Beatrice and William Astor Chanler papers, 1897-ca. 1945

Ashley, Minnie


13 linear ft.
Correspondence, literary manuscripts, photographs, scrapbooks, printed ephemera, and various papers, 1897-ca. 1945, of Beatrice Ashley Chanler and her husband, New York legislator, businessman and explorer William Astor Chanler -- Papers of Beatrice Chanler include letters, clippings, circulars, brochures, photographs, scrapbooks, memoranda, etc., chiefly pertaining to such matters as her interest in the Lafayette Fund for the relief of children of French soldiers, and her activities as president of the Committee of Mercy which succeeded during World War II; her efforts to save "Kenmore," the home of George Washington's sister, Betty Washington Lewis, in Fredericksburg, Virginia; her career as a playwright and author, including the manuscript of her book "Cleopatra's Daughter," and scripts of other authors; her interest in child welfare work during the Spanish Civil War, and the role of Spanish women during that period; her interest in the Lafayette Preventorium in France, which was established to help children with tuberculosis; the Committee to Defend America by Helping the Allies; the Ambulance Fund; various Franco-American organizations; her activities and interests as president of Friends of Greece; writings of Valentine Thomson; et al.
Correspondence and assorted papers, 1897-1901 and 1925-1929, of William Astor Chanler pertain largely to his activities and interests as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1897 and as a Congressman during the 56th congress, 1899-1901, including letters about politics, elections, campaigns, issues of the day, requests for employment, introductions, etc.; as well as his interests as president of the French firm Carrières Réunies de la Nièvre, which quarried Malvaux and Verger stone for the American Church in Paris, and other buildings. Many are letters of Jack Hunter and J. Clementel, both members of the firm. Also included is a 56 page typed memoir by Rear Admiral Ludwig von Höhnel in which he recounts his association with William Astor Chanler during their African expedition, and his own service as aide-de-camp to Emperor Francis Joseph I..
Actress, sculptress, and author who frequently worked under the name Minnie Ashley; Mrs. Chanler was the wife of New York legislator, businessman, and explorer William Astor Chanler and was noted for her active involvement in civilian relief efforts in Europe, particularly in France, during the first and second World Wars.
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