Howard Clifton Griswold Papers, 1863-1956

Accession: 1979-187
Extent: 5.125 linear feet
Restrictions:None.
Copyright: Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Louisville.

Biography

Howard Clifton Griswold was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 28, 1866, to Howard Morton Griswold and Anna Clifton Grant Griswold, both Kentucky natives. Griswold attended Louisville public schools and after graduation, entered the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he obtained a degree in civil engineering.

In 1889 Griswold accepted his first position in the engineering department of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. He stayed with the L&N until 1895, first in Louisville and then in Lebanon, Kentucky. Griswold’s next post was with Illinois Steel Company as an assistant engineer in Chicago, Illinois, from 1895 to 1915. When his father died in 1915, he returned to Louisville to head the printing firm of John P. Morton and Company. This company was established by Griswold’s grandfather and his brother-in-law in 1826 and remained in the family until it closed in 1943.

Griswold was active in the Louisville community. He was devoted to the city as well as to its institutions and people. He participated in the Community Chest and many other local projects. He was a faithful member of Christ Church Cathedral, where he used the same pew as his grandfather, Solomon K. Grant, one of the original vestrymen. He was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Transportation Club of Louisville, the Ben Franklin Club and the Audubon Country Club.

Griswold married Mec McIntyre Young of Thomasville, Georgia, on November 16, 1898, and she died in 1914. On January 10, 1925, he married Mary Rush Lewis of Nashville, Tennessee. Together, they had three children, Charlotte Lewis, Anna Grant and Mary Clifton, all of whom attended Louisville schools. The family lived at 2425 Cherokee Parkway. Howard Clifton Griswold died on January 29, 1941, in Louisville.

Brief Description of the Collection

The Howard Clifton Griswold Papers (1863-1956) contains two major components and measures 5.125 linear feet. These components comprise two subgroups: material relating directly to Griswold himself, and material relating to his brother-in-law, Henry Clay Bretney. The first series includes printed materials from work-related subjects as well as memorabilia, oversized materials and a few items from his years as chief of the John P. Morton and Company. There is also printed material from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Iron and Steel Institute, and the American Railway Engineering Association, along with other material relating to engineering. The second series is mainly correspondence about Bretney's father, Captain Henry C. Bretney, during his tour of duty in the Dakota Territory from 1863 to 1865. Many of the letters are research-oriented and some of those written by Captain Bretney describe raids by Native Americans, stolen items, and the activities of other soldiers. Included is information about the death of a Lieutenant Collins. There is also a partial manuscript entitled “The Train That Won a Nation,” by University of Wyoming Professor Grace Raymond Hebard. This manuscript is apparently a revision of a book published in 1922 under the title The Bozeman Trail: Historical Accounts of the Blazing of Overland Routes into the Northwest and Fights with Red Cloud’s Warriors. The book was reissued again several years after Hebard’s death.

Items of particular interest include the Private Telegraphic Code of Hall & Co., Louisville, Kentucky (1887), a small book of code used in telegraphic communication, presumably to facilitate shorter telegrams and keep business information private; a copy of a diary kept by General Henry Freeman, officer in the Seventh Cavalry, United States Army, March 21 - October 5, 1876; and the above mentioned correspondence and documents of Captain Henry C. Bretney, 1863-1865.

Series Descriptions

Series I: Howard C. Griswold

Boxes 1-6, 3.375 linear feet

  • Subseries: Printed Materials, 1880-1956 [ Boxes 1-4]. This subseries consists of various books, pamphlets, catalogs and assorted materials pertaining to Griswold’s various jobs.
  • Subseries: John P. Morton and Company, 1897-1942 [Box 4]. This small series contains minutes, a few letters, stockholders report and a ledger circa 1897-circa 1924.
  • Subseries: Memorabilia, 1890-1928 [Box 5]. Included in this series are two Louisville and Nashville Railroad section foreman examinations, as well as railroad passes from various lines around the country. Other materials include booklets and photographs.
  • Subseries: Oversized Materials, 1913-1940 [Box 6]. Items in this series reflect the steel industry. There is also an article on railroads.
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Series II: Henry Clay Bretney

Boxes 7-8, 1.75 linear feet

  • Subseries: Correspondence, 1930-1949 [ Box 7]. This large series reflects Bretney’s extensive search for information about his father, Captain Henry C. Bretney, and the latter’s tour of duty in the Dakota Territory from 1863 to 1865.
  • Subseries: Manuscript Series, 1933-1935 [Box 7].  Information in this series reflects a proposal for a book by Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard about the Dakota Territory. A chapter of the book concerned Henry Bretney.
  • Subseries: Memorabilia, 1905-1949 [Box 7]. A small series containing newspaper clippings, a booklet, and some photographs of the Litsey family from the turn of the 20th century.
  • Subseries: Captain Henry C. Bretney 1863-1865 [Box 8]. Letters, reports, affidavits, invoices and various documents comprise this series. They depict a soldier’s life in the Dakota Territory.
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Box List

Series I. Howard C. Griswold

Subseries: Printed Materials, 1880-1956

Box 1

  1. American Iron and Steel Institute 1916-1926 Lists of officers, directors and members 1916, 1917, 1919, 1922 and 1926, and a copy of the Bimonthly Bulletin of 1917.
  2. American Iron and Steel Institute Meetings, 1919 Copies of papers read at the 15th general meeting in New York, "Present Knowledge Concerning Non-Metallic Impurities of Steel (Sonims)" by Henry D. Hibbard and "Standardization of Ship Materials" by Fred T. Llewellyn
  3. American Iron and Steel Institute Meetings, 1919-1920 Copies of addresses given by Elbert H. Gary, president, on October 24, 1919, and May 28, 1920
  4. American Iron and Steel Institute (yearbook), 1934 Yearbook of addresses, remarks and other pertinent information from the annual meeting
  5. American Railway Engineering Association, 1911-1915 Report numbers 20, 39, 40, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47 and 49 concerning the steel industry
  6. American Railway Engineering Association, Supplement to Manual , 1912 and 1913
  7. American Society of Civil Engineers Yearbook , 1921
  8. American Society of Civil Engineers, 1931; 1935 Copies of Aims and Activities, 1931 and Proceedings, January 1935
  9. Car Load Measurements computed in Cubic Yards by A. Cunningham, Columbus, Ohio, 1894
  10. Carnegie Steel Company, Pittsburg [sic], Pa., 1903 Book of shapes manufactured by Carnegie Steel Co.
  11. "Comparison of American and Foreign Rail-Specifications with a Proposed Standard Specification to Cover American Rails Rolled for Export," 1907 Copy of paper read before the American Institute of Mining Engineers at the joint meeting with the Iron and Steel Institute, July 1906
  12. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, The Electric Furnace in Metallurgical Work , 1914. Dorsey A. Lyon, Robert M. Keeney and Joseph F. Cullen, Washington Government Printing Office
  13. Friction of Freight Car Trucks on Curves , 1910
  14. Private Telegraphic Code of Hall Bros. Co., Louisville, Ky., 1887 Small book of code to be used for business communication, printed by John P. Morton & Co.
  15. Interstate Commerce Commission, 1912 "Report of Accident on the Great Northern Railway near Sharon, N. Dakota, December 30, 1911 by the Chief Inspector of Safety Appliances Accompanied by Report of the Engineer Physicist of the Bureau of Standards"
  16. Miscellaneous booklets, 1909-1919
    1. Minutes of Meeting of Steel Manufacturers at the Office of the United States Steel Corporation 1918
    2. The Vital Issues in the Industrial Conference at Washington, D.C. October 6-23, 1919
    3. "Andrew Carnegie, The Principles of Industrial and Social Progress Illustrated by his Career" reprinted from the Monthly Bulletin of the National City Bank of New York , 1919
    4. An Exhibit Prepared Under the Auspices of the National Research Council with the Cooperation of the Chemical War Service of the United States Army , n.d.
    5. Inspection Trip of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association to Buffington and Gary, Ind., March 19, 1909
  17. Prorating Tables, Table of Multipliers for Prorating from 1 to 2400 by B. L. Swope, 1880 This small book was "specially designed and adapted for the use of Railway Officials, Express Agents, Bank Cashiers, and Accountants to which is appended A Table Containing Five Thousand Complete Calculations of Percentages" and was printed by John P. Morton and Company.
  18. Rules and Instructions For the Government of Trackmen of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad 1899, re-issued June 1, 1907 (two copies) One copy has a handwritten signature of "W. H. Hartley, Lebanon, Ky."
  19. Rules for Loading Materials, revised 1908 This 119-page book was originally printed in 1896, and advanced to a standard in 1908. It contains "Rules Governing the Loading of Lumber, Logs, Stone, Etc., on Open Cars, and Loading and Carrying Structural Materials, Plates, Rails, Girders, etc. and adopted by the Master Car Builders' Association as recommended Practice." It is stamped Illinois Steel Company, Inspection Department
  20. Segregation in Steel Ingots by B. Talbot, 1906 "Reprinted from the 'Journal of the Iron and Steel Institute' No. II, for 1905" by "Authority of the Council, London: Published at the Offices of the Institute"
  21. Southern Social Register, 1950-1951 Property of Mrs. Howard Clifton (Mary Lewis) Griswold
  22. "Statement as to Wages, Hours and Other Conditions of Labor Among Employees of The United States Steel Corporation and Subsidiary Companies" circa 1915 This six-page booklet was "respectfully submitted" by Elbert H. Gary, James A. Farrell, and Percival Roberts, Jr., Committee
  23. Steel Axles, Illinois Steel Company, 1911 This twenty-eight-page booklet shows standard designs and specifications
  24. The Stevens Indicator Vol. VIII, No. 2, April 1891 Journal of the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey
  25. Stevens Institute of Technology, A College of Mechanical Engineering, Annual Catalogue, 1917-1918
  26. The Story of the Pullman Car by Joseph Husband, 1917
  27. "Technologic Papers of the Bureau of Standards No. 38, Observations on Finishing Temperatures and Properties of Rails" by G. K. Burgess, J. J. Crowe, H. S. Rawdon and R. G. Waltenberg, 1914. Notes on outside cover to "Please read per R. E. C."
  28. U. S. Department of Agriculture, "Prolonging the Life of Crossties" by Howard F. Weiss, 1912, Bulletin 118, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory Series.
  29. United States Steel Corporation Private Telegraphic Code for Land Line Telegrams Volume "B," 1913. This book contained a letter dated March 26, 1914, to "H. C. Griswold, Inspecting Engineer"
  30. University of Illinois Bulletin, 1915 and 1930 Includes numbers 39, 40, 42 and 43, Engineering Experiment Station
  31. The Woman's Club of Louisville Yearbook 1923-1924; 1952-1956 Property of Mrs. Howard Clifton (Mary Lewis) Griswold

Box 2

  1. American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association Volume 10, Parts 1 and 2, 1909. These two fragile volumes are reprints of the proceedings of the tenth annual convention held at the Auditorium Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

Box 3

  1. American Railway Engineering Association, Volume 16, 1915 This fragile volume is a reprint of the proceedings of the 1915 convention held at the Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
  2. Rails and Fastenings 1905 This fragile volume is a copy of the standards manufactured by Illinois Steel Company and Carnegie Steel Company
  3. Shape Book containing Profiles, Tables and Data relative to the Shapes, Plates, Bars, Rails Track Accessories and Specialties by Illinois Steel Company, Illinois, 1912

Subseries: John P. Morton and Company, 1897-1942

Box 4

  1. Minutes 1940-1942
  2. Miscellaneous Correspondence 1936-1941
  3. Stockholders Report 1941
  4. Financial Ledger circa 1897 - circa 1924 Letters and memos that were inserted in this ledger were unfolded and left in their original locations

Subseries: Memorabilia, 1890-1928

Box 5

  1. Havana, Cuba, n.d. Personal notes and souvenir booklet
  2. Louisville & Nashville Railroad Examinations (two) 1895 Exam for section foremen, one is completed by "G. S. Brooks."
  3. Miscellaneous 1890-1928 Contains Louisville Board of Trade (LBT) tour guides for Western Kentucky and West Tennessee, 1927 and Eastern Kentucky, 1928; LBT Booster Song; Military Park subdivision ad (a part of Kentucky Military Institute); Louisville promotional "Growing Greater Every Day" 1927; University of Kentucky Bulletin, Memorial Number Vol. XI, No. 7, 1919; and Souvenir of Middlesborough, 1890; calculator for standpipes, etc.; advertising card for John P. Morton & Co.; voting notice, John P. Morton & Co. (?)
  4. Photograph, n.d. Photo of three unidentified people, two men and one woman
  5. Photograph Reproductions, 1898 "The American Navy Cuba and Hawaii" (The Travel Series No. 28; Belford, Middlebrook & Co., Chicago)
  6. Railroad Passes, 1889-1911 Included are passes for many different railroads from the United States issued to H. C. Griswold
  7. "Titan of Chasms, the Grand Canyon of Arizona," 1908

Subseries: Oversized Materials, 1913-1940

Box 6

  1. Drawing, n.d. No identification, appears to be drawing of a kite perhaps to measure wind velocity
  2. Chart to convert inches to decimal portions of a foot
  3. Steel Horizons, Volume Two, Number One, 1940 Published by Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  4. Nation's Business, January 1931 Article on railroads included in issue
  5. American Iron & Steel Institute, 1913-1932 Special Statistical Bulletins, run is incomplete
  6. Courier Journal Magazine, January 14, 1940

Series II. Henry Clay Bretney

Subseries: Correspondence, 1930-1949

Box 7

  • 1. Brooks, Bryant B., 1934-1937 President, Consolidated Royalty Oil Company, Casper Wyoming and one-time governor of Wyoming, re: Captain Bretney and the Dakota Territory
  • 2. Brooks, Bryant B., 1938-1942
  • 3. Ellison, Robert S., 1934-1935 President, Stanolind Crude Oil Purchasing Company, Tulsa, Oklahoma re: historical events in the Dakota Territory
  • 4. Ellison, Robert S., 1935-1936
  • 5. Ellison, Robert S., 1936-1938
  • 6. Ellison, Robert S., 1939-1946
  • 7. Furay, James H., 1935-1939 Vice-president United Press Associations
  • 8. Greenburg, Dan W., 1933-1940 Board of Managers in 1935 of the American Bison Society
  • 9. Hebard, Grace Raymond, Ph.D., 1930-1933 Department of Economics, University of Wyoming
  • 10. Hebard, Grace Raymond, Ph.D., 1933-1934 Includes a copy of a diary kept by General Henry Freeman, officer in the Seventh Cavalry, United States Army, March 21 - October 5, 1876
  • 11. Hebard, Grace Raymond, 1934-1938
  • 12. Hopkins, Ruth Joy, 1938-1942 Artist
  • 13. Kansas State Historical Society, 1933-1935
  • 14. Missouri Historical Society, 1935-1941
  • 15. Mokler, Alfred J., 1934-1936 Author and historian of Casper, Wyoming
  • 16. Mokler, Alfred J., 1937-1949
  • 17. United States Government Offices, 1933-1934 War Department letters concerning 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry

Subseries: Manuscripts, 1933-1935

Box 7

  • 18. "The Trail That Won A Nation" by Grace Raymond Hebard, Ph.D. (Glendale, CA: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1935.) Typescript of the table of contents, circa 1934
  • 19. "The Trail That Won A Nation" by Grace Raymond Hebard, Ph.D. (Glendale, CA: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1935) Typescript of the introduction and foreword, "The Pony Express Through Wyoming," 1934, includes correspondence from William H. Jackson and Robert S. Ellison, 1934
  • 20. "The Trail That Won A Nation" by Grace Raymond Hebard, Ph.D. (Glendale, CA: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1935) Typescript of Chapter VII, "By Stage and Coach, 1850-1869," 1934
  • 21. "The Trail That Won A Nation" by Grace Raymond Hebard, Ph.D. (Glendale, CA: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1935) Typescript of Chapter XIII, "Frontier Military Service of Captain Henry Clay Bretney and Lieutenant Caspar Wever Collins, 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry"
  • 22. "The Trail That Won A Nation" by Grace Raymond Hebard, Ph.D. (Glendale, CA: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1935) Typescript of Chapter XIV, "The Platte Bridge and Red Buttes Tragedies, 1863-1865" circa 1934 (Includes correspondence from H. C. Bretney, 1934)
  • 23. "The Trail That Won A Nation" by Grace Raymond Hebard, Ph.D. (Glendale, CA: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1935) Information about illustrations, 1935
  • 24. "The Trail That Won A Nation" by Grace Raymond Hebard, Ph.D. (Glendale, CA: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1935) Personal notes re: photographs, circa 1933, (including correspondence and newspaper clippings)
  • 25. "The Trail That Won A Nation" by Grace Raymond Hebard, Ph.D. (Glendale, CA: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1935) Typescript of Chapter XIII, "Frontier Military Service of Captain Henry Clay Bretney and Lieutenant Caspar Wever Collins, 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry." Includes personal notes and rough draft.

Subseries: Memorabilia, 1905-1949

  • 26. Casper, Wyoming 1943-1947 Contains newspaper clippings and a souvenir booklet titled "Frontier Days" Cheyenne Wyoming 1932
  • 27. Litsey, Edwin and Sarah 1905, 1936, & 1949 "Legend" by Sarah Litsey; newspaper clippings, and photographs (some identified) by Cray & Miller, Lebanon, Ky.

Subseries: Captain Henry C. Bretney, 1863-1865

Box 8

  1. Certificates from State of Ohio, 1863 & 1865 Contains commission as captain and enlistment papers from the state of Ohio
  2. Letters, 1863 To brother and friends at home
  3. Quartermaster Reports, 1864-1865 Contains reports, affidavits, invoices and various other documents kept by Captain Henry C. Bretney.
  4. Quartermaster Reports, 1864-1865 Contains reports, affidavits, invoices and various other documents kept by Captain Henry C. Bretney.
  5. Quartermaster Reports, 1864-1865 Contains reports, affidavits, invoices and various other documents kept by Captain Henry C. Bretney.
  6. Quartermaster Reports, 1864-1865 Contains reports, affidavits, invoices and various other documents kept by Captain Henry C. Bretney.
  7. Quartermaster Reports, 1864-1865 Contains reports, affidavits, invoices and various other documents kept by Captain Henry C. Bretney.