Oscar Fitzalan Long Papers mssLong

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
June 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191


Finding aid last updated on March 14, 2024 by Kelly Kress.

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Oscar Fitzalan Long papers
Creator: Long, Oscar Fitzalan, 1852-1928
Identifier/Call Number: mssLong
Physical Description: 14.76 Linear Feet (10 boxes and 10 volumes)
Date (inclusive): 1874-1941
Abstract: A collection of papers related to the life and career of Oscar Fitzalan Long, American Army General.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Oscar Fitzalan Long papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Argonaut Book Shop, December 1960.

Biographical / Historical

General Oscar Fitzalan Long (1852-1928) was an United States Army officer who was born in New York and graduated from West Point in 1876. He saw active service during the Indian Campaigns of 1876 to 1879 and was aide-de-camp to Colonel Nelson A. Miles, then in charge of the Yellowstone Command. Long was appointed general in 1901 and served as general superintendent of the Army Transport Service during the Spanish American War and the Philippine Insurrection. He was married to Amy Requa, daughter of California financier Isaac L. Requa.

Scope and Contents

A collection of approximately 800 items from 1874 to 1941; the collection consists of letters (including 6 letter books), manuscripts, a journal, a diary, scrapbooks, and clippings, related to the life and military career of General Oscar Fitzalan Long. Along with the correspondence, which is mainly from 1898 to 1902, the collection also includes a journal of an expedition from Ft. Keogh under Colonel Miles in 1879, an unpublished manuscript of Long's "History of the Quartermaster Department, U.S. Army," and scrapbooks of life at West Point and the Spanish-American War. Also included are letters and diaries of Long's wife, Amy Requa Long, and letters from Collis Potter Huntington.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1965. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


Arranged by subject and format.


Former call number: mssLong papers.

Related Materials

A small group of photographs from this collection were transferred to the Photo Archives in 1995: pf 21134, 21136-21138, 21140.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Indians of North America -- Wars -- Montana
Spanish-American War, 1898
Fort Keogh (Mont.) -- History
Clippings (information artifacts) -- United States -- 19th century
Clippings (information artifacts) -- United States -- 20th century
Diaries -- United States -- 19th century
Diaries -- United States -- 20th century
Journals (accounts) -- United States -- 19th century
Journals (accounts) -- United States -- 20th century
Manuscripts -- United States -- 19th century
Manuscripts -- United States -- 20th century
Military records -- United States -- 19th century
Military records -- United States -- 20th century
Scrapbooks -- United States -- 19th century
Scrapbooks -- United States -- 20th century
Huntington, Collis Potter, 1821-1900
Long, Amy Requa
Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925
United States. Army -- Officers
United States. Army. Quartermaster's Department
United States Military Academy

Box 1

Letters to and from Mrs. Amy (Requa) Long ; Diary 1882-1931

Box 2

Correspondence, papers and journal of General Oscar Fitzalan Long

Box 3

Oscar Fitzalan Long. History of Quartermaster's Department, United States Army

Box 4

Amy (Requa) Russell. Biography of Mrs. Isaac L. Requa and related papers

Box 5

Photographs and loose clippings

Volume 1

Commendatory letters received 1898-1901

Volume 2

Letters and telegrams regarding appointment of Long as Brig. General United States Volunteers 1899-1901

Volume 3

Congratulatory letters to General Long 1901

Volume 4

Commendatory letters received 1899-1902

Volume 5

Telegrams and letters to General Long 1904

Box 6

Official letter books 1892-1902

Scope and Contents

Volumes 6-12
Volume 13

West Point scrapbook

Box 7



Scrapbooks - various subjects, Volumes 14-18


Spanish American War scrapbook, Volume 19


Newspaper clippings 1898-1901

Volume 20


Volume 21


Volume 22


Volume 23


Box 8

Scrapbooks - various subjects

Scope and Contents

Volumes 24-30
Box 9


Scope and Contents

Volumes 31, 33
Box 10


Scope and Contents

Volumes 32, 34-40