Henry Levi Ward Papers

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Collection Overview
Title: Henry Levi Ward papers
Creator: Ward, Henry L. (Henry Levi), 1863-1943
Call Number: A.W25
Dates: 1881-1943
Physical Description: 9 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Henry Levi Ward was the son of Henry A. Ward and became a noted museum director in his own right. He was director of municipal museums in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Green Bay, Wisconsin from 1902 to 1941.

Scope and Content
The Henry Levi Ward Papers contains account books, diaries, manuscripts of speeches, articles, lectures, etc., research notes, clippings, photographs and other memorabilia. The packages contain two framed portraits (Henry M. and Henry A. Ward), group pictures, and citations from Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1889.

Subject(s):
Ward, Henry L. (Henry Levi), 1863-1943
Museum directors
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. Marion Gillan, July 7, 1956.Access
The Henry Levi Ward 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], Henry Levi Ward papers, A.W25, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
  • Charles H. Ward Papers : Charles was Henry's son who in the 1890's started his own business. The Charles Ward Anatomical Laboratories supplied osteological specimens. Charles was interested in comparative osteology.
  • Henry A. Ward Papers : Henry founded Ward's Natural Science Establishment in 1862. This collection contains correspondence, catalogs, bulletins, and numerous photographs of the Establishment and its products.
  • Roswell H. Ward Papers : Roswell was Charles' son and Henry's grandson who donated the Henry A. Ward Papers to the University. He was the biographer of his grandfather.
  • Ward (Frank Hawley) Family Papers : Hawley, as he was known, was the son of Frank A. Ward (cousin to Henry A. Ward). Hawley was the Vice-President of Ward's Natural Science Establishment under his father , and later was Chairman of the Board during the early Dean L. Gamble years.
  • Ward's Natural Science Establishment Papers (1876-1988): This collection continues the history of Ward's Natural Science Establishment, Rochester, New York, as started in the Henry Augustus Ward Papers. The collection was donated by William C. Gamble, president of the firm between 1962 and 1980. The Ward's Addition is a continuation of this original Ward's collection.
  • Ward's Natural Science Establishment Papers, Addition : This collection continues the history of Ward's Natural Science Establishment as started in the Henry Augustus Ward Papers (call number A.W23) and continued in the Ward's Natural Science Establishment Papers (call number D.231). While the first collection of the Establishment (D.231) concentrates on the history of Ward's from the 1950s through the 1980s, covering mostly the financial and business aspects of the company, particularly from the time when William C. Gamble was president of Ward's (1962 through 1980), this newest addition to the collection, while smaller in volume, is much broader in scope. It encompasses the history of Ward's from its earliest beginnings with Henry A. Ward in 1862 through the sale of the company in 1998. It also includes many historical materials on the extended Henry A. Ward Family.
  • Ward's Natural Science Establishment Catalog Collection. This collection consists of approximately 200 catalogs published by Ward's between 1863 and 1993. The catalogs describe the items that Ward's had available for sale including skeletons, mounted birds and animals, geological specimens, fossils, meteorites, scientific equipment, and models.
  • University of Rochester Archives, Public Relations File on Ward's. No call number. This file is crucial to understanding the circumstances surrounding the 1928 donation of the Establishment to the University, and the shift in emphasis led by Dean Gamble.



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: Records
Box 1, Volume 1-18Account books, 1881-1884, 1886-1911, 1914-1943
Box 2, Volume 1-2Diaries: bird notes, July 1903-1905
Box 2, Volume 3Chemistry laboratory notebook
Box 2, Volume 4"Catalog of library of H.L. Ward"
Box 2, Volume 5"List of mammals of Mexico"
Box 2, Volume 6-13Research notebooks
Box 2, Volume 14-15Exercise books
Box 2, Volume 16Diary kept by Henry Levi Ward on Antigua, 1878-1879
Box 3, Folder 1Correspondence, 1927-1944
Box 3, Folder 2Inventories of personal libraries
Box 3Carbon typescript of a resignation letter by H.L. Ward, May 18, 1920, from the Public Museum of Milwaukee
Box 3bLetter copying book, 1891-1892
Series II: Writings and speeches
Box 3Manuscripts of speeches, articles, lectures, etc.
45 items

Box 3Publications: two unbound pamphlets by H.L. Ward
Box 3, Folder 3Writings and speeches
Selected writings and speeches include: "Thomas Henry Huxley," May 14, 1910; "Science and Life," n.d.; "Some Significant Tendencies in American Life," January 22, 1929 (2 copies); "Common Omissions and Errors in Museum Administration"

Box 3, Folder 4Writings and speeches
Selected writings and speeches included in this folder are: "Paleontology," n.d.; "Bird Architecture," n.d.; "Given Before the Milw.[Milwaukee] Zoological Society," November 15, 1907; "Birds. Physical peculiarities.," December 10, 1928; "The Public Museum," December 8, 1908; "Museum Aids to Nature Study," October 30, 1924; "Collecting Paraphanali," n.d.

Box 3, Folder 5Writings and speeches
Selected writings and speechesincluded in this folder are: "Radio WASH, 2 P.M. Oct 29/29," October 29, 1929; "Museum Aids to Nature Study," n.d.; "Science and Life," n.d.; "Safety First," n.d.; "The Museum and the Community," November 16, 1925; "Unveiling of tablet on Mill Stores by D.A.R.," July 12, 1928; "Proposed Museum Course," n.d.; "The Value of a Museum in Civic Life," n.d.

Box 3, Folder 6Writings and speeches
Selected writings and speeches included in this folder are: "Meteorites," n.d.; "Thesis," n.d.; "Feathers," n.d.

Box 3, Folder 7Writings and speeches
"Something about Birds," n.d.; untitled speech about Steller's Sea Lion, n.d.

Box 3, Folder 8Writings and speeches
Selected writings and speeches include in this folder are: "Teeth," n.d.; "Some Features and Functions of a Museum of Natural History," n.d.; "Why?," n.d.; "Meteorites," n.d.

Box 3a, Folder 1Writings and speeches
Selected writings and speeches included in this folder are: "The Museum and The Schools," n.d.; "Public Museum Lecture," arch 12, 1916; "Needs of the Museum," April 1, 1931; "Teaching of their young by animals," n.d.; "About Museums," July 17, 1930; "Coffinberry manuscript," June 20, 1930; "Gentlemen:...," n.d.

Box 3a, Folder 2Writings and speeches
Selected writings and speeches included in this folder are: "Notes on Father's characteristics," n.d.; "Proposed Museum Course," n.d.; "To the board of Trustees of the Public Museum of the City of Milwaukee...," May 18, 1920; "Evolution of Man (list)," n.d.; "Evolution of Man," n.d.; "40 Odd Years of Museum Work," n.d.; "Mayor and Finance Committee...," n.d.; "Zoological Groups in Museums," n.d.; "To the honorable Board of Trustees of the Milwaukee Public Museum...," n.d.

Box 3a, Folder 3Writings and speeches
Selected writings and speeches included in this folder are: "The Rochester Academy of Sciences has been...," n.d.

Box 3a, Folder 4Reports from Neville Public Museum, 1939-1940
Box 3a, Folder 5"Trustee and Executive Officers of Museums," by Henry Levi Ward, 1912
Box 3a, Folder 6"Descripcion de dos especies nuevas de Roedores de Mexico," Henry Levi Ward, 1891
Box 3a, Folder 7"A visit to hell in the interests of zoology," by Henry Levi Ward, 1896
Series III: Memorabilia
Box 4Document case containing research notes, clippings, etc.
Box 4Instrument case containing thermometer, barometer, compass, distance finder, mechanical pencil
Box 4Carved rabbit
Box 4Photographs in cases
3 photographs

Box 4Envelopes of newspaper clippings
2 envelopes

Box 5Photograph album
Box 5Envelope of pictures (people)
Box 6, Folder 1-2Photographs of museum objects; buildings; scenery
Box 6, Folder 3Photographs of animals and memorials
Box 6, Folder 4Photograph album
Box 6a, Folder 1Testimonial from Republica Mexicana, 1887
Box 6a, Folder 2Certificate, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1906
Box 6a, Folder 3Resolution from Public Museum of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1920
Box 6a, Folder 4Medals from the Exposition Universelle, Paris, France, 1889
Package 1Framed portrait of Henry M. Ward
Package 2Framed portrait of Henry A. Ward
Package 3Lead cylinder containing two citations from Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1899
Package 4Four group pictures and one photograph of Henry A. Ward


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