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Cartwright Family Genealogy Archives (1,000+ Documents)

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,410.00

This enormous collection of letters and documents was obtained by Barry Halper directly from the family of Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr., one of the founding fathers of baseball. Barry, of course, long ago carefully went through these papers and culled all of the documents signed by or pertaining to Alexander Cartwright. What's left, however, is still extremely interesting. This collection of literally thousands of documents is the genealogy archive of the Cartwright family. The family's preoccupation with their personal history appears to have started with Alexander Cartwright himself, for a large family tree, dated 1861, was one of the many Cartwright items featured in the initial sale of Barry's collection in 1999. The offered collection originates not from Cartwright, but from his son Alexander Cartwright III. Alexander III was born in Hawaii but later moved to San Francisco, from whence nearly all of these documents originate. Obviously, the history of his family's lineage was of great importance to him as well, as is evidenced by the content and sheer volume of documents included here. Alexander III attempted to contact every Cartwright in the United States in order to complete his genealogy. We know this because some of the letters here, which are still in their original envelopes, were written by Alexander III but were returned to him as undeliverable. On such letter, dated June 17, 1916, reads in part: "Dear Dr. Cartwright, I am compiling and completing a genealogy of the Cartwright family in America and if you will kindly give me all the information within your knowledge, of your branch, it will be greatly appreciated." Most of Alexander III's letters did reach their destination, as the vast majority of the papers here represent the responses he received, some of which are quite lengthy and detailed. This is a fascinating and unique treasure trove of information for genealogists and historians alike regarding the first family of baseball: the Cartwrights. From the Barry Halper Collection. Total: 1,000+ documents. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,410.00


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