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

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); W.R. Grace & Co. records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

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 ft. (ca.32,000 items in 167 boxes & 35 oversize items).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 1-164. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »



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.

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Scope and Content

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.

Series III: Letterbooks, 1868-1917

Letterbinders of incoming letters and documents and letterbook copies of outgoing letters, as numbered and arranged by W.R. Grace & Co.

Subseries III.6: Miscellaneous Letterbooks, 1864-1916

(Arranged chronologically)

Series IV: Contract Books, Agreements, Receipts, Reports, etc., 1877-1916

(Arranged chronologically)

Series V: John William Grace, 1879-1889

(Letterbooks and Letterbinders)

Series VI: Nicaragua Canal, 1897-1900

(Correspondence, documents, and printed materials)

Series VII: Scrapbooks, 1884-1920

(Newspaper clippings and printed memorabilia)

Series VII: Subsidiary Companies, 1869-1939

(Minutebooks, incorporation papers, receipts, printed materials, etc.)

Series VIII: Joseph Peter Grace (1872-1950), 1919-1942

(Correspondence and documents)

Series IX: Grace Pedigree, circa 1911

(Genealogical scrolls documenting pedigree from 1027-1910)

Series XIII: Addenda, 1918-1986

(Printed materials and miscellaneous materials)

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

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

Restrictions on Use

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.

Finding aid in repository and online.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 06/--/1989 Christina Hilton Fenn

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

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion July 7, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-07-07 File created.
    2014-02-07 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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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:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Annual reports.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Articles of incorporation.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Balance sheets.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bills (financial).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bills (legislative).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Financial documents and records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Insurance policies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Letterpress copybooks.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Motion pictures.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Personnel records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Powers of attorney.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Profit and loss statements.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Alexander, James Waddell, 1839-1915.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Astor, John Jacob, 1864-1912.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Banks and banking--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Barlow, Samuel Latham Mitchell, 1826-1889.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bryce, Grace & Co.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Callao (Callao, Peru)--Commerce.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Canals, Interoceanic.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Capitalists and financiers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Catholic Church--Charities.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cerro de Pasco Mining Syndicate.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chief executive officers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Corrigan, Michael Augustine, 1839-1902.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cortelyou, George B. (George Bruce), 1862-1940.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Costa Rica--Commerce.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Coudert, Frederic R. (Frederic René), 1832-1903.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Daly, Joseph Francis, 1840-1916.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dana, Richard Henry, 1851-1931.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Davis, J. C. Bancroft (John Chandler Bancroft), 1822-1907.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Davis, Noah, 1818-1902.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dodge, William Earl, 1832-1903.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Douglas, Robert M. (Robert Martin), 1849-1917.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eyre, Edward, 1851-1937.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Families--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fish, Stuyvesant, 1851-1923.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Frye, William P. (William Pierce), 1831-1911.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gorman, Arthur P. (Arthur Pue), 1839-1906.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Grace, Joseph Peter, 1872-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Grace, Michael Paul, 1842-1920.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Grace, William Russell, 1832-1904.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Guardia, Tomás, 1832-1882.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hallock, Charles, 1834-1917.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Harding, B. L.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Havemeyer, William Frederick, 1850-1913.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hay, John, 1838-1905.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Holt, Henry, 1840-1926.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hornblower, William B. (William Butler), 1851-1914.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ingersoll-Rand Company.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Insurance--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ireland--Emigration and immigration--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jarvis, Thomas Jordan, 1836-1915.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lamont, Daniel Scott, 1851-1905.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
London (England)--Commerce.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Loomis, Francis B. (Francis Butler), 1861-1948.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McCall, John A. (John Augustine), 1849-1906.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1865-1940.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McKinley, William, 1843-1901.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Milliken, Seth Mellen, 1836-1916.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mills, Darius Ogden, 1825-1910.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mines and mineral resources--Chile.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mines and mineral resources--Peru.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Montt, Pedro, 1846-1910.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.)--Commerce.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.)--Politics and government--To 1898.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nicaragua Canal (Nicaragua)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Palmer, William Jackson, 1836-1909.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pan American-Grace Airways.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Peruvian Corporation, Limited.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Phelan, James D. (James Duval), 1861-1930.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Porter, David D. (David Dixon), 1813-1891.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Porter, John Addison, 1856-1900.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Prado, Mariano Ignacio, 1826-1902.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Quincy, Josiah, 1859-1919.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Railroads--Costa Rica.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Real property--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Robinson, Tracy, 1833-1915.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rogers, Henry Huttleston, 1840-1909.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
San Francisco (Calif.)--Commerce.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sargent, A. A. (Aaron Augustus), 1827-1887.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Saunders, William Lawrence, 1856-1931.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Shearman, Thomas Gaskell, 1834-1900.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sherman, J. S. (James Schoolcraft), 1855-1912.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ship brokers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ship chandlers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Shipping--South America.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Shipping--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ships--Equipment and supplies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
South America--Commerce.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stickney, Albert, 1859-1908.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Straus, Isidor, 1845-1912.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Straus, Oscar S. (Oscar Solomon), 1850-1926.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Strobel, Edward Henry, 1855-1908.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States--Emigration and immigration--Ireland.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ward, William Lukens, 1856-1933.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Warner, John DeWitt, 1851-1925.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Watts, Frederick, 1801-1889.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Williams, George Fred, 1852-1932.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Woodward, James T., -1910.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Yglesias Castro, Rafael, 1861-1924.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Zelaya, José Santos, 1853-1919.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note


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.

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