Sanford Family
Papers, ca. 1799-1919

SC23075

Quantity: 21 boxes (ca. 6.0 cubic feet).)
Access: Open to research
Alternative Format: Selected items are available in electronic format as part of the New York State Library digital collection
Acquisition: Gift: Victoria Miller, New York, N.Y. July 2009
Processed: Preliminary inventory, Manuscripts and Special Collections, May 2010

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Biographical Note:

Nathan Sanford (1777-1838), was a lawyer and a politician. He served as United States Senator from New York State (1815-1821 and 1826-1831) and Chancellor of New York State (1823-1826). Robert Sanford (1831-1908) was the son of Nathan and Mary Buchanan Sanford (1800-1879), Nathan’s third wife. He graduated from Union College (1858) and New York Law School (ca. 1860).

Scope and Content Note:

The collection includes diaries kept by Mary Buchanan Sanford and her son, Robert Sanford, detailing their personal and social life. Also included are registers of court cases (ca. 1799-1812) kept by Nathan Sanford, and a group of scrapbooks and photograph albums which appear to have been compiled by Henry Gansevoort Sanford and family from 1897 to 1919.

Provenance Note:

This collection also included a number of books and publications that were removed to be catalogued separately for the book collection of the New York State Library. A complete list of the titles with this collection is found in the accession file.

Related Collections:

An additional series of papers related to the Sanford family is held by this repository: Nathan Sanford Papers (SC14054). The collection consists chiefly of certificates, commissions, licenses, and diplomas related to the public and professional careers of Nathan Sanford (1777-1838) and his son, Edward (1805-1876), but does include four letters from Nathan to Edward.

Container List:


Box Folder / Volume Description
    Diaries
1 1 Mary Buchanan Sanford – Diary, 1846-1851; 12 leaves, 26 cm.  (unbound remnant from larger volume)
1 2 Robert Sanford – Diary, 1852; 212 p. 26 cm. index
1 3 Robert Sanford – Diary, 1860-1865; 140 p. 20 cm. index (relates mostly to travels)
1 4 Robert Sanford – Diary, 1870-1873; no cover, 133 p. 20 cm.
1 5 Robert Sanford – Diary, 1877-1881; 160 p.  21 cm. (includes quotations from the Holy Scripture and other words of wisdom)
1 6 Robert Sanford – Journal (notebook) “Houghton Tutor,” 1847-1853, 1866-1874; 117 p.+, 25 cm. (Contains quotes and words of wisdom relative to religion and well-being)
1 7 Mary Austin Yates Stuyvesant – Diary, 1881-1885; ca. 100 p. 20 cm.
1 8 Miscellaneous items found tipped into the journals (15 items)
    Autograph, Poetry, and Verse Books
2 1 Robert Sanford – Union College Autographs, ca. 200 p. 17 x 22 cm.
2 2 Mary Buchanan [Sanford] - “A Book of Remembrance” [verse book], ca. 1819-1823; ca. 200 p. 24 cm.  (contains, poems, memories, wisdom, etc. written prior to marriage, i.e. “Education”, “Friendship,” and “How to Pray without ceasing.”)                                                                  
2 3 Catherine Stuyvesant Catlin –  Verse book [recipe book], ca. 1853; ca. 100 p. 32 cm. (also includes handwritten notes, news clippings, and printed brochures pasted or tipped-in to the volume)
2 4 Emeline Van Buskirk – Verse book, 1832-1838; illustrated, ca. 100 p. 21 cm. (includes a number of engravings and handwritten poems; the content relates to wedding with John Reade Low in Louisville, Kentucky)
    Business / Legal Records
3 v. 1 Nathan Sanford – Receipt book, 1799-1806; ca. 100 p. 13 x 20 cm. (Commenced 29 October 1799, finished 16 June 1806)
3 v. 2 Nathan Sanford – Receipt book, 1803-1808; ca. 200 p. 16 x 21 cm
3 v. 3 Nathan Sanford – Receipt book, 1806-1835; ca. 200 p. 16 x 21 cm
3 v. 4 Nathan Sanford – Docket book, Suffolk Common Pleas Court, 1799; 146 (300) p. 20 cm.
3 v. 5 Nathan Sanford – Docket book, Mayor’s Court, 1799; 226 (300) p. 26 cm.
4 v. 6 Nathan Sanford – Docket book / Case Register no. 3, 1807-1808; 342 p. 27 cm.
4 v. 7 Nathan Sanford – Docket book / Case Register, no. 10, 1812; 373 p. 27 cm.
    Travel / Photograph Albums
5 v. 1 Paintings across Europe, ca. 1897; 12 leaves, 27 x 35 cm.
6 v. 2 Architecture and people of Japan, China, India, and Europe, ca. 1890s; ca. 28 leaves; 27 x 32 cm.
7 v. 3 Countryside architecture and art from Europe and Great Britain, ca. 1897; 25 leaves, 28 x 37 cm.
8 v. 4 Architecture, people, and art from North America, Polynesia, Asia, and Europe, ca. 1890s; 26 leaves, 37 x 27 cm. (no cover)
9 v. 5 Architecture and art of Europe, ca. 1897; 30 leaves, 29 x 40 cm.
10 v. 6 Architecture and countryside of Europe and North America, including Yellowstone, ca, 1890s; 25 leaves, 40 x 29 cm.
11 v. 7 Architecture and people of India and Tibet, ca. 1890s; 27 leaves, 29 x 40 cm.
12 v. 8 Architecture and peoples of Japan, Hong Kong, and China, ca. 1890s; 25 leaves, 29 x 40 cm.
13 v. 9 Architecture, people, and art of Middle East and Europe, ca. 1890s; 28 leaves, 29 x 40 cm.
    Scrapbooks, 1907-1919; all volumes: ca. 30 leaves; 38 x 32 cm. (folio)
14 v. 1 Scrapbook, 1907-1910; Content includes:
  • Jamestown Exposition, 1907
  • William Howard Taft presidential inauguration, 1909
  • Hudson-Fulton Celebration, 1909
  • Admiral Peary’s expedition to the North Pole, 1909
  • Sons of the American Revolution
14 v. 2 Scrapbook, 1910; Content includes:
  • British Royal Family (passing of King Edward VII)
  • Roosevelt’s African safari
  • Aviation
  • Architecture
15 v. 3 Scrapbook, 1910-1911; Content includes:
  • Government and politics
  • Architecture
  • Transportation
15 v. 4 Scrapbook, 1911; Content includes:
  • New York Public Library
  • Coronation of King George V of England
  • King George V proclaimed Emperor of India
  • Chinese Revolution
16 v. 5 Scrapbook, 1912; Content includes:
  • Sinking of the Titanic
  • Current events at home and abroad
16 v. 6 Scrapbook, 1912-1913; Content includes:
  • U.S. Presidential election campaign
  • Inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson
  • Gettysburg, 50th anniversary of battle, ceremony
17 v. 7 Scrapbook, 1913-1914; Content includes:
  • War in Europe (beginning of World War I), 1914
  • Miscellaneous events in the United States
17 v. 8 Scrapbook, 1915 (January-April); Content includes:
  • World War – land, sea, and air
18 v. 9 Scrapbook, 1915 (January-April); Content includes:
  • World War (continued)
  • Sinking of Lusitania
18 v. 10 Scrapbook, 1916; Content includes:
  • World War (continued)
  • Submarine warfare (U-boats)
  • United States presidential election
19 v. 11 Scrapbook, 1916; Content includes:
  • World War (continued)
  • U.S.-Mexico border tensions
19 v. 12 Scrapbook, 1917; Content includes:
  • World War (continued) – United States enters the war;
20 v.13 Scrapbook, 1917-1918; Content includes:
  • World War (continued) – United States raising and equipping troops
20 v. 14 Scrapbook, 1918; Content includes:
  • World War (continued) – United States troops arrive on the battlefront
21 v. 15 Scrapbook, 1918-[1919]; Content includes:
  • Armistice
  • Creation of new Polish nation
  • Theodore Roosevelt
21 v. 16 Scrapbook, 1918; Content includes:
  • Allied occupation of Rhineland
  • Treaty of Versailles
Last Updated: August 7, 2017