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Thomas W. Olcott papers, 1811-1925

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0948
Bib ID 4079178 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Olcott, Thomas W (Thomas Worth), 1795-1880
Title Thomas W. Olcott papers, 1811-1925
Physical Description 18 boxes (18 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Cataloged.

Description

Summary

Letters and papers of Olcott. Among the subjects covered are the history of the Bank; banks and politics in New York during the Jacksonian era; the operations of the safety Fund Banking System; land acquisition in the West, particularly Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and western New York; the Boston and Albany Railroad; the Corning Land Company; and the building of the Union Pacific Railroad. The papers are divided into the following groups: letters received, including correspondence with Martin Van Buren, Samuel P. Chase, William Henry Seward, William B. Astor, Silas Wright, William Kent, J. Pierpont Morgan, and Horatio Seymour; documents including land deeds, wills, leases, bonds, sureties, orders to pay, checks, bank ledgers, partnership agreements, earnings reports, tax assessments, and land sales; household bills and receipts; bank notes including excellent examples of early American currency; miscellaneous account books, photographs, and printed material; patents for Michigan and Ohio lands to William Thompson, Thomas W. Olcott, and Garrit Denniston signed by Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren (proxy signatures).

Two onsite card catalog drawers (Catalog Card File Drawers 65A and 65B) contain catalog cards, filed chronologically, for materials in the collection.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

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); Thomas W. Olcott 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

2020-02-18 Container list and note on catalog card file drawers added to the finding aid. CCR.

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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Autographs (manuscripts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Patents (land) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Astor, William B. (William Backhouse), 1792-1875 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Banks and banking -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Banks and banking -- New York (State) -- Albany Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boston and Albany Railroad Co. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chase, Samuel P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Corning Land Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Denniston, Garrit Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kent, William, 1802-1861 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mechanics and Farmers Bank (Albany, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Money -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Railroads -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Railroads -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- Illinois Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- Michigan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- Ohio Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- Wisconsin Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Safety Fund Banking System Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Seward, William H (William Henry), 1801-1872 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Seymour, Horatio, 1810-1886 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tax assessment Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Thompson, William, 1813-1897 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Union Pacific Railroad Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wright, Silas, 1795-1847 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

President of the Mechanics and Farmers' Bank of Albany, N.Y. Olcott was a prominent figure in New York State politics and finance.

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Series I: Papers, 1811-1925


Subseries I.1: Correspondence



Box 1 A-Bo



Box 2 Br-Cl



Box 3 Co-Di



Box 4 Do-H



Box 5 J-Mas



Box 6 Mat-N



Box 7 O-Q



Box 8 R-S



Box 9 T-Wa



Box 10 We-Z


Subseries I.2: Documents, 1812-1925



Box 11 Documents, 1812-1835



Box 12 Documents, 1836-1840



Box 13 Documents, 1841-1925


Subseries I.3: Business and Financial Records, 1811-1886



Box 14 Miscellaneous Business Papers, circa 1830-1886



Box 15 Promissory notes and "orders to pay", 1833-1859, undated


Box 15 Receipts, 1828-1876



Box 16 Thomas W. Olcott and family--Household bills, receipts, accounts, etc.



Box 17 Account Books, 1811-1886, 11 items

Account books for Mechanics and Farmers Bank of Albany also available on microfilm.


Box 17 One envelope of old bank notes


Box 17 One envelope of cancelled checks



Box 18 Patents for Michigan and Ohio Lands; Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren proxy signatures

Cataloged.


Subseries I.4: Other Materials



Box 17 Photo Reproductions of Paintings by Ezra Ames

One item is a self-portrait, the other is of Solomon Southwick.


Box 17 James A. Manning. New York State Men: Thomas Worth Olcott (Albany, NY: The Albany Argus Press), 1912

Series II: Card Catalog

These card catalog drawers contain catalog cards, filed chronologically, for materials in the collection.



Drawer Card File 65A Thomas Olcott Calendar, Undated-1851



Drawer Card File 65B Thomas Olcott Calendar, 1852-1866