Cary T. Grayson Papers

Creator

Cary T. Grayson

Identifier

MS000465

Date

1864-2008

Description

The papers of Cary T. Grayson, personal physician and friend of Woodrow Wilson, came to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in 2005, initially as a loan. They were formally donated to the WWPL by the Grayson family in Dec. 2008. Additional gifts of papers were made by the Grayson family in succeeding years, which were eventually incorporated into the larger collection.

Compiled over Dr. Grayson’s colorful life, the collection covers every aspect of Grayson’s military service, career, family life, and personal interests. It is arranged in 13 series (listed below), many with their own finding aids. The largest series, Correspondence (40 linear feet), includes letters and other documents from thousands of individuals. It is clear that Dr. Grayson realized that he had a unique window on the historical events of his era, and he kept everything from seating charts and menus of state dinners to newspaper clippings and family calendars. He wrote diary entries while in Europe with President Wilson for the Paris Peace Conference and scribbled notes after the President was stricken with a stroke in 1919. The bulk of the papers date from 1907-1938, but the collection includes documents from as early as 1864 and as late as 2008.

Source

Seven grandchildren of Rear Admiral Cary T. Grayson: W. Cabell Grayson, Jr., Katherine G. Wilkins, Leslie H. Grayson, George Grayson, Carinthia A. Grayson, Alicia G. Grayson, and Theodosia H. Grayson.
Gift made Dec. 12, 2008

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Format

170 boxes, 8 binders of scanned documents, 2,110 pdfs

Language

English

Abstract

The Cary T. Grayson Papers make up only one part of the larger Grayson Collection, which includes the papers of Cary’s wife, Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson, as well as their children, William, Cary Jr., and Gordon. It also includes the papers of Alice’s second husband, George Leslie Harrison, who was president of the New York Federal Reserve, and her father, J. J. Gordon, a successful 19th century entrepreneur.

Table Of Contents

Series in Collection:
Articles and speeches
Biographical materials
Book collection
Certificates and awards
Correspondence
Diaries
Financial papers
Miscellaneous
Newspaper clippings
Periodicals
Phonograph records
Photographs
Postcards

Collection Items

Cary T. Grayson Papers Finding Aid
Guide to the large collection of Cary T. Grayson material in the archives.

Thomas M. Woodward to Cary T. Grayson
Thomas Woodward writes to Cary Grayson about a Marine second lieutenant who was injured on a train platform. He is concerned for his medical care and insulted by how he was treated when trying to give aid.

Edith Bolling Wilson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Edith Bolling Wilson writes to Alice Gordon Grayson telling her that my love for you is unlike that for anyone else in the world as she prepares for her wedding to Cary Grayson.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson writes to his fiancée, Alice Gordon Grayson about weekend and wedding plans.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson sends a letter to his fiancée, Alice Gordon Grayson.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes the excitement generated by President Woodrow Wilson’s message to Germany.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson discusses their engagement with Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson tells his fiancee of Thomas Pence’s death.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson briefly describes a trip with President Woodrow Wilson to a Philadelphia occulist to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes sharing news of their engagement to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes his social calls and his efforts to treat his patient, Thomas J. Pence, to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes his daily activities and social life at the White House to his fiancée, Alice Gordon Grayson.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson writes about his love to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson wishes his fiancee pleasant travels to see the Cournerse family.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson wires his fiancee that he will telephone her when he arrives at the station.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson discusses President Woodrow Wilson’s plans for a Western speaking tour and personal matters related to their engagement with his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson relates anecdotes about his social life in Washington and at the White House to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson writes to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon, about his daily activities. He remarks on seeing Woodrow and Edith Wilson on their return from their honeymoon.

Hattie White Williams to Cary T. Grayson
Hattie White Williams writes to Cary Grayson about an historic cannon that she is willing to sell for $15,000.00. She thinks it will make a wonderful wedding gift to Woodrow Wilson.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson has selected a wedding gift for Edith Bolling Galt and Woodrow Wilson.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson writes to his fiancee about the proposed settlement for an accident at her property in DC offering to have lawyers he knows try to negotiate a better one.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson writes to his fiancee about their plans to be apart for the next few months, and his travel plans to visit her.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson writes to Alice Gordon Grayson about her travels and relates to her that the McAdoos have returned.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson writes about his hopes for the future to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson comments on President Woodrow Wilson’s reaction to his engagement in this letter to his future wife, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson
Telegram from William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson regarding his long talk with Colonel House.

Patrick W. Flournoy to Alice Gordon Grayson
A letter from Cousin Patrick W. Flournoy discussing financial matters with Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson breaks an appointment with his future wife, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson
William Gibbs McAdoo returns Dr. Cary Grayson’s message with his well wishes to the Wilson family, Nell Wilson in particular, and a general account of life in Washington at the close of 1913.

Cary T. Grayson to Edwin M. Watson
Cary Grayson thinks that despite his contribution to the luncheon, Edwin Watson’s remarks regarding Grayson’s ability to converse in Spanish caused confusion.

George V. Strong to EM Watson
George Strong asks Edwin Watson to help his son who is seeking day shift employment with the Potomac Electric Company.

Cary T. Grayson to EM Watson
Cary Grayson thanks Edwin Watson for his invitation via telegram, but says that since he was not received in Bar Harbor the last time he travelled there, he won’t be able to come this time.

Edwin M. Watson to Cary T. Grayson
Edwin Watson is recovering although getting very thin and suggest Cary Grayson travel up with his wife so they can all see Bernard Baruch.

Stanton C. Pullen to Cary T. Grayson
Stanton C. Pullen acknowledges receipt pf Cary Grayson’s letter to the Chevy Chase Club on behalf of Edwin Watson for Resident Membership.

Edwin M. Watson to Cary T. Grayson
Edwin Watson accepts Cary Grayson’s request to provide moral support, advice, and counsel regarding the Inaugural Committee.

Gladys R. Newman to John N. Wheeler
Gladys Newman updates John Wheeler on Cary Grayson’s health and travel plans to Washington.

John N. Wheeler to Gladys R. Newman
John Wheeler expresses his sympathy to Gladys Newman regarding of Cary Grayson’s recent bought with shingles.

WT Waggoner to Cary T. Grayson
W. T. Waggoner informs Cary Grayson of his successful surgery and slow recovery and advises him on the purchase if a horse named Press On.

Gladys R. Newman to PM Kebort
Gladys Newman tells P. M. Kebort that the telegram about Dr. Waggoner’s surgery had been received.

PM Kebort to Cary T. Grayson
PM Kebort asks Cary Grayson to visit Mr. Waggoner at the University Hospital in Philadelphia.

William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson
William G. McAdoo writes to Cary T. Grayson about his 53rd birthday and Woodrow Wilson's campaign for reelection.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson mentions that President Woodrow Wilson has an appointment with an occulist; he discusses his efforts to cure Thomas J. Pence with his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon, as well as plans for announcing their engagement.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson makes plans to meet his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon, in New York City.

Charles P. Grayson to Cary T. Grayson
Charles Grayson asks Cary Grayson whether congratulations are in order over his reported engagement.

Josephus Daniels to Cary T. Grayson
Ambassador to Mexico Josephus Daniels congratulates Cary Grayson on his appointment as Red Cross Head.

Arthur T. McCormack to Cary T. Grayson
Arthur McCormack writes to Cary Grayson about their ideas on health reform and garnering support for it.

Cary T. Grayson to Angus McLean
Cary Grayson received Angus McLean’s letter and tells him how well Allen is doing.

Josephus Daniels to Cary T. Grayson
Josephus Daniels is greatly disappointed that the plan he shared with Cary Grayson was not carried out, and knows that Cary Grayson shares his feelings about it.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson writes to his fiancée, Alice Gordon Grayson about wedding announcement cards and plans to meet.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes how President Woodrow Wilson made a sudden trip to Philadelphia to see his latest grandchild, Eleanor Axson Sayre, who was born on 26 March 1916.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson mentions attending President Woodrow Wilson’s address to Congress on Germany’s use of unrestricted submarine warfare in a letter to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson cables Alice Gordon Grayson wishing he could fully express how much he missed her.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes his social life and activities in Washington, DC to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes reactions to the announcement of his engagement to Alice Gertrude Gordon; mentions that Edith Bolling Wilson is sitting for her portrait.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson is due in at nine and looking forward to seeing his fiancee.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson discusses plans to meet with his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson is sad to tell his fiancee that he will not be able to join her in New York this weekend.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson writes a love letter to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson mentions that President Woodrow Wilson has an appointment with an occulist; he discusses his efforts to cure Thomas J. Pence with his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon, as well as plans for announcing their engagement.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson sends a telegram to his fiancée, Alice Gordon Grayson, that President Woodrow Wilson has been critically ill.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes his social and professional activities to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes President Woodrow Wilson’s troubles over Mexico to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson makes plans to meet his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon, in New York City.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes life in the White House and discusses honeymoon plans with his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson to Joseph P. Tumulty
Alice Gertrude Gordon writes to President Woodrow Wilson’s secretary, Joseph P. Tumulty, posing as a newspaperwoman who wants to see Edith Bolling Wilson.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes President Woodrow Wilson’s speaking tour across the mid-West and the appointment of Louis D. Brandeis to the Supreme Court.

Thomas Jones Pence to Cary T. Grayson
Thomas J. Pence expresses his gratitude to Dr. Cary T. Grayson for his care.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson reports on President Woodrow Wilson’s speaking tour to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes President Woodrow Wilson’s travel plans with his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson writes his fiancee that the he will be late due to the train.

Cary T. Grayson to PW Flournoy
Cary T. Grayson thanks PW Flournoy for his congratulations on his engagement to Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson tells Alice Gordon Grayson that while his schedule has kept him from writing, the memories of being with her in New York cheer him.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson discusses plans for the wedding with his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson reports that President Woodrow Wilson has made great speeches that were received well on his speaking tour.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson tells his fiance that he enjoyed the visit to Williamsburg, and that he misses her.

Louise Mosby to Cary T. Grayson
Louise B. Mosby congratulates Cary T. Grayson on his engagement to Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson thanks his fiancee for calling him that evening.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson tells his fiancee he has bought two thoroughbred colts.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson conveys to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon, Edith Bolling Wilson’s desire to have her visit.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson writes a love letter to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson writes about his forgetfulness to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson describes social life and entertainment at the White House to his future wife, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson writes about romance in the White House to his future wife, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson comments on negative public reaction President Woodrow Wilson’s announcement of his engagement to Edith Bolling Wilson.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson comments on the potential for war with Germany in this letter to his future wife, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary T. Grayson outlines President Woodrow Wilson’s travel plans in a letter to his future wife, Alice Gertrude Gordon.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson writes to Alice Gordon about his travel with President Wilson and various events in New England.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson writes of his love to his fiancee Alice Gordon Grayson and his pleasure at her phone call and letter.

William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson
William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson about the health of McAdoo's infant daughter, the sinking of the Leelanaw by a German submarine, and the country backing Woodrow Wilson if he decides to increase the Navy's coastal defenses.

William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson
William G. McAdoo writes to Cary T. Grayson about his family's vacation spot, and several work-related matters.

William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson
William Gibbs McAdoo sends Dr. Grayson a letter from Colonel House asking him to consider it and return it to him when he returns.

William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson
William G. McAdoo writes to Cary T. Grayson asking him to get two dozen roses for Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor on Valentine's Day.

William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson
William G. McAdoo writes to Cary T. Grayson asking him to continue sending flowers to Eleanor Wilson (with whom McAdoo is smitten), and with news of his family and his health.

William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson
William Gibbs McAdoo writes to Cary T. Grayson about his relationship with Eleanor Wilson and their decision to refrain from contacting one another while she worked out her feelings for him.

William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson
Williams Gibbs McAdoo asks Cary Grayson to tell Woodrow Wilson the hearing went well and to relay his wishes for a safe return to Nell Wilson.

William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson
William Gibbs McAdoo thanks Grayson for his telegram and sends particular greetings to Nell Wilson.

Ellen Axson Wilson to Cary T. Grayson
Ellen Axson Wilson relays travel plans to Dr. Grayson.

William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson
William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson concerning the failure of a Pittsburgh bank.

Josephus Daniels to Cary T. Grayson
Ambassador to Mexico Josephus Daniels congratulates Cary Grayson on his appointment as Red Cross Head.

Edwin M. Watson to Cary T. Grayson & Bernard M. Baruch
Edwin Watson writes to Cary Grayson and Bernard Baruch asking when they will arrive.

Henry B. Johnson to Cary T. Grayson
Stephen Austin asks Cary Grayson for a copy of a pamphlet giving tribute to a thoroughbred horse.

George Washington Endorses Governor Smith
The letter, written as to sound like it is from George Washington, endorses Governor Smith.

Josephus Daniels to Cary T. Grayson
Josephus Daniels encloses a letter from Clyde Hoey to Cary Grayson.

Clyde R. Hoey to Josephus Daniels
Clyde Hoey asks Josephus Daniels to clarify whether Herbert Hoover ever called on Woodrow WIlson during his illness.

Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson
Cary Grayson acknowledges receipt of Alice Gordon Grayson’s wishes regarding their travel accomodations.
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