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Leon Fraser papers, 1897-1945, bulk 1924-1943

Summary Information

Abstract

Leon Fraser held a variety of administrative positions in both government and private industry, and he served as a director, trustee, chairman, and treasurer for a number of prominent businesses and charitable organizations. He earned his PhD from Columbia University and taught public law there as well. Fraser committed suicide in 1945 at his summer home in North Granville, New York. The Papers consist of business and personal correspondence, materials related to his professional activities, and a small section of personal papers. The bulk of the materials range in date from 1924-1943.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1569
Bib ID 8647293 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Fraser, Leon, 1889-1945
Title Leon Fraser papers, 1897-1945, bulk 1924-1943
Physical Description 28 linear feet (7 document boxes 21 record containers 2 flat boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Material is arranged into three series.

Description

Summary

The Leon Fraser Papers consists of business correspondence, materials related to his professional activities, and small selection of personal papers. The correspondence is organized chronologically, with the bulk being from the years 1938-1943. Additionally, selected correspondence is arranged alphabetically. Notable correspondents include Charles A. Beard, Nicholas Murray Butler, Fiorello LaGuardia, and John and Nelson A. Rockefeller amongst others. The series on professional activities outlines the many organizations that Fraser worked with over the course of his career. The material consists of correspondence, annual reports, by-laws, printed materials, and financial and legal documents. Lastly, the series of personal papers contains materials related to Fraser's personal finances and properties he owned. There is correspondence with his foster mother, Susan D. Bonar. There are clippings and photographs related to the launching of the steamship freighter "Leon Fraser" in 1942. Included here is a copy of Fraser's suicide note addressed to his son from 1945.

  • Series I: Correspondence, 1918-1944

    Series I contains business correspondence. It is arranged chronologically by year and divided by letter of last name. The bulk is from 1938-1943. Additionally, selected correspondents have been listed alphabetically. Notable correspondents include: Charles A. Beard, Nicholas Murray Butler, Fiorello LaGuardia, and John and Nelson A. Rockefeller amongst others.

  • Series II: Professional Activities, 1918-1945

    Series II consists of materials related to the professional activities of Leon Fraser from 1918-1943. Contained within this series are annual reports, by-laws, correspondence, legal and financial documents, and other printed material. Documented here is Fraser's work with the Bank for International Settlements, the United States Steel Corporation, Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, the American National Red Cross, and Columbia University. Please note that box 27 contains material related to material found in earlier boxes, researchers should consult both instances of an organization.

  • Series III: Personal Papers, 1897-1945

    Series III contains the personal papers of Leon Fraser. Included here is financial material related to various properties owned by Fraser as well as investments. There is a sizable amount of correspondence between Fraser and his foster mother Susan D. Bonar. Some speeches and writings of Fraser's can be found in this series as well. Additionally, there are clippings, photographs, and a scrapbook documenting the launching of the steamship freighter "Leon Fraser" in 1942. Lastly, there is a copy of the suicide note that Fraser left for his son in 1945.

Using the Collection

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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.

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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); Leon Fraser Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accrual

No additions are expected

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

Ownership and Custodial History

The Leon Fraser Papers were the gift of James and Victoria Fraser to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University in 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2010-2011-M157: Source of acquisition--James and Victoria Fraser. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--5/12/2011.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Manuel A. Bautista Gonzalez PhD candidate Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 2012-2013.

Finding Aid written Adrien Hilton 06/2013.

Collection is processed to folder level.

Revision Description

2013-07-09 xml document created by Adrien Hilton

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

Subject Headings

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Leon Fraser was a PhD graduate of Columbia University (he later added a law degree to his resume) who worked as a reporter for the New York World, was admitted to the New York bar (even though he did not yet hold a law degree), and returned to Columbia to teach public law at his alma mater. Fraser's support of pacifist causes in the years before America's entry into World War I caused Columbia to drop him as an instructor, but when America declared war on Germany, Fraser enlisted in the Army as a private. He rose to the rank of major by the end of the war and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his efforts; after the war he held a variety of administrative positions in both government and private industry, and he served as a director, trustee, chairman, and treasurer for a number of businesses and charitable organizations. Fraser and another American, Gates McGarrah, served as the first two presidents of BIS, the Bank for International Settlements. (Fraser is another anachronism in this piece: the BIS was not founded until 1930 and Fraser did not become its president until 1935, so he could not accurately have been described as "president of the Bank for International Settlements" in 1923.) In 1945, while the 55-year-old Fraser was president of First National Bank of New York, he committed suicide at his summer home in North Granville, NY. He left behind a suicide note stating that he had been "depressed mentally and [had] suffered from melancholia that gets steadily worse." Obituaries noted that he had been in "low spirits" since the death of his wife two years earlier.

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Series I: Correspondence, 1918-1944

Series I contains business correspondence. It is arranged chronologically by year and divided by letter of last name. The bulk is from 1938-1943. Additionally, selected correspondents have been listed alphabetically. Notable correspondents include: Charles A. Beard, Nicholas Murray Butler, Fiorello LaGuardia, and John and Nelson A. Rockefeller amongst others.



Box 1 A, 1933-1937


Box 1 B, 1923-1937


Box 1 C, 1925-1937


Box 1 D, 1935-1937


Box 1 E, 1935-1937


Box 1 F, 1935-1937


Box 1 G, 1931-1937


Box 1 H, 1918-1937


Box 1 J, 1935-1937


Box 1 K, 1918-1937


Box 1 L, 1935


Box 1 M, 1935


Box 1 Mc, 1918-1935


Box 1 N, 1935


Box 1 O, 1937


Box 1 P, 1935-1937


Box 1 Q, 1935


Box 1 R, 1924-1937


Box 1 S, 1934-1937


Box 1 T, 1935-1937


Box 1 V, 1935-1937


Box 1 W, 1918-1937


Box 1 XYZ, 1935-1937


Box 1 Other, 1918-1937



Box 2 A, 1938


Box 2 B, 1938


Box 2 C, 1938


Box 2 D, 1938


Box 2 E, 1938


Box 2 F, 1938


Box 2 G, 1938


Box 2 H, 1938


Box 2 I, 1938


Box 2 J, 1938


Box 2 K, 1938


Box 2 L, 1938


Box 2 M, 1938


Box 2 Mc, 1938


Box 2 N, 1938


Box 2 O, 1938


Box 2 P, 1938


Box 2 R, 1938


Box 2 S, 1938


Box 2 T, 1938


Box 2 V, 1938


Box 2 W, 1938


Box 2 Other, 1938



Box 3 A, 1939


Box 3 B, 1939


Box 3 C, 1939


Box 3 D, 1939


Box 3 E, 1939


Box 3 F, 1939


Box 3 G, 1939


Box 3 H, 1939


Box 3 I, 1939


Box 3 J, 1939


Box 3 K, 1939


Box 3 L, 1939


Box 3 M, 1939


Box 3 Mc, 1939


Box 3 N, 1939


Box 3 O, 1939


Box 3 P, 1939


Box 3 R, 1939


Box 3 S, 1939


Box 3 T, 1939


Box 3 U, 1939


Box 3 V, 1939


Box 3 W, 1939


Box 3 XYZ, 1939


Box 3 Other, 1939



Box 4 A, 1940


Box 4 B, 1940


Box 4 C, 1940


Box 4 D, 1940


Box 4 E, 1940


Box 4 F, 1940


Box 4 G, 1940


Box 4 H, 1940


Box 4 J, 1940


Box 4 K, 1940


Box 4 L, 1940


Box 4 M, 1940


Box 4 Mc, 1940


Box 4 N, 1940


Box 4 O, 1940


Box 4 P, 1940


Box 4 R, 1940


Box 4 S, 1940


Box 4 T, 1940


Box 4 U, 1940


Box 4 V, 1940


Box 4 W, 1940


Box 4 XYZ, 1940



Box 5 A, 1941


Box 5 B, 1941


Box 5 C, 1941


Box 5 D, 1941


Box 5 E, 1941


Box 5 F, 1941


Box 5 G, 1941


Box 5 H, 1941


Box 5 I, 1941


Box 5 J, 1941


Box 5 K, 1941


Box 5 L, 1941


Box 5 M, 1941


Box 5 Mc, 1941


Box 5 N, 1941


Box 5 O, 1941


Box 5 P, 1941


Box 5 Q, 1941


Box 5 R, 1941


Box 5 S, 1941


Box 5 T, 1941


Box 5 U, 1941


Box 5 V, 1941


Box 5 WXYZ, 1941



Box 6 A, 1942


Box 6 B, 1942


Box 6 C, 1942


Box 6 D, 1942


Box 6 E, 1942


Box 6 F, 1942


Box 6 G, 1942


Box 6 H, 1942


Box 6 I, 1942


Box 6 J, 1942


Box 6 K, 1942


Box 6 L, 1942


Box 6 M, 1942


Box 6 Mc, 1942


Box 6 N, 1942


Box 6 O, 1942


Box 6 P, 1942


Box 6 R, 1942


Box 6 S, 1942


Box 6 T, 1942


Box 6 U, 1942


Box 6 V, 1942


Box 6 W, 1942


Box 6 XYZ, 1942



Box 7 A, 1943


Box 7 B, 1943


Box 7 C, 1943


Box 7 D, 1943


Box 7 E, 1943


Box 7 F, 1943


Box 7 G, 1943


Box 7 H, 1943


Box 7 I, 1943


Box 7 J, 1943


Box 7 K, 1943


Box 7 L, 1943


Box 7 M, 1934


Box 7 Mc, 1943


Box 7 N, 1943


Box 7 O, 1943


Box 7 P, 1943


Box 7 R, 1943


Box 7 S, 1943


Box 7 T, 1943


Box 7 V, 1943


Box 7 WXYZ, 1943



Box 8 Telegrams, 1930-1944, (4 folders)


Box 8 Ackerman, Carl, 1935-1943


Box 8 Aldrich, Winthrop, 1938-1943


Box 8 Araki, Eikichi, 1939


Box 8 Atkin, I.C.R., 1943


Box 8 Baker, George, 1935


Box 8 Bate, Fred, 1942-1943


Box 8 Beard, Charles A., 1918 1939, 1918, 1939


Box 8 Bell, Lawrence, 1943


Box 8 Bengtson, Erik, 1939


Box 8 Beyen, J.W., 1939-1940


Box 8 Blair, Floyd, 1943


Box 8 Blessing, Karl, 1938-1940


Box 8 Bolton, Francis, 1943


Box 8 Boyer, Maurice, 1935-1943


Box 8 Brady, W.G., 1943


Box 8 Brown, Donaldson, 1943


Box 8 Brown, Edward E., 1943


Box 8 Brownell, Francis, 1938


Box 8 Bucher, G.H., 1943


Box 8 Bullitt, William Marshall, 1943


Box 8 Burgess, W. Randolph, 1939-1943


Box 8 Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1924-1942


Box 8 Campbell, H. Donald, 1940-1943


Box 8 Canham, Erwin D., 1942


Box 8 Carey, W. Gibson Jr., 1939-1940


Box 8 Carpenter, Walter S. Jr., 1942


Box 8 Chanler, L.S. Jr., 1943


Box 8 Chaplin, Charles, 1943


Box 8 Chase, Harry Woodburn, 1943


Box 8 Chester, C.M., 1942


Box 8 Clark, John L., 1942


Box 8 Cobbald, Cameron, 1940


Box 8 Cochran, Merle, 1939-1943


Box 8 Colgate, ?, 1941


Box 8 Coudert, Frederick R. Jr., 1939


Box 8 Crocker, Stuart M., 1935-1943


Box 8 Darlington, Charles F., 1935-1943


Box 8 David, Donald K., 1942


Box 8 David-Weill, Pierre, 1943


Box 8 Davies, H.A., 1943


Box 8 Dawes, Charles G., 1924-1940


Box 8 Desmond, Thomas C., 1943


Box 8 de Iongh, D. Crena, 1939-1943


Box 8 Delano, Preston, 1940-1941


Box 8 Dixon, Frank M., 1940


Box 8 Draper, Ernest G., 1939


Box 8 du Pont, Lammot, 1939


Box 8 D'Olier, Franklin, 1939-1943


Box 8 Douglas, Lewis W., 1940-1942


Box 8 Earle, Edward M., 1938-1943


Box 8 Eccles, Marriner S., 1941


Box 8 Fischer, Otto Chr., 1939


Box 8 Fukai, Eigo, 1935-1941


Box 8 Ford, Nevil, 1942


Box 8 Gerard, James W., 1943


Box 8 Gifford, Walter S., 1940-1943


Box 8 Gilbert, S. Parker, 1924-1935


Box 8 Gilman, M.M., 1941


Box 8 Golay, Maurice, 1942


Box 8 Goodhue, F., Abbot, 1943


Box 8 Greene, Jerome D., 1940-1941


Box 8 Grew, Joseph C., 1943


Box 8 Hanes, Robert M., 1939-1940


Box 8 Harrison, George L., 1939-1943


Box 8 Hays, Will H., 1942


Box 8 Hulse, Ernst, 1935 1938, 1935, 1938


Box 8 Hoffman, Paul G., 1943


Box 8 Hoover, Herbert, 1943


Box 8 Horikashi, Tetsuzo, 1938


Box 8 Hughes, Joseph E., 1939


Box 8 Hutchinson, B.E., 1943-1945


Box 8 Jay, Pierre, 1935-1942


Box 8 Jacobsson, Per, 1938-1942


Box 8 Johnston, Eric A., 1942


Box 8 Karpinkski, Zygmunt, 1938-1943


Box 8 Kano, Viscount, 1939


Box 8 Keller, K.T., 1940


Box 8 Kobayashi, Schoichiro, 1938-1941


Box 8 Kraft, James L., 1943


Box 8 Lamont, Thomas W., 1931-1943


Box 8 Laguardia, Fiorello, 1938-1942


Box 8 Lehman, Herbert H., 1938 1943, 1938, 1943


Box 8 Lincoln, Leroy, 1942


Box 8 Merrill, Charles E., 1943


Box 8 Meyer, Eugene, 1941-1942


Box 8 Mitchell, W.A., 1941


Box 8 Miklaus, W., 1943


Box 8 Moreau, Emile, 1938-1939


Box 8 Morgan, Henry S., 1940-1941


Box 8 Morgenthau, Henry, 1939-1940


Box 8 Munakata, H., 1939


Box 8 McCarthy, George L., 1942-1943


Box 8 McGarrah, Gates W., 1939-1940


Box 8 McGoldrick, Joseph D., 1943


Box 8 McKittrick, Thomas L. and Marjorie B., 1941-1943


Box 8 Nishi, Kazuo, 1939-1941


Box 8 Nisiyama, T., 1939


Box 8 Niemeyer, Otto, 1939


Box 8 Norman, Montagu, 1939-1942


Box 8 O'Connor, J.F.T., 1937-1938


Box 8 Paul, Randolph, 1942


Box 8 Perkins, J. Nelson, 1935



Box 9 Pierson, Warren L., 1941


Box 9 Postmus, Johannes, 1943


Box 9 Puhl, Emil, 1940


Box 9 Ramson, Ronald, 1939 1941, 1939, 1941


Box 9 Rea, George P., 1942


Box 9 Renn, Paul, 1941-1943


Box 9 Rentschler, Gordon S., 1940-1943


Box 9 Reynolds, Jackson, 1929-1943


Box 9 Roberts, George B., 1940


Box 9 Robertson, A.W., 1942


Box 9 Robinson, Leland Rex, 1942


Box 9 Rockefeller, John D., 1939-1942


Box 9 Rockefeller, Nelson A., 1941


Box 9 Rooth, Ivar, 1939-1943


Box 9 Sarnoff, David, 1942


Box 9 Schacht, Hjalmar, 1930-1939


Box 9 Schapiro, Morris A., 1943


Box 9 Schuetz, Gerhart W., 1939


Box 9 Sekiba, Teiji, 1925


Box 9 Scimaouye, S., 1939


Box 9 Siepmann, H.A., 1937


Box 9 Simon, Hans, 1940-1942


Box 9 Skouras, Spyrar P., 1943


Box 9 Sloan, Alfred P., 1938-1941


Box 9 Sloan, George A., 1937-1943


Box 9 Sonoda, S., 1938


Box 9 Sparrow, Edward, 1935-1943


Box 9 Spinney, G.W., 1940-1942


Box 9 Sprague, O.M.W., 1938


Box 9 Sproul, Allan, 1942-1943


Box 9 Stanley, Harold, 1943


Box 9 Steele, Thomas M., 1938-1943


Box 9 Stettinius, Edward R. Jr., 1938-1942


Box 9 Streit, Clarence K., 1937-1941


Box 9 Stephens, D. Mallory, 1941


Box 9 Sulzberger, Arthur Hays and Iphigene Ochs, 1938-1943


Box 9 Swope, Gerard, 1941-1943


Box 9 Szymczak, M.S., 1939-1940


Box 9 Taunery, Jean, 1938


Box 9 Taylor, Amos E., 1942


Box 9 Towers, G.F., 1940


Box 9 Trip, Dr. L.J.A., 1937-1939


Box 9 Trippe, Juan T., 1943


Box 9 Tanaka, Tetsusaburo, 1938-1939


Box 9 Tsushima, Juichi, 1938-1939


Box 9 Ukawa, H., 1938


Box 9 Walsh, Raycroft, 1943


Box 9 Watson, Thomas J., 1937-1943


Box 9 White, William R., 1941


Box 9 Wiggins, A.L.M., 1942


Box 9 Wigglesworth, Richard B., 1943


Box 9 Willkie, Wendell, 1940-1943


Box 9 Woodlief, Thomas, 1943


Box 9 Woodring, Harry Hines, 1940


Box 9 Wyzanski, Charles E. Jr., 1943


Box 9 Young, Owen D., 1925-1941


Box 9 Young, Roy A., 1940-1942


Box 9 Zukor, Adolph, 1942

Series II: Professional Activities, 1918-1945

Series II consists of materials related to the professional activities of Leon Fraser from 1918-1943. Contained within this series are annual reports, by-laws, correspondence, legal and financial documents, and other printed material. Documented here is Fraser's work with the Bank for International Settlements, the United States Steel Corporation, Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, the American National Red Cross, and Columbia University. Please note that box 27 contains material related to material found in earlier boxes, researchers should consult both instances of an organization.


German Reparation Payments



Box 10 The Experts' Plan for Reparation Payments. Paris: The Reparation Comission, 1926


Box 10 The Execution of the Experts' Plan. First Annuity Year. September 1, 1924 to August 31, 1925. Reports of the Agent General for Reparation Payments and the Commissioner and Trustees . Berlin: The Office for Reparation Payments,, 1925


Box 10 The Execution of the Experts' Plan. Second Annuity Year. September 1, 1925 to August 31, 1926. Reports of the Agent General for Reparation Payments and the Commissioner and Trustees . Berlin: The Office for Reparation Payments,, 1926, (2 volumes)


Box 10 The Execution of the Experts' Plan. Third Annuity Year. September 1, 1926 to August 31, 1927. Reports of the Agent General for Reparation Payments . Berlin: The Office for Reparation Payments,, 1927


Box 10 The Execution of the Experts' Plan. Third Annuity Year. September 1, 1926 to August 31, 1927. Reports of the Commissioner and Trustees . Berlin: The Office for Reparation Payments,, 1927


Box 10 The Execution of the Experts' Plan. Fourth Annuity Year. September 1, 1927 to August 31, 1928. Reports of the Agent General for Reparation Payments . Berlin: The Office for Reparation Payments,, 1928


Box 10 The Execution of the Experts' Plan. Third Annuity Year. September 1, 1927 to August 31, 1928. Reports of the Commissioner and Trustees . Berlin: The Office for Reparation Payments,, 1928



Box 11 Mortgage Bank Indentures: Central Bank, Series B (1927), Deutsche Rentenbank-Kreditanstalt (1925), Mortgage Bank of Colombia (1927), Hannoversche Landeskreditanstalt (1927), East Prussian Landowners Association (1927), German Building and Land Bank (1928), Hungarian Central Mutual Credit Institute (1927), Bank of Silesian Landowners Association (1927), European Mortgage and Investment Corporation (1926), German Provincial and Communal Banks (1928), Mortgage Bank of Venetian Provinces (1927)


Box 11 Indentures and Trust Agreements: Ohmer Fare Register Company (1927), Albert Steiger Building Company (1927), Stillwater Worsted Mills (1928), First National Stores Inc. (1927), International Securities Corporation of America (1927), Second International Securities Corporation (1928). Day & Meyer, Murray & Young, Inc. (1927), M. J. Whittall Associates, Ltd. (1927), William J. Hobbs and Others (1928), Aktieselskabet Vamma Fossekompagni (1927), Ujigawa Electric Power Company, Limited (1925)


Box 11 Deposit Agreements: Kreuger & Toll (1928), Rhine-Westphalia (1928), Banca Commerciale Italiana (1928), Commerz-und Privat-Bank (1927), Debenhams Securities Limited (1928), Amsterdam Trading Company (1927), Oesterreichische Credit-Anstalt (1927), Deutsche Bank (1927), State Bank of Brunswick (1928), Belgian National Railways Company (1927)


Box 11 German Indentures: Brown Coal Industrial Corporation "Zukunft" (1928), August Thyssen Iron and Steel Works (1926), Mansfeld Mining and Smelting Company, Mansfeld Potash Company, Stolberg Consolidated Copper Mining Company, Mansfeld Metal Sales Company (1926), Rhine-Westphalia Electric Power Corporation (1925), Good Hope Steel and Iron Works (1925), German Savings Banks and Clearing Association (1926), Wasserwirthschaft im Rheinisch-Westfaelischen Industriegebiet (Ruhrkohlenbezirk) (1928)



Box 12 German Reparation Payments (Experts' Plan of 9 April 1924). German Industrial Debentures. Report by the Trustee B. Nogara for the period from 1 September 1924 to 31 May 1925 on the application of the Industrial Charges Law (Industriebelastungsgesetz) voted by the Reichstag and promulgated by the German Government on 30 August 1924 in conformity with the Agreements appended to the Final London Protocol of 16 August 1924. Berlin: 1925, September 1924, May 1925, August 1924, 1925


Box 12 Report on the Application of the Industrial Charges Law in its Bearing on the Industrial Debentures (June 1, 1925 to May 31, 1926), 1925


Box 12 German Reparation Payments (Experts' Plan of 9 April 1924). German Industrial Debentures. Report by the Trustee B. Nogara for the period from 1 September 1926 to 31 July 1928 on the application of the Industrial Charges Law (Industriebelastungsgesetz) voted by the Reichstag and promulgated by the German Government on 30 August 1924 in conformity with the Agreements appended to the Final London Protocol of 16 August 1924. Berlin: 1928, September 1926, July 1928, August 1924, 1928


Box 12 Indexes to Bound Reorganization, (2 volumes)


Box 12 Industriebelastungsgesetz (1927-1928), "Opinion dealing with the Securing of the German External Loan of 1924 by Certain Revenues of the German Reich", 1929 Legal documents related to, 1924, 1929



Box 9 International Conference on the Hague: Correspondence and other Documents,, 1926-1929


Bank for International Settlements


Box 9 Annual Reports, 1931-1940


Box 9 Draft Charter and Statutes, 1929-1930


Box 9 Minutes, 1935


Box 9 Correspondence, 1935-1943, (4 folders)


United States Steel Corporation



Box 13 Correspondence and other Documents, 1936-1943, (8 folders)


Box 13 Sponge Iron for Scrap Iron and Steel, 1942


Box 13 Labor Problems, 1941-1943


Box 13 Federal Shipping and Dry Dock Company, Labor Situation (Kearney, NJ),, 1942


Box 13 Annual Reports, Minutes, and other Reports, 1935-1939


Publications


Box 13 The Selection and Development of Executives in American Industry; Labor Relations in the Steel Industry, 1936 Report by Raw Materials Committee, 1939, The Mutual Responsibility of Business and the Public, 1940, 1936, 1939, 1940


Box 13 Financial Documents, 1936-1943


Box 13 US Steel News , 1936-1937


Publications


Box 13 Certificate of Incorporation, 1929 By-Laws, 1933, 1936, Plan of Employee Representation, Gary Works, Illinois Steel Company, 1934, 1929, 1933, 1936,, 1934


Box 13 By-Laws (drafts), 1929-1937


Box 13 Temporary National Economic Committee Hearings, 1939


Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York



Box 14 Correspondence and other Documents, 1935-1943, (3 folders)


Box 14 Finance Committee, 1939-1942, (2 folders)


Box 14 Pamphlets, 1934-1942


Box 14 Monthly Balance Sheets and Statements, 1937-1940


Box 14 Annual Statements, 1937-1940


Box 14 Copy of Report of Examination of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York by the New York State Insurance Department , 1939-1943


Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York


Box 14 Correspondence and other Documents, 1938-1943


Box 14 Fund for the Relief of Members and Their Families, 1940


Box 14 Charter, By-Laws, and Lists of Members, Monthly Bulletins, 1936-1941


New York Central System


Box 14 Correspondence, By-Laws, 1943



Box 15 Executive Committee, 1943, (2 folders)


Box 15 Board of Directors, 1943


Box 15 Docket No. 14095, 1943


Box 15 Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company, 1943


Box 15 Michigan Central Railroad Company, 1943


Box 15 Indiana Harbor Railroad Company, 1943


Box 15 New York and Harlem Railroad Company, 1943


Box 15 Canada Southern Railway Company, 1943


Box 15 Detroit River Tunnel Company, 1943


Box 15 The Wallkill Valley Railroad Company, 1943


Box 15 West Shore Railroad Company, 1943


Box 15 New Jersey Junction Railroad Company, 1943


Box 15 New York State Realty and Terminal Company, 1943


Box 15 The Niagara River Bridge Company, 1943


Box 15 Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, St. Louis Railway Company, 1943


Box 15 Northeastern Airlines, 1942-1943


Box 15 H. Fort Flowers Differential Steel Car Company--Correspondence, 1937-1943, (2 folders)


General Electric Company


Box 15 Correspondence and other Documents, 1935-1943, (5 folders)


Box 15 Meetings, 1936-1938, (3 folders)



Box 16 Meetings, 1939-1943, (5 folders)


Box 16 GE Radio Suit, 1939-1942


International General Electric


Box 16 Correspondence and other Documents, 1935-1942


Box 16 Minutes of Meetings, 1936-1943, (7 folders)


Box 16 American Bankers Association--Correspondence and other Documents, 1940-1943, (2 folders)


Bank Tax Committee


Box 16 Correspondence and other Documents, 1939-1943, (5 folders)


Box 16 Bank Statements and Checks, 1939-1943


Box 16 Correspondence with Senator Saxe, 1939-1942, (2 folders)



Box 17 Correspondence with Senator Saxe, 1941-1942, (2 folders)


Box 17 Senator Saxe--Reports, 1943, (2 folders)


Box 17 New York Clearing House--Correspondence, 1937-1943, (2 folders)


Box 17 Bretton Woods and International Finance System, 1941-1945


Box 17 New York State Bankers Association, 1939-1943


Box 17 Federal Advisory Council--Correspondence and other Documents, 1939-1940, (6 folders)



Box 18 Federal Advisory Council--Correspondence and other Documents, 1941


Box 18 Federal Reserve Bank of New York--Correspondence and other Documents,, 1940-1943, (3 folders)


Box 18 Committee on Government Financing, 1940-1942


Box 18 War Finance Committee for New York State, 1943


Box 18 New York World's Fair, 1935-1939, (2 folders)


Box 18 Federal Hall Memorial, 1939-1941


Box 18 National War Fund, 1943


Box 18 American Society for British Medical and Hospital Aid, Incorporated,, 1939-1940


Box 18 British War Relief Society of America, 1941-1943


Box 18 National Safety Council War Production Fund to Conserve Manpower, 1942


Box 18 Republican Campaign, 1942-1943


Greater New York Fund


Box 18 Correspondence and other Documents,1938-1942, (4 folders)


Box 18 Campaign Executive Committee Minutes, 1938


Henry Street Visiting Nursing Service


Box 18 Correspondence and other Documents, 1938-1943


Box 18 Daily Reports on Contributions, 1938


American National Red Cross


New York Chapter



Box 19 Correspondence and other Documents, 1933 1937-1943, 1933, 1937-1943, (5 folders)


Box 19 Budgets, Report on Examination, 1942-1944


Box 19 1942 Campaign, 1942, 1942, 1942, (3 folders)


Box 19 Charter, By-Laws, Endowment Fund Regulations, 1931 1942, 1931, 1942


Board of Trustees of Endowment Fund


Box 19 Correspondence, 1940-1944, (2 folders)


Box 19 Security Portfolios, 1940-1943


Box 19 Annual Report, 1943


Red Cross War Fund


Box 19 Script of Workers Training Film "Seven Selling Keys to Red Cross Contribution",, 1944


Box 19 Labor, 1943-1944


Box 19 Speeches, 1944


Box 19 Minutes, 1943-1944


1944 Campaign, 1944



Box 20 Memos, 1942-1944


Box 20 Luncheon Meeting, 1943


Box 20 Progress Reports, 1943


Box 20 List of Red Cross War Fund Chairmen and Correspondence,, 1943-1944


Box 20 Daily Reports, 1944, (2 folders)


Box 20 Memos, Reports, Booklets, 1943-1944


Box 20 Correspondence, 1943-1944, (5 folders)


Columbia University in the City of New York


Box 20 Correspondence, 1936-1943, (3 folders)


Box 20 Enrollment Information, 1936-1937



Box 21 Trustee Meetings, 1936-1941


Box 21 Special Finance Committee, 1936-1937


Box 21 Committee on Finance, 1938-1942


Box 21 Advisory Committee on Investments, 1938-1942, (2 folders)


Box 21 Committee on Education, 1936-1940, (2 folders)


Box 21 Columbia University Club, 1935-1939


Box 21 Pamphlets, 1930-1939


American Academy in Rome


Box 21 Board of Trustees, 1938-1943


Box 21 Executive Committee, 1938-1943


Box 21 Correspondence--Treasurer, 1937-1943, (2 folders)


Box 21 Finance Committee, 1938-1939


Box 21 Financials, 1938-1943



Box 22 Reports and Accounts, 1937-1943


Box 22 United States Trust Company, 1938-1943, (4 folders)


Box 22 Newsletters, Act of Incorporation and By-Laws, Annual Report, 1930-1942


Box 22 Notes from United States Trust Company of New York, 1938-1943


Box 22 Credit Notices from United States Trust Company of New York, 1938-1943, (2 folders)


Union College


Box 22 Correspondence and other Documents, 1935-1944, (9 folders)


Box 22 Financial Exhibits, 1935-1943


Box 22 Bulletins, 1940-1942


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace



Box 23 Board of Trustees, 1939-1943


Box 23 Finance Committee, 1939-1943, (2 folders)


Box 23 Executive Committee, 1924-1942


Box 23 Correspondence, 1938-1942


Box 23 Treasurer, 1936-1942


Box 23 Annual Reports, 1937-1942


Box 23 Air Youth of America--Correspondence and other Documents, 1939-1942


Box 23 American Museum of Natural History--Correspondence and other Documents,, 1940-1943


American Historical Association


Box 23 Correspondence, 1934-1943, (2 folders)


Box 23 Receipts of Purchases and Sales of Securities, 1938-1943


Box 23 Statements of Securities, 1938-1943


New York Protestant Episcopal Public School


Box 23 Correspondence and other Documents, 1940-1943


Box 23 Acts of Incorporation and By-Laws, Financial Statements, Estimates of Income and Operating Expenses,, 1940-1944


Academy of Political Science


Box 23 Correspondence and other Documents, 1936-1943, (2 folders)



Box 24 Receipts and Disbursements, Reports on Examinations of Cash Records,, 1937-1941


Box 24 New School for Social Research--Correspondence and other Documents,, 1938-1943, (2 folders)


Council of Foreign Relations


Box 24 Correspondence, 1940-1943


Box 24 Financials, 1940-1943



Box 26 Military Career, 1918-1922


Box 26 Second International Securities Corporation, undated


First National Bank of the City of New York


Box 26 1934-1943



Box 28 Applications, 1935-1942



Box 26 United States Steel Corporation--Correspondence and other Documents,, 1936-1943


Box 26 Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York--Correspondence and other Documents,, 1939-1943



Box 27 Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York--Correspondence and other Documents,, 1935-1943


Box 27 Economic Club of New York--Correspondence and other Documents, 1938-1940


Box 27 National Economy League, 1938-1940


Box 27 New York State Economic Council, 1938-1943


Box 27 New York Central Railroad, 1938-1943


Box 27 Differential Steel Car Company, 1935-1942


Box 27 General Electric, 1939-1943


Box 27 International General Electric, 1943


Box 27 American Bankers Association, 1941


Box 27 American Institute of Banking, 1938-1942


Box 27 Banking Research Fund, 1939


Box 27 Bank Tax Committee, 1938


Box 27 Bank Tax Committee--Senator Saxe, 1937-1939


Box 27 New York State Bankers Association, 1937-1943


Box 27 Monetary Issues, 1942-1945


Box 27 Inter-American Bank, 1938-1940


Box 27 New York Clearing House, 1942-1943


Box 27 Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1940-1943


Box 27 National Bureau of Economic Research--Advisory Conference on Research in Financing,, 1941-1942


Box 27 New York World's Fair, 1938-1940


Box 27 Greater New York Fund, 1938


Box 27 Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service, 1938-1941


Box 27 Baker Charity Trust, 1942-1943


Box 27 Memorial to Thomas Nelson Perkins, 1939-1942


Box 27 American National Red Cross, 1939-1943


Box 27 Columbia University, 1935-1942


Box 27 American Academy in Rome, 1940-1943


Box 27 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1935-1943


Box 27 Trinity School, 1935-1943


Box 27 Union College, 1939-1940


Box 27 Academy of Political Science, 1935-1942


Box 27 American Museum of Natural History, 1938-1942


Box 27 College of Government, 1942


Box 27 Council of Foreign Relations, 1935-1941, (2 folders)


Box 27 Foreign Policy Association, 1935-1943


Box 27 France-America Society, 1938-1943


Box 27 New School for Social Research, 1938-1943


Box 27 Newcomen Society, 1942-1943


Box 27 Pilgrims of the United States, 1939-1942


Box 27 Social Science Research Council, 1942

Series III: Personal Papers, 1897-1945

Series III contains the personal papers of Leon Fraser. Included here is financial material related to various properties owned by Fraser as well as investments. There is a sizable amount of correspondence between Fraser and his foster mother Susan D. Bonar. Some speeches and writings of Fraser's can be found in this series as well. Additionally, there are clippings, photographs, and a scrapbook documenting the launching of the steamship freighter "Leon Fraser" in 1942. Lastly, there is a copy of the suicide note that Fraser left for his son in 1945.


Apartments



Box 24 1935-1936


Box 24 1060 5th Ave. 12A, New York, NY, 1935-1943, 1060, 1935-1943


Box 24 1060 5th Ave. 6C, New York, NY, 1943, 1060, 1943


Houses


Box 24 Long Island--Correspondence, 1935-1939


Box 24 Hoffman House, Jericho, Long Island, 1935


Box 24 Appleton House, Upper Brookville, Long Island, 1936


Box 24 Thompson House, Glen Cove, Nassau, 1938


North Granville, New York


Box 24 Property, 1937-1939


Box 24 Emma Lang Stevens Hospital, 1941-1942


Box 24 Correspondence and other Documents, 1941-1943


Box 24 Correspondence--Hodgkins, Haven, 1940-1943


Box 24 Store Property, 1939-1942


Box 24 American Guernsey Cattle Club, 1937-1941


Box 24 Income Tax, 1941-1942, (2 folders)


Family


Box 24 1939-1943


Fraser, Margaret Maury (wife)


Box 24 Release from Active Duty, Estate, 1919-1943


Box 24 Fiduciary Trust Company of New York, 1938-1945



Box 25 Fiduciary Trust Company of New York, 1940-1945


Box 25 Income Tax Returns, 1938-1942


Box 25 Maury, John M. (Brother-in-Law), 1936-1941


Box 25 Maury Family, 1916-1919 1942, 1916-1919, 1942


Bonar, Susan D. (Foster Mother)


Box 25 Surrogate's Court Account, 1937


Box 25 Correspondence, 1897 1909-1918, 1897, 1909-1918


Box 25 Postcards, 1910-1934 undated, 1910-1934, undated, (2 folders)


Box 25 Fraser, Leon and Margaret--Marriage Certificate, 1922


Box 25 Spanish Visa and Medical Information on Pet, 1938-1939


Box 25 Condolence Letters to Leon Fraser for death of Margaret Fraser,, 1942


Box 25 Fraser, Leon--Last Will and Testament, Letter to son, James L. Fraser,, 1944-1945


Box 25 Condolence Letters to James L. Fraser for death of Leon Fraser,, 1945


Box 25 Pressed Flowers, 1908 1914 undated, 1908, 1914 undated


Personal Finances


Fiduciary Trust Company of New York


Box 25 Correspondence, 1935-1942


Box 25 Advice and Receipts, 1932-1944


Box 25 Cash Statements, Statements of Securities Held and Cash Balances, Statements of Account,, 1934-1943



Box 30 Statements of Account, 1934-1943



Box 25 Statements of Checking Account, 1932-1944


Box 25 Cheques, 1937-1944


Box 25 Guarantee Trust Company, 1939-1942


Box 25 Banque Commerciale de Bale, 1935-1942


Dresdner Bank


Box 25 Correspondence and other Documents, 1937-1939


Box 25 Advices and Receipts, 1931-1941


Bank of the Manhattan Company


Box 25 1935-1940


Box 25 Statements of Account, Cheques, 1940-1943


Box 25 Washington County National Bank--Cheques, 1941-1944


Insurance Companies


Box 25 Correspondence and other Documents, 1935-1943


Box 25 Policies and Receipts, 1935-1943


Box 25 Correspondence with Fiscal Authorities, 1936-1943


Box 25 Income Tax Returns, 1935-1944, (2 folders)


Box 25 Compensation and Payments Received, 1936-1943



Box 26 Contributions, 1936-1942


Speeches


Box 26 Address at Annual Stockholders Meeting of the Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, MA,, 1941


Box 26 "Economic Recovery and Monetary Stabilization," Vital Speeches of the day and Testimony of Leon Fraser on the Bretton Woods Agreements Act, 1936-1945


Box 26 Germantown Academy Commencement Address, Philadelphia, PA, 1942


Box 26 "The National and International Aspects of his Public Service", in Dedication of the Thomas Nelson Perkins Room in Massachusetts Hall to the use of the President and Fellows of Harvard College, "Reconstructing World Money", in Pioneering for a Civilized world. Report of the New York Herald Tribune Twelfth Forum on Current Problems at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City,, 1941, 1944


Writings


Box 26 Encyclopedia Britannica Entry on the Bank for International Settlements,, 1935-1936


Box 26 Various, 1936-1937, 1944


Box 26 Josephson, Matthew--Profile of Leon Fraser in The New Yorker and Correspondence, 1941-1942


Box 26 Articles About (various), 1933, (2 folders)


Box 26 Christmas Cards, 1938-1943 undated, 1938-1943, undated, (7 folders)


Pittsburgh Steamship Company--Steamship Freighter "Leon Fraser"


Box 26 Correspondence, 1942-1943


Box 26 Photographs, undated


Box 26 Scrapbook, 1942



Box 28 Clippings, 1942



Box 26 Inspection Trip to Northampton for Universal Atlas Cement Company,, 1944



Box 28 Daily Calendar, 1943


Box 28 Cartoons of Leon Fraser, undated


Box 28 Awards and Recognitions, 1924-1942


Box 28 Scrapbook, 1924-1925


Box 28 Photographs, 1919 undated, (3 folders)


Box 28 Memorabilia, 1943 undated


Box 28 Receipts and Tickets, 1935-1941


Box 28 Domestic Matters, 1935-1942, (2 folders)


Box 28 Clubs, 1935-1943, (2 folders)


Box 28 Clippings, 1917-1945, (3 folders)


Box 28 Correspondence and other Documents, 1934-1952



Box 29 Plaque (in German) (printed signatures of Adolph Hitler, Paul von Hindenburg, and Hjalmar Schacht, director of the Reichsbank), 1934 May 5, 1934



Box 30 Awards, 1926-1943 undated, 1926-1943, undated


Box 30 Pages Glorieuses: Days of Hope and Glory , 1932


Box 30 Photographs, undated, (2 folders)



Mapcase 15-M2-2 Cartoon ("A L'Abri"), 1933

Large printed cartoon by Derso and Kelen, Basel 1933, approximately 24x36. Titled "A L'ABRI" (French for 'to the shelter'). Depicts about two dozen named diplomats running to shelter under a large umbrella. This cartoon likely commemorates the handoff of the presidency of the Bank of International Settlements from Gates McGarrah to Leon Fraser in 1933.


Mapcase 15-M2-2 Photographs, 1942-1943