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Legal documents, 1791-1897, include articles of agreement, deeds, mortgages, and property
titles in and around Ithaca, New York, drawn up by Horace Mack, Sr. and Jr., Benjamin G.
Ferris, and Joshua Ferris. Also included are affidavits of application for military land
grants by Revolutionary War soldiers, 1818; maps of Tioga County (New York) township
divisions, surveyed, 1808; will of Thomas Hathway bequeathing a portion of land to the
Publick Universal Friend (Jemima Wilkinson), 1795; expense account, probably of Benjamin
Ferris, for a trip to Albany, 1827; and correspondence between Mack and Ferris family
members about banking, legal favors, and property interests. Personal papers include bills
and receipts, 1804-1902; a deed for land in Montgomery County, New York for John Shelly
signed by Governor George Clinton; a well water analysis, Ithaca, New York, 1895;
manuscripts on local history, 1901, 1975; and miscellaneous correspondence. Also, material
concerning the Riley and Kephart families. Correspondence of Horace Kephart and printed
material pertaining to his work as a naturalist and early advocate for establishing the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Papers relating to George S. Kephart include photograph album/scrapbooks from Bangor,
Maine, New York-Minneapolis, Klamath, Oregon, and Chicago-Washington; personal
reminiscences; materials about World War I service in France; writings and publications;
Cornell Crew materials; and materials about the Kephart Glen in the Cornell plantations.
Memorabilia, primarily relating to Leonard W. Kephart (Class of 1913), including postcards,
letters, programs, photographs, views of Ithaca, clippings, 1909 high school class prophecy,
and a variety of items from his time at Cornell and later. Manuscript of poem: "Trooper
[Trumpeter] George" written by Horace Mack, Jan. 22, 1899, illustrated by Julia Mack; other
poems and rhymes by Horace Mack.
Also inscribed copy of "Courtney: Master Oarsman - Champion Coach" by Margaret K. Look,
"The Cornell Navy," by C.V.P. Young, and 1913 Cornell Students' Handbook.
Horace Mack's diploma from Hamilton College, 1898