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John Russell Young Correspondence

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
Date: 2001-01-01

Biographical History

John Russell Young (1841-1899) was an American journalist, editor and foreign minister. Born in Tyrone County, Ireland, Young emigrated at early age with his family to Pennsylvania. He served as a U.S. Civil War correspondent and was one of the first to report on the Battle of Bull Run. In 1877, General Grant invited him on an international tour, which spawned his book Around the World with General Grant and also resulted in Young's appointment to the post of minister to China.

In addition to his international work, Young also worked as editor for the New York Tribune, the New York Herald, and was appointed Librarian of Congress in 1897 by President McKinley. He died in 1899.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John Russell Young Correspondence consists of incoming letters sent during 1890-1905. A number of the letters were written after Mr. Young's death and are addressed to his wife, May. Subjects include congratulations upon Young's marriage, responses to social invitations, acknowledgements of the birth of the Youngs' son, and answers to social correspondence. Correspondents include Alvey Adee, Edward P. Alexander, Edward Bok, George Cortelyou, F. Marion Crawford, Augustin Daly, L. Clarke Davis, Henry George, Arthur P. Gorman, Frederick Grant, Elijah Halford, Henry Cabot Lodge, Clarence Mackay, Nelson Miles, William W. Phelps, Whitelaw Reid, Daniel Sickles, David Sickles, Charles Emory Smith, Sara Yorke Stevenson, and Herbert Beerbohm Tree.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged alphabetically by correspondent name.


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Subject Headings


Adee, Alvey A. (Alvey Augustus), 1842-1924.
Alexander, Edward Porter, 1835-1910.
Bok, Edward William, 1863-1930.
Cortelyou, George B. (George Bruce), 1862-1940.
Crawford, F. Marion (Francis Marion), 1854-1909.
Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899.
Davis, L. Clarke (Lemuel Clarke), 1835-1904.
George, Henry, 1862-1916.
Gorman, Arthur P. (Arthur Pue), 1839-1906.
Grant, Frederick Dent, 1850-1912.
Halford, Elijah Walker, 1843-1938.
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924.
Mackay, Clarence H. (Clarence Hungerford), 1874-1938.
Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925.
Phelps, William Walter, 1839-1894.
Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912.
Sickles, Daniel Edgar, 1819-1914.
Sickles, David Banks, 1837-1918.
Smith, Charles Emory, 1842-1908.
Stevenson, Sara Yorke, 1847-1921.
Tree, Herbert Beerbohm, Sir, 1853-1917.
Young, John Russell, 1841-1899.
Young, May Dow Russell.


Authors, American.
Journalists -- United States.


Philadelphia (Pa.), Social life and customs.

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Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John Russell Young Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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