Finding aid created by: JPK
Date: Aug 2007
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Archbold, John Dana|
|Title:||John D. Archbold Collection|
|Quantity:||5.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||A collection of papers once owned by John Dana Archbold (1910-1993), philanthropist and trustee emeritus of Syracuse University. The contents consist of personal and business correspondence, as well as research notes and manuscripts on Archbold family genealogy and the life and career of John Dana's maternal grandfather, John Dustin Archbold (1848-1916.)|
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Library
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
John Dustin Archbold (1848-1916) was born in Leesburg, Ohio. He was a capitalist, philanthropist, and President of the Board of Trustees at Syracuse University. He was known as John D. Rockefeller’s right hand man at the Standard Oil Company and was the company's frequent spokesperson. After the Standard Oil Company's dissolution in 1911 due to a Supreme Court decision, he became president of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, a position he occupied until his death. He was a close friend of Syracuse University Chancellor James R. Day, and gave almost $4,000,000 to the University over his lifetime. His donations financed the construction of the Archbold Stadium, Archbold Gymnasium, and the Sims Hall dormitory.
He was at a times a controversial figure, appearing often as the voice of Standard Oil during the federal government hearings leading to the breaking up of the oil trust. In 1915 he was subject to a failed assassination attempt by an unknown assailant. His generosity to Syracuse University and his humble demeanor (he preferred that no buildings be named after him and kept a low public profile), made him a popular and greatly admired figure among the University community.
Dictionary of American Biography, vol 1, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928-1958.
New York Times, “J.D. Archbold Dies: Mourned by Many,” December 6, 1916, p. 9.
Syracuse Post-Standard, “John D. Archbold and George C. Boldt Expire on the Same Day,” December 6, 1916, p. 1.
Syracuse Post-Standard, “Gifts to University From Mr. Archbold Nearly $4,000,000,” December 6, 1916.
John Dana Archbold (1910-1993) was born in Bar Harbor, Maine. He was a philanthropist, engineer, conservationist, businessman, dairy farmer, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and trustee emeritus of Syracuse University. He financed the renovation of Syracuse Stage’s Archbold Theater in 1980, formally known as Regent Theater. He attended Princeton University (’34) and University of Geneva, Switzerland. He gave frequently to educational causes, and owned properties in Virginia and the British West Indies.
Syracuse Herald Journal, “Archbold Makes Generosity Simple,” June 16, 1980.
Additional material from the Syracuse University Archives.
This collection focuses on two members of the Archbold family, John Dustin Archbold (1848-1916), and his grandson John Dana Archbold (1910-1993). The contents of the collection were owned by John Dana Archbold and consist of personal and business materials, research notes, and manuscripts dealing with family history and the life and career of John Dustin Archbold. The collection is divided into three sections: correspondence, financial materials, and writings.
Correspondence (Boxes 1-2) relates to John Dana and has been divided into personal and business. The personal correspondence contains both outgoing letters written by John Dana and incoming letters written to him, covering the dates of 1929-1960. All correspondents are filed in alphabetical order by name (if known.) The business correspondence consists of internal memos, letters, handwritten notes, pamphlets and legal documents. It has been divided into two sections. The first section relates to the purchasing of marine diesel engines between the years 1932-1943. The second section deals with the patents acquired by John Dana for the I.B. Corporation and patents for his design for a rotary internal gas engine, covering the period between 1935 and 1943. The business correspondence has been ordered by date where possible.
Financial Materials (Boxes 2-3) deals with John Dana’s household and business accounts. It details monetary transactions for expenses, stocks and loans, gifts and charities, taxes, bank account balances, and personal properties. The materials are all bound journals and ledgers, covering the period from 1931 through 1962.
Writings (Boxes 4-6) consists of two parts. Part 1 deals with John Dustin Archbold and the Standard Oil Company. Part 2 contains materials on the Archbold family history and genealogy. The majority of the materials in part 1 were compiled or written by Austin Leigh Moore and consist of his transcriptions and notes, as well as numerous copies of unpublished manuscripts and proofs. Also included is a short manuscript authored by Walter Taylor and John Dana’s senior thesis from when he attended Princeton. The research materials in Part 2 consist of transcriptions, notes, newspaper and magazine clippings, and correspondence, and are arranged according to the family members they refer to. Also included are two copies of an unpublished manuscript on Archbold family genealogy, written by various authors and compiled by John Dana, in addition to three copies of a recipe book published by John Dana.
Correspondence is divided into personal and business. Personal has the names of each correspondent listed alphabetically (when known.) In the case of business correspondence, folders are organized by firstly date and are then named for the company or person they refer to.
Financial Materials are divided into "journals" and "ledgers" and are ordered chronologically.
Writings are ordered within each section, research materials first, followed by manuscripts, proofs, and/or books.
Access Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this material.
Use Restrictions: Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
The book The Petroleum Industry, 1859-1934 has been removed from the collection and is catalogued separately in Summit.
Archbold, John D. (John Dustin), 1848-1916
Archbold, John Dana
Standard Oil Company
Standard Oil Company of New Jersey
Standard Oil Trust
Archbold family, Genealogy
Archbold, John D. (John Dustin), 1848-1916, Biography
Diesel motor, Drawings
John Dana Archbold, Finance, Personal
Marine diesel motors
New business enterprises, Finance
Patent law and legislation
Patent laws and legislation, United States
Petroleum industry and trade, United States
Photography, Printing processes, Patents
Rotary combustion engines
Genres and Forms
Ledgers (account books)
Manuscripts for publication
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
John D. Archbold Collection
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Library
|Box 1||Archbold, John Dana|
|Box 1||Archbold, (Elizabeth) Anne 1950-1959|
|Box 1||Archbold, Frances 1929|
|Box 1||Churchill, Judith Chase 1956|
|Box 1||Cohane, Mimi Browne 1956|
|Box 1||Cohane, Mimi Browne 1957|
|Box 1||Cohane, Mimi Browne 1958-1961|
|Box 1||Craig, Mary 1929-1930|
|Box 1||Gilpatric, Wendy 1955|
|Box 1||Liggett, (Charlotte) Coventry 1951-1954|
|Box 1||Liggett, (Charlotte) Coventry 1955-1959|
|Box 1||McCraken, Pat 1946-1960|
|Box 1||Nicolas, Ann 1945|
|Box 1||Read, Sue B. 1942-1943|
|Box 1||Seavey, Mrs. W.A. undated|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous 1928-1960|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous undated|
|Business - Original names of folders in quotes.|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous 1932-1935 - Letters, pamphlets, legal documents|
|Box 1||Lathrop Corporation 1938 (?)|
|Box 1||Junior Motors Corporation 1938-1940|
|Box 1||Guiberson Engines 1941-1943|
|Box 1||Cutter Corporation 1942|
|Box 1||"Diesel General" 1942|
|Box 1||"Export Finders Bureau" 1942|
|Box 1||"Miscellaneous Reports on Diesel Power" 1942|
|Box 1||"Second-hand Diesels of A. G. Schoonmaker" 1942|
|Box 1||"W.P.B. - Diesel Hunt" 1942|
|Box 1||"Actual Accumulation of Machinery" 1942-1943|
|Box 1||Diesels 1942-1943|
|Box 1||"Diesels - Sanitation" 1942-1943|
|Box 1||"Machinery to be Inspected" 1942-1943|
|Box 1||"Second-hand Diesels of M. Schyver" 1942-1943|
|Box 1||I. B. Corporation (photography) 1935-1938 (2 folders)|
|Box 1||Rotary internal gas engine 1930-1933|
|Box 1, 2||General (8 folders)|
|Box 2||Journal 1 Jul 1931-Dec 1935|
|Box 2||Journal 1a Jan 1936-Dec 1937|
|Box 2||Journal 2 Jan 1938-Dec 1943|
|Box 2||Journal 3 Jan 1944-Dec 1951|
|Box 3||Journal 4 Jan 1952-Dec 1958|
|Box 3||Journal 5 Jan 1959-Dec 1962|
|Box 3||Ledger 1 Jul 1931-Dec 1937|
|Box 3||Ledger 2 Jan 1938-Dec 1943|
|Box 3||Ledger 3 Jan 1944-Dec 1951|
|Box 3||Ledger 4 Jan 1952-Dec 1958|
|Box 3||Ledger 5 Jan 1959-Dec 1962|
|John Dustin Archbold and Standard Oil|
|Box 4||Transcriptions and notes (18 folders)|
|Box 4||The Petroleum Industry 1859-1934 - Photocopy of title page. Book has been removed and catalogued separately.|
|Box 4||God's Gold - Book has hand-written notes in margins.|
|Manuscripts and proofs|
|Box 4||"A History of the $29,240,000 Fine..." manuscript (Austin L. Moore?)|
|Box 4||"Archbold and Standard Oil" manuscripts (Austin L. Moore) (2 copies, 4 folders total)|
|Box 5||"Archbold and Standard Oil" proofs (Austin L. Moore) (4 versions, in 4 folders)|
|Box 5||Letter from Moore to Mrs. Archbold 1936|
|Box 5||"Life in Oils" rough draft (Austin L. Moore)|
|Box 5||"Life in Oils" manuscript (Austin L. Moore)|
|Box 5||"History of Standard Oil" manuscript (Walter Taylor)|
|Box 5||Senior thesis (John Dana Archbold)|
|Archbold family history and genealogy|
|Box 5||Archbold, Armar|
|Archbold, John Dana|
|Box 5||Social engagements and events|
|Box 5||Copies of diaries 1925-1932|
|Box 5||Archbold, John Dustin|
|Box 5||Saunderson family - father of John Dana|
|Box 5||Hillandale family estate|
|Manuscripts and books|
|Box 5||"Archbold Genealogy" manuscript (2 copies, 2 folders)|
|Box 6||Matter of Tastes recipe book (3 copies, 3 folders)|