Reiff family papers
The Reiff family papers contain materials from 1836 through 2007, with the bulk of the papers dated between 1912 and 1994. This collection contains mostly reproductions of a journal, correspondence, genealogical information, newspaper articles, photographs, drawings, maps, transcriptions, summaries, VHS tapes, and a scrapbook. In addition to Harry Reiff’s reminiscences, this collection includes similar recollections of play and adventure by his grandsons, Michael and Nicholas Reiff, as well as those of his wife, Ione Drake Reiff, members of her family including her brother, John F. Drake, her uncle, Joseph Samuel King, Jr., and grandfather, John Dillard Johnson of their time living in Waco, Texas, and Spokane, Washington.
- 1833 - 2007
- Majority of material found within 1912 - 1994
Conditions Governing Use
0.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Henry (“Harry”) Reifschneider (later shortened to Reiff) was born in Brooklyn in 1899, the fourth child of German immigrants who settled in the Williamsburg area. Despite being from a poor family, Harry Reiff pursued his education at the Brooklyn YMCA, Mount Hermon School for Boys in Massachusetts, Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and Harvard College, where he received the Carnegie Endowment Fellowship. He received both master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Harvard University. In 1928, Harry joined the faculty at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.
Harry Reiff married Ione Drake of Spokane, Washington, in 1935. They had two children, Jonathan and Daniel. Appointed head of St. Lawrence University’s History and Government Department in 1944, Harry additionally served as a legal specialist for the U.S. State Department during President Harry S. Truman’s tenure. He passed away in 1981.
Harry’s son Daniel also entered academia. He and wife Janet had two children, Michael and Nicholas. A SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Daniel Reiff taught in the Department of Art at SUNY Fredonia for many years. In 2013, Daniel published Teacher, Scholar, Mentor: Dr. Harry Reiff of St. Lawrence University, using diaries, letters, oral histories, and other archival material about his father.
Series I: Provenance information, 2003-2007
Series II: Reminiscences, 1833-1994
Subseries A: John Dillard Johnson, 1833-1913
Subseries B: Joseph Samuel King, Jr. (“Jody”), 1856-1929
Subseries C: Ione Drake Reiff (“IDR”), 1909-1959
Subseries D: John F. Drake (“Johnny”), c. 1913-1924
Subseries E: Harry Reiff, 1892-1965
Subseries F: Michael Reiff, 1991-1994
Subseries G: Nicholas Reiff, 1991-1994
- American diaries
- Amusements -- New York (State) -- History -- 20th century
- Autobiographical memory
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
- Brooklyn and Queens YMCA
- Drake, John F.
- Families -- United States -- History -- 19th Century
- Families -- Unites States -- History -- 20th Century
- Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1925
- Johnson, John Dillard
- King, Joseph Samuel, Jr.
- Mount Hermon School for Boys
- Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.
- Play -- History
- Reiff, Daniel Drake
- Reiff, Henry (“Harry”)
- Reiff, Ione Drake
- Reiff, Michael
- Reiff, Nicholas
- Reifschneider, Henry
- Saint Lawrence University
- Spokane (Wash.)
- Spokane (Wash.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
- Waco (Tex.)
- Waco (Tex.) -- History
- Waco (Tex.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th Century
- Waco (Tex.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th Century
- Finding Aid to the Reiff Family Papers, 1833-2007
- Nicole Pease
- February 27, 2017
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA