Belmont family papers, 1799-1930
August Belmont (1813-1890) was a banker, politician, and American agent of the Rothschilds; his son August Belmont (1853-1924)
was a financier and sportsman.
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, copies of letters, documents, manuscripts, invitations, menus, clippings, school papers, leases, agreements,
deeds, financial accounts, photographs, and printed miscellany. The papers deal with many aspects of the Belmont family interests
from 1799 until 1930, including: finance, banking and the Rothschilds; the United States Navy, Commodore Matthew C. Perry
(1794-1858) and the Perry expeditions to Mexico and Japan; Belmont's embassy to The Netherlands from 1853 to 1857; the Democratic
Party, New York City politics, presidential and Civil War politics; social life in New York and Newport and European travel;
horses, horse breeding, The Jockey Club, polo, the Remount Association (for cavalry horses in World War I), fox hunting, dog
breeding, and yachting; New York subway construction, railroads, the Cape Cod Canal and aviation; the Democratic Convention
of 1912; and genealogical notes on the Belmont, Perry, and other families. In addition to the correspondence, there are 117
letter books, tissue-paper copies of outgoing letters.