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Morris Evans Leeds papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1014

Scope and Contents

Included in the collection is correspondence of Morris E. Leeds, mainly with E. Tudor Gross of Providence, R.I. in 1942, relating to the first window envelope, invented by Lewis Walker Leeds, ca. 1861. Gross was preparing to write an article on the history of the window envelope. The collection opens with a 1942 letter from L. Hollingsworth Wood to Leeds telling him of Gross’ endeavor. The papers also include 1862 sample envelopes; a copy of a photograph of Barclay R. Leeds, ca. 1862; a photograph of Lewis W. Leeds, ca. 1862; an 1862 contract with William Lyon to manufacture the “stampsealing and postmark- preserving envelope;” an article in Scientific American, July 12, 1862 about the invention, along with three letters from Barclay Leeds and Lewis Leeds in 1862 detailing some business aspects relating to the envelope; bills, circulars; pictures; copies of the Collectors Club Philatelist, April, 1942, containing E. Tudor Gross's article, "The first window envelope."


  • 1862-1944
  • Majority of material found within 1942 - 1944


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)



Morris Evans Leeds papers, 1862-1944
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