Octagon Houses Collection. 1940-1979 (bulk 1945-1956).


Summary Information

Repository
New York State Historical Association – Research Library
Title
Octagon Houses Collection
ID
Coll. No. 42
Date
1940-1979 (bulk 1945-1956)
Extent
6.0 cubic feet (11 boxes, including 1 OVS)
Language
English
Funding Source
This finding aid was made available electronically through a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases (RBDB) grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.

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Historical Note

The octagon building can be found in use throughout history. One of the earliest known octagonal structures is the Tower of Winds, 100-50 B.C., in Athens, Greece. At 42 feet high by 26 feet in diameter, this marble octagonal building, still standing, was constructed for the purpose of measuring time.

The main period of construction of octagon houses in the United States occurred in the 1850s and 1860s. These buildings could be found in more than twenty states and Canada with the largest numbers being in New York State.

The Dutch settlers that came to New York were familiar with this type of structure, having seen many octagonal churches in use in Holland. Subsequently, several small octagonal churches were built in New York and New Jersey in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

In 1854, Orson Fowler published A Home for All, expounding upon the virtues of the octagon house with regard to the ease and expense of construction, as well as the resultant safety in utilization of specific building materials and increased efficiency of usable space and temperature regulation. This, coupled with changing styles of home construction in form and technique, led to a surge of production of eight-sided homes in the United States at that time.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection comprises primarily photographic images of octagon houses from locations in the United States, over half of them from New York State. The New York State octagon house files were gathered for use in Octagon Buildings in New York State, compiled by Ruby M. Rounds of the New York State Historical Association. The information and photographs for the compilation were supplied by Stephen R. Leonard, Sr. Additional photographs and research came from Mrs. K.R.J. Edholm and Bertha Guptill. The original publication of this compilation was in New York History, Vol. 33, nos. 2 and 3, April and July 1952, edited by Janet R. MacFarlane, Curator, New York State Historical Association. Also included are newspaper clippings, articles, correspondence, research notes, associated published materials, and two photograph albums.

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Series Descriptions

Series 1. House Files. 1 cu. ft. (2 boxes)

Photographs and research information for individual octagon houses in New York State, comprising 195 file envelopes. An additional 25 file envelopes contain material for non-octagon structures in New York State.

Series 2. Photographic Prints and Negatives. 2.5 cu. ft. (5 boxes)

This series contains over 2000 photographic prints and negatives. The photographic material is separated into three subseries, 1) Loose Photographs, 2) Framed Prints, and 3) Prints and Negatives. All of the images in this series are of individual buildings. The items in Loose Photographs are from sites in the United States primarily. Sizes range up to 8 x 10 inches. Framed Prints contains 5 x 7 inch prints in mat board frames, arranged alphabetically by town location. All images in Framed Prints are from locations in New York State. Prints and Negatives comprises individual file envelopes containing images of locations primarily in the United States. These are divided by state and alphabetical by town within the state.

Series 2, Subseries 1. Loose Photographs. 0.5 cu. ft. (1 box)

Series 2, Subseries 2. Framed Prints. 1.0 cu. ft. (2 boxes)

Series 2, Subseries 3. Prints and Negatives. 1.0 cu. ft. (2 boxes)

Series 3. Printed Materials. 1.5 cu. ft. (3 boxes)

Correspondence, research notes, articles, newspaper clippings, file cards, survey sheets, and published material.

Series 4. Photograph Albums – Oversize (OVS). 1.0 cu. ft. (1 box)

Two albums containing images of octagonal and polygonal structures, mostly octagon houses of New York State. The albums include some printed material, such as newspaper clippings, postcards, structural diagrams, research paper and notes, octagon house lists, and New York State maps.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New York State Historical Association – Research Library
Special Collections
P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1470

 

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Accession Number

n.a.

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 – House Files

 42.1 –  Box 1. File envelopes arranged alphabetically by town. Contains octagon house files, A-M. All locations are in New York State.
Akron, Erie County
Alfred, Allegany County
Alloway, Wayne County
Ancramdale, Columbia County
Arcade, Wyoming County
Augusta, Oneida County
Baldwinsville, Onondaga County (1 of 2)
Baldwinsville, Onondaga County (2 of 2)
Banksville, Westchester County
Barneveld (Trenton), Oneida County
Barrytown, Dutchess County
Bloomville, Delaware County
Bouckville, Madison County
Bouquet, Essex County
Brasher Falls, St. Lawrence County
Brentwood, Suffolk County
Camillus, Onondaga County
Campbell’s Point, Jefferson County
Canandaigua, Ontario County
Catherine, Schuyler County (1 of 2)
Catherine, Schuyler County (2 of 2)
Catskill, Greene County
Cedarvale, Onondaga County
Chautauqua, Chautauqua County (1 of 2)
Chautauqua, Chautauqua County (2 of 2)
Clyde, Wayne County
Cochecton, Sullivan County
Columbiaville, Columbia County (1 of 2)
Columbiaville, Columbia County (2 of 2)
Conesus, Livingston County (1 of 2)
Conesus, Livingston County (2 of 2)
Constableville, Lewis County
Constantia, Oswego County
Copake, Columbia County
Corfu, Genesee County
Cortland, Cortland County
Coventry, Chenango County
Coxsackie, [Columbia/Greene?] County
Crown Point, Essex County
Deansboro, Oneida County
Deer Park, Suffolk County
Delanson, Schenectady County
Dryden, Tompkins County
East Hampton, Suffolk County
East Otto, Cattaraugus County
Elmira, Chemung County
Ephrata, Fulton County
Etna, Tompkins County
Fair Haven Bay, Cayuga County
Fine View, Jefferson County
Fishkill, Dutchess County
Forest Hills, Queens County
Fredonia, Chautauqua County (1 of 3)
Fredonia, Chautauqua County (2 of 3)
Fredonia, Chautauqua County (3 of 3)
Friendship, Allegany County
Gansevoort, Saratoga County
Garrattsville, Otsego County
Geneva, Ontario County
Geneva (West of), Ontario County
Glen Aubrey, Broome County
Godeffroy, Orange County
Greene, Chenango County
Guilford, Chenango County
Hammondsport, Steuben County
Hannibal, Oswego County
Hawkinsville, Oneida County
Hawleys, Delaware County
Hector, Schuyler County
Hilton, Monroe County
Holland Patent, Oneida County
Homer, Cortland County (1 of 3)
Homer, Cortland County (2 of 3)
Homer, Cortland County (3 of 3)
Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer County
Hudson Falls, Washington County
Huntington, Suffolk County
Ilion, Herkimer County
Irving, Chautauqua County
Irvington, Westchester County
Jefferson, Schoharie County
Kent, Orleans County
Kingston, Ulster County
LaFayette, Onondaga County
Lily Dale, Chautauqua County (1 of 2)
Lily Dale, Chautauqua County (2 of 2)
Lime Lake, Cattaraugus County
Little Falls, Herkimer County (1 of 2)
Little Falls, Herkimer County (2 of 2)
Little Genesee, Allegany County
Locke, Cayuga County
Lyndonville, Orleans County
Lysander, Onondaga County
Madison, Madison County
Marcellus, Onondaga County
Marcellus (Slate Hill), Onondaga County
Maryland (Portlandville), Otsego County
Mattituck, Suffolk County
Mexico, Oswego County
Middleburgh, Schoharie County
Monroe, Orange County
 42.2 –  Box 2
File envelopes arranged alphabetically by town. Contains house files, N-Z, and non-octagon files. All locations are in New York State.
Naples, Ontario County
Newark Valley, Tioga County
New York City (Central Park)
New York Mills, Oneida County
Newport, Herkimer County
Niagara Falls, Niagara County
North Argyle, Washington County
North Collins, Erie County
North Sanford, Broome County
Northwood, Herkimer County
Norwich, Chenango County
Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County
Olean, Cattaraugus County
Oneida, Madison County
Oneonta, Otsego County
Ontario Beach / Sea Breeze, Monroe County
Otisco, Onondaga County
Oxford, Chenango County (1 of 2)
Oxford, Chenango County (2 of 2)
Oyster Bay, Nassau County
Penn Yan, Yates County (1 of 2)
Penn Yan, Yates County (2 of 2)
Plainville, Onondaga County
Poplar Ridge, Cayuga County
Port Jervis, Orange County
Potsdam, St. Lawrence County
Prattsburg, Steuben County
Ransomville, Niagara County (1 of 2)
Ransomville, Niagara County (2 of 2)
Raquette Lake, Hamilton County (1 of 2)
Raquette Lake, Hamilton County (2 of 2)
Red Hook, Dutchess County
Richfield Springs, Otsego County
Richland, Oswego County
Richmondville, Schoharie County
Round Lake, Saratoga County
Sag Harbor, Suffolk County
Sandy Creek / Lacona, Oswego County
Saugerties, Ulster County
Schenectady, Schenectady County
Schoharie, Schoharie County
Schuylerville, Saratoga County
Seneca Falls, Seneca County
Sherburne, Chenango County
Siloam, Madison County
Skaneateles, Onondaga County
South Onondaga, Onondaga County
South Otselic, Chenango County (1 of 2)
South Otselic, Chenango County (2 of 2)
Stillwater, Saratoga County (1 of 2)
Stillwater, Saratoga County (2 of 2)
Stony Brook, Suffolk County
Suttons Corners, Oswego County
Syracuse, Onondaga County (1 of 2)
Syracuse, Onondaga County (2 of 2)
Tully, Onondaga County
Unadilla, Otsego County
Utica, Oneida County
Villa Belvidere, Allegany County
Walden, Orange County
Westfield, Chautauqua County (1 of 2)
Westfield, Chautauqua County (2 of 2)
Whitesville, Allegany County
Williamsburg, Kings County
Williamson, Wayne County
Yaphank, Suffolk County
Yonkers, Westchester County (1 of 2)
Yonkers, Westchester County (2 of 2)
York, Livingston County
Yorkshire, Cattaraugus County
File envelopes for non-octagon buildings; arranged alphabetically by town.
Brooklyn, Kings County
Georgetown, Madison County
Glen, Montgomery County
Greene, Chenango County (1 of 2)
Greene, Chenango County (2 of 2)
Halcottsville, Delaware County
Hillside, Wyoming County
Lakeview, Erie County
Marathon, Cortland County
Olean, Cattaraugus County
Plainville, Onondaga County
Skaneateles, Onondaga County
File envelopes for “doubtful ones not included in list – RR” [Ruby Rounds]; arranged alphabetically by town.
Almond, Allegany County
Barrytown, Dutchess County
Carmel, Putnam County
Catskill, Greene County
Charles Point, Wayne County
Glen, Montgomery County
Maine, Broome County
Martinsburg, Lewis County (1 of 2)
Martinsburg, Lewis County (2 of 2)
Newark, Wayne County
Otego, Otsego County
Port Byron, Cayuga County
Randolph, Cattaraugus County

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 Series 2 – Photographic Prints and Negatives

 Series 2, Subseries 1 – Loose Photographs

 42.3 – Box 3
 42.3/1 — Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia (16 items).
 42.3/2 — Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland (18 items).
 42.3/3 — Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada (18 items).
 42.3/4 — New York (67 items).
 42.3/5 — New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas (29 items).
 42.3/6 — Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin (11 items).
 42.3/7 — International locations (14 items).

 Series 2, Subseries 2 – Framed Prints

 42.4 –  Box 4. Individual framed prints arranged alphabetically by town, A-L. All locations are in New York State.
Akron
Alloway
Augusta
Baldwinsville
Banksville
Barneveld
Barrytown
Brasher Falls
Brentwood
Camillus
Canandaigua
Catskill
Clyde
Columbiaville
Conesus
Constableville
Constantia
Copake
Cortland
Coventry
Deansboro
Delanson
Deer Park
Dryden
East Hampton
East Otto
Elmira
Ephrata
Essex
Fairhaven
Fishkill (3)
Forest Hills
Fredonia
Garrattsville
Geneva (2)
Georgetown
Glen Aubrey (mounted)
Greene
Guilford
Hammondsport
Hawkinsville
Hawleys
Hilton
Homer (2)
Hoosick Falls
Hudson Falls
Ilion
Irvington
Kingston
Lafayette
Lily Dale
Little Falls
Locke
Lysander
 42.5 –  Box 5. Individual framed prints arranged alphabetically by town, M-Z. All locations are in New York State.
Madison
Marcellus
Maryland
Middleburgh
Newport (unframed 8 x 10)
Newport (mounted)
Newport (framed)
North Sanford
Northwood
Oneida
Oneonta
Oxford
Oyster Bay
Plainville
Poplar Ridge
Port Jervis
Potsdam
Prattsburg
Red Hook
Richland
Richmondville
Round Lake
Sag Harbor
Saugerties
Schenectady
Schoharie
Sherburne
Skaneateles
Siloam
South Otselic (2)
Stillwater
Sutton’s Corners
Syracuse (Oakwood Ave.)
Syracuse (Bear St.)
Tully
Unadilla
Westfield
Williamsburgh
Williamson
Yaphank
Yonkers
York

 Series 2, Subseries 3 – Prints and Negatives

 42.6 – Box 6. Individual file envelopes contain prints and negatives. File envelopes are arranged alphabetically by town within each state. Note that the following abbreviations are used: pr – prints, neg – negatives.
New York State
Assorted; NY – 22 pr, 3 neg
Assorted; NY – 19 pr, 6 neg
Assorted; NY – 7 pr
Assorted; NY – 10 pr
Assorted; NY – 11 pr
Assorted; NY – 17 pr
Assorted; NY (Pebble Houses) – 13 pr
Assorted; NY – 24 pr
Assorted; NY – 16 pr, 6 neg
Assorted; NY – 30+ neg
Assorted; NY – 10 pr
Assorted; NY – 8 pr
Baldwinsville, NY – 2 pr, 1 neg
Ballston Spa, NY – 1 pr, 1 neg
Banksville, NY – 3 pr, 2 neg
Barneveld / Trenton, NY – 5 pr, 2 neg
Barrytown, NY – 6 pr, 5 neg
Battery Park, NY – 1 pr, 1 neg
Blacksmith Shop – 1 pr
Bouckville, NY – 1 pr, 1 neg
Bouckville, NY – 5 pr, 2 neg
Bouckville, NY – 4 pr, 1 neg
Bouckville, NY – 4 pr, 1 neg
Bouckville, NY – 3 pr, 1 neg
Brentwood, Long Island – 2 pr, 2 neg
Bronx Zoo (African Village Expo) – 2 pr, 1 neg
Bronxville, NY – 2 pr, 1 neg
Camillus, NY – 1 pr, 1 neg
Camillus, NY – 1 pr
Catskill, NY – 10 pr, 6 neg
Cedarvale, NY – 2 pr
Central Park, NY, NY (Chess & Checker Club) – 1 pr
Columbiaville, NY – 6 pr, 1 neg
Constableville, NY – 4 pr, 2 neg
Constantia, NY – 4 pr, 2 neg
Copake, NY – 2 pr, 1 neg
Cortland, NY (Pebble Church & Octagon) – 3 pr, 2 neg
Coxsackie, NY – 3 pr, 2 neg
Deansboro / Otsego, NY – 2 pr, 2 neg
Deer Park, Long Island – 1 pr, 2 neg
East Hampton, NY (John Drew Memorial Theatre) – 2 pr, 1 neg
Ephrata, NY – 2 pr
Etna, NY – 2 pr
Fine View, NY – 4 pr
Flatlands, Long Island – (Dutch Reformed Church program)
Forest Hills, NY – 3 pr, 1 neg
Fredonia, NY – 4 pr, 3 neg
Geneva, NY – 3 pr, 1 neg
Geneva, NY – 3 pr, 3 neg
Geneva, NY – 1 pr
Geneva, NY – 2 pr, 7 neg
Geneva, NY – 1 pr
Georgetown, NY (Spirit House) – 5 pr, 1 neg
Godeffroy Decagon – 1 pr, 1 neg
Guilford, NY – 2 pr, 1 neg
Hammondsport, NY – 3 pr, 3 neg
Hammonsport / Poplar Ridge, NY – 2 pr
Hawkinsville, NY – 5 pr, 3 neg
Hawley, NY – 3 pr, 2 neg
Homer, NY – 6 pr, 4 neg
Hoosick Falls, NY – 3 pr, 1 neg
Hudson Falls, NY – 2 pr, 1 neg
Hudson River – 3 pr, 3 neg
Ilion, NY – 5 pr, 2 neg
Irvington, NY – 14 pr, 7 neg
Ithaca, NY (Eight Square School) – 1 pr, 1 neg
Kingston, NY – 2 pr, 1 neg
LaFayette, NY – 1 pr
Little Falls, NY – 9 pr, 5 neg
Locke, NY – 2 pr
Lyndonville, NY – 3 pr
Madison / Naples, NY – 4 pr each, 5 neg for Madison
Marathon, NY – 2 pr, 1 neg
Marcellus, NY – 4 pr
Mattituck, Long Island – 5 pr, 3 neg
Middleburgh, NY – 2 pr, 1 neg
Mudville, NY – 3 pr
New Hope (Album) – 3 pr, 5 neg
New York – 4 pr, 2 neg
New York City, Washington’s Headquarters – 1 neg
NY – 1 pr, 1 neg
NY, ME – 3 slides
Niagara Falls, NY – 6 pr, 1 neg
North Sanford, NY – 1 pr
Northwood, NY and Hinckley Dam – 7 pr
Norwich, NY – 3 pr, 2 neg
Ogdensburg, NY – 1 pr
Olean, NY – 2 pr, 1 neg
Olean, NY – 1 pr
Oneida (O.C. Mansion) – 4 pr
Oswego County (Suttons Corners School) – 4 pr, 3 neg
Oxford, NY – 2 pr, 1 neg
Patchogue, Long Island – 4 pr
Pine Woods, NY and Knights Barn – 4 pr
Plainville, NY – 5 pr, 4 neg
Red Hook, NY (Library) – 2 pr, 3 neg
Richland, NY – 2 pr
Rochester, NY, Henry Hood Family – 2 pr, 1 neg
Round Lake, NY – 1 pr
Sag Harbor, NY – 4 pr, 3 neg
Saugerties, NY – 1 pr, 1 neg
Saugerties, NY – 1 pr, 1 neg
Schenectady, NY – 3 pr, 3 neg
Sherburne, NY – 8 pr, 1 neg
Siloam, NY – 1 pr
Skaneateles, NY – 1 pr, 1 neg
Skaneateles, NY – 2 pr
South Lyons, NY – 3 pr, 1 neg
Stillwater, NY – 20 pr, 12 neg
Stony Brook, Long Island – 1 pr, 2 neg
Swedish Restaurant on G.W. – 1 pr, 2 neg
Syracuse, NY – 5 pr, 3 neg
Tully, NY – 1 pr, 1 neg
Tully, NY – 2 pr
Tully, NY – 1 pr
Unadilla, NY – 2 pr, 1 neg
Unknown (Pebble Houses) – 9 neg
Unknown (“Possibly Ilion and Camillus”) – 1 pr, 14 neg
Utica, NY – 3 pr, 1 neg
Williamson, NY – 5 pr, 3 neg
Yates, NY – 3 pr
Yonkers, NY – 1 pr, 1 neg
Other States
Alabama – 1 pr, 1 neg
Pasadena, CA – 4 pr
Assorted; CT – 11 pr, 8 neg
Assorted; CT – 6 pr, 3 neg
Connecticut – 2 pr, 3 neg
East Hampton / Greenwich, CT – 10 pr, 5 neg
Mystic, CT – 3 pr, 2 neg
New Haven, CT – 2 pr, 2 neg
Assorted; DE – 4 pr, 2 neg
Delaware City / New Castle, DE – 5 pr, 2 neg
Florida – 5 pr, 2 neg
Assorted; IL – 14 pr, 7 neg
Griggsville, IL – 1 pr
Willamette, IL – 3 pr, 2 neg
Wilmington, IL – 5 pr, 2 slides, 1 neg
Indiana – 2 neg
Indiana school – 2 pr, 2 neg
Route 30, IN – 1 pr, 1 neg
Ames, IA – 1 pr, 1 neg
Jefferson, IA – 3 pr, 3 neg
Le Mars, IA – 1 pr, 1 neg
Assorted, KS/NE/NJ – 17 pr (Album)
Kentucky (Album) – 9 pr, 3 neg
Simpson Co., KY – 6 pr
Assorted; ME – 6 pr, 6 neg
Bar Harbor, ME – 1 pr, 6 neg
Machias, ME – 5 pr, 4 neg
West Gardiner / Litchfield, ME – 3 pr, 1 neg
Wiscasset / Old Orchard Beach, ME – 2 pr, 1 neg
 42.7 – Box 7. Individual file envelopes contain prints and negatives. File envelopes are arranged alphabetically by town within each state. Note that the following abbreviations are used: pr – prints, neg – negatives.
Other States
Pentagon – 1 pr
Assorted; MD – 18 pr, 8 neg
Lutherville, MD – 2 pr
Assorted; MD, MA, WV – 12 pr, 5 neg
Abington / N. Abington, MA – 4 pr, 4 neg
Amherst, MA – 8 pr, 4 neg
Arlington, MA – 5 pr, 1 neg
Assorted; MA, Album – 7 pr, 2 neg
Assorted; MA – 14 pr, 2 neg
Cape Cod, MA – 2 pr, 1 neg
Dudley / Snellville / Sturbridge, MA – 7 pr, 8 neg
East Templeton, MA – 1 pr
East Templeton, MA / Enfield, CT – 2 pr, 1 neg
Foxboro, MA – 1 pr, 1 neg
Gloucester, MA – 2 pr
Hyannis, MA – 6 pr, 4 neg
Kingston, MA – 4 pr, 2 neg
Marlboro, MA – 2 pr, 2 neg
Massachusetts – 3 pr
Massachusetts – 8 neg
Medford / Dedham, MA – 4 pr, 1 neg
Newton, MA – 3 pr, 2 neg
North Attleboro, MA – 2 pr, 2 neg
North Brookfield, MA – 2 pr, 2 neg
North Pembroke, MA – 2 pr, 1 neg
North Woburn, MA – 3 pr, 3 neg
Norwell, MA – 2 pr, 2 neg
Peabody, MA – 1 pr, 1 neg
Pittsfield, MA – 5 pr, 4 neg
Plympton Green, MA – 4 pr, 4 neg
Provincetown, MA – 4 pr, 2 neg
Provincetown / North Pembroke, MA – 5 pr, 2 neg
Reading, MA – 25 pr, 5 neg
Sharon, MA – 1 pr, 1 neg
Somerset, MA – 3 pr
Somerville, MA – 2 pr
Somerville, MA – 4 pr, 4 neg
Stoneham, MA – 4 pr, 4 neg
Townsend / W. Townsend, MA – 4 pr, 1 neg
Wellfleet, MA – 2 pr, 2 neg
MA – 1 pr, 1 neg
Fife Lake, MI – 3 pr, 1 neg
Mayville, MI – 2 pr
Michigan – 4 pr
Murdock / Willmar, MN – 4 pr, 1 neg
Red Wing, MN – 7 pr, 5 neg
East / West Winfield, MO – 3 pr, 1 neg
Hastings, NE – 4 pr, 2 neg
Assorted; NH – 7 pr, 3 neg
Assorted; NJ (Album) – 6 pr, 12 neg
Assorted; NJ (Album) – 25 pr, 18 neg
Assorted; NJ – 5 pr, 4 neg
Images of car and barn (Album) – 4 pr, 5 neg
Montvale / Westwood, NJ – 4 pr, 3 neg
Stanton, NJ – 2 pr, 2 neg
Sun Tan Lake, NJ – 1 pr, 1 neg
Assorted; OH (Album) – 40 pr, 6 neg
Assorted; OH – 20 neg
Assorted; OH – 9 pr
Bellvue, OH and Bethany, WV – 2 pr
Columbus, OH – 5 pr
Florence, OH – 3 pr, 1 neg
Ohio Barns – 3 pr
Addison, PA – 2 pr
Assorted; PA – 9 pr, 4 neg
Assorted; PA – 5 pr, 2 neg
Chadd’s Ford, PA – 2 pr
Colmar, PA – 4 pr, 2 neg
“The Good School,” PA – 2 pr
Hood / Diamond Rock School, PA – 3 pr, 2 neg
Lewisburg / Sodom, PA – 3 pr
Milton, PA – 5 pr
New Castle / Bedford, PA – 5 pr, 6 neg
Northeast PA – 1 pr, 1 neg
Reading, PA – 2 pr, 2 neg
Stone structure (tollhouse?) – 1 pr, 1 neg
Untitled – 2 neg
Portsmouth, RI / Greenwich, MA (Album) – 7 pr, 5 neg
Jackson, TN – 1 pr
Assorted; TX – 10 pr, 3 neg
Fort Worth, TX – 1 pr
Assorted; VT – 9 pr, 9 neg
Brookline, VT – 2 pr, 1 neg
Vermont Personal Album – 17 pr, 6 neg
Vermont and Others – 13 pr, 5 neg
Arlington, VA / Washington, DC – 10 pr, 5 neg
Mt. Vernon, VA – 5 pr, 4 neg
Virginia – 2 pr
Washington, DC – 1 pr
Williamsburg, VA – 1 pr, 1 neg
Assorted; WI – 8 pr, 10 neg
Assorted; WI – 6 pr, 2 neg
Assorted; WI – 3 pr, 3 neg
Assorted; WI – 25 pr
Assorted; WI – 26 pr, 3 neg
Augusta / Whitewater, WI – 4 pr, 9 neg
Dells, WI – 4 pr, 6 neg
Elkham / Fon du Lac, WI – 4 pr, 6 neg
Embarrass, WI – 2 pr, 2 neg
Janesville, WI – 4 pr, 1 neg
Milton, WI – 6 pr, 4 neg
Milton, WI – 1 pr, 2 programs
Port Washington / Eau Claire River, WI – 5 pr, 5 neg
Prarie du Chien, WI – 5 pr
Prarie du Chien, WI – 13 pr, 6 neg
Spring Green, WI – 6 pr, 7 neg
Watertown, WI – 11 pr
Watertown, WI – 6 pr, 7 neg
Canada and Europe
Ontario – 5 pr, 1 neg
Versailles, France – 1 pr, 1 neg
Assorted; England – 5 pr, 2 neg
Cambridge, England – 2 programs / Holy Sepulchre Church
Cambridge, England – 5 pr, 2 neg
Norwich, England – 2 pr, 2 neg
Miscellaneous
Notes – 5 pages
Assorted – 4 neg
Assorted – 6 pr, 1 neg
Sen. Carl Schurz – 2 pr, 1 neg
Mrs. Carl Schurz Kindergarten – 5 pr, 2 neg
Modern Kitchen Centennial – 3 pr, 2 neg
Unknown – 11 neg
Unknown – 2 pr, 1 neg

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 Series 3 – Printed Materials

 42.8 –  Box 8
 42.8/1 — Correspondence of C. R. Jones; newspaper clippings.
 42.8/2 — Attempts to verify octagon information.
 42.8/3 — Fort Plain Blockhouse, 1780-1781; correspondence of Janet R. MacFarlane.
 42.8/4 — Possible octagons.
 42.8/5 — Octagon lists.
 42.8/6 — Correspondence on additions to Octagon Buildings of New York State, 1950s.
 42.8/7 — Correspondence, Stephen R. Leonard, 1950s.
 42.8/8 — Correspondence, general.
 42.8/9 — Correspondence, corrections; Octagon Buildings of New York State, revised ed.
 42.8/10 — Corrections, additions after Octagon Buildings of New York State, 2nd ed.
 42.9 – Box 9
 42.9/1 — Correspondence, 1940s.
 42.9/2 — Correspondence, 1940s – 1950s.
 42.9/3 — Material from S.R. Leonard’s notebook.
 42.9/4 — Octagon Buildings of New York State, second reprint proofs, May 1954.
 42.9/5 — Octagon lists, maps, newspaper clippings.
 42.10 –  Box 10
The Octagon Fad, Carl F. Schmidt.
Octagon Buildings of New York State, revised ed., 1954.
Octagon Buildings of New York State, first reprint, file copy.
New York History, April 1952, July 1952.
New York State octagon structures card files in wooden box.
United States octagon structures card files in wooden box.
File cards of building descriptions, numbered 1-126, arranged alphabetically by county.
10 blank Octagonal Structure Survey Sheets.

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 Series 4 – Photograph Albums – Oversize (OVS)

 42.01 — Title page states “Other Views of Some of the preceding Octagons.” This section of the album comprises 38 pages of images of New York State octagon structures. The photographs are captioned with the town location of the structure. A second section is entitled, “Diagrams of a Few Interiors,” and contains plans for seven structures. A final section of the album is labeled, “A Few Octagons Outside of N. Y. State,” and includes eight pages of photographs, newspaper clippings, and postcards of octagonal structures.
 42.02 — Cover title: “Photographs and History of the New York State Octagonal and Polygonal Houses by Stephen R. Leonard, Sr., Mrs. K.R.J. Edholm, Mrs. Bertha Guptill, Miss Janet R. MacFarlane and Carl F. Schmidt.” This album may have been compiled for an exhibition. Inside the front cover are several loose items including, “The Story of a Former Octagon House,” by Margaret E. Woods. This appears to be a 37-page research paper regarding an octagon house once situated on the corner of Chapel and South Main streets in Sherburne, N.Y., no longer standing. A copy of Octagon Buildings of New York State, a four-page description of octagons by Mrs. Mabel Truman, and some lists of octagon house photographs are also found loose inside the cover of this album. The album opens with an image of O.S. Fowler and several pages from The Octagon Fad. The remainder of the album comprises images of octagon structures in New York State, organized alphabetically by town location. In addition to an image is a printed caption giving a detailed description of each structure. The last six pages of the album contain interior diagrams. Also included are two loose New York State maps depicting octagon locations.

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