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Francis T. P. Plimpton papers, 1901-1983

Summary Information

Abstract

Professional and personal papers of Francis T. P. Plimpton (1900-1983), an attorney, president of the New York City Bar Association from 1968 to 1970, and member of the American delegation to the United Nations from 1961 until 1980.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1514
Bib ID 7451580 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Plimpton, Francis T. P. (Francis Taylor Pearsons), 1900-1983
Title Francis T. P. Plimpton papers, 1901-1983
Physical Description 29 linear feet (33 document boxes 9 oversized boxes 7 CMI boxes 3 other boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

The following boxes are located off-site: 1A-72. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Subseries I.2 and Series V are arranged chronologically. All other series are arranged alphabetically. Selected material cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

Summary

Correspondence, reports, memoranda, manuscripts, photographs, clippings and other printed materials belonging to Francis Taylor Pearsons Plimpton (1900-1983). These papers deal mainly with his service as a delegate to the United Nations, member of the New York City Bar Association, and his career as a lawyer and appointed official in New York City. Among the correspondents are: Edward Koch, John Lindsay, Thomas Mann, Samuel I. Roseman, and Adlai E. Stevenson.

  • Series I: Correspondence, 1901-1983, bulk 1965-1975

    Correspondence files related to the New York City Bar Association and the United Nations are located in this series. There are also manuscripts by the federal judge Shirley Mount Hufstedler mixed with her correspondence with Plimpton.

  • Series II: Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1938-1983

    Series II contains records from Francis T. P. Plimpton's membership in the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, including his presidency of the organization from 1968 through 1970. Bar Association correspondence is located in series II.

  • Series III: United Nations, 1950-1983

  • Series IV: Other organizations, 1926-1983

    Series IV contains files related to organizations, in addition to the New York City Bar Association and the United Nations, in which Francis T. P. Plimpton took a personal or professional interest.

  • Series V: Speeches, writings, and personal materials, 1900-1983, undated

    Subseries V.1 contains written material and speeches by Francis T. P. Plimpton, as well as several boxes of manuscript material from a biography of Plimpton written by his wife, Pauline Ames Plimpton, and son, George Plimpton. Subseries V.2 includes a range of material from Francis T. P. Plimpton's education, travels, and family life, including photographs, clippings, and awards. Finally, Subseries V.3 contains extensive records related to the purchase, maintenance, and disposal of Plimpton and Ames family homes in Washington, D.C.; Huntington, Long Island; and Lake Como, Italy. The latter, Villa Balbionello, dates from the late eighteenth century and was purchased by Pauline Ames Plimpton's grandfather in 1919.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

The following boxes are located off-site: 1A-72. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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); Francis T. P. Plimpton papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Materials were intellectually arranged into series in February 2023, at the same time the finding aid was converted to PDF by Celeste Brewer. The collection's contents were not physically rearranged.

Revision Description

2023-02-20 PDF finding aid converted to EAD by CLB

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"
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Association of the Bar of the City of New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Koch, Ed, 1924-2013 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lawyers -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lindsay, John V. (John Vliet) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plimpton, Francis T. P. (Francis Taylor Pearsons), 1900-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plimpton, Pauline Ames, 1901- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stevenson, Adlai E (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United Nations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United Nations -- Officials and employees, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Villa Balbianello (Lenno, Italy) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Francis Taylor Pearsons Plimpton (1900-1983) was a lawyer, diplomat, and trustee. Ambassador Plimpton was a member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations from 1961 until 1980, president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 1968 to 1970, and active in New York City government.

Francis T. P. Plimpton was born in New York City on December 7, 1900 to George A. and Frances Taylor Plimpton. He attended Philips Exeter Academy, Amherst College, and Harvard Law School. He married Pauline Ames in 1926; they had four children. He died in Huntington, New York, on July 30, 1983.