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Michael Reynard collection, 1769-1975

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1064
Bib ID 4077410 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Reynard, Michael
Title Michael Reynard collection, 1769-1975
Physical Description 0.42 linear feet (1 document box containing 45 items)
Language(s) English .
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This collection is arranged in six series. Materials are also individually cataloged.


Scope and Content

A collection of letters, documents, manuscripts, and books collected by Dr. Michael Reynard and placed on deposit in The Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Michael Reynard collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Ownership and Custodial History

Deposited by Michael Reynard, 2000.


05/17/2000 M-05-17-00 Letters & documents Reynard, Michael Deposit

08/16/2000 M-00-08-16 S. Low tintype Reynard, Michael Gift

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Letters & documents Cataloged HR 06/01/2000.

S. Low tintype Cataloged HR 08/17/2000.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Bills of lading Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographies (literary works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manifests (shipping records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prescriptions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Recipes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tintypes (photographs) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
diplomas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Apgar, Virginia, 1909-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bannard, Otto T. (Otto Tremont), 1854-1929 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bard, John, 1716-1799 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bard, Samuel, 1742-1821 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barnard, Frederick A. P (Frederick Augustus Porter), 1809-1889 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bartlett, Josiah, 1729-1795 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brent, William, 1774-1848 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carbery, Thomas, 1791-1863 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carr, Dabney S., 1802-1854 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cole, Ashley W., 1841-1920 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Collectors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College presidents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Deeds Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hewitt, William Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoban, James, approximately 1762-1831 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hooker, James Dalton, 1817-1911 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jay, John, 1745-1829 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Latimer, George, 1750-1825 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lenin, Vladimir Ilʹich, 1870-1924 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Low, Seth, 1850-1916 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marden, Geo. A (George Augustus), 1839-1906 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McCulloh, J. H. (James Haines), 1793?-1870 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Metcalf, Lorettus Sutton, 1837-1920 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Metternich, Clemens Wenzel Lothar, Fürst von, 1773-1859 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morton, Levi P (Levi Parsons), 1824-1920 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paget, James, Sir, 1814-1899 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Peabody, Nathaniel, 1741-1823 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pownall, Thomas, 1722-1805 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sharpe, Joseph Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trist, Nicholas Philip, 1800-1874 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Schaack, Peter, 1747-1832 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Young, Charles A (Charles Augustus), 1834-1908 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Dr. Michael Reynard is an ophthalmologist in Santa Monica, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Providence St. John's Health Center and UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica. He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1978

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Series I: Letters


Box 1 Virginia Apgar to Robert F. Allen, Jr. ALS, February 15, 1974 (1 page), February 15, 1974


Box 1 Samuel Bard (1742-1821) to [Peter] Van Schaack, 27 June 1769. ALS (1 page)

Box 1 Samuel Bard to Dr. Wright. ANS [1812] (inscription on his: A Discourse on the Importance of Medical Education . . . New York: C.S. Van Winkle, 1812. 22 pages)

Box 1 Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard (1809-1889) to Lorettus Sutton Metcalf. ALS, December 12, 1884. (1 page), December 12, 1884

Box 1 Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795) to Nathaniel Peabody. No Date. ALS (1 page) Includes an Rx. For liniment.

Box 1 Ralph J. Bunche to Vanessa Idu Reis (widow of Irving Reis). TLS (1 page), 1953 July 11

Box 1 Nicholas Murray Butler to Leighton Rollins. TLS, August 31, 1938


Box 1 Catherine II, Empress of Russia (1729-1796) to Peter Alexandrovich, MsLS (1 page), September 9, 1782


Box 1 Varina Davis to Unknown ALS, ca. 1902 (4 pages), ca. 1902

Box 1 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) to Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker. ALS, July 19, 1889. (1 page), July 19, 1889


Box 1 Alexander Hamilton ((1 page)1757-1804) PLS (1 page) (circular letter asking for abstracts of licenses)

Box 1 "Alexander Hamilton" to an unidentified correspondent. ALS. 2pp, August 18, 1833. New York.

The son of the famous financier, Hamilton graduated Columbia in 1804, studied law, and was admitted to practice. He went abroad, and was with the Duke of Wellington's army in Portugal in 1811, but returned on hearing rumors of impending war with Great Britain. He was appointed captain of United States infantry in August 1813, and acted as aide-de-camp to General Morgan Lewis in 1814. In 1822, he was appointed United States district attorney in Florida, and in 1823 one of the three Florida land-commissioners. His last years were passed in New Jersey, and in New York City, where he engaged in real estate speculations.

An interesting letter regarding the earliest days of railroading.

Box 1 Harpur, Robert to John Taylor. ALS. 1p, May 15, 1765. New York.

Harpur was one of the earliest instructors of mathematics at Kings College. He also served as one of the early trustees of Columbia College.

Harpur has a significant influence on a number of students, including Alexander Hamilton.

In 1762 Harpur was appointed the first Librarian of King's College.

Box 1 Sir George Henschel to Taylor Benson. ALS, May 7, 1790 (2 pages), May 7, 1790

Box 1 Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton to Nicholas Lowe, February 28, 1892

Mrs. Hamilton requests Mr. Golden to acquaint Mr. Lowe that she should not ascertain the value of the box of goods


Box 1 John Jay to Peter Augustus Jay. ALS, July 31, 1820 (1 page), July 31, 1820

Box 1 John Jay to Peter Augustus Jay. ALS, June 24, 1822 (1 page), June 24, 1822

Box 1 Peter Augustus Jay to J.C. Roosevelt, February 28, 1827

Box 1 Autograph Note Signed from Peter Augustus Jay (son of John Jay) to James Roosevelt, dated February 28, 1827

Box 1 John Jay to Phillip Schuyler, 26, February1778

Box 1 John Jay to Sarah Van Brugh Livingston Jay, October 25, 1791 SEE OVERSIZE, October 25, 1791

Framed for archival display.

Medical content.

Makes reference to Dr. Samuel Bard.

Box 1 Autographed letter dated October 28, 1932 to Mr. Wilson from William Wymark Jacobs (1863-1943)

Box 1 Autographed letter dated August 16, 1933 to Mr. Partridge from William Wymark Jacobs (1863-1943)

Box 1 William Samuel Johnson to Joseph Talcott, February 1766 ALS 1 page, February 1766


Box 1 Seth Low to Ashley William Cole, June 13, 1896 TLS (1 page), June 13, 1896

Box 1 Seth Low to Otto Tremont Bannard, November 24, 1911 TLS (1 page), November 24, 1911


Box 1 Furst von Metternich to "Mon cher Comte". 11 July 1837 ALS (1 page), July 1837


Box 1 Mary Okill (1785-1859) to Theodore Frelinghuysen. AL, January 23, 1835

Regarding disposition of business affairs of the Jay family. Mary Okill was the daughter of James Jay and a favorite niece of John Jay.

Item originates from the estate of Admiral T. Mahan, a direct descendant of John Jay.


Box 1 Sir James Paget to Nicholl Evans, ALS (1 page), May 19, 1868

Box 1 Thomas Pownall to Joseph Sharpe, September 3, 1784 ALS ( 1 page), September 3, 1784

Box 1 Joseph Pulitzer to George Augustus Marden, 19 May 1888. MsLS (2 pages)


Box 1 Bram Stoker to Messrs Cassell & Co., March 4, 1889 ALS (1 page), March 4, 1889

Box 1 Jonathan Sturges to Joseph Talcott, February 22, 1766. ALS (1 page), February 22, 1766

Series II: Manuscripts

Box 1 Charles Augustus Young. [Biographical Essay] September 1903 T.Ms.S (2 pages) (with many corrections & additions in his hand), September 1903

Series III: Documents

Sir James Jay:

Box 1 Original holograph Last Will and Testament from Sir James Jay (1732-1815), brother of John Jay. Three-page legal-sized Last Will, July 10, 1811

Item originates from the estate of Admiral T. Mahan, a direct descendant of John Jay. Included is letterhead envelope of Admiral Mahan with his newspaper clipping regarding James Jay and the use of invisible ink during colonial America.

Western MS 113:

Box 1 Western MS 113: Lease from the brother Ramon At and Guilhem At, nobels, of Caylus in the diocese of Cahors, of a house and meadow to Guilhem Marti, aliter Jognet, and his sons, Barnat and Marti aliter Jognet (Dated as under the reign of Edward III, king of England with his son, Edward of Woodstock, prince of Aquitaine so styled from 1362 until his death in 1376 1368 March 25., 1362, 1376, 1368


Mapcase 15-B-1 Indenture, January 10, 1804 between James J. Roosevelt and Samuel Broadhurst relating to certain parcels of land in New York. (2 pages, fragile), January 10, 1804

John Bard:

Box 1 John Bard (1716-1799). PDS (1 page) black diploma of the New York Medical Society, signed by Bard as President)

Cargo Manifest:

Box 1 Dabney Smith Carr (1802-1854) MsDS (2 pages) (cargo manifest of the Sloop Cuttes, signed by Carr as Naval Offices of the port, J.H. McCulloh as Collector of Customs, Capt. William Emmerton, & others)

John Jay:

Box 1 John Jay. Appointment of Phillip J. Schuyler Inspector of the Dutchess County Militia, March 17, 1796. Printed broadside

Alexander Hamilton:

Box 1 New York State Supreme Court. Alexander Hamilton Plea on behalf of defendants Isaac Meyers, Samuel Meyers, and Moses Meyers in a lawsuit involving Samuel Broome. [1788] (2 pages)


Box 1 Manuscript document dated February 6, 1789 regarding a judgment entered in favor of William Samuel Johnson against Edward Allen pertaining to property in Litchfield County, CT.

15.1 X 12.75 inches. Restored with tape.

Box 1 James Hoban (1762-1831) Washington 10-14 August 1822. MsDS (2 pages) (land deed for 10 lots sold by the city of Washington to William Brent for $10, signed twice by Thomas Carbery, May or, by William Hewitt, Register of the City, by Brent as Clerk of the Circular Court, and by Hoban as a Commissioner for the Sale of Public Lots). SEE OVERSIZE

John Wakefield Francis:

Box 1 John Wakefield Francis (1789-1861). New York, 26 July 1840. PDS (1 page) (Certifying that Benjamin Brown French was appointed Honorary Secretary of "The Apollo Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in the United Sates"; also signed by James Herring and bearing the embossed seal of the association)

Peter Augustus Jay:

Box 1 Peter Augustus Jay. ADS, May 2, 1709 (1 page). Discharge of Amos Morgan in the case of John & Benjamin Tallmadge vs. Morgan in the Mayor's Court, addressed to James Morris, Shefiff, May 2, 1709

Bill of Lading:

Box 1 Nicholas Philip Trist Havana, January 19, 1838 MsDS 2 pages) (Bill of Lading for textiles shipped to the Brig Otis), January 19, 1838

Box 1 George Latimer (1750-1825) Philadelphia, March 1, 1802 MsDS (1 page) (Bill of Lading for freight sent by Claud Primat to Joseph Thibaud in New York, signed by Latimer as Collector of Customs, also signed by Primat & Stephen Dutilh), March 1, 1802

Legal Discharge:

Box 1 Peter Jay Munro, May 17, 1800 ADS (1 page) (Discharge of John Mayor in the case of Isaac Titford vs. May or in the [NY] Supreme Court, addressed to James Morris, Sheriff), May 17, 1800

Box 1 Peter Jay Munro 19 November 1800 MsDS (1 page) (Discharge for bankruptcy of Hugh Pollock in the case of George Barnwall vs. Pollock and Thomas Cranberry vs. Pollock in the [NY] Supreme Court, addressed to James Morris, Sheriff, November 1800

Royal Document:

Item Framed Isabella and Ferdinand. Document, signed by the queen and king.

Series IV: Printed Program

Box 1 Mae West "Diamond Lil". Program, signed by West

Series V: Photographs

Box 1 Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) [ca. 1949] Photograph of Eisenhower standing next to the statue of "Alma Mater" 10 x 8 inches

Box 1 Seth Low Tintype (14x10cm) [ca. 1870]

Series VI: Books

The Conqueror by Gertrude Atherton. The MacMillan Company, London: 1902 Inscribed by Gertrude Atherton (Cataloged for Rare Books), 1902

Box 1 Money Secrets of the Rich and Famous by Michael Reynard. Allworth Press, New York, 1999. Signed by the author

Apollo Expeditions to the Moon . Edited by Edgar M. Cortright. NASA, 1975 Signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Ed Cartright and Alan Bean (Cataloged for Rare Books), 1975

The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells. George Newnes, Ltd. London, 1901 Signed by neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean and Charles Conrad (Cataloged for Rare Books), 1901

Nicholoas Romayne Dissertatio inauguralis, de puris generatione . . ., 1780 (On deposit in the Health Sciences Library), 1780

Rommel, Erwin. Infanterie greift an. Erlebnis und Erfahrung. Potsdam: Voggenreiter, 1938. 357 pages., 1938

Signed in pencil with date "12/11/39".

(Cataloged for Rare Book Collection)

Rommel, Erwin. Infanterie greift an. Erlebnis und Erfahrung. Potsdam: Voggenreiter, 1942. 399 pages., 1942

With affixed portrait of Rommel containing his signature in facsimile.

Signed by Rommel in fountain pen on first page.

(Cataloged for Rare Book Collection)