Isadore M. Fixman collection, 1667-1969
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Brief Description: The Fixman collection (MC 2) contains materials which date from 1667-1969. The bulk of the material dates from 1800-1860. The collection is organized in three series. Series I, Correspondence and Miscellany, is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and subject containing letters and legal documents, primarily written by residents of New York State. The correspondence is of various types: personal, professional, and business. This series contains family correspondence of members of the Van Rensselaer, Copeland, and Bleeker families. Additional, notable correspondents include scientists and inventors such as Joseph Henry and Robert Fulton; political figures DeWitt Clinton, Erastus Corning, General John E. Wool, Hamilton Fish, and Alexander Hamilton; educator Emma Willard; and naturalist James Hall. Series II, Photographs and Albums contains photographs of nineteenth-century portraiture of members of the Van Rensselaer family from the album of Elizabeth Van Rensselaer and black and white photographs taken in the mid-1950s and 1960s of Van Rensselaer homes. Series III, Newspapers, arranged alphabetically by title, contains newpapers with articles relating to Van Rensselaer family members and other prominent New York and national events including the War of 1812 and the construction of the Erie Canal.
Held at:
Institute Archives and Special Collections
Phone: 518 276 8340
Email: lib-archives [at]
Created by: Fixman, Isadore M. (1905-1969), Clinton, DeWitt (1769-1828), Fish, Hamilton (1808-1893), Fulton, Robert (1765-1815), Henry, Joseph (1797-1878), Van Rensselaer, Stephen (1764-1839), Willard, Emma (1787-1870), Wool, John Ellis (1784-1869)
Volume: 7.0 Linear Feet
Arrangement: Arranged in three series.
Biographical Note for Fixman, Isadore M. (1905-1969) : Isadore M. Fixman was born October 12, 1905, in Woodbine, New Jersey. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1925 with a degree in electrical engineering. From 1937-1969 he was the treasurer, then president and owner of Hub Electric Inc., in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Fixman was an active alumnus of Rensselaer. He was president of the class of 1927, a Life Patroon, president of the Alumni Association from 1962-1964, and a member of the Institute’s Board of Trustees from 1967-1969. He was also very active in many community and professional organizations in the Chicago area. In the mid-1950s Mr. Fixman became very interested in the history of the Van Rensselaer family, especially Stephen III, and began to collect their correspondence, photographs, and newspaper accounts of their activities. His collecting was eventually extended to the entire Albany-Troy-Schenectady area and encompassed most of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Mr. Fixman had intended to eventually donate his collection to Rensselaer and a his wife, Fannabell S. Fixman, donated the collection to the Institute in 1970 after his death in a plane crash near Indianapolis, Indiana on September 9, 1969. In the early 1970’s, when planning was underway for a new library building, Mrs. Fixman established an endowment to fund the Institute Archives and Special Collections Department. In recognition of Isadore Fixman’s service to the Institute the newly created archives and special collections department were named the Fixman Historical Collections.
Subject Index
Albany County (N.Y.)
Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828
Erie Canal (N.Y.)
Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893
Fulton, Robert, 1765-1815
Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878
Livingston Family
New York (State) - History - 1775-1865
Rensselaer County (N.Y.)
Schuyler Family
Willard, Emma, 1787-1870
Wool, John Ellis, 1784-1869
Genres/Forms of Material
Family papers
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
PreferredCitation: Isadore M. Fixman collection, MC 2. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.