Scope and arrangement
The collection consists of presidential papers; correspondence and professional papers; ephemera; photographs; and clippings.
Presidential papers are limited, and document only part of his first term, 1885 to 1886. Present are reports from the Secretary of State and the United States Consul in Switzerland, and messages from Cleveland to Congress. Correspondence and professional papers are also limited, but include a Sheriff's Deed signed by Cleveland in his capacity as Sheriff of Erie County, New York, and a letter confirming his nomination for Governor of New York in 1882, along with Cleveland's letter of acceptance.
Photographs, both candid and formal, are of Cleveland and of his wife Frances Folsom (Preston) Cleveland. Also present is a photograph album containing images of Cleveland, members of his family, his homes and haunts, his colleagues, the inauguration of William Mckinley; and an undated tintype.
Ephemera includes material from Cleveland's 1885 inaugural ball; a printed pamphlet, "The Imaginary Conversations of His Excellency and Dan," 1888; an 1892 resolution giving him "Freedom of the City of Detroit;" and a resolution granting honorary membership in the fraternity of Sigma Chi. Additionally, there is a manuscript poem about fishing written by Cleveland for Dr. John H. Finley in 1902.
Material is arranged by subject.