A Guide to the Carl Schurz Collection Schurz, Carl. 8376

A Guide to the Carl Schurz Collection

A Collection in the
Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature
Accession number 8376


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Repository
University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept. Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 USA
Collection Number
8376
Title
Carl Schurz Collection 1869-1893
Extent
33 items
Creator
Location
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

Carl Schurz Collection, Accession 8376, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library

Acquisition Information

Deposit, 1966 Sep 10

Funding Note

Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities



Container List

Manuscript
  • " Abraham Lincoln"
    1891
    AMsS, 3 p.

    [Title page and introductory note to essay.]

Letters
  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1869 Apr 16
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Might become a war correspondent in the imminent war between Prussiaand France; feels that his familiarity and connections with Germanywould make him an able correspondent; believes he will be allowed to accompany Prussian army during the campaign; willing to write exclusively for Harper'sif given the most acceptable terms; has sent similar letters to other prominent papers.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1871 Aug 14
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Discusses Curtis' article, "Civil Service Reform"; gives his opinion on the subject; differs with his opinion on the reelection of President Ulysses S. Grant. ]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1875 Mar 11
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Angry that he allowed a cartoon and two column commentary disparaging him as an ultramontane and a mercenary adventurer to be published in Harper's Weekly; feels the article is meant to stir up hostility against him because of his foreign birth; defends his loyalty to America. ]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1875 Oct 20
    AL, 1 p. (fragment)

    [Called at Harper'sto discuss public affairs; did not find him; admits to being a bit lame; hopes to hear from him.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1876 Mar 28
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Thanks him for kind letter of sympathy (on death of wife Margarete Schurz) and for his friendship during this difficult time.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1877 Apr 10
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Informs him that Bishop Whipple is held in high esteem in Washington; believes that there are no plans in the Department of the Interiorto remove Major Stowe.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1877 Jul 10
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Acknowledges kind note and a pamphlet; informs him that the President [ Rutherford B. Hayes] is well aware of the impact of his actions.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1878 Jan 12
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Has received his letter recommending Mr. Fiske for the Pension Agencyin New York; has had 2 interviews with him; agrees with President [Rutherford B.] Hayesthat Pension Agents should have an honorable Army record; informs him that the President would like to discuss ideas with him on next visit to Washington. ]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1879 Dec 9
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Disagrees with him on the Indian question; believes it is unlikely that Congresswill transfer control of the Indian Service; doubts [Ulysses S.] Grantwill be re-elected; comments on opposition to Grant in Republican ranks; mentions that the "scratchers" of New Yorkoppose Grant and that he cannot win the state without their aid.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1883 Feb 5
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Wants to know if he accepted an article (by another writer) that he forwarded; asks if he wrote Harper's Weeklyarticle on Fitz-John Porter. ]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1885 Jul 18
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Acknowledges receipt of his letter; believes it contains a thought-provoking proposition; claims that commitments preclude a meeting on short notice; needs time to reply to issues; discusses a letter by Moses Williamsto [Philander] Demingasking Schurz to give his opinion on methods to strengthen President [Grover] Clevelandagainst the anti-reform element in his own party.]

  • Carl Schurzto H[jalmar] H[jorth] Boyesen
    1886 Apr 12
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Recalls their first meeting at Putnam's; would welcome seeing him again and discuss the Dr. Kinkel library.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1887 Jun 23
    ALS, 7 p.

    [Thanks for the kind judgment on his book and for discussing it in his editorial columns; seeks advice on suggested political and military history of the Civil War; questions the feasibility of writing such a work on evidentiary grounds and on the brief time since the end of the war; expresses interest in doing the project; discusses a project to write the history of the new German Empire; would rather not live abroad to do research; describes his work on his recollections.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1887 Jul 7
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Considers a suggestion to write a civil rather than military history of the Civil War; does not mind that this project will absorb all his time; believes that the appointment of Potts endangers the position of [John] Jayand Richmond; comments on his health, especially his ability to walk with only one stick.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1887 Aug 7
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Agrees with the critical opinions in his political article; disappointed that President [Grover] Clevelandis unwilling to investigate the Higgins-Thomas-Raisin case; feels that the president's actions have alienated many of his former supporters; encloses article from a reform paper that dismayed him.]

  • Carl Schurzto H[jalmar] H[jorth] Boyesen
    1888 Jan 21
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Disappointed at the news that Evening Postwill not employ Spielhagen, who was in his Burschenschaft (fraternity) in Bonn; recounts his efforts to get him connected with the New YorkStaatszeitung; will also write to a German paper in the West on his behalf.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1888 Apr 5
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Hopes to discuss politics with him before sailing for Germany; intends to stay until September unless the Republicans nominate [James G.] Blaineagain; would return in time for the campaign; has heard bad things about the Treasury Departmentin the matter of removals; thanks him for kind words in Harper's Weeklyabout his own speech on the dead Kaiser.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1889 Mar 23
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Thanks him for copies of his "great Gettysburg oration" and his Washington Monument speech; has written Mr. Wanamaker for an explanation of his financial transactions during the presidential campaign; asks him to intervene because the letter has not been answered.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1889 May 4
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Praises his address which was critical of President [Grover] Cleveland's administration; calls Cleveland an old-fashioned Indianapolitician; praises Bishop Potter's "glorious" sermon; disappointed that President Cleveland appointed his own brother to political office.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1889 May 15
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Doubts whether [William D.] Foulke's plan will be profitable; suggests investigating the matter with him.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1889 Oct 22
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Invites him to dinner; informs him that the guests will include Mr. and Mrs. [Grover] Clevelandand Dr. Sievelzing, head of German delegation to maritime conference in Washington. ]

  • Carl Schurzto H[jalmar] H[jorth] Boyesen
    1889 Dec 3
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Encloses a letter to Secretary Bayard.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1890 Feb 23
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Invites him to his birthday dinner on March 1.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1890 Dec 23
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Believes that he should draft a letter to the president [Benjamin Harrison]instead of Schurz because of his abilities, knowledge, and position. Informs him about his many commitments, including an article on [Abraham] Lincolndue for the Atlantic Monthlyin early January.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1890 Dec 25
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Reemphasizes that if a letter from Republican civil service reformers is to have any effect on the president [Benjamin Harrison], Curtis should write it.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1891 Jan 24
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Agrees with him and Rogers on "what is now to be done and what is not to be done." Says that Rogers' letter has undermined his opinion of the president; believes the president is afraid of politicians and does not trust reformers. Will return Roosevelt's letter to Rogers.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1891 Apr 20
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Declines an invitation to the Thomas dinner because of prior commitment.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1891 Jul 7
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Appreciates his kind words about his Lincoln paper; praises his essay on Holmes in Harper's Weekly; expects to be in Buffaloat the meeting of the National League. ]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1892 Mar 1
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Sends him a draft which, in his opinion, is "stupid." Asks him to look at it critically and do with it whatever is necessary. Mentions letter from Storey reporting on plans for mass meeting in favor of [Grover] Clevelandin Boston; informs him that Cleveland said that he is not withdrawing from the contest.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1892 Mar 12
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Discussed the "Circular" with Storey; suggests change of certain words and phrases; is confident that Curtis will give the document its final shape.]

  • Carl Schurzto George William Curtis
    1893 Mar 1
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Invites him to dinner party where he will meet Joseph Jefferson, the actor.]

Miscellaneous
  • Questionnaire of the National Almanac, completed and signed by Carl Schurz
    1862 Oct 18
    Questionnaire

    [with printed note from George W. Childsrequesting information for the National Almanac. ]

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Carl Schurz
  • Fitz-John Porter
  • George W. Childs
  • George William Curtis
  • H[jalmar] H[jorth] Boyesen
  • Joseph Jefferson
  • Margarete Schurz
  • Moses Williams
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • [Abraham] Lincoln
  • [Benjamin Harrison]
  • [Grover] Cleveland
  • [James G.] Blaine
  • [John] Jay
  • [Philander] Deming
  • [Rutherford B.] Hayes
  • [Ulysses S.] Grant
  • [William D.] Foulke

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • America
  • Bonn
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • France
  • Germany
  • Indiana
  • New York
  • Prussia
  • Washington