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George Fisk Comfort Family Collection

An inventory of his family collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Comfort, George Fisk, 1833-1910.
Title: George Fisk Comfort Family Collection
Dates: 1822-1956
Size: 20 boxes (11.5 linear feet)
Abstract: The George Fisk Comfort Family Collection includes a variety of correspondence, documents, and photographs from the family of Dean George Fisk Comfort.
Language: English, Italian, and German
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Sponsor: The processing of this collection was made possible through a grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.


The Comfort family is connected to Syracuse University mainly through George Fisk Comfort, who took a position at the University a year after it opened and became the first Dean of the College of Fine Arts. In addition to Dean Comfort, the four generations of the Comfort family represented in this collection provide an interesting cross section of an American family during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

John Comfort (1776 - 1850), grandfather of Dean Comfort, was a merchant and lived in Great Bend, Pennsylvania with his Phoebe and their nine children. Professionally, he helped build part of the national road between the Hudson River and Lake Erie, which would later become the Erie Railroad.

Silas Comfort (1803 - 1868), father of George Fisk Comfort, was a Methodist preacher. He was born May 5, 1803 in Lanesboro, Pennsylvania, married Electa Smith in 1826, and raised eight children. The Comfort family travelled around the United States as Silas was assigned to different church congregations. In 1835, after years of hard work, Silas was appointed Presiding Elder while in St. Louis and was thus obliged to hear trials against parishioners for their questionable moral conduct. He earned notoriety after allowing the testimony of an African American to be used against a white church member, something unheard of at the time. While his views on abolition and slave rights may have been considered progressive for the time, most of his life was not so controversial. After his wife Electa died in 1861, Silas married Sara Ann Foster and had two more children: Silas G. Comfort and Grace Comfort. When Silas and Sara both died in 1868, the children were raised by their half brother George.

George Fisk Comfort (1833 - 1910) was the first dean of the College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University. Born on September 20, 1833, he spent much of his youth travelling abroad and studying art, philosophy, and language, but graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's and a Master's degree of Liberal Arts in 1857 and 1860 respectively. Afterwards, he continued his travels and studies in Europe and while attending university in Berlin in the 1860s, he focused on aesthetic culture, especially its place of importance in European education and society. Upon returning to the United States in 1865, he brought this idea with him, and when Allegheny College hired him as a professor, he taught the first lecture class on the topic of Aesthetics in an American university.

George Fisk Comfort

After teaching for several years, George decided to move to New York City; it was during this time that he met and married Anna Amelia Manning. Together they raised their two sons, as well as George’s half brother and half sister. Professionally, he spent his time writing textbooks on languages and aesthetics in education and continuing to give lectures for various organizations. He also founded the American Philological Association in 1869. In November of the same year, George attended and gave the main address at a meeting for citizens interested in starting an art museum in New York City that could rival those in Europe. This initial meeting was the origin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The idea of a public institution, funded in part by the city, exhibiting some of the greatest works of art for all Americans to see was groundbreaking at this time. George took great pride in this endeavor and worked on its development as one of the original trustees until 1872, when he moved to Syracuse to take a teaching position at the University.

Although George came to Syracuse University as a professor of modern languages, literature, and aesthetics, the University supported his idea for a college of fine arts. After a year of planning and proposing, the College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University officially opened in 1873 with George Fisk Comfort as its first dean. Originally planned as an all-inclusive art school, the College of Fine Arts was the first institution in the United States to offer both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in areas such as architecture, painting, sculpture, music, and oratory arts. In addition to his role as dean, George continued to teach. After several years of great success at Syracuse University, he attempted to take this model elsewhere and left Syracuse. In 1894, he set his sights on Texas and worked with investors to open the Southern College of Fine Arts. Due to a variety of reasons, this plan ultimately fell through, and George found himself in a difficult situation; bankrupt and jobless, he moved back to Syracuse.

By 1897, however, George had a new plan. By repurposing the basic plan for the Met, he would open a fine arts museum in Syracuse. After several years of gathering public support and funding, the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts opened in 1900 in the Onondaga County Savings Bank. By 1906, the museum had moved to the top floor of the Carnegie Public Library. It was a small institution, but as the director, George worked hard to make sure it was professionally managed, aesthetically relevant, and an important part of the community. Even now, the museum remains a major part of Syracuse, despite looking very different; it is better known today as the Everson Museum of Art.

In 1910, while spending time in New York City to visit one of his sons and look for art to add to the museum’s collection, George suddenly died from a combination of exhaustion and food poisoning. However, his legacy in Syracuse remains to this day.

Anna Manning Comfort

George Fisk Comfort’s wife, Anna Manning Comfort (1845 - 1931), married into a forward-thinking family but was not overshadowed by anyone’s progressive views or social accomplishments. Anna was the youngest student in the first class to graduate from the New York Medical College for Women, an institution founded by her aunt and mentor, Dr. Clemence Lozier. Although Anna had to deal with the harsh reality of gender discrimination while attempting to earn a medical degree, she persisted. Her aunt was a strong supporter of equal educational opportunities and was very involved in the suffragist movement; not surprisingly, her niece held similar opinions.

Upon graduating, Anna became the first woman with a graduate degree to set up a medical practice in Connecticut. Again, she often faced prejudices in the communities where she practiced but continued regardless. She returned to New York City in 1870 to work and lecture at the New York Medical College for Women. During this time, she met George Fisk Comfort and the two were married in 1871. Although she took time off to raise her children, when her husband’s plan for a school in Texas fell through, Anna reopened her practice in Syracuse. After his death in 1910, Anna continued to live and work in the Syracuse area until her own death in 1931.

Ralph Manning Comfort (1872 - 1954) was the older of George Fisk Comfort’s two biological sons. Ralph graduated from the architecture program at Syracuse University in 1893. He maintained a close relationship with his parents and supported them during their financial difficulties. He married Ethel Nutt in 1902 and had one son, Lowell Rutherford Comfort, in 1903. In his professional life, Ralph worked for an architectural firm in New York City, managed a lumber mill in Texas for several years, and returned to New York in the early 20th century to work as consultant and efficiency engineer until his death in 1954.

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Scope and Content Note

The Comfort Family Collection spans 1822 to 1956 and is separated into series based on the family members of George Fisk Comfort. Various individuals from the family are included, though the bulk of the material comes from Dean Comfort and four direct relatives.

The John Comfort Series includes correspondence to his son, Silas, and his personal will.

The items included in the Silas Comfort Series include basic biographical material, some of his religious writings, and a small amount of information on his wife, Electa. A large number of sermon notes are included, as well as the leather pouch that originally contained them. There is also information regarding the church trial in which he famously accepted an African American man's testimony.

The George Fisk Comfort Series also consists largely of correspondence and writing. A great deal of the correspondence comes from 1895 to 1905 and provides an intimate idea of Comfort's life after he left Syracuse University and while he was planning the Syracuse Fine Arts Museum. Of significant interest are the vast amount of letters to his son Ralph, in which Comfort describes his everyday trials and successes but also occasionally discusses larger philosophical ideas. He also corresponds with various individuals of historical significance, such as President Andrew Johnson, Melville Dewey, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, and Thomas Moran. There are also letters to chancellors and administrators at Syracuse University, including Frank Smalley, Charles Sims, and James Roscoe Day, some lecture notes from courses he taught, a history of the University, and brochures from programs he led while teaching at Syracuse University. In addition to his correspondence, there are also various materials that pertain to several major areas of his life: the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, scholarly works from his academic positions, books and course readers, his plan for a school of fine arts in Texas, and a great deal of information about the founding of the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts. Photographs in this series include portraits, family members, images of various artistic representations, and landscapes. Apart from Comfort's personal papers, there is biographical material such as articles, an essay by Syracuse University professor David Tatham, and a thesis on Comfort's life.

Items in the Anna Manning Comfort Series include publications from conferences about suffrage and educational rights, information on community groups she was involved in, and some of her poetry and informal writing. Included in her correspondence are letters from family members, fellow community organizers, and Syracuse University administrators such as Frank Smalley and Charles Sims. Photographs in this series include both formal and informal personal portraits, members of the Comfort family, and members of the Manning family. Additionally, her papers comprise material from her role as a doctor, including medical reference books, lecture notes from school, a draft of her thesis in women's health from medical school, and a small medical kit.

The items in the Ralph Manning Comfort Series pertain mostly to his professional life and to his relationship with his father. His correspondence is concentrated around the time of his father's death in 1910 and the celebration of his father's birth centennial in 1933. Additionally, some of the correspondence deals with business matters or communication with his employers. This series also contains some biographical information, a Syracuse University diploma, and the wills of Ralph and his wife Ethel.

Additionally, there are various other relatives of George Fisk Comfort represented in this collection. Emily Comfort (sister), Frederick Price Comfort (son), John Comfort (brother), Melville Comfort (brother), Silas G. Comfort (half-brother), and William Comfort (brother) are each included in the Other Family Members Series. This series consists of a small amount of material such as correspondence, short articles, and annual school catalogs.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

In addition to this collection, the Archives holds portrait files for George Fisk Comfort and Ralph Manning Comfort and clipping files that relate to George Fisk Comfort, Ralph Manning Comfort, and Silas G. Comfort.

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Selected Search Terms


Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919.
Comfort, Anna (Manning) 1845-1931.
Comfort, George Fisk, 1833-1910.
Comfort, S. (Silas), 1808-1868.
Cox, Kenyon, 1856-1919.
Curran, Charles C. (Charles Courtney), 1861-1942.
Day, James Roscoe, 1845-1923.
Dewey, Melvil, 1851-1931.
Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875.
Lozier, Clemence S.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913.
Post, Alice Thacher, 1853-1947.
Sims, C. N. (Charles N.), 1835-1908.
Smalley, Frank, 1846-1931.
Winchell, Alexander, 1824-1891.
American Association of Museums.
American Philological Association.
Everson Museum of Art.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
National American Woman Suffrage Association.
New York Medical College for Women.
Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.
Syracuse University. -- College of Visual and Performing Arts.


Art museums.
Women in medicine.
Art museum directors.
College teachers.
Higher education.

Types of material


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

George Fisk Comfort Family Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The George Fisk Comfort Family Collection came to Syracuse University originally as a long term loan from Ralph M. Comfort. After his death in 1954, the collection was formally presented to the University as the gift of his wife, Ethel N. Comfort.

Processing Information

Damaging materials, such as staples and paper clips, were removed, original newspaper clippings were replaced with photocopies, and photographs have been placed into individual Mylar sleeves. Original containers were replaced with new archival boxes and folders, including one oversized box for large certificates and diplomas.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Mary Skaden
Date: 2013
Revision history:

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Within each series, the folders are arranged alphabetically, with their contents ordered chronologically.

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John Comfort
Box 1 Correspondence - Comfort, Silas 1834 - 1849
 Letter from John Comfort to Silas Comfort, 1838
Box 1 Will of John Comfort 1852
Silas Comfort
Box 1 Burrows, U. 1852
Box 1 Comfort, George Fisk 1860 - 1861
 Letter from Silas Comfort to George Fisk Comfort
Box 1 Comfort, John 1836 - 1837
Box 1 Comfort, William 1861
Box 1 Foster, Suel 1851 - 1852
Box 1 General 1823 - 1866
Box 1 Hedding, E. 1847 - 1849
Box 1 Lowe, R. P. 1840 - 1848
Box 1 Polk, Justin 1843
Box 1 Smith, George 1834 - 1839
Box 1 Tuthill, William 1849 - 1854
Subject files
Box 1 African American testimony case 1839
 Remarks by Silas Comfort on the admission of testimony, 1839
Box 20 American Bible Society certificate 1839
Box 1 Biographical material undated
Box 1 Copyright certificates 1853
Box 1 Electa Smith Comfort information undated
Box 1 Methodist Church material 1839
Box 1 Notebook 1836
Box 1 Notice for election 1860
Box 20 Ohio Wesleyan diploma - doctorate of theology 1858
Box 1 Oneida Conference Seminary 1843
Box 1 Poetry undated
Box 20 Post master certificate 1822
Box 2 Christian Theology (manuscript) undated
Box 2 An Exposition of the Articles of Religion (book) 1847
Box 2 Harmony between Science and Revelation (manuscript) undated
Box 2 Layman's Manual of Christian Theology (manuscript) undated
Box 19 Leather pouch that held sermon notes undated
Box 2 Sermon notes 1828
Box 2 The Spirit of Ages (manuscript section) undated
Box 2 Systematic Beneficences undated
George Fisk Comfort
Biographical material
Box 3 Brief biographies 1892 - 1942
 Autobiographical Sketch of George Fisk Comfort
Box 3 "George Fisk Comfort" (essay) - David Tatham undated
Box 3 "George Fisk Comfort, A Biography" (thesis) - B. H. Cruttenden 1956
Box 3 A History of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 1 - Howe 1913
Box 3 A History of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 2 - Howe 1946
Box 3 Andrews, Charles 1897 - 1904
Box 3 Avery, Samuel 1897
Box 3 Barnes, James 1900 - 1908
Box 3 Belden, J. J. 1896, 1908
Box 3 Bloor, A. J. 1897
Box 3 Carnegie, Andrew 1904
Box 3 Chapman, N. H. 1897
Box 3 Cobb, Charles N. 1900
Box 3 Comfort, John 1890 - 1900
Box 3 Comfort, Frederic 1897, 1905
Box 3 Comfort, Melville 1892
Box 3 Comfort, Ralph 1894 - 1896
 Letter from George Fisk Comfort to Ralph Comfort, February 1896
 Letter from George Fisk Comfort to Ralph Comfort, December 1896
Box 3 Comfort, Ralph 1897 - 1900
Box 4 Comfort, Ralph 1901 - 1910
Box 4 Cox, Kenyon 1901
Box 4 Curran, Charles 1901
Box 4 Dallas, R. F. 1906 - 1910
Box 4 Day, James Roscoe 1895 - 1901
Box 4 de Cesnola, Luigi Palma 1897 - 1900
Box 4 de Forest, Emily 1910
Box 4 de Forest, Robert 1905 - 1910
Box 4 Dewey, Melville 1896 - 1905
Box 4 Ellis, A. D. 1910
Box 4 Fairman, Anna C. 1910
Box 4 Firmin, Girard 1903
Box 4 French, John R. 1886 - 1891
Box 4 Fryer, George 1910
Box 4 General 1861 - 1873, 1884 - 1885, 1890 - 1908 (17 folders)
Box 5 General 1909-1910, undated (3 folders)
Box 5 Gross, P. A. 1903 - 1904
Box 5 Hurst, John F. 1895
Box 5 Hyde, Salem 1896 - 1908
Box 5 Johnson, Andrew 1864 - 1865
 Letter from Andrew Johnson to George Fisk Comfort, July 1865
Box 5 Jones, Nancy Eleanor 1900 - 1901
Box 5 Kelsey, Otto 1900
Box 5 Knickerbocker Publishing 1903 - 1904
Box 5 Konti, Isidore 1902
Box 5 Manning, A. C. 1890 - 1891
Box 5 Manz, G. A. 1900
Box 5 McDowell, William O. 1904
Box 5 McGuire, James 1900 - 1903
Box 5 Meachem, William 1908
Box 5 Moore, A. W. 1903 - 1906
Box 5 Moran, Thomas 1901
Box 5 Morgan, J. P. 1904
Box 5 Newman, John P. 1895
Box 5 Northrup, A. J. 1901
Box 5 Peck, G. W. 1892
Box 5 Piper, Ferdinand Karl Wilhelm 1865 - 1868
Box 5 Pugliatti, T. P. 1909
Box 5 Putnam, G. P. 1869
Box 5 Smalley, Frank 1900 - 1904
Box 5 Timmins, George 1909
Box 5 Trowbridge, F. E. 1892
Box 5 Upton, Anson Judd 1896
Box 5 Vose, R. 1907 - 1909
Box 5 White, Andrew D. 1890 - 1908
Box 5 White, Horace 1897 - 1909
Box 5 White, W. Pierrepont 1897
Box 5 Will, Louis 1903 - 1906
Box 5 Winchell, Alexander 1890
Box 5 Anna Manning Comfort undated
Box 5 Artistic renderings undated
Box 6 Family photographs - informal undated
 Comfort family in Venice
 George and Anna Comfort, outdoors
Box 6 Family photographs - other undated
 Silas G. Comfort at 17 years of age
 Melville L. Comfort
 Rev. Silas Comfort
Box 6 Places undated
Box 6 Portraits of George Fisk Comfort undated
 Young George Fisk Comfort
 George Fisk Comfort, seated in art gallery
 George Fisk Comfort, standing
 George Fisk Comfort with cane
 George Fisk Comfort
Subject files
Box 7 "An Address of the Practical Value of the American Museum" (L.P. di Cesnola) 1887
Box 7 Allegheny College annual catalogs 1865 - 1870
Box 7 Alpha Delta Phi 25th anniversary report 1857
Box 7 Amenia Seminary annual catalog 1857
Box 7 American Association of Museums report 1906 - 1907
Box 7 American Philological Association sessions 1869 - 1874
Box 20 Archaeological Institute of Rome certificate 1865
Box 7 Art Clubs information 1898
Box 7 Autobiographical sketch undated
Box 7 Centennial celebration of George Fisk Comfort 1934
Box 7 Course material undated
Box 7 Discharge of bankruptcy certificate 1899
Box 7 Erie Canal monument 1897
Box 8 Exhibition catalog - Flower and Sculpture 1902
Box 8 Exhibition catalog - Societe Royale Belge de Photographie 1865
Box 8 Extract from History of Art and Design in America - Dunlap 1834
Box 8 Fort Plain Seminary catalog 1859
Box 8 Funeral material 1910
Box 8 Genealogical material 1900, 1904, undated
 Paternal Genealogical List of George Fisk Comfort
Box 8 Harper Brothers publishing contract 1871
Box 8 Honorary Degree material - University of State of New York, Syracuse University 1890, 1893
Box 8 Journal from time in Berlin 1864
Box 8 La Porte, Texas printed information 1894
Box 9 La Porte, Texas scrapbook 1894
Box 20 Literature Lecture certificate 1888
Box 9 Mazzaranti Collection information 1901 - 1902
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Box 9 40th annual member meeting 1910
Box 9 Announcements 1888 - 1934
Box 9 Annual reports 1896 - 1907
Box 9 Annual reports 1896 - 1906
Box 9 Annual reports 1908 - 1909
Box 20 Certificate of Honorary Fellow 1897
Box 9 Museum foundation and organization 1869 - 1897
 Abstract of the Initial Proceedings: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Box 9 Miscellaneous printed material 1867, 1841, 1877, undated
Box 9 Modern Language Association of America proceedings 1884
Box 10 National Art Theatre Society manual 1904
Box 10 Newspaper clippings 1890 - 1942
Box 10 Notebook undated
Box 20 Oneida Conference Seminary diploma 1852, 1853
Box 10 Property information 1894 - 1904
Box 10 Ricordi Canavesani Luigi Palma di Cesnola, a Rivarolo Canavese e a Cesnola (L. Roversi) 1901
Box 10 Sketchbook from Italian tour 1861 - 1862
 Sketches by George Fisk Comfort from Italian tour, 1862
Box 20 Society of the Sons of the American Revolution certificate 1904
Box 10 Stationary and calling cards undated
Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts
Box 10 Administration 1896 - 1901
Box 10 Bylaws and incorporation 1897
Box 11 Collection 1900 - 1910
Box 11 Exhibitions 1901 - 1907, 1930
Box 11 History undated
 Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts publication, 1897
Box 11 Legal documents 1895 - 1905
Box 11 Membership and subscription 1895 - 1905
Box 11 Petitions 1892 - 1902
Box 11 Requests to Mrs. Russell Sage 1906
Box 12 Syracuse University 1876 - 1893
Box 12 Texas property contracts 1892
Box 12 Wesleyan University alumni record 1895, 1901
Box 20 Wesleyan University diploma - bachelor of arts 1857
Box 20 Wesleyan University diploma - masters of arts 1860
Box 12 Will of George Fisk Comfort 1893
Box 12 Wyoming Seminary annual catalog 1855
Box 12 "Art for Art's Sake" (lecture) 1898
Box 12 "Art Museums in America" (article) 1870
Box 12 Catholic Sons of St. Peter/Chamber of Commerce speech undated
Box 12 "Development for Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts" (speech) undated
Box 12 "Esthetics in Collegiate Education" (article) 1867
Box 12 "Fashion in Art" (lecture) 1898
Box 12 "Fine Arts as an Undergraduate Study" (article) 1874
 Fine Arts as an Undergraduate Study, 1874
Box 12 A First Book in German (book) 1872
Box 12 First German Reader (book) 1872, 1895
Box 12 A German Course (book) 1884
Box 12 A German Reader (book) 1871 1877
Box 13 History of Syracuse University essay undated
Box 13 "Illyrian Literature" (article) 1863
Box 13 "Importance of the Fine Arts" (speech) undated
Box 13 Italian Textbook (bound manuscript) undated
Box 13 "Land Troubles in Ireland" (article) 1881
Box 13 "Modern Languages in Education" (article) 1872
Box 13 Notes and fragments of writings undated
Box 14 "The Relation of Patronage to Art" (lecture) 1898
Box 14 "Sketches of Travel and Study" (article) 1895
Box 14 Teacher's Companion to Comfort's German Course (book) 1870
Box 14 "A Trip in Southern Greece" (article) 1899
Box 14 "What is Art?" (lecture) 1898
Box 14 "Wolff-Leavenworth Collection of Engravings" (speech) 1890
Box 14 "A Word for Turkey" (article) 1861
Anna Manning Comfort
Box 14 Comfort, Ralph 1896 - 1904
Box 14 Flanagan, Mary 1900 - 1902
Box 14 General 1868 - 1871, 1892 - 1911 (5 folders)
Box 14 Manning, A. C. 1890 - 1891
Box 14 Manning, Elizabeth 1890 - 1892
Box 14 Myers, Helen 1899 - 1900
Box 14 Pugliatti, T. P. 1909
Box 14 Sims, Charles 1904
Box 14 Smalley, Frank 1910 - 1911
Box 14 Thacher Post, Alice 1899
Box 14 Comfort family
 Ralph Manning Comfort at 2 years, 9 months old
 Ralph Manning Comfort at 10 years of age
 Frederic Price Comfort
 George and Anna Comfort
Box 14 Manning family
 Grandmother Manning, Anna Harnad
 Dr. Clemence S. Lozier, Aunt of Anna Manning Comfort
 A. C. Manning, father of Anna Manning Comfort
 Mrs. A. C. Manning, mother of Anna Manning Comfort
Box 14 Portraits
 Anna Manning Comfort at 30 years of age
 Anna Manning Comfort, seated in office
Subject files
Box 15 American Equal Rights Association address 1867
Box 15 Biographical material undated
Box 15 Client records undated
Box 15 Hospital Guild of the New York Medical College for Women 1900 - 1904
Box 15 In Memoriam: Clemence Sophia Lozier 1888
Box 15 Ka-Na-Te-Nah Club 1896 - 1904
Box 19 Medical kit undated
 Anna Manning Comfort's Medical Kit
Box 15 Miscellaneous printed material undated
Box 15 National American Woman Suffrage Association convention 1894
 Cover of National American Woman Suffrage Association Convention Program, signed by Susan B. Anthony, 1894
Box 20 New York Medical College for Women diploma 1865
Box 15 New York Medical College for Women material 1870 - 1871
Box 15 Newspaper clippings 1891 - 1909
Box 15 Notes from medical school 1863, 1864
Box 16 Physician's account books 1867, 1887, 1889 - 1890, 1891, 1895 - 1897, 1898 - 1900
Box 16 Physician's Hand-Book of Practice and Memoranda 1858
Box 17 Prescription notes undated
Box 17 Professional Women's League of Syracuse 1899
Box 17 Stationary and calling cards undated
Box 17 Syracuse Political Equality Club 1900 - 1905
Box 17 Will of Anna Manning Comfort 1893
Box 17 Articles 1874 - 1903
Box 17 Notes and fragments of writings undated
Box 17 Poetry 1893 - 1909
Box 17 Scrapbook of various publications undated
Box 17 Thesis draft and notes undated
 Draft of Anna Manning Comfort's Thesis
Box 17 Woman's Education and Woman's Health 1874
Ralph Manning Comfort
Box 18 Avery, Samuel 1898
Box 18 Butler, Harold L. 1934
Box 18 Comfort, George Fisk 1898 - 1903
Box 18 Comfort, Silas G. 1894 - 1910
Box 18 Condit, A. J. 1899
Box 18 Fenner, Burt 1900 - 1901
Box 18 Gade, John 1901
Box 18 General 1892 - 1910, 1934 - 1944 (3 folders)
Box 18 McKim, Charles 1897 - 1898
Box 18 Mead, William 1895 - 1901
Box 18 Merriman, Daniel 1905
Box 18 Smalley, Frank 1910 - 1913
Box 18 White, Andrew D. 1904
Box 18 White, Standford 1898 - 1902
Subject files
Box 18 Biographical material 1910 1943
Box 18 Newspaper clippings 1934 - 1954
Box 18 McKim, Mead & White material undated
Box 20 Syracuse University diploma 1893
Box 18 Travel journal and brochure 1891
Box 18 Wills of Ralph Manning Comfort and Ethel Nutt Comfort 1910
Other family members
Box 18 C. S. Comfort 1853
Box 18 Emily Comfort 1844
Box 18 Frederick Price Comfort 1900 - 1910
Box 18 Melville Comfort 1900 - 1910
Box 18 Silas G. Comfort 1897, 1906 - 1910
Box 18 William Comfort 1892

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