Finding aid created by: -
|30 Oct 2006||converted to EAD (AMCon)|
|18 Feb 2008||unproc. mat. updated (MRC)|
|12 Aug 2008||corr. merged with AHH (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Huntington, Archer M. (Archer Milton), 1870-1955|
|Title:||Archer Milton Huntington Papers|
|Quantity:||51.0 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American philanthropist, poet. Correspondence; secretarial daybooks, 1922-1957; manuscripts; legal and financial papers. Organizational correspondence includes that of the Academy of American Poets, American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Geographical Society, American Museum of Natural History, American Numismatic Society, Brookgreen Gardens, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Hispanic Society of America, Mariners' Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the American Indian, National Academy of Design, National Arts Club, National Sculpture Society, New-York Historical Society, New York Zoological Society, and Yale University.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955) was an American philanthropist, art patron, scholar and poet. The son of Arabella Duval Huntington and her husband, railroad industrialist Collis P. Huntington, Archer made substantial contributions -- both scholarly and financial -- in his chosen fields, though he is particularly known for his work in Hispanic Studies. He wrote several scholarly works in the field and in 1904 founded The Hispanic Society of America in New York City, a museum and rare books library which he helped fill with an impressive collection of Hispanic paintings, decorative art, books, manuscripts, maps, prints, and photographs. At about this same time, Archer was named foreign corresponding secretary for the New-York Historical Society; he served in this capacity for several years and contributed to the funding of many of the society's publications.
His first wife, whom he married in 1895, was Helen Manchester Gates, an Englishwoman and author. For his second wife (married in 1923), sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, Archer founded Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina where her works were displayed as well as those of dozens of other American sculptors. (She returned the favor, creating several Hispanic-themed works for the grounds of the Hispanic Society, including an equestrian sculpture entitled "The Cid.")
In 1936, Huntington donated an endowment which established the Chair of Poetry at the Library of Congress, now known as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress; he also donated to the American Numismatic Society the funding and land for its headquarters and, later, a library. Together with Anna, he founded the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, one of the largest and finest maritime museums in the world, and established the Archer and Anna Huntington Wild Life Forest Station in the Adirondacks of New York State.
Archer M. Huntington was awarded honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Kenyon College, and the University of Madrid. Among his other philanthropic positions, he was president of the American Geographical Society and a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, the New-York Historical Society, the Museum of the American Indian, and the Heye Foundation. When he died in December of 1955, The Modern Language Journal published a biographical sketch which included the following praise:
In his passing, Hispanic studies in the United States, Spain, and Hispanic America have lost a generous patron who was also in his own right a scholar of distinction, a poet of charm, and in everything he did a good citizen." (The Modern Language Journal, Feb 1956, p. 59)
The Archer Milton Huntington Papers contains correspondence, secretarial notes (memos, letters and daybooks), writings, legal and financial papers, and ledgers.
Correspondence (Boxes 1 through 9) has been entirely merged into the Correspondence-subject files for the Anna Hyatt Huntington Papers (see "Related Material" below). Boxes 1-9 no longer exist in this collection. Please refer to the Anna Hyatt Huntington Papers for a complete listing. Briefly, this material contains incoming and outgoing correspondence with both individuals and organizations. Individual correspondents include painters (Edwin Blashfield), sculptors (Herbert and Adeline Adams, Gutzon Borglum, Donald De Lue, Gleb Derujinsky, James Earle and Laura Gardin Fraser, Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, Vincent Glinsky, Malvina Hoffman, Edward McCartan, Herman Atkins MacNeil, Paul and Isabel Manship, Brenda Putnam, Alma Spreckels, Katharine Weems), writers (Maxwell Anderson, German Arciniegas, Grosvenor Atterbury, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Nicholas Murray Butler, Archibald Macleish). Organizations represented in the correspondence include universities (Chatham College, Clark University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Syracuse University), museums and galleries (Brookgreen Gardens, Burr Galleries, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Columbia Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Fogg Art Museum, Grand Central Art Galleries, Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, Mariner's Museum, Museum of the City of New York, ), and professional associations (American Geographical Society, American Numismatic Society, Federal Art Project, Hispanic Society of America, National Institute of Arts and Letters, New-York Historical Society).
Secretarial notes comprises memos, letters, and daybooks spanning more than thirty years. Writings contains literary gallies, poems and literary manuscripts. Properties consists of information relating to various pieces of real estate including Brookgreen and Arbutus.
Ledgers contain financial and business information; the main subdivisions are NY receipts, estate correspondence, estate documents, general correspondence, Bank of Central Hanover receipts, and payment statements.
Correspondence of Archer Milton Huntington (Boxes 1 through 9) has been entirely merged into the Correspondence-subject files for the Anna Hyatt Huntington Papers. Boxes 1-9 no longer exist in this collection.
Secretarial notes (Boxes 10-17) are arranged first by type (memos, letters, then daybooks) and within that chronologically. Writings (Boxes 18-20) are arranged alphabetically by type and Properties (Boxes 21-27) alphabetically by name of the property. Legal and financial papers (Boxes 28-36) are arranged chronologically. Ledgers (Volumes 1-139) are ordered by type and within that chronologically.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
See also the following:
Anna Hyatt Huntington Papers
Arabella Huntington Papers
Collis P. Huntington Papers
Huntington Estate Papers
Huntington, Archer M. (Archer Milton), 1870-1955.
Academy of American Poets.
American Academy of Arts and Letters.
American Geographical Society of New York.
American Museum of Natural History.
American Numismatic Society.
California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Federal Art Project.
Hispanic Society of America.
Mariners' Museum (Newport News, Va.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation.
National Academy of Design (U.S.)
National Arts Club (New York, N.Y.)
National Sculpture Society (U.S.)
New York Zoological Society.
New-York Historical Society.
Animal sculptors -- United States.
Animals in art.
Art -- Collectors and collecting.
Art, American -- 20th century.
Bronze sculpture, American.
Hispanists -- United States.
Philanthropists -- United States.
Sculptors -- United States.
Sculpture, American -- 20th centur.y
Upper class -- United States.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Genres and Forms
Architectural drawings (visual works)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Archer Milton Huntington Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Legal and financial papers
|The "Correspondence" portion of the Archer Milton Huntington Papers inventory (Boxes 1 through 9) has been entirely merged into the Correspondence-subject files for the Anna Hyatt Huntington Papers (see "Related Material" above). Boxes 1-9 no longer exist in this collection.|
|Box 10||Secretarial memos 1934-1954|
|Box 11||Secretarial letters 1924-1932|
|Box 12||Secretarial letters 1933-1941|
|Box 13||Secretarial daybooks 1922-1935|
|Box 14||Secretarial daybooks 1935-1942|
|Box 15||Secretarial daybooks 1943-1946|
|Box 16||Secretarial daybooks 1947-1950|
|Box 17||Secretarial daybooks 1951-1957|
|Box 18, 19||Literary gallies|
|Box 20||Poems and literary manuscripts|
|Box 21, 22||Arbutus|
|Box 23||Arbutus film (photographs) of|
|Transferred to Anna Hyatt Huntington Papers, 2008.|
|Box 25||New York, Stanerigg and Pleasance|
|Box 27||Adirondacks, Stanerigg, Newport News, Pine Knot|
|Legal and financial papers|
|Box 28||Legal papers 1919 - 1955|
|Box 29-36||Financial papers|
|Volume 1||NY receipts Apr-Jun 1946|
|Volume 2||NY receipts Jun 1946-Jun 1947|
|Volume 3||NY receipts Jun-Sep 1947|
|Volume 4||NY receipts Jan-Jul 1948|
|Volume 5||NY receipts Jul-Dec 1948|
|Volume 6||NY receipts 1948-1949|
|Volume 7||NY receipts Aug 1949-Mar 1950|
|Volume 8||NY receipts Apr-Sep 1950|
|Volume 9||NY receipts Jun 1950-Sep 1951|
|Volume 10||NY receipts Jul 1951-Jan 1952|
|Volume 11||NY receipts 1952-1953|
|Volume 12||NY receipts 1954-1955|
|Volume 13||NY receipts Aug-Nov 1955|
|Volume 14||Estate correspondence A-E undated|
|Volume 15||Estate correspondence F-K undated|
|Volume 16||Estate correspondence L-P undated|
|Volume 17||Estate correspondence Q-Z undated|
|Volume 18||Estate documents 1926-1928|
|Volume 19||Estate documents 1924-1928|
|Volume 20||Estate mAprs undated|
|Volume 21||Estate receipts 1924|
|Volume 22||Estate statements 1926-1928|
|Volume 23||Estate statements 1928-1929|
|Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.)|
|Volume 24||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Sep-Nov 1924|
|Volume 25||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Sep-Dec 1924|
|Volume 26||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Jan-Feb 1925|
|Volume 27||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Mar-Apr 1925|
|Volume 28||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Apr 1925|
|Volume 29||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) May 1925|
|Volume 30||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Jun 1925|
|Volume 31||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Jul-Aug 1925|
|Volume 32||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Aug-Oct 1925|
|Volume 33||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Nov 1925|
|Volume 34||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Dec 1925-Jan 1926|
|Volume 35||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Jan-Mar 1926|
|Volume 36||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Apr-Jul 1926|
|Volume 37||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Jul 1936-Jan 1937|
|Volume 38||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Feb-Jul 1937|
|Volume 39||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Jun-Sep 1927|
|Volume 40||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) Sep-Dec 1927|
|Volume 41||Estate documents (George F. Butterworth-Attn.) 1927-1928|
|Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft (formerly GFB)|
|Volume 42||Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft (formerly GFB) Apr-Dec 1928|
|Volume 43||Estate - CWT 1928|
|Volume 44||CWT 1930|
|Huntington - general correspondence|
|Volume 45||Huntington - general correspondence 1942-1943|
|Volume 46||Huntington - general correspondence 1943|
|Volume 47||Huntington - general correspondence 1943|
|Volume 48||Huntington - general correspondence 1943|
|Volume 49||Huntington - general correspondence 1944|
|Volume 50||Huntington - general correspondence 1945|
|Volume 51||Huntington - general correspondence 1946|
|Volume 52||Huntington - general correspondence 1947|
|Volume 53||Huntington - general correspondence 1947|
|Volume 54||Huntington - general correspondence 1947|
|Volume 55||Huntington - general correspondence 1947|
|Volume 56||Huntington - general correspondence Jan-Mar 1948|
|Volume 57||Huntington - general correspondence Apr-Jun 1948|
|Volume 58||Huntington - general correspondence Jul-Sep 1948|
|Volume 59||Huntington - general correspondence Jun-Dec 1948|
|Volume 60||Huntington - general correspondence 1948|
|Volume 61||Huntington - general correspondence Jan-May 1949|
|Volume 62||Huntington - general correspondence Jun-Dec 1949|
|Volume 63||Huntington - general correspondence May-Dec 1950|
|Volume 64||Huntington - general correspondence 1952|
|Volume 65||Huntington - general correspondence Mar-May 1954|
|Volume 66||Huntington - general correspondence 1954|
|Volume 67||Huntington - general correspondence May-Jul 1954|
|Volume 68||Huntington - general correspondence Jul-Sep 1954|
|Volume 69||Huntington - general correspondence Nov-Dec 1954|
|Volume 70||Huntington - general correspondence Dec 54-Feb 1955|
|Volume 71||Huntington - general correspondence Mar 1955|
|Volume 72||Huntington - general correspondence Mar-Apr 1955|
|Volume 73||Huntington - general correspondence May-Jun 1955|
|Volume 74||Huntington - general correspondence Jun-Jul 1955|
|Volume 75||Huntington - general correspondence Jul-Aug 1955|
|Volume 76||Huntington - general correspondence Jul-Aug 1955|
|Volume 77||Huntington - general correspondence Sep 1955|
|Volume 78||Huntington - general correspondence Sep 1955|
|Volume 79||Huntington - general correspondence Sep-Oct 1955|
|Volume 80||Huntington - general correspondence Sep-Ost 1955|
|Volume 81||Huntington - general correspondence Oct-Nov 1955|
|Volume 82||Huntington - general correspondence Nov-Dec 1955|
|Bank of Central Hanover-receipts|
|Volume 83||Bank of Central Hanover-receipts Apr-Jun 1946|
|Volume 84||Bank of Central Hanover-receipts 1947|
|Volume 85||Bank of Central Hanover-receipts 1948|
|Volume 86||Bank of Central Hanover-receipts Aug-Dec 1948|
|Volume 87||Bank of Central Hanover-receipts 1949|
|Volume 88||Bank of Central Hanover-receipts Jul 1950-Jun 1951|
|Volume 89||Bank of Central Hanover-receipts 1951-1952|
|Volume 90a||90a Bank of Central Hanover-receipts 1952-1953|
|Volume 90||Bank of Central Hanover-receipts Nov 1953-Apr 1954|
|Volume 91||Bank of Central Hanover-receipts May-Dec 1954|
|Volume 92||Bank of Central Hanover-receipts Oct 54-Aug 1955|
|Volume 93||Bank of Central Hanover-receipts Aug-Dec 1955|
|Bill sent to Hanover Bank|
|Volume 94||Bill sent to Hanover Bank 1952|
|Volume 95||Bill sent to Hanover Bank 1953|
|Volume 96||Bill sent to Hanover Bank 1954|
|Volume 97||Bill sent to Hanover Bank 1955|
|Volume 98||Bill sent to Hanover Bank 1955|
|Payment statements (AMH)|
|Volume 99||Payment statements (AMH) 1943-1947|
|Volume 100||Payment statements (AMH) 1947-1948|
|Volume 101||Payment statements (AMH) 1948|
|Volume 102||Payment statements (AMH) 1949|
|Volume 103||Payment statements (AMH) 1949-50|
|Volume 104||Payment statements (AMH) 1950|
|Volume 105||Payment statements (AMH) 1951|
|Volume 106||Payment statements (AMH) 1951-1952|
|Volume 107||Payment statements (AMH) 1953|
|Volume 108||Payment statements (AMH) 1953|
|Volume 109||Payment statements (AMH) 1954|
|Volume 110||Payment statements (AMH) 1954|
|Volume 111||Payment statements (AMH) Jan-Aug 1955|
|Volume 112||Trust Companies (Bankers Union T.) 1951-1955|
|Volume 113||Bank of New York & Trust Co. 1925-1926|
|Volume 114||Trusts 1952-1953|
|Volume 115||Recent trusts 1951-1955|
|Volume 116||Miscellaneous statements 1947-1948|
|Volume 117||Miscellaneous statements 1951-1953|
|Volume 118||Misc. banks 1946|
|Volume 119||Misc. banks 1953|
|Volume 120||U.S. Trust Co. undated|
|Volume 121||U.S. Trust Co. undated|
|Volume 122||New York Trust Co. 1945-1951|
|Volume 123||Daily records 1943|
|Volume 124||Chemical, Haverstraw & South Carolina 1947-1948|
|Volume 125||Cheques (misc.) 1950-1954|
|Volume 126||Lawyers Trust Co. 1946-1949|
|Volume 127||Guaranty Trust Co. of New York 1947-1951|
|Volume 128||Bankers Trust Co. 1950-1951|
|Volume 129||Misc. Q-Z undated|
|Volume 130||Taxes, cheques, etc. 1949-1950|
|Volume 131||Taxes, banks (Haverstrom) 1952-1953|
|Volume 132||Taxes 1953-1955|
|Volume 133||Taxes 1950-1952|
|Volume 134||Hall of Fame 1955|
|Volume 135||J.P. Morgan Co. 1947-1949|
|Volume 136||Gifts of land and objects (GI) 1915-1930|
|Volume 137||Gifts of land and objects (GI) 1917-1940|
|Volume 138||Gifts and endowments 1948-1952|
|Volume 139||Gifts and endowments 1930s|
|Transfiles 1 and 2, loose papers|