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Ulysses S. Grant III Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: --
Date: circa 1970

Biographical History

Ulysses S. Grant III (1881-1968) was an American army officer, civil engineer and architect. The grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States, he was born on the Fourth of July and attended Cutler School (1895-1897) and Columbia University (1898), both in New York City. He left in 1898 to fight in the Spanish-American War, and in 1899 entered West Point where he was a classmate of Douglas MacArthur. In 1907 he married Edith Root, daughter of Elihu Root, Roosevelt's secretary of state.

As a member of the Army Corps of Engineers, he served in the Philippines, Cuba, and Mexico. In 1918 he served as secretary of the American section of the Supreme War Council in Paris (for which he received a Distinguished Service Medal). After the war he was assigned to various engineering commands in the United States, eventually becoming Director of Public Buildings and Parks for Washington, D.C. (1926-1933). By 1942 he had advanced to the rank of Brigadier General; from 1942-1944 he was Chief of the Office of Civilian Defense, protection branch. He retired in 1945 with the rank of Major General, and shortly thereafter became president of George Washington University (1946-1951).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ulysses S. Grant III Papers consists primarily of advertisements, blueprints, bids and other material relating to architectural projects. Other material of interest, although unexpected in this technical collection, is a series of articles on the Russian political situation from the Saturday Evening Post (1918-1919) by Princess Cantacuzene (Julia Dent Grant, sister of Ulysses) A news story from 1920 mentions briefly her escape from Russia. Although the date range for this collection is 1850-1937, the bulk is the period of Grant's service as Director of Public Buildings and Parks in Washington, D. C., 1926-1933.

Arrangement of the Collection

Save for miscellaneous printed materials at the end of the collection, everything has been placed in a single alphabetical run, to include public projects, articles and speeches, notes, and court cases. Within each project, items are listed in chronological order (advertisements for bid, then contracts, then blueprints, finally other material).


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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has a substantial number of architectural collections, both of firms and individuals. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Grant, U. S. (Ulysses S.), 1881-1968.

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- Army. -- Corps of Engineers.


Civil engineering -- Contracts and specifications.
Civil engineering -- United States -- California.
Civil engineering -- United States -- Washington (D.C.)
Civil engineering -- United States.
Civil engineers -- United States.
Military engineering -- Philippines.
Military engineers -- United States.
Public works -- Washington (D.C.)


Russia -- Politics and government -- 1917-1936.

Genres and Forms

Blueprints (reprographic copies)
Clippings (information artifacts)


Civil engineers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Ulysses S. Grant III Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. John Dietz, 1982.

Table of Contents

Architectural materials