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John D. Graham papers, 1799-1988, bulk 1890-1961

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Series 1: Biographical Materials and Artifacts , 1799, 1822, 1891-1961
0.9 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 11-12, 17

This series consists of documents related to John Graham's military service, legal matters, medical history, family members, as well as three-dimensional artifacts belonging to Graham.
Many of the documents in this series are in Polish or Russian, and typescript translations are often available. Translations appear to have been annotated and perhaps written by Graham. These documents include a baptism certificate, a certificate of nobility, documents related to Graham's military service and nationality, and certificates of identity. Graham's marriages and divorces are documented through legal records, invitations, correspondence in Russian with a third party related to his divorce from Vera Alexandrovna, and an identity paper of Constance Wellman with a photograph issued in France.
Two scrapbooks related to Archer Gibson, Graham's father-in-law by his third marriage to Elinor Gibson and a well-known organist, are found. The first contains primarily newspaper clippings related to Gibson's musical career. The second contains letters and telegrams from well-known politicians, industrialists, and other celebrities for whom Gibson gave concerts. For photographs of Archer Gibson, see the Photographs series.
Medical documents include a report of Graham's death issued by the State Department and x-rays taken in 1961, shortly before his death.
Among the artifacts are four vellum-bound books, two of which bear dates from the late 18th and early 19th century. Some of the Artwork among Graham's papers appears to have been made on paper taken from these books. Also found is a fragment of music on vellum, which is likely the Nicene Creed. Relating to David Graham is a naval patch representing the rank of a Recruit Chief Petty Officer.
Additional biographical documents, including Graham's will and lists of assets, are found in Personal Business Records.
Description Container Select
Curriculum Vitae, circa 1937
1
1
Driver's Licenses and other ID's, 1942-1960
1
2
Drawing of Lubicz Family Crest, circa 1910-1919
1
3
Letters of Introduction, 1921-1922
1
4
Marriage to and Divorce from Vera Alexandrovna, 1918-1925
1
5
Marriage to and Divorce from Elinor Gibson Graham, undated, 1924
1
6
Marriage to and Divorce from Constance Wellman, 1936-1945
includes photograph
1
7
Natural Father's Consent to Adoption, Nicholas Dabrowsky, 1938
1
8
Passports and Other Travel Documents, circa 1925-1960
1
9
Personal Documents, Poland and Russia, 1891-1922
1
10
Scrapbooks of Archer Gibson, circa 1895-1952
see Box 11, sol
1
11
Items Removed from Archer Gibson Scrapbooks, circa 1895-1952
Not scanned
1
12
State Department Report of Death, 1961
1
13
X-Rays, 1961
Partially scanned
1
14
Artifacts
Hair, circa 1936, undated
(Envelopes only scanned)
1
15
Paint Pots, undated
See Box 12, sol
1
16
Palette, undated
1
17
Vellum-Bound Books, 1948, undated, 1799, 1822
4 Volumes
Mostly blank pages; partially scanned; see Box 12, sol
1
18
Baby Shoe, Russian Money, and Feathers, 1898, undated
1
19
David Graham's Naval Patch, circa 1940s
Recruit Chief Petty Officer
17
1
Vellum Fragment, Music, circa 1700s
Probably the Nicene Creed
17
2
Oversized Scrapbooks of Archer Gibson (See Box 1, folder 11)
11 (sol)
Paint Pots, Palette, and Vellum-Bound Books (See Box 1, folders 16-18)
12 (sol)

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