Francis Allen Macomber Papers

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Francis Allen Macomber papers
Creator: Macomber, Francis Allen, 1837-1893
Call Number: D.195
Dates: 1858-1893 ; 1942
Physical Description: 2 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
Related Materials
Content List
Box 2 Macomber family photograph album, 1880s
Collection Overview
Title: Francis Allen Macomber papers
Creator: Macomber, Francis Allen, 1837-1893
Call Number: D.195
Dates: 1858-1893 ; 1942
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Francis Allen Macomber (born Alabama, New York, 1837; died Rochester, New York, October 13, 1893) graduated from the University of Rochester in 1859. He was a law student in Rochester from 1859 to 1861, practiced law in the city from 1861 to 1879, and then served as a judge on the New York State Supreme Court, 7th Judicial District, from 1879 until his death in 1893. He served as a trustee of the University of Rochester from 1871 until 1893. His papers consist of incoming correspondence (mainly from his friends Oscar Folsom and Samuel Selden Partridge), a speech, documents relating to his career, and a family photograph album. The largest series of correspondence is a group of about ninety (90) letters, 1858 to 1863 (with the majority from 1860-61), from Oscar Folsom. Folsom (1840-1875), from Folsomdale (near Buffalo), was a classmate of Macomber's at the University of Rochester. He became a lawyer in Buffalo, where he was a law partner of Grover Cleveland at the time of his death on July 23, 1875 in a carriage accident. His only child, Frances, married President Cleveland in the White House in 1886.

Scope and Content
Folsom's long, detailed letters discuss current events (both local and national), his career, social life, and friends.

The second group of letters in the collection are those by Samuel Selden Partridge (1839-1913). Partridge was a fellow law student with Macomber in the Rochester law office of Henry R. Selden. He enlisted in the Thirteenth New York Regiment in May, 1861. The nearly fifty (50) letters, 1861 to 1863, to Macomber graphically relate his experiences in the Civil War. Five of the letters have been published in "Civil War Letters of Samuel S. Partridge of the 'Rochester Regiment'", Blake McKelvey editor; pp. 77-90 of "Rochester in the Civil War," Rochester Historical Society Publication Fund Series, volume 22, Rochester, The Society, 1944. The letters are those of: May 7, 1861; July 24, 1861; August 14, 1861; July 6, 1862; and September 26, 1862. Partridge later became a lawyer in Phelps, New York. His son, author Bellamy Partridge, memorialized him in the book Country Lawyer, published in 1939. These letters have been transcribed and are available to researchers in the department.

The rest of the correspondence consists of sixteen (16) letters, 1858-1868 and 1893, from various people, including Macomber's father, mother, brother, and friends. Other material in the collection includes an 1860 political speech by Macomber, three internal revenue licenses to practice law in the 1860s, his income tax return from 1868, and a family photograph album, probably from the 1880s. Also with the papers is a series of letters, written in 1942, between Francis Selden Macomber (1867-1956; Francis Allen Macomber's son) and Bellamy Partridge (1878-1960) about the Samuel S. Partridge Civil War letters.

Subject(s):
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Correspondence
Speeches
Photographs
Macomber, Francis Allen, 1837-1893
Folsom, Oscar, 1840-1875
Partridge, Samuel Selden, 1839-1913
Macomber, Francis Selden, 1867-1956
Partridge, Bellamy, 1877-1960
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 13th (1861-1863)
Lawyers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Allen Macomber, grandson of Francis Allen Macomber, November 20, 1984. Transcriptions of the Samuel Selden Partridge letters are the work and gift of Naor Wallach, August 2019. Access
The Francis Allen Macomber 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], Francis Allen Macomber papers, D.195, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
RBSCP holds a book of additional Samuel Seldon Partridge letters


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
Box 1, Folder 1Folsom correspondence, 1858-1859
Box 1, Folder 2Folsom correspondence, January-May 1860
Box 1, Folder 3Folsom correspondence, June-September 1860
Box 1, Folder 4Folsom correspondence, October-December 1860
Box 1, Folder 5Folsom correspondence, January-June 1861
Box 1, Folder 6Folsom correspondence, July-December 1861
Box 1, Folder 7Folsom correspondence, 1862-1863, undated
Box 1, Folder 8 Partridge correspondence, May-June 1861
Box 1, Folder 9Partridge correspondence, July-August 1861
Box 1, Folder 10Partridge correspondence, September-December 1861
Box 1, Folder 11Partridge correspondence, 1862-1863, undated
Box 1, Folder 12Correspondence, 1858-1868 1893, undated
Box 1, Folder 13Speech to the Republicans of Oakfield, August 18, 1860
Box 1, Folder 14Address given at Phelps, N.Y., July 4, 1865
Box 1, Folder 15National Dress Reform Association Convention; humorous essay, 1863
Box 1, Folder 16Military draft notice, August 12, 1863
Box 1, Folder 17Internal Revenue Licenses as a lawyer, 1863, 1864, 1865
Box 1, Folder 18Income tax receipt, 1865; tax return, 1868
Box 1, Folder 19Bill of sale for collateral bonds, 1860
Box 1, Folder 20Newspaper clippings, 1863, undated
3 items

Box 1, Folder 21Miscellaneous: calling cards, note, 1827
Box 1, Folder 22F.S. Macomber-B. Partridge correspondence, 1942
Box 2Macomber family photograph album, 1880s


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