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This collection is a random group of papers of three generations of the Mott family. Papers of Jordan Lawrence Mott include 51 deeds, letters, and leases showing Mott's subdivision, improvement, and letting of this property. Correspondence of J.L. Mott II is mostly from well-known people in English society in the early 20th century. Mott's wife, Katherine Jerome Purdy Mott, was a cousin of the Jerome sisters (Lady Randolph Churchill, Lady Leslie, and Mrs. Moreton Frewen). Papers of J.L. Mott III include correspondence with publishers about his works, miscellaneous manuscripts, and financial documents. Correspondents include the Duchess of Abercorn, Prince Arthur (Duke of Connaught) and his family, L.B.R. Briggs, Ednah Dow Cheney, Joseph B. Gilder, H.A. Harvey, Lady Constance Leslie, Frank E. Schoonover, Christian Schussele, and Caspar Whitney.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Mott family papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Randell, Kenneth. Method of acquisition--Gift; Accession number--M-59.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.
2020-10-13 EAD document created by CCR.
2020-10-13 Corrections made to biographical note; errors in names and dates.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Family of Mott Haven, New York City. Jordan Lawrence Mott (b. 1799) was an inventor and industrialist. He assembled the real estate development of Mott Haven, now a part of the South Bronx, from tracts of land bought from Gouverneur Morris II, Lewis Morris, and the Morris estate. Jordan Lawrence Mott II, called J. L. Mott, Jr. (1829-1915) was an industrialist. His wife was Katharine Jerome Purdy. Jordan Lawrence Mott III, better known as Lawrence Mott (1881-1931), was a novelist who wrote many novels, short stories, and articles of adventure and the outdoor life. His wife was Caroline Pitkin.