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Russell Benedict Autograph Collection of New York Governors
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • General

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Russell Benedict autograph collection of New York Governors
    Creator: Benedict, Russell, 1859-1936
    Identifier/Call Number: mssBenedict
    Physical Description: 10.51 Linear Feet (3 boxes, oversize envelope and 3 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1638-1793
    Abstract: Collection of documents signed by New York governors from 1638 to 1793, collected by Russell Benedict.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Russell Benedict Autograph Collection of New York Governors, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Russell Benedict, 1917.

    Biographical / Historical

    Russell Benedict, lawyer, justice of the Supreme Court of New York (1911-1925), and collector of Americana specializing in early American law. His collections were sold at various auctions from 1908 to 1922.

    Scope and Contents

    Autographs of the New York governors, from Wouter van Twiller to William Tryon, gathered by the Hon. Russell Benedict. The collection includes warrants, licenses, land patents, deeds, addresses and proclamations, certificates of administrations, approvals, authorizations, and orders.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library Staff. In 2020, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Arranged chronologically.


    Individual call numbers included in the collection: mssHM 8232, HM 9724-9912.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Autographs -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State)
    Governors -- New York (State) -- Autographs
    New York (State) -- Politics and Government -- To 1775
    New York (State) -- Politics and Government -- 1775-1783
    Autographs -- New York (State)
    Collections -- New York (State)
    Government records -- New York (State)
    Tryon, William, 1729-1788