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William Maxwell Evarts Collection

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901.
Title: William Maxwell Evarts Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1842-1893
Quantity: 15 folders (SC)
Abstract: American lawyer and statesman.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

William Maxwell Evarts (1818-1901) was an American lawyer and statesman. He served as U.S. Attorney General (1868-1869) under President Johnson, as U.S. Secretary of State (1877-1881) under President Hayes, and as U.S. Senator from New York (1885-1891).

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William Maxwell Evarts Collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, photographs and printed material.

Biographical material contains a photocopy of a biographical sketch of Evarts, from an unknown source.

Correspondence is entirely outgoing, and includes letters to President Abraham Lincoln and other political figures of the day.

Photographs contains an engraving of Evarts.

Printed material consists of printed editions of some of Evarts' opinions in three cases in which he was involved. The Parish will case was notable enough to be covered in the New York Times ("The Parish Will Case," May 5, 1862).

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

See the Classic Catalog for books relating to Evarts.

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Subject Headings


Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901.

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- Congress. -- Senate.


Attorneys general -- United States.
Cabinet officers -- United States.
Lawyers -- United States.
Legislators -- United States.
Statesmen -- United States.

Genres and Forms



Cabinet officers.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

William Maxwell Evarts Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information


Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 22 Nov 2010
Revision history: 25 Sep 2015 - invitation added (MRC)

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Biographical material
SC 36 "Evarts, William Maxwell" biographical sketch, photocopied from unknown source
SC 36 Invitation to dinner given in his honor 1891 - typescript draft and printed booklet
Correspondence, outgoing
SC 36 Hunt, William Henry 1879-1880
SC 36 Lincoln, Abraham 1863
SC 36 Metcalf, Porettus Sutton 1888
SC 36 Minturn, Robert Bowne 1842
SC 36 Morgan, Edwin Denison 1842
SC 36 Pierrepont, Edwards 1860-1868, 1873-1874, 1877-1878, 1881, 1885, 1889, 1890 (3 folders)
SC 36 Robinson, E. Randolph 1886
SC 36 Miscellaneous 1867, 1883-1884, 1893
SC 36 Photograph of Evarts undated
Printed material
SC 36 The Parish Will Case: Mr. Evarts' Argument in Reply circa 1857
SC 36 The Prize Causes: Mr. Evarts' Brief for the United States circa 1862
SC 36 United States vs. William M. Fullerton, et al. / Official Correspondence 1869

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