Arthur Barry Papers

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Arthur Barry papers
Creator: Barry, Arthur, 1887-1954
Call Number: D.180
Dates: 1898-1954 
Physical Description: 25 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
Series I: Personal correspondence
Series II: Private journals
Series III: Personal papers
Series IV: Financial records and tax returns
Series V: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (S.P.C.C.)
Series VI: St. Mary's Hospital and Rochester General Hospital
Series VII: Clubs, charities, and civic organizations
Series VIII: East Side Savings Bank
Subseries I: Correspondence
Subseries II: Mortgages
Subseries III: Meeting agendas and minutes
Subseries IV: Bank business papers
Series IX: Community Savings Bank
Subseries I: Correspondence
Subseries II: Mortgages
Subseries III: Meeting agendas and minutes
Subseries IV: Bank business papers
Series X: Other banking institutions
Subseries I: New York State Banking Department
Subseries II: Savings Bank Association of New York
Subseries III: Rochester Trust Safe Deposit Company
Subseries IV: Lincoln-Alliance Bank
Subseries V: Other banking papers
Collection Overview
Title: Arthur Barry papers
Creator: Barry, Arthur, 1887-1954
Call Number: D.180
Dates: 1898-1954 
Physical Description: 25 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Arthur Augustine Barry, the youngest of William Crawford and Minnie Louise Gaffney Barry's seven children, was born on April 30, 1887. Barry grew up in Rochester, and was educated at Nazareth School, the Bradstreet School, and by private tutors. He married Gladys Brewster in 1911; she died in 1922. They had two sons, Harold Brewster Barry and Heustis Pomeroy Barry.

Barry was involved in several business enterprises. He was connected with the Ellwanger and Barry nursery until it went out of business in 1917. He served as director and vice-president of the Ellwanger and Barry Realty Company. The firm, begun by his grandfather, Patrick Barry, was incorporated in 1900 and continued in business until 1963.

In addition to managing the real estate company, Barry served on the board of directors of the East Side Savings Bank from 1935 to 1944. He was elected chairman of the board in 1940. When East Side merged with the Mechanic's Savings Bank in 1944, forming the Community Savings Bank, Barry remained on the board of the new institution. He was also on the board of the Rochester Trust and Safe Deposit Company from 1942 until 1945, when it merged with Lincoln Alliance Bank and Trust Company to create the Lincoln Rochester Trust Company.

Barry took an active interest in community affairs. He served on the board of directors of several local civic and charitable organizations, and helped support many others. He participated in a number of fund-raising campaigns as well. Barry died at the age of sixty-six on 12 April 1954, following a brief illness.

Scope and Content
The collection consists of letters written to Arthur Barry by his sons H. Brewster Barry and H. Pomeroy Barry, other relatives, and friends. There is also correspondence with the officials of the schools the boys attended, as well as letters concerning the property Barry owned, and his financial and business affairs. The rest of the collection includes Barry's private journals, personal financial and tax records, and the reports and correspondence of the charities and clubs with which he was affiliated. The correspondence and records of the East Side Savings Bank, the Community Savings Bank, and the Rochester Trust and Safe Deposit Company make up the balance of the collection.

The letters Barry received from his sons span the years from 1922 to 1948, with the majority of them dating from 1943-1946 when Brewster and Pomeroy were in the Army. Brewster served in the Finance Department of the O.S.S., first at the Marine Branch, Quantico, Virginia (1944) and later in Washington, DC (1945). Pomeroy was a staff sergeant attached to the Ordnance Department, 98th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company. He was stationed in Oran, Algeria (2 September-October 1943/1 May-20 August 1944), Casablanca, Morocco (October 1943-30 April 1944), France (25 August 1944-8 April 1945), and Germany (April-September 1945). Brewster's letters, far more numerous than Pomeroy's, contain information about his wife, Vivian, their first child, Charles Arthur (born 8 January 1945), family finances, the weather, and inquiries and comments about various family members and friends. There are also several photographs, and letters and greeting cards from Vivian Barry to her father-in-law. Brewster sometimes mentions his military duties, but, because of government censorship, he does not elaborate upon them. Of special note, however, is his letter dated 15 April 1945 in which he describes Franklin D. Roosevelt's funeral procession. Pomeroy also writes of the weather, family finances, friends, and relations. Until censorship was lifted in May, 1945, he, too, could not reveal his specific location or duties. Nevertheless, he did manage to send several artifacts to his father including the American Flag arm band he wore when he landed in France, a German mine field marker, and a piece of fabric marked with the Nazi eagle and swastika. These items are included with his letters.

The remainder of Barry's personal correspondence is composed of letters from family members, friends, and business associates (c1915-1946), and letters between Barry and officials of the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut (1929-1934), the Allendale School (1928-1932), and the Avon Old Farms School (1932-1937). There is also a limited correspondence between Barry and W. Griffin Kelley, Headmaster of the Newman School (1931-1934) and W. L. Agard, Dean of Williams College (1931). Letters pertaining to the construction of his house at 668 Mt. Hope Avenue (1921-1922), the maintenance of his farm in Richmond Mills (1936-1944), and the purchase and care of his Jordon automobile (1923-1930) complete the selection of his personal correspondence.

Papers from the various charitable and civic organizations with which Barry was associated make up a substantial portion of this collection. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (1929-1946), the Rochester Civic Music Organization (1938-1941), and Charlotte Whitney Allen's U.S. "Sinking" Fund (1942-1945) are the most prominent groups Barry supported. The correspondence concerning the "Sinking" Fund includes letters from Admiral C.W. Nimitz (27 May 1945) and General Dwight D. Eisenhower (29 September 1945).

The material dealing with Barry's career in banking is composed of general business correspondence (East Side, 1938-1943/Community, 1945-1952), correspondence concerning the real estate owned or controlled by East Side Bank (1938-1944), and social correspondence such as letters announcing parties and other social events sponsored by the bank. There is also some correspondence from the New York State Banking Department (1935-1952) and the Savings Bank Association of New York (1938-1947).

Mortgage Loan Applications, Statements of Condition, and the Agendas and Minutes of various committee meetings for the East Side and Community Savings Banks constitute the majority of the documents concerning Barry's banking career. The Mortgage Loan Applications (1942-1952) provide the name of the applicant, his occupation and place of employment, his annual income, the location of the property he proposed to buy, the amount of the loan for which he was applying, and whether this amount was approved. The Statements of Condition (1936-1954) give a monthly analysis of the overall condition of the bank, with a breakdown of the assets and liabilities for each department. The Agendas and Minutes of the Board Meetings (1941-1954), the Executive Committee Meetings (1940-1954), the Bond Committee Meetings (1943-1952), the Loan Committee Meetings (1942-1952), the Real Estate Committee Meetings (1949-1952), and the Investment Committee Meetings (1954) offer an account of the how the bank operated.

A number of miscellaneous bank documents from East Side and Community Savings are contained in the collection, including information about the annual operating budget (1942-1953). There are some papers dealing with Rochester banking (1936-1947) and New York State banking policy and regulations (1937-1952). There is a little material from the Lincoln-Alliance Bank & Trust Company (1928-1945) and the Rochester Trust and Safe Deposit Company (1935-1944). A selection of newspaper clippings from the East Side Bank (1937-1943), Mechanic's Savings Bank (1938-1943), Community Savings Bank (1944-1952), and other Rochester banks completes the collection.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Banks and banking
Correspondence
Minutes (Records)
Mortgages
Financial records
Diaries
Barry, Arthur, 1887-1954
Ellwanger & Barry
East Side Savings Bank (Rochester, N.Y.)
Community Savings Bank (Rochester, N.Y.)
Barry family
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Ellwanger and Barry Realty Company, 1963.Access
The Arthur Barry 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], Arthur Barry papers, D.180, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Content List
Series I: Personal correspondence
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence with H.B. Barry, 1922-1944
Box 1, Folder 2-5Correspondence with H.B. Barry, 1945
Box 1, Folder 6-7Correspondence with H.B. Barry, 1946
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence with H.B. Barry, 1947
Box 1, Folder 9Correspondence with H.B. Barry, 1948
Box 1, Folder 10Correspondence with H.P. Barry, 1928-1944
Box 1, Folder 11Correspondence with H.P. Barry, 1945-1946
Box 1, Folder 12Personal correspondence, circa 1915-1946
Box 1, Folder 13Correspondence, The Taft School, 1929
Box 1, Folder 14Correspondence, The Taft School, 1930-1934
Box 1, Folder 15Correspondence, The Allendale School, 1928-1934
Box 1, Folder 16Correspondence, Avon Old Farms School, 1932-1933
Box 1, Folder 17Correspondence, Avon Old Farms School, 1934-1937
Box 1, Folder 18Correspondence, The Newman School, 1931-1934
Box 1, Folder 19Correspondence, Williams College, 1934
Series II: Private journals
Box 2Private journals, 1917-1931 (No volume for 1930)
Box 3Private journals, 1932-1937
Series III: Personal papers
Box 4, Folder 1Last will and testament, 1922
Box 4, Folder 2Correspondence and bills, construction of house on Mt. Hope Avenue, 1921-1922
Box 4, Folder 3Correspondence and informational pamphlets, The Jordon Motors Corporation, 1923-1930
Box 4, Folder 4Correspondence, Honnedaga Lodge, 1923-1932
Box 4, Folder 5-8Correspondence, Richmond Mills property, 1936-1944
Box 4, Folder 9-16Business correspondence, 1915-1949
Box 6Review and statement of assets of trust for H.B. and H.P. Barry , June 14, 1934-November 6, 1947
Series IV: Financial records and tax returns
Box 4, Folder 17Correspondence and reports, Kodak stock, 1898-1947
Box 4, Folder 18Correspondence, N.Y. State Tax Department, 1923-1937
Box 4, Folder 19Correspondence from I.R.S., 1916-1945
Box 4, Folder 20Correspondence to I.R.S., 1916-1945
Box 4, Folder 21Correspondence, stock dividends, 1919-1923
Box 4, Folder 22Records of earnings from stock dividends, 1934-1943
Box 4, Folder 23Donation and subscription receipts, 1943-1954
Box 5, Folder 1-3Federal financial and tax records, 1916-1944
Box 5, Folder 4N.Y. State financial and tax records, 1923-1942
Box 5, Folder 5-8Federal tax returns, 1913-1944
Box 5, Folder 9-11N.Y. State tax returns, 1919-1944
Series V: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (S.P.C.C.)
Box 7, Folder 1Correspondence and reports, S.P.C.C., 1929-1930
Box 7, Folder 2Correspondence and reports, S.P.C.C., 1931
Box 7, Folder 3-4Correspondence and reports, S.P.C.C., 1932
Box 7, Folder 5Correspondence and reports, S.P.C.C., 1933
Box 7, Folder 6-7Correspondence and reports, S.P.C.C., 1934
Box 7, Folder 8-9Correspondence and reports, S.P.C.C., 1935
Box 7, Folder 10Correspondence and reports, S.P.C.C., 1936
Box 7, Folder 11Correspondence and reports, S.P.C.C., 1937
Box 7, Folder 12Correspondence and reports, S.P.C.C., 1938-1939
Box 7, Folder 13Correspondence and reports, S.P.C.C., 1940-1946
Series VI: St. Mary's Hospital and Rochester General Hospital
Box 8, Folder 1Correspondence and reports, St. Mary's building campaign, 1941-1942
Box 8, Folder 2Correspondence, Rochester General Hospital, 1942-1943
Box 8, Folder 3Nurses' committee meetings, Rochester General Hospital, 1943-1948
Box 8, Folder 4Miscellaneous committee reports, Rochester General Hospital, circa 1945-1947
Box 8, Folder 5-7Financial reports, Rochester General Hospital, 1943-1947
Box 8, Folder 8Miscellaneous financial information, Rochester General Hospital, 1943-1946
Box 8, Folder 9Budget information, Rochester General Hospital, 1947
Box 8, Folder 10Hospital directors, Rochester General Hospital, 1943-1948
Series VII: Clubs, charities, and civic organizations
Box 9, Folder 1Correspondence and reports, Citizens' Tax League, 1936-1954
Box 9, Folder 2Correspondence, Rochester Civic Music Association, 1938-1941
Box 9, Folder 3Reports, Rochester Civic Music Association, 1938-1941
Box 9, Folder 4Correspondence and reports, Community Chest Drive, 1937
Box 9, Folder 5Correspondence, YMCA, 1939-1949
Box 9, Folder 6Correspondence and brochures, Paderewski Testimonial Fund, 1941
Box 9, Folder 7Correspondence, Columbus Youth Club, 1942-1943
Box 9, Folder 8Correspondence and reports, U.S. "Sinking" Fund, 1942-1945
Box 9, Folder 9-10Personal records, U.S. "Sinking" Fund, 1942-1945
Box 9, Folder 11Correspondence, American Red Cross, 1943-1946
Box 9, Folder 12Correspondence, Aquinas Memorial Stadium Campaign, 1945
Box 9, Folder 13Correspondence, Camp Lawrence Cory, 1949-1954
Box 9, Folder 14Correspondence, miscellaneous clubs, charities, and civic organizations, 1917-1953
Series VIII: East Side Savings Bank
Subseries I: Correspondence
Box 10, Folder 1-8Business correspondence, East Side Savings Bank, 1935-1943
Box 10, Folder 9-15Real estate correspondence, East Side Savings Bank, 1936-1938
Box 11, Folder 1-14Real estate correspondence, East Side Savings Bank, 1939-1941
Box 12, Folder 1-5Real estate correspondence, East Side Savings Bank, 1942-1944
Box 12, Folder 6Social correspondence, East Side Savings Bank, 1937-1943
Box 12, Folder 7Social ephemera, East Side Savings Bank, 1937-1943
Box 12, Folder 8Congratulatory notices sent to A.A. Barry, 1935, 1940
Subseries II: Mortgages
Box 13, Folder 1Mortgage loan applications, East Side Savings Bank, 1942-1943
Box 15, Folder 1Mortgage loan plans, policies and rates, East Side/Community, circa 1938-1953
Box 15, Folder 3Real estate owned or controlled, East Side/Community, circa 1941-1945
Box 15, Folder 4Report on delinquent mortgages, East Side/Community, 1936-1947
Box 15, Folder 6Miscellaneous reports on mortgage loans, East Side/Community, 1941-1951
Box 15, Folder 7Miscellaneous documents, mortgage loans, East Side/Community, 1943-1954
Box 15, Folder 8Records of mortgage and bond investments, East Side, 1935-1936
Box 16, Folder 1-6Statements of condition, East Side Savings Bank, 1936-1941
Box 17, Folder 1-5Statements of condition, East Side Savings Bank, 1942-1944
Subseries III: Meeting agendas and minutes
Box 20, Folder 1-2Agendas/minutes, Board meetings, East Side Savings Bank, 1941-1944
Box 20, Folder 12Agendas/minutes, Executive Committee, East Side Savings Bank, 1940-1944
Box 21, Folder 1Agendas/minutes, Bond Committee, East Side/Community, 1943-1944
Box 21, Folder 9-10Agendas/minutes, Loan Committee, East Side Savings Bank, 1942-1944
Box 21, Folder 19Agendas/minutes, Real Estate Committee, East Side/Community, 1943-1945
Box 22, Folder 1Agendas/minutes, Life Insurance Committee, East Side/Community, 1944-1945
Subseries IV: Bank business papers
Box 22, Folder 11Budget information, East Side/Community Savings, 1942-1946
Box 23, Folder 1Record of stocks, bonds, and securities, East Side/Community, 1936-1952
Box 23, Folder 2Earnings and operating expenses, East Side/Community, 1937-1950
Box 23, Folder 3Text and recommendations of Examining Committees, East Side/Community, 1938-1952
Box 23, Folder 4Committee members and bank officials, East Side/Community, 1942-1953
Box 23, Folder 5Dividend earnings, East Side/Community Savings, 1944-1951
Box 23, Folder 11Miscellaneous bank documents, East Side/Community Savings, 1937-1944
Box 25, Folder 1-4Newspaper clippings, East Side Savings Bank, 1937-1943
Series IX: Community Savings Bank
Subseries I: Correspondence
Box 12, Folder 9-11Business correspondence, Community Savings Bank, 1945-1952
Box 12, Folder 13Printed ephemera, East Side/Community Savings, circa 1937-1952
Subseries II: Mortgages
Box 13, Folder 2-8Mortgage loan applications, Community Savings Bank, 1944-1948
Box 14, Folder 1-8Mortgage loan applications, Community Savings Bank, 1949-1952
Box 15, Folder 2Types of property mortgaged and mortgage commitments, Community, circa 1948-1952
Box 15, Folder 5Report on delinquent mortgages, Community Savings, 1948-1952
Box 17, Folder 6-8Statements of condition, Community Savings Bank, 1944-1945
Box 18, Folder 1-8Statements of condition, Community Savings Bank, 1946-1949
Box 19, Folder 1-7Statements of condition, Community Savings Bank, 1950-1954
Subseries III: Meeting agendas and minutes
Box 20, Folder 3-11Agendas/minutes, Board meetings, Community Savings Bank, 1945-1954
Box 20, Folder 13-20Agendas/minutes, Executive Committee, Community Savings Bank, 1945-1954
Box 21, Folder 2-8Agendas/minutes, Bond Committee, Community Savings Bank, 1945-1952
Box 21, Folder 11-18Agendas/minutes, Loan Committee, Community Savings Bank, 1945-1952
Box 22, Folder 2-7Agendas/minutes, Life Insurance Committee, Community Savings Bank, 1946-1952
Box 22, Folder 8-9Agendas/minutes, Examining Committee, Community Savings Bank, 1949-1952
Box 22, Folder 10Agendas/minutes, Investment Committee, Community Savings Bank, 1954
Subseries IV: Bank business papers
Box 22, Folder 12-17Budget information, Community Savings Bank, 1947-1953
Box 23, Folder 6Agreement of merger and by-laws, Community Savings Bank, 1944
Box 23, Folder 7Documents: Employee/public relations, Community Savings Bank, 1944-1952
Box 23, Folder 8Documents: Life Insurance Dept., Community Savings Bank, circa 1945-1949
Box 23, Folder 9Departmental allocation of income and expense, Community Savings, 1946-1949
Box 23, Folder 10Attainment charts, Community Savings Bank, 1946-1951
Box 23, Folder 12Miscellaneous bank documents, Community Savings Bank, 1945-1952
Box 25, Folder 6-11Newspaper clippings, Community Savings Bank, 1944-1952
Series X: Other banking institutions
Subseries I: New York State Banking Department
Box 12, Folder 14Correspondence, New York State Banking Department, 1935-1952
Box 12, Folder 16Printed ephemera, New York State Banking Association, 1936-1944
Box 23, Folder 16Miscellaneous documents, New York State Banking Department, 1941-1952
Subseries II: Savings Bank Association of New York
Box 12, Folder 15Correspondence, Savings Bank Association of New York, 1938-1947
Box 23, Folder 15Miscellaneous documents, Savings Bank Association of New York, 1937-1941
Subseries III: Rochester Trust Safe Deposit Company
Box 24, Folder 1Business correspondence, Rochester Trust, 1935-1944
Box 24, Folder 2Social correspondence, Rochester Trust, 1942-1944
Box 24, Folder 4Miscellaneous bank records, Rochester Trust, 1940-1944
Box 24, Folder 5Agendas/minutes, Real Estate Committee, Rochester Trust, 1942-1943
Box 24, Folder 6Board of directors, Rochester Trust, 1943-1945
Box 24, Folder 7Directors' examinations, Rochester Trust, 1942-1944
Box 24, Folder 9Printed ephemera, Rochester Trust, 1942
Box 25, Folder 15Newspaper clippings, Rochester Trust, 1941-1944
Subseries IV: Lincoln-Alliance Bank
Box 24, Folder 8Printed ephemera, Lincoln-Alliance Bank, 1928-1945
Box 25, Folder 14Newspaper clippings, Lincoln-Alliance Bank, 1940-1945
Subseries V: Other banking papers
Box 12, Folder 12Miscellaneous banking correspondence, 1937-1949
Box 12, Folder 17Miscellaneous ephemera, banking, 1941-1949
Box 15, Folder 9-10Mortgages recorded by Rochester lending institutions, 1941-1949
Box 23, Folder 13-14Statements of condition, Rochester and U.S. banks, 1936-1947
Box 24, Folder 3Congratulatory letters to A.A. Barry, 1942
Box 25, Folder 5Newspaper clippings, Mechanic's Savings Bank, 1938-1943
Box 25, Folder 12Newspaper clippings, Monroe Savings Bank, 1938-1952
Box 25, Folder 13Newspaper clippings, The Rochester Savings Bank, 1938-1952
Box 25, Folder 16Newspaper clippings, Rochester banking, 1921-1952
Box 25, Folder 17Newspaper clippings, State and national banking policy, 1936-1951


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