© 2002 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell
Henry Williams Sage
Henry W.(Henry Williams),
60.8 cubic ft; 23
v.; 58 reels mf.; 1 o/s folder.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, financial records,
Division of Rare and Manuscript
Collections, Cornell University Library
The Sage papers consists of material
pertaining to his business interests, the affairs of Cornell University, and
his personal interests.
Collection material in
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 raprid 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.
Sage, Henry W.1814-1897.
Adams, Charles Kendall,
Barnes, A. S.
Cornell, Alonzo B.,
Finch, Francis Miles,
Grant, W. G.
Jordan, David Starr.
McGraw, John, 1815-1877.
Parker, Amasa J.
Sage, William Henry.
Schurman, Jacob Gould,
Van Cleef, Mynderse.
Warner, John DeWitt,
White, Andrew Dickson,
Atlantic Trust Company (New York,
Au Gres Company.
Bank of Warsaw (New York,
Beech Creek Railroad
Cascadilla School (Ithaca,
Cornell University--Alumni and
Cornell University.Board of
Dominick and Dickerman Company (New
Farson Leach and Company (Chicago,
Griswold and Gillete Company (New
H. W. Sage and Company.
Loggers Boom Company.
Republican Party (U.S.)
Rifle River Company.
Sage Land and Improvement
Sage, McGraw and
Tehuantepec Inter-Ocean Railroad
Wood Heustis Company (New York,
Family--New York (State)
Local transit--New York,
Industries--Michigan--West Bay City
Brooklyn (New York,
Form and Genre Terms:
Ledgers (account books)