Contents and Arrangement

Miscellaneous Correspondence, R-W, circa 1864-1916

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The bulk of this collection consists of the papers of U.S. Army officer George E. Albee, primarily consists of correspondence with friends and associates, most of them military personnel. Of special interest is Albee's diary dating from 1869, which documents his time as 1st Lieutenant with the 41st Infantry Regiment at Fort Concho, Texas, including battles with the Comanche and Kiowas in October of that year for which he earned the Medal of Honor. Also included in the collection are some of Flayderman's research files related to Albee and Albee's collection of antique arms, as well as information regarding Flayderman's acquisition of Albee's collection.

George Emerson Albee (1845-1918) began his service with the U.S. Army during the Civil War where he fought with several Wisconsin infantry units, including Company G, 1st United States Sharpshooters (or Berdan's Sharpshooters), the 3rd Independent Battery Wisconsin Light Artillery, and the 36th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Company F. He was held at Libby Prison as a prisoner of war for some time in 1864. After the war, Albee accepted a commission in the regular service first as a 2nd lieutenant and then 1st lieutenant in several African American regiments, including the 36th, 41st, and 24th U.S. infantries. He served in the West until 1878; and his involvement in the Indian Wars earned him the Medal of Honor. Albee retired from the Army and became captain of the "National Blues" Co. D, 2nd Regiment Connecticut National Guard in 1891. Shortly thereafter, the governor promoted him to major and Brigade Inspector of Rifle Practice of the Connecticut National Guard. Albee was also a professional shooter, arms collector, and designer for Winchester Firearms Company in New Haven, Connecticut; and is known to have received at least two rifle patents. Albee and his first wife, Mary Hawes Albee (1848-1907), are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Collection History

Custodial History:

Fredericka Strong Albee (b. 1879), George E. Albee's second wife, gave Albee's collection of antique arms to Washington College, Maryland, as a conditional gift in 1930s and '40s. Descendants of Albee, Carey Strong Selby (grandson of Fredericka May Strong's first cousin) and Rose Selby, acquired other parts of the collection from Fredericka, including Albee's personal papers, in the 1950s. The portion of the collection held by Washington College was returned to the Selby's through legal means in 1975 after they discovered the collection had been neglected. Norm Flayderman purchased the arms portion of George E. Albee's collection from the Selby's in 1979 and later, Albee's manuscripts in 1997.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Miscellaneous Correspondence, R-W; Norm Flayderman Collection of George E. Albee Materials, C1558, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box B-000904