Summary Information
Title: Senator Matthew Stanley (M.S.) Quay Papers
Collection Number: AIS.1969.01
Creator: Quay, Matthew Stanley, 1833-1904

Collection Dates: 1836-1927
Extent: 2.5 linear feet (4 boxes)

Language: English

Abstract:
This collection includes biographical material, clippings, correspondence, letterbooks, memoranda, military service documents, notes, pamphlets, scrapbooks, speeches and telegrams primarily concerning Pennsylvania legislator and U.S. Senator Matthew Stanley (M.S.) Quay, 1833-1904. Also included in the collection is correspondence of M.S. Quay's secretary, Frank Willing Leech; Dr. John Oliver, University of Pittsburgh history professor and various Quay family members.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

1969
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center staff. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process on October 2, 2002.
Revision Description:
July 11, 2011:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 Revised content list.

Biography

Republican Senator Matthew Stanley (M.S.) Quay was born on September 30, 1833 in Dillsburg, York County, Pennsylvania; the son of Anderson B. Quay, a Presbyterian preacher. M.S. Quay was educated at Beaver and Indiana academies and graduated from Jefferson College in 1850. He subsequently studied law in Pittsburgh with the Penny and Sterrett law firm; James P. Sterrett later became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In 1855, 1856 and 1859, Matthew was the prothonotary of Beaver County. He resigned in 1861 to serve in the Civil War and rose to the rank of Colonel, receiving a Congressional Medal of Honor. In 1864, Matthew became a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and served as Secretary and Chairman of the Republican State Committee; he later went on to become Chairman of the National Republican Committee. M.S. Quay was elected as Pennsylvania State Treasurer in 1885 and U.S. Senator (Republican) in 1887. In 1893, Senator Quay insisted on blocking passage of the Wilson bill until it was amended to protect (Pennsylvania) manufacturing interests. He served as Senator until his death in 1904. M.S. Quay coined the phrase, "It is all over but the shouting."


Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection includes biographical material, clippings, correspondence, letterbooks, memoranda, military service documents, notes, pamphlets, scrapbooks, speeches and telegrams primarily concerning Republican Pennsylvania legislator and U.S. Senator Matthew Stanley (M.S.) Quay, 1833-1904. Also included in the collection is correspondence of M.S. Quay's secretary, Frank Willing Leech; Dr. John Oliver, University of Pittsburgh history professor and various Quay family members.

Series I contains Quay family genealogical information such as, miscellaneous notes and a photograph of the Anderson family graveyard. Series II contains correspondence and a letterbook of M.S. Quay's father, Anderson B. Quay, from 1836-1851.

Series III contains M.S. Quay's personal information. His materials include a school composition (1845), correspondence and copies of correspondence which are located in the following collections - the Hayes Memorial Library, the Pennsylvania Historical Society and the Library of Congress, from 1846-1904. Also contained in Series III are military service documents, biographical material, political pamphlets, newspaper and magazine clippings and a scrapbook with newspaper clippings.

Series IV contains correspondence of M.S. Quay's secretary, Frank W. Leech, along with biographical notes on M.S. Quay, from 1890-1932.

Series V contains correspondence, memoranda, notes, chapter outlines of University of Pittsburgh history professor, Dr. John W. Oliver, for a study and biography of M.S. Quay, from 1929-1938. Also contained in Series V are various student research papers on M.S. Quay and his record in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1865-1867.

Series VI contains correspondence of various Quay family members and Series VII contains M.S. Quay's biographical materials, such as: political speeches and proceedings, memorial addresses and miscellaneous publications; and a steel engraving.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Legislators -- United States

Personal Names
  • Quay, Matthew Stanley, 1833-1904

Family Names
  • Quay family

Locations
  • Pennsylvania -- Genealogy

Genres/Forms
  • Family papers

Category
  • Personal papers
  • Politics

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Donated in 1969 and by Dr. James Kehl in 1992.

Preferred Citation:

Matthew Stanley (M.S.) Quay Papers, 1836-1927, AIS.1969.01, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Citation:

Quay Family, Papers, 1836-1927, ais 69:1, Archives of Industrial Society, Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Michael O'Malley on October 2, 2002.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Michael O'Malley on October 2, 2002. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1412193.

Copyright:

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Collection Inventory

Series I. Genealogy


Box 1
Folder 1 Miscellaneous Notes
Folder 2 Extracts from the M.S. Pennypacker Pedigree, 1887
Folder 3 Photograph of Anderson Family Graveyard, 1892

Series II. Anderson B. Quay

Folder 4 Correspondence, 1836 (and undated)
Folder 5 Letterbook, 1839-1851
Folder 6 Typed Copy of Letterbook (69 p.), 1839-1843

Series III. Matthew Stanley Quay

Subseries 1. Correspondence

Folder 7 Correspondence, 1846-1904 (and undated, intermittent)
Folder 8 Correspondence, Hayes Memorial Library, Fremont, Ohio, 1876-1877

Subseries 2. Copies of letters in various collections

Folder 9 Library of Congress, Wharton Barker Papers, 1884-1886
Folder 10 Library of Congress, William E. Chandler Papers, 1900-1901
Folder 11 Library of Congress, James A. Garfield Papers, 1878-1881
Folder 12 Library of Congress, William McKinley Papers, 1896-1900
Folder 13 Library of Congress, Theodore Roosevelt Papers, 1902-1905
Folder 14 Library of Congress, John Sherman Papers, 1888-1890
Folder 15 Library of Congress, John C. Spooner, 1889-1903
Folder 16 Library of Congress, Unidentified Collections, 1877, 1899, 1902
Folder 17 Pennsylvania Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pa.; 1880-1901 (intermittent)
Folder 18-19 Richard R. Quay, 1878-1904 (intermittent); 1912
Folder 20 Unidentified Collections, 1896, 1901

Subseries 3. Education and Service

Folder 21-22 Education: Commencement program, Jefferson College, 1845; August 7, 1850
Folder 23-25 Military Service, 134th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, Discharge, August-December, 1862 (intermittent)
Folder 26 Letter of Recommendation from J.P. Penney, January 20, 1853
Folder 27 Memorandum of title to West Brandywine Township farm, Chester Co., Pa.

Subseries 4. Biographical Material

Folder 28 House of Representatives Resolutions for the death memory of M.S. Quay, ca. 1890's; 1904-1905
Folder 29 Republican National Committee, Resolution adopted, 1891
Folder 30 Pennsylvania legislature proceedings upon the death of Honorable M.S. Quay, March 22, 1905
Folder 31 Pennypacker, Samuel W., Pennsylvania Legislature address for the memorial services of M.S. Quay; March 22, 1905
Folder 32 Miscellaneous materials
Folder 33 Political pamphlets, 1890's
Folder 34-35 Newspaper and magazine clippings, 1890-1931 (intermittent)

Box 2
Volume 1 Scrapbook - Newspaper clippings; August 14, 1890-August 21, 1890

Box 2a
Volume 2 Scrapbook - Obituary newspaper clippings, 1904

Series IV. Frank Willing Leech - Secretary

Folder 1 Correspondence, 1890-1932 (intermittent)
Folder 2 M.S. Quay biographical notes
Folder 3 Memorandum of agreement for the composition of the Republican Convention, ca. 1890's

Series V. Dr. John Oliver - History professor, University of Pittsburgh

Folder 4 Correspondence, 1929-1938 (intermittent)
Folder 5 Memorandum - Senator Quay

Box 3
Folder 1-3 Notes for M.S. Quay study
Folder 4 M.S. Quay record representing Washington Beaver counties in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1865-1867
Folder 5 Chapter outlines for M.S. Quay biography
Folder 6 Notes on the Force Bill
Folder 7 Student papers, M.S. Quay - Political leader
Folder 8 Reiser, Catherine, Federal Elections Bill (thesis); 1930-1931
Folder 9 Ritenour, Walter, Paper on M.S. Quay; January 21, 1929
Folder 10 Matthew Stanley Quay, author unknown
Folder 11 The Attitude of Westmoreland County in Regard to the Quay Controversy of 1898-1899, Gordon, Lloyd M.
Folder 12 Miscellaneous Notes, 1903-1930 (intermittent)

Series VI. Quay Family Correspondence

Folder 13-14 Telegrams - Mrs. M.S., and John S., May 28, 1904 September 6, 1886
Folder 15-16 Correspondence - R.R., and Sarah S., 1901-1927 1832-1846

Series VII. M.S. Quay Biographical Materials and Engraving


Box 4
Folder 1 Speeches - Senate appointment, and Proceedings - Pennsylvania Legislature public service commemoration, 1900 March 22, 1905
Folder 2 Memorial addresses and miscellaneous publications
Folder 3 Steel engraving