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Series V. Memorabilia, 1956-2007, undated, inclusive


1.75 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The series includes artifacts and other objects, mostly of a commemorative nature, related to the Astors or received by them. The container list provides an item level inventory.


The series is presented in rough chronological order.

Match book covers, personalized with initials "VA" (Vincent Astor), undated, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 3, Folder: 26 (Material Type: Realia)

Scope and Contents

5 covers. Matches have been removed.

"Friends and Fellow Citizens: Washington's Address to the People of the United States, 1796", 1956

Offsite-Box: 3, Folder: 27 (Material Type: Books)

Scope and Contents

Reproduction published by the New York Public Library for members of the Citizens Advisory Committee. This copy presented to Vincent Astor, whose name is embossed on the cover. Contextual correspondence with book.

Gag diploma, 1957

Offsite-Box: 3, Folder: 28 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Scope and Contents

Diploma awarded by Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, to Brooke for graduating class in "Latin Dances," etc.

Vatican City 1st Day Issue Stamps. "Sede Vacante MCMLVIII", 1958

Offsite-Box: 3, Folder: 29 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

"The Tall Ships Commemorative Postcard Collection; Cancelled in Moscow, July 4, 1976", 1976, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 3, Folder: 30 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Carved box with plaque, 1977

Offsite-Box: 7 (Material Type: Realia)

Scope and Contents

Plaque reads: "Presented to Ambassador A.D. Marshall [Brooke's son], the American Ambassador to Kenya by RADM W.J. Crowe Jr, USN, Commander, Middle East Force, 9 Feb 1977"

Invitation/Program from New York Foundling Hospital, 1978

Offsite-Box: 3, Folder: 31 (Material Type: Text)

Scope and Contents

Invitation and program to the dinner honoring Brooke Astor with the Elizabeth Seton Humanitarian Award.

Flag, 1983

Folder: FF-1 (Material Type: Realia)

Scope and Contents

Inscribed on edge: "Houseflag of the Black Ball Line flown at the mainmast of 'Wavertree' on the occasion of the Brooklyn Bridge centennial celebration, May 24, 1983, East River, Pier 15, New York." Wavertree is the name of a ship at the South Street Seaport Museum. Textile. Measures approx 60"x36". (Stored in flat file drawer)

White House Christmas holiday print, 1985

Offsite-Box: 3, Folder: 4 (Material Type: Graphic Materials)

Brooke Astor funeral guest books (2), 2007, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 1, Folder: 19 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)
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