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Walter Cass Newberry Papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-NewberryWC

Scope and Content of the Collection

Mainly paperwork related to the finances of Walter Cass Newberry and his cousin, Henry Warner Newberry. Also materials relating to Newberry's business ventures and his Civil War regiment, the 24th New York Cavalry.

The majority of the financial papers consist of correspondence between Walter Cass and Henry Warner, related to the status of the Walter L. Newberry inheritance case being pursued by said relatives, as well as the final documentation naming the decendants per stirpes. There are also letters to Henry Warner Newberry from his creditors, a “Petition of Debtor—Bankrupt” filed by Henry Warner Newberry, correspondence from William B. Candee and Louise Candee, Henry Warner Newberry’s brother-in-law and sister respectively, and Henry Warner Newberry’s Last Will and Testament.

Also in the collection are Walter Cass Newberry’s cash book and impression books, materials related to Walter C. Newberry’s business ventures, including the hops and barley business and the buying and renting out of land and buildings, correspondence between Walter Cass Newberry and members of his old regiment, the 24th New York Cavalry, documents and photographs related to the regimental history of the 24th New York Cavalry, and a transcript of Walter Cass Newberry’s official military record.


  • Creation: 1840-1908



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Walter Cass Newberry Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Walter Cass Newberry Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Walter Cass Newberry

Chicago businessman, Civil War officer, and nephew of Walter Loomis Newberry, founder of the Newberry Library.

Walter Cass Newberry (1835-1912) was born in Sangerfield, New York on December 23. During the course of his life, he pursued mercantile activities, including the hops and barley business in the Chicago area; served in the 24th New York Cavalry of the Union army during the Civil War, eventually attaining the rank of brigadier general; served as the mayor of Petersburg, VA; served as Chicago’s postmaster; and was elected to the Fifty-second Congress of the United States as a representative from Illinois. He died on July 20, 1912, and was buried in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery.


3.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes and 3 oversize boxes)


Correspondence, legal documents, and other documentation relating to the finances of Walter Cass Newberry and Henry Warner Newberry; correspondence, manuscripts, paperwork, and photographs related to the Civil War activities of the 24th New York Cavalry and Walter Cass Newberry’s military history.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 1: Walter Loomis Newberry Inheritance Case Correspondence and Related Materials, 1878-1886
Box 1
Series 2: Walter Cass Newberry Business and Financial Materials, approximately 1880-1906
Boxes 1-3
Series 3: Henry Warner Newberry Financial Materials, 1863-1908
Box 4
Series 4: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1840-1898
Box 4
Series 5: 24th New York Cavalry Regimental History and Related Materials, 1865-1900
Boxes 4-5

Collection Stack Location

1 26 5



Processed by

Kathryn Tucker, 2005.

Inventory of the Walter Cass Newberry Papers, 1840-1908
Kathryn Tucker
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States