Henderson Family Papers,
1868-1923
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7075
Creators:
Dates:
1868-1923
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4.93 cu. ft. (9 document boxes) (1 12x17 box)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
The Henderson family papers contains John Brooks Henderson, Jr.'s correspondence; literary manuscripts; scientific notebooks; lists of shells from the Caribbean, Maine, and North Carolina; Henderson family correspondence, including John Brooks Henderson, Jr.'s correspondence describing his travels, and correspondence concerning the endorsement of Irving Fisher for secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; canceled checks; appointment calendars; medical and real estate records; notes, genealogy; Mary Foote Henderson's recipe and guest books; also records from the United States Treasury Department on imports and exports; immigration and population statistics; federal expenditure statistics, 1892-1893; photographs, some of which were taken by Matthew Brady; blueprints and architectural drawings; and newspaper and journal articles.

Historical Note
Historical Note
John Brooks Henderson (1826-1913), a lawyer and politician, served as United States senator from Missouri from 1862 to 1869. In 1869, he returned to St. Louis where he practiced law and remained active in both local and national politics. In 1889, he retired from practice and moved to Washington, D.C. From 1892-1911, he served as a citizen member of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents.
Henderson's wife, Mary Foote Henderson (1841-1931), was involved in the suffrage and temperance movements. She was also a well-known socialite in Washington and a devotee of the arts, as well as an author of children's books and books on health.
John Brooks Henderson, Jr. (1870-1923), the son of John Brooks and Mary Foote Henderson, graduated from Harvard University in 1891 and Columbian Law School (now George Washington University) in 1893. From 1896-1897, Henderson was secretary to John W. Foster, a diplomatic advisor to the Chinese government. In 1897, he traveled with General Nelson A. Miles on a tour of Europe and the Ottoman Empire as a civilian observer of the armies of the great European powers. He was appointed a citizen member of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents in 1911 and retained that post until his death. Interested in shell collecting as a youth, Henderson later concentrated on marine shell life of the West Indies and participated in several expeditions to the Caribbean. His collections were donated to the United States National Museum. He did volunteer work in the Division of Mollusks in his spare time, and wrote several articles for the Proceedings of the United States National Museum and Bulletin of the United States National Museum. He was the author of American Diplomatic Questions, 1901, and The Cruise of the Tomas Barrera, 1916, based on his expedition to Cuba in 1914.

Notes
Personal Papers

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7075, Henderson Family Papers

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Henderson, J. B. (John Brooks), 1870-1923 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clapp, George H., 1858-1949 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nutting, Charles Cleveland, 1858-1927 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pilsbry, Henry Augustus, 1862- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Simpson, Charles Torrey, 1846-1932 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fisher, Irving Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Henderson, Mary F. (Mary Foote), 1842-1931 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Henderson, John Brooks, 1826-1913 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Foster, John W. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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