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Root family photographs from the estate of Julia Grant Dietz

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Identifier: yhm-arc-2015-013

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Photographs from the estate of Julia Grant Dietz, great-granddaughter of Elihu Root, including many cartes de visite and cabinet photos of Root and Buttrick family members and other prominent Hamilton College people and families.

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From the estate of Julia Grant Dietz, Trustee of Kirkland College, daughter of Edith Root Grant and Ulysses S. Grant III, granddaughter of Elihu Root.

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1. Elihu Root 1/9th plate Ambrotype Sigma Phi fraternity member Hamilton College - note the pin on him. 2. ELIHU ROOT 1870 autographed CDV 1912 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Sect State T Roosevelt - photo by Sarony. 3. Oren Root (class of 1833), A number of pictures of the Root family, including several of Prof. Oren Root and various family members through several generations. -3 tintypes, 3 cabinet photos, 1 CDV and 1 larger format photo of Oren Root, father of Elihu - He was a mathematics professor at Hamilton College -Cabinet photo and CDV of Nancy Buttrick Root the mother of Elihu -5 cabinet photos of the children of Oren Root, class of 1856 (brother of Elihu) – Walstein Root, Edwin (Ned) Buttrick Root (2 photos), and Oren Root class of 1894 -4 CDVs, 2 cabinet photos, large oval of Edward Walstein Root - brother of Oren (uncle to Elihu) -CDV Old nanny who brought up children of Sheldon Root's family (Sheldon is the first Oren's brother, thus Elihu's uncle) -CDV young boy Oliver Root -round photo of Grace Cogswell (Root) -CDV Ruth D Root 1862 (Mrs Ch C Kimball, daughter of Sheldon Root) -cabinet photo marked Oren Root Jr 4. CDV of Mrs. Horatio Gates Buttrick (Polly Barnard), grandmother of ELIHU ROOT - Mother of Nancy Whitney Buttrick Root 5. 1849 Daguerreotype Ned Buttrick (Edwin L Buttrick, class of 1842). This is inscribed on the pad "Miss Hattie Buttrick from affectionate brother Ned Sept 17, 1849" Case has wear. 6. 3 CDVs and a cabinet photo of Dr Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters (1813-1890) Astronomer, Hamilton College Professor. 7. 2 CDVs of Samuel Gilman Brown, President Hamilton College 1866-1881, and 1 cabinet photo of Samuel Gilman Brown and his family (and 1 CDV of A.H. Bean, Albany, NY). 8. Hastings family photos, including CDVs of Dr Panett Marshall Hastings, class of 1838, lecturer in physiology and anatomy at Hamilton College, Seth Parsons Merwin Hastings, class of 1833 (also Auburn Theological Seminary 1836), with his wife Elizabeth Buttrick Hastings, another one of just Elizabeth, Mary E. Hastings, Edie Hastings Cors [?], a seated man; Cabinet photos: Dr. Thomas S. Hastings, class of 1848, Edmund Hastings, Mary Hastings Prom [?]; large oval of Elizabeth Hastings; ambrotype (1/9th plate, no case) of Charlie Hastings (probably C.M. Hastings, class of 1860, son of S.P.M. Hastings). 9. 6 CDVs Sigma Phi Fraternity Hamilton College Class of 1875 - 4 CDVs are of fraternity members identified as J.A. Armstrong, Vincent Stone, C.K. Seward, D.A. Holbrook, one CDV is of the Sigma Phi logo, the other is related to Sigma Phi and has a Civil War tax stamp - photos of men taken in Syracuse NY. 10. 2 CDVs of Martin Luther Kimball (1826-1891, class of 1849), Berlin, Wisconsin. Married Mary Buttrick 1852 in Clinton NY; he was a lawyer and served as the youngest Wisconsin State Senator 1857-1858. 11. 3 cabinet photos, of Mrs. Prof. Sophie Hopkins, Clinton 1890; Miss Pope, Chicago; "Auntie Hyde," New York. (descriptions partially taken from descriptions on ebay)