Cornelius Vanderbilt Papers
Scope and Contents
This collection contains a miscellany of papers relating to Cornelius Vanderbilt III. There is a small amount of general correspondence dealing mainly with business matters, and a larger selection of military correspondence, memoranda, and a notebook, all stemming from Vanderbilt's service as an officer in the U.S. Engineers during World War I. There are in addition a few items of memorabilia, two inventories, and five photographic copies of commissions issued by the U.S. Continental Congress and other Revolutionary-era bodies.
The remainder of the papers consists of bound volumes, the most interesting of which are two lavishly illustrated manuscripts: A Plan Executed At the Royal Naval Academy, by Joseph Lyddell Peyton (1803); and Martimagraphy or A Discription [sic] of the Sea Coast, by John Burnell (n.d.). The first provides a complete course of instruction for British Naval Officers, while the second contains drawings of headlands of various coastlines. The other volumes in the papers include a nurse's report of Vanderbilt's bout of typhoid in 1902-1903, twenty-three notebooks on topics such as engineering, mathematics, and chemistry, six checkbooks, an engagement book, and four guestbooks.
These papers were donated to Yale University by Mrs. Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt estate in 1944-1945, and by Donald Wing in 1968.
- Majority of material found within 1901 - 1928
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt estate, 1944-1945; and Donald Wing, 1968.
3 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Language of Materials
Chiefly correspondence, memoranda, a notebook, and memorabilia relating to Vanderbilt's service as an officer in the U.S. Engineers during World War I. Also included are technical notebooks on mathematics, chemistry, and engineering (1897-1926). Of particular note are two illustrated manuscript volumes: one by Joseph Lyddell Peyton outlining a course of instruction for British naval officers, and the second by John Burnell showing the headlands of various coastlines in Europe and Africa. Also in the papers are checkbooks, guestbooks, a nurse's record of Vanderbilt's case of typhoid fever (1902-1903), and inventories of the Vanderbilt library in New York City, and of his yacht.
Biographical / Historical
Cornelius Vanderbilt: capitalist; A.B., Yale, 1895, Ph.B., 1898, M.E., 1899; officer in the U.S. Engineers, 1917-1918.
- Burnell, John
- Landscape drawing
- Libraries -- Inventories
- Nautical charts
- Navies -- Officers
- New York (State)
- Old Royal Naval College Greenwich
- Peyton, Joseph Lyddell
- Typhoid fever
- Vanderbilt, Cornelius, 1873-1942
- World War, 1914-1918 -- United States
- Guide to the Cornelius Vanderbilt Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
- September 1982
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository
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