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John White Geary business papers

Call Number: WA MSS S-209

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of business and other correspondence, notes, accounts, and other documents. All letters are to Geary, unless otherwise specified. Additional unsorted papers, including: autograph documents, bonds, photos of Geary, autograph notes, etc., are included in folder marked, "Miscellaneous Material," but have not been listed.


  • 1834-1873


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The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The John White Geary Business Papers are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

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This collection, listed alphabetically here, is arranged chronologically.

Associated Materials

Other Geary collections at the Beinecke are the John White Geary Papers (WA MSS 212), the John White Geary Mexican War Papers (WA MSS S-585), and a letter from Geary to Major General Persifor Smith (WA MSS S-218).


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of business and other correspondence, notes, accounts, and other documents.

JOHN WHITE GEARY (1819-1873)

John White Geary (1819-1873) served in the Mexican War in the 2d Pennsylvania Infantry, became postmaster at San Francisco in 1849, and held several other public posts in San Francisco. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1852, became governor of Kansas Territory in 1856, but resigned in 1857 and went back to Pennsylvania. Geary served with the 28th Pennsylvania Regiment in the Civil War and was twice elected governor of the state, 1867-1873.
Guide to the John White Geary Business Papers
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
October 1995
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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