Henry deForest Papers, 1898-1947

Collection Number: 3214

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Henry deForest papers, 1898-1947.
Collection Number:
3214
Creator:
Henry Pelouze deForest 1864-1948.
Quantity:
10.4 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, pamphlets, clippings, broadsides, photographs
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Correspondence and printed material relating to fingerprinting, the history of fingerprinting in the United States, crime, and the International Society for Personal Identification. Also includes correspondence with J. Edgar Hoover. Photographs (originally used as lantern slides in lectures) about the Bertillon method of criminal investigation. Also, material pertaining to Columbia University and Cornell University; vacation journals and memorabilia; correspondence with and about Clinton Scollard; photographs of friends at Fulton, New York; clippings and correspondence concerning World War II, the Explorers' Club, and his medical practice. Also contains material concerning his pilgrimages to the shrines of St. Joseph du Mont-Royal, Our Lady of Lourdes, and St. Anne de Beaupre.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Henry Pelouze deForest (Cornell University Class of 1884), born in 1864 in Fulton, New York, was a physician who practiced medicine in New York City. He was also Secretary of the Class of 1884, Cornell University; Secretary of the Class of 1890, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University; Librarian of the Cornell Club of New York; historian of the Alpha Mu Pi Omega Medical Fraternity; major and surgeon of the 13th Coast Artillery of the New York National Guard; Political Surgeon and Chief Medical Examiner for the Municipal Civil Service Commission of New York City; and President of the International Society for Personal Identification. He invented the dactyloscope.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Correspondence and printed material relating to fingerprinting, the history of fingerprinting in the United States, crime, and the International Society for Personal Identification. Also includes correspondence with J. Edgar Hoover. Photographs (originally used as lantern slides in lectures) about the Bertillon method of criminal investigation, including a portrait of Alphonse Bertillon. Also, material pertaining to Columbia University and Cornell University; vacation journals and memorabilia; correspondence with and about Clinton Scollard; photographs of friends at Fulton, New York; clippings and correspondence concerning World War II, the Explorers' Club, and his medical practice. Also contains material concerning his pilgrimages to the shrines of St. Joseph du Mont-Royal, Our Lady of Lourdes, and St. Anne de Beaupre and a set of bookplates he designed for the Cornell Club library and other individuals and libraries. (3714)
Correspondence with classmates, other class secretaries, and Cornell University officials, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other printed material (59 volumes) concerning the activities and deaths of the members of the Class of 1884 and the "Early Eighties," a group of 1880-1889 class members; reunions of the Class of 1884, especially its 45th, 50th, 52nd, 55th, and 60th; the Class of 1884 fund; alumni trusteeship candidacies, annual Cornell dinners, and other events and business of interest to alumni; the Cornell Association of Class Secretaries; and "The Story of Cornell" bookplate, designed by De Forest and intended for use in a proposed historical department of the Cornell University Library to be known as "The Story of Cornell." Also, vital statistics (1 vol.) of class members. In addition to de Forest's correspondence with classmates, there is scattered correspondence with Carl L. Becker, John Henry Comstock, Simon Henry Gage, Hu Shih, and Howard A. Stevenson, editor of the Cornell Alumni News. (41-4-833, 41-4-1282)
A composite of mug shots, Bertillon measurements and fingerprints of Will West and William West, an infamous case that showed the importance of a fingerprint system over the Bertillon system (1901-1904)
Also one Cornell banner.
SUBJECTS

Names:
De Forest, Henry Pelouze,1864-1948.
Bertillon, Alphonse, 1853-1914
Hoover, J. Edgar(John Edgar), 1895-1972.
Scollard, Clinton.
Cornell University.Class of 1884.
Explorers' Club.
International Society for Personal Identification.
Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre.
Shrine of St. Joseph du Mont-Royal.

Subjects:
Bertillon system.
Crime and criminology.
Fingerprints.
World War, 1939-1945

Places:
New York (N.Y.)
Fulton (N.Y.)

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Even though this collection includes #41-4-833 and #41-4-1282, they are obsolete - please use collection #3214 when requesting boxes
Cite As:
Henry deForest papers, #3214. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Correspondence, Papers, and Miscellaneous
Boxes 1-9
Series II. Photographs
Box 10, oversized (O/S) folders

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Box 1 Folder 1
Poems and Songs; 1937-1939 , 1944
T.S.S.
Box 1 Folder 2
Correspondence; 1935-1939 , 1941 , 1944
Box 1 Folder 3
Correspondence; 1923-1924 , 1928-1929 , 1935-1936 , 1941 , 1946-1947
Box 1 Folder 4
Correspondence, cards, memos; 1926-1928 , 1933-1935 , 1940-1941
re: medicine, family, alumni affairs
Box 1 Folder 5
Correspondence, cards, clippings; 1940-1941 , 1946
re: medicine, family, contact lenses
Box 1 Folder 6
Correspondence; 1938-1941
Box 1 Folder 7
Clippings - James Burke; 1940
Box 1 Folder 8
Clippings; 1937-1946
Box 1 Folder 9
Clippings; 1932 , 1938 , 1943-1946
Box 1 Folder 10
Magazine clippings (APS); 1944 , n.d.
Box 1 Folder 11
Newspaper Clippings (APS); 1942 , n.d.
Box 1 Folder 12
Atlantic Daily News; 1912
Box 1 Folder 13
Medical Publicationns - periodicals, pamphlets; 1920's , 1938-1943 , 1946
Box 1 Folder 14
Miscellaneous Publications - pamphlets; 1922 , 1938 , 1940-1941
Box 1 Folder 15
Misc. Publications - pamphlets; 1938 , 1941-1946
Box 1 Folder 16
Misc. Publications - pamphlets; 1906 , 1939 , n.d.
Box 2 Folder 1
Dr. Andrew J. Gilmour; 1905-1913
Pamphlets, rough drafts, typescripts and manucripts
Box 2 Folder 2
Alpha Mu Phi Omega Medical Fraternity - Pamphlet, corres.; 1923
Box 2 Folder 3
Associated Physicians of Long Island - Clippings, pamphlets; 1941
Box 2 Folder 4
Biloxi, Miss.; 1933 , 1943
Post cards, pamphlets, corres., clippings
Box 2 Folder 5
Adventurer's Club - corres., pamphlet; 1943
Box 2 Folder 6
Plaza Trust Company - pamphlets, corres.; 1928 , 1931 , 1939
Box 2 Folder 7
British War Relief - clippings, corres.; 1941
Box 2 Folder 8
A Visit to Mrs. Abby W. Stevens - corres., pamphlets, maps; 1933
Box 2 Folder 9
A Visit to Mrs. Abby W. Stevens - corres., daily account; 1934
Box 2 Folder 10
Trip to Washington D.C. - corres., clippings; 1935
Box 2 Folder 11
Clinton Scollard - corres., cards, pamphlets; 1929-1933
Box 2
Snapshots taken by J.D. McIntyre (bound volume); 1898
Box 2
Medical Records, 7th Army Corps, Panama Park, Fl. (bound volume); 1898
Records, notes, autopsy reports
Box 2
Notebooks - misc. notes and addresses (bound volumes, 5); n.d.
Box 3 Folder 1
Vacation to Haines Falls, NY (4 folders); 1935
Corres., clippings, post cards, daily accounts
Box 3 Folder 2
Vacation to Haines Falls, NY (4 folders); 1928
Corres., photographs, daily accounts, cards, clippings
Box 3 Folder 3
Memorabilia - cards, printed material; 1923 , 1932 , 1939 , 1941
Box 3 Folder 4
Memorabilia - menu, cards, printed material; 1920's-1940's
Box 3 Folder 5
Memorabilia - misc. printed material; 1920's , 1937 , 1946
Box 3 Folder 6
Holton-Arms school - 30 year Anniversary; 1931
Corres., cards, menu, periodical, speeches
Box 4 Folder 1
Christmas Cards and Greetings (2 folders); 1940-1941
Box 4 Folder 2
A Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Joseph Du Mont-Royal - post cards; 1932
Box 4 Folder 3
A Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Sainte Anne De Beaupre - post cards, photographs, corres.; 1921
Box 4 Folder 4
A Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes - post cards; 1931
Box 4 Folder 5
A Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Dr. W.M. Locke - photographs; 1932
Box 4 Folder 6
Bookplate, Ida Wilkinson Harlan - corres., photograph, clippings; 1921-1932
Box 4 Folder 6a
Bookplates designed by Henry de Forest; 1910-1940
Box 4 Folder 7
Luther Rice Dickinson vs. Lee de Forest - corres., stock certificate; 1931
Box 4 Folder 8
Vacation to Willoughby Lake, Wesymore, Vermont; 1932
Box 4 Folder 9
Trip to Washington D.C. - corres., post cards, memorabilia; 1936
Box 4 Folder 10
Trip to Pelenville and Return - post cards, corres.; 1935
Box 4 Folder 11
Culver's Lake, NJ with Mrs. Margaret Colman; 1935-1936
Box 4 Folder 12
Trip to Hartford - corres., momentos; 1935-1936
Box 4 Folder 13
Valentine Material - pamphlets, corres., clippings; 1929
Box 4 Folder 14
Birthday Greetings - corres., cards, lists; 1936
Box 4 Folder 15
Christmas, Birthday, Correspondence; 1935-1936
Box 4 Folder 16
Valentine - corres., account, poem (M.C.); 1932
Box 4 Folder 17
Christmas, Birthday, Gifts and Acknowledgements; 1931
Box 4 Folder 18
Christmas Cards and Greeting; 1933-1934
Box 4 Folder 19
Color Blindness - printed material, pamphlets, corres.; 1931
Box 4 Folder 20
Arches by John E. Phifer - pamphlet, t.s. copy; n.d.
Box 5 Folder 1
Columbia Univ., Commencement Day; 1945
Programs, clippings, name cards, corres., peridocials
Box 5 Folder 2
Columbia Univ., Alumni Day - corres., pamphlets; 1938-1939
Box 5 Folder 3
Columbia Univ., Commencement Day - corres., programs, clippings; 1939
Box 5 Folder 4
Columbia Univ., Commencement Day - corres., programs, clippings; 1936
Box 5 Folder 5
Columbia Univ., Alumni Day - corres.; 1936
Box 5 Folder 6
Columbia Univ., College of Physicians and Surgeons Alumni Dinners - programs, menus; 1905 , 1910 , 1911
Box 5 Folder 7
Columbia Univ., College of Physicians and Surgeons Alumni Association (5 folders); 1936-1938
Corres., lists, clippings, cards
Box 5 Folder 8
Columbia Univ., College of Physicians and Surgeons New York Alumni Association; 1939
Corres., constitution, by-laws
Box 5 Folder 9
Columbia Univ., Alumni Affairs - corres., misc. printed material; 1914 , 1923 , 1927 , 1939 , 1945
Box 5 Folder 10
Columbia Univ., College of Physicians and Surgeons Class Lists - (2 unbound volumes); 1865-1936
Box 6 Folder 1
Cornell Univ., "Month at Cornell, May 1926;" 1926
Corres., research notes, case history, pamphlets
Box 6 Folder 2
Trip to Ithaca - daily account (t.s.); 1930
Description of 9.5 hour auto trip from NYC to Ithaca and preparations and mention of Hudson ferry crossing.
Box 6 Folder 3
Cornell Univ., Inauguration of Edmund Ezra Day - corres., cards, memos; 1937
Box 6 Folder 4
Cornell Univ., Professorship for Medical Research - corres.; 1920
Box 6 Folder 5
Correspondence - misc. printed material, pamphlet, t.s. article; 1921 , 1934-1935 , 1938-1939
Box 6 Folder 6
Finger-Print and Identification Magazine; 1938
Box 6 Folder 7
"The First Finger-Print File in the United States," article by H.P. de Forest; 1938
Box 6 Folder 8
Correspondence, (3 folders) - lists, pamphlet, clippings, cards; 1937-1938
Box 7 Folder 1
Evolution of Dactyloscopy in the United States, Acknowledements 1931-1932 - corres., clippings; 1931-1933 , [ -1935]
Box 7 Folder 2
Finger Print Expert State Civil Serve Commission - corres., M.C. Exam; 1916
Box 7 Folder 3
Dactyloscopy - Castellanos Correspondence (Finger Printing Inmates in Insane Asylums); 1930
Corresp., t.s. and c.c. report
Box 7 Folder 4
Personal Identification, Identification by Comparison of Roentgenograms of Nasal Accessory Sinuses May 27, 1927, J[ournal of the] A.M.A. - magazine article (t.s. and c.c.); 1927
Box 7 Folder 5
Dactyloscopy - Bibliography of Finger Prints - Other Sources 1931; 1931
Box 7 Folder 6
Personal Identification, Correspondence in re: Manuscript: First Finger Print Bureaus of the United States - corres.; 1930-1931
Box 7 Folder 7
Dactyloscopy, Bibliography of Fingerprints, books in the library of Henry Pelouze de Forest; 1931
Box 7 Folder 8
"The Evolution of Dactyloscopy in the United States" - rough drafts (t.s.); 1903
Box 7 Folder 9
Dactyloscopy - Dactyloscope correspondence in re: the Dactyloscope which was invented by Henry P. de Forest, M.D., in 1912; 1924-1929 , 1930-1933
Box 7 Folder 10
Personal Identification, "Invisible Finger and Palm Prints," Dr. Eug. Stockis; 1911
Box 7 Folder 11
Personal Identification, "Development of Fingerprints on Paper," Eug. Stockis, M.D.; n.d.
Box 7 Folder 12
Personal Identification, "The One Finger Classification," Dr. Eug. Stockis; 1914
Box 8 Folder 1
"The Evolution of Dactyloscopy in the United States," Lecture with Lantern Slides by Henry P. de Forest, M.D.; 1936
Corres., lists, reports, fingerprint cards
Box 8 Folder 2
The Seventeenth Annual Convention of the International Association for Identification; 1931-1932
Corres., clippings, slide listing, pamphlet
Box 8 Folder 3
Federal Bureau of Investigation, John Edgar Hoover Corres., M.C. notes; 1936
Box 8 Folder 4
The Testimonial Dinner to Henry Pelouze de Forest, M.D., Jan. 26, 1935, Hotel McAlpine - corres., clippings, notes; 1935
-Contains a photographic reproduction of the first set of prints ever taken for official us by the US Government
Box 8 Folder 5
Dactyloscopy - Reprints of Charles Stockley Collins - These three reprints were recieved in Jan. 1932, 1921 , 1925
Box 8 Folder 6
Numbered list of persons to whom "Evolution of Dactyloscopy in the United States" was sent; n.d.
Box 8 Folder 7
Evolution of Dactyloscopy in the United States - corres. with the printers, the Beil and Evans Co., 850 Market St., Youngstwn, Ohio; 1931
Box 8 Folder 8
"The First Fingerprint Bureau in the United States," original mss. copy (carbon sent to printer); 1931-1932
Box 8 Folder 9
Dactyloscopy - Bibliography; also, personal identity - bibliography; 1916 , 1917
Box 8 Folder 10
Dactyloscopy - Ernest Reichert - Fingerprint Game - corres., charts for game; 1942-1943
Box 8 Folder 11
Personal Identification - International Association for Identification - "Sparks from the Anvil" - Periodical; 1933-1934
Box 9 Folder 1
Correspondence (3 folders); 1920's , 1930-1937 , 1938-1940 , 1943
Box 9 Folder 2
The Evoultion of Dactyloscopy in the United States - pamphlets, article, t.s.; 1930
Box 9 Folder 3
de Forest Articles - articles, t.s., pamphlets; 1931-1933
Box 9 Folder 4
Personal Identification, "Wanted Posters" - broadsides, m.c. letters; 1936 , 1938 , 1942
Box 9 Folder 5
Dactyloscopy; n.d.
Box 9 Folder 6
Criminology, Reference Material (2 folders); 1916 , 1926 , 1931 , 1935-1938
Pamphlets, reprints, articles, t.s., periodicals
Box 9 Folder 7
Crime (2 folders) - clippings; 1931-1938
MU-1176
Cornell banner
-Photographs for Lectures on Criminology, Fingerprints, and the Bertillon System
Box 10 Folder 1
Bertillon System; Police Headquarters, Dresdon; 1907
Box 10 Folder 1
Police Dept., Dresdon, Uniform of High Officers (Capt., Lieut., Sergt.)
Box 10 Folder 1
Police Dept., Dresdon, Uniform of patrolmen of various grades
Box 10 Folder 1
Impersonation; Voight, (Capt. von Koepenick) who in officer's uniform arrested the mayor and took the city funds in Koepenick, Germany. (New York Tribune, 1908)
Box 10 Folder 1
Criminal Photography - Forgery of Check, original signature smoothly outlined
Forgery showing tremor due to slow tracing. Also signature showing tremor of old age with shapely marked corners at end of writing. Plates XXXIV, XXXV, XXXVI. Paul, Friedrich "Handbuch der Kriminalistisohen Photographie"
Box 10 Folder 1
Forgery: Rible said to have been Martin Luther's sold for a large sum of money. Entire book was a forgery. (Berlin, Sept. 19, 1907)
Box 10 Folder 1
Bertillon System. Tripod used for criminal work in photographing rooms, dead bodies, etc.: will hold apparatus and a man. (Folded for transportation, Sept. 19, 1907
Box 10 Folder 1
Bertillon System. Giant camera, showing method of use. Sept. 19, 1907
Box 10 Folder 1
Bertillon System. (a) Unknown woman who has forgotten her own identity. (b) Unknown man, identity desired
Box 10 Folder 1
Habitual Criminal. Convicted and punished 67 times in the Tyrole, Austria. Four photographs at different ages. 4 Bertillon pictures: 1906, Innsbruck; 1908, Bozen; 1909, Meran; 1910, Innsbruck
Box 10 Folder 2
Criminal Photography. Giant camera showing position of murdered girl, Hamburg. Plate XXVIII. Paul, Friedrich "Handbuch der Kriminalistisohen Photographie"
Box 10 Folder 2
Lust murder (Lustmord) from the criminal records of Hamburg, showing the position of the body and its surroundings. Plate XVII. Paul, Friedrich "Handbuch der Kriminalistisohen Photographie"
Box 10 Folder 2
Bertillon System. Showing cigar store and corpse of a murdered woman killed by an axe-blow at back of head as she turned to get cigars for the criminal. 1903
Box 10 Folder 2
Showing corpse as it was found the morning after the murder.
Box 10 Folder 2
Bertillon System. Body of murdered Insurance Agent Hartmann, as it was found after being exhumed. Dresdon, Sept. 1907
Box 10 Folder 2
Bertillon System. Bodies of unidentified men kept in cabinet of Police Headquarters. All were identified after some days or weeks. Berlin, Sept. 19, 1907
Box 10 Folder 2
Bertillon System. Profile and front view of unidentified woman found drowned. Kept on exhibitation in cabinets of Police Headquarters instead of in morgue. Body identified. Dreson, Sept. 11-19, 1907
Box 10 Folder 3
Bertillon System. Details of stand made to show place and date upon the negative itself, movable numeral used: (4 illus.), Dresdon, Sept. 11-19, 1907
Box 10 Folder 3
Bertillon System. Card register for men, Dresdon, Sept. 1907
Box 10 Folder 3
Bertillon System. Room for Daktyloskopie. Cabinet with work table. Finger-print stand. Framed instruction cards. Dresdon, Sept. 11-19, 1907
Box 10 Folder 3
Bertillon System. Finger-prints of Henry P. de Forest, Police Surgeon, New York City, on glass. Photo by obliquely transmitted light. Berlin, Sept. 28, 1907
Box 10 Folder 3
Bertillon System. Two finger prints made by the same criminal. Same enlarged. Burlgary. Crispi Case, New York City
Box 10 Folder 3
Bertillon System. Portion of safe door, showing experimental finger-prints. Value entirely destroyed by retouching of negative. "New York World" 1911.
Box 10 Folder 5
Finger-prints on cards used in the Fulton Savings Bank, and in about one hundred other banks in the State of New York for identification of the depositors,June 12, 1912. Presented by William J. Lovejoy, Cashier of Fulton Savings Bank
Box 10 Folder 5
Personal Identity. The veins of the back of the hand as a means of identification as suggested by Prof. Arrigo Tamassia, Professor of Legal Medicine at the Univerity of Padua, Italy. Legend under each one of the four photographs
Box 10 Folder 5
Criminal Photography. Collection of weapons and instruments from the Criminal Museum at Christiana, Norway, 1912
Box 10 Folder 5
Criminal Photography (Murder case). Amilon murdered for robbery, 1901 and put in a barrel. Murderer, Frederick Gustave Emmanuel Hanson sentenced to life imprisonment and died there in 1908. Stockholm, Sweden
Box 10 Folder 5
Criminal Photography (Murder case). Girl baby, nine months old, strangled Apr. 4, 1912, at Ralambstorg, near Stockholm, Sweden, by her father Earl Ludwig Nordahl, a shoe-maker. He concealed the baby in some underbrush near the road just outside of the town
Box 10 Folder 6
Review of Bureau of Police. Dept. of Public Safety, Philadelphia, Oct. 1910, at Philadelphia Ball Park
Box 10 Folder 6
Police Department New York., Uniform: Rogues' Gallery (in colors), plate 52a Police Dept. Annual 1911
Box 10 Folder 6
Daktyloscopie. Finger Print Bureau, Christiania, Norway, 1906
Box 10 Folder 6
Bureau of Physical Examination, Civil Service Commission. Joseph A. Ruddy taking fingerprints of candidates. Picture taken by Brosnan, Bd. W.S., Dec. 12, 1915
Box 10 Folder 6
Daktyloscopie. Bertillon System. Tripod set up with camera in position. Berlin, Sept. 19, 1907
Box 10 Folder 7
Portrait of Mary E. Holland, (nee) Trowel, born Urbana, Iowa, Feb. 20, 1857, died Wesley Memorial HospitalMar. 27, 1915, (Chicago, Ill.) Presented by J. Herbert Taylor, Mar. 30, 1915
Box 10 Folder 7
Daktyloscopie. Portrait of Johannes Evangelista Purkinje, 1787-1869. (This name is pronounced: Poor - keen - ye). In "Biology and its makers;" by W.A. Lacy, N.Y.: Holt, 1915, p.267 (Best portrait found)
Box 10 Folder 7
Daktyloscopie. "Finger-prints" of an armless vagrant, Scientific American, June 8, 1918
Box 10 Folder 8
Portrait of Sir William J. Hersohel. (In colors)
Box 10 Folder 8
Portrait of Sir William J. Hersohel. (from a recent photograph from life)
Box 10 Folder 9
Tattooing a Burmese boy
Box 10 Folder 9
Tattooing
Box 10 Folder 10-15
Unidentified, including photographs of Sir Edward Henry, the Pacific Ocean near La Jolla, and misc. photographs on criminology
Box 10 Folder 16
Dr. H.P. de Forest tells of Famous Falley Seminary," scrapbook of clippings of article from Oswego Palladium-Times; 1943
Box 10 Folder 17
Illustrations of James Johnson and H.P. de Forest used in Finger Print and Identification Magazine
O/S Folder 1
Bertillon, Alphose. Autographed portrait of Alphonse Bertillon, Chief of the Paris Secret Service Police, Died Feb. 17, 1914. Presented by M. Bertillon to Henry P. de Forest , M.D., Sept. 13, 1912
25 x 30.5 cm
Mounted on board.
-was originally in Box 10 Folder 4
Gelatin silver prints
O/S Folder 2
A composite of mug shots, Bertillon measurements and fingerprints of Will West and William West, an infamous case that showed the importance of a fingerprint system over the Bertillon system, 1901-1904
Digital composite created by RMC staff to illustrate one of Bertillon's cases. The original items used for this composite are located at the National Archives (Will West, Leavenworth Inmate #3426, and William West, Leavenworth Inmate #2626; ARC Identifier: 580698)