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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Chauncey Hamlin Papers, Central Library: Rare Book Room, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.
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Collection processed by: Amy Vilz, November 2008
Finding aid encoded by: Amy Vilz, September 2010
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Chauncey Hamlin was a "...lawyer, civic benefactor, political leader, planner, and known the world over for his work in promoting museums."* Hamlin was active in public service, including the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, Niagara Frontier Planning Board, City Planning Commission, State Council of Parks, and the Legal Aid Society. Internationally, his service included UNESCO, the International Council of Museums, and the Justice for Greece Committee.
Locally, Hamlin is best remembered for his work with the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, raising funds for construction of a new museum to house Society collections, and served as president of the Society. Hamlin died September 23, 1963 at the age of 82.
*"Chauncey J. Hamlin Dead," Buffalo News, September 24, 1963, page 21.
This small collection consists of 12 typewritten letters by Chauncey Hamlin written to family and friends during his trip to Europe, May to July 1955. Chauncey and Ella Gayle Hand Hamlin visited Paris, Brussels, Ostend, London, Edinburgh, Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Topics range from reports of his sight-seeing, to his views on current events of the day. In the letter dated May 4, Hamlin describes the correspondence as follows: "This, as you know, is a diary letter of which I have a copy made for our own records and, therefore, you will have to excuse so much detail."
Letters are arranged chronologically.
Hamlin, Chauncey J. (Chauncey Jerome), 1881-1963
Hamlin, Chauncey J. (Chauncey Jerome), 1881-1963--Correspondence
Europe--Voyages and travels
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