Rare Book & Manuscript Library

James Stillman papers, 1830-1955

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1205
Bib ID 4079369 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Stillman, James, 1850-1918
Title James Stillman papers, 1830-1955
Physical Description 5.5 linear feet (11 boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. This collection is arranged into five series.



Papers of Stillman include over 100 items pertaining to the business enterprises of his father, Charles Stillman of Brownsville, Texas, who was engaged in shipping and trade, real estate, and railroad investment. A large portion of the collection documents of James Stillman's activities in banking, in railroad financing, and in other of his business and industrial interests. The letters, legal documents, and miscellaneous papers are representative of the entire span of his career. Included in the correspondence are letters from many prominent financiers and industrialists of his day, including many from William Rockefeller; letters from President Grover Cleveland, some personal in nature and some concerned with business transactions; nine letter books of James Stillman, covering the years 1886-1897, 1906-1918; letter books of his secretary Miss K. Bredin, 1908-1916; journals for the years 1889, 1891, 1898, 1899; bank book recording Stillman's drafts, 1911-1914, on the London firm of Baring Brothers; four diaries, 1881-1884; six notebooks; one cash and journal and one ledger, 1868-1871.

1991 Addition: 2 vols. of typescript copies of business letters, 1867-1879; 1 vol. of photostats of obituary clippings, 1918; & 1 vol. scrapbook of book reviews & letters re. A.R. Burr's biography of James Stillman, 1927-1928 & misc. family items, 1923-1955.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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); James Stillman papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Calvin Stillman, 1957.

Gift of John S. Stillman, 1991.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.

4 volumes Processed HR 05/26/92.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2014-06-06 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Agreements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bankbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bonds (surety) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cash books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Checks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Conveyances Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inventories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ledgers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letterpress copybooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Receipts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Banks and banking Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Baring Brothers & Co. Ltd Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bredin, K Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Capitalists and financiers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Deeds Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Great Britain -- Commerce Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Investments Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Railroads Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, William, 1841-1922 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shipping -- Texas -- Brownsville Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stillman, Charles, 1810-1875 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Commerce Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

American financier.