Elwell Stephen Otis Papers

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Elwell Stephen Otis papers
Creator: Otis, Elwell S. (Elwell Stephen), 1838-1909
Call Number: D.38
Dates: 1856-1928
Physical Description: 3 boxes, 5 packages
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Separated Materials
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Manuscript essays
Series III: Civil War and Philippines manuscripts
Series IV: Newspaper clippings
Series V: Miscellaneous and photographs
Collection Overview
Title: Elwell Stephen Otis papers
Creator: Otis, Elwell S. (Elwell Stephen), 1838-1909
Call Number: D.38
Dates: 1856-1928
Physical Description: 3 boxes, 5 packages
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Scope and Content
A collection of material by and about Elwell Stephen Otis (1838-1909), University of Rochester, Class of 1858. A soldier by profession, he held various positions including that of commander of the Department of the Pacific; and military governor of the Philippines, August 29, 1898 - May 5, 1900.

The collection includes a letterpress book of about 300 pages of Otis' typed outgoing correspondence, 1898-1900, much of it to Admiral Dewey; manuscript essays from his college days; and manuscript and typescript essays, undated and from the early 1900's, on such topics as colonial admin­istration, the Philippines, Indian experiences, and the Civil War. Also in the collection are two scrapbooks of clippings related to Otis, ca. 1898-1900, and a scrapbook of articles on his death and funeral.

Subject(s):
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Philippine American War (Philippines : 1899-1902)
Correspondence
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Otis, Elwell S. (Elwell Stephen), 1838-1909
University of Rochester
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received as a gift of Dr. Nils W. Bolduan, March 1972, except for the Civil War manuscript articles in Box 2 which came from an earlier, unknown source.Access
The Elwell Stephen Otis 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], Elwell Stephen Otis papers, D.38, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterSeparated Materials
The following books and pamphlets were removed from the collection and cataloged as monographs:

Defensa del clero Filipino por el Presbitero Sr. Salvador Pons y Torres y documentos de informacion historica. Manila, Establecimiento Tipografico "La Democracia.", 1900. Inscribed by the editor to Otis.

History of the Battle Monument at West Point ... Prepared by Charles W. Larned. West Point, New York, 1898. Report of Maj. Gen. E. S. Otis, United States Army, Commanding Division of the Philippines, Military Governor. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1900

Report on the Island of Guam. By Brig. General Joseph Wheeler, U. S. Army. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1900. At head of title: War Department. Adjutant-General's Office. No. XXVIII


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:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1869-1928
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence: Letterpress book, 1898-1900
Box 1, Folder 3Loose items removed from letterpress book
Package 4Framed letter from John Hay to Mrs. Otis, June 20, 1900
Series II: Manuscript essays
Box 1, Folder 4Manuscript essay: Cousins theory of the beautiful
Box 1, Folder 5Manuscript essay: Fate (A chapel oration)
Box 1, Folder 6Manuscript essay: Genius, October 2, 1856
Box 1, Folder 7Manuscript essay: Individual power
Box 1, Folder 8Manuscript essay: The Man - the product of the age
Box 1, Folder 9Manuscript essay: Public amusements
Box 1, Folder 10Manuscript essay: Quid Novi C.
Box 1, Folder 11Manuscript essay: The reign of William and Mary
Box 1, Folder 12Manuscript essay: Scenery, June 2, 1856
Box 1, Folder 13Manuscript essay: A sermon by the Reverend Dr. Richard Bentley
Box 1, Folder 14Manuscript essay: The thinker
Box 1, Folder 15Manuscript essay: [untitled] (Read at Anniversary of the Iota Chapter of Delta Psi Society, October 24, 1866)
Box 1, Folder 16Manuscript essay: [untitled]
Also the rough draft

Box 1, Folder 17Manuscript essay: [fragments]
Series III: Civil War and Philippines manuscripts
Box 2, Folder 1Civil War manuscript
Part of Manuscript not used, Ch. 1, Ch. 11

Box 2, Folder 2Civil War manuscript: Campaigns in the west
Box 2, Folder 3Civil War manuscript: Petersburg and the Weldon Railroad
Box 2, Folder 4Civil War manuscript: Petersburg and the Appomattox Campaign
Box 2, Folder 5Colonial administration: Typescript draft with manuscript notations
Box 2, Folder 6Colonial administration: Final typescript copy
Box 2, Folder 7Typescript: Description of the Philippines
Box 2, Folder 8Manuscript: Filipino characteristics as manifested in diplomacy and war
Box 2, Folder 9Filipino characteristics as manifested in diplomacy and war
Typescript draft with manuscript notations

Box 2, Folder 10Filipino characteristics as manifested in diplomacy and war
Final typescript copy

Box 2, Folder 11Data from report containing Philippine Treaty
Used in preparing Boston address (manuscript)

Box 2, Folder 12Manuscript: Indian experiences of a generation ago
Box 2, Folder 13Typescript: "Journal in route to Manila, General E. S. Otis"
Box 2, Folder 14Manuscript: Memoranda of data during service in Philippines
Box 2, Folder 15Typescript: New Madrid, Island No. 10, and Shiloh
Box 2, Folder 16Typescript: Speech on the dedication of a monument
Box 2, Folder 17Untitled manuscript notes
Series IV: Newspaper clippings
Box 3, Folder 5Loose newspaper clippings relating to Otis
Package 1Clippings related to E. S. Otis, Many undated, but appear to be of the period 1898-1900
Package 2Clippings related to E. S. Otis, Mostly 1898-1901; a few earlier and later
Also a little correspondence, some memorabilia, and some photographs

Package 3"In Memoriam General Elwell Stephen Otis"
Articles on the death and funeral of Otis clipped from Rochester papers and other papers throughout the nation, October 1909. Also letters of condolence to Mrs. Otis.

Series V: Miscellaneous and photographs
Box 3, Folder 1Special orders of Otis' visit to West Point, June 11, 1900
Printed

Box 3, Folder 2Tickets to Otis Dinner, Rochester N.Y., June 15, 1900
2 items

Box 3, Folder 3Banquet menu and booklet, September 27, 1900
Box 3, Folder 4Photographs
Box 3, Folder 6Material on Albert Keep Isham
Box 3, Folder 7Poem, "My Song at seventy" by Henry L. Morehouse
Printed copy; also copy of published illustration of Morehouse

Box 3, Folder 8Document from Navy acknowledging loan of binoculars
With printed signature of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Box 3, Folder 9Parts of cancelled checks with Otis' signature
Box 3, Folder 10Sketch of a row of military quarters
Box 3, Folder 11Photograph of document in Spanish
Box 3, Folder 12Memorabilia: Epaulets (2), Badge, Slug
Box 3, Folder 13Non-book printed material
Box 3, Folder 14Inscription in book given to Otis
Xerox copy; book in Rush Rhees stacks

Package 5Oversized photographs
Portrait of Otis
Photograph of document (and explanation of it) related to the plans for an attempt on Otis' life in 1899
Photograph of Otis Arch in Rochester, N. Y.


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