Steele Family Papers

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Steele family papers
Creator: Steele (Family : Steele, John M., 1851-1936)
Call Number: D.454
Dates: 1909-1956
Physical Description: 6 boxes, 2 Volumes
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
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Writings
Series III: Printed materials, photographs and family ephemera
Collection Overview
Title: Steele family papers
Creator: Steele (Family : Steele, John M., 1851-1936)
Call Number: D.454
Dates: 1909-1956
Physical Description: 6 boxes, 2 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
This collection is comprised of seven archival boxes depicting the legal career of John M. Steele, Esquire (1851-1936), a former Rochester Commissioner of Jurors and 12th Ward Alderman. The Steele Family lived in Rochester, New York, and included John M. Steele, Esquire, a former Rochester Commissioner of Jurors and 12th Ward Alderman, his wife Mary L. Steele, (1853-1943), who participated in the local theater community, their son Fletcher Steele (1885-1971), and their daughter Esther Steele (1887-1964). Fletcher Steele grew up to become a pioneer in the field of landscape architecture. Esther served with the Red Cross during World War I.

Scope and Content
The Steele Family Papers are comprised of three series: I. Correspondence, II. Writings, and III. Printed Materials, Photographs and Family Ephemera. The Correspondence series consists mostly of correspondence written from Fletcher to his sister, Esther, during the 1950s, when Fletcher lived in New York City. There is also a large body of correspondence written from Fletcher to his mother during the 1930s. The Writings series includes numerous pieces of writing that Esther wrote as a young woman and an early garden sketch by Fletcher. In the Printed Materials, Photographs and Family Ephemera series, there are programs from the "Tuesday Musical" series that Mary Steele participated in, as well as family photographs, calling cards and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement
Series I. Correspondence

Series II. Writings

Series III. Printed Materials, Photographs and Family Ephemera

Subject(s):
Correspondence
Steele, John M., 1851-1936
Steele, Mary L., 1853-1943
Steele, Fletcher
Steele, Esther, 1883-1964
Steele (Family : Steele, John M., 1851-1936)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Steele Family Papers were given as a gift in 1977.Access
The Steele 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], Steele family papers, D.454, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Fletcher Steele Papers .

John M. Steele Papers .


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 1-2Esther Steele, 1918-1919
Box 1, Folder 3Esther Steele, 1933
Box 1, Folder 4Esther Steele to Mary Steele
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence to Esther Steele
Box 1, Folder 6Fletcher Steele to Esther Steele, 1929
Box 1, Folder 7-14;
Box 2, Folder 1-6
Fletcher Steele to Esther Steele, 1951-1952, October-December 1954, 1955-1959, 1961, undated
Box 2, Folder 7Fletcher Steele to family, 1906
Box 2, Folder 8Fletcher Steele, 1919, 1922
Box 2, Folder 9Correspondence to Fletcher Steele
Box 2, Folder 10-12Fletcher Steele to John Steele
Box 2, Folder 13Fletcher Steele fragments
Box 2, Folder 14John Steele
Box 2, Folder 15Possibly John Steele
Box 2, Folder 16Correspondence to Mary Steele
Box 2, Folder 17-18Fletcher Steele to Mary Steele, 1909
Box 3, Folder 1-7Fletcher Steele to Mary Steele, 1910- 1929
Box 3, Folder 8-14Fletcher Steele to Mary Steele, circa 1930
Box 4, Folder 1-7Fletcher Steele to Mary Steele, undated
Box 4, Folder 8Correspondence to non-family members
Box 4, Folder 9Letter fragments
Series II: Writings
Box 4, Folder 10-12Fletcher Steele and Esther Steele school materials
Box 4, Folder 13Esther Steele school work
Box 5, Folder 1-2Fletcher Steele school writings, 1911
Box 5, Folder 3Esther Steele writings, 1916
Box 5, Folder 4-5Esther Steele writings, 1932
Box 5, Folder 6Esther Steele writings, 1933, 1935
Box 5, Folder 7-8"Good in the woods"
Box 5, Folder 9-11Esther Steele writings
Box 5, Folder 12Unauthored poem
Box 5, Folder 13Printed poem
Box 5, Folder 14Writing fragments
Box 5, Folder 15Unauthored, writing fragment
Series III: Printed materials, photographs and family ephemera
Box 5, Folder 16Fletcher Steele sketch
Box 5, Folder 17-18Mary Steele: Tuesday musical productions, 1895-1903
Box 5, Folder 19-21Mary Steele: Tuesday musical productions, 1891-1905
Box 6, Folder 1Mary Steele: Tuesday musicals materials
Box 6, Folder 2-4Music, concert programs
Box 6, Folder 5Materials related to Mary Steele's funeral
Box 6, Folder 6Photographs: Fletcher Steele, Esther Steele
Box 6, Folder 7Photographs: unknown
Box 6, Folder 8Printed materials
Box 6, Folder 9Newspaper clippings
Box 6, Folder 10Family ephemera
Volume 1Polyglot bible
Given to John M. Steele's mother, Esther E. Calhoun, by her brother, A.H.C.

Volume 2Ward's "A line a day" book: a condensed, comparative record for five years, 1892
Diary belonging to and begun by Esther Steele, September 20, 1905



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