Lowe Family
Papers, 1881-1967


Quantity: 1 box (0.25 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Transfer from New York State Museum, June 2016
Processed By: Regina Berry, Student Assistant, State University of New York at Albany, August 2016

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Biographical Note:

The Lowe family of this collection descends from Peter G. Low, who served as a private in the Ulster County New York militia during the Revolutionary War.  Brothers Alfred D. Lowe (1850-?) and Frank D. Lowe (1862-1948) were born in Clayton, Jefferson County, New York.  Alfred was the postmaster of Depauville and a storekeeper there, while his brother Frank became the deputy collector and inspector of customs in Clayton, as well as a prohibition inspector.  Alfred married Emma Smith in 1873 or 1874, and Frank married Gertrude Plumb in 1882.  Alfred and Emma had no children; Frank and Gertrude had one son, Ross Burton Lowe (1883-1968). 

Ross B. Lowe graduated from Albany Business College in 1904 and became an insurance agent for Employers' Liability Assurance Corporation, Ltd.  In 1912 he married Ayner L. Streets.  The couple lived on Franklin Street in Watertown, next door to his parents. The couple did not have any children. Ayner Lowe died in August of 1968 and her husband followed her just over six months later. They are both buried in Clayton Village Cemetery, Clayton, New York.

Scope and Content Note:

This small collection contains mainly postcards, both as correspondence and as souvenir items.  There are also a few letters, a souvenir coaster and a booklet of bank loan payment stubs. Most of the items relate to the three Lowe families described above.  It is not clear how the two items in Folder 2 relate to this collection or to whom the 1939 New York World's Fair souvenir items belonged. 

One interesting item is the membership card sent to Mrs. R.B. (Ayner) Lowe in 1962 certifying her membership in the Order of the Eastern Star, Calumet Chapter, No. 274 at Clayton, New York, (See folder 8). 

Box and Folder List:

Box Folder Description
1 1 Postcards: To Frank D. Lowe and Gertrude Lowe, 1881, 1916, 1922 (4 items)
1 2 Envelope and postcard: To F.D. Seiber and R.H. Lindsey, 1894, n.d. (2 items)
1 3 Miscellaneous un-mailed postcards, 1906, n.d. (8 items):
  1. "Historical home of Walter Butler Senior-Built by him in 1748," color, 1906
  2. Sketch of a homestead with fence and tree, black and white, n.d.
  3. Photograph of three men, on reverse "M.A. Goldberg, Souvenir of Coney Island," n.d.
  4. Drawing of Santa Claus delivering toys, color, n.d.
  5. Envelope containing three black-and-white postcards:
    1. "Caroline St., looking West, Depauville, N.Y."
    2. "No. 630.  Old Eglin House, Wellstown Road."
    3. "What Burned in Depauville, N.Y., April 1906"
1 4 Postcards: To Mrs. Alfred D. (Emma) Lowe, 1910-1938 (4 items):
  1. "Flat Iron Building, New York."
  2. "1,000,000 Bushel Elevator and Str. Kingston, Prescott, Ont."
  3. "Alcatraz and Angel Islands from Nob Hill, San Francisco, Cal."
  4. "Fort Ticonderoga, N. Y. – Entrance to Place D'Armes, South Barracks
1 5 Correspondence: Ross B. Lowe and the Canadian Immigration Dept., 1931-1942 (6 items)
1 6 New York World's Fair souvenir plaque, 1939 (1 item)
1 7 "New York World's Fair Views," souvenir packet of postcards with color drawings of buildings and exhibits, 1939 (19 items):
  1. "New York City Building"
  2. "Florida Building"
  3. "Administration Building"
  4. "Parachute Jump"
  5. "Ford Motor Co. ‘Road of Tomorrow' Exhibit"
  6. "Men's Apparel Quality Guild Exhibit Building"
  7. "Section of the Court of States"
  8. "Gas Exhibits Building"
  9. "Maritime Building"
  10. "Glass Center Building"
  11. "Hall of Fashion"
  12. "Consumers Building"
  13. "Food Building Number Two"
  14. "American Telephone and Telegraph Company Exhibit Building"
  15. "Bridge of Tomorrow"
  16. "Westinghouse Electric Building"
  17. "New York State Exhibit Building and Fountain Lake Amphitheatre"
  18. "Transportation Building – Rocket Port"
1 8 Correspondence: To Ross B. Lowe and Ayner Lowe, 1939, 1962-1967 (4 items)
1 9 Ross B. Lowe loan papers, 1958-1960 (4 items)
1 10 Letter: To Ross B. Lowe from cousin in Montana, 1964 (1 item)
Last Updated: May 21, 2021
May 21, 2021