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Leonard D. Baldwin (l) and Arthur J. Baldwin (r)     Philip Haselton

Baldwin and Haselton Family Papers, 1896-2001
Finding Aid

Drew University Archives
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: 973-408-3532
Fax: 973-408-3770

http://www.drew.edu/depts/library/archives.aspx
 

Summary Information
Creator(s)
Baldwin, Arthur
Baldwin, Donald
Baldwin, Leonard
Baldwin, Winifred
Haselton, Philip

Smiley, Ann

Title and dates
Baldwin and Haselton Family Papers, 1896-2001

Abstract
Arthur and Leonard Baldwin donated money in 1928 to fund Brothers College, now known as the College of Liberal Arts at Drew University. They stayed on for several years as trustees and passed the legacy on to Donald R. Baldwin, Arthur's son, who was a member and President of the Board of Trustees. Philip Haselton, grandson of Leonard Baldwin, was also a trustee.

Size
1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)

Location
Drew University Archives, Madison, NJ

Language of materials
English.
 

Biography
Leonard DeWitt Baldwin was born in 1866 followed by Arthur J. two years later on a farm near Cortland, New York. From childhood, they formed an unshakable close bond that lasted throughout their lives. Leonard graduated from Cortland Normal School in 1888, followed by Arthur in 1890. Both then chose to pursue law degrees from Cornell University, graduating in 1892, the same year they both married and moved to Buffalo, New York, where the brothers joined a law firm and were also involved in state politics. Leonard married Gertrude Van Wagonen and a son, Franklin, and two daughters, Cynthia and Grace. Arthur married Frances Smiley and had two sons, Morgan and Donald, and a daughter, Dorothy.
Both aspired to work in New York City and Arthur went first, in 1897 and opened a law office. A year later he joined the law firm of James B. Dill, specializing in corporate law. This provided the opportunity for Leonard and the wives to move to New York and Leonard took over the private law office. In 1899, Dill made Arthur a partner, changing the name to Dill and Baldwin, and Leonard joined the firm. The families then moved to the suburb of East Orange, New Jersey.
Both families were very involved in the Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church, with Sunday School, Bible Class, and both Arthur and Leonard were trustees.
In 1902 the law firm expanded to include J.W. Griggs, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, even though Arthur was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention for many years.
Arthur became president of the Hill Publishing Company in 1916, upon the death of his long-time friend John A. Hill, and helped draw up the McGraw-Hill merger.
The brothers were involved in South Carolina pulpwood and lumber production, Alaskan reindeer herds, shipping and transportation, fire protection devices and silver goods manufacture, and real estate.
Leonard was a leader of the Young Mens Christian Association. He joined the board of directors in 1907 and served as president for 21 years, from 1912 until his death in 1933.
Morgan was killed in France during WWI as a member of the American Expeditionary Force. About the same time, Dorothy died of leukemia, just before she would have entered college.
Leonard was a founder of the Welfare Federation of the Oranges in 1919.
It was their interest in education that led them to the idea of founding a liberal arts college at Drew Theological Seminary. Leonard started on the board in 1917 and watched some failed fundraising efforts.
Drew was already broadening the structure by offering both masters and doctorate degrees, as well as more liberal studies courses including economics, sociology, languages, literature, and public speaking.
It was at this point the brothers offered their $1.5 million gift to Drew, under one condition: the name be changed to Drew University.
 

Scope and Content Note
The Collection contains papers, photographs, and biographical information about members of the Baldwin family, some of which was provided by Philip Haselton and a folder of genealogical material from Ann Smiley, wife of Arthur Baldwin Smiley.
 

Arrangement Arranged alphabetically by person, followed by Baldwin Legacy materials and Ann Smiley's genealogical information.
 

Access and Use

Access
The Baldwin and Haselton Family Papers are available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information
One photocopy may be made of each document for the purpose of research. Permission to publish must be obtained from the Drew University Archivist. Researcher responsible for further copyright restrictions.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
The 1919 Diary of Frances Smiley Baldwin is on microfilm.
 

Related Materials
Related Archival Materials
Board of Trustee Records.
Microfilm Collection has 1919 Diary of Frances Smiley Baldwin.

Related Finding Aids
Oxnam, Robert Fisher Papers
Board of Trustees Records Biography Files

Publications
Pamphlets: Baldwin Legacy, 1975; Baldwin Legacy, 2000.
 

Processing and Other Information

Processing Information
This collection was processed by Jean Schoenthaler. The finding aid was written by Cheryl Oestreicher in 2007 and updated by Matthew Beland in 2019.

Descriptive Rules Used
Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

Sources Used
Baldwin Legacy, 1975.

Language(s)
English.
 

Preferred Citation
Identification of item; Date (if noted); Baldwin and Haselton Family Papers, Box and Folder Number; University Archives, Drew University Library, Madison, New Jersey
 

Subject Headings

Baldwin, Arthur
Baldwin, Donald
Baldwin, Leonard
Baldwin, Winifred
Haselton, Philip
Brothers College.
Drew University.
 

Contents List

Box

Folder

Title

Date

1

1

Baldwin: Correspondence About

2000-2001

 

2

Baldwin Family Genealogy

1999-2002

 

3

Baldwin Family Photos

1896

 

4

Baldwin, Arthur: Biography

1935-1937

 

5

Baldwin, Arthur: Papers

1928-1938

 

6

Baldwin, Arthur: Papers, includes 1892 theses, letters to E. Kingsley

1892, 1931

 

7

Baldwin, Arthur and Leonard: Biography

1928-2000

 

8

Baldwin, Arthur and Leonard: Papers

1928

 

9

Baldwin; Arthur and Leonard: Photos

1928-1929

 

10

Baldwin, Donald: Biographical

1956-1978

 

11

Baldwin, Donald: Papers

1929-1967

 

12

Baldwin, Donald: Photos

1966

 

13

Baldwin, Leonard: Biography

1933-1937

 

14

Baldwin, Leonard: Papers

1919-1933

 

15

Baldwin, Winifred: Biography

1975-1989

 

16

Baldwin, Winifred: Papers

1964-1967

 

17

Baldwin, Winifred: Photos

1970s

 

18

Baldwin, miscellaneous

1917-1938

2

1

Haselton, Dustin

2001

 

2

Haselton, Philip: Papers

1959

 

3

Haselton, Philip: Papers

1960

 

4

Haselton, Philip: Papers

1961

 

5

Haselton, Philip: Papers

1962

 

6

Haselton, Philip: Papers

1963

 

7

Haselton, Philip: Papers

1964-1965

 

8

Haselton, Philip: Papers

1966

 

9

Haselton, Philip: Papers

1967-1968

 

10

Haselton, Philip: Drew Kress Property

1945-1954

3

1

Baldwin Legacy: Goodrich Research Notes

1973-1974

 

2

Baldwin Legacy: Goodrich Research Notes

1973-1975

 

3

Baldwin Legacy: Trustee Minutes

1928-1939

 

4

Baldwin Legacy: Draft Material

2000

 

5

Baldwin Legacy: May 11, 2000 Celebration

2000

 6Extra copies of "The Baldwin Legacy at Drew University"2000

7

Baldwin-Smiley Family Genealogical Information c/o Ann Smiley

2019