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HUD 875.36

Hanks, Charles Stedman, 1856-1908. Charles Stedman Hanks scrapbooks, 1875-1879: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUD 875.36
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Hanks, Charles Stedman, 1856-1908
Title: Charles Stedman Hanks scrapbooks, 1875-1879
Date(s): 1875-1879
Quantity: 0.19 cubic feet (2 flat boxes)
Abstract: Charles Stedman Hanks (A.B. 1879) was a lawyer, author, philanthropist, and railroad investigator. This collection consists of two scrapbooks that record Hanks' academic and social life during his undergraduate years at Harvard, 1875-1879.

Acquisition information:

The collection was donated to Harvard University in 1954 by Colonel Stedman Shumway Hanks.

Processing Information:

This finding aid was created by Alyson Musser in November 2013.
The collection was processed in 2013. Processing involved a collection survey, housing in appropriate archival boxes, and the creation of this finding aid.

Researcher Access:

The Charles Stedman Hanks scrapbooks, 1875-1879 are open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Hanks, Charles Stedman, 1856-1908. Charles Stedman Hanks scrapbooks, 1875-1879. HUD 875.36, Harvard University Archives.

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Biographical Note

Charles Stedman Hanks, lawyer, author, philanthropist, and railroad investigator, was born on April 10, 1856 in Lowell, Massachusetts to Rev. Stedman Wright and Sarah Humphrey (Hale) Hanks. He attended Cambridge High School, and received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1879, and a L.L.B. from Boston University in 1881. Hanks married Carina Bartrow Shumway in 1888; they had two children, Stedman Shumway Hanks (A.B. 1912) and Carina Shumway Hanks.
While an undergraduate student at Harvard, Hanks was a member of the Everett Athenaeum, the Pi Eta Society, and the Kappa Nu Society. He also was a member of the baseball and track teams, and the Class Day planning committee. Hanks won an light weight sparring match against classmate Theodore Roosevelt (A.B. 1880) in 1879.
Following graduation from Harvard, Hanks practiced law in Boston and clerked at the Charles River Street railway company, before moving to Manchester, Massachusetts after his marriage. He and his family traveled extensively in Europe, Egypt, and South America. In 1898 the family moved their main residence to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Hanks and his wife kept a convalescent cottage for underprivileged children near their home in Manchester.
In 1905, Hanks and George W.R. Harriman reported on a special investigation of the Interstate Commerce Commission and the railroad industry, at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt. Their controversial report criticized the railroad industry and eventually Roosevelt issued Hanks and Harriman a letter of censure for their work. Hanks was also the author of several books about outdoor activities and the history of New England, occasionally writing under the pseudonym Niblick. He died in Boston, Massachusetts on March 23, 1908 after suffering from pneumonia.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series:

Scope and Content

This collection consists of two scrapbooks that record Hanks' academic and social life during his undergraduate years at Harvard, 1875-1879. The volumes contain programs, newspaper articles, tickets, correspondence and ephemera documenting Hanks' participation on the baseball and track teams, as well as his membership in the Everett Athenaeum, and the Pi Eta and Kappa Nu Societies. General Harvard academic materials such as administrative brochures and course schedules, as well as correspondence from the Registrar's office commenting on Hanks' failure to meet academic requirements are also found in the scrapbooks. Ephemera and notes detail Hanks' participation in Class Day planning and graduation activities.
Noteworthy materials in the collection include brochures and news clippings from the lightweight sparring match in which Hanks bested classmate Theodore Roosevelt (A.B. 1880) in 1879. The scrapbooks also contain a series of 24 postcards detailing a boating and camping trip Hanks took with his classmates to watch the Harvard-Yale Regatta in Springfield, Massachusetts. The postcards include detailed drawings of the group's campsites and boating experiences along the Connecticut River. A limited amount of non-Harvard ephemera such as calling cards, train tickets and event programs and flyers, is also found within the scrapbooks.

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This document last updated 2013 November 20.

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