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Whitelaw Reid papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1458

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of nine volumes of autographed letters written by prominent American, British, and French political, financial, literary, and cultural figures. The majority of letters are addressed to Whitelaw Reid or Elizabeth Mills Reid, and date from Reid's service as ambassador to Great Britain. Letters of introduction, acknowledgements of gifts and invitations, congratulatory messages, and letters of condolence comprise the bulk of the letters. The volumes also include letters relating to the New York Tribune and substantive letters from President Theodore Roosevelt (1906-1907) concerning Morocco, the Algeciras Conference, and other diplomatic and political matters.

Dates

  • 1865-1923

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.
The papers have been microfilmed. Patrons must use FILM HM 169 or the printed copies produced from the microfilm (boxes 1-3) instead of the originals. The folio (box 4) was not microfilmed and patrons may use the originals.

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Ogden Reid, 1986.

Arrangement

Original volumes are arranged in numerical order (I-IX), with oversize material (not microfilmed) filed after the volumes. The microfilm publication and copyflow (use copies) documents are arranged in the same manner and listed last.

Associated Materials

Associated material: Whitelaw Reid Papers, Library of Congress.

Extent

8 Linear Feet (11 boxes and 1 folio)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1458

Overview

The papers consist of nine volumes of autographed letters written by prominent American, British, and French political, financial, literary, and cultural figures. The majority of letters are addressed to Whitelaw Reid or Elizabeth Mills Reid, and date from Reid's service as ambassador to Great Britain. Letters of introduction, acknowledgements of gifts and invitations, congratulatory messages, and letters of condolence comprise the bulk of the letters. The volumes also include letters relating to the New York Tribune and substantive letters from President Theodore Roosevelt (1906-1907) concerning Morocco, the Algeciras Conference, and other diplomatic and political matters.

Biographical / Historical

Whitelaw Reid was born near Xenia, Ohio on October 27, 1837. He worked as a journalist during the Civil War and in 1868 joined the New York Tribune. He assumed control of the paper in 1872 and married Elizabeth Mills in 1881. Reid was active in Republican Party politics and served as Benjamin Harrison's ambassador to France (1889-1892). He ran for vice-president in 1892, and served as a member of the commission to negotiate a treaty with Spain following the Spanish American War. Reid also served as United States ambassador to Great Britain (1905-1912). He died on December 15, 1912.

Other Finding Aids

For an index of correspondents with Whitelaw Reid, please consult theCorrespondents Index.

Existence and Location of Copies

The papers are available on microfilm (2,015 frames on 2 reels, 35mm.) from Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, at cost. Order no. HM 169.
Title
Guide to the Whitelaw Reid Papers
Author
Compiled by Diane E. Kaplan, William E. Brown, Jr., and Christine Connolly
Date
February 1987
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • May 2013: finding aid revisiion description not supplied

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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