Jesse Jay Ricks Collection, 1274-1903

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Jesse Jay Ricks Collection, 1274-1903

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Ricks, Jesse Jay (1880-1944)

 

Collection, 1274-1903

 

.84 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes)

 

Chicago lawyer (1903-1917) and collector of historical documents, especially those pertaining to Illinois.  He was the son of James Benjamin Ricks, an attorney and the mayor of Taylorville, Illinois.  He was the president of Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation, 1925-1941 and chairman of the board of directors, 1941-1944.  Died in Plandome, New York, February 20, 1944.

 

A diverse collection of letters and documents signed by famous persons of the United States and Europe.  Most of the documents originated in Illinois or refer to Illinois issues.  Signatures and subjects found in the collection include:  Horatio Alger Jr., Chester A. Arthur, David J. Baker, John Lowrie Beveridge, William H. Bissell, Black Hawk War, Shadrach Bond, Sidney Breese, John Brown, Paul Brown, Orville Hickman Browning, Thomas Carlin, Lewis Cass, Rene August Chouteau, Henry Clay, Edward Coles, Isaac Darneille, David Davis, Jefferson Davis, John A. Dix, Francois Dollier de Casson, Stephen A. Douglas, Joseph Duncan, Ninian Edwards, Edward Everett, William L.D. Ewing, Eugene Field, Thomas Ford, Alexander Fowler, Benjamin Franklin, August C. French, Robert Fulton, Ulysses S. Grant, Horace Greeley, Edward E. Hale, Henry W. Halleck, John Hancock, Ozias M. Hatch, Moise Hillaret, Illinois and Michigan Canal, Andrew Jackson, Johannes I Bishop of London, Solomon Juneau, Elias Kent Kane, Francis Scott Key, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Robert Todd Lincoln, John A. Logan, Benson J. Lossing, Owen Lovejoy, George B. McClellan, John Alexander McClernand, John McLean, Samuel McRoberts, James Madison, John Marshall, Joel A. Matteson, Pierre Menard, Napoleon I, Richard J. Oglesby, Theodore Parker, John Howard Payne, Nathaniel Pope, David Prickett, John Reynolds, William A. Richardson, John M. Robinson, Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, James Semple, Williams H. Seward, James Shields, Benjamin Silliman, Slavery, Jared Sparks, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alexander H. Stephens, Thirteenth Amendment, Jesse B. Thomas, Lyman Trumbull, Twenty-fourth Army Corps, Francois Vigo, John Wood, Richard Yates, and Richard M. Young.

 

Access:  Open for research

 

Accession No.: 1937

 

Processed by:

                                                                                                                                    CBS/Sept. 2004

                                                                                                                                     dsh/2010

 

 

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                                                                       Container List

 

Box     Folder

 

1          1          Alphabetical List

            2          Alger, Horatio Jr. – ALS to Victor H. Wolff, New York [City], July 23, 1879      

            3          Arthur, Chester A. (Pres.)–DS (Appointment of Samuel C. Parks, Associate Justice,                         Supreme Court of Wyoming Territory), Washington, Jan. 11, 1882       

            4          Baker, David J. – ALS to L.J. Cist, Kaskaskia, April 9, 1842

            5          Beveridge, John Lowrie (Gov.) –ALS to L.J. Cist, Springfield, August 25, 1876  

            6          Bissell, W.H. (Gov.) – ALS to L.J. Cist, Belleville, December 26, 1856            

            7          Black Hawk War – Roll of Captain W.B. Archer’s Company (afterwards 1st regt.,

                           2nd brigade)

            8          Bond, Shadrach (Gov.) – ALS, Kaskaskia, January 21, 1823   

            9          Breese, Sidney – ALS [Washington], June 1, 1844; MS speech (Response to resolutions

                           of Illinois Supreme Court on death of President Lincoln), (1865)          

            10        Brown, John – ALS (3) to his family, 1852-1857; also AL (signature cut out) from his

                           father with AN from brother Jason Brown, Richfield, September 25, 1843 (4 pieces) 

            11        Brown, Paul – Autograph MS of “The Woodcutter or Glimpse of the 19th Century of the

                           West”.

            12        Browning, Orville H. – ALS to his wife, Lower Blue Licks, Kentucky, July 24, 1844; to

                            J.N. McChesney, Washington, September 25, 1866; Autograph envelope, Quincy,        

                           October 8, 1861

            13        Carlin, Thomas (Gov.) – ALS to L.J. Cist, Quincy, June 8, 1842; ALS to Dr. Richard F.   

                           Barret,Carrollton, November 19, 1849

            14        Cass, Lewis – ALS to C.I. Lanman,Washington, November 16, 1828

            15        Chouteau, [Rene] August – ADS (Receipt to Jean Baptiste (?) LeMoine),St. Louis,

                           June 1, 1802

            16        Clay, Henry – ALS to A.G. Henry,Ashland, June 17, 1844

            17        Coles, Edward (Gov.) – Letters and papers, 1848-1853 (4 pieces)

            18        Darneille, Isaac – ALS to Henry Vanderburgh,Cahokia, April 22, 1798

            19        Davis, David – Autograph endorsement signed,Bloomington,Illinois, July 15, 1865;

                           also ANS to O.H. Browning

            20        Davis, Jefferson – ALS (3), 1856-1865; MS and map onMississippi riflemen at siege of

                           Monterey, 1846 (4 pieces)

            21        Dix, John A. (Gen.) – LS and ALS to O.H. Browning, 1866-1868

            22        [Douglas, Stephen A.] – [MS notes on speech “in reply to Senator Clayton on the Central

                           American Treaty,” delivered in the U.S. Senate, March 10 and 17, 1853]

            23        Dollier de Casson, Francois – ADS 1700?

            24        Duncan, Joseph (Gov.) – Letters and papers, 1834-1841 (3 pieces)

            25        Edwards, Ninian (Gov.) – ALS,Belleville,Illinois, March 20, 1832

            26        Everett, Edward – ALS to W.F. Poole, [Boston], August 5, 1863

            27        Ewing, W.L.D. (Gov.) – ALS to David J. Baker, October 24, 1838

            28        Field, Eugene – ALS to his wife, St. Louis, January 16, 1876

            29        Ford, Thomas (Gov.) ALS to L.J. Cist,Springfield, October 28, 1842

            30        Fowler, Alexander – ALS to Don Manuel Gayosa de Lemos, Wingfield, [Pennsylvania]

                           June 27, 1793

31        [Franklin, Benjamin] [Page fromPennsylvania Journal of House of Representatives, 1757]

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Box     Folder

 

1          32        French, A.C. – ALS [to L.J. Cist],Springfield, April 15, 1851

33        Fulton, Robert – ALS to Thomas Newton,Washington, July 13, 1812

34        Grant, U.S. – ALS (2), DS (1), 1853-1863

35        Greeley, Horace – MS accepting nomination for Presidency,New York, July 18, 1872

36        [Greeley, Horace] – MS notification of his nomination signed by J.R. Doolittle,

                 annotated by Greeley, Baltimore, July 10, 1872   

37        Hale, Edward Everett – ALS, Roxbury, [Massachusetts], January 5, 1876

38        [Halleck, Henry W.] – ALS (with initials) to his wife,Washington, July 28, [1862]

39        Hancock, John – DS Order of Continental Congress,Philadelphia, November 15, 1776;

                 also subscription list signed by John Hancock [and others], January (?), 1765

   40        Hatch, O.M. – ALS to L.J. Cist,Springfield, August 7, 1861

   41       Hillaret, Moise – DS (Acknowledgement of indebtedness to Rene Cuillerier), August 8,

                 1708

   42        Illinois and Michigan Canal – Map of the termination of the canal

   43        Jackson, Andrew (Pres.) – ADS,Davidson County,Tennessee, December 27, 1811; DS,

                 Washington, June 3, 1836; DS, Washington, April 1, 1831

   44        Johannes (James) I, Bishop ofLondon, 1274

   45        Juneau, Solomon – ALS to E. Whitlesey,Milwaukie [sic], October 17, 1843

   46        Kane, Elias Kent – ALS to D.J. Baker [Washington], May 19, 1834

   47        Key, F[rancis] S[cott] – Bill to Robert E. Griffith (Professional services in connection

                withYazoo lands), December 12, 1814

   48        [Lincoln, A.] –AL to J.F. Speed,Springfield, March 24, 1843

   49        Lincoln, A. – DS, March 27, 1861; January 10, 1862; March 17, 1863 (originals with

                 Lincoln oversize; Photostats withLincoln oversize Photostats)

   50        [Lincoln, Abraham]

51        Lincoln, Abraham (forgery) – Signature on fly leaf of book

52        [Lincoln, Abraham] – June, 1864

53        Lincoln, Mary [Todd] – ALS to O.H. Browning,Chicago, September 24, [1865]

54        [Lincoln, Abraham] – Letters toLincoln, November 1860-February, 1861

55        Lincoln, Robert T. – Letters and papers, 1861-1903 (6 items)

 

2          1          Logan, John A. (Gen.) – ALS to C.L. Cist,St. Paul, August 9, 1867

            2          Lossing, Benson J. – ALS to W.W. Benjamin,Dover Plains,New York, October 8, 1873

            3          Lovejoy, Owen – ALS to Henry Asbury (envelope),Washington,D.C., January 30, 1860

            4          McClellan, George B. – ALS (3), Chicago, 1857-1859

            5          McClernand, John A. (Gen.) – LS to Gov. Richard Yates, nearVicksburg,Miss., May 28,

                           1863; AD,Philadelphia, July 20, 1863?

6          McLean, John – ALS Washington, January 14, 1825; ALS to James McLean,

               Washington, March 8, 1829

7          McRoberts, Samuel – ALS to James Hall,Danville,Illinois, October 16, 1839

8          Madison, James (Pres.) – DS (Appointment of Ninian Edwards, Governor ofIllinois

                Territory),Washington, April 24, 1809;Illinois becomes Territory, (interim appoint-

                ment until next regular session of Congress), February 3, 1809 (Photostat with over-

                size Photostats)

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Box     Folder

 

2          9          Marshall, John – ALS, Washington, February 5, 1833               

            10        Matteson, J.A. (Gov,) – ALS to L.J. Cist,Springfield, May 20, 1854

            11        Menard, Pierre – Autograph, March 14, 1837

            12        Napoleon I, 1769-1821 – Endorsement on report, March 21, 1812

            13        Oglesby, R.J. (Gov.) – ALS to L.J. Cist,Springfield, May 24, 1865

            14        [Parker, Theodore] – MS notebook, 1856-1857(?)

            15        [Payne, John Howard] – MS poem

            16        Pope, Nathaniel – ALS to Henry Eddy, Kaskaskia, December 8, 1830

            17        Prickett, D. – Papers (letters, accounts, including report to Gov. Ford, on Bank of

                           Illinois, Shawneetown, May 6, 1843), 1827-1843 (5 pieces)

            18        Reynolds, John (Gov.) – ALS (2) to L.J. Cist,Washington, February 17, 1841;

                           January 29, 1842

            19        Richardson, W.A. (Sen.) – ALS to L.J. Cist,Washington, January 15, 1862

            20        Robinson, John A. (Sen.) – ALS to D.J. Baker,Washington, January 8, 1833

            21        Sanborn, F.B. – MS speech on Captain John Brown, delivered at Concord Lyceum,

                           February 28, 1866

            22        Semple, James – ALS to Joseph B. Boyd,Washington, December 28, 1843

            23        Seward, William – ALS toThaddeus Stevens,Washington, July 14, 1862

            24        Shields, James (Gen.) – LS to L.J. Cist,Washington, December 22, 1854

            25        Silliman, Benjamin – ALS to Edward Hooker,New Haven, {Connecticut], October 24,

                           1816

            26        Slavery – MS material (indenture, bills of sale and advertisement) on Negro slavery in

                           U.S., 1815-1854

            27        Sparks, Jared – DS (Acceptance of gift ofEbenezer Lane,Sandusky,Ohio),Cambridge,

                           Massachusetts, April 23, 1851

            28        Stanton, Elizabeth Cady – ALS toEben Lane,Tenafly,New Jersey, October 14, 1878

            29        Thomas, Jesse B. – ALS to M.T. Williams,Mt.Vernon, July 28, 1837

            30        13th Amendment – Autographs of Signers

            31        Trumbull, Lyman – ALS (2), 1856-1861

            32        [Unidentified Notes (3)]

            33        U.S. 35th Congress – Invitation to testimonial dinner, signed by S.A. Douglas and others,

                            Washington, March 1, 1859

            34        [U.S. Army] 24th Army Corps – General Order No. 43,Appomattox Court House,

                             Virginia, April 11, 1865

            35        Vigo, Francois – DS witnessed by John Rice Jones, [Vincennes,IndianaTerritory],

            36        Wood, John (Gov.) – LS to L.J. Cist,Springfield, August 16, 1861

            37        Yates, Richard (1818-1873) ALS to [A.] Lincoln, Jacksonville, Illinois, October 20, 1856             38                 Yates, Richard (1818-1873) ALS to Col. J.J.S. Wilson,Springfield, October 27, 1862;

              ALS to L.J. Cist,Springfield, February 18, 1861

                      39          Young, Richard M. (Sen.) – ALS to David J. Baker,Washington, February 1, 1839

 

 

Citation

“Jesse Jay Ricks Collection, 1274-1903,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed April 21, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/537.