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MS Am 2173

Stillman, James, 1850-1918. James Stillman diaries, 1859-1918: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2173
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Stillman, James, 1850-1918.
Title: James Stillman diaries,
Date(s): 1859-1918.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Diaries of the American banker James Stillman.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

44M-439. Gift of Dr. E. G. Stillman, 45 East 75th Street, New York, New York; received: 1945 May 22.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Stillman Diaries, 1859-1918 (MS Am 2173). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

For typescript transcripts of these diaries, see MS Am 2041 (HOLLIS #6967603)

Biographical / Historical

Stillman was an American financier and banker whose presidency of National City Bank of New York made it one of the most powerful financial institutions in the United States.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Forty-eight volumes of diaries and personal account books. These diaries describe Stillman's appointments, his commute, and his general health. Some detail conversations and meetings regarding his position at the National City Bank of New York while others simply describe the weather and the births and deaths of family and friends in New York. Stillman often describes his sojourns in Europe as well as his domestic travel. Many of the diaries mention his business relationship with the Rockefellers and enumerate a variety of loans, payments, investments and expenditures both personal and corporate.

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