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Theodore H. Silkman papers

Call Number: MS 1100

Scope and Contents

The Theodore H. Silkman Papers consist of three letterbooks covering the years 1886 through 1910, and certificates of admission to practice law in New York State issued to Silkman and his father, James Bailey Silkman (1819-1888). The letterbooks contain copies of letters and other legal papers dealing with Theodore Silkman's law practice and work as Surrogate of Westchester County, and letters concerning his political activities, various business matters including rental of property owned by Silkman, and other personal matters.


  • 1850-1910


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Francis W. Bronson, 1947.


0.5 Linear Feet

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 chiefly of three letter books (1886-1910) stemming from Theodore H. Silkman's law practice, his work as Surrogate of Westchester County, his political activities in the Republican Party, and various business and personal matters. Also in the papers are certificates of admission to practice law in New York State, one issued to his father, James B. Silkman in 1850, and the other issued to Theodore H. Silkman in 1879.

Biographical / Historical

Theodore H. Silkman was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1858. He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1879. He practiced law in Yonkers, was elected Surrogate of Westchester County in 1894 and 1900, and served for several years as President of the Yonkers Police Board. He was a leading Republican in Westchester County. He was married to Mary Oakley, with whom he had a son, Theodore Frederic. Silkman died on August 23, 1910.

Guide to the Theodore H. Silkman 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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