New York lawyer's journal (1895-1906, bulk 1902-1906)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Abby Smith, July 2011, and Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, October 2011
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: New York lawyer's journal
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1895-1906
Bulk dates: 1902-1906
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
The New York Lawyer's Journal, which contains an account of the author's activities during the years 1895 and 1902-1906, includes discussions of 'horse racing and travel to Europe, as well as observations about several members of New York City's upper class.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu

Access and Use

Acquisition Information

1997. M-3361.2.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation

New York lawyer's Journal, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Biography

The anonymous author of this volume practiced law in New York City around the turn of the 20th century; one of his clients was the Consolidated Gas Company. He was a close friend of Joseph Pulitzer and Russian painter Vasily Vereshchagin, and was acquainted with Theodore Roosevelt, T. P. O'Connor, and Henry James. He maintained a vigorous interest in horse racing and traveled widely, including trips to Maine, Georgia, Europe. He had at least two children, Harry and Gertrude.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The New York Lawyer's Journal (115 pages), which contains an account of the author's activities during the years 1895 and 1902-1906, includes discussions of 'horse racing and travel to Europe, as well as observations about several members of New York City's upper class. Roughly half of the pages are typed, and newspaper clippings are interleaved.

The author often mentioned Joseph Pulitzer, a close friend with whom he travelled to Jekyll Island, Georgia (1895); Bar Harbor, Maine (1904); and Europe (1906). Early entries also reveal his friendship with Russian painter Vasily Vereshchagin. The author wrote to Theodore Roosevelt in an effort to get Vershchagin a commission for a painting of the Battle of San Juan Hill and reacted to news of Vershchagin's death. The author's visits to Europe included trips to Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, and Holland, where he described the local people and architecture. In the final pages of the journal, he wrote about his European trip with "J. P." (likely Joseph Pulitzer), and his disappointing visit with novelist Henry James. Though preoccupied with social news and horse racing, the author sometimes wrote about domestic and international political issues, such as Irish nationalists' efforts to revive the Gaelic language.

The journal has been dis-bound. Newspaper clippings include an article about Vereshchagin (November 9, 1902) and results of a recent horse race (August 29, 1903). A blank form from the Chief Bureau of Navigation is enclosed.

Subject Terms

Subjects:
  • Art commissions.
  • Bar Harbor (Me.)
  • Europe--Description and travel.
  • Horse racing--United States--History.
  • Irish language--Revival.
  • James, Henry, 1843-1916.
  • Jekyll Island (Ga.)
  • Lawyers--New York (State)--New York.
  • New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs.
  • Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911.
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
  • United States--Politics and government--1901-1909.
  • Vereshchagin, Vasiliĭ Vasil'evich, 1842-1904.
Genre Terms:
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Diaries.

Contents List (Request Materials)

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Container / Location Title
Box   10, Small Collections  
New York lawyer's journal [series]
Folder   4  
 January 30, 1895-March 28, 1903
Folder   5  
 April 10, 1903-November 7, 1903
Folder   6  
 February 10, 1904-July 7, 1906
Folder   7  
 July 7, 1906-July 25, 1906
Folder   8  
 July 25, 1906-August 15, 1906