Henry W. Sage papers, 1814-1930.

Collection Number:

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Henry W. Sage papers, 1814-1930.
Collection Number:
1155
Creator:
Henry W. (Henry Williams), Sage, 1814-1897.
Quantity:
60.8 cubic ft; 23 v.; 58 reels mf.; 1 o/s folder.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The Sage papers consists of material pertaining to his business interests, the affairs of Cornell University, and his personal interests.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Lumber magnate, benefactor of Cornell University, president of the Cornell University Board of Trustees.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Sage papers consists of material pertaining to his business interests, the affairs of Cornell University, and his personal interests. The major portion of the papers consists of letterpress copybooks, correspondence, ledgers, daybooks, journals, receipts, land and plat books, and other material pertaining to Sage's many business enterprises, chief among them lumbering, with his partners John McGraw and W. G. Grant; also, to timber land investments and lumber manufacturies at Bell Ewart, Ontario, Canada, and Wenona (later West Bay City) Michigan; to Sage, McGraw and Company, H. W. Sage and Company, Sage Land and Improvement Company, the Michigan Salt Association, Au Gres Company, Rifle River Company, Tittabawassee Company, and Loggers Boom Company. Other papers refer to the acquisition and administration of timber lands in Michigan, Wisconsin, Alabama, Mississippi, Oregon, and California. From circa 1880, Sage invested in railroad and industrial securities; relevant papers pertain to the Wood Heustis Company, Dominick and Dickerman Company, Griswold and Gillette Company, the Atlantic Trust Company, and several other companies, including the Bank of Warsaw in New York, with regard to investments in county bonds.
Other correspondence pertains to Sage's interest in rapid transit lines in Brooklyn, New York, and to the Tehuantepec Canal project in Mexico, the Tehuantepec Inter-Ocean Railroad Company, and the Beech Creek Railroad Company; also, material on mortgage loans in Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.
Papers pertaining to Cornell University include correspondence referring to many aspects of the administration of the University and the Board of Trustees as it dealt with such questions as the increased role of the alumni, the selection and retirement of University presidents, the expansion of the physical plant, faculty matters, salaries, the McGraw-Fiske controversy, student conduct, the Cornell Crew and the Henley Regatta, the Wisconsin pinelands of Cornell University, the University Library, the inauguration of Jacob Gould Schurman, and the endowment of the Susan E. Linn Sage Chair of Christian Ethics and Philosophy. Sage's personal interests are documented, including his assistance in the founding of the Cascadilla School, his efforts to persuade Andrew Dickson White to accept the Republican nomination to Congress, correspondence pertaining to phrenology, Sage family genealogy, letters describing the murder in 1837 of Sage's father Charles by Seminole Indians in Florida, and correspondence with his sons Dean and William Henry, and grandson Harry. Major correspondents in the business papers include Augustus Frank, and A. S. Barnes. Pertaining to Cornell, major correspondents include Andrew D. White, Amasa J. Parker, Erastus Brooks, Alonzo B. Cornell, Jacob Gould Schurman, Charles Kendall Adams, Charles Babcock, Mynderse Van Cleef, Francis M. Finch, David Starr Jordan, Russell Sage, Moses Coit Tyler, John DeWitt Warner, and many others.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Sage, Henry W. (Henry Williams), (Henry Williams), 1814-1897.
Schurman, Jacob Gould, 1854-1942.
White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918.
Brooks, Erastus, 1815-1886.
Cornell, Alonzo B., 1832-1904.
Adams, Charles Kendall, 1835-1902.
Babcock, Chas. (Charles), 1829-1913.
Finch, Francis Miles, 1827-1907.
Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931.
Van Cleef, Mynderse, 1853-1935.
Sage, Russell, 1835-1900.
Warner, John DeWitt, 1851-1925.
McGraw, John, 1815-1877.
Grant, W. G.
Sage, Charles.
Sage, William Henry.
Sage, Dean.
Sage, Harry.
Frank, Augustus.
Barnes, A. S.
Parker, Amasa J.
Sage family.
Adams, Charles Kendall, 1835-1902
Babcock, Chas. (Charles), 1829-1913
Barnes, A. S.
Brooks, Erastus, 1815-1886
Cornell, Alonzo B., 1832-1904
Finch, Francis Miles, 1827-1907
Frank, Augustus
Grant, W. G.
Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931
McGraw, John, 1815-1877
Parker, Amasa J.
Sage, Charles
Sage, Dean
Sage family
Sage, Harry
Sage, Russell, 1835-1900
Sage, William Henry
Schurman, Jacob Gould, 1854-1942
Van Cleef, Mynderse
Warner, John DeWitt, 1851-1925
White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918
Sage, McGraw and Company.
H. W. Sage and Company.
Sage Land and Improvement Company.
Michigan Salt Association.
Au Gres Company.
Rifle River Company.
Tittabawassee Company.
Loggers Boom Company.
Wood Heustis Company (New York, N.Y.)
Dominick and Dickerman Company (New York, N.Y.)
Griswold and Gillete Company (New York, N.Y.)
Atlantic Trust Company (New York, N.Y.)
Bank of Warsaw (New York, N.Y.)
Farson Leach and Company (Chicago, Ill.)
Tehuantepec Inter-Ocean Railroad Company.
Beech Creek Railroad Company.
Cascadilla School (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Cornell University.
Cornell University. Board of Trustees.
Cornell University -- Students.
Cornell University -- Administration.
Cornell University -- Alumni and alumnae.
Cornell University -- Faculty.
Cornell Crew (Rowing team).
Republican Party (U.S.)
Beech Creek Railroad Company
Cascadilla School (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Cornell Crew (Rowing team)
Cornell University
Cornell University. Board of Trustees
H.W. Sage and Company
Henley Royal Regatta

Subjects:
Business enterprises -- Wisconsin.
Business enterprises -- Michigan.
Business enterprises -- Bell Ewart.
Lumber trade -- Wisconsin.
Lumber trade -- Michigan.
Lumber trade -- Bell Ewart.
Land companies -- Wisconsin.
Land companies -- Michigan
Timber -- Wisconsin.
Timber -- Michigan.
Timber -- Alabama.
Timber -- Mississippi.
Timber -- Oregon.
Timber -- California.
Real property -- Wisconsin.
Real property -- Michigan.
Logging -- Wisconsin.
Business records -- Wisconsin.
Business records -- Michigan.
Securities.
Railroads.
Canals -- Mexico.
Bonds.
Phrenology.
Families -- New York (State)
Local transit -- New York (N.Y.)
Tehuantepec Canal.
Henley Regatta.
Mortgage loans -- Kansas.
Mortgage loans -- Nebraska.
Mortgage loans -- Iowa.
Seminole Indians.
Transportation -- New York.
Businessmen.
Industrialists.
Bonds
Business enterprises
Business records
Businessmen
Canals
Families
Industrialists
Land companies
Local transit
Logging
Lumber trade
Management
Mortgage loans
Phrenology
Railroads
Real property
Securities
Seminole Indians
Students
Timber
Transportation
Universities and colleges -- Alumni and alumnae
Universities and colleges -- Faculty

Places:
Industries -- Bell Ewart.
Industries -- Wenona.
Industries -- West Bay City.
Industries -- Wisconsin.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Transportation.
Alabama
California
Iowa
Kansas
Mexico
Michigan
Mississippi
Nebraska
New York (State)
New York (State) -- New York
New York (State) -- Brooklyn
Oregon
Wisconsin

Form and Genre Terms:
Letterpress copybooks.
Ledgers (account books)
Daybooks.
Plat books.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Henry Williams Sage papers, #1155. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

NOTES

Consists of collections #1155, #1388, and #1557.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Correspondence
Series II. Letter Books
Series III. General Papers
Series IV. Microfilm

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Incoming Correspondence
1880-03-1882-12
Box 2
Incoming Correspondence
1883-01-1883-07
Box 3
Incoming Correspondence
1883-08-1884-02
Box 4
Incoming Correspondence
1884-03-1884-12
Box 5
Incoming Correspondence
1885-01-1885-08
Box 6
Incoming Correspondence
1885-09-1886-02
Box 7
Incoming Correspondence
1886-03-1886-10
Box 8
Incoming Correspondence
1886-11-1887-04
Box 9
Incoming Correspondence
1887-05-1887-10
Box 10
Incoming Correspondence
1887-11-1888-03
Box 11
Incoming Correspondence
1888-04-1888-08
Box 12
Incoming Correspondence
1888-09-1888-12
Box 13
Incoming Correspondence
1889-01-1889-05
Box 14
Incoming Correspondence
1889-06-1889-10
Box 15
Incoming Correspondence
1889-11-1890-02
Box 16
Incoming Correspondence
1890-03-1890-08
Box 17
Incoming Correspondence
1890-09-1890-12
Box 18
Incoming Correspondence
1891-01-1891-05
Box 19
Incoming Correspondence
1891-06-1891-10
Box 20
Incoming Correspondence
1891-11-1892-02
Box 21
Incoming Correspondence
1892-03-1892-08
Box 22
Incoming Correspondence
1892-09-1892-12
Box 23
Incoming Correspondence
1893-01-1893-04
Box 24
Incoming Correspondence
1893-05-1893-09
Box 25
Incoming Correspondence
1893-10-1894-02
Box 26
Incoming Correspondence
1894-03-1894-08
Box 27
Incoming Correspondence
1894-09-1895-01
Box 28
Incoming Correspondence
1895-02-1895-06
Box 29
Incoming Correspondence
1895-07-1895-11
Box 30
Incoming Correspondence
1895-12-1896-03
Box 31
Incoming Correspondence
1896-04-1896-10
Box 32
Incoming Correspondence
1896-11-1897-01
Box 33
Incoming Correspondence
1897-02-1897-07
Box 34
Incoming Correspondence
1897-08-1897-11-14
Box 35
Incoming Correspondence
1897-11-15-1898-01
Box 36
Incoming Correspondence
1898-02-1898-08
Box 37
Incoming Correspondence
1898-09-1899-05
Box 38
Incoming Correspondence
1899-06-1900-01
Box 39
Incoming Correspondence
1900-02-1900-12
Box 40
Incoming Correspondence
1901-01-1901-12
Box 41
Incoming Correspondence
1902-01-1902-08
Box 42
Incoming Correspondence
1902-09-1902-12
Box 43
Incoming Correspondence
1903-01-1903-12
Box 44
Incoming Correspondence
1904-01-1904-12
Box 45
Incoming Correspondence
1905-01-1905-12
Box 46
Incoming Correspondence
1906-01-1906-12
Box 47
Incoming Correspondence
1907-01-1907-12
Box 48
Incoming Correspondence
1908-01-1908-12
Box 49
Incoming Correspondence
1909-01-1909-12
Box 50
Incoming Correspondence
1910-01-1910-12
Box 51
Incoming Correspondence
1911-01-1911-12
Box 52
Incoming Correspondence
Undated
Box 53
Letter Books
1857-05-1857-10
Box 54
Letter Books
02-1867-11-1867, 02-1871-08-1871
Box 55
Letter Books
08-1871-01-1872, 01-1872-06-1872
Box 56
Letter Books
06-1872-11-1872, 06-1872-04-1877
Box 57
Letter Books
11-1872-April 1873, 04-1873-Set. 1873
Box 58
Letter Books
09-1873-03-1874, 03-1874-08-1874, 08-1874-12-1874
Box 59
Letter Books
12-1874-05-1875, 05-1875-09-1875
Box 60
Letter Books
09-1875-02-1876, 02-1876-05-1876
Box 61
Letter Books
07-1876-12-1876, 12-1876-04-1877
Box 62
Letter Books
04-1877-08-1877, 08-1877-12-1877, 12-1877-05-1878
Box 63
Letter Books
08-1878-10-1878, 10-1878-02-1879, 02-1879-07-1879
Box 64
Letter Books
07-1879-12-1879, 12-1879-03-1880
Box 65
Letter Books
03-1880-07-1880, 07-1880-11-1880
Box 66
Letter Books
11-1880-03-1881, 03-1881-06-1881
Box 67
Letter Books
06-1881-11-1881, 11-1881-02-1882
Box 68
Letter Books
02-1882-06-1882, 06-1882-11-1882
Box 69
Letter Books
11-1882-03-1883, 03-1883-11-1883
Box 70
Letter Books
11-1883-04-1884, 04-1884-09-1884, 09-1884-Mar.1885
Box 71
Letter Books
03-1885-08-1885, 08-1885-12-1885
Box 72
Letter Books
12-1885-05-1886, 05-1886-09-1886
Microfilmed
Box 73
Letter Books
09-1886-01-1887, 01-1887-05-1887
Microfilmed
Box 74
Letter Books
05-1887-07-1887, 08-1887-11-1887, 11-1887-01-1888
Microfilmed
Box 75
Letter Books
02-1888-05-1888, 05-1888-09-1888, 09-1888-12-1888
Microfilmed
Box 76
Letter Books
12-1888-02-1889, 02-1889-06-1889, 06-1889-10-1889
Microfilmed
Box 77
Letter Books
10-1889-01-1890, 01-1890-04-1890, 04-1890-09-1890
Microfilmed
Box 78
Letter Books
09-1890-12-1890, 12-1890-03-1891, 03-1891-07-1891
Microfilmed
Box 79
Letter Books
07-1891-10-1891, 10-1891-01-1892, 01-1892-05-1892
Microfilmed
Box 80
Letter Books
1891-07-1894-01
Box 81
Letter Books
05-1892-09-1892, 09-1892-12-1892, 09-1892-01-3, 1898
Microfilmed
Box 82
Letter Books
12-1892-03-1893, 03-1893-07-1893, 07-1893-11-1893
Microfilmed
Box 83
Letter Books
05-1893-11-1894, 11-1894-10-1896
Box 84
Letter Books
11-1893-02-1894, 02-1894-08-1894
Box 85
Letter Books
08-1894-01-1895, 01-1895-07-1895
Box 86
Letter Books
07-1895-12-1895, 12-1895-07-1896
Box 87
Letter Books
07-1896-04-1897, 04-1897-12-1897
Box 88
Letter Books
10-1896-08-1898, 08-1898-02-1900
Box 89
Letter Books
1897-10-1899-11
Box 90
Letter Books
07-1898-06-1899, 06-1899-04-1900
Box 91
Letter Books
1899-11-1902-04
Box 92
Letter Books
02-1900-02-1902, 02-1902-05-1903
Box 93
Letter Books
04-1900-05-1901, 05-1901-07-1902
Box 94
Letter Books
1902-04-1904-01
Box 95
Letter Books
1903-05-1904-07
Box 96
Letter Books
07-1902-12-1904, 12-1904-07-1908
Box 97
Letter Books
07-1904-10-1905, 10-1905-01-1907
Box 98
Letter Books
01-1907-10-1908, 07-1908-12-1923
Box 99
Deeds, etc.
1829-1859
Box 100
Miscellaneous Papers
1860-1869
Box 101
Miscellaneous Papers
1870-1879
Box 102
Receipts for Land Sales
1871-1874
Box 103
Tax Receipts
1873-1875
Box 104
Taxes
1874-1875, 1879-1880
Box 105
Tax Receipts
1875-1878
Box 106
Accounts
1876-1877
Box 107
Miscellaneous Papers
1878-1879
Box 108
Tax Receipts
1880-1884
Box 109
Miscellaneous Papers
1881-1884
Box 110
Miscellaneous Papers
1882-1883
Box 111
Miscellaneous Papers
1882-1901
Box 112
Miscellaneous Papers
1884-1885
Box 113
Miscellaneous Financial Papers
1887-1889
Box 114
Miscellaneous Papers
1889-1912
Box 115
Miscellaneous Papers
1890-1897
Box 116
Miscellaneous Papers
1890-1899
Box 117
Miscellaneous Papers
1890-1899
Box 118
Miscellaneous Papers
1891-1901
Box 119
Miscellaneous Papers
1893-1897
Box 120
Miscellaneous Papers
1894-1897
Box 121
Miscellaneous Papers
1896-1898
Box 122
Miscellaneous Papers
1898-1899
Box 123
Miscellaneous Papers
1900-1901
Box 124
Miscellaneous Papers
1900-1908
Box 125
Miscellaneous Papers
1902-1903
Box 126
Miscellaneous Papers
1902-1903
Box 127
Miscellaneous Papers
1902-1903
Box 128
Miscellaneous Papers
1904-1906
Box 129
Miscellaneous Papers
1906-1907
Box 130
Miscellaneous Papers
1907-1909
Box 131
Miscellaneous Papers
1909-1927
Box 132
Miscellaneous Papers
1910-1914
Box 133
Miscellaneous Papers
1910-1914
Box 134
Bills, Rent Receipts
1928-1938
Box 135
Miscellaneous Letters + Finances
Undated
Box 136
Miscellaneous Papers
Undated
20 volumes
Box 137
Miscellaneous Papers
Undated
4 volumes
Box 138
Miscellaneous Papers
Undated
4 volumes
Box 139
Miscellaneous Papers
Undated
4 volumes
Box 140
Incoming Mail
1882-1890
Microfilmed for Wisconsin
Box 142
Incoming Mail
1891-1907
23 volumes; microfilmed for Wisconsin
Reel 1
Microfilm Reel
1885-12-07-1886-05-08
Reel 2
Microfilm Reel
1886-05-08-1886-09-06
Reel 3
Microfilm Reel
1886-09-06-1887-01-13
Reel 4
Microfilm Reel
1887-01-14-1887-05-12
Reel 5
Microfilm Reel
1887-05-12-1887-07-28
Reel 6
Microfilm Reel
1887-08-24-1887-11-21
Reel 7
Microfilm Reel
1887-11-21-1888-01-30
Reel 8
Microfilm Reel
1888-02-11-1888-05-31
Reel 9
Microfilm Reel
1888-05-31-1888-09-04
Reel 10
Microfilm Reel
1888-09-04-1888-12-13
Reel 11
Microfilm Reel
1888-12-13-1889-02-28
Reel 12
Microfilm Reel
1889-02-27-1889-06-29
Reel 13
Microfilm Reel
1889-06-29-1889-10-14
Reel 14
Microfilm Reel
1889-10-14-1890-01-16
Reel 15
Microfilm Reel
1890-01-17-1890-04-30
Reel 16
Microfilm Reel
1890-04-30-1890-09-02
Reel 17
Microfilm Reel
1890-09-02-1890-12-18
Reel 18
Microfilm Reel
1890-12-18-1891-03-04
Reel 19
Microfilm Reel
1891-03-04-1891-07-03
Reel 20
Microfilm Reel
1891-07-03-1891-10-22
Reel 21
Microfilm Reel
1891-10-22-1892-01-22
Reel 22
Microfilm Reel
1892-01-22-1892-05-12
Reel 23
Microfilm Reel
1892-05-12-1892-09-21
Reel 24
Microfilm Reel
1892-09-21-1892-12-28
Reel 25
Microfilm Reel
1892-12-24-1893-03-25
Reel 26
Microfilm Reel
1893-03-27-1893-07-23
Reel 27
Microfilm Reel
1893-07-24-1893-11-15
Reel 28
Microfilm Reel
1892-09-24-1897