Guide to the Chester C. Platt Papers,
1869-1934

Collection Number: 195

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

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Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
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Compiled by:
B. Shepard
Date completed:
June 1967
Date modified:
Jude Corina, October 2013
EAD encoding:
Peter Martinez, January 2003
Date modified:
RMC Staff, October 2013

© 2002 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Chester C. Platt papers, 1869-1934.
Collection Number:
195
Creator:
Chester C. Platt
Quantity:
8 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Letters, clippings, pamphlets, financial records and newspapers.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Copies of a series of articles written by Platt for the Batavia Times called Human Behavior, which covered a variety of subjects from politics to travel; also included are editorials, articles submitted to other newspapers, speeches, correspondence, and other documents pertaining to Platt's numerous interests. The political correspondents include William Sulzer and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Documents pertaining to the operation of a drugstore. Newspapers include letters pertaining to the three papers with which Platt was associated. Historical documents concerning the Ithaca Unitarian Church, a suit brought against the Forest City Printing Company, some early letters, and accounts. Also, miscellaneous pamphlets, broadsides, and correspondence.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Chester Platt operated a drugstore in Ludlowville and later Ithaca, New York. He became successively proprietor of the ITHACA DEMOCRAT, the BATAVIA TIMES, and the Madison WISCONSIN LEADER. He served as secretary to New York Governor William Sulzer, and was a prominent figure in Democratic state and national politics from 1910 to 1920. In Ithaca he was active in the Unitarian Church and in local politics.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Included are carbon copies of a series of articles written by Platt for the BATAVIA TIMES called Human Behavior, which covered a variety of subjects from politics to travel; also included are editorials, articles submitted to other newspapers, speeches, correspondence, and other documents pertaining to Platt's numerous interests. The political correspondence contains interesting Sulzer letters and some from Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Secretary of the Navy. The drugstore correspondence gives a picture of a small town druggist struggling to pay his bills; prices of articles and statements of accounts are included. Newspapers include letters pertaining to the three papers with which Platt was associated. The local history series contains documents concerning the Ithaca Unitarian Church, a suit brought against the Forest City Printing Company, some early letters, and accounts. Also, miscellaneous pamphlets, broadsides, and correspondence.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Platt, Chester C.
Roosevelt, Franklin D.(Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Sulzer, William, 1863-1941.
First Unitarian Church (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Forest City Printing Company.

Titles:
Ithaca Democrat.
Batavia times.
Wisconsin leader.

Subjects:
Drugstores--New York (State)--Ithaca.
Drugstores--New York (State)--Ludlowville.
Politics, Practical.
Voyages and travel.
Pharmacists.
Politicians.

Places:
Batavia (N.Y.)--History.
Ithaca (N.Y.)--History.
Ithaca (N.Y.)--Politics and government.
New York (State)--Politics and government.

Form and Genre Terms:
Broadsides.
Speeches.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Chester C. Platt papers, #195. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT

A. Platt Articles
B. Political Correspondence
C. Drugstore Correspondence
D. Newspapers
E. Miscellaneous Correspondence
F. Local History
G. Pamphlets and Broadsides.

CONTAINER LIST

Description
Container
Platt Articles
1903-1934
Box 1
Political Correspondence
1875-1914
Box 2
1915-1917
Box 3
1918-1923
Box 4
1923-1928
Box 5
1929-1934
Box 6
Drugstore Correspondence
1873-1994
Box 7
1895-1930
Box 8
Undated correspondence
Box 8
Newspapers
1902-1915
Box 8
1915-1920
Box 9
1917-1919
Box 10
1920-1921
Box 11
1921-1927
Box 12
1928-1934
Box 13
Undated Correspondence
Box 13
Miscellaneous Correspondence
1877-1909
Box 13
1905-1919
Box 14
1920-1928
Box 15
1929-1934
Box 16
Local History
1869-1887
Box 16
1893-1920
Box 17
Undated correspondence
Box 17
Bound Volumes
(Volumes 4, 15, 16, 20, and 24 are missing)
Memoranda, 1876 (bills owed, etc.) Chester C. Platt, Druggist, Ludlowville, N. Y.
Volume 1
Cash Book, #1, C. C.-Platt, Druggist, Ludlowville, New York May 1875-Dec. 1879
Volume 2
Inventories for years 1877, 1878, 1880
Volume 3
Inventory Supplementary to one closing 5th year (1880)
Volume 4
Ledger #1, 1875-Aug. 1877
Volume 5
Ledger #2, Sept. 1878-Apr., 1880
Volume 6
Cash Book #3, 1883-1884
Volume 7
Inventory closing, first year, complete Apr. 30, 1876
Volume 8
Diary or Journal of notes and observations kept by C. C. Platt, Ludlowville, New York, Dec. 12, 1879-1889
Volume 9
Day book, 1887-1889
Volume 10
Accountbook, 1874-1876
Volume 11
Cash Book, #2, C. C. Platt, Druggist, 1880-1882
Volume 12
Treasurer's Book of the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, New York, 1867-1897
Volume 13
Drug Inventories for close of 8th and 9th year (1883-1884)
Volume 14
Assessment Roll, Town of Ithaca, 1875
Volume 15
Scrap Book on Tuberculosis Legislation from Mrs. E. H. Cooper, Troy, N. Y. Jan. 3, 1913 to Hon Wm. Sulzer, Governor of New York.
Volume 16
Letters to and from Calvin E. Keach. Re: Chicago Platform Democrats, 1899
Volume 17
First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, Building Fund Amount, 1893-1895
Volume 18
Accountbook, Enz and Miller, Wholesale Dealers in School Books, Stationery, & paper, Ithaca, N.Y., 1893. Cornell University Accounts.
Volume 19
Accountbook, Enz & Miller, 1890, 1891, 1892
Volume 20
Ledger #3, C. C. Platt, 1881-1882
Volume 22
Minute book of the N. N. P. Lyceum of Ludlowville, N. Y., 1867-1874
Volume 21
Ledger 5½, C. C. Platt, 1885
Volume 23
Ledger, C. C. Platt, 1875-1885
Volume 24