Scope and Contents
This collection is made up of approximately seventy-five family letters and other papers, 1875-1903. The bulk of the correspondence pertains to Anson T. and Eliza Downes of New York City and Yonkers, New York, their daughter, Bazena Treat (Downes) Merriman, and their son, Stancliff B. Downes, and was written for the most part during summer trips to upstate New York. While a few letters deal with business and financial matters, most discuss family news and events.
Also in the collection are several business letters and papers and a few family letters of the Clark family and other unrelated individuals. The connection between the Downes family and the Clarks is unclear. Finally, the collection includes an unidentified photograph and miscellaneous printed items.
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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Timothy A. Clark and Mrs. Earl E. McIntosh, 1966.
0.25 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Family and business correspondence of the Downes family of New York and of the Clark family.
Biographical / Historical
Stancliff Bazen Downes was born in New York City on December 5, 1859. He was educated at the Columbia University School of Mines, from which he graduated in 1882. He became a civil engineer in New York City and prepared a set of tax maps for parts of that city. He died from a combination of illnesses in New York City, on April 21, 1895, thirteen years before his father, Anson Treat Downes, who lived until July 22, 1908.
- Guide to the Downes Family Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
- July 1983
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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