Guide to Manuscript Collections of the New Jersey Historical Society (1957); new edition in preparation.
Papers, 1735–96, 26 items. Includes the autobiography of Beverly Chew (1794–1844), vice-consul in Russia under President James Madison. The original title of this item, transcribed and edited by Morris R. Chew in 1890, is "Notes and Memorandums for Reference 1794–1844," 71 pp. (MG 596)
Edward H. Wright
Correspondence, 1850–51, 30 pp. U.S. secretary of legation at St. Petersburg. Several letters in typescript copies, written to his family in Newark when he was serving in Russia. Published in Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, vol. 82 (1964), pp. 75–100, 153–79, and 241–71. (MG 637)
Reeve Schley, Sr. (1881-1960)
Papers, 1904–44, 25 ft. Banker, lawyer, and president of the American-Russian Chamber of Commerce (1923–40). Ca. 5 ft. of the collection pertains to the organization he headed. Unpublished inventory. (MG 870)
Papers, 1663–1959, 60 ft. (microfilmed in 46 reels). In the business correspondence of Colonel John Stevens (roll 19) for 1817 there are documents from his contacts with Tsar Alexander I concerning the possible use of steam frigates and elongated shells in naval warfare with the Turks in the Black Sea. Count Andrew Dashkoff, Russian minister to the Court of St. James (London), served as intermediary in these discussions. On roll 20 is a reference to "railroads (including the experimental Montagnes Russes)"—which may refer to roller coasters, an amusement item introduced into Russia during Alexander's reign. Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Stevens Family Papers, edited by M. Studley, C. Cummings, and T. Krom (1968); W.P.A. Calendar of the Stevens Family Papers, 3 vols. (Newark, 1940); and unpublished W.P.A. calendars. (MG 409)
Papers, 1824–33, 61 items. Naval surgeon. His journal pertains in part to a voyage aboard the U.S.S. Concord (under Matthew Perry's command), taking John Randolph (1773–1833) to St. Petersburg to take up his duties as minister extraordinary to the Imperial Russian Court. The ship departed Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1830. (MG 182)