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Manuscript Collection

lawrence papers at reed library


This collection consists of twelve letters. Ten of the letters are from Alvah Jr. and George, two sons of Alvah Lawrence of Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York, to their family as they served in the 7th Company, First Battalion of Sharpshooters. The 7th Company was originally Company L, 112th New York Volunteers, organized in Jamestown and mustered in September 12, 1862, mainly recruited in Ellicott, Busti, Ellery, Ellington, Carroll, and Jamestown. The Sharpshooters First Battalion saw a great deal of battle action in Virginia from April, 1863 to April, 1865. These letters provide a graphic description of their Civil wartime activities. The remaining two letters are from Alvah Jr. while he was working as a school teacher in Murphysboro, Illinois.


ellery baptist church papers


The Ellery Baptist Church was established in 1817. Two church buildings were constructed in Ellery Center, New York, the second of which, with alterations, is still serving the congregation. This collection consists of church records divided into several different sections, including the official church minutes, 1831-1963; church correspondence, 1820-1977; business papers, 1858-1918; church history; church papers; and transfer letters, 1820-1903. All materials are arranged chronologically by date with undated items following dated items.

crandall papers at reed library

Evelynn Crandall Papers, 1890-1991

This collection consists of xerox copies of the abstracts and scrapbook that were created by Mrs. Evelynn Crandall.Evelynn Crandall (R-Kennedy), was born Evelynn M. Stone in the Town of Randolph, December 27, 1926, the daughter of Leo R. and Laura Sample Stone Sr., and died in Kennedy, January 10, 1991. She was the first woman to serve as a Chautauqua County legislator. She was elected from District 7 (Cherry Creek, Ellington, and Poland) from 1978-1981, and again in 1984-1989. She served as Republican majority caucus leader and was chairperson of the Public Works Committee in 1988. Mrs. Crandall had a deep and abiding interest in Chautauqua County local history. She spent a great deal of time transcribing cemetery records in the town of Poland; accumulating information on past and present town of Poland residents, including war veterans; and typing and indexing official town records, including those for the town board and the highway department. Vernon R. Crandall, Evelynn's husband, allowed Reed Library's Special Collections staff to make xerographic copies of Mrs. Crandall's abstracts and scrapbooks. The box listing provides the titles of the various notebooks that were copied on acid free paper in 1991-1992.

lambert papers at reed library

John S. Lambert Papers

This collection consists of the personal correspondence as well as subject files of Hon. John Samuel Lambert. John Samuel Lambert, distinguished jurist and justice of the Supreme Court of New York, was born at Johnsonville, New York, on February 4, 1851. In 1871 he moved to Mayville, county seat of Chautauqua County, to work on a farm with his brother. Shortly thereafter, he accepted a clerkship in the surrogate's office, the first step in what was to become an illustrious legal career. The young man continued his study of law in the Fredonia offices of Morris and Russell. Admitted to the bar in 1877, he entered into partnership with that Fredonia firm a year later.In 1880 Lambert was elected Supervisor of the Town of Pomfret, NY. He left that office in 1882 after he was elected Chautauqua County judge. In 1889, after winning a hotly contested primary, he was elected to the Supreme Court bench. Here he served in the eighth judicial district in Rochester, New York, and in the appellate division in New York City until his retirement in 1921 at the age of 70. Among the most publicized cases which Judge Lambert handled were the notorious Molineux murder case retrial and a review of the Hearst-McClellan mayoralty contest in New York City. The collection contains correspondence, 1899-1947, and subject files 1865-1982. The correspondence, 1899-1947, is arranged chronologically by day, month and year. Except for the 1902 correspondence, which concerns the Molineux retrial, and a few other professional communications. The collection also contains two reels of microfilm containing three scrapbooks, including press clippings, cartoons and photographs.

Thanks to Elizabeth Thomann, Michelle Balsam, Sarah Hodges and Scott Richmond for compiling and presenting the data on these pages.

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