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Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, financial records, memorabilia, and printed materials. The papers relate to numerous organizations--social, political, civic, and philanthropic--with which he was associated. Among these organizations are Legal Aid Society; Prison Association of New York; Outdoor Recreation League; Socialist Democratic League and National Party; American Alliance for Labor and Democracy; Constitutional Democracy Association; National Security League; YMCA, etc. Included among the papers are his journals and diaries, 1884-1950. An incomplete set of his letterbooks 1905-1960 and some family papers relating to real estate and financial matters
Among the more than 1,600 cataloged letters there is correspondence with people associated with organizations to which Stokes also belonged, such as Marcellus Hartley Dodge and May Matthews of Hartley House; Samuel Barrows and William Marshall Fitts Round of the Prison Association of New York; William Henry Baldwin and Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee Institute; Charles Edward Russell, John Spargo and William English Walling of the Social Democratic League; and Charles B. Stover of the Outdoor Recreation League. There are also letters from Pearl Buck; John Dewey; Theodore Dreiser; Hamlin Garland; Sol Hurok; Helen Keller; Rockwell Kent; Robert Moses; Anna Pavlova; Jacob Riis, Upton Sinclair, and Lillian Wald.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); James Graham Phelps Stokes papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Alternate Form Available
The Pearl S. Buck letters are also available on microfilm. Request MN# 91-2094-2.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of J. G. Phelps Stokes, June 24 and July 22, 1959.
Gift of Mrs. J. G. Phelps Stokes, 1984.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers: Source of acquisition--Stokes, J. G. Phelps. Method of acquisition--Gift & purchase.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Entered in AMC 12/04/90. Papers processed 1959, revised March 1985 by BRC/RL, and revised June 1988 by JL-W.
2022-07-05 Container list created by CCR.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Socialist and philanthropist. (Columbia University. College of P&S, M.D. 1896).