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Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook

Identifier: Ms-2019-044

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a single scrapbook, containing newspaper clippings about U. S. President Ulysses S. Grant. Most of the clippings are laudatory in nature and relate to Grant's younger years, his military career, and his burial. Included is a clipping from the Harrisburg Independent of July 23, 1885, announcing Grant's death. Also included are two memorial flyers printed after the death of President William McKinley. Most of the clippings appear to be from Pennsylvania newspapers. The name of the scrapbook's likely compiler, Henry Etter Starr, appears on the volume's first leaf.


  • 1885 - 1906


Language of Materials

Materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

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Biographical Note

A native of Ohio, Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) graduated from the U. S. Military Academy in 1843. He joined the Union Army in 1861. After leading Union forces during the Vicksburg Campaign (1863), he was appointed commanding general of the United States Army in March, 1864 and commanded the army through victory a year later. In 1868, Grant was elected the 18th president of the United States and was re-elected in 1872. Following his presidency, Grant travelled abroad, campaigned unsuccessfully for a third presidential term, and wrote his memoirs. He died in Wilton, New York.

The scrapbook contains no biographical information on its presumed compiler, Henry Etter Starr. A Henry Etter Starr was born in Middletown, Pennsylvania in 1893. In 1921, he married Anna Spiesman, and the couple would have two children. Starr obtained a BS in science from Gettysburg College and earned a Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania in 1922 while teaching courses there in physiological chemistry, toxicology, and psychology. In 1928, he became director of the Rutgers Psychological and Mental Hygiene Clinic. Henry Etter Starr died in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1935.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


Scrapbook of newspaper clippings relate to Ulysses S. Grant, likely compiled by Henry Etter Starr.

Source of Acquisition

The Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook was acquired by Special Collections and University Archives prior to 2010.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook commenced and was completed in December 2019.

Ulysses S. Grant Scrapbook, 1885-1906
John M. Jackson, Archivist
2020 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US