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Marcus L. Filley papers

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Marcus L. Filley papers, 1832-1915

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Title: Marcus L. Filley papers, 1832-1915Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1856-1881

Primary Creator: Filley, Marcus L. (1807-1892)

Extent: 3.2 Linear Feet

Arrangement: This collection is arranged in two series.  Series I. Business Papers consists of eleven subseries arranged by geographic region.  Series II. Personal Papers is organized into in four sub-series based on format; each sub-series is arranged alphabetically.

Subjects: Businessmen, Filley, Chauncey I. (Chauncey Ives), b. 1829, Filley, Marcus L. (Marcus Lucius), 1807-1892, M.L. Filley Stove Works, Politicians - Missouri - Saint Louis, Politicians - New York (State) - Rensselaer County, Stove industry and trade, Stove industry and trade - New York (State), Stove industry and trade - New York (State) - Green Island, Stove industry and trade - New York (State) - Troy

Forms of Material: Commercial correspondence, Diaries, Photographs

Languages: English

Collection processed by: A. Rupert

Abstract

The Marcus L. Filley Papers comprise business correspondence related to the sale of stoves manufactured by the Filley foundry in Green Island, NY. Some family papers, diaries and photographs are also included in this collection.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The main body of material in the Marcus L. Filley Papers (MC 12) comprises business correspondence related to the sale of stoves manufactured by the Filley foundry located in Green Island, NY . Marcus L. Filley's partnerships and the expansion of his business to New York , NY , Chicago , IL , Dallas, TX and St. Louis, MO. are reflected in the concentrations of correspondence. The original order of material by geographic region was maintained in a sub-series arrangement. Correspondence has been arranged in general alphabetical files with major correspondents separated alphabetically. Letters of report from business partners Albert Lyman, Perley A. Child and George K. Meriwether, have been further organized into sub-series within geographic regions. A file of documents and correspondence regarding stove design patent litigation and an annual catalog of Filley stoves are also included in the business material.

A small amount of personal papers consists of a variety of documents, letters, diaries and photographs belonging to several Filley family members and kept by future generations of Filley family members. The bulk of this material was donated by Judge M. L. Filley IV in 1984. A diary kept by Caroline A. Filley following the death of her husband Marcus L. Filley in 1892 and correspondence from Chauncey Ives Filley to Frederick C. Filley during the early 1900's represents the most notable material in this series.

Biographical Note

Marcus Lucius Filley moved from his home in Bloomfied, CT to Lansingburgh, NY where his uncle Augustus had also relocated. Marcus opened a law practice in Lansingburgh in 1832 and became partners with Jacob Lansing in 1834. Marcus was active in the formation of the Republican Party in Rensselaer County during the 1850s. His brother Oliver Dwight and cousin Chauncey Ives were also active Republican Party organizers. Both men served as mayors of St. Louis and leaders in the Missouri State Republican Committee.

Marcus married Caroline Amelia Filley, a cousin, in 1835. They were the parents of six children. Their son Mark Lester, born in 1850, attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1868. He married Julia Child, daughter of Perley A. Child, in 1873. They had three children: Oliver Dwight, Mark L. and Frederick Child.

Marcus gave up his law practice in 1854 and purchased the Green Island Stove Works on George St. in Green Island. He partnered with L. Newberry forming Newberry, Filley & Co., which was in existence through 1858. In addition to the foundry, the company operated a store on River St. in Troy, NY . Newberry and Filley also set up business in Chicago, IL . During the 1860s, Albert Lyman took on the New York City market and opened a store on Water St . Perley A. Child would later manage the New York business. Giles Filley, a cousin, sold Filley stoves out of his store in St. Louis and George Meriwether managed the Dallas, Texas store of Meriwether & Filley. The Filley Company employed several traveling salesmen including John Knight and Ira Wood. Marcus' son Mark was also involved in sales trips. Troy stoves and Filley stoves in particular, became nationally and internationally known. Filley stoves were shipped as far as California, Canada, Cuba and England . 

Marcus L. Filley died January 16, 1892.

Subject/Index Terms

Businessmen
Filley, Chauncey I. (Chauncey Ives), b. 1829
Filley, Marcus L. (Marcus Lucius), 1807-1892
M.L. Filley Stove Works
Politicians - Missouri - Saint Louis
Politicians - New York (State) - Rensselaer County
Stove industry and trade
Stove industry and trade - New York (State)
Stove industry and trade - New York (State) - Green Island
Stove industry and trade - New York (State) - Troy

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Related Materials: Marcus L. Filley Papers, #SC 17735.  New York State Library, Albany, New York. (A preliminary inventory for this collection is available in the MC 12 accession folder.)

Preferred Citation: Marcus L. Filley papers, MC 12. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.


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Series I: Business PapersAdd to your cart.
Subseries A: Connecticut & MassachusettsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: A-D, 1856-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 2: E-H, 1856-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 3: I-L, 1856-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 4: M-P, 1856-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Q-T, 1856-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 6: U-Z, 1856-1872Add to your cart.
Subseries B: New YorkAdd to your cart.
Sub-subseries 1: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 6: A-D, 1860-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 7: E-H, 1860-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 8: I-L, 1860-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: M-P, 1860-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Q-T, 1860-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 11: U-Z, 1860-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Brower, J.H. & Co. New York, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Filley, Marcus L., New York, 1861Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Knight, J., New York, 1877Add to your cart.
Folder 15: M-P Connecticut and Massachusetts, 1856-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Locke and Montague, New York, 1869-1870Add to your cart.
Folder 17: McCready & Co., New York, 1868Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Newberry Filley & Co., 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Thompson, John H., New York, 1869Add to your cart.
American & Scotch Pig Iron
Folder 20: Vedder N.S., New York, 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Vrooman, J.V., New York, 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Young, M.J., New York, 1869-1870Add to your cart.
Sub-subseries 2: A. LymanAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Lyman, A., April 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Lyman, A., April 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Lyman, A., May 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Lyman, A., July 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Lyman, A., August 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Lyman, A., September 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Lyman, A., October 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Lyman, A., November 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Lyman, A., December 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Lyman, A., June 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Lyman, A., May 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Lyman, A., January 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Lyman, A., March 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Lyman, A., August 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Lyman, A., August 1870Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Lyman, A., September 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Lyman, A., October 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Lyman, A., October 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Lyman, A., November 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Lyman, A., November 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Lyman, A., December 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Lyman, A., September 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Lyman, A., 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Lyman, A., 1872Add to your cart.
Lease agreement for New York store.
Sub-subseries 3: P.A. ChildAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Child, P.A., New York, 1872, 1874Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Child, P.A., New York, January 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Child, P.A., February 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Child, P.A., New York, March 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Child, P.A., New York, April 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Child, P.A., New York, May 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Child, P.A., New York, June 1881Add to your cart.
Subseries C: PennsylvaniaAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Pennsylvania, 1870-1871Add to your cart.
Subseries D: OhioAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Ohio, 1864-1868Add to your cart.
Subseries E: Chicago, IllinoisAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 3: A-D, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: E-H, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: M-P, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Q-T, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Morris, M.H., 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Newberry, L., 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Squier, J.J., 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Wiswell, William, 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Wood, Ira P., 1864Add to your cart.
Subseries F: Michigan & WisconsinAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 12: A-D, 1867-1870Add to your cart.
Folder 13: E-H, 1863, 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 14: I-L, 1856-1874Add to your cart.
Folder 15: M-P, 1856-1870Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Q-T, 1856-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 17: U-Z, 1861, 1868Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Peterman, Stridy & Co., 1869-1870Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Knight, J.H., 1877Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Wood, Ira, 1864Add to your cart.
Subseries G: SouthAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Missouri, 1856-1863, 1882Add to your cart.
Folder 22: A-D SouthAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: E-H SouthAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: I-L South, 1861, 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 25: M-P South, 1868-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Q-T South, 1867-1870Add to your cart.
Folder 27: U-Z South, 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Campman, J.H. New Orleans, 1869-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Filley, Mark - South, 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Fullerton, D.L. - South, 1869-1872Add to your cart.
Subseries H: TexasAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: A-D, 1860-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 2: E-H, 1860-1877Add to your cart.
Folder 3: I-L, 1869-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 4: M-P, 1868-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Q-T, 1868-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 6: U-Z, 1869-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Brush, S.B., 1869-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Deats, George S., 1868-1869Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Filley, Marcus L., 1865, 1877Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Hail, William F., 1869-1870Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Hennessy & Brothers, 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Quarles, Fred, 1869-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Wood, Ira P., 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Wood, L.H., 1869-1870Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Meriwether, George K., 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meriwether, George K., 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Meriwether, George K., January 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meriwether, George K., February 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Meriwether, George K., March 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Meriwether, George K., April 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Meriwether, George K., May 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Meriwether, George K., June 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Meriwether, George K., July 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Meriwether, George K., August 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Meriwether, George K., September 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Meriwether, George K., October 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Meriwether, George K., November 1881Add to your cart.
Subseries I: California & OregonAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Oregon, 1861, 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Locke & Montagne, San Francisco, 1868-1872Add to your cart.
Subseries J: Foreign CountriesAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Canada, 1856-1870Add to your cart.
Folder 4: England, 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 5: South America, 1861, 1869Add to your cart.
Subseries K: Other DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Filley Stoves Annual Catalog, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Patent Litigation, 1854-1869Add to your cart.
Series II: Personal PapersAdd to your cart.
Subseries A: Legal DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Law Practice Account, 1832-1834Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Misc. Legal Documents, 1833-1853Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Orders re: Guardian of George Henry Van Pelt, 1844Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Partnership Agreement - Jacob Lansing & M.L. Filley, 1834Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Partnership Agreement - A. Whipple & L. Ransom, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Patent Applications, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Purchase Agreement - Augustus Filley & M. Wheeler, 1822Add to your cart.
Subseries B: Family CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Filley, Chauncey Ives to Frederick C. Filley, 1905-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Filley, Chauncey Ives to Mark L. Filley, 1905-1908Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Filley, Edward to Marcus L. Filley, 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Filley, Jay to Marcus L. Filley, 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Filley, Oliver Dwight to Marcus L. Filley, 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Filley, Caroline - Outgoing Letters, 1882, 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Filley, Chauncey Ives to Mark L. Filley, 1914-1918Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Filley, Oliver Dwight - Letters received, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Filley Genealogy, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Filley, Jennette (Nettie) - Obituary Notices, 1867Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Filter Sand Bin Design, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Lansing, John to Marcus L. Filley, 1851Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Last Will & Testament draft of Chauncey P. Ives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Register of electors, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Saratoga Female Seminary - tuition bill, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Searle, William to Marcus L. Filley, 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Unidentified correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Subseries C: DiariesAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Filley, Marcus L. - Diaries, 1865, 1867Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Filley, Mark L. - Diary, 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Filley, Mrs. Marcus L. - Diary, 1876Add to your cart.
Subseries D: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Filley, Chauncey Ives - Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Eggers, Hennetta - Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Tandupp, Lizzie - Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Unidentified Photographs, 1 of 3, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Unidentified Photographs, 2 of 3, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Unidentified Photographs, 3 of 3, undatedAdd to your cart.

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