Scope and arrangement
The bulk of the papers (1872-1930) which are contained in seven boxes (2.9 lin. ft.) consist of business correspondence and collateral business papers. There are also a few personal miscellaneous papers.
The business correspondence and business papers are arranged chronologically and by subject. The papers include correspondence, agreements, memoranda, minutes, and commercial codes, miscellaneous financial statements of commercial and industrial firms, securities accounts, patent and shipping papers. The papers reflect Flint's multifarious and far-flung business ventures, transactions, associations and interests in America, Russia, South America and in China. Included are papers relating to international trade in general merchandise, industrial mergers, the purchase and re-organization of the New York Times Co., rubber-goods manufacturing on Long Island, the paving of the streets of Manaos, Brazil, and a proposed Guayaquil and Quito Railway. Included are papers relative to the provision of loans to the Chinese government for railway development, and to the Sultan of Turkey for the purchase of Chilean and Argentine war vessels. A large group of papers relate to the arrangement of a loan to the Russian government, the supplying of munitions and cartridge belts to the Russian army, and to a proposed Alaskan-Siberian Railway. Included also are original copies of cables in commercial code (with translations) from (and to) Hart O. Berg, Flint's business associate at St. Petersburg and at Berlin. Some of the correspondence with Berg relates also to a newly designed engine for submarine boats. There are also copies of cables between Flint and William M. Ivins at London relative to the financing of the United States Rubber Co. There is also correspondence (1917) of Flint as chairman of the American Committee for the Encouragement of Democratic Government in Russia relating to the organization of mass meetings and the passing of legislative resolutions in support of the Russian Revolution.
Included is a copy of a lengthy typewritten report (1904) by Pope Yeatman entitled "Description of a Trip to China, August 1904 for the American Chinese Co". which surveys various properties containing deposits of coal, copper, gold, and timber. The report contains numerous manuscript sketches.
Other business firms represented in the papers include the American Ordnance Co., Autosales Gum and Chocolate Co., the Computer-Tabulating-Recording Co., the Harrisburg Pipe and Pipe Bending Co., and the United States Rubber Co. Included is a book of minutes (1886-91) of meetings of the board of directors and of the executive committee of the New York Commercial Company relating to the trade in rubber and Gutta percha in Africa and in the Amazon and to the manufacture of rubber goods on Long Island.
Individual correspondents include Newton D. Baker, Bernard M. Baruch, Rex Beach, August Belmont, Albert B. Boardman, Henry T. Bottinger, Nicholas Murray Butler, Andrew Carnegie, Frank R. Cordley, Josephus Daniels, Robert Hobart Davis, Chauncey M. Depew, George W. Fairchild, Samuel Gompers, Henry R. Lemly, Chester O. Lord, Mario de Mendonça, Salvador de Mendonça, Charles R. Miller, Frank Munsey, Walter H. Page, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Elihu Root, Jacob Schiff, Charles M. Schwab, Henry Rowan Semly, Henry Van Dyke, Herbert Ward, and T. H. Whitehead.
The personal miscellaneous papers include personal receipts of Flint and his wife while traveling in Europe, personal press clippings, and other miscellany. There is an undated group photograph including Flint and his wife taken on shipboard and unidentified photographs of places. There are also printed copies of addresses (1899-1901) by Flint and an imprint entitled The Trust: Its Book, by Charles R. Flint et al (N. Y. Doubleday, Page & Co., 1910).
Partial List of Correspondents:
- Baker, Newton D.March 27, 1917
- Beach, RexJune 5, 1918
- Baruch, Bernard M.[April 1902]
- Belmont, AugustFebruary 3, 1893
- Boardman, Albert B.December 8, 1914
- Bottinger, Henry T.September 25, 1906
- Butler, Nicholas MurrayMarch 30, 1917
- Daniels, JosephusMarch 21, 1913
- Davis, Robert HobartJanuary 14, 1909; August 31, 1918; n. y., August 12 at Nova Scotia
- Depew, Chauncey M.November 12, 1903; April 7, 1908; June 24, 1908; October 8, 1913
- Fairchild, George W.August 28, 1912; June 18, 1913; November 14, 1913; November 21, 1913; December 20, 1913
- Gompers, SamuelApril 4, 1917; June 16, 1917; June 19, 1918 (R. Lee Guard)
- Grace, Michael P.January 12, 1898
- Grace, William A.January 19, 1898
- Lord, Chester O.March 14, 1893; December 13, 1900
- McAdoo, William GibbsMay 17, 1915
- Mendonça, Mario deDecember 11, 1913; March 22, 1914; May 5, 1914 (from Flint); March 5, 1915; November 8, 1915
- Mendonça, Salvador de (Brazilian Minister to the U. S.)March 2, 1898; November 21, 1905; December 2, 1905; August 21, 1911
- Miller, Charles RansomAugust 16, 1893; August 21, 1893; September 8, 1893; April 19, 1894; June 28, 1917
- Munsey, Frank A.May 18, 1901
- Page, Walter HinesApril 5, 1913
- Rockefeller, Jr., John D.April 2, 1902
- Root, Elihu1917
- Rosen, Roman Romanovich deFebruary 15, 1907; February 21, 1907; February 22, 1907; November 2, 1907
- Rowe, Leo StantonJuly 22, 1902
- Rowland, Edward B.August 31, 1906
- Schiff, JacobJanuary 19, 1893
- Schwab, Charles M.November 2, 1904; December 1, 1909; September 18, 1918 (Flint to Schwab)
- Semley, Henry RowanFebruary 21, 1911; February 25, 1911; March 5, 1911
- Van Dyke, HenryFebruary 26, 1898
- Ward, HerbertNovember 29, 1916
The Charles R. Flint papers are arranged in three series: