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Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged by category. Boxes 1-71: Cataloged correspondence; Boxes 72-76: Manuscripts and documents; Box 77: Genealogical materials and photographs; Boxes 78-79: Printed materials.
Letters written to Gay from political and literary contemporaries such as Horace Greeley, Charles Sumner, and William Bryant; reports in letter form from his reporters at the front during the Civil War; and personal correspondence including many letters from his wife, Elizabeth Neall Gay. Letters written to Mrs. Gay from family friends and business associates including many from her husband. Correspondence of other members of the Gay family including Walter Gay, Sarah Gay, and Allan Gay. Diaries, notebooks, and journals of Sydney Howard Gay.
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Reader must use microfilm for incoming and outgoing correspondence for the years 1862-1865, and for correspondence with Maria W. Chapman; Lydis Maria Child; Mary Grew; Edmund Quincy; and Anne, Caroline, Deborah, Lucia, and Emma Weston.
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permissionManuscripts.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Sydney Howard Gay papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
See https://exhibitions.library.columbia.edu/exhibits/show/fugitives for a digitized version of the Record of Fugitives, as well as additional contextual information.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Bancroft. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1953. Accession number--M-53.
Publications About Described Materials
Starr, Louis. Bohemian Brigades. New York, Knopf, 1954. (Columbia University Thesis).
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/1989.
2009-07-07 File created.
2011-11-22 EAD created by PTL
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Journalist, author. Gay, the son of Ebenezer and Mary Alleyne Otis Gay, was an active abolitionist before and during the Civil War. He edited the ANTI-SLAVERY STANDARD and during the Civil War was managing editor of the NEW YORK TRIBUNE. In 1867 he became managing editor of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE and served on the editorial board of the SATURDAY EVENING POST. He was the author of several books. In 1845 he married Elizabeth Neall of Philadelphia, who was also active in abolitionist work and the woman's rights movement.