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|Named Person:||Maxwell Anderson; Charles A Dana; William Randolph Hearst; William M Laffan; Chester Sanders Lord; S S McClure; Walter Hines Page; Joseph Pulitzer; Julian Ralph; Theodore Roosevelt; Elihu Root; William Sulzer; Samuel Untermyer; Anthony Comstock; Paul Dana; William Jay Gaynor; Martin Henry Glynn; Hugh John Grant; David Bennett Hill; Joseph O'Connor|
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William McMurtrie Speer
|Description:||17 linear ft. (approximately 11,000 items in 34 boxes, 3 oversize volumes & 1 oversize folder)|
There are 14 manuscript boxes & 3 oversize volumes concerning his work as a journalist & publisher. Speer was the Albany correspondent for "The Sun" from 1884 until 1893. From 1893 to 1896 he was editor and part owner of "The Argus" in Albany and there are business records from this period. There is a scrapbook of his articles for "The Buffalo Express" for the period from 1896 until 1903. In 1896 he founded The Law Press as a commercial printer for lawyers, and The Cornucopia Company to publish music and a literary periodical. From 1904 to 1909, he was editorial and legislative writer for the "Evening World" in New York City and there are files of his correspondence, editorial writing, and his investigations of the insurance industry and the Panama Canal libel suit. From 1903 until 1922, he contributed to periodicals and wrote books and pamphlets on many subjects. Starting in 1919, he worked on a scenario and publicity for the Fox Film Corporation's film on wounded veterans of the war. In 1922, he became an editorial writer for "The Evening Mail."
There are 10 boxes of material covering his activities as a public official and political appointee. In 1889, he was Secretary of the Johnstown Flood Committee; in 1889 and 1890, Secretary to The Committee for The International Exposition of 1892; in 1890, Secretary to Mayor of New York City Hugh J. Grant; in 1894, Delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention. In 1910, he was appointed Special Counsel to New York City for the Ashokan Reservoir Compensation Claims, advising the city on landowners' claims in Ulster County. In 1912 and 1913, he was Special Counsel for the Aldermanic Police Investigation in New York City during the anticorruption drive of Mayor William J. Gaynor. In 1920, he bacame a Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States to investigate profiteering in the coal industry.
There are 5 boxes of case files from his private legal practice for the period 1890 to 1923.
And there are 4 boxes of papers and an oversize folder of drawings concerning his interests as an inventor, promoter, and businessman. These are files about the Snow Melter (his device to clear city streets), his New York & Brooklyn Economic Power & Construction Company (for the transmission of electricity), The Pneumatic Co. (to manufacture stencil cutting machines), The Philippines Company (a shipping business), hinge making machines (patents and contracts for manufacturing), rack cutting apparatus, an old age pension plan (for the sale of annuities), the Food Committee (a planned co-operative purchasing company), Fabricated Concrete Corporation (which built, rented, and sold houses made of cinder block), Sunlight Gas Machine Co. (which sold equipment for gas lighting), timber mill and timber land sales (acting as an agent for selling land in the southern states), and public transit reorganization (his plan for improving the transportation system in New York City).
Among the cataloged correspondents are: Maxwell Anderson, Charles A. Dana, David B. Hill, Walter Hines Page, S.S. McClure, and Elihu Root.
- Anderson, Maxwell, -- 1888-1959.
- Dana, Charles A. -- (Charles Anderson), -- 1819-1897.
- Hearst, William Randolph, -- 1863-1951.
- Laffan, William M.
- Lord, Chester Sanders, -- 1850-1933.
- McClure, S. S. -- (Samuel Sidney), -- 1857-1949.
- Page, Walter Hines, -- 1855-1918.
- Pulitzer, Joseph, -- 1847-1911.
- Ralph, Julian, -- 1853-1903.
- Roosevelt, Theodore, -- 1858-1919.
- Root, Elihu, -- 1845-1937.
- Sulzer, William, -- 1863-1941.
- Untermyer, Samuel, -- 1858-1940.
- Equitable Life Insurance Company.
- Fox Film Corporation.
- New York (N.Y.). -- Board of Aldermen.
- New York (N.Y.). -- Board of City Record.
- New York (N.Y.). -- Department of Water Resources.
- New York (N.Y.). -- Law Department.
- New York (N.Y.). -- Police Department -- Investigation.
- United States. -- Attorney-General.
- Argus (Albany, N.Y. : 1883 : Daily)
- Brooklyn citizen.
- Buffalo morning express (Buffalo, N.Y. : 1878)
- City record (New York, N.Y.)
- Evening mail (New York, N.Y. : 1904)
- Evening world (New York, N.Y.)
- New York law journal. New York, New York Law Pub. Co.
- Sun (New York, N.Y. : 1833)
- World (New York, N.Y. : 1883 : Daily)
- Actions and defenses.
- Cinder blocks.
- Coal -- Transportation -- Law and legislation.
- Coal trade.
- Concrete houses.
- Consumer cooperatives.
- Eminent domain -- New York (State)
- Floods -- Pennsylvania -- Johnstown (Cambria County)
- Food supply.
- Government litigation.
- Hinges -- Manufacture.
- Insurance companies -- Investigation.
- Libel and slander.
- Local transit -- New York (State) -- New York -- Reorganization.
- Lumber trade -- Southern States.
- Dairy laws -- New York (State)
- Music publishing.
- Newspaper publishing.
- Old age pensions.
- Police corruption -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Precast concrete construction.
- Printing -- Technological innovations.
- Publishers and publishing.
- Real property.
- Representation in administrative proceedings.
- Sawmills -- Southern States.
- Ships, Concrete.
- Snow removal -- Technological innovations.
- Stencils and stencil cutting -- Technological innovations.
- Transportation -- New York (State) -- New York -- Reorganization.
- Trials (Libel)
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans.
- Ashokan Reservoir (N.Y.)
- Johnstown (Cambria County, Pa.) -- Floods.
- Kingston (N.Y.)
- Panama Canal (Panama)
- Ulster County (N.Y.)
- Comstock, Anthony, -- 1844-1915.
- Dana, Paul, -- 1852-1930.
- Gaynor, William Jay, -- 1849-1913.
- Glynn, Martin Henry, -- 1871-1924.
- Grant, Hugh John, -- 1855-
- Hill, David Bennett, -- 1843-1910.
- O'Connor, Joseph, -- 1841-1908.
- Brooklyn Edison Company, Inc.
- Cornucopia Company.
- Delaware and Eastern Railway Company.
- Dixie Transportation Co., Inc.
- Douglass Barnes Corporation.
- Fabricated Concrete Corporation.
- Food Committee.
- International Exposition of 1892.
- Johnstown Flood Committee.
- Law Press.
- New York and Brooklyn Economic Power and Construction Company.
- New York Mail and Newspaper Transportation Company.
- New York (N.Y.). -- Office of the Mayor.
- New York (State). -- Constitutional Convention -- (1894)
- Philippines Company.
- Pneumatic Co.
- Sunlight Gas Machine Co., Inc.