William H. Emerson Family Papers

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William H. Emerson family papers
Creator: Emerson (Family : Emerson, William Hubbell)
Call Number: A.E54
Dates: 1768-1953
Physical Description: 12 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Separated Materials
Content List
Series I: Corporation counsel papers
Series II: Correspondence
Series III: Army papers
Subseries I: Investigations
Series IV: Personal papers
Collection Overview
Title: William H. Emerson family papers
Creator: Emerson (Family : Emerson, William Hubbell)
Call Number: A.E54
Dates: 1768-1953
Physical Description: 12 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Scope and Content
Corporation Counsel papers, business and personal correspondence, and family papers of Colonel William Hubbell Emerson of Rochester, retired Corporation Counsel for the city.

Corporation Counsel Papers (1938-1942), including many printed State Senate and Assembly Bills, legislative recommendations, and assessment committee proceedings, and General Correspondence (1945-1952), which includes postwar Corporation Counsel business, personal letters, affidavits, etc., make up the bulk of the collection.

From the period of World War I there are letters written by and to Carolyn Lillian Emerson (University of Rochester, Class of 1908) during her service as a member of the AEF YMCA, and letters written by William H. Emerson to his mother during his period of service in the U.S. Army, in the United States and France. Also among the papers are Colonel Emerson's personal correspondence during his tour of duty in World War II (1942-1945), his Army papers (1917-1953), financial papers (1921-1951), and his speeches (1941-1962).

There are letters written as early as 1814 to Judge Willard Huntington Smith (b.1785), first lawyer in Caledonia. A letter dated January 16, 1814, is written by J. Johnson to Judge Smith, his wife, and her brother, William Johnson, concerning the murder of their sister, Mrs. Lovejoy, at Buffalo, during the War of 1812. Early correspondence also includes letters from William. N. Emerson (1821-1891), State Senator and member of Rochester Common Council, written in 1889 and 1890, and letters to Willard J. Emerson, father of William H. Emerson, written in 1898.

Among the early items of interest are the diaries of Caleb Johnson of Hampstead, N.H. (dated 1768), father of Mary Johnson, wife of Judge Smith, and of Frances Connor (Smith) Wells, daughter of Judge Smith, who wrote her diary as a student at the Ontario Female Seminary in Canandaigua (1831-1837); election and memberhsip certificates; legal documents; receipts; map; manuscript for William N. Emerson essays; and a speech.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
World War (1914-1918)
World War (1939-1945)
Correspondence
Legislative materials
Diaries
Emerson, William Hubbell
United States. Army. Inspector General's Department
Rochester (N.Y.). Corporation Counsel
Ontario Female Seminary (Canandaigua, N.Y.)
Emerson (Family : Emerson, William Hubbell)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented to the University of Rochester Library by Colonel William Hubbell Emerson, November 14, 1961; February 1, and October 14, 1963; and June 21, 1973.Access
The William H. Emerson family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], William H. Emerson family papers, A.E54, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterSeparated Materials
Items in box 10, folder 12 have been catalogued with printed books, 3/30/1973


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Corporation counsel papers
Box 1;
Box 2;
Box 3
Corporation counsel papers, 1938-1942, undated
Series II: Correspondence
Box 4, Folder 1Correspondence, 1814-1815
Box 4, Folder 2Correspondence, 1889-1890
Box 4, Folder 3Correspondence, 1889-1890, undated
European trip

Box 4, Folder 4Correspondence, 1898-1899
Box 4, Folder 5-6Correspondence, Carolyn Emerson, 1910-1920
Correspondence concerning her teaching career, letters to and from an overseas friend, letters written during her service in the AEF YMCA in France.

Box 4, Folder 7Correspondence, 1926 and undated
Box 4, Folder 8-9General correspondence of William Hubbell Emerson, 1930-1937
Consists of recommendations, letters of congratulation, condolences, and a biographical sketch of his mother, Harriet Maria (Hubbell) Emerson (dated June 28, 1935), etc.

Box 5, Folder 1War correspondence, 1917-1919
Colonel Emerson's correspondence with his mother during his World War I tour of duty

Box 5, Folder 2War correspondence, World War I, undated
Box 5, Folder 3-13War correspondence, 1942-1945
Containing letters from Mrs. Grace Cook (sister), Edward Leigh Cook ("Ted," brother-in-law), Deborah Page Cook (niece), John Tarbox (ward), George Tarbox (father of John), City Hall associates, service friends, and others

Box 5, Folder 14War correspondence, World War II, undated
Box 6;
Box 7;
Box 8
General correspondence, 1945-1952
Includes post-war Corporation Counsel business of Colonel William Hubbell Emerson, personal letters written by him, election congratulations, affidavits, etc. Mostly carbon copies. (30 folders)

Box 11, Folder 1-5Correspondence, 1922-1945, 1952-1953, undated
Box 11 has restrictions

Series III: Army papers
Box 9, Folder 1-6Official Army papers, 1917-1953, undated
Colonel Emerson's Army Papers include official orders, training manuals, and intra-service correspondence, some with reference to social events

Box 10, Folder 11Army souvenirs of Colonel William Hubbell Emerson
Subseries I: Investigations
Material in this sub-series are restricted

Box 12, Folder 1Investigation pertaining to handling of prisoners at Camp Pell Stockade, August 15-31, 1942
Box 12, Folder 2Investigation of Harry C. Wilson, civilian employee, December 1942
Box 12, Folder 3Investigation of contract, February 1943
Box 12, Folder 4Investigation concerning diversions of medicinal whiskey and alcohol, March 23-April 24, 1943
Box 12, Folder 5Report of investigation of small ships section, civilian personnel situation, December 5-19, 1943
Box 12, Folder 6Investigation of irregularities in processing soldier's deposits, December 2, 1943-January 8, 1944
Box 12, Folder 7Investigation of the crew of Tug LT-217, October 16-18, 1944
Box 12, Folder 8Investigation of Base "G" operations, November 1944
Series IV: Personal papers
Box 9, Folder 7-8Financial material, 1921-1951
Financial Material includes tax notices and receipts, lists of U.S. Savings Bonds, Army pay notices, reports on stocks held by Col. Emerson, and general financial material.

Box 10, Folder 1Certificates
American Legal Association, Certificate of Membership (William Huntington Smith, 1851).
NYS Senate Election Certificate (William N. Emerson, 1875).
Box 10, Folder 2Diaries
Caleb Johnson, 1758
Frances Connor (Smith) Wells, 1831-1837
Box 10, Folder 3Kent Club
Membership list, 1950
Paper by Colonel William Hubbell Emerson, May 1949
Box 10, Folder 4Lecture: Rock formations
Box 10, Folder 5Legal documents
Indenture between James and Daniel Carmichael. Caledonia Property, June 20, 1818
Sibley Park legal agreement, November 10, 1874
Deed to land on Stone Street, issued to Maria G. Hubbell, February 29, 1876
Letters testamentary in the matter of the estate of Maria G. Hubbell, June 26, 1884
Box 10, Folder 6Essays of William N. Emerson
Box 10, Folder 7Ryan and Dempsey Nursery Property Division, December 1870
Map

Box 10, Folder 8Pamphlets, pictures, etc. of Carolyn Emerson.
Box 10, Folder 9Clippings, articles, programs, etc.
Box 10, Folder 10Receipts, December 21, 1889
Also includes and bill, letter and cancelled checks for the services of Dr. William B. Jones (1915)

Box 10, Folder 13Speeches: William Hubbell Emerson, 1941-1952
Box 11, Folder 6Newspaper clippings
Box 11 has restrictions

Box 11, Folder 7Printed miscellaneous from WW II period
Box 11 has restrictions

Box 11, Folder 8Last will and testament of William H. Emerson, June 1951
Box 11 has restrictions
Typescript

Box 11, Folder 9Check lists
Box 11 has restrictions

Box 11, Folder 10Memorandum
Box 11 has restrictions
Typescript

Box 12, Folder 9American Legion 35th Annual Convention. Rochester, 1953
Box 12 has restrictions



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