Finding Aids at Your Fingertips

Roberts-Sidway-Spaulding Papers,

Buffalo History Museum.

1 Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216
Phone: 716-873-9644 ext. 306
Fax: 716-873-8754

Roberts, James A. (James Arthur), 1847-1922

4 boxes

(2 linear feet)


Personal papers and correspondence of James A. Roberts, Franklin and Frank S. Sidway, and E.G. Spaulding.

Expand All    Collapse All

Collection Details

Correspondence, 1887-1922, and other papers related to legal and business affairs of James A. Roberts; papers concerning Erie Canal, 1894- 1897; court records and other legal documents, 1908-1915, concerning United States Light and Heating Corporation; financial records, including stock certificates, receipts, statements, and account books, 1890-1922; and a Roberts family genealogy, 1913. Papers of Frank S. Sidway include correspondence, 1904-1936, mainly concerning alumni affairs of Phillips Exeter Academy; military oaths of office, 1916-1919; clippings, 1919-1933; an undated roster of the 74th and 202nd Regiments N.Y.; petitions regarding the proposed site of railroad terminals in Buffalo, 1907; and an account book of his father's firm Sidway, Skinner & Moore, 1861-1862. E.G. Spaulding papers include correspondence, 1877-1881, an inventory of books, 1856, and invoices related to the construction of a house on Grand Island, 1877-1882. Also, deeds, mortgages, title searches, estate papers, and other legal papers pertaining to real estate transactions, 1850-1919.

Organized into five series: Chronological arrangement within series.
I. Correspondence of James A. Roberts and Frank S. Sidway, 1887-1936
II. James A. Roberts Papers, 1890-1922
III. Franklin and Frank S. Sidway Papers, 1861-1933
IV. E.G. Spaulding Papers, 1856-1922
V. Deeds, Mortgages, Title Searches, Estate Papers, etc., 1850-1919.

Collection Access & Use

Roberts-Sidway-Spaulding Papers, 1850-1936, are open for research.

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Buffalo History Museum before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Mss. B68-14, Roberts-Sidway-Spaulding Papers, 1850-1936, Research Library, Buffalo History Museum.

Collection Subjects & Formats

Series I.: Correspondence of James A. Roberts and Frank S. Sidway,

Inclusive Date: 1887-1936

Subseries I.A.: Combined correspondence,

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Box-folder: 1.1

Date: 1893-1900

Box-folder: 1.2

Date: 1887-1903

Box-folder: 1.3-2.9

Date: 1904-1922

Box-folder: 2.10

Date: 1923-1936

Box-folder: 2.11

Date: undated

Subseries I.B.: Roberts correspondence from Henry W. Box and Box estate, ,

Box-folder: 3.1

Date: 1906-1908

Scope and Content

Includes memorandum of agreement, 1892

Box-folder: 3.2-3.3


Series II.: James A. Roberts Papers,

Subseries II.A.: Genealogy

Inclusive Date: 1913

Box-folder: 3.4

Date: 1913

Subseries II.B.: New York State Comptroller,

Box-folder: 3.5

Canal papers

Subseries II.C.: Legal records Concerning United States Light and Heating Company,

Box-folder: 3.6

Date: 1908-1909

Box-folder: 3.7

Date: July 1914

Box-folder: 3.8

Date: July-October 1914

Box-folder: 3.9-3.10

Date: July 20, 1914-June 11, 1915

Box-folder: 3.11

Date: October-December 1914

Box-folder: 3.12

Date: 1914

Subseries II.D.: Financial records,

Box-folder: 3.13

Date: 1890-1907

Box-folder: 4.1-4.2

Date: circa 1905-1922

Box-folder: 4.3

Date: circa 1906-1922

Box-folder: 4.4

Date: 1900-1902

Box-folder: 4.5

Date: 1902-1903

Subseries II.E.: Writings,

Box-folder: 4.6

Date: undated

Series III.: Franklin and Frank S. Sidway Papers,

Box-folder: 4.7

Date: undated

Box-folder: 4.8

Date: 1861-1862

Box-folder: 4.9

Date: 1907

Box-folder: 4.10

Date: 1919

Box-folder: 4.11

Date: 1925

Series IV.: E.G. Spaulding papers,

Box-folder: 4.12

Date: 1877-1881

Box-folder: 4.13

Date: 1856

Box-folder: 4.14

Date: 1877-1882

Series V.: Deeds, Mortgages, Title Searches, Estate Papers, etc.,

Box-folder: 4.15

Date: 1850-1884

Box-folder: 4.16

Date: 1884-1899

Box-folder: 4.17

Date: 1901-1919