SICKLES, Daniel Edgar, 1819-1914


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Guide to Research Collections

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1851-1913, approximately 200 items.
Correspondence, 1851-1913, of Union general, congressman, and diplomat Daniel Edgar Sickles. Letters relate to the 1899 investigation of the New York State Soldier’s and Sailor’s Home, in Bath, New York; his service during the Civil War; and to his varied business and personal interests afterwards. Of particular note are letters and clippings pertaining to Sickles’ notorious trial in 1859 following the shooting of Phillip Barton Key, including the original letter of Feb. 24, 1859, initialed “R. P. G.,” informing Sickles of his wife’s infidelity with Key.

Photographs: In the Mathew B. Brady Studio Portrait Photograph Collection ca. 1856-1869, 6.5 linear feet.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.

Papers: In the Erie Railway Records, ca. 1836-1878, approximately 125 items.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.

Photographs: In the Pach Brothers Portrait Photograph Collection, ca. 1867-1947, 4.86 linear feet.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.


Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: ca. 1882-1890, 3 items.
Letters from Daniel Edgar Sickles to General General Joseph B. Carr. [1] [ca.1882].—Asks for early copy of Statistics of ‘82. [2] 1883, April 7.—Thanks Carr for copy of Red Book for 1883. [3] 1890, March 26.—Speaker Haskel was concerned when told that Sickles and associates would resign if their recommendations were ignored.


The California Library
Sacramento, CA
Papers: 1850, 2 items.
A letter from Frank Lawton to Daniel E. Sickles written on January 8, 1850. In the letter, Lawton discusses the gold rush.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 4 boxes (ca. 1956) in the W.A. Swanberg papers.
Manuscript notes, correspondence, proofs, and illustrations for biography of Sickles. Finding aid in repository.

Papers: In the Historical and Literary Letters and Documents, 1674-1970s, 2 linear feet.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


Cornell University Library
Ithaca, NY
Papers: 1900, 1 page.
A letter from Secretary, Office of State Civil Service Commission, State of New York, to Hon. Daniel E. Sickles, President, Board of Trustees, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home. The letter was written on February 7, 1900 and informing the Hon. Daniel E. Sickles that the position of Commandant in the State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Bath has been placed in the exempt class.


Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1888, 4 pages.
A letter from Daniel Edgar Sickles to Jas. N. Manning written on January 6, 1888. In the letter, Sickles writes to arrange a meeting at his residence.

Papers: In the David Leigh Letter to Henry Drumgold, 1862-1864, 22 items.
Subjects include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


Duke University Library
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1856-1912, 24 items.
Letters from Sickles to William A. Weaver of Harper’s monthly, concerning publication, political events before the Civil War, and Reconstruction; administrative telegrams of Sickles (Jan. 1866) while military governor of South Carolina; and a letterpress book (1899-1912) with information about Sickles’ role in the Civil War, the Gettysburg Campaign, his personal, business, and financial affairs, his admiration of President James Buchanan, New York City politics, U.S. imperialism and foreign relations after the 1850s, North-South relations after the Civil War, and Civil War veterans’ activities.

Papers: In the Romeyn Beck Ayres Letters, 1864-1912, 4 items.
Correspondents include Daniel Edgar Sickles.

Papers: In the Albert H. Van Deusen Papers, 1881-1902, 17 items.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


Folger Shakespeare Library
Washington, DC
Papers: 1889, 2 items.
An autograph letter and calling card signed from Daniel Edgar Sickles to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1889.

Papers: In the Autograph letters signed and telegrams from Sir Henry Irving to various recipients [manuscript], 1860-1904, 222 items.
Correspondents include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Manuscripts Department
San Marino, CA
Papers: In the Elizabeth P. Hincks Diary, 1868, 154 pages.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.

Papers: In the Barney (Hiram) Collection, ca. 1772-1924, approximately 8,300 pieces.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.

Papers: In the George Tate Papers, 1854-1908, 28 pieces.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1821-1918. 5 containers.
Correspondence, speeches, documents, clippings, printed matter, legal and financial papers, and other material, relating to his diplomatic service and to his service in U.S. House of Representatives and as chairman of the New York Monuments Commission. Also on microfilm (5 reels).

Papers: In the C.B. Comstock Papers, ca. 1847-1908, 1.6 linear feet.
Correspondents include Daniel Edgar Sickles.

Papers: In the Laura Jones Crawford Journal, 1838-1859, 1 item.
A journal (1859 January 1-April 16) primarily concerned with domestic matters but giving occasional references to current events in the Washington area, such as the shooting of Philip Barton Key by Daniel E. Sickles.

Papers: In the Charles N. Elliot Collection, 1873-1951, 0.4 linear foot.
Correspondents include Daniel Edgar Sickles.

Papers: In the Hamilton Fish Papers, ca. 1732-1914, 85 linear feet.
Correspondents include Daniel Edgar Sickles.

Papers: In the Ulysses S. Grant Papers, ca. 1843-1969, 50,000 items.
Correspondents include Daniel Edgar Sickles.

Papers: In the Horatio King papers, ca. 1832-1906, 3 linear feet.
Correspondents include Daniel Edgar Sickles.

Papers: In the E. B. Washburne Papers, ca. 1829-1889, 31.4 linear feet.
Correspondents include Daniel Edgar Sickles.

Papers: In the John Russell Young Papers, ca. 1843-1959, 12.4 linear feet.
Correspondents include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


Maine Historical Society
Portland, ME
Papers: In the Lot M. Morrill Papers, 1852-1894, .025 linear foot.
Correspondents include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Minnesota Commandery Organizational Records, 1866-1953, 16.4 cubic feet.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1859, 1 item.
A letter from Daniel Edgar Sickles to A.D. Farnsworth written on December 29, 1859.

Papers: 1869, 1 item.
A letter from Daniel Edgar Sickles to Michael Scanlan written on May 31, 1869. In the letter, Sickles recommends a Mr. Griffin who had been on his detective staff in the Carolinas.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1841-1914, 1 linear foot.
The collection consists of correspondence and newsclippings pertaining to Daniel Edgar Sickles’s activities. His correspondence, 1841-1914, is with friends, political associates and Civil War veterans on subjects such as veterans’ organizations, war memorials, state and national politics, and his ministry to Spain. His wife’s correspondence, 1856-1862, is also included. Newsclippings, 1867-1914, concern the Civil War, veterans’ reunions, and Sickles’s political career.

Papers: 1870-1874. 4 volumes.
Letter books while Minister to Spain.

Papers: In the William Hobart Royce Papers, 1941-1943, 0.4 linear foot.
The collection consists of William Royce’s correspondence with Edgcumb Pinchon regarding Royce’s research for Pinchon’s book: Dan Sickles, Hero of Gettysburg and Yankee King of Spain (1945). Also, several accounts and miscellaneous items.


New York State Archives
Albany, NY
Papers: In the Unfiled correspondence and other records relating to appointments, charges and complaints against public officials, extraditions, and proclamations, 1862-1930, 1.1 cubic foot.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


New York State Library
Albany, NY
Papers: 1856-1911, 15 items.
A group of letters related to Daniel Edgar Sickles’ long and varied career in the military and government. Includes a letter of May 23, 1861 regarding the need for the federal government to provide subsistence for the Excelsior Brigade; an undated letter to John N. Coyne detailing the Battle of Fredericksburg; letter of August 28, 1891 in regards to the dedication of the Rensselaer County Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Troy, New York.


North Carolina State Archives
Raleigh, NC
Papers: In the Jonathan Worth Papers, 1831-1889, approximately 5,300 items.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


Syracuse University Library
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse, NY
Papers: In the John Russell Young Correspondence, 1890-1905, 29 items.
Correspondents include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Photographs: In the Inventory of Portraits from the American Civil War Era [graphic], ca. 1860-ca. 1879, 267 items.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


University of Chicago Library
Special Collections Research Center
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1862, 1 item.
A letter from Edwin D. Morgan to Edwin McMasters Stanton written on October 4, 1862. In the letter, Morgan requests that some of the new regiments from New York be assigned to Brigadier General Sickles’s command.

Papers: ca. 1864, 1 item.
A letter from Daniel Edgar Sickles to Ira Harris written on around December 20, 1864. In the letter, Sickles writes concerning active duty for officers who have been wounded.

Papers: 1865, 1 item.
A letter from Daniel Edgar Sickles to Ulysses S. Grant written on August 28, 1865. In the letter, Sickles requests the assignment of officers for staff duty.

Papers: 1865, 1 item.
A letter from Daniel Edgar Sickles to Theodore Shelton Bowers written on October 9, 1865. In the letter, Sickles requests aids de camp and other assistance.

Papers: 1866, 1 item.
A letter from Daniel Edgar Sickles to Theodore Shelton Bowers written on March 7, 1866. In the letter, Sickles writes relating to southern newspapers that are hostile to the “United States Authorities.”

Papers: 1893, 1 item.
A letter from Daniel Edgar Sickles to an unknown general written on March 26, 1893. Sickles signs the letter: “Relates to the “Supply Bill.”

Papers: 1896, 1 item.
A letter from Edmund Clarence Stedman to Daniel Edgar Sickels written on March 11, 1896. In the letter, Stedman writes that he regrets he cannot accept an invitation.


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
The Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In the Thomas M. Aldrich Papers, 1911-1913, 3 items.
Persons represented include General Daniel Edgar Sickles.


University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the William Allen Butler Papers, 1854-1894, 9 items.
Persons represented include Daniel Edgar Sickles.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, WI
Papers: 1886, 1 folder.
A letter from Daniel Edgar Sickles to the editor of the National Tribune, thanking him for an article that had appeared in the paper on the Third Army Corps reunion.