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Elihu Root's wooden shipping trunk

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-2019-026

Content Description

Wooden shipping trunk, 38" x 21" x 13", circa 1900, with labels for various locations and carriers, some with Elihu Root's name on them. Acquired in the mid-1980s by Mary Ellen Bourns (wife of Gordon Bourns '58), from an antique store in Clinton, with no information provided about its former owner or ports of call. Labels include New York, Washington DC, Saratoga, London, Liverpool, Bremen, and Le Havre/The Hague; "Cunard Line Cabin B[aggage]", and other carriers, with handwritten additions of Root and Hon. Elihu Root on some labels.

Acquisition Type



Donated by Jeffrey Bourns, class of 1983; acquired in the 1980s by his mother, Mary Ellen Bourns (wife of Gordon Bourns '58), who restored it.

Restrictions Apply



  • 1900


3 Linear Feet (1 trunk 38" x 21" x 13")