A Guide to the Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook, 1885-1906 Grant, Ulysses S. Scrapbook Ms2019-044

A Guide to the Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook, 1885-1906

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2019-044


Special Collections, Virginia Tech

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2020 (CC0).

Processed by: John M. Jackson Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook, 1885-1906
Physical Characteristics
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Materials in this collection are in English.
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings relating to Ulysses S. Grant, likely compiled by Henry Etter Starr.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook, Ms2019-044, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook was acquired by Special Collections and University Archives prior to 2010.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook commenced and was completed in December, 2019.

Biographical / Historical

A native of Ohio, Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) graduated from the U. S. Military Academy in 1843. He joined the Union Army in 1861. After leading Union forces during the Vicksburg Campaign (1863), he was appointed commanding general of the United States Army in March, 1864 and commanded the army through victory a year later. In 1868, Grant was elected the 18th president of the United States and was re-elected in 1872. Following his presidency, Grant travelled abroad, campaigned unsuccessfully for a third presidential term, and wrote his memoirs. He died in Wilton, New York.

The scrapbook contains no biographical information on its presumed compiler, Henry Etter Starr. A Henry Etter Starr was born in Middletown, Pennsylvania in 1893. In 1921, he married Anna Spiesman, and the couple would have two children. Starr obtained a BS in science from Gettysburg College and earned a Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania in 1922 while teaching courses there in physiological chemistry, toxicology, and psychology. In 1928, he became director of the Rutgers Psychological and Mental Hygiene Clinic. Henry Etter Starr died in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1935.

Content Description

This collection consists of a single scrapbook, containing newspaper clippings about U. S. President Ulysses S. Grant. Most of the clippings are laudatory in nature and relate to Grant's younger years, his military career, and his burial. Included is a clipping from the Harrisburg Independent of July 23, 1885, announcing Grant's death. Also included are two memorial flyers printed after the death of President William McKinley. Most of the clippings appear to be from Pennsylvania newspapers. The name of the scrapbook's likely compiler, Henry Etter Starr, appears on the volume's first leaf.

Index Terms


  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 ( https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/ ).

Contents List

Folder 1
Scrapbook, 1885-1906