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William Maxwell Evarts Collection

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 22 Nov 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).

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).

Arrangement of the Collection



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.

Related Material

See the Classic Catalog for books relating to Evarts.

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.

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


Table of Contents

Biographical material

Correspondence, outgoing


Printed material