Finding aid created by: [Derived from SUMMIT record]
Date: 25 Nov 1987
|9 Mar 2007||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|9 Dec 2016||additions processed, inventory updated (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Abrams, Frank W. (Frank Whittemore), 1889-1976|
|Title:||Frank Whittemore Abrams Papers|
|Quantity:||2 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American executive. Abrams graduated from Syracuse University (Engineering) in 1912, shortly thereafter joined Standard Oil of New Jersey where he served as Director (1940) and Chairman of the Board (1946-1954). Papers include correspondence (1953-1961); a transcript of recorded reminiscences of Abrams by the Columbia University Oral History Project Office; photographs; and published materials, including articles by and about Abrams, clippings, and printed speeches.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Frank Whittemore Abrams (1889-1976) was an American businessman and a trustee of Syracuse University.
Abrams was born in Rockville Center, Long Island on June 24, 1889. He attended public schools and graduated from Syracuse University (SU) in 1912. Abrams was married three years later to the former Ruth Florence Corrigan, with whom he had one son. After completing an engineering degree at SU, Abrams was hired by the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. He worked his way up in the company, becoming superintendent of a plant in 1920, manager of the New York City plants in 1922, director of the company's operations in New York and New Jersey in 1927, and president of the firm in 1933. He served as a director of Standard Oil of New Jersey from 1940 on, and as chairman of the board from 1946 until his retirement in 1954. Abrams was no less active following his retirement, however. Former President Herbert Hoover asked him to be a member of a commission considering reorganization of the executive branch of government.
Abrams served as trustee of several colleges, including Cooper Union and Syracuse University. He was especially interested in the problem of financial aid, and served on the Council for Aid to Higher Education. He also made numerous speeches to business organizations on the subject, saying that support of education was "everybody's business."
Abrams also taught courses in business at Stetson University in Florida, and served on the boards of the Alfred Sloan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and Industrial Relations Counselors, Inc.
The Frank W. Abrams Papers consists of Correspondence, Subject files, Writings, and Published material.
Correspondence contains both incoming and outgoing letters, filed together.
Subject files contains photographs of Abrams.
Writings contains manuscripts of various pieces of writings by Abrams, including a memoir of a European trip taken in 1948 and a transcript of an interview of Abrams done by the Columbia University Oral History Research Office.
Published material includes annual meetings of Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, articles about and by Abrams, printed speeches, clippings, and a copy of court testimony in A. P. Smith Co. v Barlow.
Correspondence and published material are arranged alphabetically. Writings are arranged chronologically.
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Abrams, Frank W. (Frank Whittemore), 1889-1976.
Standard Oil Company of New Jersey.
Engineers -- United States.
Executives -- United States.
Petroleum industry and trade.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Frank Whittemore Abrams Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Frank Abrams, 1967, 1971.
|Box 1||A, miscellaneous|
|Box 1||Advertising Council 1959 - mentions speech, "Education is Everybody's Business"|
|Box 1||Alfred P. Sloan Foundation 1969|
|Box 1||American Association of Fund Raising Counsel 1955|
|Box 1||American Petroleum Institute Quarterly 1956-1957 - includes articles|
|Box 1||B, miscellaneous|
|Box 1||C, miscellaneous|
|Box 1||Center for Religion and Society, SUNY Stony Brook 1970-1971|
|Box 1||Christian Science Monitor 1954-1956 - article|
|Box 1||Columbia University 1954-1955, 1965|
|Box 1||Council for Financial Aid to Education, Inc. 1954, 1956, 1964, 1967, 1969|
|Box 1||Council for State University Colleges of Medicine 1954-1955|
|Box 1||D, miscellaneous|
|Box 1||E, miscellaneous|
|Box 1||Economic Club, Detroit 1956 - regarding a speech|
|Box 1||Eisenhower, Dwight 1958 - Defense Department reorganization|
|Box 1||F, miscellaneous|
|Box 1||Food and Drug Citizens Advisory Committee 1955-1956|
|Box 1||Foreign Policy Association 1955|
|Box 1||G, miscellaneous|
|Box 1||H, miscellaneous|
|Box 1||Harper's Magazine 1955-1956|
|Box 1||Honorary degrees 1946, 1953-1960|
|Box 1||Hoover Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of Government 1953-1954|
|Box 1||Hoover, Herbert 1955, 1964 - includes both father and son (Sr. and Jr.)|
|Box 1||I, miscellaneous|
|Box 1||Industrial Relations Counselors, Inc. 1952-1961|
|Invitations - speaking invitations, guest invitations, etc.|
|Box 1||Carleton College 1958-1959|
|Box 1||Case Institute of Technology 1957|
|Box 1||Columbia University 1957-1959 (3 folders)|
|Box 1||Commission for Study of Industrial Medicine 1956|
|Box 1||Desk and Derrick Club 1959|
|Box 1||Eisenhower, American Heritage Foundation 1954|
|Box 1||Elmira College 1955|
|Box 1||Empire State Foundation 1955|
|Box 1||Grand Rapids (Michigan) Chamber of Commerce 1958|
|Box 1||Maryland colleges 1958|
|Box 1||National Fund for Medical Education 1958 - award|
|Box 1||Newark Rotary Club 1958|
|Box 1||Oil Progress Week luncheon 1955|
|Box 1||Princeton University 1955|
|Box 1||Roper Public Opinion Research Center, Williams College 1959|
|Box 1||St. John's University 1954|
|Box 1||A. P. Sloan Foundation Symposium on Basic Research 1959|
|Box 1||Stetson University 1958|
|Box 2||University of Pennsylvania Council for Financial Aid to Education 1957|
|Box 2||Wabash College 1957|
|Box 2||Wake Forest College 1958-1959|
|Box 2||World's Fair Trade Center project 1959|
|Box 2||Miscellaneous 1954-1966 (7 folders)|
|Box 2||J, miscellaneous|
|Box 2||Javits, Jacob 1957-1958|
|Box 2||K, miscellaneous|
|Box 2||Kefauver, Estes 1956|
|Box 2||L, miscellaneous|
|Box 2||M, miscellaneous|
|Box 2||Mayor's Advisory Council 1953-1955|
|Box 2||N, miscellaneous|
|Box 2||National Commission for Adult Literacy 1956-1958|
|Box 2||New York Herald Tribune - regarding article|
|Box 2||New York University 1957 - regarding speech, President's Committee for Education Beyond the High School|
|Box 2||New York University, Bellevue Medical Center 1947, 1957|
|Box 2||O, miscellaneous|
|Box 2||P, miscellaneous|
|Box 2||Planned Parenthood 1968|
|Box 3||Population Reference Bureau 1961-1966, 1968-1969|
|Box 3||R, miscellaneous|
|Box 3||Rockefeller, Nelson 1959|
|Box 3||S-T, miscellaneous|
|Box 3||Saturday Review 1954, 1956, 1959-1960, 1962, 1966 (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Stetson University (Florida) 1956-1957, 1967-1968|
|Box 3||U-W, miscellaneous|
|Box 3||Wallace, DeWitt 1967-1968|
|Box 3||Yale University 1954|
|Box 3||55th Reunion, Class of 1912, Syracuse University 1967 - typescript|
|Box 3||European trip 1948 - typescript|
|Box 3||Talks and remarks 1966 - photocopies|
|Box 3||Transcript of recorded conversation with Abrams, made by Columbia University Oral History Research Office 1954 - typescript|
|Box 3||Address 1964|
|Box 3||Annual meetings, Standard Oil of New Jersey 1948, 1951-1953, 1964 (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Articles about Abrams 1940, 1946-1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1961, 1969 (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Articles by Abrams|
|Box 3||Newspaper clippings about|
|Box 3||Newspaper clippings by|
|Box 3||Newspaper clippings scrapbook pages|
|Box 4||Speeches 1947-1948, 1950, 1954-1958, 1962-1964 - typescripts (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Speeches 1929, 1947-1953, 1955, 1959-1960, 1962, undated - pamphlets (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Testimony by Abrams, A. P. Smith Co. v Barlow 1953|
|Box 4||Employment of college alumni 1961|
|Box 4||Photographs of Abrams|