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Series V. Additional Documents, 1781, 1848-1926, inclusive

Scope and Contents

This series includes documents found on the shelf in December 2021 that had not previously been recorded as part of the Lefferts collection. These were added to the finding aid at that time. The documents include Lefferts's research notes, some correspondence, sketches and other images of military uniforms, and books and other print matter. Generally, the books are either illustrated, with images of military garb, or military instructional texts.


The series is arranged by format. Each book was given a unique identifier (e.g., SN-1, SN-2) by the processing archivist. These are intended only to facilitate reference and are not indicative of any overall numbering scheme found in the collection itself.

Processing Information

The documents were added to the finding aid by archivist Larry Weimer in December 2021. The research notes are unprocessed with no clear arrangement beyond a rough categorization.

Correspondence, etc., 1873-1923, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 6, Folder: 1 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Scope and Contents

This folder holds the content of a packet of various documents. Among them are Lefferts's application for membership in the Society of the Sons of the Revolution, with various related genealogical notes; an 1873 letter to Lefferts's mother from Ellen Mackubin acknowledging his birth and the fact that he was named after her husband; honorable discharge papers from the New York National Guard; letter of introduction from N-YHS President Samuel Verplanck Hoffman; and calling cards, notes, and other documents.

Correspondence (7 folders), 1907(?)-1922, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 6, Folder: 2-8 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Scope and Contents

The most substantive material in these folders concern arrangements for the "Historical Pageant of 1912" held at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. There is also a small set of documents related to the George Washington Memorial Association's Yorktown Day Peace Demonstration (1911) and the Brooklyn Historical Pageant (1914). In addition, there are miscellaneous invoices, letters regarding inquiries on research and other matters, some personal matters, etc.

Research notes on U.S. Army, Hessians, French Army, etc.

Offsite-Box: 7A (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Scope and Contents

Unprocessed notes and notebooks, typescripts, drawings and other images, etc.

Research notes on British Army

Offsite-Box: 7B (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Scope and Contents

Unprocessed notes and notebooks, typescripts, photographs, drawings and other images, etc.

Images: U.S. Army uniforms

Offsite-Box: 8, case: 1 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Images: British Army uniforms

Offsite-Box: 8, case: 2 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

New-York Historical Society advertising placards for sales of "Uniforms Worn in the War of the American Revolution, 1775-1783", circa 1926, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 6, Folder: 9 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Booklet: "Regulations for the order and discipline of the troops of the United States. Part I", 1781

Offsite-Box: 6, Folder: 10 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Scope and Contents

Printed by T and J. Fleet, Massachusetts. Bound.

Small pamphlets and booklets, 1895-1921, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 6, Folder: 11 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Scope and Contents

Holds: 1895 reprint of Henry Armitt Bown's 1878 oration at Valley Forge; "An illustrated souvenir of Old London" (1908); "Manual of interior guard duty, U.S. Army" (1914); "Questions on manual of military training" (1917); "Parish method of rifle instruction" (1919); "I. Our debt to France; II. What Lafayette did for America" (1921); "Cadence system of close order drill" (1919); "Military abbreviations" (undated); "Army of the First Empire" (undated checklist/guide for the exhibition at the Picture Galleries of the Wanamaker Store); brochure for Colt automatic pistol, caliber .45, government model (undated); checklist/catalogue of portraits of signers of the Declaration of Independence and others in Independence Hall (undated).

Book: "Manual of military training", 1917

Offsite-Box: 6, Item: SN-1 (Material Type: Books)

Scope and Contents

With maps in back pocket and appendix on military map reading.

Book: "Army paperwork", 1917

Offsite-Box: 6, item: SN-2 (Material Type: Books)

Book: "Officers' manual", 1917

Offsite-Box: 6, item: SN-3 (Material Type: Books)

Book: "Army and Navy uniforms and insignia", 1918

Offsite-Box: 6, item: SN-4 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Book: "American orders & societies and their decorations", 1917

Offsite-Box: 6, item: SN-5 (Material Type: Books)

Book: "Historic dress in America", 1904

Offsite-Box: 6, item: SN-6 (Material Type: Books)

German language books (4), 1848, undated, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 6, Folder: 12 (Material Type: Books)

Books: "Napoleon" (In French) and "Joan of Arc", 1912, 1913, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 6, Folder: 13 (Material Type: Books)

Book: "Francois I" (in French), 1909

Offsite-Box: 9, item: SN-7 (Material Type: Books)

Book: "Richelieu" (in French), 1904

Offsite-Box: 9, item: SN-8 (Material Type: Books)

Book: "La Tour d'Auvergne" (in French), 1902

Offsite-Box: 9, item: SN-9 (Material Type: Books)

Book: "l'Histoire d'Alsace par l'oncle Hansi" (in French), 1915

Offsite-Box: 9, item: SN-10 (Material Type: Books)

Book: "Henri IV" (in French), 1907

Offsite-Box: 9, item: SN-11 (Material Type: Books)

Illustrated histories of the Scottish regiments, books 1 and 2

Offsite-Box: 10, item: SN-12, 13 (Material Type: Books)

Book: "Die Konigin Luise" (In German), 1896

Offsite-Box: 10, item: SN-14 (Material Type: Books)

Book: "Der Alte Fritz" (in German), 1895

Offsite-Box: 10, item: SN-15 (Material Type: Books)
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