Russell Benedict Autograph Collection of New York Governors mssBenedict

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
March 2021
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

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.

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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

Box 1

1638 May 10-1709 September 16

Box 2

1709/1710 March 2-1749 September 19

Box 3

1749/1750 March 15-1793 May 20

Folder 1


Folder 2

N.Y. Hurley. Confirmation by Thomas Dongan of land bequeathed by Albert Heymans unto wife.... HM 9743 1686 October 28

Folder 3

N.Y. Albany County. Grant of 78,000 acres on the S.W. side of the Katskill from Sir Henry Martin G. Van Benger HM 9873 1767 July 1

Folder 4

Confirmation by Thomas Dongan of land sold to John Cock HM 9912 1686/1687 March 21