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W.R. Grace & Co. records, 1828-1986, bulk 1861-1960

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1414
Bib ID 4078823 View CLIO record
Creator(s) W.R. Grace & Co.
Title W.R. Grace & Co. records, 1828-1986, bulk 1861-1960
Physical Description 90 linear feet (167 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection has no restrictions.

The following boxes are located off-site: 1-164. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged, remainder arranged. Cataloged correspondence, A-Z; Boxes 1-8: Unbound correspondence & documents, 1861-1918; Boxes 9-97: Letterbooks, contract books, etc., 1864-1917; Boxes 98-103: Nicaragua Canal, 1897-1900; Boxes 104-122: Scrapbooks, 1884-1920; Boxes 123-146: Subsidiary companies, Minute books, etc., 1869-1939; Boxes 147-153: Joseph Peter Grace, Correspondence & documents, 1919-1942; Boxes 154-155: Printed books & atlases; Boxes 156-157: Photographs; Box 158-162: Misc. & additions; 35 Oversize items.

Description

Summary

The records of W.R. Grace & Co. cover the rise of the Grace shipping business from 1864 until World War II. The early correspondence concerns all aspects of the shipping business in New York and South America, mining interests in Peru and Chile, the railroad in Costa Rica, the inter-ocean canal planned for Nicaragua, and political interests throughout Central and South America. There are letter books, correspondence, and scrapbooks of clippings for all aspects of W.R. Grace's career. There are minute books and other documents for more than 50 subsidiary companies owned by W.R. Grace & Co. or by family members. The papers of Joseph Peter Grace (1872-1950) continue the business, family, and philanthropic activities until 1942. There are also 20 reels of motion picture film about the Grace Co. South American interests in the 1950s.

This wide-ranging collection of correspondence, administrative records, motion pictures, scrapbooks, and other materials details the development of the W.R. Grace & Co. shipping business as well as more than fifty other companies owned by the company or the Grace family. Apart from merchant and trade activities, prominent topics covered in the collection include mining, railroads, the construction of a trans-Isthmian canal, and South American, Central American, and United States politics.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection has no restrictions.

The following boxes are located off-site: 1-164. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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); W.R. Grace & Co. records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Alternate Form Available

Microfilm available.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/1989.

Historical Report, 1963-1972 Processed HR 08/20/1992.

Revision Description

2009-07-07 File created.

2014-02-07 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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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"CUL Collections:"
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Accounts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Agreements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Annual reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles of incorporation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Atlases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Balance sheets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bills (financial) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bills (legislative) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bylaws (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial documents and records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Genealogies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Indexes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Insurance policies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ledgers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letterpress copybooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maps Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoranda Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mortgages Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Obituaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Payrolls Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pedigrees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Personnel records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Powers of attorney Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Profit and loss statements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Receipts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rolls Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tables Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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"CUL Collections:"
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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
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Alexander, James Waddell, 1839-1915 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Astor, John Jacob, 1864-1912 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Banks and banking -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barlow, Samuel Latham Mitchell, 1826-1889 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bryce, Grace & Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Businessmen Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Canals -- Nicaragua Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Canals, Interoceanic Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Capitalists and financiers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Catholic Church -- Charities Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cerro de Pasco Mining Syndicate Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Charities Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chief executive officers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Corrigan, Michael Augustine, 1839-1902 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cortelyou, George B (George Bruce), 1862-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coudert, Frederic R (Frederic René), 1832-1903 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Daly, Joseph Francis, 1840-1916 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dana, Richard Henry, 1851-1931 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Davis, J. C. Bancroft (John Chandler Bancroft), 1822-1907 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Davis, Noah, 1818-1902 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Deeds Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dodge, William Earl, 1832-1903 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Douglas, Robert M (Robert Martin), 1849-1917 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Executives Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eyre, Edward, 1851-1937 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Families -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Families -- Peru -- Callao Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fish, Stuyvesant, 1851-1923 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frye, William P (William Pierce), 1831-1911 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gorman, Arthur P (Arthur Pue), 1839-1906 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grace family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grace, Joseph Peter, 1872-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grace, Michael Paul, 1842-1920 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grace, William Russell, 1832-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Guardia, Tomás, 1831-1882 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hallock, Charles, 1834-1917 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harding, B. L Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Havemeyer, William Frederick, 1850-1913 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hay, John, 1838-1905 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Holt, Henry, 1840-1926 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hornblower, William B (William Butler), 1851-1914 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Industries -- Chile Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Industries -- Peru Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ingersoll-Rand Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Insurance -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jarvis, Thomas Jordan, 1836-1915 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lamont, Daniel Scott, 1851-1905 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Loomis, Francis B (Francis Butler), 1861-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mayors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McCall, John A (John Augustine), 1849-1906 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McClellan, George B (George Brinton), 1865-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McKinley, William, 1843-1901 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Milliken, Seth Mellen, 1836-1916 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mills, Darius Ogden, 1825-1910 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mines and mineral resources -- Chile Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mines and mineral resources -- Peru Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Montt, Pedro Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion pictures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Palmer, William Jackson, 1836-1909 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pan American-Grace Airways Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Peruvian Corporation, Limited Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Phelan, James D (James Duval), 1861-1930 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Porter, David D (David Dixon), 1813-1891 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Porter, John Addison, 1856-1900 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prado, Mariano Ignacio, 1826-1901 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Quincy, Josiah, 1859-1919 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Railroads -- Costa Rica Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Robinson, Tracy, 1833-1915 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rogers, Henry Huttleston, 1840-1909 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sargent, A. A (Aaron Augustus), 1827-1887 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Saunders, William Lawrence, 1856-1931 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shearman, Thomas G (Thomas Gaskell), 1834-1900 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sherman, J. S (James Schoolcraft), 1855-1912 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ship brokers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ship chandlers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shipping -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shipping -- South America Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shipping -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ships -- Equipment and supplies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stickney, Albert, 1859-1908 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Straus, Isidor, 1845-1912 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Straus, Oscar S (Oscar Solomon), 1850-1926 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Strobel, Edward Henry, 1855-1908 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ward, William Lukens, 1856-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Warner, John DeWitt, 1851-1925 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watts, Frederick, 1801-1889 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Williams, George Fred, 1852-1932 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woodward, James T., -1910 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yglesias Castro, Rafael, 1861-1924 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zelaya, José Santos, 1853-1919 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

William Russell Grace (1832-1904) and Michael Paul Grace (1842-1920) emigrated from Ireland during the 1850s and set up in business respectively in New York and Callao, Peru as ship's chandlers (boat supplies). They soon developed into shipping brokers and later owned their own fleet, the beginning of the present-day Grace Line. Grace companies were established in San Francisco and London. W.R. Grace was active in New York City politics (Mayor, 1881-1882, and 1885-1886), banking and insurance, real estate interests, and Catholic charities.