson, daughter of Dr. Beverley Robinson and Anna Foster Robinson, as well as her scrapbooks and memorabilia, constitute a large amount of the collection. Her scrapbooks include documentation from society and charity functions such as invitations, pictures, programs, and lists of guests. Most of the other family members are represented in the collection only through their correspondence and memorabilia.

Other notable items include the elder Beverley Robinson's letters home while he was studying medicine in France and letters from Herman and Beverley R. to their mother Anna describing time spent with Teddy Roosevelt when President McKinley was assassinated. The collection also contains scrapbooks of letters to Beverley R. and the Robinson family expressing sympathy over the suicide of Herman. Almost all of the information on the suicide of Herman is located within these scrapbooks.

The collection supports research on upper class society, particularly women, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Pauline Robinson's scrapbooks document the social life of a young debutante and the society parties, trips, and amusements she attended. The collection also has a significant amount of material on upper class women's charity work. The correspondence and scrapbooks explain the social problems addressed by the various forms of community work and the expectations of the programs. Some of the materials also document the attitudes of the women involved in the charities towards the immigrant or lower class beneficiaries of the charities, and the women's troubles dealing with bureaucratic city agencies. Since most of the letters are among immediate and extended family members, the collection also documents general family relationships. This is best shown in the letters to the family after the death of Herman.

The collection contains little material on Dr. Beverley Robinson's life as a doctor and Beverley R Robinson's work as an attorney. There is also no information on the elder Beverley Robinson's time on the Gettysburg campaign. Women, if married, are included under their last married surname.

Arrangement

The collection is organized by family member, family, or type of material.

The Robinson Family Papers have been organized into the following series:

  1. Series I: Pauline Lentilhon Robinson (1885-1959)
  2. Series II: Anna Foster Robinson (1852-1921)
  3. Series III: Dr. Beverley Robinson (1862-1922)
  4. Series IV: Beverley R. Robinson (1880-1926)
  5. Series V: Herman Foster Robinson (1893-1903)
  6. Series VI: Anna Robinson Butler (1896-1920)
  7. Series VII: Extended Robinson Family Members (1881-1949)
  8. Series VIII: Robinson Family Documents (1901-1921)
  9. Series IX: Foster Family (1843-1908)
  10. Series X: Lentilhon Family (1824-1897)
  11. Series XI: Smith Family (1822-1903)
  12. Series XII: Ten Eyck Family (1854)
  13. Series XIII: Family Genealogies (1875-1896)
  14. Series XIV: Charities (1872-1952)
  15. Series XV: Visual Materials [1864-1966]
  16. Series XVI: Printed Material (1868-1941)
  17. Series XVII: Unidentified Writings (1863-1949)
  18. Series XVIII: Clippings (1870-1956)

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Robinson, Anna Foster, 1845-1924
  • Robinson, Beverley Randolph, 1876-1951
  • Robinson, Beverley, 1844-1924
  • Robinson, Herman Foster, d. 1903
  • Robinson, Pauline (Pauline L.)
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
  • Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937

Document Type

  • Circulars
  • Clippings
  • Condolence notes
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Invitations
  • Menus
  • Photographic prints
  • Programs
  • Scrapbooks

Subject Organizations

  • Monday Sewing Class (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.). Board of Aldermen
  • Parks and Playgrounds Association of the City of New York

Subject Topics

  • Charities--New York (State)--New York
  • Local elections--New York (State)--New York
  • Recreation centers--New York (State)--New York
  • School facilities--Extended use--New York (State)--New York
  • Sewing--Societies, etc.
  • Suicide
  • Upper class women--New York (State)--New York
  • Upper class--New York (State)--New York
  • Women in charitable work--New York (State)--New York
  • World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, French

Subject Places

  • Europe--Description and travel
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)--Social life and customs--20th century

Family Name(s)

  • Foster family
  • Lentilhon family
  • Robinson family
  • Smith family

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Donation by Estate of Pauline L. Robinson, 1968.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.) Researchers on site may print out unlimited copies from microfilm reader-printer machines at per-exposure rates. See guidelines in Reading Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

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

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Robinson Family Papers, MS 520 and MS 2309, the New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

Two school notebooks for Anna Robinson Butler, one entitled "Geography" and another one entitled "Current Events, 1905" can be found under Misc. Mss. Robinson, Anna.

Separated Material

There are four bound volumes in this collection that are kept separately from the papers. If an item is listed as a volume, please request it under BV Robinson Papers.

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Container List

Series I: Pauline Lentilhon Robinson (1885-1959)

Scope and Contents note

This series includes the letters, scrapbooks, and memorabilia of Pauline Robinson, the unmarried middle daughter of Dr. Beverley Robinson and Anna Foster Robinson. The bulk of the series consists of Pauline Robinson's numerous scrapbooks which include clippings, letters and memorabilia regarding social events and charity work. The scrapbooks are in chronological order and two of them have been disbound and foldered for conservation purposes.

The scrapbooks entitled "Year Books" specifically detail New York City social events. They consist of invitations and programs from dinners, concerts, plays, parties, dances, and weddings, and include newspaper clippings of the events and lists of those who attended. Pauline Robinson's volume "House Party Book," includes the photographs and names of companions who accompanied her on many East Coast trips. Although Pauline Robinson's own debut party is not covered in the scrapbooks, other social affairs such as Alice Roosevelt's debutante party and the Astors' Ball are documented.

Also of interest in this series is a volume entitled a "Chap Record" in which Pauline has listed many of the numerous "chaps" who she is acquainted with, and has rated them according to various categories.

Much of Pauline Robinson's correspondence is from family members describing recent trips or from others recognizing her for her charity work. Of particular interest is a 1915 letter from a Mildred Wallace describing her reaction to the sinking of the Lusitania and her personal reaction to seeing Jane Addams at a lecture on the "Woman Question." The writings in this series are mainly short essays or articles which Pauline Robinson attempted to have published. Other specific information on the charity work of Pauline Robinson can be found in Series 14: Charities.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Scrapbook, Clippings from New York Post, "A Collection Illustrating American Ideals and Characteristics"
1897-1898
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Composition Book
1890-1891
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Scrapbook, "Debutante Year Book"
1900 Jan. 1
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Scrapbook, "Second Year Book, No. I"
1900
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Scrapbook, "Second Year Book, No. II"
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Scrapbook, "Third Year Book, No. I"
1901-1902
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Scrapbook, "Third Year Book, No. II"
1902
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Scrapbook, "Year Book"
1905-1906
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Scrapbook, "Year Book"
1906
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Cover of Disbound Scrapbook
1902-1905
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Disbound Scrapbook of Clippings, Letters, and Memorabilia, Part 1
1902-1905
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Disbound Scrapbook of Clippings, Letters, and Memorabilia, Part 2
1902-1905
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Disbound Scrapbook of Clippings, Letters, and Memorabilia, Part 3
1902-1905
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Disbound Scrapbook of Clippings, Letters, and Memorabilia, Part 4
1902-1905
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Scrapbook of Social Activities
1907-1908
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Cover of Scrapbook
1905-1915
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Disbound Scrapbook of Clippings, Letters, and Memorabilia, Part 1
1905-1915
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Disbound Scrapbook of Clippings, Letters, and Memorabilia, Part 2
1905-1915
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Disbound Scrapbook of Clippings, Letters, and Memorabilia, Part 3
1905-1915
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Disbound Scrapbook of Clippings, Letters, and Memorabilia, Part 4
1905-1915
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Disbound Scrapbook of Clippings, Letters, and Memorabilia, Part 5
1905-1915
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Scrapbook, "Jerusalem and the Holy City"
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson, letters received
1885-1899
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson, letters received
1900-1909
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson, letters received
1910-1919
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson, letters received
1920-1929
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson, letters received
1930-1939
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson, letters received
1940-1949
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson, letters received
1950-1959
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson, letters received
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson, Postcards sent to Miss Angelica Livingston from Italy, France, and Spain
1952, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson, letters sent
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson, Writings and Speeches
1895, 1917, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson Writings on Edith Wharton novel, The House of Mirth
1905
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Gospel and Sermon Books
1921-1922
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Pauline Lentilhon Robinson, Memorabilia
1885-1941
Box: 6 Folder : 4 "A Short Catechism for Young Children"
undated
Box: 16 Chap Record
1899
Box: 16 Recollections of Visits
1902
Box: 16 Pauline Robinson, Notebook of Writings
1903
Box: 16 Memorandum Book
undated
Volume: 1 House Party Book, Photographs and Notes from Various House Parties
1904-1910

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Series II: Anna Foster Robinson (1852-1921)

Scope and Contents note

Most of this series is correspondence. Anna Foster Robinson's letters before her marriage in 1875 are from friends and family and detail everyday routines and travel. A few of the letters are from Arthur Cummings, a former servant. Most of the later letters are from her children, particularly Pauline. Pauline mostly describes her domestic and overseas travels, many of which were at the DuPont estate at Winterthur. The correspondence also contains a few letters from the Robinson children that detail meetings with presidents or other famous people. Letters dated September 1901 from her sons Beverley and Herman describe spending time with Teddy Roosevelt on Mount Marcy. During this trip, Roosevelt received telegrams notifying him of McKinley's death and informing him of his new role as President of the United States. A 1899 letter from Pauline, shortly before her debut, describes a visit with President McKinley and the First Lady Ida McKinley. A 1920 letter from Pauline describes how her friend Edith Wharton looks "broken and subdued."

Anna Foster Robinson's European travel diaries provide daily entries on the art, architecture, and scenery of the numerous cities and towns she visited throughout Europe. However, these accounts generally lack description of locals or discussion of current events in Europe.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1858-1865
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1866-1870
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1871-1875
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1876-1880
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1881-1885
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1886-1890
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1891-1892
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1893-1894
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1895-1896
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1897-1898
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1899-1900
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1901
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1902
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1903
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1904
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1905
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1908-1910
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
1911-1921
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
undated [pre-1875]
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Anna Foster Robinson, letters received
undated [after 1875]
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Anna Foster Robinson, letters sent
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Pencil Drawing by Anna Foster Robinson
1863
Box: 8 European Travel Diary
1869-1870
Box: 8 European Travel Diary
1870
Box: 8 European Travel Diary
1870-1871
Box: 8 European Travel Diary
1871
Box: 16 Scrapbook of Religious Clippings and Prayers
1852
Box: 16 School Notebook of Essays and Vocabulary Words
1856
Box: 16 Address Book
1872-1918

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Series III: Dr. Beverley Robinson (1862-1922)

Scope and Contents note

The correspondence in this series includes letters specifically addressed to Dr. Beverley Robinson and letters addressed by the Robinson children to both him and Anna, (often Mamma and Pappa). The letters are mainly personal, from friends and family describing everyday events or travel. There is little correspondence regarding professional matters and some of the correspondence is in French. Almost all of the letters from 1903 express support for his son Beverley R. Robinson's candidacy for Alderman. The correspondence also includes letters from Beverley Robinson to family members while he was studying medicine in Paris during the American Civil War. Although Beverley mentions the cholera epidemic in Paris during that time, his letters mostly detail his homesickness and his studies.

This series also contains writings and memorabilia for Beverley Robinson. It includes some of his published medical writings as well as certificate from Pennsylvania Adjutant General's Office stating he served for 90 days in the State Militia. Other than this certificate, there is no information on Beverley Robinson's efforts in the Gettysburg campaign in the American Civil War.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Dr. Beverley Robinson, letters received
1882-1889
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Dr. Beverley Robinson, letters received
1890-1894
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Dr. Beverley Robinson, letters received
1895-1899
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Dr. Beverley Robinson, letters received
1900-1909
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Dr. Beverley Robinson, letters received
1910-1914
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Dr. Beverley Robinson, letters received
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Dr. Beverley Robinson, letters received
1916-1923
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Dr. Beverley Robinson, letters received
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Dr. Beverley Robinson, letters sent home from Paris
1862-1865
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Dr. Beverley Robinson, Civil War Memorabilia
1863, 1893
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Dr. Beverley Robinson, Medical Writings
1875-1922
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Poems and Reflective Writings
1894, 1901, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Legal Papers to Stay in France
1865
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Invitations and Receipts
1895-1903
Box: 9 Folder : 15 Certificates
1898, undated

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Series IV: Beverley R. Robinson (1880-1926)

Scope and Contents note

This series contains mostly correspondence and memorabilia belonging to Beverley R. Robinson. Letters that are addressed to both Beverley and Herman are included in this series. Most of the early correspondence are letters congratulating Beverley on his excellent grades in school. Later letters from 1903 are from friends and family pledging their support for his election for Alderman of the 27th Assembly District. Also included in this series is a scrapbook of sympathy telegrams and letters to Beverley R. on the death of Herman. The memorabilia for Beverley R. includes material on his schooling as well as a very small amount of material on his campaign for Alderman and Assemblyman.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 16 Beverley R. Robinson, letters received
1880-1889
Box: 9 Folder : 17 Beverley R. Robinson, letters received
1890-1899
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Beverley R. Robinson, letters received (mostly letters re Election for Alderman)
1902-1904
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Beverley R. Robinson, letters received
1915-1926
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Beverley R. Robinson, letters received
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Beverley R. Robinson, Statement for Candidacy for Alderman of 29th District
[1903]
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Election Material
[1906-1908]
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Cutler School Honors
1884-1894
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Harvard Entrance Exam
1894
Box: 10 Folder : 8 "A Short Catechism for Young Children"
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 9 List of "Knickerbocker Greys"
1888-1889
Volume: 2 Letters to Beverley R. Robinson on the death of his brother Herman
1903

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Series V: Herman Foster Robinson (1893-1903)

Scope and Contents note

This series contains letters, writings, and memorabilia. The small amount of correspondence to Herman is from family members, and many of the letters are in French. This series also contains some of Herman's personal writings. Both his letter to the Evening Post entitled, "A Questions of Faith" and his diary from 1895-1898 contain thoughts on religion and philosophy.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Herman Foster Robinson, letters received
1893-1903
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Herman Foster Robinson, Legal Writings
1900-1903
Box: 10 Folder : 12 "A Question of Faith" by Herman Foster Robinson
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Cutler School Honors
1886-1897
Box: 10 Folder : 14 Certificate of Admission as an Attorney and Counselor
1900
Box: 10 Folder : 15 "A Short Catechism for Young Children"
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 16 Herman Foster Robinson, Death Notice
1903
Box: 16 Diary of Herman Foster Robinson
1895-1898
Box: 17 Appointment Book, "Herman's Last Diary"
1903
Box: 17 Songbook
1900

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Series VI: Anna Robinson Butler (1896-1920)

Scope and Contents note

This small series includes two 1920 letters from Pauline describing post-war France as well as personal memorabilia.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 17 Anna Robinson Butler, letters received
1904, 1920, undated
Box: 10 Folder : 18 Anna Robinson and Arthur Butler's Wedding Invitation
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 19 School Report Card
1896-1897
Box: 10 Folder : 20 "Snowdrops-A Selection of Scripture Texts"
undated

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Series VII: Extended Robinson Family Members (1881-1949)

Scope and Contents note

This series contains letters, writings, and biographies of members of the extended Robinson family of Dr. Beverley and Anna and their children Beverley R., Herman, Pauline, and Anna. Each subseries contains only a small amount of material on each family member.

Subseries 1: Moncure Robinson, (1881-1949)

Scope and Contents note

These items relate to Moncure Robinson, Dr. Beverley Robinson's father, who was a famous civil engineer and a pioneer of the American railway system. His writings in this series include "A Survey and Report of Railway Transactions over the Allegheny Portage" and an obituary of his friend Henry Seybert.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 21 Writings by Moncure Robinson
1881, 1883
Box: 10 Folder : 22 Biographies of Moncure Robinson
1889, 1949
Subseries 2: Charlotte Randall Taylor Robinson, (undated)

Scope and Contents note

This letter to Charlotte Randall Taylor Robinson, Moncure Robinson's wife, is from a relative describing the good behavior of young Beverley, presumably the elder Beverley Robinson.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 23 Charlotte Randall Taylor Robinson, letter received
undated
Subseries 3: Kenneth Robinson, (undated)

Scope and Contents note

This letter from Herman Foster Robinson describes his application for a position as Secretary in the United States Ligation at Peking.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 24 Kenneth Robinson, letter received (from Herman Foster Robinson)
undated
Subseries 4: Charlie Robinson, (1903)

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains one letter from Pauline Lentilhon Robinson describing her social life and sightseeing in Rome.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 25 Charlie Robinson, letters received (from Pauline Lentilhon Robinson)
1903

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Series VIII: Robinson Family Documents (1901-1921)

Scope and Contents note

This series includes material relating to the Robinson family as a whole as opposed to one particular member of the family. The bulk of the material consists of letters, telegrams, and cards to Dr. Beverley, Anna, Beverley R., Pauline and the younger Anna expressing sympathy after Herman's suicide in 1903. One folder of material details the history of a family home in Garrison, New York which had previously been visited by George Washington and Mrs. Benedict Arnold.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 26 Robinson Family, Scrapbook of Letters Received after Death of Herman
1903
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Robinson Family, Scrapbook of Letters Received after Death of Herman
1903
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Beverley and Anna Robinson, Letters re Wills and Expressing Love to Family Upon Their Death
1901-1921
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Calling Cards to Family After Death of Herman
1903
Box: 11 Folder : 4 History of Robinson Family House called "Beverley"
1940
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Poem Read at Robinson Family Reunion
1908

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Series IX: Foster Family (1843-1908)

Scope and Contents note

This series contains correspondence and memorials of various members of the family of Anna Foster Robinson

Subseries 1: Herman Ten Eyck Foster, (1852-1869)

Scope and Contents note

The letters to Herman Ten Eyck Foster are from his young daughter, Anna Foster Robinson.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Herman Ten Eyck Foster, letters received
1852, undated
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Herman Ten Eyck Foster, Memorials
1869
Subseries 2: Pauline Lentilhon Foster, (1843-1847)

Scope and Contents note

The letters to Pauline Lentilhon Foster, wife of Herman Ten Eyck Foster and mother of Anna Foster Robinson, are from her mother. They detail family events and news.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Pauline Lentilhon Foster, letters received
1843-1847
Subseries 3: Antoine Lentilhon Foster, (1900-1908)

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains letters to Antoine Lentilhon Foster, Anna Foster Robinson's brother. The letters are from Herman Robinson and Charlie Robinson.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Antoine Lentilhon Foster, letters received
1900, 1908
Subseries 4: Victoria DuPont Foster, (undated)

Scope and Contents note

The letters to Victoria DuPont Foster, the wife of Antoine Lentilhon Foster, are from her children.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Victoria DuPont Foster, letters received
undated

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Series X: Lentilhon Family (1824-1897)

Scope and Contents note

This series contains correspondence, volumes, obituaries, genealogies, and property and asset information of the Lentilhon family. Many of the documents in this series are in French.

Subseries 1: Eliza Smith Lentilhon, (1824-1857)

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes correspondence from Eliza Smith Lentilhon's husband to be, Antoine Lentilhon, and later her children. The reminiscences of Eliza Smith Lentilhon are in English and recount the story of her life and family.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Eliza Smith Lentilhon, letters received
1824-1857
Box: 17 Reminiscences of Eliza Smith Lentilhon
[1850]
Box: 17 Address Book of Eliza Smith Lentilhon
1852
Subseries 2: Antoine Lentilhon, (1838)

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes information on the life of Antoine Lentilhon, the husband of Eliza Smith Lentilhon and grandfather of Anna Foster Robinson, in French and in English.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Memorials and Obituaries for Antoine Lentilhon
1838
Subseries 3: Pauline de Tours Lentilhon, (1876)

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains a journal of notes on the Lentilhon family. The journal entries are in French.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 17 Pauline de Tours Lentilhon, Documents sur la famille Lentilhon
1876
Subseries 4: Lentilhon Family Documents, (1836-1897)

Scope and Contents note

The correspondence, notes, and volumes in this series represent the Lentilhon family in general rather than one individual family member. Many of these materials are in French.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Notes on Lentilhon Family Genealogy
1873-1897
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Lists of Lentilhon Assets
1836
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Title to Lentilhon Property on Wooster Street
1836

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Series XI: Smith Family (1822-1903)

Scope and Contents note

This series contains material relating to the Smith Family, which was the family of Anna Foster Robinson's grandmother.

Subseries 1: Gamaliel Smith, (1822-1823)

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains a letter from Gamaliel Smith, the great-grandfather of Anna Foster Robinson, to other family members. The memorial to Gamaliel Smith includes stories recounted by Eliza Smith Lentilhon of her father and their family in early nineteenth-century New York.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Gamaliel Smith, letter sent to Edward L Smith and Mary M. Smith
1822
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Memorial of Gamaliel Smith
1823
Subseries 2: William Smith, (1901-1903)

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The letters to William Smith or "Uncle William" are from Pauline and Anna Robinson. The 1903 letter from Anna briefly describes the service the family had for her brother, Herman.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 8 William Smith, letters received
1901-1903

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Series XII: Ten Eyck Family (1854)

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This series includes correspondence to a member of the family of Anna Foster Robinson's grandmother. The single letter in this series to Catalina Ten Eyck from Anna Foster Robinson describes various family members as well as young Anna Foster Robinson's routine of practicing the piano and reading the Bible.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 9 Catalina Ten Eyck, letter received from Anna Foster Robinson
1854

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Series XIII: Family Genealogies (1875-1896)

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This series contains notes, family trees, and clippings regarding the Robinson's and their extended families. The authors of the genealogy notes are generally Herman or Pauline or else are unidentified. The volume "First Genealogical Notes" includes clippings along with handwritten notes regarding various ancestors.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Family Trees
1890, 1896, undated
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Genealogy Notes
1883-1896
Box: 12 Folder : 12 Genealogy Notes
undated
Box: 12 Folder : 13 Clippings of Obituaries and Wedding Announcements
1875-1879, undated
Box: 17 Volume entitled, "First Genealogical Notes"
undated

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Series XIV: Charities (1872-1952)

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This series includes the records of the charity work of female members of the Robinson family, particularly Pauline. The letters and clippings document the need for and the efficacy of the various charities.

Subseries 1: Monday Sewing Class, (1872-1952)

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This subseries contains the records of the Monday Sewing Class, a group of women who sewed, and eventually simply paid others to sew, clothes for the poor. Anna Foster Robinson was a founding member of the group and Pauline Robinson later became its President. The records include fabric and monetary contributions, amounts of items of clothing sewn for the poor, and photographs of the members at a luncheon. Besides the loose items, the series also contain two volumes of records. The records also list the prominent female members of the charity such as Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and Sara Delano Roosevelt- the wife and mother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The series also contains four short thank you notes to the group from Eleanor Roosevelt..

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 14 Monday Sewing Class: Lists of Members
1872-1940
Box: 12 Folder : 15 Monday Sewing Class: Minutes and Reports
1921-1952
Box: 12 Folder : 16 Monday Sewing Class: Correspondence
1924-1945
Box: 12 Folder : 17 Monday Sewing Class: Photographs
[1947]
Box: 12 Folder : 18 Monday Sewing Class: Exhibit at Museum of the City of New York for 75th Anniversary
1947-1948
Volume: 3 Record Book of the Monday Sewing Club
1872-1901, 1921
Volume: 4 Membership and Attendance Book of the Monday Sewing Club
1877-1887
Subseries 2: Public Schools as Community Recreation Centers, (1906-1913)

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This subseries documents the efforts to keep public schools open in the evening to provide space for clubs and recreation for local residents. The centers included reading libraries, games, and space for physical activities for teenagers and adults. Various lectures and forms of entertainment were also provided for in many of the schools. Much of the subseries entails correspondence with the Department of Education in New York City. The scrapbook pages mainly include letters responding to Pauline's plea for financial or organizational assistance.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 19 Public Schools as Community Recreation Centers, Correspondence
1906-1913
Box: 12 Folder : 20 Public Schools as Community Recreation Centers, Lists of Committee Members, Clippings
1907, undated
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Scrapbook of Charity Work, Part 1
1906-1908
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Scrapbook of Charity Work, Part 2
1906-1908
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Scrapbook of Charity Work, Part 3
1906-1908
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Scrapbook of Charity Work, Part 4
1906-1908
Subseries 3: Parks and Playground Association, (1908-1915)

Scope and Contents note

This series documents Pauline Robinson's involvement in the parks and playground movement which worked to establish playgrounds on roofs and vacant lots. The material includes correspondence, reports, and newspaper clippings. More materials regarding this charity are also in the scrapbook pages in Subseries 2, Public Schools as Community Recreation Centers.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Parks and Playground Association, Correspondence and Reports
1908-1915
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Parks and Playground Association, Clippings
1910, undated
Subseries 4: West Side Children's Center, (1919-1945)

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes reports and of the West Side Children's Center which was part of the larger national group, the Children's Aid Society. The records include a report and some correspondence. The records indicate that Pauline Robinson was President of the West Side Children's Center.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Records of West Side Children's Center
1919-1945
Subseries 5: Junior League, (1902-1951)

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This series documents Pauline Robinson's membership in the Junior League. It includes ephemera from events and a booklet from 1951 that documents the League's thirty year history.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 8 Junior League
1902, 1951, undated
Subseries 6: American Ambulance Hospital in Paris, (1917)

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This subseries contains a program from a series of performances to benefit the hospital. The program also indicates that Pauline Robinson was on the Junior Committee for the benefit.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 9 Program for Benefit
1917

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Series XV: Visual Materials [1864-1966]

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This series contains photographs, cartes des visite, and glass plate negatives of the Robinson and Lentilhon families and their friends. This series is organized according to person except for the glass plate negatives which are placed together. Most of the photos are posed portraits.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Dr. Beverley Robinson
[1864-1894]
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Anna Foster Robinson
1875, undated
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Beverley R. Robinson
1877-1893
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Beverley and Herman Robinson
[1880-1885]
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Pauline Robinson
[1884-1922]
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Anna Robinson Butler
1893
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Antoine Lentilhon
undated
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Eliza Smith Lentilhon
1891, undated
Box: 14 Folder : 9 Unidentified/ Other family or friends
1875-1966
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Glass Plate Negatives- Anna Foster Robinson, Pauline Robinson, Anna Robinson Butler
1890-1898
Box: 14 Folder : 11 Glass Plate Negatives- Dr. Beverley Robinson, Unidentified Female, Two Unidentified Males
undated

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Series XVI: Printed Material (1868-1941)

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This series contains ephemera and memorabilia that is not identified as belonging to a particular family member. This series includes a 1919 invitation and program for a reception for the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII. It also includes an undated invitation to a talk by "Mrs. Roosevelt" on "Human Rights and Race Relations." The poems appear to be clippings and not writings by a family member.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Programs for Shows and Events
1868-1956
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Invitations
1903-1919
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Church and Diocese Bulletins and News
1898-1941
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Poems
undated
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Postcards
undated
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Book of Nursery Rhymes
1830
Box: 15 Folder : 7 "The Peace Cross Book", A Book of Sermons and Prayers Regarding the Peace Cross in Washington D.C.
1899
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Biographies of Philip Lutley Sclater and Daniel Giraud Elliot
1914
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Ship Menu
1903
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Brochures
1903
Box: 17 Daily Texts with Verses of Hymns
undated

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Series XVII: Unidentified Writings (1863-1949)

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This series contains material such as letters, notebooks, or writings in which neither the writer nor the owner can be identified.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Correspondence
1895-1949, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 12 Writings and Notes
1907-1911, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 13 Poultry Account Book
1867
Box: 15 Folder : 14 Notebook of Dessert Recipes
undated
Box: 15 Folder : 15 Prayers and Scriptures
undated
Box: 17 Notebook 2, Unidentified Author, Lists of Items and Goods
1863-1873
Box: 17 Notebook 1, Unidentified Author, Writings
undated

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Series XVIII: Clippings (1870-1956)

Scope and Contents note

It is unclear who clipped the newspaper articles in this series. Many of the articles relate to politics and current events, particularly World War I.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 16 Clippings re politics and current events
1870-1924
Box: 15 Folder : 17 Clippings re Entertainment, Society, and Stories about "Old New York"
1940-1956, undated

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