Extent:3 boxes (1.3 linear feet)
A combination of seven gifts from Livingston family descendents, the collection contains correspondence to and from various Livingston family members. The Livingston family was one of the most powerful families in both Colonial New York, and New York State during the early republic through the end of the market revolution. Though their power and influence declined in the second half of the nineteenth-century, the Livingston family remained within the circle of New York’s elite through both wealth, as well as a modicum of social capital based on extensive family connections.
Scope and Content
The majority of the Livingston Family Papers are correspondence, both sent and received by various members of the Livingston family, the bulk containing correspondences by Edward Livingston, Edward P. Livingston, Peter R. Livingston, Philip Livingston, Robert Livingston, Robert Livingston, Jr., and Robert R. Livingston, Jr. Other documents included are newspaper clippings and materials such as recipes, and receipts. Materials span from a correspondence from Robert Livingston in 1719 to a correspondence from Philip Livingston in 1929, with the majority of the materials from 1736 to 1810.