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Papers include correspondence, legal documents, reports, accounts, blueprints, maps, clippings, and printed material dealing primarily with the interest of Newman and Charles H. Blood in the development of Cayuga Heights, but also with Renwick Heights and Bryant Park, Ithaca, New York; minutes of the organizational meeting of the Cayuga Heights Land Corporation, 1928. Also, letters and papers concerning banking institutions in Ithaca and elsewhere; real estate in South Dakota, Illinois, and Florida; other business concerns; the expansion and promotion of the New York State Barge Canal system; the affairs of Cascadilla School, Ithaca; alumni activities of the Cornell Class of 1875; manuscript and printed matter concerning the Ithaca Presbyterian Church, the Cornell University Christian Association, and Cornell United Religious Work; letter to Professor Floyd K. Richtmyer concerning his views of a proposed school of religion at Cornell; Newman's appointment as special lecturer in the Cornell Law School, 1897-1899; and his terms of service as a Trustee, including an Alumni Trustee Report, 1898. Also, correspondence with Wilmot Moses Smith, 1875; William Ozmun Wyckoff, 1891, concerning his interest in a Tompkins County, New York judgeship; a letter from Eugene Frayer concerning Cornell President Charles Kendall Adams; letters from George Lincoln Burr, Hiram Corson, Mina Miller Edison, Thomas Alva Edison, Leonard Knight Elmhirst, Livingston Farrand, and Harry Emerson Fosdick.

Additional correspondents include Frank Ernest Gannett, David Starr Jordan, Juliette Levy, Seymour Lowman, Albert Russell Mann, Nathan L. Miller, James Richard Robinson, Catherine Rumball, Nathaniel Schmidt, Jacob Gould Schurman, Alfred Emanuel Smith, Edwin Crowell Stuart, Frank Thilly, Robert Henry Treman, Andrew Dickson White, the Williams family, and Mung Yee Yap thanking "the good people of Ithaca" and Newman for the hospitality shown him during his student days at Cornell and mentioning impressions of Japan and descriptions of the Soochow School of Diplomacy and the Comparative Law School, both in Shanghai, China.

Family correspondence includes a letter from Joseph LaFayette LePine (Newman's great grandfather) to Margaret Kearney concerning the troubled conditions in Haiti, 1803; four items (1843) regarding an indemnity France paid to LePine's daughter Anna Marie Louise LePine Paddock Treman for losses suffered during the slave revolts in Haiti; and reminiscences (1889) of Adrianna Leonora Treman King. Papers of Newman's son, Charles H., include correspondence, reports, and memoranda (1917-1925) concerning his World War I service and veteran's claims; condolence letters received after his father's death; and correspondence with Gerald C. Williams, Frederick R. Stevens and others concerning biographical sketches of his father (1938 and 1953).

Detailed index available in accession folder.

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