Streeter, Thomas W. (Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965

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Thomas Streeter was a collector of Americana; Dr. Mumey was a noted physician, Western historian, aviator, author, inventor and woodcarver.

From the description of Letters 1959-1960. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 43482440

Thomas Winthrop Streeter (1883-1965) of Morristown, N.J., was an attorney financier, and businessman before becoming a bibliographer, rare-book dealer, and owner of one of the largest collections of Americana in the country. His collection included early books, pamphlets, and maps, with a concentration on Texas history and Western transportation, 1795-1845. In 1952, Streeter published a bibliography of the items in his collection entitled America-Beginnings. He was president of the American Antiquarian Society from 1952 to 1955 and was a member of the boards of many libraries and historical societies.

From the description of Papers, 1920-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207173652

Born in Concord, New Hampshire, Thomas Winthrop Streeter (1883-1965) was the son of Frank Sherwin Streeter and Lilian Carpenter. After receiving his B.L. degree from Dartmouth College in 1904 and his LL.B. degree from Harvard University in 1907, Streeter established the law practice Streeter and Holmes in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1917, he married Ruth Cheney, with whom he had four children. That same year, the couple moved to New York City, where Streeter began working for the American International Corporation. Following his retirement in 1939, Streeter started collecting Americana and Texana, especially late 18th and early 19th century maps of Texas. He authored several books on his collection, including Americana-Beginnings (1952) and Bibliography of Texas, 1795-1845 (1955). After accumulating one of the largest collections of Texana, Streeter sold much of his collection to Yale University. An active member of many historical societies, he was also president of the American Antiquarian Society and the American Bibliographic Society.

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Streeter, Ruth Cheney. Streeter, Thomas Winthrop. Handbook of Texas Online . Accessed April 29, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fst73 .

From the guide to the Streeter, Thomas W. Biography 72-034., 1972, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Born in Concord, New Hampshire, Thomas Winthrop Streeter (1883-1965) was the son of Frank Sherwin Streeter and Lilian Carpenter.

After receiving his B.L. degree from Dartmouth College in 1904 and his LL.B. degree from Harvard University in 1907, Streeter established the law practice Streeter and Holmes in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1917, he married Ruth Cheney, with whom he had four children. That same year, the couple moved to New York City, where Streeter began working for the American International Corporation. Following his retirement in 1939, Streeter started collecting Americana and Texana, especially late 18th and early 19th century maps of Texas. He authored several books on his collection, including Americana-Beginnings (1952) and Bibliography of Texas, 1795-1845 (1955). After accumulating one of the largest collections of Texana, Streeter sold much of his collection to Yale University. An active member of many historical societies, he was also president of the American Antiquarian Society and the American Bibliographic Society.

From the description of Streeter, Thomas W., Biography, 1972 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 768342224

Thomas Winthrop Streeter was educated at Dartmouth College (1904) and Harvard Law School (1907). Beginning his career as a lawyer in Boston, Streeter soon moved into the business world, becoming involved with oil companies in Mexico. In 1917 he became treasurer, and later vice-president, of the American International Corporation. Streeter held other executive positions in the business and financial worlds until his retirement in 1939.

After 1939 Streeter devoted his time to book collecting and bibliography. He was interested in early Americana and specializied in Texana, amassing a collection which was second only to that of the University of Texas. From his years of experience Streeter compiled the five volume Bibliography of Texas 1795-1845, published in three parts. In 1957, he sold his Texas collection to Yale University, transferring the material in lots as he completed work on his bibliography. Streeter was associated with many libraries, such as the Huntington Library, the Grolier Club, and the New-York Historical Society. During the 1940s and 1950s he served as president of the Bibliographical Society of America and of the American Antiquarian Society.

Thomas Streeter married Ruth Cheney in 1917 and had four children. He died in 1965 in his hometown, Morristown, New Jersey.

From the guide to the Thomas W. Streeter papers, 1861-1980, 1927-1959, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Thomas W. Streeter (1883-1965), lawyer and businessman, is known for his Bibliography of Texas and his work in the field of Americana. Born in Concord, New Hampshire, on July 20, 1883, Streeter graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord in 1900, and subsequently earned degrees from Dartmouth College (B.L., 1904) and Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1907). Streeter began practicing law in Boston and married Ruth Cheney in 1917. The couple had four children.

In 1917 Streeter moved to New York and began a career in business and finance. He eventually became president of the American International Corporation. Though Streeter retired from active business in 1939 to devote himself to collecting Americana, his interest in early American history and collecting was already established. While serving as chairman of the board of Simms Petroleum Corporation from 1923 to 1930, he took advantage of business trips to Texas to locate and acquire materials relating to Texas history. In 1936 rare items from his collection were exhibited at the Texas Centennial in Dallas and in 1939, his collection was showcased at the opening of the San Jacinto Monument and Museum. Streeter published a bibliography of selected items from his collection in 1952, titled Americana-Beginnings . Over the next five years, Streeter published the five-volume Bibliography of Texas, 1795-1845 . After completing the exhaustive work, he sold his Texas collection to Yale University's Collection of Western Americana.

As reflected in Americana-Beginnings, Streeter collected extensively in many areas of American history. Before his death, which occurred in Morristown, New Jersey, on June 12, 1965, Streeter developed plans to auction most of his personal collection. The auction took place in 7 sales at Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York City, between October 25, 1966, and October 22, 1969. The catalog for the sale, titled "The celebrated collection of Americana formed by the late Thomas Winthrop Streeter..." was based on Streeter's notes about his books.

From the guide to the Thomas W. Streeter collection of Hudson Book Company, Edward Eberstadt, and Edward Eberstadt & Sons catalogs, 1929-1965, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Streeter, Thomas W., 1883-1965. Streeter, Thomas W., Biography, 1972 University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Thomas W. Streeter papers, 1861-1980, 1927-1959 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Henry Raup Wagner papers, 1917-1962, 1930-1952 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Seven Gables Bookshop. Records, 1930-1979. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Streeter, Thomas W. Biography 72-034., 1972 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825. James Wilkinson letters, 1815-1822. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library
creatorOf Wyllie, John Cook, 1908-1968. John Cook Wyllie miscellaneous papers [manuscript], 1951, 1957-1961. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825. James Wilkinson letters, 1815-1822. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Streeter, Thomas W. (Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965. Letters 1959-1960. Denver Public Library, Central Library
referencedIn Biography -- Streeter, Thomas Winthrop. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
creatorOf Thomas W. Streeter collection of Texas manuscripts, 1787-1864 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Streeter, Thomas W. (Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965. Papers, 1920-1965. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Papers relating to Texas land claimed by the Ross Company, 1812-1889. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Pargellis, Stanley McCrory, 1898-1968. Papers, 1904-1968 (bulk 1941-1962). Newberry Library
creatorOf Streeter, Thomas W(Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965,. Thomas W. Streeter collection of Texas manuscripts, 1787-1864. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. [Review of Thomas Streeter's Bibliography of Texas]; [manuscript]. Southwestern University, A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center
creatorOf Thomas W. Streeter collection of Hudson Book Company, Edward Eberstadt, and Edward Eberstadt & Sons catalogs, 1929-1965 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Mary Hyde Eccles papers Houghton Library
creatorOf [The "Streeter" copy letter for Thomas J. Farnham's Travels in the great Western prairies, from Wessel and Lieberman, Booksellers, Seattle, Washington, 2004 June]. Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State
creatorOf Rosenbach Company. Correspondence, 1903-1953 Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Bates, Albert Carlos, 1865-1954. Correspondence, 1882-1952. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Seven Gables Bookshop, Inc. Records, 1930-1979. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Falconer, Thomas, 1805-1882. Falconer family genealogical notes, ca. 1863-1867. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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Indians of North America--Texas
Manuscripts, American--Catalogs
Americana--Collectors and collecting--20th century
Land grants
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Indians of North America
Transportation
Voyages and travels
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Business--Texas
Texas Declaration of Independence--Signers
Texan Santa Fe Expedition, 1841
Americana--Bibliography--Catalogs
Champ d'Asile expedition, 1818
Texana--Collectors and collecting--20th century
Book collecting
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Catalogs, Booksellers'--New York (State)--New York
Autographs--Texas--Collections
American newspapers--Texas--Bibliography
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Real property
Real property--Texas
Autographs--Collections
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Land grants--Texas
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Bibliographers, American
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Bibliographers--New Jersey
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