Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Hamilton Fish letters, 1827-1893

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0424
Bib ID 4078758 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893
Title Hamilton Fish letters, 1827-1893
Physical Description 13 boxes (13 boxes 1 volume)
Language(s) English .
Additional Description http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/ldpd_rbml_4078758.pdf

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Letters are arranged: chronologically in six file boxes.



This group of approximately 1,000 letters from the papers of Hamilton Fish, Senior relates to the business, functioning, and activities of Columbia College in the 19th century. The letters include those addressed to Fish and those written by him. The earliest material bears on Fish's activities and interests at about the time he graduated from Columbia, but the majority of the letters fall into the latter part of his life, many being written by and to Fish as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Columbia College. The collection includes correspondence with presidents F.A.P. Barnard, Cyrus King, and Seth Low of Columbia College, also with Edmund Bailey, Charles Davies, Charles W. Harper, William M. Sloan, Charles C. Schermerhorn, and others. The majority of the letters are original manuscripts and typescripts, but many of the letters from Fish are photostatic and typed copies. Most of the letters are tipped onto manila sheets. Included are two diaries of Mr. Fish's European travels, 1856-1857. There is also a box of printed materials relating primarily to the settlement of the Alabama Claims.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

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); Hamilton Fish letters; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Archival Materials

The general papers of Hamilton Fish were presented to the Library of Congress in 1978.

Nathan, Jonathan letters.

Reproduction Note

Type of reproduction--Copies in part

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

1 letter (HF to D. Ruggles, 12/2/1883) Cataloged HR 10/14/91.

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:"
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Alabama claims Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bailey, Edmund Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barnard, Frederick A. P (Frederick Augustus Porter), 1809-1889 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia College (New York, N.Y.) -- : Students Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Presidents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Trustees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Davies, Charles, 1798-1876 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Europe -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harper, Charles W Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
King, Cyrus, 1978- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Low, Seth, 1850-1916 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schermerhorn, Charles C Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sloan, William M. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Claims Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID