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|Creator:||Mills, Weymer Jay, 1880-1939.|
|Title:||Weymer J. Mills Collection|
|Abstract:||This collection contains the papers of NJ author and antique dealer Weymer J. Mills.|
|Quantity:||.33 linear feet (1 box)|
|Collection Number:||MG 1685|
Weymer Jay Mills was born in 1880 in Jersey City, NJ. He was the son of Mortimer Mills (b. 1847) and Lillie Wilcox Mills, the brother of Hazel Abercrombie Mills, and a descendant of Revolutionary War era poet Philip Freneau. He lived in Jersey City and New York City. He wrote a number of magazine articles and books, including Historical Houses of New Jersey, Through the Gates of Old Romance, and Caroline of Courtlandt Street. He edited the 1903 publication, Glimpses of Colonial Society and the Life at Princeton College, 1766-1773. He wrote the introduction to Some Account of the Capture of the Ship Aurora by Philip Freneau, which was published in 1889. For a brief time, he was also an antique dealer in London, England, who specialized in miniatures. He died in Merano, Italy in 1938.
This collection contains materials from the life and writing career of Weymer J. Mills, mainly correspondence, poems, publishing contracts, newspaper articles on silhouettes and miniatures, photographs, advertisements for his book publications, and other ephemera. There are two published books that were included with the collection that were cataloged separately and two items added to the NJHS museum collections. There are also items belonging to his parents Lillie and Mortimer, mainly stock certificates and school certificates of merit.
|The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.|
|Bell, Andrew, 1757-1843.|
|Freneau, Philip Morin, 1752-1832.|
|Mills, Lillie Wilcox.|
|Mills, Mortimer, b. 1847.|
|Mills, Weymer Jay, 1880-1939.|
|Jersey City (N.J.)|
Manuscript Group 45, Andrew Bell (1757-1843), Collector of Perth Amboy Port and Land Surveyor Papers, 1745-1866.
Freneau, Philip. Some Account of the Capture of the Ship Aurora New York : M.F. Mansfield and A. Wessels, 1899.
Mills, Weymer J. Caroline of Courtlandt Street New York and London : Harper & Brothers, 1905.
Men's Derby Hat given to NJHS museum-- Museum ID 2007.10.1
Pair of Men's Spats given to NJHS museum-- Museum ID 2007.2a-b
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1685, Weymer J. Mills Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Donated by Barbara Eastwood Schultheis, 2007.
Weymer J. Mills Collection
|1||1||Correspondence/Publishing Agreements||ca. 1899-ca. 1906|
|1||3||Notebook of clippings regarding Freneau/Mills||ca. 1910s|
|1||4||Andrew Bell correspondence||undated|
|1||5||Writings on silhouettes/miniatures||undated|
|1||6||Stocks belonging to Lillie Mills and Certificates of Merit, Hasbrouck Grammar School, belonging to Mortimer Mills (Weymer J. Mills's parents.)||1920s|
|1||7||Harpers Magazine/ New York Times Review of Books||1899; 1923|
|1||8||Clippings service for Weymer J. Mills||1903-1904|
|1||9||Photographs of Weymer J. Mills (and family?)/Prints of estate homes: "Woodlawn," home of Edward Ansley Stokes in Trenton, NJ and view of "Castle Point" in Hoboken, NJ.||ca. 1910|
|1||10||Publication advertisements||ca. 1910|
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