Scope and arrangement
The collection reflects the business side of Robert Bonner, (1824-1899), owner of the New York City newspaper the New York Ledger and his interest in trotting horses The collection also documents his influence as a successful nineteenth century businessman This collection is equally divided between Bonner's two businesses with correspondence being the bulk of the material Prominent correspondents in the General Correspondence include Henry Ward Beecher, Sylvanus Cobb, among others The Trotting Horse Papers correspondence includes materials from breeders, veterinarians and others involved in horse sports and trade support Financial and legal records, writings, printed matter, illustrations, photographs and artifacts support this correspondence.
The Robert Bonner papers are arranged in five series:
Letters to Bonner are written to him in the capacity of owner of the Ledger. There are a few drafts of his replies Correspondence includes letters from contributors offering stories for publication, solicitation for money, acknowledgment of remuneration and personal matters There are also letters from the owners of the New York Sun, the New York Herald, and the New York Times Notable correspondents include Henry Ward Beecher, Thomas M Clark, Sylvanus Cobb, John Hall, Leon and Harriet Lewis, and William Henry Peck.
The Trotting Horse Correspondence is arranged chronologically. The letters are related to breeding, development and shoeing of horses. Letters are from horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, and editors of sporting journals and other interested individuals from around the country. Excellent examples of nineteenth century typeface and beautifully illustrated letterheads are part of this series.
This minor series contains an assortment of financial records, mainly relating to Bonner's horses There are three agreements, 1890; 1894, between Bonner and the New York Horse Manure Co.
This series contains Bonner's notes on horses, notes on shoeing 1874-1897, notes on speed of horse, and horseshoes. The remainder of this series is prescriptions appropriate for horses.
This minor series contains a mixture of materials. There are some assorted newspaper articles, calling cards, drawings relating to horses, photographs of individuals and horses, artifacts relating to horses, and miscellany. The ink sketches may have been drawn by Bonner and include an illustration for a racetrack and a wheel for the trotting horse carriage. The hay and metal link artifacts may have been connected to horse carriages.