Scope and arrangement
One half of the William Mills Ivins papers consists of Ivins' writings. These range from short notes to essays on many topics, but with political and legal theory predominating. There are also approximately 90 letters Ivins received as a mayoral candidate in 1905. Most of these offer congratulations on his nomination, but some make substantive comments about the campaign. In addition, the collection contains letters and legal papers concerning his work for the Brazilian government (1886-1893) and a legal brief by William N. Cromwell concerning legal fees for matters related to the Panama Canal (1907).
The Ivins Family Papers are comprised of the correspondence, writings, and notes, legal and financial records of William Ivin, Sr.; the correspondence, writings, notes and diaries of William Ivins, Jr. correspondence of other family members, family personal miscellany, photographs and graphic materials, and printed matter.
The Ivins family papers are arranged in two series: