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Call Number: SC1144
Harrison, Benjamin,, 1833-1901.
Title: President Benjamin Harrison ephemera documenting his 1891 trip
0.25 Linear feet (23 items)
Language(s): The materials are in English.
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President Benjamin Harrison Ephemera Documenting His 1891 Trip West (SC1144). Dept.
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The materials consist of of printed ephemera from President Benjamin Harrison's epic
cross-country railroad journey, from the papers of E.F. Tibbott, Harrison's private
secretary who accompanied him on the trip. The President's train left Washington and
proceeded to make a large loop through the country, traveling through nineteen states -
Virginia, Tennesee, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon,
Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and
Pennsylvania. The journey covered nearly 10,000 miles, during which time the President
made nearly 150 speeches, which were later published in a volume compiled by a
correspondent from the New York MAIL AND EXPRESS (item no. 23) who accompanied the
President's party. The introduction to that volume claims, "So complete were the
arrangements in detail that the train carrying the Presidential party was always on
time, and was never once delayed for repairs. Country of all sorts was traversed, all
kinds and conditions of mankind seen, and every variety of weather encountered. Still
nothing hindered the party from keeping every engagement."
The majority of the items in this archive relate to Harrison's time in the West,
particularly California. In chronological order, the items are as follows (condition is
very good, unless stated otherwise): 1) TOUR OF THE PRESIDENT TO THE PACIFIC COAST,
APRIL 14th to MAY 16th, 1891. ITINERARY. pp. plus folding map. Booklet containing
President Harrison's planned itinerary for the entirety of his journey. It includes
stops in nineteen states and territories, covers four time zones, and totals 9,232
miles. The itinerary notes the arrival and departure time for each location, as well as
the population as of the 1890 Census. The map is titled the same as the booklet and
shows the route of the President's train. 2) [MENU FOR APRIL 17, 1891, ABOARD THE
PULLMAN DINING CAR "CORONADO"]. April 17, 1891. 1pp., printed on a thick card. A few
light fingerprints, else very good. 3) A HAPPY GREETING! IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA....
2pp. on a folded card, measuring 51⁄4 x 41⁄2 inches. Printed in red, blue, and gold. A
wonderful and remarkable welcome souvenir, prepared by the black population of San
Diego: "In behalf of our race, we, the colored people of San Diego, with a firm reliance
upon Divine Providence for his care for us as American Citizens, in the full
construction of its meaning, hail this greeting with a firmness that this continent is
the land of a free people. Our Declaration of Independence and Constitution is the text
book of freedom - the bible of the rights of man forever. The dead of our battle-fields
declare it, such is the message they bring us." Also includes a word of greeting by the
Rev. G.W. Brown, Chairman of the Committee. 4) VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES BENJAMIN F. HARRISON, TO SUTRO HEIGHTS. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, APRIL 27th,
1891. LUNCHEON. BILL OF FARE [caption title]. April 27, 1891. 4pp. plus place card of
E.F. Tibbott. With envelope. Multi-colored crest above the title showing a worker
swinging a pick axe with the motto "Labor Vincit Omnia" (Labor Conquers All). Page four
has an illustration of two sea lions. 5) RECEPTION TO THE PRESIDENT AND MRS. HARRISON.
PALACE HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO. April 27, 1891. 1pp., 5 x 6 inches, printed on silk. With a
plain envelope. Dinner to take place from nine to eleven o'clock. 6) [PRINTED SEATING
ARRANGEMENT FOR THE ABOVE-MENTIONED DINNER, COMPLETED IN MANUSCRIPT]. 1pp., 41⁄4 x 6
inches, printed on a stiff card. Shows the seat of Mr. E.F. Tibbott for the dinner at
the Palace Hotel. 7) TO MEET THE PRESIDENT & MRS. HARRISON, MR. & MRS. LELAND
STANFORD REQUEST THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY... [engraved invitation]. April 28, 1891.
1pp. To take place at the southwest corner of California and Powell Streets, San
Francisco. 8) CONCERT OF WELCOME TENDERED TO HON. BENJAMIN HARRISON, PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES, BY THE HON. SENATOR AND MRS. LELAND STANFORD, AT THEIR RESIDENCE....
April 29, 1891. 1pp., printed on a thick card. Printed program; music preformed by the
University Brass Band of Mayfield, Ca. 9) [ORNATE, FULL-COLOR MENU FOR THE HOTEL DEL
MONTE IN MONTEREY]. April 30, 1891. 4pp. in stiff printed wrappers, stitched with a
thick, red, white and blue cord. The front cover has Harrison's portrait set in an oval
and crested with an American flag and a perched eagle, the whole nestled in a backdrop
of picturesque California scenery. An extensive wine list and the menu occupy the two
inner pages. J.M. Rusk, Harrison's Secretary of Agriculture has signed the first page,
and there are three signatures on the final page, including that of Mary Scott Dimmick,
who became Harrison's second wife. Tibbott's hand-colored place card is also included.
10) [ENGRAVED ADMISSION TICKET FOR A BANQUET AT THE PALACE HOTEL IN SAN FRANCISCO]. May
1, 1891. 1pp. No. 120, completed in manuscript with Tibbott's name. 11) [INVITATION TO A
RECEPTION AT THE UNION LEAGUE CLUB IN SAN FRANCISCO]. May 2, 1891. 1pp. on a folded
leaf. With a plain envelope and Tibbott's admission ticket. From eight to ten p.m. 12)
[ENGRAVED INVITATION TO A BANQUET AT THE PALACE HOTEL, TENDERED BY THE CITIZEN'S OF SAN
FRANCISCO IN THE PRESIDENT'S HONOR]. May 2, 1891. 1pp. on a stiff card. Completed in
manuscript with Tibbott's name. With a plain envelope. Beginning at seven o'clock. 13)
[MENU FOR DINNER AT "THE PORTLAND" IN PORTLAND, OR.]. May 5, 1891. 1pp., on heavy paper.
Printed in red with gilt and glitter decoration in top left corner. 14) SOUVENIR
PROGRAMME. PRESIDENT HARRISON'S RECEPTION, MAY 6th, 1891. SEATTLE, WASHINGTON [cover
title]. May 6, 1891. 4pp., measuring 4 x 51⁄2, printed on a folded piece of silk. In a
folded leather cover. Contains the President's itinerary while in Seattle; with
Harrison's portrait printed on the first page. 15) RECEPTION TO THE PRESIDENT. SEATTLE,
WASHINGTON. MAY 6, 1891 [cover title]. May 6, 1891. 4pp., measuring 5 x 4 inches,
printed on a folded card. Original albumen photograph (2 x 3 inches) showing Washington
state scenery mounted to front cover. With a plain envelope and an admission ticket.
Contains the program for the President's reception and is signed by the Chairman of the
Committee, William R. Bentley. 16) ITINERARY. THE PRESIDENT'S SPECIAL TRAIN. DENVER
& RIO GRANDE, MAY 1891 [cover title]. May 9-12, 1891. 4pp. in printed wrappers.
Contains the President's itinerary for the journey from Salt Lake City to Denver aboard
the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad line. Includes elevation for each destination. 17)
[MENU FOR DINNER AT THE ANTLERS IN COLORADO SPRINGS]. May 11, 1891. 1pp., printed on
green silk and mounted to a stiff green card. A few light water stains, else very good.
Vignette of the U.S. Signal Station at the summit of Pike's Peak at top of menu;
hand-colored American flag painted on card at top left corner. 18) [DINNER MENU FOR MAY
13, 1891, ABOARD THE PULLMAN DINING CAR "CORONADO"]. May 13, 1891. 1pp., printed on a
thick card. Minor soiling, else very good. 19) [DINNER MENU FOR MAY 14, 1891, ABOARD THE
PULLMAN DINING CAR "CORONADO"]. May 14, 1891. 1pp., printed on a thick card. Minor
soiling, one corner bent, else very good. 20) [FINAL AU REVOIR DINNER MENU FOR MAY 15,
1891, ABOARD THE PULLMAN DINING CAR "CORONADO"]. May 15, 1891. 2pp., in stiff printed
wrappers, tied with a red, white and blue cord. Final menu for the President's journey.
The cover is printed with portraits of President and Mrs. Harrison, floating over an
image of the Capitol building and watched over by a woman personifying America. 21)
[TYPED LETTER, SIGNED, FROM WILLIAM R. WORRALL TO E.F. TIBBOTT REGARDING A PRESENTATION
COPY OF A VOLUME OF THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECHES]. Sept. 29, 1891. 1pp. Folio. Old fold
lines. Minor soil. Very good. Letter from William R. Worrall at the MAIL AND EXPRESS in
New York City forwarding a presentation copy of John S. Shriver's compilation of
Harrison's speeches from the cross-country train trip. 22) [ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPH OF
BENJAMIN HARRISON WITH A BABY]. N.d. Photograph, 41⁄2 x 31⁄2 inches. 23) THROUGH THE
SOUTH AND WEST WITH THE PRESIDENT. APRIL 14 - MAY 15, 1891. THE ONLY COMPLETE AND
AUTHORIZED COLLECTION OF PRESIDENT HARRISON'S GREAT AND ELOQUENT SPEECHES MADE DURING
THE TOUR. Compiled by John S. Shriver. New York. 1891. xvi,152pp. plus folding map.
Folio. This volume of the President's speeches, referred to in item no. 21, is marked as
"Presentation Copy" on the front cover. The map shows the route of the President's trip
across the country.
Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893.