Scope & content
The collection includes primarily correspondence and financial records, such as bills and receipts, related to real estate or personal property owned by various members of the Goelet family. Unless specifically noted otherwise in the folder titles, bills and correspondence were sent to Ogden Goelet.
The bulk of this collection relates to Ogden and his son Robert. However, a portion of the material relates to Ogden's brother Robert and to real estate that the brothers owned jointly. The most reliable method for determining which Robert is the subject of a file is to check the dates of the material. Ogden's father lived from 1809-1879, his brother from 1841-1899, and his son from 1880-1966. Considering the dates, bills sent to the "Estate of Robert Goelet" most likely refer to Ogden's father rather than his brother.
It appears that 9 West 17th Street was a business address where Ogden's, and perhaps his brother Robert's, paid receipts were sent.