Herbert Parker Lansdale, Jr. Papers

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Herbert Parker Lansdale, Jr. papers
Creator: Lansdale, Herbert Parker, 1898-1988
Call Number: D.126
Dates: 1863-1982
Physical Description: 20 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Content List
Box 1 Lansdale family history., 1920-1956
Box 2 Lansdale speeches, 1920-1972
Box 3 Marjorie, Grace, and Jessie Lansdale, 1921-1956
Box 4 Family correspondence, 1942-1955
Box 5 Family correspondence, 1940-1964
Box 6 Personal correspondence and papers
Box 7 Personal correspondence, 1930-1965
Box 9 YMCA materials
Box 10 Greece and the Greek Orthodox Church
Box 11 Greek YMCA, 1925-1970
Box 12 Greece and the Greek YMCA., 1925-1967
Box 13 Lansdale family memorabilia, 1926-1947
Box 14 Lansdale family items
Box 15 Lansdale family items, 1925-1960
Box 16 Lansdale family items and YMCA literature
Box 17 Lansdale family items
Box 18 Robert T. Lansdale material
Box 20 Family residential photographs
Collection Overview
Title: Herbert Parker Lansdale, Jr. papers
Creator: Lansdale, Herbert Parker, 1898-1988
Call Number: D.126
Dates: 1863-1982
Physical Description: 20 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Herbert Parker Lansdale, Jr. was born on March 7, 1898 in Baltimore, Maryland. His father, Herbert Parker Lansdale, Sr. was the General Secretary of the Rochester, New York Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) from 1911 until his retirement in 1929. His mother was Lida R. Eppley Lansdale. His only sibling, a brother, Robert T. Lansdale (1900-1980), served as the New York Commissioner of Social Welfare under Governor Thomas E. Dewey from 1943 until 1953.

Lansdale graduated from East High School, Rochester, NY, in 1915. He attended Oberlin College, where he received his B.A. in 1919 and his A.M. in 1920. Honorary degrees bestowed upon him in later life included a L.H.D. from Beaver College (1954); a LL.D. from George Williams College (1957); a D.H. from Springfield College (1958); and a L.H.D. from Oberlin College (1959).

Lansdale spent the majority of his professional career working in various capacities for the YMCA. His positions included: Education Director of the Worcester, MA, YMCA (1920-25); General Secretary of the Saloniki, Greece, YMCA (1925-31); National Director of the Greek YMCAs (1927-39); General Secretary of the Rochester, NY, YMCA (1939-52); Executive Secretary of the International Committee of YMCAs of the United States and Canada (1952-57); General Secretary of the United States National Council of YMCAs (1957-64); Secretary of the Rochester Community Chest (now the United Way) (1964-66); and as Assistant to the President of Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1967-72).

Lansdale's personal life was equally full. He married his first wife, Marjorie M. McKay in 1922 (d.March 1950). She was the mother of his two sons, Dr. Herbert Parker Lansdale III (Parker) and Bruce McKay Lansdale. Parker Lansdale graduated from Monroe High School, Rochester, NY, in 1942 and went on to graduate from Yale Divinity School as an ordained minister. His life's work has concentrated on the YMCA. Bruce Lansdale also attended Monroe High School, as well as the University of Rochester, from which he graduated in 1946. He served as Director of the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece from 1954 to 1990.

Lansdale's second wife was Mrs. Grace H. Hartley (d. March 1953). Her children were Peter E. Hartley and Ann (Mrs. Ivan N. Momtchiloff). His third wife was Mrs. Jessie L. Howell, who survived him. Her daughter by her first marriage was Jacqueline (Mrs. Charles C. Peterson).

Herbert Parker Lansdale, Jr. died on September 13, 1988 in Palo Alto, CA, where he had retired.

Scope and Content
The Herbert Parker Lansdale, Jr. collection consists of both personal and professional papers. Lansdale consistently saved personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, copies of YMCA correspondence, and cards of his own speeches and notes.

Among the personal correspondence included in the collection are letters from his parents, Lida and Herbert Lansdale, Sr.; his children, Bruce and Herbert Parker Lansdale III; other family members; and numerous friends. Included in this category is correspondence with his three wives, Marjorie, Grace, and Jessie, as well as condolence notes received upon the first two wives' deaths.

There is correspondence with many locally prominent people of the Rochester, New York area, including Roman Catholic Bishop Kearney; Marion B. Folsom (see Register); University of Rochester faculty and administrators, such as historians Glyndon Van Deusen and Dexter Perkins; Hiram and Harper Sibley; businessman James Gleason; and educator James Spinning. Also included in this part of the collection is correspondence with King Paul of Greece (1947-64); New York Governor Thomas Dewey (1943-55); President Richard Nixon (1969-74); and Archbishop Athenagoras, as well as several other Orthodox Church notables.

The main part of the collection centers upon Lansdale's professional career. Throughout the majority of his life, Lansdale held various positions within the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). Correspondence concerning his appointments, promotions, responsibilities, and problems are represented. It should be noted here that Lansdale not only saved correspondence addressed to him, but also frequently created file copies of his own outgoing mail. This is true of his personal correspondence as well.

Lansdale spent nearly forty-five years with the YMCA (1920-64), and the organization's growth and evolution can be followed through the material in the collection. Much of the correspondence centers upon the YMCA's role as a Christian center. One of the main correspondents was YMCA official D.A. Davis.

The other large portion of the YMCA section centers upon the country of Greece. Lansdale's many years living and working there (1925-39), as well as his son Bruce's many years as Director of the American Farm School (1954-90), are copiously represented. Much correspondence, personal and professional, concerns Greece, the land, the Orthodox Church, the political situation, and the ouster of the YMCA. Magazine articles and newspaper clippings on these subjects have also been retained in the collection.

The rest of the professional correspondence concerns Lansdale's semi-retirement years at the Rochester Community Chest (now the United Way) (1964-66) and at the Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1967-72).

The final small portion of the collection contains family genealogical and legal papers. Several members of the family were tracing the Lansdale genealogy, and there are several letters related to their findings. A brief family tree is represented. Findings about a possible link with the Clag(g)ett family are recorded, as well as correspondence about the Curtice family connections. Robert Vinton Lansdale's association with the Bachrach family of photographers has been documented. Legal documents include Lida Lansdale's will and bank records, as well as the financial records of Herbert P. Lansdale, Jr. himself. Notable correspondence can be found: Roman Catholic Bishop Kearney (Box 2, Folder 18), Governor Thomas Dewey, NY (Box 6, Folder 1), Ahmet Deniz (Box 6, Folder 1), William Briggs (Box 6, Folder 2), Gilbert McCurdy (Box 6, Folder 3), James L. Ellenwood (Box 6, Folder 4), Walter Todd (Box 6, Folder 4), Charilaos Lagoudakis (Box 6, Folder 5), Kenneth B. Keating, NY (Box 6, Folder 6 and Box 10, Folder 3), George V. Allen (Box 6, Folder 8), William Baxter (Box 6, Folder 8), William Byrne (Box 6, Folder 8), Leonard J. Cromis (Box 6, Folder 8), James W. Wadsworth (Box 6, Folder 9), Glyndon G. Van Deusen (Box 6, Folder 10), James Spinning (Box 6, Folder 11, 30), James Gleason (Box 6, Folder 13), Walter Todd (Box 6, Folder 13), Ralph Kent ((Box 6, Folder 14), Edward G. Miner (Box 6, Folder 16), L.P. Kwok (Box 6, Folder 29), World Council of Churches (Box 6, Folder 33), House family, Greece (Box 6, Folder 34), Economic Cooperation Administration (Box 6, Folder 37), Almbert M. Chesley estate (Box 9, Folder 1), Eugene Barnett (Box 9, Folder 3), Walter Todd (Box 9, Folder 5), Lew and Dorothy Reiss (Box 9, Folder 6-7), Karamanlis, Prime Minister of Greece (Box 10, Folder 1), King Paul and Queen Frederika of Greece (Box 10, Folder 3), C.W. de Kiewiet (Box 10, Folder 3), Spyros P. Skouras (Box 10, Folder 7), President Richard M. Nixon (Box 10, Folder 8), Archbishop Michael, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South American (Box 10, Folder 9), Archbishop Athenagoras, Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church (Box 10, Folder 9), Archbishop Athenagoras (Box 10, Folder 10-11)

New York (State)--Rochester
Young Men's Christian associations
Newspaper clippings
Lansdale, Herbert Parker, 1898-1988
YMCA of Greater Rochester (Rochester, N.Y.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection is the gift of Herbert P. Lansdale, Jr. Part of the collection was donated in September 1977 and the rest in October 1982.Access
The Herbert Parker Lansdale, Jr. 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
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[Item title, item date], Herbert Parker Lansdale, Jr. papers, D.126, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Box 1Lansdale family history., 1920-1956
Folders 1-9 chronicle the family genealogy, including documentation on the Lansdale, Eppley, Clag(g)ett, and Curtice family histories. The remainder of the box is occupied with the correspondence and legal papers of Lida and Herbert P. Lansdale, Sr., Herbert P. Lansdale, Jr.'s parents. The inclusive dates of the material in this box are 1920-1956, with a concentration on the 1920's and 1930's.

Box 2Lansdale speeches, 1920-1972
Box 3Marjorie, Grace, and Jessie Lansdale, 1921-1956
Contains correspondence and personal materials concerning Lansdale's three wives: Marjorie, Grace, and Jessie, respectively. Most of the material consists of letters of congratulations upon the marriages and letters of condolence upon the first two wives' deaths. Inclusive dates are 1921-1956.

Box 4Family correspondence, 1942-1955
Correspondence is concentrated on Parker and Bruce Lansdale and their respective families, and Ann Hartley Momtchiloff and Peter Hartley.

Box 5Family correspondence, 1940-1964
Correspondence is concentrated on Herbert and Robert Lansdale, although there is also much correspondence with Parker and Bruce Lansdale.

Box 6Personal correspondence and papers
Correspondents include personal friends, local figures, and government officials. The detailed list of correspondents lists notable figures represented here. Papers include "Memoirs III: Charles Village" (local area of Baltimore, Maryland), travel itineraries, health records, financial statements and pay stubs, an address list, and Lansdale's self evaluation. Also included is a list, with addresses, of the members of the "Morons" Club.

Box 7Personal correspondence, 1930-1965
Correspondents include personal friends and acquaintances

Box 8, Folder 1-4Personal correspondence, 1952-1972
Box 8, Folder 5-remainder of boxYMCA materials, 1940-1959
Pamphlets, bulletins, and miscellaneous correspondence concerning the YMCA

Box 9YMCA materials
The main body of the material is correspondence. Notable figures represented are listed on a separate sheet. Folders 12-41 are arranged in chronological order according to position: as Education Director in Worcester, MA (1920-1925); as General Secretary in Rochester, NY (1939-1952); as Executive Secretary of the International Committee (1952-1957); and as General Secretary of the United States National Council of YMCAs (1957-1964).

Box 10Greece and the Greek Orthodox Church
There is much literature concerning, and some correspondence from, Archbishop Athenagoras. This and other correspondence is listed on a separate sheet. Inclusive dates are 1936-1939. There is also a small amount of correspondence with and about King Paul of Greece, dated 1950-1952.

Box 11Greek YMCA, 1925-1970
Its movement, growth, and demise is recorded. A small amount of material is also devoted to the American Farm School in Greece. Inclusive dates are 1925-1970, with a concentration on 1925-1939.

Box 12Greece and the Greek YMCA., 1925-1967
There is some YMCA literature, but most of the material is composed of correspondence

Box 13Lansdale family memorabilia, 1926-1947
Several diaries and datebooks are enclosed, including those of Herbert Lansdale, Sr., as well as other family members. Lansdale, Sr.'s passport is also here

Box 14Lansdale family items
Includes a sheet chronicling Lansdale, Sr.'s life (1868-1942), The Baltimore Century Plant (1908), Loudon Park Cemetery (1872) (Baltimore), books on the Mt. Vernon branch of the Royal Guard (1887-1888), and articles on the history of the Baltimore, Maryland YMCA (established 1856)

Box 15Lansdale family items, 1925-1960
Contained here is another of Lansdale, Sr.'s passports (1928), family letters, address books, notebooks, and Lida Lansdale's will

Box 16Lansdale family items and YMCA literature
Contains How I Found My Brother (1907), some YMCA literature, and a small amount of personal correspondence between Parker and his uncle Robert Lansdale dated 1960

Box 17Lansdale family items
Contains a scrapbook belonging to Lansdale, Sr.; articles on the American Farm School; some YMCA literature (1947-1960); a Reader's Digest (1942-1943); and many family photographs.

Box 18Robert T. Lansdale material
Includes family correspondence (1945-1949), notices on Robert Lansdale's death (1980), and many photographs

Box 19;
Box 19a
Lansdale family material
Contains photographs, as well as memorabilia from trip to China (1926), a guest book (1902-1905), and numerous newspaper clippings about the Lansdale family. One of the newspapers is an 1863 Evening Star

Box 20Family residential photographs
Most of the photographs are of 8 Nunda Boulevard, Rochester, NY, beginning with the excavation of the property in 1919

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