Series 1. Biographical File, 1934, 1938, 1945 (0.01 l.f.)
This series contains six published obituaries concerning Byron R. Newton’s death and photocopies of materials from Newton’s Oberlin College student file.
Series 2. Correspondence (incoming), 1924, 1933, 1937 (0.01 l.f.)
Consists of four letters to Byron R. Newton from correspondents R. Carreau Johnson, R.C. Nuttcutt, R. Bush, and General [?] Derby. The letters reflect his genealogical, literary, and professional interests. Arranged chronologically.
Series 3. Daily Journals, 1877, 1883-85, 1888-92, 1908-18, 1920-38 (2.0 l.f.)
Includes twenty-seven (27) journals that consist of Newton’s daily accounts of his personal and professional life from age 21 until his death in 1938. Newton recorded his student days at Oberlin College, events relating to his personal and family life, his work relating to his earliest newspaper publications and editorial coverage of aeronautical events, and the activities relating to his professional and political life. Also included is unpublished poetry [dates]. The journal dated 1913-18 includes a synopsis of the years 1908 through 1913, including commentary on his first-hand account the first flight of Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 17 December 1903, and his selection for the position of Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury in 1913. Arranged chronologically.
Series 4. Newspaper Clippings, 1913-14, 1916-17 (0.075 l.f.)
Contains two folders of newspaper clippings concerning Bryon R. Newton’s professional and political activities. Includes a political cartoon c. 1913-17, featuring Newton’s ability to save money by eliminating political “pork” projects. Arranged chronologically.
Series 5. Newton Family Genealogy (1601-1904), 1871, 1878, 1931-33, n.d. (0.04 l.f.)
This series consists of research notes and correspondence relating to Newton’s research of his family genealogy. A family record, created by his ancestors, and a small printed volume of Sir Isaac Newton’s (1643-1727) family history are also found in this series. (A journal entry for 10 June 1915 describes how he obtained the volume and how it established his family line “directly back through Richard Newton who came to Massachusetts in 1628 to Sir Isaac Newton’s family.”) Arranged chronologically.
Series 6. Printed Matter, 1832, 1904 (0.05 l.f.)
Series contains two pieces of printed matter, including an elementary spelling book (1832) and a Bible (1904). See the inventory for more details.
Series 7. Writings and Talks, 1902-03, 1917-18, 1923, 1928, n.d. (0.075 l.f.)
This series consists of nine items, including four typed manuscripts with hand-written notations, four published articles, one privately printed book, and transcripts of two talks of Byron R. Newton. Of particular note is his commentary on the First World War found in his pacifist poem “Why?” in which he condemned Germany’s 1914 invasion of France. The poem reportedly gained worldwide acclaim and was translated into 20 languages. A complete listing of his writings and talks can be found in the inventory. Included here also is a Democratic rally poster announcing Newton’s speech on Wilson’s policies (oversize). Arranged chronologically.
Series 8. Photographs, c. 1880-1930 (0.30 l.f.)
Consists of personal and professional photographs, including photographs of Newton family members (i.e., Col. Rufus Scott, maternal uncle of Byron R. Newton) and friends, a photo album, as well as professional images taken of Newton while serving as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.
Series 9. Artifacts, c. 1913 (0.04 l.f.)
Ink pen with appended note that reads, “This is the Pen with which Pres. Wilson and Mr. G. McAdoo signed my commission as Asst. Sec. Of the treasury.” Byron R. Newton signed the note.