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Guide to the Records of the Washington Arch
1872-1925 (Bulk 1889-1895)
  MS 443.30

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Liz Arena

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

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of materials relating to William Rhinelander Stewart's work on the Washington Memorial Arch Committee. Because Stewart was the Treasurer of the Washington Arch Fund and the Washington Arch Statuary Fund, much of the material documents fundraising and financial activities. The collection consists of administrative information, correspondence with subscribers and committee members, fundraising records, material relating to ceremonies involving the Arch, prints and photographs of the Arch, drafts and publications, and newspaper clippings. A short biography and some personal correspondence, programs, invitations, and estate information of William Rhinelander Stewart is also included.

The collection mainly documents the administrative activities, such as fundraising and the contracting of architects and sculptors, involved in the building of the Washington Arch. Items of interest include letters from Theodore Roosevelt and Grover Cleveland (originals transferred to the appropriate Miscellaneous Manuscripts collection, copies remain in their place) and photographs and programs from the dedication ceremony for the Washington Arch.


Most of the collection is arranged by type of material. The incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically according to the sender's last name, and the outgoing correspondence is located in letterpress books that are in chronological order.

The papers are arranged into the following series:

  1. Series I: Administrative Records
  2. Series II: Correspondence
  3. Series III: Fundraising Records
  4. Series IV: Centennial Celebration and Dedication Ceremonies
  5. Series V: Depictions of Washington Arch
  6. Series VI: Drafts and Publications
  7. Series VII: Newspapers
  8. Series VIII: Personal Materials of William Rhinelander Stewart