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.
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