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Gordon Norton Ray letters collection, 1661-1976

Summary Information

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Call No.: MS#1054
Bib ID 4079255 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Ray, Gordon N (Gordon Norton), 1915-1986
Title Gordon Norton Ray letters collection, 1661-1976
Physical Description 9 boxes (9 boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged remainder arranged.

Description

Summary

Letters written to Frank Topham, ca. 1879; letters from various 19th century artists including Wyke Bayliss, G. Bowers Edwards, and Carl Haag; letters to Jerome Milkman, 1925-1958; letters to Howes Norris, 1908-1930; letters from various 20th century artists including Sir D.Y. Cameron, Sir John Collier, and Sir Gerald Kelley; and letters and a few manuscripts and documents of various American and British authors. Also, a group of French documents and letters from immediately following the French Revolution, 1793-1812, mostly dealing with military and governmental matters. Correspondents and signers include Lazare Nicolas Marguerite Carnot, Jean Jacques Regis Cambacérès, Jean Etienne Championnet, and Jean Baptiste Michel Saladin. Letters, 1814-1832, written to United States ministers to France including William Harris Crawford, Albert Gallatin, William Cabell River, and Nathaniel Niles. The correspondents include Elie Decazes, Antoine René Charles Mathurin, comte de La Forest, and Armand Emmanuel du Plesis, duc de Richelieu. The letters deal with a variety of diplomatic matters such as the exchange of war prisoners and refuge for the ship DECATUR.

Also, letters and other autographed items of English artists including Sir William Boxall, Thomas Sidney Cooper, George Cruikshank, Richard Doyle, Copley Fielding, Sir John Gilbert, B.R. Haydon, H. Stacy Marks, Val Prinsep, David Roberts, Thomas Uwins, George Frederic Watts, Thomas Webster, and Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey. Letters and documents of English writers including Edwin Arnold, Alfred Austin, Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Rider Haggard, W.J. Locke, Captain Marryat, Myles Birket-Foster, Frank Swinnerton, Israel Zangwill, and John Gibson. Letters and documents of English historical figures including A.J. Balfour, Lord Castlereagh, Joseph Chamberlain, Marquis of Queensberry, Philip Snowden, and Friedrich Max Muller. American letters and documents of Julian Green, Alice Longfellow, Christopher Morley, and Dewitt Clinton. French letters and documents of Georges Boulanger, Jean Casimir-Périer, Georges Clemenceau, Paul Doumer, Jean Jusserand, Jacques Lauriston, Raymond Poincaré, and Talleyrand. Letters and documents of 19th and 20th century English literary and historical figures, and letters and manuscripts of various American and British literary figures including a 17th century letter from Archbishop Jeremy Taylor, concerning church business.

  • Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

    This series includes several separate gifts (1973-1986). Correspondence from these gifts has been arranged alphabetically and cataloged in one series. Manuscripts and documents may be filed in Series II: Manuscripts, Documents, Miscellaneous (Box 6).

    1973 Gift - 157 letters and a few manuscripts and documents of various American and British authors. Manuscripts and documents may be filed in Series II: Manuscripts, Documents, Miscellaneous (Box 6).

    1977 Gift - 1) Letters and other autographed items of English artists including Sir William Boxall, Thomas Sidney Cooper, George Cruikshank, Richard Doyle, Copley Fielding, Sir John Gilbert, B.R. Haydon, H. Stacy Marks, Val Prinsep, David Roberts, Thomas Uwins, George Frederic Watts, Thomas Webster, and Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey. 72 items. 2) Letters and documents of English writers including Edwin Arnold, Alfred Austin, Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Rider Haggard, W.J. Locke, Captain Marryat, Myles Birket-Foster, Frank Swinnerton, Israel Zangwill, and John Gibson. 32 items. 3) Letters and documents of English historical figures including A.J. Balfour, Lord Castlereagh, Joseph Chamberlain, Marquis of Queensberry, Philip Snowden, and Friedrich Max Muller. 29 items. 4) American letters and documents of Julian Green, Alice Longfellow, Christopher Morley, and Dewitt Clinton. 5 items. 5) French letters and documents of Georges Boulanger, Jean Casimir-Périer, Georges Clemenceau, Paul Doumer, Jean Jusserand, Jacques Lauriston, Raymond Poincaré, and Talleyrand. 8 items.

    1980 Gift - Letters and documents of 19th and 20th century English literary and historical figures. 262 items.

    1986 Gift - In addition to 105 letters and 6 manuscripts of various American and British literary figures, there is one 17th century letter, from Archbishop Jeremy Taylor, concerning church business. Manuscripts and documents may be filed in Series II: Manuscripts, Documents, Miscellaneous (Box 6).

  • Series II: Manuscripts, Documents, Miscellaneous

    This series includes manuscripts, documents, and other items from several separate gifts (1973-1986) that are not filed with Series I: Cataloged Correspondence.

  • Series III: French Historical Letters and Documents, 1793-1832

    Includes French documents and letters from immediately following the French Revolution, 1793-1812, mostly dealing with military and governmental matter, and letters, 1814-1832, written to United States ministers to France. The letters deal with a variety of diplomatic matters.

  • Series IV: 19th and 20th Century British Artists

    Includes 36 letters written to Frank Topham, circa 1879; 84 letters from various 19th century artists including Wyke Bayliss, G. Bowers Edwards, and Carl Haag; 35 letters to Jerome Milkman, 1925-1958; 115 letters to Howes Norris, 1908-1930; 123 letters from various 20th century artists including Martin Alexander, Sir D.Y. Cameron, Sir John Collier, and Sir Gerald Kelley.

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); Gordon Norton Ray letters collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Ray, Gordon N. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1969. Accession number--M-69.

Source of acquisition--Ray, Gordon N. Method of acquisition--Gift; Dates of acquisition--1973, 1977, 1980, 1986.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Revision Description

2021-03-02 EAD document created by 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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Subject

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"ArchivedGRID"
Anna Decatur (Ship) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Arnold, Edwin, Sir, 1832-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Artists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Artists -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Austin, Alfred, 1835-1913 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Balfour, Arthur James, 1848-1930 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bayliss, Wyke, Sir, 1835-1906 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boulanger, Georges-Ernest-Jean-Marie, 1837-1891 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boxall, William, Sir, 1800-1879 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cambacérès, Jean Jacques Régis de, 1753-1824 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cameron, David Young, Sir, 1865-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnot, Lazare, 1753-1823 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Casimir-Périer, Jean Paul Pierre, 1847-1907 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Castlereagh, Robert Stewart, Viscount, 1769-1822 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chamberlain, Joseph, 1836-1914 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Championnet, Jean Etienne, 1762-1800 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Collier, John, 1850-1934 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cooper, Thomas Sidney, 1803-1902 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Crawford, William Harris, 1772-1834 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Decazes, Elie, duc, 1780-1860 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diplomatic and consular service, American -- France Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diplomats -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Doumer, Paul, 1857-1932 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Doyle, Richard, 1824-1883 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Edwards, G. Bowers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fielding, Copley, 1787-1855 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Foster, Myles Birket, 1825-1899 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
France -- History -- 1789-1900 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gallatin, Albert, 1761-1849 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gibson, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gilbert, John, 1817-1897 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Great Britain -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Green, Julien, 1900-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Haag, Carl Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Haggard, H. Rider (Henry Rider), 1856-1925 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Haydon, Benjamin Robert, 1786-1846 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jeffrey, Francis Jeffrey, Lord, 1773-1850 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jusserand, J. J (Jean Jules), 1855-1932 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kelley, Gerald, Sir Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lauriston, Jacques Alexandre Bernard Law, marquis de, 1768-1828 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Locke, William John, 1863-1930 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Longfellow, Alice M (Alice Mary), 1850-1928 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marks, Henry Stacy, 1829-1898 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marryat, Frederick, 1792-1848 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mathurin, Antoine René Charles, comte de La Forest Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Milkman, Jerome Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Müller, F. Max (Friedrich Max), 1823-1900 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Niles, Nathaniel, 1741-1828 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Norris, Howes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poincaré, Raymond, 1860-1934 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prinsep, Val C (Val Cameron), 1838-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Queensberry, John Sholto Douglas, Marquis of, 1844-1900 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Richelieu, Armand-Emmanuel du Plessis, duc de, 1766-1822 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rives, William C (William Cabell), 1793-1868 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roberts, David, 1796-1864 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Saladin, Jean-Baptiste-Michel, 1752-1812 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Statesmen -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Swinnerton, Frank, 1884-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Talleyrand-Périgord, Charles Maurice de, prince de Bénévent, 1754-1838 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Taylor, Jeremy, 1613-1667 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Topham, Frank Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Prisoners and prisons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History, Military Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Politics and government -- 1789-1815 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Uwins, Thomas, 1782-1857 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watts, George Frederick, 1817-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Webster, Thomas, 1800-1886 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zangwill, Israel, 1864-1926 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Gordon Norton Ray was an American author, Professor of English, and collector of English and French illustrated books, as well as autographed letters from the Victorian era.