Research Catalog

Spalding baseball collection

Title
Spalding baseball collection, 1845-1913, bulk (1860-1900).
Supplementary Content
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Description
  • 22 linear feet (15 boxes, 18 v.).
  • 15 microfilm reels.
Subject
Genre/Form
  • Photographs.
  • Diaries.
  • Scrapbooks.
Note
  • kept in General Research Division, New York Public Library.
  • located in Photography Collection, New York Public Library.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
  • Microfilm must be used in lieu of originals when available.
Additional Formats (note)
  • available on microfilm;
  • available on microfilm;
  • available on microfilm;
  • available on microfilm;
  • available on microfilm;
  • available on microfilm;
Source (note)
  • Spalding, Elizabeth Churchill
Biography (note)
  • Albert Goodwill Spalding (1850-1915) was a baseball player and manager who was instrumental in forming the National League. In 1876 he joined the Chicago team as pitcher and manager and served as team president from 1882 to 1891. He published a baseball guide and wrote a history of the game. He and his brother in 1876 founded the sporting goods firm that still bears his name.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
MssCol 2835
Title
Spalding baseball collection, 1845-1913, bulk (1860-1900).
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Access
Microfilm must be used in lieu of originals when available.
Summary
Collection contains scorebooks, correspondence, scrapbooks, diaries, account books, and photographs relating to baseball and other sports. Baseball club records include scorebooks, 1845-1870, for games played by early New York City and Cincinnati ball clubs; scrapbooks of correspondence, 1846-1876, and club books, 1854-1868, containing lists of members, minutes and records of the board of officers. Henry Chadwick materials consist of scorebooks, 1858-1907; scrapbooks, 1858-1908; and diaries, 1873-1907, kept by Chadwick, a sports writer and "Father of Baseball" who was instrumental in the development of modern playing rules and the system of scoring. A.G. Spalding scrapbooks, 1874-1911, contain clippings about baseball, his book, America's National Game, and his baseball world tour in 1888-1889. Harry Wright materials include correspondence, 1865-1894; notebooks and account books, 1860-1893; and scorebooks, 1883-1892. Wright was a baseball player and manager responsible for organizing the first professional baseball team. Collection also includes photographs of teams and individual players in the 1860s and 1870s.
Additional Formats
Cincinnati Red Stockings scorebooks and A.G. Spalding scrapbooks available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Chadwick scrapbooks available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Chadwick diaries, 1873-1903, available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Knickerbocker Baseball Club materials available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Harry Wright correspondence, 1871-1885, available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Harry Wright notebooks and account books, 1860-1871, available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Biography
Albert Goodwill Spalding (1850-1915) was a baseball player and manager who was instrumental in forming the National League. In 1876 he joined the Chicago team as pitcher and manager and served as team president from 1882 to 1891. He published a baseball guide and wrote a history of the game. He and his brother in 1876 founded the sporting goods firm that still bears his name.
Finding Aids
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Baseball players.
Added Author
Chadwick, Henry, 1824-1908.
Spalding, A. G. (Albert Goodwill)
Wright, Harry, 1835-1895.
A.G. Spalding & Bros.
Atlantic Baseball Club.
Cincinnati Reds (Baseball team)
Knickerbocker Baseball Club.
LCCN
ms 79001877
Research Call Number
MssCol 2835
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