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Guide to the Stuyvesant-Rutherfurd Papers
1647-1917 (bulk 1840-1917)
  MS 605

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Collection processed by Richard Fraser

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 04, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series I Rutherfurd Stuyvesant

Scope and Contents note

Series 1 consists of the papers of Rutherfurd Stuyvesant (1842 - 1909). The principal subseries are: Letters Received; Accounts, Bills, Receipts; Legal Papers; and Court Papers. Other subseries (see box and folder list for names) primarily reflect Rutherfurd Stuyvesant's interest in collecting art and armor, and his interest in yachting.

The series also includes 20 volumes of diaries kept by Rutherfurd Stuyvesant between the years 1869 and 1890. Most of the entries in the diaries are of money paid, received or owed, or of his arrivals and departures on various trips. There are more detailed entries, however, for hunting trips that Rutherfurd Stuyvesant took to the western territories of the United States in 1884 and 1885, and a hunting trip to western Canada in 1888.

Subseries 1: Rutherfurd Stuyvesant - Letters Received N.D., 1845-1906; bulk dates: 1865-1906

Scope and Contents note

Most letters in the series are from members of the Rutherfurd family. For the most part, the letters concern themselves with family and social matters, including the writer's health, news about people that members of the family have visited, and occasionally relations with servants. Intermittently, correspondents make observations about politics. Lewis Morris Rutherfurd writes in November 1865 about the statewide elections in New Jersey ("that last! last! ditch of the rebellion"), and the victory of the Union Party there. A year later, commenting on the congressional elections, he criticizes President Johnson ( "a common street brawler").

Other correspondents include St. Clare Byrne, naval architect, regarding the design of Arcturus, S. B. Jameson, manager of the family's New Jersey estate, Tranquillity (sic). Rutherfurd Stuyvesant's attorneys, Morris, Sentell & Main, of New York City frequently wrote to him about the state of his business ventures and real estate holdings. Bashford Dean of the Metropolitan Museum of Art corresponded with Rutherfurd Stuyvesant about antique arms and armor.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
N.D. (1 of 3)
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
N.D. (2 of 3)
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
N.D. (3 of 3)
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
1845, 1848, 1860 - 1865
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
1867 - 1869
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
1870 - 1875
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
1876 - [1880]
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
1880 - 1889
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
1890 - 1893
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
1894 - July 1895
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
Aug. 1895 - Dec. 1895
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
Jan. 1896 - Aug. 1896
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
Sept. 1896 - Dec. 1896
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
Jan. 1897 - Feb. 1897
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
March 1897 - April 1897
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
May 1897 - June 1897
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
July 1897 - Dec. 1897
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
1898 - 1899
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
Feb. 1900 - July 1900
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
Aug. 1900 - Dec. 1900
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
Jan. 1901 - March 1901
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
April 1901 - May 1901
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
June 1901 - Dec. 1901
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
1903 - May 1904
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
June 1904 - Dec. 1904
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
1905
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
1906 - Feb. 1907
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Letters Received
March 1907 - Dec. 1907
Box: 5 Folder : 6 [Rutherfurd Stuyvesant] -- Letters Received
N.D., 1904, 1906
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Postcards Received
1905, [1906]
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Telegrams Received
1903 - 1904
Subseries 2: Rutherfurd Stuyvesant - Accounts, Bills, Receipts N.D., 1865-1907

Scope and Contents note

There is no material in this subseries dated prior to 1865. Most of the items dated 1866-1867 are from hotels and businesses in Europe, including some receipts for the purchase of art. Much of the material consists of bills for household items such as coal or ice, and receipts for building supplies. Some of the building supplies appear to have been used on rental properties. Approximately half of the material in this subseries dates from the period 1895-1905, and consists of accounts from the Tranquillity Farms estate, or accounts concerning Rutherfurd Stuyvesant's rental properties in New York City.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
N.D., 1865, 1866
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1867
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1868 - 1869
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1870, 1874, 1877
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1883 - 1893
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1894 - July 1895
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
Novenber - Dec. 1895
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1896
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1897 - 1899
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
Jan. 1900 - July 1900
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
Aug. 1900 - 1902
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1903 - 1905
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
Jan. 1906 - April 1906
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
May 1906 - 1907
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Check Books
1892 - 1901
Subseries 3: Rutherfurd Stuyvesant - Legal papers 1856, 1866, 1869

Scope and Contents note

One contract (in French), which appears to concern the purchase of a piece of art; a release by Rutherfurd Stuyvesant to the New York Life Insurance Co.; a contract to lay a cranberry bog on a farm (presumably Tranquillity).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Legal Papers
1856, 1866, 1869
Subseries 4: Rutherfurd Stuyvesant - Court Papers 1876, 1900

Scope and Contents note

Rutherfurd Stuyvesant vs. Richard O'Brien; suit over land in NYC. The items appear to be a State of Case and a summons.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Court Papers
1876, 1900
Rutherfurd Stuyvesant: Other Subseries
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- List of Tenants in NYC
1902
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant --Certificates, etc.
1897, 1904
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Invitation to Prince of Wales' Ball
1860
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Armor Collection -- "Papers of the Dino Collection"
1903
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Armor Collection -- Diagram of Medieval Lance
N.D.
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Clippings re Yachts
[1903]
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Steam Yacht "Arcturus" -- Specifications
[1895]
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Steam Yacht "Arcturus" -- Plans
[1895]
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- permit to Sport [Hunt] at Alexandretta
1900
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Description of Paintings for Sale
N.D.
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Coat of Arms
N.D.
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- membership Badge, National Horse Show Association
N.D.
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Photographs
N.D.
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Blank Notebook
N.D.
Box: 9 Folder : Rutherfurd Stuyvesant -- Diaries
1869 - 1892

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