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Edward M. Greenway, Jr. Autograph collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0023
Edward McDonald Greenway, Jr. was born in New York in 1820. The collection spans the years 1737 to 1876 and consists of approximately 250 items of correspondence and some legal documents. The correspondents are primarily prominent lawyers, politicians, statesmen, and figures of the Revolutionary War from Maryland.

Dates

  • 1737-1876

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

1.94 Cubic Feet (3 legal size document boxes, 1 custom box (23.25 x 19.25 x 2 inches), 1 over-sized folder)

Biographical / Historical

Edward McDonald Greenway, Jr. was born in New York in 1820. After graduating from Princeton College, Greenway established the banking-house of Greenway & Co in Baltimore, later named McKim & Co. After retiring from business, he visited Rio de Janeiro, the Island of Madeira, Portugal, Spain and made several tours of Europe. Greenway collected books and autographs for a private library kept in Baltimore. Edward McDonald Greenway, Jr. died March 5, 1895.

Scope and Contents

The collection spans the years 1737 to 1876 and consists of approximately 250 items of correspondence and some legal documents. The correspondents are primarily prominent lawyers, politicians, statesmen, and figures of the Revolutionary War from Maryland. In addition there is an album containing photographs of well-known 19th century British and German politicians, statesmen, clergy, and scholars.

Edward Greenway, Jr. collected the autographs in this collection. He appears to have been interested in military figures especially those serving in the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Politicians are also well-represented. As a Marylander himself Greenway concentrated on the signatures of Maryland military and political figures.

The signatures are largely letters although there are legal documents bearing the signatures Greenway wanted to collect. In collecting these autographs Greenway apparently had access to the papers of several Maryland political figures. Many of the letters were written to Robert Goodloe Harper, Samuel Smith, John S. Tyson, and John H. Eaton.

Arrangement

The autographs have been organized alphabetically by the writer's name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired by Edward M. Greenway, Jr., Baltimore scholar and collector of autographs and manuscripts. After his death the collection was given to Johns Hopkins University by his widow, per letter from Grace Brown Greenway to Daniel C. Gilman, dated November 29, 1895.

Processing Information

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Baltimore MD 21218 USA