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Guide to the Chester DeWitt Pugsley Papers, 1873-1938 and undated, bulk 1925-1938

Abstract

Lawyer and philanthropist of Peekskill, N.Y.

Personal, business, political, and philanthropic correspondence (chiefly 1925-1938), relating to Pugsley's political work for the Democratic Party, his philanthropic activities, his efforts to promote better understanding and knowledge of international affairs, U.S. and New York politics (1910-1938), and U.S. economic conditions (1920s and 1930s). Correspondents include Roscoe Pound and William Howard Taft.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Pugsley, Chester D. (Chester DeWitt), b. 1887.
Title
Chester DeWitt Pugsley papers 1873-1938 and undated, bulk 1925-1938
Language of Material
English
Extent
25.6 Linear Feet, 19,216 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Correspondence, legal papers, press releases, printed material and other miscellaneous papers of Chester DeWitt Pugsley spanning the years 1873-1938, with the majority of the material dating from 1925-1938. Extensive personal, business, political, and philanthropic correspondence (chiefly 1925-1938), relates to Pugsley's political work for the Democratic Party; his philanthropic activities; his efforts to promote better understanding and knowledge of international affairs; his involvement in U.S. and New York politics (1910-1938); and U.S. economic conditions during the 1920s and 1930s, including information on banking. Correspondents include Roscoe Pound and William Howard Taft. Legal papers consist chiefly of typed copies of wills, affidavits, deeds, and trusts relating to Pugsley, the Westchester County National Bank, and various institutional recipients of Pugsley's philanthropy. There are numerous press releases and clippings from news bureaus concerning Pugsley's views on foreign and domestic affairs, his benefactions, institutes and conferences held, and the activities of the American Scenic and Historical Preservation Society. Printed material includes programs of college and university commencements and institutes; notices of stockholders'meetings; advertising circulars; notices of Harvard University class reunions; and papers dealing with national and New York politics in 1916. There are also resolutions relating to world organizations, the Westchester County National Bank, the Church Conference on Social Work, and the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; and scattered minutes of the Peekskill Field Committee, Rollins College, and the League to Enforce Peace. Miscellaneous papers include speeches on domestic and foreign tdpics given by Pugsley.

Arranged in the following series: Correspondence, Legal Papers, Miscellany, and Printed Material. For a more complete description see Davis and Miller, "Guide to the Cataloged Collections in the Manuscript Department of the William R. Perkins Library, Duke University" (1980).

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

1906-1926
Box 1
1927-1928
Box 2
1929 Jan.-May
Box 3
1929 June-Oct.
Box 4
1929 Nov.-1930 Jan. 16
Box 5
1930 Jan. 17-Feb. 13
Box 6
1930 Feb. 14-June
Box 7
1930 July-Nov. 6
Box 8
1930 Nov. 7-1931 Mar.
Box 9
1931 Apr.-July 9
Box 10
1931 July 10-Nov. 10
Box 11
1931 Nov. 11-1932 Feb.
Box 12
1932 Mar.-June 9
Box 13
1932 June 10-Sept. 19
Box 14
1932 Sept. 20-Dec.
Box 15
1933 Jan.-June
Box 16
1933 July-1934 Jan.
Box 17
1934 Feb.-Sept.
Box 18
1934 Oct.-1935 July
Box 19
1935 Aug.-1936 July
Box 20
1936 Aug.-1937 Feb.
Box 21
1937 Mar.-Dec.
Box 22
1938 and undated
Box 23
1935-1938, correspondence with Wm. Roalfe, Librarian of Duke University Law School
Box 23
Legal papers
Box 23
Misc.
Box 24
Press Releases
Box 23
Resolutions and Minutes
Box 23
1917-1929
Box 25
1930-1931
Box 26
1931-1933
Box 27
1933-1934
Box 28
1934-1938
Box 29
Printed Material
Box 30

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Chester DeWitt Pugsley Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Chester DeWitt Pugsley Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a transfer from the Duke Law Library in 1959.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Ted Holt and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, August 2008

Accession 59-43 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.