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
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Box 1: The material contained within Box 1 centers on Lansdale family history. 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.
The fourth category is composed of copies of speeches given by Lansdale throughout his career (1920-1972).
Box 3: Box 3 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 4: Box 4 is composed of family correspondence. The concentration here is on Parker and Bruce Lansdale and their respective families, and Ann Hartley Momtchiloff and Peter Hartley. Inclusive dates 1942-1955.
Box 5: Box 5 is also composed of family correspondence. Here, the concentration is on Herbert and Robert Lansdale, although there is also much correspondence with Parker and Bruce Lansdale. Inclusive dates of 1940-1964.
Box 6: Box 6 contains personal 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 7: Box 7 also contains personal correspondence. Correspondents include personal friends and acquaintances. Inclusive dates of 1930-1965.
Box 8: Box 8 has two components. First, folders 1-4 contain the remainder of Lansdale's personal correspondence (1952-1972). Second, the rest of the box is composed of general YMCA materials. Pamphlets, bulletins, and miscellaneous correspondence concerning the YMCA is contained here. Inclusive dates are 1940-1959.
Box 9: Box 9 is composed of YMCA 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 10: The material in Box 10 centers upon Greece 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 11: The material in Box 11 centers upon the Greek YMCA. 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 12: Box 12 also contains material pertaining to Greece and the Greek YMCA. There is some YMCA literature, but most of the material is composed of correspondence, with a time span of 1925-1967.
Box 13: Box 13 contains Lansdale family memorabilia. 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. Inclusive dates are 1926-1947.
Box 14: Box 14 also contains family items. There is 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 15: Box 15 is also composed of family items. Contained here is another of Lansdale, Sr.'s passports (1928), family letters, address books, notebooks, and Lida Lansdale's will. Inclusive dates are 1925-1960.
Box 16: Box 16 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 17: Box 17 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 18: The material in Box 18 centers upon Robert T. Lansdale. There is family correspondence (1945-1949), notices on Robert Lansdale's death (1980), and many photographs.
Boxes 19 and 19a: Boxes 19 and 19a also 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 20: Box 20 is composed of family residential photographs. Most of the photographs are of 8 Nunda Boulevard, Rochester, NY, beginning with the excavation of the property in 1919.
Box 2:
Box 6:
Box 9:
Box 10:
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.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Greece
Young Men's Christian associations
Correspondence
Newspaper clippings
Speeches
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
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], Herbert Parker Lansdale, Jr. papers, D.126, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Content List
Box 1: The material contained within Box 1 centers on Lansdale family history. 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.
The fourth category is composed of copies of speeches given by Lansdale throughout his career (1920-1972).
Box 3: Box 3 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 4: Box 4 is composed of family correspondence. The concentration here is on Parker and Bruce Lansdale and their respective families, and Ann Hartley Momtchiloff and Peter Hartley. Inclusive dates 1942-1955.
Box 5: Box 5 is also composed of family correspondence. Here, the concentration is on Herbert and Robert Lansdale, although there is also much correspondence with Parker and Bruce Lansdale. Inclusive dates of 1940-1964.
Box 6: Box 6 contains personal 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 7: Box 7 also contains personal correspondence. Correspondents include personal friends and acquaintances. Inclusive dates of 1930-1965.
Box 8: Box 8 has two components. First, folders 1-4 contain the remainder of Lansdale's personal correspondence (1952-1972). Second, the rest of the box is composed of general YMCA materials. Pamphlets, bulletins, and miscellaneous correspondence concerning the YMCA is contained here. Inclusive dates are 1940-1959.
Box 9: Box 9 is composed of YMCA 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 10: The material in Box 10 centers upon Greece 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 11: The material in Box 11 centers upon the Greek YMCA. 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 12: Box 12 also contains material pertaining to Greece and the Greek YMCA. There is some YMCA literature, but most of the material is composed of correspondence, with a time span of 1925-1967.
Box 13: Box 13 contains Lansdale family memorabilia. 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. Inclusive dates are 1926-1947.
Box 14: Box 14 also contains family items. There is 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 15: Box 15 is also composed of family items. Contained here is another of Lansdale, Sr.'s passports (1928), family letters, address books, notebooks, and Lida Lansdale's will. Inclusive dates are 1925-1960.
Box 16: Box 16 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 17: Box 17 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 18: The material in Box 18 centers upon Robert T. Lansdale. There is family correspondence (1945-1949), notices on Robert Lansdale's death (1980), and many photographs.
Boxes 19 and 19a: Boxes 19 and 19a also 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 20: Box 20 is composed of family residential photographs. Most of the photographs are of 8 Nunda Boulevard, Rochester, NY, beginning with the excavation of the property in 1919.
Detailed List of Notable Correspondents
Box 2:
Folder 18: Roman Catholic Bishop Kearney (Rochester, NY)
Box 6:
Folder 1:
Governor Thomas Dewey (NY)
Ahmet Deniz
Folder 2: William Briggs
Folder 3: Gilbert McCurdy
Folder 4:
James L. Ellenwood
Walter Todd
Folder 5: Charilaos Lagoudakis
Folder 6: Kenneth B. Keating (House of Rep., NY)
Folder 8:
George V Allen (Assistant Secretary of State)
William Baxter (Dept. of State)
William Byrne (House of Rep., NY)
Leonard J. Cromis (Dept. of State)
United States Economic Cooperation Administration Folder 9: James W. Wadsworth (House of Rep., NY)
Folder 10: Glyndon G. Van Deusen (University of Rochester)
Folder 11: James Spinning
Folder 13: James Gleason
Walter Todd
Folder 14: Ralph Kent (Navy Dept.)
Folder 16:
Edward G. Miner (University of Rochester)
University Club (Rochester, NY) Folder 29: L.P. Kwok (Hong Kong businessman)
Folder 30: James Spinning
Folder 33: World Council of Churches
Folder 34: House family (Greece)
Folder 37: Economic Cooperation Administration
Box 9:
Folder 1: Almbert M. Chesley estate
Folder 3: Eugene E. Barnett
Folder 5: Walter Todd
Folder 6: Lew and Dorothy Reiss
Folder 7: Lew and Dorothy Reiss
Folder 8: D. A. Davis
Folder 11:
Earl B. Taylor (University of Rochester)
Walker S. Lee (Dept. of Public Safety, Rochester, NY; later, Commissioner New York State Building Code Commission)
John A. Lowe (Director of Rochester Public Library)  
Box 10:
Folder 1:
Karamanlis (Prime Minister of Greece)
King Paul of Greece
N. D. Kopsidas (President of the Community of St. Dimitrius, Pelion) Folder 2: King Paul and Queen Frederika of Greece
Folder 3:
C. W. de Kiewiet (University of Rochester)
Kenneth Keating (House of Rep., NY)
George C. McGhee (Assistant Secretary of State) Folder 5: John E. Peurifoy (Deputy Under Secretary of State)
Folder 7: Spyros P. Skouras (President Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation)
Folder 8: President Richard M. Nixon
Folder 9:
Archbishop Michael (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America)
Archbishop Athenagoras (Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church) Folder 10: Archbishop Athenagoras
Folder 11: Archbishop Athenagoras


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