Lush Family Genealogy and Photograph Collection


Lush Family Genealogy and Photograph Collection

CREATOR: Various photographers, Stephen Stringer Lush

EXTENT:    Linear Feet:  .5 linear foot, 15 folders, 1 box

COLLECTION SUMMARY: A small collection of 19th and 20th century photographs of the family of William Gansevoort Lush, along with correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera about family members.

RECEIVED FROM:  Susan Coleman of Denver, CO, in June 2017.


 PROCESSING ARCHIVIST:  Cathy Moran Hajo, August 2017.

Collection Details

Biographical / Historical Note:  The materials were gathered by Stephen Stringer Lush (1914-1989). He was a naval officer who served during World War II in the Pacific aboard PT boats and also as an intelligence officer. He marries Mary Rich in 1959, and lived in Old Lyme, CT from 1977 to his death. He was the son of William Gansavoort Lush (1880-1960) and Rose Mahler (1889-1983) who lived for a time on Armour Road in the Cragmere section of Mahwah in the 1930s.

William Lush also served in the military and the navy, between 1906-1916, including the New York National Guard, the U.S. Army as Captain in the Army Tank Coprs during World War I. He then worked for the Radio Corporation of America as Assistant European Manager, and Director of Radiotelegrafica Brasilia in Rio de Janeiro. He married Rose Mahler in 1911 in New York, and Anna Maria Slinkers in 1931 in Paris.

Rose Mahler Lush divorced William Lush and she remained in Mahwah operating a gift shop.

The Lush family had a long military tradition, and were members of the Society of the Cincinnati, a hereditary order drawn from officers in the American Revolution. They were descended from Stephen Lush (1753-1825), who served as an aide de camp to Governor Clinton in the Revolutionary War. Steven Stringer Lush served as president of the New York Branch.

Collection Description: The collection contains tintypes, carte de vistes, cabinet cards, and other photographs, and documents pertaining to the family genealogy.

Arrangement Description: The collection has been foldered by type and dates of materials.

Subject Headings:

Civil War

Lush family

Military service

Women, Portraits

World War I

World War II


Using the Collection

ACCESS STATEMENT:  Collection is open and available for use.  If used in a publication, the Museum expects to be credited.

RIGHTS STATEMENT: The Mahwah Museum owns the materials, but researchers wishing to publish or reprint materials need to secure permission from the copyright holder.

PREFERRED CITATION:  [ITEM DESCRIPTION], Lush Family Genealogy and Photograph Collection, Mahwah Museum, Mahwah, NJ.


Collection Inventory

Series 1: Photographs

Box 1:

  1. Lush family photographs, 19th century
  2. Lush family photographs, 20th century
  3. CD of Photographs in collection

Series 2: Documents

  1. Biographical information – Stephen Lush (1753-1825), 1952
  2. Biographical Information – William Gansevoort Lush (1880-1960)
  3. Certificates – Guliemum Lush
  4. Certificates – Marriage and Baptisms, 1901-1959
  5. Correspondence, 1923-1954
  6. Genealogy Reports – Ganesvoort family
  7. Genealogy Reports – Lush family
  8. Genealogy reports – Van Vechten family, 1940s
  9. Legal documents – Rose Mahler Lush, 1923
  10. Newspaper clippings, 1989
  11. Pamphlet – King’s College Commencement, 1930
  12. Wills – Mary Carpenter Davis, 1902