Finding Aid to the Edward E. Ayer Papers MS.537

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 October 1


Title: Edward E. Ayer Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.537
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1910-1927
Abstract: The principal item of this collection is a carbon trypescript copy of "Reminiscences" (of the far west, 1860-1918), 181 pages, by Edward Everett Ayer (1841-1927). Other items in this collection include a letter from Edward Ayer to Hector Alliot, a list of the Edward Ayer Collection in the Newberry Library, and Ayer's obituary from the Los Angeles Times. Materials in this collection are from 1910-1927.
creator: Ayer, Edward Everett, 1841-1927

Processing history

Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 1, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Acquisition

Donations from Edward Everett Ayer between 1916 and 1922; purchase from Joseph Amasa Munk as part of the Munk Library of Arizoniana, 1910 May 10.

Scope and Contents

The principal item of this collection is a carbon trypescript copy of "Reminiscences" (of the far west, 1860-1918), 181 pages, by Edward Everett Ayer (1841-1927). Other items in this collection include a letter from Edward Ayer to Hector Alliot, a list of the Edward Ayer Collection in the Newberry Library, and Ayer's obituary from the Los Angeles Times. Materials in this collection are from 1910-1927.

Preferred citation

Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection, 1910-1927, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.537; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Access

Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

Biographical note

Edward Everett Ayer (1841 November 16 – 1927 May 3) was an American business magnate, best remembered for the endowments of his substantial collections of books and original manuscripts from Native American and colonial-era history and ethnology, which were donated to the Newberry Library and Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Ayer made his fortune supplying timber to the 19th century’s fast-growing railroad industry, and he spent his fortune amassing an enormous collection of books and manuscripts on American history as it pertained to the North American Indian, inclusive of Central America.

General note

Inventory

  1. - Reminiscences
  2. - Excerpts from Reminiscences
  3. - 2 c. - trip from 65 mi. Southwest of Tucson to Libertad to Tucson in 1862
  4. - 2 c. re: 1881 trip
  5. - letter - Ayer to Hector Alliot
  6. - obituary re: Ayer from Los Angeles Times by John Steven McGroarty
  7. - list of Edward Ayer Collection in the Newberry Library
  8. - notice from Cedric L. Robinson Catalog of Ayer's reminiscences copy for sale for $35.00

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Newberry Library.
Arizona -- History
California -- History
Correspondence
Inventories
Obituaries
Reminiscences
Typescripts
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
West (U.S.) -- History