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Collection TitleCL 15 Strathmont Museum RecordsCreatorBooth Library
Processed BySue Rogan
Date Completed:February 2009
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Museums - Acquisitions
Historical:Strathmont Museum-The original Strathmont mansion was built in the 1890s by Elmira businessman, J. Sloat Fassett.  The original structure was razed in 1929 and a new house was built by J. Arnot Rathbone.  Following Rathbone's death in 1958, the Strathmont was purchased by Mrs. Nellie Welles Mooers and turned over to a non-profit for use as a museum and cultural center.  The Strathmont Museum opened for business on January 1959, but quickly ran out of funding.  It suspended operations in May of 1960 and was acquired by Elmira College in February of 1961.  Some of the museum's artifacts were returned to their original owners, while others were passed on to other local area museums.
Scope:The Strathmont Museum Records contain administrative documents relating to the museum dating from 1958 to 1960 including: receipts for returned materials; an inventory of the museum's holdings; loan agreements and Deeds of Gift for donated objects. 
Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1945-1960
AbstractThe Strathmont Museum Records contain administrative documents relating to the Strathmont Museum. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Documents from the Strathmont Museum,Lester B. Bridaham, Director: printed forms titled "Forwarding Advice", filled out and dated from December 1958 to July 1960,not consecutive.Names from "A" to "L".DocumentsA0101
"Forwarding Advice"forms(filled out) from the Strathmont Museum, "M" to "Z",1958-1960,not inclusive.DocumentsA0201
Three sets titled "Strathmont Museum Insurance Valuations On Loans as of January 1959".DocumentsA0202
Document titled:"New York State Educational Department Report for Fiscal Year 1943-1944",Table #2,dated February 5, 1945.DocumentA0301
Several "Forwarding Advice" forms from the Strathmont Museum,dated 1959-1960,some with letters attached from the donor.DocumentsA0302
Several index cards cataloging miscellaneous museum items on loan in 1958.Index CardsA0401
Several pages titled "Strathmont Museum Property Inventory June 1960".DocumentA0402
"Receipt of Objects" form from Strathmont Museum, dated October 28,1958,from NYS Historical Association in Cooperstown,NY.DocumentA0403
Several letters from Strathmont Museum to Swan & Son Morse Co.,dated 1959 & 1960 indicating the total value of gifts and loans at the museum.DocumentsA0501
Forms and letters from the desk of Lester Bridaham,Director of Strathmont Museum c. 1956. lists of loans and some inventory c. 1959.DocumentsA0502
Several filled in "Forwarding Advice" forms from the Strathmont Museum,dated during 1960,regarding the Cooperstown loan,carriages & carriage equipment.DocumentsA0601
Receipts for gifts received by the Strathmont Museum during the year 1958ReceiptsA0701
Receipts from the Strathmont Museum for gifts received during the year 1959.ReceiptsA0801
Receipts from the Strathmont Museum for gifts received during the year 1960.ReceiptsA0901
Slides - This box contains photographic slides of Rev. Donald Roe's trips to South America.SlidesD0000

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