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Collection TitleCL 88 Richard S. Heller CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByOwen Dean
Date Completed:January 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Mary and Harriet Heller in 2001 and 2009. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.) Genealogy - Heller Family

Heller Family - Michael Heller and his wife, Nancy Ann, moved from Germany to Pennsylvania in the 1700's. Their son, Michael Heller Jr. (1776-1856), married Catherine Wormley. In 1803, Catherine's father bought land in Chemung County, New York, and Michael Jr. bought some of that land in 1820, bringing his family to Elmira. Their son, Charles (1821-1896), married Mary Neish (1831-1914), daughter of James Neish and Mary McLaren. Charles and Mary had four children; Harriet Bancroft (1851-1939), Helen Frances (1854-1893), and twins Michael Burt (1865-1940) and David Neish (1865-1932). Michael married Charlotte Stone in 1898 and fathered four sons: Charles Lester (1899-1963), David Robert, Francis Burt, and Richard Stone (1904-1980).

Richard S. Heller - Richard Stone Heller (1904-1980), the son of Michael and Charlotte Stone Heller,  was born in Elmira, New York in 1904. His career in law began in 1920 when he became an intern for the state Attorney General. In 1931, he gained admission to the New York State Bar and began to practice law in Elmira. He served as the chairmen of the Chemung County Democratic Party from 1950 until 1956. He was appointed to the bench of the New York State Court of Claims in 1956 and served until he retired in 1974. Afterwards, he acted as a consultant for the court until his death in 1980. He was survived by his wife Mary Trimble Heller and his daughters Mary Heller Smith, Harriet Heller Sophia, and Janet Heller Howell.

Extent2 linear feet
Date Span1800-1981
AbstractThis collection contains papers relating to the Heller family and the personal and professional papers of Richard S. Heller. 

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Telegrams congratulating Richard S. Heller in his appointment to the Court of Claims from Paul McCabe, Henry Lengyel, Dorothea E. Donaldson, "Hatsy," Marg and Dan Donahoe, Joe Mac, "3 Ugly Sykes," Rachel and Jim, Marilyn, Ned, Marge and Bill, Mary F. Farley, Vicky and David Levene, Leroy Stein, "Murt," John V. Harding, Owen "Begley Begley Diamong Begley," M. J. Morrell, Walter J. Wichtowski, K. M. Huston, George Sylvester, Sidney Shane, Bill Hughes, Charles T. Major, John J. Clark, Bill and Peg Winner, and Cornella and Francis Kelly, 1956.Telegrams040701
Letters between Richard S. Heller and Kenneth Y. West, Ellery Horn, Susie Beebe, Carrie D. Horn, Dr. Ping P. Liu, Dr. John Burke and Sister Rose Claire concerning Susie Beebe, February 11, 1960 to September 21, 1961.Letters040801
Invitation from Governor and Mrs. Averell Harriman to Richard S. Heller for a luncheon on October 7, 1955. Invitation040901
Invitation from Pamela C. Harriman, Chairman of Democrats for the 80's, and Charcles T. Manatt, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee for W. Averell Harriman's 90th birthday celebration on November 11, 1981.Invitation040902
Christmas card from Pamela and Averell Harriman.Greeting Card040903
Letter from Averell Harriman to Richard S. Heller regarding the former's campaign, November 11, 1954.Letter040904
Letter from Averell Harriman to Mrs. Richard S. Heller regarding the former's book, December 20, 1975.Letter040905
Letter from W. Averell Harriman to Mrs. Richard S. Heller regarding the death of Richard S. Heller, November 6, 1975. Letter040906
Letter from Charles T. Manatt and Pamela C. Harriman to Ms. Mary T. Heller regarding fundraising, November 9, 1981.Letter040907
Five letters and a telegram from Averell Harriman to Richard S. Heller, June 22, 1954 to February 12, 1958.Letter040908
Letter from Averell Harriman to Richard S. Heller thanking him for his letter, November 14, 1958.Letter040909
Newspaper clippings regarding Court of Claims decisions under Richard S. Heller as judge, circa 1963.Newspaper Clippings041001
Correspondence between Mrs. Eleanor Stevens Buchanan, Lee Harvey, Harold Harvey and Aileen Broich regarding the custody of Delores Harvey, June 18, 1947 to May 27, 1947.Letter041101
Affidavitt of Harold Harvey surrendering the sole custody of Delores Harvey to Mrs. Eleanor Stevens Buchanan, June 30 1947.Document041102
Seven checks from Marguerite J. Harvey to Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital, Dr. H. S. Hassett, Dr. Joseph S. McCommell, Susan S. Morse, Richard S. Heller, Hagerman S. Horme, Bella H. Nirthage, April 17, 1948 to August 16, 1948.Checks041103
Richard S. Heller's letter of resignation from the Court of Claims, to Governor Malcolm Wilson, April 19, 1974.Letter041201
Article by Matt Richardson regarding the deaths of Milo Shanks Michael B. Heller.Newspaper Clipping041202
Newspaper clipping regarding Richard S. Heller's resignation from the Court of Claims, January 3, 1975.Newspaper Clipping041203
Letter from John D. Frawley to Richard S. Heller regarding the latter's retirement, October 1, 1974. Response attached.Letter041204
Letter from Henry W. Lengyel to Richard S. Heller regarding the latter's retirement, December 31, 1974.Letter041205
Letter from Dorothea E. Donaldson to Richard S. Heller regarding the latter's retirement, January 8, 1975.Letter041206
Letter from Gustave G. Rosenberg to Richard S. Heller regarding the latter's retirement, October 3, 1974. Response attached.Letter041207
Letter from Norman J. French to Richard S. Heller regarding the latter's retirement, September 24, 1974. Response attached.Letter041208
Letter from Milton Alpert to Richard S. Heller regarding the latter's retirement, September 30, 1974. Response attached.Letter041209
Letter from David B. Klingaman to Richard S. Heller regarding the latter's retirement, December 27, 1974.Letter041210
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