16 items, several are facsimiles.
The majority of the items are about the Panama Canal. There are nine letters; which were written by William McKinley's secretary George B. Courtelyou; chief engineer of the Panama Canal George W. Goethals; Admiral George Dewey; President Theodore Roosevelt; William Howard Taft (as Secretary of War); Reverend J. F. Carson of Brooklyn, New York; and Will Rogers. The letters are arranged alphabetically by author (some of them are facsimile copies). There are a few items about horse showing including a photograph of a horse and two awards won by Balfe's horse "Maximum" in 1915 (given by the National Horse Show Association of America). The ephemera includes Balfe's passport (1914), a newspaper clipping, and a document appointing Tom Wentz Balfe to Captain in the US Army Chemical Warfare Service (1918).
Harry Balfe was born at Newburgh, New York, in 1860. In 1900, he embarked on a mercantile career and joined the firm of Austin, Nichols & Co. of New York as sales manager, then as manager and vice- president, and then president. When he retired in 1920 he was chairman of the board. Balfe was a friend of President Theodore Roosevelt, and during the building of the Panama Canal, on request of the President, he made two trips to the canal zone. He was also requested by President Taft to make another trip to the Panama Canal zone. In the 1930s, Balfe was living in San Joaquin Valley on a large ranch where he raised prize-winning horses. Balfe was married to May Adams of New York; they had three sons: Harry, Thomas, and Raymond.
HM 76518-76526. The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.