Guide to the Weymer J. Mills Collection 1899-1923 MG 1685


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information
Container List

Weymer J. Mills Collection

Guide to the Weymer J. Mills Collection

MG 1685

The New Jersey Historical Society
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
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Processed by Julia Telonidis.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. August 2008. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mills, Weymer Jay, 1880-1939.
Title:: Weymer J. Mills Collection
Dates: 1899-1923
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

Biographical Note

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.

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Scope and Content Note

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.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.

Subject Names:

Bell, Andrew, 1757-1843.
Freneau, Philip Morin, 1752-1832.
Mills, Lillie Wilcox.
Mills, Mortimer, b. 1847.
Mills, Weymer Jay, 1880-1939.

Subject Topics:

Antique dealers.

Subject Places:

Hoboken (N.J.)
Jersey City (N.J.)
Trenton (N.J.)

Document Types:

Letters (Correspondence).

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Related Material

Related Material:

Manuscript Group 45, Andrew Bell (1757-1843), Collector of Perth Amboy Port and Land Surveyor Papers, 1745-1866.

Separated Material:

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

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1685, Weymer J. Mills Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Barbara Eastwood Schultheis, 2007.

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Container List

Weymer J. Mills Collection

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Correspondence/Publishing Agreements ca. 1899-ca. 1906
1 2 Poems/Writings/Articles ca. 1905
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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