All Series Level Scope and Content Notes
Scope and Contents Note
Personal papers and miscellaneous autographs, 1678-1931.
The Bixby Collection includes a variety of materials, ranging from
Bixby's personal correspondence relating to his collecting interests,
through his connection with Washington University and the St. Louis
Burns Club, and including many items from his manuscript collection.
The correspondence in each series is arranged chronologically. Items
in other subseries are arranged alphabetically. The correspondence in
Series I relates primarily to Bixby's collecting interests, publication
of items in his manuscript collection, and his work on the Capitol
Decoration Committee of Missouri, 1921-1927, 681 items. Series II
contains items relating to gifts made by Bixby to Washington University,
1913-1927, 66 items. Series III contains items relating to the Burns
Club of St. Louis but is in no way a complete archive of the Club's
activities or of Bixby's relation to it, 80 items. Series IV contains
autograph letters and related documents of notable individuals,
primarily of significance in American and English literature and
history, 891 items. Series V concerns Eugene Field and includes
correspondence, numerous original manuscripts, editorial materials,
printed items, and miscellaneous personal items, 281 items. A list of
the correspondents included in each series preceeds the section of the
register devoted to that series. Included at the end of the register is
a list of 15 items relating to John Paul Jones tipped in U.S. Congress.
Joint Committee on Printing. John Paul Jones commemoration at
Annapolis... (Washington, 1907).
Individuals represented in Bixby's personal correspondence
include Lawrence F. Abbott, Elmer Bragg Adams, Henry Augustus
Brudenall-Bruce, 5th Marquess of Ailesbury, J.R. Aitken, Edwin
Anderson Alderman, Charles Dexter Allen, Abram Piatt Andrew,
William Loring Andrews, John Dustin Archbold, W.E. Baillie,
Baillie's Institution, Erwin S. Barrie, Bernard Quaritch, Firm,
John Bianchi, John Shaw Billings, Hiram Bingham, Edwin Howland
Blashfield, Henry Stiles Bradley, Ira Hutchinson Brainerd,
Clarence Saunders Brigham, William Brown, Adolphus Busch, J.L.
Buskett, Wm. C. Buskett, Wm. N.C. Carlton, Andrew Carnegie,
Stephen Grover Cleveland, Harris D. Colt, Sidney Colvin, Thomas
Augustine Daly, Charles A. Decker, Alice P. DeHasse, Thomas W.
Dewing, Franklin Dickey, Wm. K. Dickson, George Francis Dow, H.
Rieman Duval, R. Henry W. Dwight, Edmund Henry Eitel, Ezsex
Institute, Julia Sutherland Field, Roswell Martin Field, Joseph
Wingate Folk, Worthington Chauncey Ford, Harry Buxton Forman,
David Rowland Francis, Daniel Chester French, Mrs. Edwin D. French
(Mary), Edwin David French, John P. Frieden, Robert Singleton
Garnett, Frederick T. Gates, George Jay Gould, Thomas Watt
Gregory, Henry Guppy, Frank Wakeley Gunsaulus, Henry Howard
Harper, Henri Harpignies, Albert B. Hart, Burton Jesse Hendrick,
Henry Sotheran, Firm, Louis Hertle, Walter M. Hill, Ethan Allen
Hitchcock, Herbert Hoover, David Franklin Houston, Joseph J.
Houwink, Elbert Hubbard, Henry E. Huntington, Charles L.
Hutchinson, Abraham Jacobi, Francis J.H. Jenkinson, Clare Jerrold,
Walter Copeland Jerrold, Geo. S. Johns, Robert Underwood Johnson,
Francis W. Kelsey, Charles Welbourne Knapp, M. Knoedler, Firm,
Theodore W. Koch, Arthur A. Kocian, Frederick H. Kreismann, John
LaFarge, Gardiner Martin Lane, Wm. C. Lane, Henry W. Lanier,
Richard H. Lawrence, John Davison Lawson, James Wideman Lee,
Frederick Wm. Lehmann, Paul Lemperly, Robert Todd Lincoln,
Clarence C. Little, Charles Dealtry Locock, Henry Cabot Lodge, Amy
Lowell, John Livingston Lowes, Edward Verrall Lucas, Wm. Gibbs
McAdoo, V.F. McCalchy, Wallace MacMullen, Falconer Madan, Edwin
Markham, Edward Percival Merritt, Sir Humphrey Summer Milford,
Richard E. Miller, Edwin Knox Mitchell, Silas Weir Mitchell, Wm.
Samuel Morse, Sir John Murray, John Murison, Charles Nagel, Alfred
Edward Newton, Charles Dyer Norton, Sir Wm. Osler, Cora Herndon
Painter, Sir Horatio Gilbert Parker, George F. Peabody, John
Pickard, Henry Smith Pritchett, Herbert Putnam, Howard Pyle, Wm.
A. Read, James A. Reed, Wm. Marion Reedy, Elisabeth Mills Reid,
Whitelaw Reid, Geo. H. Richmond, Ernest Cushing Richardson, James
Whitcomb Riley, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Root, Wm. Michael
Rossetti, Henry Sherburne Rowe, Wm. H. Sampson, F. B. Sanborn,
Walter Henry Sanborn, Charles M. Schwab, John C. Schwab, Sir John
Shelley, Samuel Luckett Sherer, John Franklin Shields, Wm. Green
Shillaber, Clement King Shorter, Francis H. Smith, Wm. R. Smith,
Edwin Wm. Stephens, B.F. Stevens, Firm, Walter B. Stevens,
Melville Elijah Stone, James Sullivan, Baroness Bertha von
Suttner, Egerton Swarthout, Florence G. Sylvester, Frederick Oakes
Sylvester, Wm. H. Taft, Wm. Watts Taylor, Slason Thompson, Kate
Nichols Trask, Dwight Wm. Tryon, Emory S. Turner, Gabriel Weis,
Wm. Henry Welch, Wellesley College, Harry Elkins Widener, Francis
Wilson, Mary H. Wilson, George Parker Winship, John P. Woodbury,
Sir Charles Theodore Wright, Lucien Wulsin.
The letters concern gifts which Bixby made over the years to
Washington University. Items often include lists of books and
manuscripts. Correspondents include Bixby, Frederic A. Hall,
Winthrop H. Chenery, and James A. McMillen. One letter apparently
from McMillen to Edward Caldwell of McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
includes a list of Eugene Field materials presented by Bixby to
The letters relate to activities of the Club. They are often
responses to invitations which had been sent to Burnsians outside
St. Louis. Correspondents include Henry H. Harper, J.D. Price,
George Williamson, Thomas Sutherland, Roy Sherman, D. McNaught,
Mathew Smith, W. Hakes, W. MacNeile Dixon, William Marion Reedy,
J.C. Ewing, K. O'Malley, and Eugene H. Angert. Most are addressed
to William K. Bixby.
Individuals represented in the Field correspondence include
Edward W. Bok, Wm. C. Buskett, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Eugene
Field, Roswell M. Field, Edmund C. Garrett, Marcus Lemon Gray,
Frnak W. Gunsaulus, Edward Everett Hale, Marcus A. Hanna, Henry H.
Harper, George E. Hoskinson, Thomas Joseph Hutchinson, Victor F.
Lawson, Helena Mokjeska, Edgar Wilson Nye, Opie Percival Read,
James Whitcomb Riley, Charles S. Shepherd, Slason, Thompson, and
Included are printed versions of Field's poems, stories, and
Program for 1906 program at the Naval Academy.
List of tipped in letters and manuscripts. (All items numbered
consecutively in upper right hand corner)
- 1) Commodore George Henry Preble (Navy Yard, Boston) to
Henry B. Dawson 1873:
Sept. 29. Complains at not receiving an issue of the
`Historical' and explains the progress of his various writings.
Includes photograph of the original flag of the
Bonhomme-Richard. ALS, 3 pp.
- 2) Envelope, n.d.
Captain John Barry to Thomas Wharton, Jr. (President
of the Council of Safety), Philadelphia. Signed by John Paul
Jones. (Possibly the envelope is a Jones letter to Barry)
- 3) Commodore Stephen Decatur to Commodor Richard Dale,
Philadelphia. Washington May 1, [ ] explaining why his son has not
yet been promoted. ALS, 4 pp.
- 4) Robert Morris (Signer of the Declaration of
Independence) to John Nicholson. 1799: June 25 (Marked No. 3) regarding some
business matters. ALS, 1 p.
- 5) Regulation of subsistence to be paid to every officer
and soldier on the foregoing establishment. n.d. Incomplete.
Statement and schedule of fees. Signed on each page by George
III, King of England. 2 pp. A.D.
- 6) Document approving a U.S. cargo ship. In English and
Dutch. 1833: Aug. 12
Signed by various officials including Andrew Jackson
(Pres.) Partially printed. 1 p.
- 7) Commodore Isaac Hull to Robert Smith (Secretary of the
Navy) Norfolk, 1807: Dec. 23 soliciting a navy agent appointment
for his father. ALS, 2 pp.
- 8) Pay order, State of Pennsylvania, 1785: Apr. 8 for
assembly attendance to Adam Orth. Signed by John Bayard,
Speaker, Adam Orth and John Nicholson. Partly printed. 1
- 9) Ambassadore Horace Porter, Secretary to President U.S.
Grant to Moses H. Grinnell, Collector of Customs, 1869: Apr. 30, New
York, introducing Edward Fitzgerald. Executive Mansion
letterhead, with envelope.
- 10) Admiral D.D. Porter, Navy Department to John J. Almy,
U.S.N., 1869: May 11
thanking him for his contribution to The Naval
Monument Fund. LS, 1 p.
- 11) Peter Pontury Barton to Admiral Lord Shudham, Stoke,
Blenheim, 1778: June 12
begging to be released from naval service. Relates
how his ship was taken by the American Congress in 1778 at
Charlestown, South Carolina. ALS, 2 pp.
- 12) Petition to the Judges of the Circuit Court of
[Washington, D.C.] 1825: June 8 settling seizure of property of
Franklin Wharton for debts by Ladd and John Wheelwright.
Statement concerning by Francis Scott Key. Signed by parties in
question and Francis Scott Key and lawyers. AD, 2 pp.
- 13) G.[ ] Dade, Chief Engineer, U.S. N. to Captain
[Edward] Preble. 1872: Feb. 29 enclosing an affadavit for
unidentified purpose. (Affadavit not included) ALS, 1 p.
- 14) Jonathon Gumby, Collection Officer, Snow Hill, to O.H.
Williams, Collector of Baltimore.  Aug. 30 concerning
shipping regulations. ALS, 2 pp.
- 15) Pay order, State of Pennsylvania, 1783: Sept. 5 for
assembly attendance to John Steinmetz. Singed by John Steinmetz,
Jr., receiving on behalf of his father, Frederick Muhlenberg,
Speaker, and John Nicholson. Partially printed D 2 pp.