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At a Glance
Correspondence and papers of Low. Both sides of the correspondence are almost intact from 1890 on, with copies of outgoing letters for the two previous decades. There are also four letterpress copybooks, numerous scrapbooks of clippings relating to Low's career and activities, a large number of photographs and other memorabilia, and printed and manuscript copies of many of Low's speeches. Also, contains ten boxes of Annie Low's (Mrs. Seth Low) business and financial correspondence, invitations and regrets, requests for donations, and bills for the period 1914 to 1930.
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Conditions Governing 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 has no restrictions.
Cataloged correspondence boxes CC2-CC36 are located onsite. Cataloged correspondence box 1 is missing (7/20/19). Flatboxes 288 and 289 are located onsite. The following boxes are located off-site, and you will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room: Boxes 13-175; scrapbook boxes I-XV; one box checkbooks; one box printed books. Note that boxes 1-12 do not exist. Letterbooks V-VII are missing (7/20/19).
See also the Seth Low Speeches: Finding aid.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Portions of Low's earlier official correspondence were distributed by Mrs. Low shortly before her death in 1929 and are now probably lost.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Low, William Gilman. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1940. Accession number--M-40.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.
(For reference only) Legacy PDF finding aid: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/29_LI-LU_32.pdf
2020-02-10 Finding aid encoded from PDF. kws
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Mayor of Brooklyn, Mayor of New York, and President of Columbia College (later Columbia University), 1890-1901.