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Guide to the Virginia Eckels Malone Family Papers 1854-1974

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Malone, Virginia Eckels. Family. Papers

Dates:

1854-1974

Size:

50 linear feet (53 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Virginia Eckels Malone (1898-1978) was a writer and amateur historian who lived in Chicago, Washington D.C., and Long Island, New York. Her extended family included distinguished politicians, attorneys, and philanthropists. The collection consists of family papers kept by Virginia Eckels Malone. There are papers of the Eckels family, the Malone family, and the Bright, Oberly, and Schuckers families. It also includes Virginia Eckels Malone's own personal papers. Materials include correspondence, publications, ephemera, manuscripts, financial and organizational records, photographs, artworks and artifacts.

Information on Use

Access

The collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Malone, Virginia Eckels. Family. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Virginia Eckels Malone (1898-1978), was the daughter of George Morris Eckels and Edith Oberly Eckels. She was raised in Chicago, where her family lived at 5537 South Woodlawn Avenue in Hyde Park. As a teenager and young adult, she lived in Washington, D.C. and attended the elite Miss Madeira's School. In 1920, she married Robert J. Malone. The couple's primary residence was on Long Island, where they pursued their interests in journalism, art and publishing. Virginia Eckels Malone wrote editorial and historical articles for the Smithtown News and other local publications.

Eckels Family:

George Morris Eckels (1863-1913), was the husband of Edith Oberly Eckels, father of Virginia Eckels Malone and George M. Eckels, Jr., and son of James Starr Eckels and Margaret Herron Eckels. Educated at Columbia University, he worked in Chicago as a corporate attorney. He also built a major collection of literary material related to Oliver Cromwell. In 1916, the collection was presented to the University of Chicago in 1916 as the George Morris Eckels Collection of Cromwelliana.

Edith Oberly Eckels (1862-1939), was the wife of George Morris Eckels and mother of Virginia Eckels Malone and George Morris Eckels, Jr. She was one of six daughters of John H. Oberly and Virginia Schuckers Oberly. After her husband's death, she became a prominent member of women's political organizations in Washington D.C. With her sister Portia Oberly, she worked on behalf of Hillcrest, a Washington D.C. orphanage.

George Morris Eckels, Jr. (1894-1924), was the son of Edith Oberly Eckels and George Morris Eckels, and older brother of Virginia Eckels Malone. He earned a B.S. from University of Chicago in 1916. He died in 1924 of an illness related to his military service in World War I.

James Herron Eckels (1858-1907) was the brother of George Morris Eckels and son of James Starr Eckels and Margaret Herron Eckels. Like his brother, he was trained as a lawyer and went on to work in finance. He was appointed comptroller of currency during the presidential administration of Grover Cleveland, and became a personal friend of the president. After leaving national office he became president of Commercial National Bank of Chicago.

James Starr Eckels (1827-1907), was the father of George Morris Eckels and James Herron Eckels, and the husband of Margaret D. Herron (1830-1892). Originally from Pennsylvania, Eckels moved with his family to Princeton, Illinois. He practiced law and was active in the Democratic Party.

Malone Family:

Robert J. Malone (1892-1966) was the son of William Nathaniel Malone and Sloan C. Malone. Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, he attended Auburn University and served in World War I. He married Virginia Eckels in 1920, and worked as a caricaturist, journalist and newspaper publisher.

William Nathaniel Malone (b. 1861), was a Birmingham-based real estate developer, father of Robert J. Malone, and husband of Sloan C. Malone (b. 1862).

Bright, Oberly and Schuckers Families:

John H. Oberly (b. 1838) was a publisher, editor and politician. He served as Commissioner of Indian Affairs from 1887-1889. Originally from Ohio, he married Virginia H. Schuckers (b. 1841). The two had six daughters: Edith, Gertrude, Ruth, Beatrice, Portia and Eunice. The family lived in southern Illinois, where John H. Oberly was an influential newspaper publisher and politician. Oberly's work later took the family to Washington, D.C.

Eunice Rockwood Oberly (1878-1921) worked as a librarian for the United States Department of Agriculture. Portia Oberly (b. 1875) was a philanthropist who supported the Hillcrest orphanage in Washington, D.C. Gertrude Helen Oberly (b.1865) married lawyer Frank S. Bright.

Scope Note

The collection consists of family papers kept by Virginia Eckels Malone. There are papers of the Eckels family, the Malone family, and the Bright, Oberly, and Schuckers family. It also includes Virginia Eckels Malone's own personal papers.

The collection is organized into seven series:

Series I: Virginia Eckels Malone, consists of personal papers and belongings of Virginia Eckels Malone, dating from 1879-1974. Much of this series consists of correspondence sent to Virginia Eckels Malone, as well as letters written by Virginia Eckels Malone to Robert J. Malone. Also included are diaries, manuscripts, notes, educational material, publications, ephemera and artwork.

Series II: Eckels Family, consists of papers and memorabilia of the Eckels family. It includes correspondence, financial records, ephemera, manuscripts and patent material. Materials date from 1854-1939.

Series III: Malone Family, consists of papers and memorabilia of the Malone family. It includes correspondence, manuscripts, publications, ephemera, and legal documents. Materials date from 1911-1956.

Series IV: Bright, Oberly and Schuckers Families, consists of papers and memorabilia of the Bright, Oberly and Schuckers families. It includes correspondence, manuscripts, financial records, ephemera, publications, and records of the Hillcrest Children's Village. Materials date from 1858-1944.

Series V: Photographs, contains photographs of members of the Eckels, Malone, Bright, and Oberly families. There are also photographs of travel and leisure activities; photographs of friends and family pets; publicity photographs of notables including Grover Cleveland, Alfonso XIII of Spain, and Arturo Toscanini; editorial photographs from the Smithtown News; and several files of photographs of unidentified people. Most photographs are undated, but are concentrated in the 1880s-1930s.

Series VI: Art and Artifacts, contains artworks such as prints, drawings and paintingsArtifacts include household items, consumer goods, childhood keepsakes and historical memorabilia. Many items are undated, but generally date from the mid-nineteenth century through the 1940s.

Series VII: Oversize, contains large-format materials transferred from Series I-V.

It also includes a commonplace book containing diary entries and correspondence of Thaddeus Potter, who died serving in the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry (known as "Duryée's Zouaves") in the Civil War.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

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George Morris Eckels Collection of Cromwelliana

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Virginia Eckels Malone

This series consists of personal papers and belongings of Virginia Eckels Malone, dating from 1879-1974. Materials are organized into five subseries:

Subseries 1: Correspondence, contains correspondence sent to Eckels Malone, as well as letters written by Eckels Malone to Robert J. Malone. There are letters sent to Eckels Malone by family and friends throughout her life. Large files of correspondence are arranged alphabetically at the beginning of the subseries. Files of general and unsorted correspondence are arranged chronologically at the end of the subseries.

Subseries 2: Writings, contains Virginia Eckels Malone's diaries, manuscripts, and notes. Related correspondence and ephemera is filed with some writings. Included are several files on the history of Smithtown, New York. There are also manuscripts by writers other than Eckels Malone, and some unidentified manuscripts.

Subseries 3: Childhood and Education, contains notes, class material and ephemera. Most of this material documents Eckels Malone's education at the Madeira School. Some other unique items are notes from a Ouija board game, and notes kept by Eckels Malone's childhood friend, the heiress Cornelia Vanderbilt, for a fundraising drive.

Subseries 4: Publications and Ephemera, contains periodicals and books organized alphabetically by author or title; ephemera such as clippings, programs, brochures and pamphlets, organized alphabetically by topic; and unsorted newspaper clippings. Some material was originally collected by Edith Oberly Eckels and passed on to Eckels Malone. The materials in this subseries represent the women's interests in art, antiques, music, theater, politics, and current events. Of note is an 1879 New York libretto for Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. Oversize material consisting of clippings, theater programs, museum pamphlets, and scrapbook of Saturday Evening Post cartoons, have been transferred to Series VII.

Subseries 5: Personal, contains financial documents, notes, travel material, artwork, and a file of general correspondence that may have been collected by other family members, or used by Eckels Malone for her journalistic research. Some unattributed artworks are probably by Robert J. Malone.

Additional correspondence of Virginia Eckels Malone is in Series II: Eckels Family and Series III: Malone Family.

Subseries 1: Correspondence

Box 1    Folder 1-2

Baker, John C., 1919-1920

Box 1    Folder 3

Breasted, Charles, 1917-1919

Box 1    Folder 4

Crilly, Leota, 1917-1918

Box 1    Folder 5

Dickinson, 1914-1920

Box 1    Folder 6

Eckels family, 1909-1930

Box 2   Folder 1

Erskine, John, 1917

Box 2   Folder 2

Gibbs, Milo Sargent, 1924-1925

Box 2   Folder 3-7

Hinton, Jack, 1917

Box 3   Folder 1-7

Hinton, Jack, 1917-1918

Box 4   Folder 1-3

Hinton, Jack, 1918-1919

Box 4   Folder 4-5

Holiday cards, circa 1920s-1950s

Box 4   Folder 6

Leiders, H., 1929-1933

Box 4   Folder 7

Malone, Robert J., 1919

Box 5   Folder 1-7

Malone, Robert J., 1919

Box 6   Folder 1-6

Malone, Robert J., 1919-1921

Box 7   Folder 1-4

Malone, Robert J., 1922-1933

Box 7   Folder 5-7

Virginia Eckels to Robert J. Malone, 1918-1919

Box 8   Folder 1-6

Virginia Eckels-Malone to Robert J. Malone, 1919

Box 9   Folder 1-6

Virginia Eckels-Malone to Robert J. Malone, 1919-1933

Box 9   Folder 7

Morton, Roger, 1916

Box 10   Folder 1-3

Morton, Roger, 1916-1934

Box 10   Folder 4-7

Ogden, John W., 1916-1920

Box 11   Folder 1-3

Ogden, John W., 1917-1927

Box 11   Folder 4

Ogden, John and Marjorie, 1918-1920

Box 11   Folder 5

Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1935

Box 11   Folder 6

Satterlee, Herbert L., 1935-1936

Box 11   Folder 7-9

Spencer, Sarah, 1917-1920

Box 12   Folder 1-5

Spencer, Sarah, 1927-1935

Box 12   Folder 6

Talbert, Joseph, 1912-1915

Box 12   Folder 7

General, 1909-1919

Box 13   Folder 1-6

General, 1916-1919

Box 14   Folder 1-7

General, 1918-1921

Box 15   Folder 1-8

General, 1920-1930

Box 16   Folder 1-8

General, 1927-1939

Box 17   Folder 1-8

General, 1930s-1950s

Box 17   Folder 9-10

General, undated

Subseries 2: Writings

Box 18   Folder 1

Diary, 1916-1921

Box 18   Folder 2

Diary, 1922-1923

Box 18   Folder 3

Notebook, 1917

Box 18   Folder 4

"The Departure," manuscript and correspondence, 1933

Box 18   Folder 5

"Love's Fond Lament," manuscript, undated

Box 18   Folder 6

"Saloon," manuscript and correspondence, 1931

Box 18   Folder 7-9

Smithtown history, manuscripts, notes, correspondence and ephemera, 1944-1974

Box 18   Folder 10-14

Manuscripts and notes, circa 1920s-1960s

Box 18   Folder 15

Manuscripts, notes, correspondence and ephemera, circa 1920s- 1960s

Subseries 3: Childhood and Education

Box 19   Folder 1

Notes, circa 1910s

Box 19   Folder 2

Ouija game notes, circa 1910s

Box 19   Folder 3

School ephemera, circa 1914-1918

Box 19   Folder 4

Class notes and assignments, circa 1914-1918

Box 19   Folder 5-7

Class notes, circa 1914-1918

Box 19   Folder 8

Cornelia Vanderbilt, fundraising drive notes, 1917-1918

Box 19   Folder 9

French-English dictionary, undated

Box 19   Folder 10

Madeira School alumni bulletins, 1932-1957

Subseries 4: Publications and Ephemera

Box 19   Folder 11

American Bar Association Journal, 1924

Box 19   Folder 12

Democratic Digest, 1938-1939

Box 19   Folder 13

Denney, Frances, The Affairs of Beauty, 1933

Box 20   Folder 1

The English-Speaking World, 1940

Box 20   Folder 2

Frankie in Wonderland, by a Tory, 1934

Box 20   Folder 3

Gilbert, W.S. and Arthur Sullivan, Her Majesty's Ship Pinafore, or the Lass that Loved a Sailor, 1879

Box 20   Folder 4

Montessori, Maria, My System of Education, 1915

Box 20   Folder 5

New Testament, undated

Box 20   Folder 6

Potvin, Julius, Antony Wiertz, 1928

Box 20   Folder 7

Punch, 1941

Box 20   Folder 8

Science, 1921

Box 20   Folder 9

Scribner's Magazine, 1918

Box 20   Folder 10

American Birth Control League, 1935

Box 20   Folder 11

Art and antiques, circa 1930s-1950s

Box 20   Folder 12

Bank of New York and Trust Company, circa 1930s

Box 20   Folder 13

Byrd, Harry Flood, circa 1930s

Box 20   Folder 14-15

Concerts and theater productions, circa 1930s-1950s

Box 21   Folder 1

Concerts and theater productions, circa 1930s-1950s

Box 21   Folder 2

International Festival of Peace, 1919

Box 21   Folder 3

Music, circa 1920s-1930s

Box 21   Folder 4

Nash, Ogden, undated

Box 21   Folder 5

Pegler, Westbrook, circa 1930s

Box 21   Folder 6

Politics, 1930-circa 1940s

Box 21   Folder 7

Prohibition, 1932-1933

Box 21   Folder 8

Radio broadcasts, 1931-1933

Box 21   Folder 9

Social events, 1920-1934

Box 21   Folder 10-11

Travel, circa 1920s-1950s

Box 21   Folder 12

Travel, Colonial Williamsburg, circa 1930s

Box 21   Folder 13

Women's Democratic Club, 1922-1934

Box 21   Folder 14

Women's rights, undated

Box 21   Folder 15

World War II, 1941-1942

Box 22   Folder 1-12

Clippings, circa 1920s-1950s

Subseries 5: Personal

Box 23   Folder 1

Travel journal and ephemera, 1922-1929

Box 23   Folder 2

Financial correspondence and ephemera, 1936-1946

Box 23   Folder 3

Financial statements and canceled checks, 1934

Box 23   Folder 4

Holiday card designs and samples, circa 1930s

Box 23   Folder 5

Art prints, circa 1930s

Box 23   Folder 6

Drawings, undated

Box 23   Folder 7

Address book, circa 1920s

Box 23   Folder 8

Notes, undated

Box 23   Folder 9

Wine list, undated

Box 23   Folder 10

Laundry lists, 1922-1930

Box 23   Folder 11

Correspondence, 1863-1945

Series II: Eckels Family

This series consists of papers and memorabilia of individual members of the Eckels family, as well as collected family materials. This series is arranged alphabetically by name. Files of correspondence among members of the Eckels family, and correspondence to multiple members of the Eckels family, are at the end of this series. Materials date from 1854-1939.

Papers of Edith Oberly Eckels include correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes and a notebook. It includes files on the military service and later death of her son, George M. Eckels, Jr. There are two unusual letters between Mary Lincoln Isham, a member of the extended family of Abraham Lincoln, and Judge Ewing, discussing the gift of a portrait of the president to the Eckels family. An oversize scrapbook has been transferred to Series VII.

The papers of George Morris Eckels reflect his varying interests in business, history and technology. There is correspondence between Eckels and the University of Chicago administration, much of it related to his gift of the Eckels Collection of Cromwelliana. Eckels also kept correspondence with book dealers, binders, and presses. However, most of Eckels's correspondence is bound in a set of large letterbooks. These contain personal and professional correspondence from 1887-1907, including letters related to his involvement in Commercial Bank, politics, civic and philanthropic activities, and family affairs. The 1887-1907 volume also contains clippings, writings and ephemera. A large section of Eckels's papers documents his development of patents for typewriter technologies. This material includes patent filings, petitions, mechanical drawings and diagrams, correspondence, and notes.

The papers of George M. Eckels, Jr. consist of correspondence, certificates from his education and military service, an essay he wrote for the Ray School Class of 1907, and coursework from University of Chicago college classes. An elaborate scrapbook of his student life at University of Chicago has been transferred to Series VII.

James Herron Eckels is represented by correspondence and a memorial address. Included is a letter from Theodore Roosevelt, debating government regulation of corporations.

James Starr Eckels is represented by a manuscript of a debate speech given at the Big Spring Literary Institute, and a memorial address.

At the end of the series, collected correspondence of the Eckels family includes material sent to and among multiple family members.

Correspondence of Virginia Eckels Malone, including letters from the Eckels family, is in Series 1: Subseries 1. Additional correspondence of Edith Oberly Eckels is in Series IV.

Box 23   Folder 12-16

Eckels, Edith Oberly, correspondence, 1877-1909

Box 24   Folder 1-7

Eckels, Edith Oberly, correspondence, 1892-1913

Box 25   Folder 1-7

Eckels, Edith Oberly, correspondence, 1915-1938

Box 25   Folder 8

Eckels, Edith Oberly, correspondence, undated

Box 25   Folder 9-10

Eckels, Edith Oberly, correspondence, holiday cards, circa 1920s- 1930s

Box 26   Folder 1

Eckels, Edith Oberly, correspondence, Isham, Mary Lincoln, to Judge Ewing, undated

Box 26   Folder 2-4

Eckels, Edith Oberly, correspondence, military service and death of George M. Eckels, Jr., 1918-1924

Box 26   Folder 5

Eckels, Edith Oberly, financial records, 1907-1923

Box 26   Folder 6

Eckels, Edith Oberly, meeting minutes, undated

Box 26   Folder 7

Eckels, Edith Oberly, notebooks, undated

Box 26   Folder 8

Eckels, George M., correspondence, 1894-1909

Box 27   Folder 1

Eckels, George M., correspondence, book collecting, 1904-1912

Box 27   Folder 2

Eckels, George M., correspondence, book collecting, Doves Press, 1906-1907

Box 27   Folder 3

Eckels, George M., correspondence, Collection of Cromwelliana, 1918-1939

Box 27   Folder 4

Eckels, George M., correspondence, Commercial Bank and Marquette Cement Manufacturing Company, 1911

Box 27   Folder 5

Eckels, George M., correspondence, Judson, Harry Pratt, 1906- 1907

Box 27   Folder 6-8

Eckels, George M., financial payment books, 1899-1901

Box 28

Eckels, George M., letterbook, 1888-1907

Box 29

Eckels, George M., letterbook, 1902-1905

Box 30

Eckels, George M., letterbook, 1905-1907

Box 31

Eckels, George M., letterbook, 1907-1908

Box 32

Eckels, George M., letterbook, 1908-1910

Box 33

Eckels, George M., letterbook, 1910-1912

Box 34

Eckels, George M., letterbook, 1912

Box 35   Folder 1-8

Eckels, George M., typewriter patent material, 1891-1896

Box 36   Folder 1-3

Eckels, George M., typewriter patent material, 1894-1895

Box 36   Folder 4

Eckels, George M., will, undated

Box 36   Folder 5

Eckels, George M., Jr., certificates, 1916-1923

Box 36   Folder 6

Eckels, George M., Jr., correspondence, 1907-1916

Box 36   Folder 7

Eckels, George M., Jr., Ray School essay, "History of the Class of '07," 1907

Box 36   Folder 8

Eckels, George M., Jr., University of Chicago coursework, circa 1912-1915

Box 36   Folder 9

Eckels, James H., correspondence, 1888-1907

Box 36   Folder 10

Eckels, James H., correspondence, Theodore Roosevelt, 1901

Box 36   Folder 11

Eckels, James H., memorial address, 1907

Box 36   Folder 12

Eckels, James S., debate speech, Big Spring Literary Institute, 1854

Box 36   Folder 13

Eckels, James S., memorial address, 1907

Box 36   Folder 14-15

Eckels family, correspondence, 1879-1912

Box 37   Folder 1-11

Eckels family, correspondence, 1891-1939

Box 37   Folder 12

Eckels family, notebooks, 1903-1913

Series III: Malone Family

This series consists of papers and memorabilia of individual members of the Malone family, as well as collected family correspondence. This series is arranged alphabetically by name. Files of correspondence among members of the Malone family, and correspondence to multiple members of the Malone family, are at the end of this series. Materials date from 1911-1956.

Robert J. Malone's papers include correspondence, catalogues and other publicity for exhibitions of his artwork, a map of Mississippi, and a stenciled caricature of an unidentified man. Some of his correspondence relates to the operation of the Smithtown News, and community affairs in Smithtown. An oversize clipping of an illustration he created has been transferred to Series VII.

Sloan Malone's papers consist of correspondence and a travel journal.

William N. Malone's papers consist of correspondence, publications, sentimental ephemera, tax collector's deeds, and a will.

At the end of the series, collected correspondence of the Malone family includes material sent to and among multiple family members.

Correspondence between Robert J. Malone and Virginia Eckels Malone is in Series I: Subseries 1.

Box 38   Folder 1-6

Malone, Robert J., correspondence, 1915-1940s

Box 38   Folder 7

Malone, Robert J., correspondence and clippings, circa 1920s- 1940s

Box 38   Folder 8

Malone, Robert J., correspondence and exhibition publicity, circa 1924-1925

Box 38   Folder 9

Malone, Robert J., correspondence, Smithtown News, 1955-1956

Box 38   Folder 10

Malone, Robert J., map of Mississippi, undated

Box 38   Folder 11

Malone, Robert J., stencil caricature, undated

Box 38   Folder 12

Malone, Sloan, correspondence, 1919

Box 38   Folder 13

Malone, Sloan, travel journal, 1911

Box 39   Folder 1

Malone, William N., correspondence, 1921

Box 39   Folder 2

Malone, William N., correspondence, notes, publications and ephemera, circa 1920s

Box 39   Folder 3

Malone, William N., tax collector's deeds, 1923

Box 39   Folder 4

Malone, William N., will, 1917

Box 39   Folder 5-6

Malone family, correspondence, circa 1910s-1921

Series IV: Bright, Oberly and Schuckers Families

This series consists of papers and memorabilia of individual members of the Bright, Oberly and Schuckers families, as well as collected family correspondence. This series is arranged alphabetically. Materials date from 1858-1944.

Papers of the Bright family include correspondence, an indenture between several members of the family, and a ledger, notes and clippings belonging to Gertrude Oberly Bright.

Memorabilia of Eunice Rockwood Oberly consists of a memorial address, library science publications, and press releases. Some of this material is related to the American Library Association's Eunice Rockwood Oberly Award.

John H. Oberly's papers consist of correspondence, primarily with branches of the United States federal government.

Portia Oberly's papers document her involvement with the museum of the Hillcrest Children's Village. Included are children's writings, meeting minutes, a handbook, a ledger, notes and receipts. There is also a manuscript written by Portia Oberly for an unidentified periodical.

Collected correspondence of the Oberly family includes material sent to and among multiple family members. Much of this correspondence was sent by J.W. Schuckers. One additional document of the Schuckers family is a letter from N.H. Schuckers to Bess Schuckers.

An oversize scrapbook compiled by members of the Oberly family has been transferred to Series VII. Additional correspondence of the Oberly family is in Series I and II.

Box 39   Folder 7

Bright, Gertrude Oberly, ledger, notes and clippings, 1922-1932

Box 39   Folder 8

Bright family, indenture and correspondence, 1869-1913

Box 39   Folder 9

Oberly, Eunice Rockwood, publications, press releases and memorial address, 1922-1931

Box 39   Folder 10

Oberly, John H., correspondence, 1876-1883

Box 39   Folder 11

Oberly, John H., correspondence with federal government, 1886- 1924

Box 40   Folder 1

Oberly, Portia, Hillcrest Children's Village museum, children's writing, circa 1930s-1940s

Box 40   Folder 2

Oberly, Portia, Hillcrest Children's Village museum, handbook, 1940-1941

Box 40   Folder 3

Oberly, Portia, Hillcrest Children's Village museum, minutes, 1936

Box 40   Folder 4

Oberly, Portia, Hillcrest Children's Village museum, ledger and notes for museum bazaar, 1940

Box 40   Folder 5

Oberly, Portia, Hillcrest Children's Village museum, notes and receipts, 1944

Box 40   Folder 6

Oberly, Portia, manuscript, "The Herb Cupboard," undated

Box 40   Folder 7

Oberly, Virginia Schuckers, letter from Mary Baker Eddy, 1896

Box 40   Folder 8-10

Oberly family, correspondence, 1863-1920

Box 40   Folder 11

Oberly family, correspondence, J.W. Schuckers, 1868-1876

Box 41   Folder 1-2

Oberly family, correspondence, J.W. Schuckers, 1875-1895

Box 41   Folder 3

Schuckers, N.H. to Bess Schuckers, letter, 1858

Series V: Photographs

This series contains photographs of members of the Eckels, Malone, Bright, and Oberly families. Photographs are in black and white and include formal portraits and informal snapshots. There are also photographs of travel and leisure activities; photographs of friends and family pets; publicity photographs of notables including Grover Cleveland, Alfonso XIII of Spain, and Arturo Toscanini; editorial photographs from the Smithtown News; and several files of photographs of unidentified people. Most photographs are undated, but are concentrated in the 1880s-1930s.

Oversize photographs and negatives have been transferred to Series VII. These include photographs of members of the Eckels family; group portraits of Robert J. Malone and his classmates at Auburn University; framed wedding photographs of Robert J. and Virginia Eckels Malone; an album of Virginia Eckels and her friends at Miss Madeira's School; and negatives associated with the Smithtown News.

Box 41   Folder 4-7

Virginia Eckels Malone

Box 41   Folder 8-9

Virginia Eckels Malone and George Morris Eckels, Jr.

Box 41   Folder 10

Robert J. Malone

Box 41   Folder 11

Edith Oberly Eckels

Box 41   Folder 12

Fannie Reed Eckels

Box 41   Folder 13

“Grandmother Eckels”

Box 41   Folder 14-15

George Morris Eckels, Sr.

Box 42   Folder 1-2

George Morris Eckels, Sr.

Box 42   Folder 3

George Morris Eckels, Sr. and Jr.

Box 42   Folder 4-6

George Morris Eckels, Jr.

Box 42   Folder 7-8

James Herron Eckels

Box 42   Folder 9

Phoebe Eckels

Box 42   Folder 10

Bright family

Box 42   Folder 11

Frank S. Bright

Box 42   Folder 12

Oberly family

Box 42   Folder 13

Oberly sisters

Box 42   Folder 14

Eunice Oberly

Box 42   Folder 15

Gertrude Oberly

Box 42   Folder 16

Jessica Oberly

Box 42   Folder 17

John H. Oberly

Box 42   Folder 18

Portia Oberly

Box 42   Folder 19

Rebecca Oberly

Box 42   Folder 20

Ruth Oberly

Box 42   Folder 21

Alfonso XIII of Spain

Box 42   Folder 22

Animals

Box 42   Folder 23

Blackford, Cooper, Dunn, Goodwin

Box 42   Folder 24

Buildings

Box 42   Folder 25

Caribbean

Box 42   Folder 26

Cats and tennis

Box 42   Folder 27

Campbell, Douglas

Box 42   Folder 28

Chick the dog

Box 42   Folder 29

"Chuck and Martha"

Box 42   Folder 30

Church

Box 42   Folder 31

Cleveland, Grover

Box 43   Folder 1

Europe

Box 43   Folder 2

Ewing, Mary

Box 43   Folder 3

Fort McPherson sports team

Box 43   Folder 4

Garden party

Box 43   Folder 5-7

Houses

Box 43   Folder 8

Interiors

Box 43   Folder 9

Kingsolving, Laurie Lee

Box 43   Folder 10-11

Landscapes

Box 43   Folder 12

Milkmaids

Box 43   Folder 13

"Nick and Harriet"

Box 43   Folder 14

Objects

Box 43   Folder 15

"Old Ella" the cook

Box 43   Folder 16

Passengers on a train

Box 43   Folder 17

Rhett, "Skell"

Box 43   Folder 18

Roberts, Arthur Meredyth

Box 43   Folder 19

Sanders, Annie

Box 43   Folder 20

Sculpture

Box 43   Folder 21

Setauket

Box 43   Folder 22

Shed

Box 43   Folder 23

Sheep shearing

Box 43   Folder 24

Shorey, Prof. and Mrs. Paul

Box 43   Folder 25

Smithtown News

Box 44   Folder 1

Sparks, Ella Smith

Box 44   Folder 2

Sport the dog

Box 44   Folder 3

Toscanini, Arturo

Box 44   Folder 4

Travel

Box 44   Folder 5

Trip to the shore

Box 44   Folder 6-8

Unidentified babies

Box 44   Folder 9

Unidentified in a car

Box 44   Folder 10-12

Unidentified children

Box 44   Folder 13-14

Unidentified groups

Box 44   Folder 15

Unidentified on horseback

Box 44   Folder 16-19

Unidentified men

Box 44   Folder 20

Unidentified women

Box 45   Folder 1-3

Unidentified women

Box 45   Folder 4

Washington, DC

Box 45   Folder 5

"Will"

Box 45   Folder 6

Woodlawn house

Series VI: Art and Artifacts

This series contains artworks such as prints, drawings and paintings, including work by Robert J. Malone. Artifacts include household items, consumer goods, childhood keepsakes and historical memorabilia. Many items are undated, but generally date from the mid-nineteenth century through the 1940s. While many of the items are not attributed to a specific family member, most belonged to or were collected by Virginia Eckels Malone and Edith Oberly Eckels.

Box 45   Folder 7

Robert J. Malone, drawing of Virginia Eckels Malone, 1921

Box 45   Folder 8

K.F. Booker, New Castle and French Town Railroad, hand-colored print, undated

Box 45   Folder 9

National Democratic Convention press pass, 1888

Box 45   Folder 10

Virginia Eckels Malone's hair, undated

Box 45   Folder 11

Unidentified woman, painting, 19th century

Box 45   Folder 12

Virginia Eckels Malone, Red Cross window label, membership certificate and pin, 1941

Box 45   Folder 13

Virginia Eckels Malone, paper dolls, undated

Box 45   Folder 14

Confederate paper money, 1862-1864

Box 45   Folder 15

Textile swatches, circa 1920s

Box 45   Folder 16

Sewing pattern, undated

Box 45   Folder 17

Wrapping paper, undated

Box 45   Folder 18

Dance card, undated

Box 45   Folder 19-20

Eckels family, leather wallets and book cover, undated

Box 46

Unidentified man, framed portrait, 19th century

Box 46

Unidentified woman, framed portrait, 19th century

Box 46

Picture frame, undated

Box 47   Folder 1

Robert J. Malone, sketches, undated

Box 47   Folder 2

George M. Eckels, Jr., unidentified man, linoleum prints, undated

Box 47   Folder 3

Bruges and Venice, tourist prints, 1912

Box 47   Folder 4

Unidentified woman, print, 1929

Box 47   Folder 5

Unidentified child, painting, nineteenth century

Series VII: Oversize

This series contains large-format materials transferred from Series I-V. Materials are organized by size. Names of family members to which the items are attributed are given when possible.

An unusual item in this series is a commonplace book prepared by Pierpont Potter to honor his son, Thaddeus Potter. Thaddeus Potter (1844-1863) of Jamaica, New York, enlisted in the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, a celebrated Civil War regiment known as "Duryée's Zouaves." Potter was one of a large number of the unit's casualties. The book contains transcribed diary entries, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. The diary entries and correspondence include Thaddeus Potter's detailed descriptions of his life in the Zouaves up to the time of his death. The Potter family's relationship to Virginia Eckels Malone is unknown; the book may have been used by Eckels Malone for her research on the history of Long Island.

Box 47   Folder 6

Virginia Eckels Malone, Saturday Evening Post cartoons, scrapbook, undated

Box 47   Folder 7

Clippings, theater programs and museum pamphlets, circa 1920s- 1930s

Box 47   Folder 8

Edith Oberly Eckels, scrapbook, undated

Box 47   Folder 9

Robert J. Malone, "Nazimova," clipping of illustration, undated

Box 47   Folder 10

Oberly family, scrapbook, circa 1880s-1920s

Box 48   Folder 1

Virginia Eckels Malone, photographs, circa 1920s

Box 48   Folder 2

Virginia Eckels as a child with George Morris Eckels, photograph, circa 1910s

Box 48   Folder 3

George Morris Eckels, photograph, undated

Box 48   Folder 4-5

George Morris Eckels, Jr., photographs, circa 1910s

Box 48   Folder 6

James H. Eckels, photograph, undated

Box 48   Folder 7

Robert J. Malone and classmates at Auburn University, photographs, circa 1911

Box 48   Folder 8-9

Unidentified women, photographs, circa 1880s-1930s

Box 48   Folder 10-11

Unidentified men, photographs, circa 1880s-1930s

Box 49   Folder 1

Virginia Eckels as a child, photograph, circa 1910s

Box 49   Folder 2

Virginia Eckels Malone and others in amateur theater productions, photograph and program, circa 1920s

  • George M. Eckels, Jr., University of Chicago scrapbook, 1911-1914
Box 50

Robert J. and Virginia Eckels Malone, framed wedding photographs, circa 1920

Box 51

Eckels family, photograph album, circa 1890s-1910s

Box 51

Virginia Eckels Malone, Miss Madeira's School photograph album, circa 1910s

Box 51

Smithtown News negatives, undated

Box 51

Ebenezer Smith, copper plate negatives, undated

Box 51

Unidentified negatives, undated

Box 52

Thaddeus Potter, commonplace book, 1862-1863

Box 53   Folder 1

Virginia Eckels, Miss Madeira's School diploma, 1918

Box 53   Folder 2

George M. Eckels, Columbia University diploma, 1887

Box 53   Folder 3

George M. Eckels, Jr., University of Chicago diplomas, 1913, 1916

Box 53   Folder 4

George M. Eckels, Jr., military appointment, 1917

Box 53   Folder 5

James H. Eckels, land grant, 1894

Box 53   Folder 6

Robert J. Malone, Smithtown News plant, floor plan, undated

Box 53   Folder 7

Alabama map, undated

Box 53   Folder 8

"Francis Jeffrey," broadside, undated

Box 53   Folder 9

Le Petit Journal, newspaper, 1917

Box 53   Folder 10

Buzancy region, France, map, circa 1914-1918