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Class Scrapbook Collection: Scrapbook or album of Harry D. Yates '25

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-0000-162.9

Content Description

Scrapbook or album: One volume containing newspaper clippings, schoolwork, programs, notes, letters, menus, schedules, tickets and other memorabilia, from Harry D. Yates's years at Hamilton, 1921-1925. Harry D. Yates (1903-1996) was president of his class and of his house, and received a B.S. from Hamilton College in 1925, after which he moved to Buffalo and worked for Manufacturers & Traders Trust Co. In 1932 he moved to Albany to become state comptroller, a post he held until he was drafted as a private in World War II in 1942. A year later, he was commissioned as an officer in the Adjutant General's Corps. In 1944, while he was on leave from his post in Washington, DC, Mr. Yates married Anita Pohndorff. When he was released from active duty in 1945, Mr. Yates took up residence in and served as president, treasurer, and general secretary for Dutch Village, a garden apartment complex in Menands that he had helped create while he was deputy state comptroller. In 1951, he became a trustee for Home Savings Bank, and a decade later its president, an office he held until 1968 when he became the chairman of the board. Also in the late 50s, Mr. Yates helped Grace Root set up the Edward W. Root Art Center in honor of her husband, and during his time as alumni trustee for Hamilton College (1965-1971), Mr. Yates helped her organize the foundation to care for Root Glen. He was a trustee of Albany Institute of History and Art and of Siena College and of Hamilton College. He received such awards as the membership into the Knights of Malta (1972), the Distinguished Service Award from the Episcopal Bishop of Albany (1973) and an honorary L.H.D. from Siena College (1972).

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1921-1925


.2 Linear Feet (1 album)