The Fay Family: Books and Original Sources

Contributed by Laura Greene

June 23, 2000

The following Library of Congress site shows where a number of manuscripts written by various FAYS are being held. I will post a few of these for those who may be interested.

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections

Laura Greene
Carlsbad, CA
Table of Contents
Fay, Maria
Fay Brothers (John, Patrick, Logan, David)
Fay Family (John, Patrick, Logan)
Fay, Charles Melville
Fay, John
Fay, Waren
Fay, Hercules Warren
Fay Family (Fay, Amy)
Fay, John Purinton
Fay, Artemus E.
Fay, Caleb Taylor
Fay, Simeon D.
Fay, Ethan A.
Fay, Sarah Bryant
Fay, S.C.
Fay, David Henry
Fay, Ernest Wilber

Author: Fay, Maria.
Title: Diary, 1835 May 19-June 18.
Description: 1v.

Notes: The daughter of Harriet Howard and Judge Samuel Prescott Phillips Fay, Maria Fay lived in Cambridge, Mass., and was educated at the Ursuline Convent at Mt. Benedict in Charlestown, Mass. In 1835 the family moved to what came to be called Fay House, which currently houses the administrative offices of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. One of seven children, Maria did not marry and remained at home with her parents in their home which was a center of social life in Cambridge. She remained there until 1859, following the death of her mother in 1847 and her father in 1856. In 1885 she sold the house to the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women, the precursor of Radcliffe College and the Radcliffe Institute. Diary recounts Maria Fay's trip through New York State to Niagara Falls, continuing to Montreal, Quebec City, Saint John, New Brunswick, and returning via Ticonderoga and Northampton to Boston. Traveling by stage, canal boat, and steamer, Fay describes the towns, landscapes, and accommodations she encounters, including visits to Auburn Prison (Auburn, N.Y.) and Hôtel-Dieu (Montreal). She traveled with five companions; a list of expenses is included. Fay's name does not appear in the diary; identification of the writer came from the manuscript dealer from whom the diary was purchased.
Purchased from Larry Miller, 2000. Unpublished finding aid. Maria Fay Diary. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Subjects: Fay, Maria. Auburn Prison. Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal. Voyages and travels. Canada, Eastern -- Description and travel. Massachusetts -- Description and travel. New York (State) -- Description and travel. Diaries. aat
Location: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University Cambridge, MA 02138.
Control No.: MHVW00-A18

Title: Fay Brothers Collection, 1850-1868.
Description: 1 manuscript box

Notes: Not restricted. Please credit California State Library. Correspondence and business papers of David, Patrick, Logan, and John Fay Four Fay brothers came to California in 1849. The owned a soap factory in San Francisco. CSL Manuscript Summary Sheets
Subjects: Soap trade -- California -- San Francisco Frontier and pioneer life -- California California -- Gold discoveries

Other authors: Fay, David
Fay, Logan
Location: Calif. State Library, Calif. Section, 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento 95814
Control No.: CCSG91-A133

Author: Charles Melville Fay.
Title: Charles Melville Fay papers, 1861(ca.)-1865(ca.).
Description: 1 vol., 10 items
Notes: Civil War diary and letters of Charles Melville Fay.
Subjects: Civil War. Diaries -- Civil War. Civil War -- Diaries. Diaries. Correspondence.
Location: Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges, Burke Library, Clinton, New York 13323.
Control No.: NYHV8852-A

Title: John Fay. Canal Drawings, 1850(ca.).
Description: 20 items (ca.)
Notes: Engineer's drawings of bridges, culverts, locks, and other facilities on the Erie Canal at Rochester, Lockport, and points between. Purchase.
Subjects: Canals -- Erie Canal. Architectural drawings.
Location: University of Rochester, Rush Rhees Library, Department of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Archives, Rochester, New York 14627.
Control No.: NYRG153-A

Author: Warren Fay, 1797-1875.
Title: Warren Fay papers, 1835-1870.
Description: 5 v.
Notes: Physician. Ledger, 1835-51; daybooks, 1845-49, 1853-55, 1867-70 of a doctor of Pavilion, New York.
Subjects: Pavilion, New York -- Health services. Health services -- Pavilion, New York. Account books -- Physicians. Pavilion, New York -- Medicine. Medicine -- Pavilion, New York.

Location: LeRoy Historical Society, 23 East Main Street, LeRoy, New York 14482.
Control No.: NYHV2477-A

Author: Fay, Hercules Warren, 1841-1899.
Title: Letters received from various persons, 1862-1898 (inclusive).
Description: 1 box.
Notes: Fay was an Episcopal clergyman. He left the ministry because of poor health, but was a regular contributor of notes and reviews to The Nation and other papers. He lived in Westboro, Mass. Letters to Hercules Warren Fay from various correspondents on subjects personal and professional. There are 51 letters from Wendell Phillips Garrison, chiefly concerning Fay's contributions to The Nation. Also included are long runs of letters from Thomas Sergeant Perry; John Richard Dennet, a classmate of Fay's at Harvard and an assistant editor of The Nation; and Henry Ainsworth Parker, an Episcopal clergyman. Purchased from E. R. Smith Book Service, Marshfield, Mass., 1961. (Keller fund and Bemis fund). Access may be restricted. Details at the repository. Unpublished finding aids available in repository. Accessions no.: *61M-86. For access to related Hercules Warren Fay material, consult manuscript card catalogue in the Houghton Library or Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Houghton Library, Harvard University, published by Chadwyck-Healey, 1986. Hercules Warren Fay Papers. Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Subjects: Dennett, John Richard, 1838-1874. Fay, Hercules Warren, 1841-1899. Garrison, Wendell Phillips, 1840-1907. Parker, Henry Ainsworth, 1841-1919. Perry, Thomas Sergeant, 1845-1928. The Nation. American literature -- 19th century.
Location: Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Control No.: MAHV86-A25

Author: Fay family.
Title: Fay family letters, 1852-1854.
Description: 6 letters in 1 portfolio.
Notes: Letters from Patrick, John, and Logan Fay to family, mostly written from San Francisco, describing mining activities at Columbia Bar; farming and business around Sacramento; soap trade; life in San Francisco; and shipwrecks in California. Typed transcripts included. Originally part of the Sidney M. Ehrman Collection.

Subjects: Fay family. Fay, Patrick. Fay, John. Fay, Logan. Gold mines and mining -- California. Shipwrecks -- California. Soap trade -- California. Agricultue -- California -- Sacramento County. San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel. San Francisco (Calif.) -- Social life and customs. Sacramento (Calif.) -- Commerce.
Other authors: Ehrman, Sidney M. col CU-BANC
Location: The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000.
Control No.: CUBU85-A683

Author: Fay family.
Title: Papers, 1800-1953 (inclusive), 1859-1953 (bulk).
Description: 2.5 linear ft.
Notes: Fay family members represented in this collection are Amy Fay, a pianist and the first president of the Women's Philharmonic Society of New York, and her two nieces, the actress Amy Fay Stone (whose stage name was Anne Faystone) and her sister, Margaret Stone Wright. Letters from Amy Fay to her family, especially her sisters (one of whom was Melusina Fay Peirce), including letters from Germany where she studied piano (1869-1875) with Tausig, Kullak, Liszt, and Deppe are in series one. Included are descriptions of concerts from this period and later. Diaries, correspondence, and photographs of Amy Fay Stone provide information on theatrical life in New York and on the road in the 1910s and 1920s, and on life in the tuberculosis treatment center at Saranac Lake, New York. Series three consists of the courtship correspondence, 1910-1912, of Margaret Stone Wright and Austin Tappan Wright, and includes some photographs. Gift of Sylvia Wright Mitarachi and Rosamund Jackson Ellis, 1978. Gift of Sylvia Mitarachi, 1980-1981. Gift of Paul Mitarachi, 1981. Margaret Garrard Wright and Austin Tappan Wright Papers (Series three), are temporarily closed to research. Preliminary finding aid. Fay Family Papers. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College. German letters from series I were published by Melusina Fay Peirce as Music Study in Germany (1880, re-issued 1965).

Subjects: Arliss, George, 1868-1946. Barrymore, Doris. Barrymore, Lionel, 1878-1954. Fay, Amy, 1844-1928. Fay family. Fiske, Minnie Maddern, 1865-1932. Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940. Fitzgerald, Zelda, 1900-1948. Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. Irwin, Wallace, 1876-1959. James, Henry, 1843-1916. Liszt, Franz, 1811-1886. Lunt, Alfred, 1893- Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965. McCutcheon, John Tinney, 1870- Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956. Paderewski, Ignace Jan, 1860-1941. Peirce, Melusina Fay. Perkins, Maxwell E. (Maxwell Evarts), 1884-1947. Pichel, Irving, 1891-1954. Seeger, Alan, 1888-1916. Stone, Amy Fay, 1888-1953. Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946. Williams, John D., d. 1941. Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943. Wright, Austin Tappan, 1883-1931. Wright, Margaret Garrad Stone, 1886-1937. Women's Philharmonic Society of New York. Music -- Instruction and study. Concerts -- Germany. Women in the theater. Women musicians. Courtship. Theater -- New York (N.Y.). Tuberculosis -- Treatment -- New York (State). Cambridge (Mass.) -- Social life and customs. Germany -- Social life and customs. New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs. Diaries. ftamc Actresses. lcsh Musicians. lcsh Pianists. lcsh

Location: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Control No.: MHVW85-A166

Author: Fay, John Purinton, 1869-1930.
Title: John Purinton Fay papers, 1888-1912.
Description: 4 folders in portfolio.

Notes: Checks, Oregon Pacific Railroad pass and photocopy of attorney's oath, Nevada, and certificate for expenses as candidate, Congressman at Large, Washington. A brief reminiscence of the Eureka, Nevada, High School and Mr. and Mrs. Fay as teachers, 1885-1889, included. Attorney's oath is a photocopy. Attorney's oath : location of original unknown.

Subjects: Railroads. Lawyers -- Nevada. Educators -- Nevada. Nevada -- History. Eureka (Nev.)
Other authors: Oregon Pacific Railroad. United States. Congress. House.
Location: The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000.
Control No.: CUBUGLAD168010875-A L >

Author: Fay, Artemus E., 1842-
Title: Dictation from Artemus E. Fay : Flagstaff, Yavapai County.
Description: Originals : 1 item. Copies : partial microfilm reel : negative (Rich. 108:15) and positive.

Notes: One of a series of dictations regarding people and events in Arizona Territory, collected by an agent of H.H. Bancroft. Also available on microfilm. Forms part of the Hubert Howe Bancroft Collection.

Subjects: Biographies. rbgenr Arizona -- Social life and customs. Yavapai County (Ariz.) -- Social life and customs.
Other authors: Hubert Howe Bancroft Collection. CU-BANC
Other titles: Arizona dictations for Yavapai County, 1885-1889. CU-BANC
Location: The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000.
Control No.: CUBUGLAD168015599-A

Author: Fay, Caleb T. (Caleb Taylor), 1821-1885.
Title: Statement of historical facts on California : ms., 1878.
Description: Originals : 44 leaves ; 31 cm. Copies : partial microfilm reel (45 exposures) : negative (Rich. 92:18) and positive (2 copies).

Notes: Dictation recorded for H.H. Bancroft. Concerning his arrival at San Francisco via Cape Horn, 1849; work as shipping and commission merchant in Sacramento; his activities with Republican party; detailed account of trip through Mexico, 1856. Also available on microfilm. Forms part of the Hubert Howe Bancroft Collection.

Subjects: Autobiographies. rbgenr Republican Party (Calif.) Voyages to the Pacific coast. Sacramento (Calif.) Mexico -- Description and travel.
Other authors: Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918. Collection. CU-BANC
Location: The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000.
Control No.: CUBUGLAD168006340-A

Author: Fay, Simeon D.
Title: Civil War letters, 1862-1866.
Description: 0.1 c.f. (1 folder)

Notes: Civil War letters of S. D. Fay of Company A, 8th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment while in Alabama and Mississippi, and of William Fay of the 32nd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment while in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, both from Oxford, Wis.; discussing their experiences in the military. Presented by Mrs. R. C. Yahnke, 1940. Subjects: United States. Army Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, 8th (1861-1865) United States. Army. Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, 32nd (1862-1865) United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Other authors: Fay, William.
Location: State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Archives Division. 816 State Street, Madison, Wis. 53706. MAD 4 /14/File 1862 June 2
Control No.: WIHV94-A1618

Author: Fay, Ethan A.
Title: Ledger, 1834-1849.
Description: 1 . (ca. 140 p.) ; 33 cm.

Notes: Ethan Fay was a carriage maker near Freehold in Monmouth County, N.J. Records debits and credits accrued by Fay from 1834 to 1849. He performed such tasks as repairing sleigh and carriage parts (seats, wheels, shafts, etc.), painting signs and sleighs, work on "phintons" and gigs, ironworking, mending rakes, and making coffins. He received spokes, wagon bodies, paint, varnish, turpentine, and other supplies in exchange for his labor. Name index in the front of the volume. Spine title: Ledger. Bound in full suede; front board detached from the text block; staining; pages missing; pencil and crayon marks over text in portions of the volume. Subjects: Carriage and wagon making. Carriage and wagon painting. Carriage industry -- New Jersey -- Monmouth County. Carriages and carts -- Maintenance and repair. Hardware. Tools -- Repairing. Paints. Varnish and varnishing. Wheels. Business records -- New Jersey -- Monmouth County. Account books. aat

Location: The Winterthur Library: Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, Winterthur, DE 19735.
Control No.: DEWV93-A296

Author: Fay, Sarah Bryant, d. 1936.
Title: Papers, 1806-1915 (inclusive).
Description: .25 linear ft.

Notes: The daughter of Joseph Story and Sarah Smith Fay, Sarah Bryant Fay grew up in Boston and Woods Hole, Mass. She never married and probably suffered from polio as a child. An accomplished painter, Fay travelled widely. Collection consists of circular letters detailing Fay's travels in the southeastern United States and including watercolors of places visited; also a notebook containing stories and poems by Fay's aunts, 1806. Gift of her grandniece, Elizabeth Ballantine, 1993. Unprocessed but available for research. Sarah Bryant Fay Papers. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College.

Subjects: Fay, Sarah Bryant, d. 1936. Girls -- Poetry. Voyages and travels. Florida -- Description and travel. Georgia -- Description and travel. North Carolina -- Description and travel. South Carolina -- Description and travel. Drawings. aat Watercolors. aat Artists. lcsh
Location: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Control No.: MHVW93-A81

Author: Fay, S.C.
Title: Papers, 1866-1871.
Description: 1 linear ft.

Notes: S.C. Fay was an agent for A.L. Elliot & Co., J. Elliot & Son, and the Bay State Collar Co., all manufacturers of paper collars and cuffs. S.W. Ripley seems to have worked either for or with Fay. Although the firms were headquartered in Cambridge, MA, business dealings in New York, Pawtucket, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Richmond, and points between are documented. Consists of bills, advertising ephemera, notices, business cards, correspondence, and other items relating to the production and distribution of paper collars and cuffs. Samples of collars that bear a patent date of August 14, 1866 are also included. Several printed notices pertain to stopping efforts of the Union Paper Collar Company to monopolize trade. (During the late 1860s a number of collar producers banded together and claimed sole patent rights for paper collars.) Elliot was a leader in the formation of the Paper Collar Manufacturers Association which battled the Union Paper Collar Co. Elliot attempted to secure patents himself. Documents dated 1866 acknowledge receipt of his specifications for the improvement of paper collars and cuffs. In 1871, he received a patent for his Kaleidoscope Collar. Letters and bills bearing Fay's name relate to orders, primarily from retailers, for paper collars and cuffs. Fay often sent accounts of his expenses to Elliot with his letters. The majority of the letters to Fay are from Ripley who commented about economic conditions, noting when business was dull.

Subjects: A.L. Elliot & Co. J. Elliot & Son. Bay State Paper Collar Co. Union Paper Collar Co. Paper Collar Manufacturers Association. Elliot, Joseph. Elliot, Charles D. Elliot, Alfred L. Elliot, Mary E. Ripley, S.W. Paper products. Collars. Clothing and dress. Patents. Manufacturers' agents -- Correspondence. Wholesale trade -- History -- 19th century. Business cards. aat Advertising. aat Bills of sale. aat Letters. aat Receipts. aat Samples. aat Patents. aat Announcements. aat Purchase orders. aat
Location: The Winterthur Library: Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, Winterthur, DE 19735.
Control No.: DEWV93-A117

Author: Fay, David H. (David Henry), 1841-1928.
Title: Pocket diary, 1862, Jan. 1-Dec. 31.
Description: 1 vol. 12 cm.

Notes: Pocket diary for the year 1862 kept by David Henry Fay. Includes daily entries and sections for memoranda, cash accounts, and bills payable and receivable. Fay, David H. (David Henry). Pocket diary, 1862 (HM 55578), Huntington Library. Typescript available. Union soldier. David Henry Fay was born Oct. 12, 1841 at Cazanovia, New York. Raised on a farm by his uncle, on Oct. 9, 1862 he enlisted in the Union Army and served in Company G, 81st Regiment of the New York Infantry. He was wounded at the Battle of Fair Oaks on May 31, 1862 and was subsequently furloughed until Aug. 1862. In September he contracted typhoid fever and was discharged. He died in 1928. Cards are filed in the alphabetical and chronological sections of the manuscript catalog. Gift of Robert C. Fay, Aug. 21, 1991. Subjects: United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 81st. Fair Oaks, Battle of, 1862. United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.

Location: Huntington Library, Manuscripts Dept., 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108.
Control No.: CSHV92-A2

Author: Fay, Ernest Wilber, 1882-
Title: Reminiscences, 1967.
Description: 8 l.

Notes: Native of the Carson Valley, Nevada. Interview conducted by Grace Dangberg describes early life on the Fay Ranch in the Carson Valley, school in Fairview, Nevada, and Indians of Carson Valley.

Subjects: Fay, Ernest Wilber, 1882- Indians of North America -- Nevada. Schools -- Nevada -- Fairview. Carson Valley (Nev.). Other authors: Dangberg, Grace, 1896-
Location: Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno Library, Reno, NV 89557.
Control No.: NVRG91-A20