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Collection Number: 02823

Collection Title: Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract Isidor Rayner (1850-1912) of Baltimore, Md., was a lawyer and United States representative 1887-1889 and 1891-1895, and senator, 1905-1912. The collection includes scattered letters and speeches and 11 scrapbooks regarding the political and legal career of Isidor Rayner. The scrapbooks contain clippings and other records of celebrated legal cases conducted by Rayner and his son William B. Rayner (born 1872), including their defense of Admiral Winfield Scott Schley at a court of inquiry in 1901, and of their activities in state and national Democratic politics.
Creator Rayner, Isidor, 1850-1912.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Isidor Rayner Papers, #2823, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Jean Rayner (Mrs. David L.) Johnson of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, June 1952.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Isidor Rayner (1850-1912) of Baltimore, Md., was a lawyer and politician. Rayner was educated at the University of Virginia and studied law in Baltimore. He served as a Maryland states legislator in the General Assembly, 1878-1884, and senate, 1884-1886, and as a United States congressman as a representative, 1887-1889 and 1891-1895, and senator, 1905-1912. He also served as attorney general of Maryland, 1899-1903, and as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1912. In 1901, he defended Admiral Winfield Scott Schley before the court of inquiry at Washington, D.C.

His wife was Frances Jane Bevan Rayner. Their son, William B. Rayner (born 1872), was also a prominent lawyer and Maryland politician.

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The collection includes scattered letters and speeches and 11 scrapbooks regarding the political and legal career of Isidor Rayner. The scrapbooks contain clippings and other records of celebrated legal cases conducted by Rayner and his son William B. Rayner, including their defense of Admiral Winfield Scott Schley at a court of inquiry in 1901, and of their activities in state and national Democratic politics.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1894-1910 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 1

Folder 2

1911-1921 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 2

Folder 3

Certificates and commissions #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 3

Folder 4

Certificates and commissions #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 4

Folder 5

Invitations, programs, tickets, and other items #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 5

Folder 6

Typed articles and speeches #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 6

Folder 7

Political cartoons #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 7

Includes political cartoons, some original, featuring Isidor Rayner.

Folder 8

Pictures #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 8

Includes sketches and engravings of Theodore Roosevelt, Isidor Rayner, and Winfield Scott Schley.

Folder 9

Volume 1: Scrapbook, 1888-1892 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 9

Includes clippings concerning Isidor Rayner, his congressional race, speeches, and opinions.

Folder 10

Volume 2: Scrapbook, 1895-1897 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 10

Includes items related to court cases in which Isidor Rayner and William B. Rayner were professionally involved.

Folder 11

Volume 3: Scrapbook, 1897-1899 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 11

Includes press notices for legal cases of Isidor Rayner and William B. Rayner. There are also some political items.

Folder 12

Volume 4: Scrapbook, 1899 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 12

Includes cliippings, broadsides, form letters, pictures, telegrams, and other items related to Isidor Rayner's campaign for attorney general of Maryland.

Folder 13

Volume 5: Scrapbook, 1901-1912 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 13

Includes clippings on Washington, D.C., social events, the sinking of the Titanic, and the case of Winfield Scott Schley.

Folder 14

Volume 6: Scrapbook, 1903-1910 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 14

Includes political and legal clippings.

Folder 15

Volume 7: Scrapbook, 1906-1912 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 15

Includes political clippings.

Folder 16

Volume 8: Scrapbook, 1910-1912 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 16

Folder 17

#02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 17

See Oversize Volume SV-2823/9

Oversize Volume SV-2823/9

Volume 9: Scrapbook, 1912-1913 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." SV-2823/9

Folder 18

#02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 18

See Oversize Volume SV-2823/10

Oversize Volume SV-2823/10

Volume 10: Scrapbook, 1912 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." SV-2823/10

Items on the death of Isidor Rayner.

Folder 19

Volume 11: Scrapbook, 1912 #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." Folder 19

Items on the death of Isidor Rayner.

Image Folder PF-2823/1-2

PF-2823/1

PF-2823/2

Photographs #02823, Series: "Isidor Rayner Papers, 1866-1921." PF-2823/1-2

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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