J. Foster Warner Family Papers

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J. Foster Warner family papers
Creator: Warner, Mary Adams
Call Number: D.331
Dates: 1906-1912
Physical Description: 1 box
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
Collection Overview
Title: J. Foster Warner family papers
Creator: Warner, Mary Adams
Call Number: D.331
Dates: 1906-1912
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Noted Rochester architect John Foster Warner (1859-1937) was son of architect Andrew Jackson Warner (1833-1910) and Kate Foster. He began his career as a draughtsman in his father's firm, later becoming a partner in Warner & Brockett, before beginning his own independent firm in 1889. J. Foster Warner succeeded, as well as rivaled, his father as one of Rochester's leading architects from 1890 - 1910. In 1919 he was the first president of the Rochester Chapter, American Institute of Architects and for many years served as a member of the City Planning Commission. J. Foster Warner was also an active and influential personage in Rochester society. Among his numerous associations and offices, Warner was the director of the Rochester Telephone Company from its incorporation and until his death, as well as director of the Union Trust Company, Stromberg-Carlson Telephone Company, and original board member of the Home Telephone Company. He was one of the first automobile owners in New York State and was known for racing.

In 1883 J. Foster Warner married Mary L. Adams. Together they had two sons: Andrew Jackson (Jack) Warner II (1884-1965) and John Adams Warner (1886-1963). The family lived at 109 Troop Street and then at 5 Prince Street.

Jack Warner worked in his father's architectural office for a short time (1909-1910), before becoming a theater critic and local newspaper columnist. His reputation as a critic was apparently well respected, for he was sent to Europe by George Eastman to select a conductor for the Eastman Theater. Jack Warner socialized with several international notables. He was a friend of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in the 1920s, and in 1932 he interviewed Benito Mussolini and had an audience with Pope Pius XI. [Please see A.J. Warner Collection, Sibley Music Library, University of Rochester].

John Warner was a renowned concert pianist and superintendent of the New York State Police (1923 -1943). During his tenure he was responsible for instituting many innovations within the State Police Department, including a teletypewriter system, Aeronautics Division (1931), Pistol Permit Bureau and radio communications (1932), diving unit (1934), bloodhound unit (1935), laboratory system (1936), and the Traffic Bureau (1937). He married Emily Smith, daughter of New York State Governor Alfred E. Smith.

Scope and Content
This collection consists of approximately 65 letters, mostly correspondence (1906-1912) between Mary Adams Warner and her sons Jack and John Warner. The collection also includes a few items of personal correspondence to Mrs. Mary Warner.

Subject(s):
Correspondence
Warner, Mary Adams
Warner, Andrew Jackson, 1884-1965
Warner, John Adams, 1886-1963
Warner family
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased with the Allyn Fund, June 2005.Access
The J. Foster Warner family 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], J. Foster Warner family papers, D.331, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1906-1907
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, 1908-1912
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, undated


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