Ernest Harvier (1863-1929) was an American editorial writer who specialized in political topics. He wrote for various New York City newspapers and was involved in local politics. His brother Leon was an actor and one of the original members of the Arcadian Club. Collection consists of scrapbooks with materials about Ernest and Leon Harvier. Scrapbooks contain primarily articles, 1890-1920, written by Ernest Harvier on politics and elections. There are also articles about his activities in New York and newsclippings. Leon Harvier's scrapbook, 1867-1886, includes correspondence, Arcadian Club materials, photographs, and printed matter.
Biographical/historical: Ernest Harvier (1863-1929) was an editorial writer for The New York Sun, writing principally on political topics, in which he was regarded as an authority. After retiring from the Sun he wrote many articles for newspapers and was a frequent contributor to The New York Times. Mr. Harvier's articles on old New York were among the best known of his writings. Having been a lifelong Democrat in state and national elections and a consistent adversary of Tammany Hall, he was one of the founders of The County Democracy (which opposed Tammany Hall). Ernest Harvier was appointed a commissioner for the Park Avenue Improvement by Mayor Strong, a member of a statistical commission by Mayor Van Wyck and a member of the Aqueduct Commission by Mayor Gaynor.
Leon Harvier, brother of Ernest, was an actor and one of the original members of the Arcadian Club.
Content: The scrapbooks consist mainly of articles written by Ernest Harvier, 1890-1920, giving political information and election statistics from New York and other states. There are articles about Harvier and his activities in New York and many miscellaneous clippings including poems, sayings, proverbs, anecdotes, etc. The Scrapbook belonging to Ernest's brother Leon, 1867- 1886, contains newspaper clippings, letters, invitations, a few pictures and some Arcadian Club related material.