The papers of Franklin MacVeagh consist of correspondence from the years 1861-1925. Bulk dates for the approximately one hundred items contained here are 1910-1925. The papers are arranged in one box and measure two and one-half inches of material.
The correspondence is entirely routine in nature and focuses almost entirely upon matters pertaining to Yale University. MacVeagh's political activity in Chicago and later in Washington, D.C. as secretary of the treasury (1909-13), is virtually entirely ignored in this material. Rather, the subjects of these letters include a variety of alumni and ceremonial matters relating to MacVeagh and the class of 1862. The great quantity of correspondence consists of incoming letters, with only randomly scattered carbon copies of outgoing letters present.
Among the individual correspondents included in the papers are: James H. Crosby, William W. Farnam, William H. Hale, William Kent, and Cornelius Ladd Kitchel. Crosby, as secretary for the Yale class of 1862, contacted MacVeagh for financial and informational contributions to Yale funds and publications. Letters from Farnam, Hale, and Kent are examples of the courtesies extended to a successful alumni by fellow Yale men. Correspondence with C. L. Kitchell involves the usual discussion of alumni activities. A 1904 letter, however, urges MacVeagh to contribute financially to the Yale-in-China movement.
Several other manuscript collections contain the correspondence of Franklin MacVeagh. The Charles Dewey Hilles Papers (Mss. Gr. 281) contains over two hundred letters relating to MacVeagh's service as secretary of the treasury. For additional materials the following collections should be consulted: William Kent Family Papers (Mss. Gr. 309), Samual R. Betts Autograph Collection (Mss. Gr. 548), and the Chauncey Mitchell DePew Papers (Mss. Gr. 180).