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Isadore M. Fixman collection

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

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Correspondence and Miscellany

Photographs and Albums

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Isadore M. Fixman collection, 1667-1969

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Collection Overview

Title: Isadore M. Fixman collection, 1667-1969Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1800-1860

Primary Creator: Fixman, Isadore M. (1905-1969)

Other Creators: 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)

Extent: 7.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in three series.

Subjects: 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

Forms of Material: Family papers, Manuscripts, Maps, Pamphlets, Photographs, Reports

Languages: English

Collection processed by: J. Dojka

Abstract

The collection contains family letters, legal documents (personal, professional, and business), primarily written by residents of New York State and miscellany; photographs of nineteenth-century portraits from the album of Elizabeth Van Rensselaer; black and white photographs taken in the mid-1950s and 1960s of Van Rensselaer family member portraits and homes; newspapers with articles relating to the Van Rensselaer family.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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 Terms

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

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Preferred Citation: Isadore M. Fixman collection, MC 2. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series I: Correspondence and Miscellany],
[Series II: Photographs and Albums],
[Series III: Newspapers],
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Series II: Photographs and AlbumsAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs from Elizabeth Van Rensselaer Album, circa 19th centuryAdd to your cart.
Album 1: circa 19th centuryAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Elisha Kent Cane (1820-1857), circa 1858Add to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by Thomas Hicks
Item 2: Elizabeth Van Brugh (1712- ) Later Mrs. Henry Van Rensselaer, circa 1720Add to your cart.
Photograph of oil on canvas painting by unidentified artist
Item 3: Mrs. Philip Schuyler (1734-1803) (Catherine Van Rensselaer), circa 1760Add to your cart.
Photograph rerpoduction of oil on canvas painting by Thomas McIlworth
Item 4: Catherine Van Rensselaer (Mrs. Philip Schuyler), undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction of drawing by unknown artist
Item 5: Jeremias Van Rensselaer III (1769-1827), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction by artist William Dunlap
Item 6: Kiliaen K. Van Rensselaer (1765-1845), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction from unknown source
Item 7: Major General Solomon Van Rensselaer (1774-1852), 1797, undatedAdd to your cart.
2 photograph reproductions. Watercolor on ivory, 2 11/16 x 2 3/16 inches created by Gilbert Stuart and Shell caneo, 1 7/8 x 1 5/8 inches by unidentified carver.
Item 8: Catherine Van Rensselaer Schuyler (1781-1857), undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction of Catherine V.R. Schuyler, by unknown artist
Item 9: Jeremiah Van Rensselaer (1793-1871), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by Luther Terry
Item 10: Jeremiah Van Rensselaer (1793-1871), undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction of mintiature by unknown artist
Item 11: Henry Van Rensselaer (1801-1875), undatedAdd to your cart.
2 photograph reproductions of the same oil on canvas painting of Henry Van Rensselaer
Item 12: Mrs. Cornelius Glen Van Rensselaer (Catherine Westerlo Bleecker 1809-1886), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of watercolor on ivory, 3 3/16 x 2 1/2 inches by unidentified artist
Item 13: Rensselaer Van Rensselaer (1802-1850), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of watercolor on paper, 2 13/16 x 2 5/16 inches by unidentified artist
Item 14: Rensselaer Van Rensselaer (1802-1850), undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction
Item 15: John Cullen Van Rensselaer (1812-1889), undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction by unidentified artist
Item 16: Henry Johannes Van Rensselaer (1806-1874), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on panel 28 3/4 x 22 5/8 by unidentified artist
Item 17: Mrs. Henry Van Rensselaer (Susan Ann Barnard 1811-1875), undatedAdd to your cart.
Oil on panle 29 x 22 5/8 by unidentified artist
Item 18: Reverend Samuel W. Bonney 1815-1864, undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction by unidentified artist
Item 19: Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer (Marianna Alley Griswold 1851-1934), 1888Add to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of bronze base-relief by Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Item 20: Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer (1851-1934), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproductionof painting by unidentified artist
Item 21: Lady of the Van Rensselaer Family (unidentified), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by Thomas McIlworth, circa 1750-1760
Item 22: Gentleman of the Van Rensselaer Family, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by Thomas McIlworth, circa 1750-1760
Album 2: Van Rensselaer Mansion, circa 19th centuryAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Van Rensselaer Manor Home showing General Stephen Van Rensselaer and Governor Dewitt ClintonAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of lithograph from 1825
Item 2: Stephen Van Rensselaer Manor House (front), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of painting by David C. Lithgow, Albany
Item 3: Silver seal of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (1585-1646), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of seal
Item 4: Photograph of Van Rensselaer Mansion, 1892Add to your cart.
Item 5: Van Rensselaer Manor House Gardens, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting of Van Rensselaer Gardens by Thomas Cole (1801-1848)
Item 6: Stephen Van Rensselaer House, undatedAdd to your cart.
2 photograph reproductions of earlier photograph taken circa 1890
Item 7: Stephen Van Rensselaer House, undatedAdd to your cart.
Original photograph, handwritten on back, "Van Rensselaer Manor House built 1765...first occupied by Kiliaen Van Renssselaer..."
Item 8: Van Rensselaer Manor House Drawing Room, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction
Item 9: Floor 1, Hall of the Van Rensselaer Manor House, Albany (built 1765-1769), undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Van Rensselaer Manor House Library, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction
Item 11: Van Rensselaer Manor Home Dining room, undatedAdd to your cart.
Album 3: Van Rensselaer Family PortraitsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Stephen Van Rensselaer II (1742-1769), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by unidentified artist
Item 2: Stephen Van Rensselaer II as 5th Patroon (1742-1769), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by unidentified artist
Item 3: Mrs. Kiliaen Van Rensselaer III (Maria Van Cortlandt, 1680-?), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting
Item 4: Kiliaen Van Rensselaer I (1595-1646) 1st Patroon of Rensselaerwyck, undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction by unidentified artist
Item 5: Jeremias Van Rensselaer 4th Patroon (1632-1674), undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction by unidentified artist
Item 6: Stephen Van Rensselaer (?) (1707-1747), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by unidentified artist
Item 7: Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839), undatedAdd to your cart.
2 photograph reproductions of oil on canvas painting by Chester Harding (1792-1866)
Item 8: Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproductions of oil on canvas painting by unidentified artist
Item 9: Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by Ezra Ames circa 1830
Item 10: General Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of miniature on ivory
Item 11: Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by Ezra Ames circa 1835
Item 12: Honorable Stephen Van Rensselaer, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by John Trumbull (1756-1843)
Item 13: Stephen Van Rensselaer III, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1825)
Item 14: Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of watercolor on ivory by Ezra Ames
Item 15: General Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by Chester L. Harding circa 1830
Item 16: Major General Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of chalk on paper drawing by C.B.J.F. de Saint Memin
Item 17: Major General Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839)Add to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of chalk on paper drawing by C.B.J. de Saint Memin.
Item 18: News article on Stephen Van renssealer and Clinton DeWitt paintings, 1965 March 31Add to your cart.
Item 19: Stephen Van Rensselaer, undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction of drawing.
Item 20: Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839), undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction of drawing.
Item 21: Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1831) Patroon of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck, undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction of drawing.
Item 22: Philip Schuyler Van Rensselaer (1766-1824)Add to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of pastel on cardboard attributed to James Sharples (circa 1751-1811)
Item 23: Mrs. Philip Van Rensselaer (Anna de Peyster, 1776-1853)Add to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of carving
Item 24: William Paterson Van Rensselaer, circa 1860Add to your cart.
Item 25: Margarita Schuyler, undatedAdd to your cart.
Reproduction of drawing
Item 26: Mrs. Stephen Van Rensselaer (Cornelia Paterson), circa 1819Add to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of miniatue on ivory by Charles Fraser
Item 27: Mrs. Stephen Van Rensselaer III (Cornelia Paterson), circa 18th centuryAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of miniature on ivory by Nathaniel Rogers (1788-1844)
Item 28: Stephen Van Renssselaer IV (1789-1868), 1852Add to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oval pastel portrait by Francis Alexander (1800-1880)
Item 29: Mary Rebecca Tallmadge Van Rensselaer (1871-1872), circa 19th centuryAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by Francisco Anelli
Item 30: Reverand Cortlandt Van Rensselaer (1808-1860), undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction of etching on steel by John Sartain
Item 31: Cortlandt Van Rensselaer (1808-1860), undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction by unknown artist
Item 32: Henry Van Rensselaer, Inspector General (1810-1864), undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 33: Alexander Van Rensselaer (1814-1878), circa 19th centuryAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by George P.A. Healy (1813-1894)
Item 34: Alexander Van Rensselaer (1814-1878), 1844Add to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of painting by Edward Mooney
Item 35: Mrs. John Church Crugger (Euphemia Van Rensselaer, 1816-1888), circa 19th centuryAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas paiting by George P.A. Healy (1813-1894)
Item 36: Westerlo Van Rensselaer (1820-1844), 1841Add to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by George P.A. Healy (1813-1894)
Item 37: Harriet Elizabeth Bayard Van Rensselaer (1799-1875), circa Early 19th centuryAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of miniature watercolor on ivory
Item 38: Cornelia Van Rensselaer (1823-1897), 1849Add to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of marble bust by Richard S. Greenough
Item 39: William Paterson Van Rensselaer (1835-1863), circa 19th centuryAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting.
Item 40: James Tallmadge Van Rensselaer (1842-1899), undatedAdd to your cart.
Cartes de visite photograph
Item 41: Philip Stephen Van Rensselaer (1844-1882), undatedAdd to your cart.
2 carte de visite photographs
Item 42: James Tallmadge Van Rensselaer (1842-1899), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting
Item 43: Bayard Van Rensselaer (1833-1889) 11th Patroon, 9th Lord of the Manor, undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction of portrait
Item 44: William Bayard Van Rensselaer, 12th Patroon, 10th Lord of the Manor (1856-1909), undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction of portrait
Item 45: Kiliaen Van Rensselaer 5th, 15th Patroon, 13th Lord of the Manor, undatedAdd to your cart.
Print reproduction of portrait
Item 46: Newspaper article, "The Bride of a Brilliant Wedding at Charlestown, W. VA., Mrs. John P. Henderson, Jr. (Miss Angelica Schuyler Crosby), 1903 February 13Add to your cart.
Item 47: William Stephen Van Rensselaer (1886-1930), 1929Add to your cart.
Photograph reproduction of oil on canvas painting by William Carter
Item 48: Newspaper article, "Jazz and Gin in New York Fashionable Society", 1924Add to your cart.
Item 49: News article, "The Glittering Socialites" Philip Van Rensselaer (1928-?), undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 50: News article, "The American Heir Corps: Peril of the High Life", 1965 October 27Add to your cart.
Item 51: Article, "Charles Van rensselaer III", undatedAdd to your cart.

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