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Edward Everett Ayer (1841-1927) was an American business magnate, best remembered for the endowments of his substantial collections of books and original manuscripts to the Newberry Library and Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He had over time built an immense fortune out of supplying timber to the 19th century's fast-growing railroad industry. The collection contains a bound volume of a memoir written by Ayer, titled Reminiscences and Travels of Edward E....