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Mott family papers, 1840-1954

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0907
Bib ID 4079138 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Mott Family
Title Mott family papers, 1840-1954
Physical Description 3 boxes (3 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Cataloged and arranged.



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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This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

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); Mott family papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Revision Description

2020-10-13 EAD document created by CCR.

2020-10-13 Corrections made to biographical note; errors in names and dates.

Subject Headings

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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Abercorn, Mary Anna Curzon Hamilton, Duchess of Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Arthur, Prince, Duke of Connaught, 1850-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Briggs, Le Baron Russell, 1855-1934 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cheney, Ednah Dow, 1824-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Churchill, Randolph Spencer, Lady, 1854-1921 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
England -- Social life and customs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Families -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frewen, Clara, 1851-1935 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gilder, Joseph Benson, 1858-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harvey, H. A Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Industrialists -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inventors -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jerome family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leslie, Constance, Lady Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morris, Lewis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mott Haven (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mott, Caroline Pitkin Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mott, Jordan L (Jordan Lawrence), 1799- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mott, Jordan Lawrence, 1829-1915 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mott, Katharine Jerome Purdy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mott, Lawrence, 1881-1931 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schoonover, Frank E., 1877-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schussele, Christian, 1826?-1879 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Whitney, Caspar, 1862-1929 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.