The Robert Silvercruys Papers

The papers of Baron Robert Silvercruys consist of letters, manuscripts, pamphlets and clippings mainly concerning the careers of Frantz Silvercruys (1859 - 1936), President of the Court of Cassation of Belgium and created Baron Silvercruys in 1929, and of his son, Robert Silvercruys (1893 - 1971), who was a Belgian Ambassador to the United States (1946 - 1959). The papers comprise 3.5 linear feet of materials, arranged in 56 folders in 7 boxes. The papers are divided into two series, one series focusing on the career of Frantz Silvercruys and the other on that of Robert Silvercruys.

Frantz Silvercruys was highly respected in Belgium for his jurisprudence. His field of special interest was that of patronages, or guardianships, of children and paroled criminals. In 1882 Silvercruys was accepted into the Barreau de Bruxelles, the equivalent to a bar association in the U.S. He soon became a substitute Prosecutor of the King in the city of Mons, in 1888, and was responsible for the creation of a system of guardianship of children and of paroled criminals in that city. In 1892 he wrote a small book on the subject of patronage, which is contained in the collection (Box 4, folder 34). By 1903 he had served as the substitute to the Attorney General in Liége, a main seat of justice in Belgium, and as a member of the Royal Commission of Patronages. He was at that point named Conseiller, or Justice, to the Court of Appeals in Liége, and a bound set of notes from this period in Silvercruys' hand is in the collection (Box 1, folder 9). In 1910 Frantz Silvercruys was named Conseiller to the Court of Cassation of Belgium, the equivalent to a Supreme Court Justice in the U.S.

The first part of the Frantz Silvercruys series consists of correspondence to Silvercruys from various Belgian notables, including Edmond Picard, the famous poet; Julien Lejeune, the Belgian Minister of Justice; and from William Howard Taft and Oliver Wendell Holmes, both U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Most of these letters praise Silvercruys for his work as a judge and as an author in the field of the philosophy of law. The second part of the series is a collection of bound notes, letters, clippings and pamphlets received or written by Silvercruys. One volume contains letters and ephemera relating to his elevation to Baron in 1925; another similar volume has memorabilia from his retirement from the Court of Cassation in 1934. Both of these contain letters and notes from famous Belgian dignitaries. There are also two copies of a typed manuscript of a booklet by Silvercruys about his trip to the U.S. in 1925. Among his activities on this trip was a visit the U.S. Supreme Court, where he met William Howard Taft and Oliver Wendell Holmes, and a meeting with Herbert Hoover, future president of the United States. These bound volumes are arranged in alphabetical order according to title.

The series containing materials on Robert Silvercruys cover his careers as poet and as diplomat. The first sixteen folders contain correspondence and clippings from and about people notable in literary and diplomatic circles in Belgium, France and the U.S. Robert Silvercruys' career as a poet preceeded that of the diplomat. He began writing poetry when he was a young man, publishing a group of poems in 1911, entitled Notations, at the age of 18. Two years later he published another set of poems in a volume called L'Ironique Tendresse. Many of the letters he received during this period are letters of praise from friends and colleagues regarding these books. Among these are letters from Edmond Picard, Thomas Braun, François Mauriac, Marcel Thiry, Robert Vallery-Radot (editor of Les Cahiers), Lucien Christophe and Albert Mockel. Many of these letters also include mention of a later collection of poems, Suite Nocturne, published in 1926. Other letters in the collection are related to Silvercruys' political career, from such names as Thomas J. Watson, Jr., and his brother, Arthur K. Watson; Charlotte Kellogg, wife of Vernon Kellogg; Leon Orlowski; and Pierre Wigny, Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The second part of the series contains bound sets of notes pamhplets, letters and clippings regarding both of the Baron's careers again. The majority of materials surrounding his diplomatic career are from the period of his ambassadorship to the U.S. from Belgium (1946 - 1959), including two scrapbooks of memorabilia from two dinners given in honor of his retirement in 1959, which had such notable guests as Thomas J. Watson,Jr., Allen W. Dulles, Mamie Eisenhower, Walter H. Annenberg, Isaac H. Clothier, Jr. and Mildred Bliss. The signatures of many of these appear in a guest book, including signatures for John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, who were unable to attend personally. Other volumes contain notes and pamphlets on various subjects from the Belgian involvement in the founding of New York, to Silvercruys' notes while he was a professor of French at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1917, to a handwritten copy of Éphémèrides Parfois Intimes in the hand of its author, Léon Kochnitzky. Among the most fascinating of these is a volume entitled Tercentenaire Huguenot Wallon de New York, 1624 - 1924, which contains letters and ephemera related to a tercentennial celebration of the first European settlement of New York by the Walloons, or French-speaking, Dutch Protestants. The set contains numerous letters to the then Belgian Ambassador to the U.S., Baron de Cartier de Marchienne. Another interesting folder contains pamphlets from the Second World War, such as the Report by the Supreme Allied Commander on the Operations in Southern France, signed by the author, General Maitland Wilson.

The collection itself belonged to Robert Silvercruys. It would be of interest to any scholar of Belgian history, culture, politics, law or foreign relations. Frantz Silvercruys was a member of the Court of Casssation of Belgium from 1910 to 1934. Many of his notes and much biographical information are contained in the collection. Robert Silvercruys, if not a well-known poet himself, was a part of the Belgian literary circles, and he has a considerable amount of correspondence from other members of that group. His career as a diplomat also found him in well-known company, and his contributions to Belgian American relations during the period after the Second World War were considerable.

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Number of Boxes: 7
Extent: 3.5 linear feet
Provenance: Gift of Patricia M. Fox, December, 1986
Date Span: 1883 - February 16, 1965
Processed by: Michael J. North
Date: November 23, 1988

Box 1 Folder 1
Correspondence - Edmond Picard
Date span: 5 Apr 1885 - 18 May 1908
Description: 7 letters to Frantz Silvercruys, 4 of which regard Edmond Picard and a dinner being held for his 25th anniversary as an attorney (1860 - 1885). 3 ALSs from Picard himself. Includes the following items:
ALS from Edmond Picard to Frantz Silvercruys.
6 Apr 1885
ALS from Edmond Picard to Frantz Silvercruys.
20 Jul 1906
ALS from Edmond Picard to Frantz Silvercruys.
18 May 1908


Box 1 Folder 2
Correspondence - Julien Lejeune
Date span: 12 Apr 1894 - 7 Jan 1908
Description: 5 ALSs from Julien Lejeune to Frantz Silvercruys praising his jurisprudence in the matter of "patronage". Includes the following items:
ALS from Julien Lejeune to Frantz Silvercruys.
12 Apr 1894
ALS from Julien Lejeune to Frantz Silvercruys.
1895
ALS from Julien Lejeune to Frantz Silvercruys.
19 Aug 1896
ALS from Julien Lejeune to Frantz Silvercruys.
7 Jan 1908
ALS from Julien Lejeune to Frantz Silvercruys.
undated


Box 1 Folder 3
Correspondence - William Howard Taft, Oliver W. Holmes
Date span: 2 Apr 1926 - 5 Jan 1927
Description: 3 letters to Frantz Silvercruys. 1 TLS from U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Howard Taft explaining the tenets of "constitutionality"; 1 TLS from Oliver Wendell Holmes and 1 TLS from Taft thanking Silvercruys for his visit to the U.S. Supreme Court. Includes the following items:
ALS from Oliver Wendell Holmes to Frantz Silvercruys.
2 Apr 1926
TLS from William Howard Taft to Frantz Silvercruys.
29 Sep 1926
TLS (2 pp.) from William Howard Taft to Frantz Silvercruys.
5 Jan 1927


Box 1 Folder 4
Correspondence - Alphabetical
Date span: 20 Mar 1908 - 30 Nov 1934
Description: 7 letters to Frantz Silvercruys, many of which praise his jurisprudence. Includes 1 ALS from Robert Silvercruys from the U.S., 1 TLS from F. Masy and 1 TLS from M. Vauthier. Includes the following items:
TLS from Robert Silvercruys to Frantz Silvercruys.
25 Jun 1927


Box 1 Folder 5
Flora Cocq Falloise Silvercruys
Date span: 1883 - 1884
Description: 3 awards granted to Flora Cocq (Falloise), the future wife of Frantz Silvercruys, for excellent studies. One newsclipping from the marriage of Frantz Silvercruys and Flora Cocq Falloise, among the guests are Edmond Picard, Comte Adrien d'Oultremont.


Box 1 Folder 6
A Propos de Mon Anoblissement par le Roi
Date span: 21 Nov 1928 - 11 May 1929
Description: A scrapbook of memorabilia from Frantz Silvercruys' elevation to Baron by King Albert of Belgium. Contains letters of congratulations from noted Belgian political dignitaries. Includes the following items:
ALS from A. Goddyn to Frantz Silvercruys.
22 Nov 1928
ACS from Henri Jaspar to Frantz Silvercruys.
1928
ALS from Henri Jaspar to Frantz Silvercruys.
26 Nov 1928
ALS from Bâtionnier Léon Théodor to Frantz Silvercruys.
26 Dec 1928
Signed business card from Baron Toussaint de Beco to Frantz Silvercruys.
undated
2 business cards from le Comte Carton de Wiart to Frantz Silvercruys.
undated
Signed business card from Emile Descamps to Frantz Silvercruys.
undated
Signed card from Robert Picard to Frantz Silvercruys.
undated


Box 1 Folder 7
Baron Silvercruys - 1934
Date span: 10 Feb 1934 - 19 Apr 1934
Description: A scrapbook of memorabilia from Frantz Sulvercruys' retirement as the President of the Court of Cassation in 1934. Contains letters and notes of congratulations from noted dignitaries of Belgium. Includes the following items:
TLS from Herbert Hoover to Frantz Silvercruys.
16 Feb 1934
ALS from A. Goddyn to Frantz Silvercruys.
25 Feb 1934
Telegram from Albert Carnoy to Frantz Silvercruys.
26 Feb 1934
ALS from Paul Cornil to Frantz Silvercruys.
26 Feb 1934
Telegram from Charles Evans Hughes to Frantz Silver
27 Feb 1934
ALS from Émile Descamps to Frantz Silvercruys.
27 Feb 1934
TLS from Paul-Émile Janson to Frantz Silvercruys.
13 Mar 1934
ALS from A. Goddyn to Frantz Silvercruys.
13 Mar 1934
ALS from Jean Servais to Frantz Silvercruys.
18 Mar 1934


Box 1 Folder 8
Les Cahiers
Date span: Sep 1967
Description: An issue of Les Cahiers which has an article about Albert Lecocq. Frantz Silvercruys is referred to and quoted several times in the article.


Box 1 Folder 9
Code de la Cour d'Assises
Date span: 1903
Description: Bound set of notes in the hand of Frantz Silvercruys while he was the Conseilleur a la Cour d'Appel in Liège.


Box 2 Folder 10
Codes Belges
Date span: Oct 1907
Description: Bound edition of Codes Belges heavily annotated by hand by Frantz Silvercruys.


Box 2 Folder 11
Collège Saint-Jean Berchmans
Date span: 1935
Description: A commemorative photo album celebrating the centennial of Collège Saint-Jean Berchmans. A portrait of Frantz Silvercruys is found on page 18.


Box 2 Folder 12
Commission des Honneurs et Préséances
Date span: undated
Description: A copy of statute of a law concerning judiciary rules. Possibly written by Frantz Silvercruys.


Box 2 Folder 13
Commission Diplomatique
Date span: 28 Jan 1929 - 1 Dec 1931
Description: A bound set of letters and other items mostly consisting of memos to Frantz Silvercruys as the Conseilleur of the Court of Cassation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium.


Box 2 Folder 14
Cour d'Assises
Date span: 10 Nov 1891
Description: A bound set of news clippings from three dramatic trials in which Frantz Silvercruys was involved. The articles, two in French and one in Dutch, are serial accounts of the trials.


Box 3 Folder 15
Discours et Articles #1
Date span: 24 Mar 1904 - 7 Nov 1934
Description: 2 pamphlets, 2 typed manuscripts, 2 newspaper clippings and 2 issues of Journal des Tribunaux bound. Reference made to Frantz Silvercruys in each item, some items were authored by him.


Box 3 Folder 16
Discours et Articles #2
Date span: 1887 - 14 Jan 1923
Description: 6 pamphlets written by Frantz Silvercruys: L'Immunité Parlementaire, Scène de la Vie Pénitentiaire, Le Régime Pénitentiaire, Quelques Réflections...de Deux Mercuriales.., Conférence Internationale, and La Belgique Judicaire: Les Juges...


Box 3 Folder 17
L'Enfant Pieux - Frantz Silvercruys' Confirmation Book
Date span: 13 May 1869
Description: A copy of L'Enfant Pieux, a book of prayers for children, used by Frantz Silvercruys for his confirmation.


Box 3 Folder 18
Loi pour la Protection d'Enfance
Date span: 1890
Description: Bound pamphlet, Loi pour la Protection de l'Enfance by Frantz Silvercruys.


Box 3 Folder 19
Notes du Voyage aux États Unis - Typescript #1
Date span: Jul 1925
Description: Bound typescript, signed, of Notes du Voyage aux États Unis by Frantz Silvercruys. Also contains newsclippings from the Baron's trip to the U.S. in 1925. Includes the following items:
Photocopy of ALS from William Howard Taft to Frantz Silvercruys (on page 206).
23 Oct 1925


Box 4 Folder 20
Notes du Voyage aux États Unis - Typescript #2
Date span: Jul 1925
Description: Bound typescript, signed, of Notes du Voyage aux États Unis by Frantz Silvercruys. Includes newsclippings from the Baron's trip to the U.S. in 1925. Includes the following items:
Photocopy of ALS from William Howard Taft to Frantz Silvercruys (on page 206).
23 Oct 1925


Box 4 Folder 21
Oeuvre du Patronage - Organisation
Date span: 1892
Description: Bound pamphlet, De l'Organisation de l'Oeuvre du Patronage des Enfants Moralement Abandonnés et des Condamnés Libérés, by Frantz Silvercruys.


Box 4 Folder 22
Pour les Miens
Date span: 10 Jul 1922 - 23 Jun 1936
Description: Bound set of biographical materials relating to Frantz Silvercruys. Includes a pamphlet by Silvercruys entitled Pour les Miens, several newsclippings, and pamphlets on L'Union des Juges de Paix and on the life of Baron Silvercruys. Includes the following items:
ALS from Franz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
18 Feb 1934
ALS from Franz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
undated
ACS from Franz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
17 Mar 1934


Box 4 Folder 23
Projets de Loi
Date span: 1920
Description: 6 drafts of studies and proposals relating to the Belgian code, all by Frantz Silvercruys. Subjects include the national budget (post war), public works, public utilities and hunting laws.


Box 4 Folder 24
Protection de l'Enfance
Date span: 1890 - 1932
Description: Two bound sets of pamphlets relating to juvenile courts in Belgium. Some are by Frantz Silvercruys, but most only refer to him. Includes: La Journée des Patronages d'Anvers et de Namur, La Protection d'Enfance, Patronages des Condamnés Libérés.


Box 4 Folder 25
Voyage aux U.S.A.
Date span: 12 Aug 1925 - 17 Apr 1926
Description: A bound set of materials relating to the Baron's trip to the U.S. in 1925. Includes a pamphlet by the Baron, A Propos d'un Voyage aux États Unis, and a pamphlet by Thomas Braun about Cardinal Mercier. Includes the following items:
ALS from Frantz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
12 Aug 1925
ALS from Frantz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
31 Aug 1925
ALS from Frantz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
7 Sep 1925
ALS from Frantz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
12 Sep 1925
ALS from Frantz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
14 Sep 1925
ALS from Frantz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
16 Sep 1925
ALS from Frantz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
24 Sep 1925
ALS from Frantz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
29 Sep 1925
ANS from Frantz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
4 Oct 1925
ALS from Frantz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
9 Oct 1925
ALS from Frantz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys.
14 Oct 1925
ALS from Frantz Silvercruys to Robert Silvercruys (3 pp.).
14 Oct 1925
Pamphlet by Thomas Braun, signed by author with a note to Frantz Silvercruys.
17 Apr 1926


Box 5 Folder 26
Braun, Helène M. - Correspondence
Date span: 17 Dec 1956 - 6 Dec 1962
Description: 5 ALS from Helène Braun, wife of Thomas Braun, to Robert Silvercruys and 2 ALS from Robert Silvercruys to Helène. Most of the letters concern the death of Thomas Braun in September 1961. Includes the following items:
TLS from Helène Braun to Robert Silvercruys.
17 Dec 1956
ALS from Helène Braun to Robert Silvercruys.
25 Nov 1961
ALS from Helène Braun to Robert Silvercruys.
undated
ALS from Helène Braun to Robert Silvercruys.
25 Oct 1961
Carbon copy of ALS from Robert Silvercruys to Helène Braun.
4 Dec 1961
ALS from Helène Braun to Robert Silvercruys.
2 Dec 1962
Carbon copy of ALS from Robert Silvercruys to Helène Braun.
6 Dec 1962


Box 5 Folder 27
Braun, Thomas - Correspondence
Date span: 17 Nov 1911 - 28 Mar 1917
Description: 7 letters from Thomas Braun to Robert Silvercruys. Includes two postcards from Egypt, a letter from Braun to Silvercruys while both were in the Belgian Army during the First World War and a letter from M. Rouney, Ministre des Sciences & Arts, to Braun regarding Silvercruys. Includes the following items:
ACS from Thomas Braun in Egypt to Robert Silvercruys.
20 Mar 1911
ACS from Thomas Braun in Egypt to Robert Silvercruys.
17 Sep 1911
ALS from Thomas Braun to Robert Silvercruys.
7 Sep 1913
ALS from Thomas Braun to Robert Silvercruys.
16 Sep 1914
ALS to Thomas Braun from M. Rouney which Braun signed & forwarded to Robert Silvercruys.
28 Mar 1917
ALS from Thomas Braun to Robert Silvercruys.
22 Feb [?]
ALS from Thomas Braun to Robert Silvercruys.
31 May [?]


Box 5 Folder 28
Kellogg, Charlotte - Correspondence
Date span: 23 Mar 1939
Description: 2 ALSs from Charlotte Kellogg, widow of Dr. Vernon Kellogg, known for his strong ties with Herbert Hoover and with Belgian officials. Letters discuss her daughter and husband. Includes the following items:
ALS from Charlotte Kellogg to Robert Silvercruys.
23 Mar 1939
ALS from Charlotte Kellogg to Robert Silvercruys.
undated


Box 5 Folder 29
Mauriac, François - Correspondence
Date span: 17 Jul 1914
Description: 2 ALS from François Mauriac to Robert Silvercruys. One letter encourages Silvercruys to come to Bordeaux to visit Mauriac, the other is in reference to L'Ironique Tendresse, with a reference made to Thomas Braun. Includes the following items:
ALS from François Mauriac to Robert Silvercruys.
17 Jul 1914
ALS from François Mauriac to Robert Silvercruys.
undated


Box 5 Folder 30
Picard, Edmond - Correspondence
Date span: 25 Jun 1911
Description: ALS from Edmond Picard to Robert Silvercruys in reference to Notations by Silvercruys (25 Jun 1911).


Box 5 Folder 31
Silvercruys, Suzanne (Stevenson) - Correspondence
Date span: 28 Nov 1960 - 29 Nov 1961
Description: 2 ALS from Suzanne Silvercruys Stevenson to her brother Robert Silvercruys. Includes the following items:
ALS from Suzanne Silvercruys Stevenson to Robert Silvercruys.
28 Nov 1960
ALS from Suzanne Silvercruys Stevenson to Robert Silvercruys.
29 Nov 1961


Box 5 Folder 32
Silvercruys, Suzanne (Stevenson) - Clippings
Date span: 25 Oct 1919 - 15 Apr 1962
Description: Newsclippings about Suzanne Silvercruys Stevenson, sister of Robert Silvercruys. Includes a photograph of one of her sculptures and a clipping regarding a visit she made to London with her father in 1919.


Box 5 Folder 33
Thiry, Marcel - Correspondence
Date span: 5 Jan 1927 - 5 Nov 1961
Description: 8 ALSs from Marcel Thiry to Robert Silvercruys, 3 carbons of letters from Silvercruys to Thiry. References to L'Ironique Tendresse, Suite Nocturne. Includes the following items:
ALS from Marcel Thiry to Robert Silvercruys.
5 Jan 1927
Carbon copy of TLS from Robert Silvercruys to Marcel Thiry.
12 Jul 1939
Carbon copy of TLS from Robert Silvercruys to Marcel Thiry.
6 Jul 1951
ALS from Marcel Thiry to Robert Silvercruys.
17 Apr 1954
ALS from Marcel Thiry to Robert Silvercruys.
15 Jul 1954
Carbon copy of TLS from Robert Silvercruys to Marcel Thiry.
30 Jan 1956
ALS from Marcel Thiry to Robert Silvercruys.
18 Feb 1956
ALS from Marcel Thiry to Robert Silvercruys.
28 Feb 1958
ALS from Marcel Thiry to Robert Silvercruys.
25 Oct 1960
ALS (3 pp.) from Marcel Thiry to Robert Silvercruys.
29 Oct 1961
ALS (2 pp.) from Marcel Thiry to Robert Silvercruys.
5 Nov 1961


Box 5 Folder 34
Thiry, Marcel - Clippings
Date span: Dec 1963 - 16 Feb 1965
Description: 9 newspapers clippings of articles by Marcel Thiry, most of which are about the First World War.


Box 5 Folder 35
Vallery-Radot, Robert - Correspondence
Date span: 18 Apr 1914 - 11 Jan 1915
Description: 3 ALSs from Robert Vallery-Radot to Robert Silvercruys regarding Les Cahiers. Includes the following items:
ALS from Robert Vallery-Radot to Robert Silvercruys.
18 Apr 1914
ALS from Robert Vallery-Radot to Robert Silvercruys.
1 Jul 1914
ALS from Robert Vallery-Radot to Robert Silvercruys.
11 Jan 1915


Box 5 Folder 36
Watson, Thomas J., Jr. - Correspondence
Date span: 12 May 1959 - 31 Dec 1959
Description: 3 TLSs between Robert Silvercruys and Thomas J. Watson, Jr. and his brother, Arthur K. Watson, all concerning King Baudouin's visit to the U.S. in 1959 and a dinner planned in his honor by the Watsons. Includes the following items:
TLS from Thomas J. Watson, Jr. to Robert Silvercruys.
12 May 1959
Carbon copy of TLS from Robert Silvercruys to Thomas J. Watson, Jr.
20 May 1959
TLS from Arthur K. Watson to Robert Silvercruys.
31 Dec 1959


Box 5 Folder 37
Correspondence, A - D
Date span: 12 Jun 1911 - 1 Sep 1962
Description: 8 ALSs to Robert Silvercruys, many of them referring to his poetry. Includes the following items:
ALS from Comte Guillaume d'Arschot-Schoonhoven to Robert Silvercruys.
15 Feb 1926
ALS from Lucien Christophe to Robert Silvercruys.
1 Sep 1962


Box 5 Folder 38
Correspondence, E - M
Date span: 3 Jun 1911 - Mar 1926
Description: 9 ALSs to Robert Silvercruys, many regarding his poetry. Includes 1 postcard from A. Albert Mockel to Silvercruys regarding poetry. Includes the following items:
ALS from A. Goddyn to Robert Silvercruys.
Mar 1926


Box 5 Folder 39
Correspondence, N - S
Date span: 25 Mar 1913 - 3 Jan 1964
Description: 9 ALSs to Robert Silvercruys, many regarding his poetry. 1 letter from Leon Orlowski concerning U.S. and Soviet foreign policies. 2 ALSs from the Comte and Comtesse Pierlot. Includes the following items:
TLS from Baron Jean-Charles Snoy et d'Oppuers to Robert Silvercruys.
21 Jun 1950
ALS from Fernand Severin to Robert Silvercruys.
undated


Box 5 Folder 40
Correspondence, T - Z
Date span: 16 Apr 1914 - 4 Feb 1959
Description: 5 ALSs to Robert Silvercruys, many regarding his poetry. 1 carbon copy of a letter from Robert Silvercruys to Pierre Wigny, Ministre des Affaires Étrangères of Belgium regarding King Baudouin's trip to the U.S. in 1959.


Box 5 Folder 41
Clippings
Date span: Apr 1913 - 30 Apr 1914
Description: Newsclippings about Robert Silvercruys and his poetry in Notations, Suite Nocturne and L'Ironique Tendresse.


Box 5 Folder 42
Notebook
Date span: undated
Description: An undated notebook, signed by Robert Silvercruys, probably notes in preparation for a test or his responses for an examination in college or highschool (undated). Includes a loose sheet with a poem by "Ivan".


Box 5 Folder 43
Notebook, 1963 -1964
Date span: 1 Jan 1963 - 1 Oct 1964
Description: A notebook containing a journal of Robert Silvercruys from January 1963 to October 1964, although the dates are not clear.


Box 5 Folder 44
Statue of Liberty Stamp Inauguration
Date span: 8 Apr 1954
Description: Booklet containing mint issue of four 8 cent U.S. postage stamps featuring the Statue of Liberty. Booklet has Robert Silvercruys' name embossed on the cover. Includes an invitation and program for the inauguration ceremony for the stamps.


Box 5 Folder 45
Miscellaneous Manuscripts
Date span: Apr 1913 - May 1914
Description: 2 handwritten copies of a poem by Robert Silvercruys and a brief article about Silvercruys' work, neither in Silvercruys' hand. The article is from Les Cahiers.


Box 5 Folder 46
Académie Royale de Belgique: Les Belges et New York?
Date span: 5 Jan 1953
Description: A booklet published by the Academie Royale de Belgique entitled Les Belges, ont-ils pris part à la fondation de New York? (Did the Belgians help to found New York?). Signed by the author, Antoine De Smet, with a note to Robert Silvercruys.


Box 5 Folder 47
Baron Silvercruys, Honorary Dinner in Washington
Date span: Jun 1959
Description: Guest book with the signatures of those attending a retirement dinner for Baron Silvercruys. Includes signatures of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in absentia, Thomas J. Watson, Allen W. Dulles, Mamie Eisenhower, Drew Pearson, Roscoe Drummond, Virginia Bacon and Mildred Bliss.


Box 5 Folder 48
Baron Silvercruys, Honorary Dinner in Pennsylvania
Date span: 28 May 1957
Description: A scrapbook containg invitations, guest list and photographs of a dinner in Wayne, Pennsylvania in honor of the Baron's retirement. Guests include Walter H. Annenberg, Isaac H. Clothier, Jr., Anthony J. D. Biddle and Lambert Cadwalader.


Box 6 Folder 49
Consolidation de la Dette Belge aux U.S.A.
Date span: 29 Aug 1925 - 8 Oct 1967
Description: Bound report (1920's?) on the Belgian national debt to the U.S. following the First World War. The report is initialed by Robert Silvercruys and is marked "Secret". Includes three newsclippings on the Belgian national debt.


Box 6 Folder 50
Éphémèrides Parfois Intimes de Léon Kochnitzky
Date span: 1950
Description: 31 page autograph manuscript of Éphémèrides Parfois Intimes by Léon Kochnitzky in the author's hand with a note that it was especially copied out by hand for Baron Silvercruys.


Box 6 Folder 51
Missel et Vespéral - R. Silvercruys' Confirmation Book
Date span: 2 Jun 1904
Description: A copy of Missel et Vespéral, a book of children's prayers and lessons, used by Robert Silvercruys for his confirmation.


Box 6 Folder 52
Notes et Souvenirs
Date span: 24 Oct 1917 - 11 Jan 1923
Description: A bound set of notes and a few letters of Robert Silvercruys. Many of the notes and letters were written while Silvercruys was a professor of French at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1917. A few letters from the French Embassy in Washington.


Box 7 Folder 53
Oeuvre Poétique d'Albert Lecocq
Date span: 1966
Description: A copy of Oeuvre Poétique, a collection of poems by Albert Lecocq, later known as Frère Hugues Lecocq, O.P. The book includes letters from Lecocq to Robert Silvercruys and an introduction by Silvercruys.


Box 7 Folder 54
Suite Nocturne
Date span: 1926
Description: Bound autograph manuscript of Robert Silvercruys' Suite Nocturne (47 pp.).


Box 7 Folder 55
Tercentenaire Huguenot Wallon de New York, 1624 - 1924
Date span: 1 Feb 1924 - 5 Jul 1924
Description: A scrapbook of letters, speeches, articles and photographs concerning a tercentennial celebration of the Huguenot settlement of New York. Embedded in the cover are two commemorative half dollar coins. The set was compiled by Baron de Cartier de Marchienne, Belgian Ambassador to the U.S. in the 1920's, and all letters and articles in the collection are either by or to de Cartier. Includes the following items:
TLS from Charles Evans Hughes to Baron de Cartier de Marchienne.
28 May 1924
TLS from General John J. Pershing to Baron de Cartier de Marchienne.
3 Jun 1924


Box 7 Folder 56
World War II Pamphlets
Date span: May 1944 - 25 Sep 1946
Description: 3 military pamphlets signed by their authors (General Maitland Wilson and another) for Robert Silvercruys: Report by the Supreme Allied Commander...on the Italian Campaign, Report by the Supreme Allied Commander...on the Operations in Southern France, and Régiment Belge de Parachutistes.

Box 7 Folder 57
Death Notices, etc.
Date span: 29 May 1900 - 20 Aug 1968
Description: 36 religious notices, most of which are death notices. Among those mentioned are Baron Frantz Silvercruys and his wife, Baronness Flora Cocq Silvercruys, Barronness Lambert, Queen Astrid of Belgium and Baudouin Scheyven.







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Box 8 Folder 58
Musical Score - Conte de Noël by Baron Frantz Silvercruys
Date span: undated
Description: 2 copies of Conte de Noël, a hymn by Baron Frantz Silvercruys written for his daughter, Madelaine Silvercruys.


Box 8 Folder 59
Musical Score - Le Disciple by Baron Frantz Silvercruys
Date span: 30 Dec 1935
Description: 2 copies of Le Disciple, a piece of music written by Baron Frantz Silvercruys to accompany Ironique Tendresse, a poem written by Robert Silvercruys.


Box 8 Folder 60
Frantz Silvercruys - Commemorative Scrapbook
Date span: 21 Jun 1909 - 26 June 1936
Description: A bound set of letters, clippings and memorabilia put together after the death of Baron Frantz Silvercruys. The majority of materials are letters from Belgian officials to Silvercruys' family expressing condolences. Includes the following items:
ALS from Frantz Silvercruys to his children.
undated
Telegram from Leopold, King of Belgium to the Silvercruys family.
23 Jun 1936
Telegram from Lou H. Hoover to the Silvercruys family.
23 Jun 1936
ALS from A. Goddyn to the Silvercruys family.
21 Jun 1936
TLS from Thomas Braun to the Silvercruys family.
22 Jun 1936
ALS from Lou H. Hoover to Suzanne Silvercruys.
undated






A Propos d'un Voyage aux États Unis 4: 25

A Propos de Mon Anoblissement par le Roi 1: 6

Académie Royale de Belgique publication 5: 46

Albert, King reference 1: 6

Annenberg, Walter H. reference 5: 48

Arschot-Schoonhoven, Comte d' ALS 5: 37

Astrid, Queen of Belgium reference 7: 57

Bacon, Virginia signature 5: 47

Baron Silvercruys - 1934 1: 7

Baudouin, King reference 5: 36
- 5: 40

Biddle, Anthony J. D. reference 5: 48

Bliss, Mildred signature 5: 47

Braun, Helène ALS 5: 26

Braun, Thomas ALS 5: 27
- TMsS 4: 25
- reference 5: 26
- 5: 29

Cadwalader, Lambert reference 5: 48

Cahiers, Les 1: 8
- reference 5: 35 - 5: 45

Carnoy, Albert telegram 1: 7

Cartier de Marchienne, Baron de ALS to 7: 55

Carton de Wiart, Comte Adrien ACS 1: 6

Chaingy, Louis reference 2: 14

Christophe, Lucien ALS 5: 37

Clothier, Issac H., Jr. reference 5: 48

Code de la Cour d'Assises 1: 9

Codes Belges 2: 10

Collège Saint-Jean Berchmans 2: 11

Commission Diplomatique 2: 13

Commission des Honeurs et Preséances 2: 12

Conference International 3: 16

Consolidation de la Dette Belge aux U.S.A. 6: 49

Conte de Noël 8: 58

Cornil, Paul ALS 1: 7

Cour d'Assises 2: 14

De Béco, Baron Toussaint ACS 1: 6

Descamps, Émile ACS 1: 6
- ALS 1: 7

De Smet, Antoine pamphlet 5: 46

De l'Organisation de l'Oeuvre du Patronage... 4: 21

D'Oultremont, Comte Adrien reference 1: 5

Disciple, Le 8: 59

Drummond, Roscoe signature 5: 47

Dulles, Allen W. signature 5: 47

Eisenhower, Mamie signature 5: 47

Enfant Pieux, L' 3: 17

Éphémèrides Parfois Intimes ms. 6: 50

Goddyn, A. ALS 1: 6 - 1: 7
- 5: 38
- 8: 80

Hennebicq, Léon clippings 3: 15

Hollenfeltz, Arthur reference 2: 14

Holmes, Oliver Wendell TLS 1: 3

Hoover, Herbert TLS 1: 7

Hoover, Lou H. ALS 8: 60

Hughes, Charles Evans telegram 1: 7
- TLS 7: 55

Hymans, Paul TLS 7: 55

Immunité Parlementaire, L' 3: 16

Ironique Tendresse, L' clippings 5: 41
- reference 5: 29
- 5: 33
- 5: 37
- 5: 38

Janson, Paul-Émile TLS 1: 7

Jaspar, Henri ALS 1: 6

Journée des Patronages d'Anvers 4: 24

Journée des Patronages de Namur 4: 24

Jusserand, J. J. reference 6: 52

Kellogg, Charlotte ALS 5: 28

Kellogg, Vernon reference 5: 28

[Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier] [signature]

[Kennedy, John F.] [signature] 5: 47

Kochnitzky, Léon ms. 6: 50

Lambert, Johanna reference 7: 57

Lecocq, Albert TL 7: 53
- reference 1: 8

Lecocq, Frère Hugues, O.P. TL 7: 53

Lejeune, Julien ALS 1: 2
- reference 3: 15

Leopold, King of Belgium telegram 8:60

Les Belges, ont-ils pris part à la fondation de New York? 5: 46

Loi pour la Protection de l'Enfance 3: 18

Masy, F. TLS 1: 4

Mauriac, François ALS 5: 29

Mercier, Cardinal reference 4: 25

Ministre des Affaires Étrangères TLS 2: 13

Mockel, A. Albert ACS 5: 38

Missel et Vespéral 6: 51

Notations clippings 5: 41
- reference 5: 30
- 5: 38
- 5: 37

Notes du Voyage aux États Unis TMs 3: 19
- 4: 20

Oeuvre Poetique 7: 53

Oeuvre de Patronage 4: 21

Orlowski, Leon ALS 5: 39

Patronages des Condamnés Libérés 4: 24

Pearson, Drew signature 5: 47

Pershing, General John J. TLS 7: 55

Picard, Edmond ALS 1: 1
- 5: 30
- reference 1: 5

Picard, Robert ACS 1: 6

Pierlot, Comte Hubert ALS 5: 39

Pour les Miens 4: 22

Projets de Loi 4: 23

Protection de l'Enfance, La 4: 24

Quelques Réflections..de Deux Mercuriales 3: 16

Régime Pénitentiaire, Le 3: 16

Régiment Belge de Parachutistes 7: 56

Report by the Supreme Allied Commander... 7: 56

Résumés des Operations... 7: 56

Rouney, M. ALS 5: 27

Scène de la Vie Pénitentiaire 3: 16

Scheyven, Baudouin reference 7: 57

Servais, Jean ALS 1: 7

Severin, Fernand ALS 5: 39

Silvercruys, Flora Cocq Falloise marriage 1: 5
- reference 7: 57

Silvercruys, Frantz ALS 4: 22
- 4: 25
- 7: 58
- ALS to 1: 1 - 1: 4
- 1: 6 - 1: 7
- baronacy 1: 6
- biography 4: 22
- marriage 1: 5
- reference 1: 8
- 7: 57
- TMsS 3: 19 - 4: 20

Silvercruys, Robert ALS 1: 4
- 5: 26
- 6: 52
- ALS to 4: 22
- 4: 25
- 5: 35
- 5: 27 - 5: 31
- 5: 33
- 5: 38 - 5: 40
- TLS 5: 36
- 5: 40
- TLS to 5: 36
- 7: 53
- clippings 5: 41
- ms. 7: 54
- notes 5: 42
- 5: 43
- photos 5: 48

Silvercruys, Rosemary photos 5: 48

Silvercruys, Suzanne ALS 5: 31
- clippings 5: 32

Snoy-d'Oppuers, Baron Jean-Charles ALS 5: 39

Stamps 5: 44
- 7: 55

Stevenson, Suzanne Silvercruys ALS 5: 31
- clippings 5: 32

Suite Nocturne clippings 5: 41
- ms. 7: 54
- reference 5: 33
- 5: 37 - 5: 38

Taft, William Howard ALS 3: 19
- 4: 20
- TLS 1: 3

Tercentenaire Huguenot Wallon de New York 7: 55

Théodor, Léon ALS 1: 6
- reference 3: 15

Thiry, Marcel ALS 5: 33
- clippings 5: 34

Union des Juges de Paix, L' 4: 22

University of Wisconsin, Madison reference 6: 52

Vallery-Radot, Robert ALS 5: 35

Van Gezworenen, Hof reference 2: 14

Vauthier, M. TLS 1: 4

Watson, Arthur K. TLS 5: 36

Watson, Thomas J., Jr. signature 5: 47
- TLS 5: 36

Wigny, Pierre TLS to 5: 40

Wilson, General Maitland signature 7: 56


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