Elihu Root, 1845-1937 (Papers, 1904-1937)

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Elihu Root, 1845-1937 (Papers, 1904-1937)


Basic Information

Creator: Root, Elihu, 1845-1937
Title: Papers, 1904-1937
Quantity: 30 Boxes (30 linear ft); .25 inch flat file; 1 3" 3' and 1 6" 3' Tube; 2.7 cubic ft box; 7 Cataloged Photograph Albums (2 cubic feet); 3.9 cubic feet of miscellaneous visual material; one wooden box; 12 photograph albums; two folios; 2 unframed photographs; 1 diploma tube; 3 scrapbooks; 10 framed photographs; 2 rolled items; 1 additional items
Identification: 0000.14
Location: H.C. Archives: 0000.14.1 -- 0000.14.30: BS; 0000.14.31: NES-2; 0000.14.32: ; 0000.14.33 -- 0000.14.34: Tube; 0000.14.35: NES-3; 0000.14.36: NES-38


Elihu Root was born in Clinton, NY on 15 February 1845 and died in New York, NY on 6 February 1937. He attended Hamilton College (A.B., 1864, A.M. in course, 1867) and University Law School of New York. He served in the following positions: Member Alaskan Boundary Tribunal; United States District Attorney, Southern New York, 1883 - 85; Secretary of War, 1899 - 1904; Secretary of State, 1905 - 09; U.S. Senator from New York, 1909 - 15; Senior Counsel for the U.S., North Atlantic Fisheries Arbitration, The Hague, 1910; Ambassador at Head of Special Diplomatic Mission to Russia, 1917. Root was awarded the following: Nobel Peace Prize, 1912; Roosevelt Memorial Medal for Administration of Public Office, 1924; Woodrow Wilson Foundation Medal and Prize for Services to Peace, 1926. He was a member of the following organizations: British Academy; Istitut de droit International; American Academy of Arts and Letters; Commission of International Justice appointed by Council of League of Nations to prepare plans for a permanent Court of International Justice; Commissioner Plenipotentiary for the U.S. in International Conference on the Limitation of Armaments; Committee of Experts convened at Geneva 1929 to revise Statute of Permanent Court


Contains the unofficial correspondence of Elihu Root (Family and Official Papers are held in the Library of Congress). Extensive collection of personal correspondence and correspondence related to his office-holding and various public appointments and activities, these include: Chair of the New York State Constitutional Convention; 1917 Mission to Russia; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Metropolitan Museum of Art; New York Public Library; legal cases in which he served as counsel. Collection also includes a substantial number of photographs.

Organized chronologically, alphabetically, and by subject.

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