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Guide to the Charles H. Sherrill Scrapbooks
 MS 3191

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Marybeth Kavanagh

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 04, 2020
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 44 scrapbooks created by lawyer and diplomat Charles Hitchcock Sherrill (1867-1936). Covering the years 1884-1937, the scrapbooks contain clippings, correspondence, sketches, and ephemera (including postcards, photographs, ribbons, pins, membership cards, menus, and programs), all of which document Sherrill's work, social and political activities, travels, and interests.

Sports, politics, travel, civic and social events, art, and theater are common themes throughout Volumes 1-35, which are chronological records of Sherrill's life from his undergraduate years at Yale until his death. Volume 36 consists mainly of letters of condolence to Sherrill's widow, George Gibbs Sherrill, after Sherrill's death in Paris in 1936. Volumes 37 and 38 contain material related to Sherrill's genealogical research. Volumes 39-42 hold postcards from Sherrill's travels, including real photo postcards. Volume 43 contains mainly theater tickets and programs dated 1884-1888. Volume 44 is mostly blank, but does have a few hand-drawn cartoons (seemingly made by Sherrill as a child) and some other illustrations.

Most scrapbooks are labeled with dates and volume numbers.


The bulk of the collection (Vol. 1-36) is arranged chronologically. The remaining volumes are arranged by subject.