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Renwick Family papers, 1794-1916

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1063
Bib ID 4079262 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Renwick Family
Title Renwick Family papers, 1794-1916
Physical Description 2 linear feet (3 boxes 1 portfolio)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. Box 1: Cataloged correspondence; Box 2: Cataloged manuscripts & documents& misc.; Box 3: Prof. Renwick's lecture notes, Vol. of watercolor sketches& misc.; Flat Box 582: Oversize portfolio of documents.

Description

Summary

This collection is primarily concerned with Prof. James Renwick and his professional correspondence and papers, both as Professor of Natural Philosophy (Physics) at Columbia College and as a leading engineer. Many certificates of membership in honorary societies are included. There are letters from Washington Irving (1783-1859) to Prof. Renwick and to his mother, Jane Jeffrey Renwick, pertaining to contemporary events and Irving's own activities. The letters to Mrs. Renwick are about the travels and experiences of Irving and Renwick abroad. The collection also covers the affairs of the Prof. Renwick's grandfather, including documents concerning his land grants in New York State, and those of James Armstrong Renwick, including his valedictory address at Columbia College in 1876 and his class reunion in 1916. There are many legal documents, letters, and manuscripts of various members of the Renwick and Brevoort families; among these are Prof. Renwick's notes on his family genealogy and a memoir of Jane Jeffrey Renwick. Correspondents include Clement Clarke Moore, John A. Dix, Martin Van Buren, Secretary of State John Forsyth, and Secretary of the Navy James K. Paulding. There is one letter from Sir Edward Sabine (1788-1883), President of the Royal Society, giving his views on the American Civil War.

Also there is one volume of 70 watercolor sketches by Prof. Renwick and two by Washington Irving; one bundle of oversized documents including deeds, mortgage, and a military appointment; and a case containing Prof. Renwick's lecture notes.

1994 Addition: Correspondence of James Renwick (1818-1895), the celebrated architect. There are 68 letters to his brother, Edward Sabine Renwick (1823-1912), inventor and patent expert, concerning his collecting, investments, and health. There are 19 letters to his nephew, Edward Brevoort Renwick (b.1863), concerning the construction of his yacht"Jean", with replies and related correspondence. There are also 2 letters to Edward S. Renwick from his sister, Laura K. R. Monroe.

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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); Renwick Family papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gifts of various members of the Renwick family.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/1989.

Letters of James Renwick, Jr Cataloged HR 01/08/1998.

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

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Accounts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Addresses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Advertisements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Albums (books) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Appointments Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architects Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Genealogies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letterpress copybooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoires Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mortgages Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Powers of attorney Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Receipts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Resolutions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sketches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watercolors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
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"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Balmanno, Mary, 1802-1875 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brevoort family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brevoort, Laura Elizabeth Carson Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia College (New York, N.Y.) -- : Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia College (New York, N.Y.) -- : Students Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Curtis, Benjamin Robbins, 1809-1874 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Deeds Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dix, John A (John Adams), 1798-1879 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dugan, Caleb Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Engineers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Engineers -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Europe -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Forsyth, John, 1780-1841 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harris, William, 1765-1829 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inventors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Irving, Washington, 1783-1859 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jay, Peter A (Peter Augustus), 1776-1843 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
LaFarge, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Land grants -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lord, Daniel, 1795-1868 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memorials Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Miller, Samuel, 1769-1850 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Monroe, Laura K. Renwick Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moreau, César, 1791-1860 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morton, Lohn Ludlow, 1792-1871 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Naval architects Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paulding, James Kirke, 1778-1860 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Physicists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Physics -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, Edward Brevoort, b.1863 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, Edward S (Edward Sabine), 1823-1912 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, Henry B (Henry Brevoort), 1817-1895 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, James A (James Armstrong), 1857- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, James, 1792-1863 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, James, 1818-1895 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, Jane Jeffrey, 1773 or 1774-1850 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, Margaret Anne Brevoort Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, William W (William Whetten), 1864-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, William, 1769-1808 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Royal Society (Great Britain) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sabine, Edward, Sir, 1788-1883 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Department of State Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Navy Department Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Duzer, Archibald Somerville Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Walsh, Robert, 1784-1859 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The Renwick family includes Prof. James Renwick (1792-1863), his wife, Margaret Anne Brevoort Renwick, his mother, Jane Jeffrey Renwick (1773-1850), his grandfather, James Renwick (1743-1803), his father, William Renwick (1769-1808), his sons, James Renwick (1818-1895), Henry Brevoort Renwick (1817-1895), and Edward Sabine Renwick (1823-1912), and his grandsons, Edward Brevoort Renwick and James Armstrong Renwick (1857-1837).