Futhey, J. Smith. Papers, 1776-1880.
A collection consisting mainly of newspaper clippings gathered for use in writing The History of Chester County by J.S. Futhey and Gilbert Cope, published in Philadelphia, 1881. There are letters, 1870-1800, relating to the history and containing information, and notes used in compiling the history.
Welsh Society (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minutes, 1798-1911.
The Welsh Society was founded in Philadelphia in 1798 "for the relief of such emigrants as may arrive in this country from Wales."
General minutes, 1798-1911, and Acting Committee minutes, 1858-1869.
Deposited by the Welsh Society.
Borie family. Papers, 1799-1886.
(6 linear ft.)
This collection includes business and personal letters of John Joseph Borie, of his wife Sophie, and of his sons and daughters and relatives in France. A large portion of the papers and documents relates to Santo Domingo, with letters from Toussaint Louverture and others residing on the island at the beginning of the 19th century who were connected with J.J. Borie, as well as miscellaneous papers, accounts, and bills. Also included is material on the Rogé v. Borie case, and letter books and account books belonging to the shipping firms of J.J. Borie, J.J. Borie & Son, and Borie and Laguerenne.
Gift of Beauveau Borie, 1948.
Banknotes issued by various banks, railroads, turnpikes, and other companies, 1787-1863, by state and political subdivisions. The collection also includes specimens of fractional currency issued primarily in 1815, 1837, and 1863; counterfeit notes; notes issued by the Confederate States of America and its political divisions; local notes issued in the South during the Civil War; private currency issued by individuals; few notes from Haiti, Russia, and Mexico.
Colonial and Continental paper money, 1723-1786.
A collection of the various types and denominations of paper money issued by the colonies and states, 1723-1786, and by the Continental Congress, 1775-1779.
Civil War envelope collection, 1861.
A collection of the envelopes used at the outbreak of the Civil War, most of which display a patriotic slogan and cartoon at the left side of the face of the envelope.
Collis, Charles H.T. (Charles Henry Tucky), 1838-1902. Letterpress books, 1863-1868.
Letters of General Charles Henry Tucky Collis telling mainly of his Civil War experiences.
Gift of Joseph F.A. Jackson, 1911.
McGown, James Milton, 1844-1863. Diary, 1863.
The diary, of James Milton McGown, who enlisted in Company A, 76th Regiment of Infantry, Pennsylvania Volunteers, on October 1, 1861, was wounded and captured July 11, 1863, at Fort Wagner, S.C., and died in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., on November 27, 1863.
Gift of Ralph C. McGown, Jr., 1949.
Benners, Henry B. Diaries, 1857-1879.
Henry B. Benners was a Philadelphia glass manufacturer.
Diaries which contain notes and comments on daily events.
Gift of Mrs. P.H. Ashbridge and Miss Benners, 1911.
Lynch, John Wheaton. Letters, 1860-1866.
This is a group of letters written by Captain John Wheaton Lynch of the 106th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers to his fiancée, Miss Bessie Mustin of Philadelphia. Most of the letters are personal, but those written during his army service, May 1861-September 1863, contain details of camp life and army gossip.
Cassel, Abraham H., 1820-1908. Collection, 1680-1821.
This group of manuscripts includes items on the Ephrata Cloister: hymnbooks; letter book, 1755, of Conrad Beissel; collection of songs composed and arranged by Johannes Kelpius; death register of the Cloister, 1728-1821. The remainder of the collection is comprised of religious tracts, hymnbooks, and school books, recipe book, n.d., of Christopher Sauer, and an extra-illustrated rare book by Friedrich Adolph Lampe, Short Instructions in the Foundations of Reformed Christianity (Philadelphia, 1762) with manuscript notations which include Bible quotations commenting on the text, and personal remarks at the beginning and end of the volume.
Many of the hymnbooks are beautifully illustrated. Some of the personal remarks entered in the Lampe volume are crossed out but are still legible.
Purchased from Abraham H. Cassel, 1882.
These volumes include two sets of The Diary of Christopher Marshall (Albany, 1877) edited by William Duane, Jr., and one set of Henry Simpson's Lives of Eminent Philadelphians (Philadelphia, 1859) which have been expanded by the addition of manuscripts, prints, and maps relating to the subjects covered.
Hamilton, James. Papers, 1750-1899.
(21 linear ft.)
Organized in the following series: James Hamilton (d. 1819); James Hamilton (d. 1873); Robert Magaw; Samuel Postlethwaite and John Davis; Joseph Murray; and Collector of the Port of Philadelphia and miscellaneous volumes.
Hamilton was born and educated in Ireland. He settled in Carlisle in 1780, where he became a member of Robert Magaw's law office. Upon Magaw's death, in 1788, Hamilton took over the practice. Hamilton, a Constitutionalist and Jeffersonian Republican, served as U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania, and as President Judge of Pennsylvania's 9th Judicial District.
Chiefly papers from the law offices of James Hamilton but includes files from the offices of James Wilson and Robert Magaw. Revolutionary material and western Pennsylvania is represented in the papers of Magaw, Samuel Postlethwaite, Edward Hand and John Davis. The collection contains letters of or pertaining to: George Washington, Benjamin Rush, Anthony Wayne, Rev. Richard Peters, John Witherspoon, Robert Whitehall, George Croghan, John Fraser, Andrew Gregg, Samuel Miles, George Ross, Arthur St. Clair, Thomas McKean, William Thompson, General Samuel Smith, William Crawford, Tench Coxe, Joseph Reed, Robert Morris, George Clymer, A.J. Dallas, John Harris, and Thomas Mifflin.
Other materials relate to: the Carlisle-Presbyterian Church, Carlisle Associators, and the Collector of the Port of Philadelphia.
Finding aid available.
Blankenburg, Rudolph, 1843-1918. Papers, 1881-1913.
Philadelphia reform leader and mayor, 1911-1915.
Correspondence concerning Philadelphia politics, including statements concerning graft in the City Treasurer's Office, 1881, as well as material on high speed transit and the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, the sending of the Liberty Bell to San Diego,1915, and other items showing interest in good government for the city. Correspondents include: Wayne MacVeagh, Edward T. Stotesbury, and Morris L. Cooke. Some miscellaneous pamphlets and clippings.
Rodenhausen's Excelsior Wagon Works. Records, 1859-1900.
Journals, ledgers, wage books, and other account records of Rodenhausen's Excelsior Wagon Works, Philadelphia wheelwright and wagon maker.
MacVeagh family. Papers, 1850-1950.
(15 linear ft.)
Wayne MacVeagh was a lawyer, a Civil War Captain, and both an active Republican and Democrat. (MacVeagh switched to the Democratic Party in 1892.) He also served as minister to Turkey, 1870-1871, as Attorney General of the United States under Garfield, 1881, and held other state and national offices.
Correspondence, 1850-1917, covering MacVeagh's personal affairs and public life. Correspondents include: MacVeagh's father-in-law, Simon Cameron, Joseph J. Lewis, Franklin MacVeagh, and John J. Pinkerton. Also letters from: Andrew G. Curtin, Charles Francis Adams, Brooks Adams, Henry Brooks Adams, and Andrew D. White. Major national political figures wrote MacVeagh including: William Jennings Bryan, Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. There is a series of letters to Mrs. Cameron during MacVeagh's service in Turkey. There are personal letterpress books, 1876-1891, mostly concerned with MacVeagh's private financial dealings, including the Cameron estate; legal letterpress books, 1874,1876; and fee books, 1856-1894; also typescript narrative on the history of the Panama Canal, 1904; and typescript "William Cromwell, Diplomat and Revolutionist" by Earl Harding, 1910. There are miscellaneous papers of other MacVeagh family members including: Margaret (Mrs. Simon) Cameron letters, 1870-1871, to her daughter Virginia C. MacVeagh; Mrs. Benjamin Warder letters, 1912, while living in Buenos Aires; and Mrs. Warder letters, 1913, 1916.
Gift of Edwin C. MacVeagh, 1951.
Brown Family. Papers, 1788-1915.
(6 linear ft.)
In 1815 Moses Brown, Dover, N.H., Quaker, came to Philadelphia and became engaged in domestic textile trade with his brother Jeremiah. He married Mary Waln Wister.
Early correspondence, 1810-1840, consist of letters to Moses Brown from his brothers, Jeremiah and David Sands Brown, and from other relatives on family matters, together with some letters on business. Later correspondence, 1840-1915, contains miscellaneous letters of T. Wistar Brown, as well as letters to his daughter, Agnes from her father and from her future husband, Henry Goddard Leach. There are also various family commonplace books, financial memoranda, clippings, and photographs. The small section of Wistar family papers include: Elizabeth Waln Wistar incoming family letters, 1846-1880; miscellaneous Caspar Wistar and Thomas Wistar papers.
Genealogical materials in the Library of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Gift of Henry Goddard Leach, 1951.
Lloyd, Malcom, Jr. Collection, 1749-1822.
A collection of letters, documents, and genealogical data pertaining to the related family of Carpenter, Howell, Ladd, Lewis, Lloyd, and Malcom. The collection also contains: Isaac Lloyd miscellaneous Civil War papers while serving as lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 92nd Regiment, 9th Calvary; Camden, N.J., lawyer Richard Washington Howell legal case books, 1854-1859, each continued, 1865-1874, by his son J.L. Howell, also a Camden lawyer.
Gift of Malcom Lloyd, Jr., 1949.
Brinton, Jasper Yeates, b. 1878. Collection, 1762-1916.
(18 linear ft.)
The collection is arranged in following three series: Steinmetz, Smith, and Brinton sections.
The John Steinmetz section, 1762-1792, concerns primarily the Philadelphia wholesale merchant and import business which Steinmetz operated with his brother-in-law Henry Keppele. Steinmetz was an active supporter of the Revolution, but the bulk of the correspondence is for the pre-Revolutionary period and some material for the 1790's, with little for the intervening period. Major correspondents are: James Arbuckel (Chester County), William Bell (Lancaster), Nathaniel Blencowe (Kingwood, W.Va.), Benjamin and John Bower (Manchester, England), Alexander McCauley (Chester County), and Parr, Bulkeley and Company (Libson, Portugal). Receipted bills, invoices, manifests, and other financial papers are more evenly distributed although there is still a dearth of material on the war years. There are also letters, 1790-1798, concerned with son [John] Henry Steinmetz's divorce.
The rest of the collection deals mostly with real estate transactions of William Smith and his son Charles Smith, and other family landholdings, 1763-1835. Although William Smith was provost of the University of Pennsylvania, an organizer of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and an active Loyalist during the Revolution, there is little material for these activities. Correspondence, legal papers, surveys and field books pertain to lands in Pennsylvania, New York (among which appear some Tench Coxe letters on political questions), Maryland, Maine, and Nova Scotia, along with similar papers of Charles Smith as executor of his father's estate.
Additional Charles Smith papers, 1791-1835, relate to his own interests in landholdings. Smith sat as president judge of the Pennsylvania District Court at Lancaster, 1820-1824, reflected by a few letters of Andrew Gregg and Smith's trial notes. There are also letters, 1836-1843, concerning a dispute over Charles Smith's estate revealing domestic difficulties between Smith's daughter and son-in-law Thomas B. McElwee.
A small section of miscellaneous Brinton family papers includes Lt. Ward Brinton letters, July-October, 1916, to his mother while on duty in the Medical Reserves Corps during Mexican border actions.
Gift of Jasper Yeates Brinton, 1951.
Congdon, James A. Letters, 1862-1865.
Letters of Lieutenant Colonel James A. Congdon, 12th Cavalry, 113th Pennsylvania Volunteers, to his father-in-law, William T. Bishop, concerning Congdon's efforts to gain promotion. Also represented are Congdon's repeated efforts to force the removal of his commanding officers, Colonel Lewis B. Pierce and Lt. Darius Titus. When not detailing Congdon's pursuit of advancement, the correspondence centers on the regiment's competent officers, lack of discipline, and low morale.
Gift of Clement H. Cogdon, 1943.
Biddle, James Stokes. Papers, 1833-1859.
Papers of James Stokes Biddle consist largely of orders and other official incoming correspondence he received while serving in the United States Navy, with some unofficial letters from Commodore Christopher Raymond Perry Rodgers. Biddle's Vera Cruz letterbook, 1845, reports on the state of affairs in Mexico. There is also a Commodore James Biddle naval commonplace book, ca. 1840's.
Barton, Benjamin Smith, 1766-1815. Lecture notes, 1813-1815.
(6 linear ft.)
Benjamin Smith Barton was a Philadelphia physician and a naturalist. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lecture notes used in the "practice of medicine" course at the University of Pennsylvania.
Gorman, Frederick J., b.1885. Collection, 1928-1949.
Notes and copies of deeds, grants, surveys, and court records primarily concerned with land in Passayunk Township and Kingsessing Township in Philadelphia County. There is also information on Limerick and Moyamensing Townships as well as information on Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. The emphasis is on roads and highways. There is a small amount of personal correspondence and a copy of persons who worked on the dikes in the Swedish settlement.
Gift of Frederick J. Gorman, 1949.
Wister family. Papers, 1747-1902.
Records of the Wistar family begin with those of John Wister who, having purchased property on Market Street between 3rd and 4th Streets, started his wine merchant business. Successive generations of Wisters, their partners, and one clerk carried on as dry good merchants at this same location. They include: John Wister; his sons Daniel and William; Daniel's sons John Jr., and Charles Jones; Daniel's son-in-law John Morgan Price; Charles Jones's son Charles Jones, Jr. (who was not a merchant); William's partner George Aston; one-time clerk turned merchant in his own right, Adam Konigmacher, his partner Yardley, and John Cameron, a Lancaster merchant of unknown connection.
Ledger kept by John Wister, 1747-1766; Daniel Wister, 1762-1770; John Cameron, 1767-1770; William Wister, 1792-1796; Wister and Aston, 1788-1791; John M. Price and Co., 1795-1814 and letterbook, 1794-1796; Adam Konigmacher, 1806-1836, with letterbook, 1806-1816; Konigmacher, Yardley and Co., 1819-1822, 1838; Yardley and Co., 1821-1834; Charles J. Wister, Jr. meteorological journals, 1845-1858, 1876-1902; Sarah Whitesides Wister household account, 1861-1874.
John Wister ledger, 1747-1766 mostly in German.
Finding aid available.
Wister family. Papers, 1792-1840.
Records of: William Wister, 1796-1801, with letterbook, 1792-1801, 1827; William Wister estate, 1801-1837; Wister, Price and Wister, 1797-1801, 1834; William and John Wister, Jr., 1797, 1800-1806, 1833; John and Charles J. Wister, 1802-1818, 1840; Wister, Price and Wister, 1815-1822, 1827; with letterbook, 1815-1823.
Gift of the Germantown Historical Society, 1937.
Finding aid available.
United States. Army. Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 52nd (1861-1865). Papers, 1861-1864.
Consolidated morning reports; several muster rolls; general orders; letters; and other miscellaneous papers.
Dorsey, Greensbury, d. 1807. Family papers, 1734-1861.
Mainly papers of Greensbury Dorsey, ironmaster of Barree Forge, Huntingdon County. and his son-in-law Samuel Miles Green, who eventually became manager of the forge. Greensbury Dorsey incoming correspondence, bills, and receipts, 1780-1847, concern personal financial affairs. Letters, 1824-1866, to Samuel Miles Green also relate to finances. There are additional Dorsey and non-Dorsey family papers including: Edward B. Dorsey incoming family correspondence, 1800-1829, and memorandum books, 1815-1829, of business transactions in western Pennsylvania; Richard Peters land and draught book, 1744-1757, 1776, mostly for Lancaster County, and materials on his own properties; miscellaneous papers on Pennsylvania lands of William Meredith and Benjamin Wilson.
Finding aid available.
Smith and Waln family. Papers, 1774-1891.
(9 linear ft.)
James Somers Smith was a Philadelphia lawyer. His son, Richard Rundle Smith was also a lawyer who served as a delegate to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
James Somers Smith's correspondence, 1804-1841, deals with his financial agency for Talbot Hamilton, Philadelphia; Sarah Bunner, New York City; Francis Gurney and his estate coming from John Fine, Ogdensburgh, N.Y.; and Thomas Burnside, Lewistown. Also James S. Smith receipt books, 1803-1840, for business and taxes; Francis Gurney estate receipt book, 1815-1820.
Richard Rundle Smith's correspondence, 1841-1879, is primarily on law office business, but also includes letters, 1848-1849, reporting on his activities as a delegate to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In addition there are letters, 1850-1878, of Gideon J. Ball to Smith on the subject of railroad expansion, especially the Sunbury and Erie Railroad and the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad. R. Rundle Smith receipt books, 1839-1891, concern legal services and rents.
Robert Waln was at one time a prosperous Philadelphia merchant with interests in a cotton mill and iron works. However, in 1819, Waln was forced to make an assignment of his property to Benjamin Rawle Morgan and John C. Smith.
Many of the papers, 1819-1836, relate to Waln's financial affairs following the assignment, including correspondence with Morgan as well as Morgan's own correspondence. There is also Waln's correspondence with Gideon H. Wells, his brother-in-law and partner in the Eagle Factory at Trenton, N.J., on the cotton mill. Robert Waln's active support of protectionism is evident in correspondence, 1832, with Charles J. Ingersoll and Benjamin B. Howell on new tariff laws being considered in Congress.
There are Robert Waln account books; receipt books, 1785-1800, 1810-1819, for taxes and personal expenses, and assignee's accounts, 1819-1830.
Lewis Waln, Robert Waln's son, was also affected by his father's financial reverses. Much of the Lewis Waln material, 1819-1863, refers to efforts to collect accounts due to the merchant firm Large and Waln which dissolved in 1819. The major correspondent is D.E. Wilson, Waln's agent in Lexington, Ky. Other agents are Benjamin Gratz (Lexington, Ky.), Robert Hall (Sunbury), Joseph Taylor (Cynthia, Ky.), and more. There are also letters to Lewis Waln from John King, Ceres, and William Bache, Wellsborough, concerning family lands in Potter and Tioga counties, and from William Rawle [Jr.] on family estate questions. Lewis Waln's letterbook, 1820-1849, contains letters mostly to Gideon H. and Charles M. Wells concerning the cotton mill operation in which Lewis also had an interest; some later letters concern mercantile matters and Potter County lands. Lewis Waln account books include: account books, 1837-1858; D.E. Wilson (for Large and Waln) pocket ledgers, 1817-1821.
There is a large group of bonds, bills, accounts, and legal papers relating to the Waln's business, estate, and personal transactions. Third party account books are here presumably because of family or estate connections: Samuel Richards receipt book, 1783-1793, for personal expenses; merchant Benjamin Fuller receipt book, 1786-1794, cash and expense book, 1787-1789, both containing business with some personal transactions; Thomas Longhead receipt book, 1824, continued by Samuel Broom & Co., 1825-1828, for confectionery business.
Gift of James Somers Smith, 1950.
Clement, Samuel M. Collection, 1770-1909.
This autograph collection contains: single letters of prominent early American figures including United States presidents; autograph book, 1862-1907; and an extra-
illustrated The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Ida M. Tarbell, 1909, with autograph letters and documents of Lincoln's cabinet members, generals, and other prominent contemporaries.
Gift of Mrs. Samuel M. Clement, Jr., 1930.
Bedford Street Mission. Records, 1870-1929.
The Bedford Street Mission was established in 1852 to "promote physical, moral, and religious well being," and provided food, clothing, shelter, and education for children and adults.
The records are Board of Managers minute books, 1870-1882, 1908-1929; record book, 1894-1901, with accounts, statistics, reports, clippings, and other information.
Gift of Mrs. Erza Evans, 1951.
Philadelphia Record. Assignment books, 1930-1941.
Newspaper assignment books for reporters by the City desk; includes 1936 notes relating to news items and assignments.
Gift of the Evening Bulletin, 1951.
McHenry, Margaret. Notebooks, 1929-1949.
Margaret McHenry received her doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1931 and went to teach at Roxborough High School (Philadelphia, Pa.)
These notebooks, most of which are in diary form, contain McHenry's memoranda on education, religious faith, art, as well as comments on her own professional and personal activities. McHenry mentions suffering from newzathemia and was evidently prone to nervous disorder.
Gift of the University of Pennsylvania, 1951.
McCall, George Archibald, 1802-1868. Papers, 1818-1864.
George A. McCall was an 1822 West Point graduate and a career soldier.
The papers provide a fragmentary record of McCall's rise through the ranks from 2nd Lieutenant to Brigadier General of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps (a.k.a McCall's Division) in the Civil War. Most of the correspondence is routine; but there are some references to McCall's service in the Seminole War, 1835-1842, and Mexican War. The Civil War correspondence consists primarily of letters about rumors of McCall's removal from command. There are also descriptions of the battles at New Market Crossroad, June, 1862, and Drainsville, December, 1861. Major correspondents include General Edmund P. Gaines and Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin.
DuBois, Abraham. Papers, 1792-1809.
Abraham DuBois was a Philadelphia merchant trading with the West Indies.
The papers include correspondence from agents, bills of lading, and other miscellaneous material.
A few items in French.
William and Levi Garrett (Philadelphia, Pa.) Account books, 1795-1807.
William and Levi Garrett were Philadelphia tobacco merchants.
[William and Levi Garrett] ledger, 1795-1800; Levi Garrett daybook, 1804-1807; Unidentified super phosphate and tobacco grower book of sales, 1874-1881.
Gift of Mrs. W.W. Pagon, 1951, 1952.
Stokes, William E., b. ca.1875. Collection, 1836-1948, 1836, 1897-1948.
(5 linear ft.)
William E. Stokes was born West Philadelphia and lived there until 1936 when his position as a lawyer with the Norfolk and Western Railroad necessitated his move to Roanoke, Va.
His scrapbook, entitled, "Personal Narrative," 1920-1943, is an annual record in scrapbook form of his various professional, social, and Presbyterian Church (Walnut Street Presbyterian Church in particular) activities. There are clippings, programs, invitations, letters, memoranda, and photographs. The early volumes contain family history and reminiscences of growing up. In addition, there are further personal scrapbooks, 1896-1947, and notes and memorabilia on West Philadelphia compiled by Stokes. Unaccountably, some miscellaneous records of John Meredith Read, Philadelphia lawyer, are also included: account book, 1836-1838, legal commonplace book, n.d., and miscellaneous bankbooks, 1841-1889.
Gift of William E. Stokes, 1950, 1956.
Harris family. Papers, 1750 (1820-1839) 1844.
Letters to Stephen Harris, Chester County, physician, and to his mother, Mary Harris, are primarily from family members and concerns family business and personal matters. Major correspondents are: James B. Harris, Genesceo, N.Y., farmer; John Harris, Captain Thomas Harris, Philadelphia doctor. There are some additional miscellaneous Harris family documents.
Gift of George B. Harris, 1949.
James, Dorothy Biddle. Collection, 1787-1871.
Correspondence, 1788-1789, from Ann Biddle Wilkinson to her father, John Biddle; some letters of Sally Biddle, James Wilkinson, and others; and various deeds of John Dunlap and Thomas Savery. Genealogical notes for the Wilkinson and Penrose families.
Gift of Mrs. J. Robert James, 1949.
Navy League of the United States Philadelphia Branch. Records, 1917-1922.
(9 linear ft.)
The Navy League of the United States, Philadelphia Section, was formed June, 1917, by consolidation of several other local Navy League organizations. However, the membership consisted largely of the Women's Section of Navy League and remained composed almost entirely of women.
The records are mostly correspondence which covers the League's many activities in support and service to the U.S. Navy: producing, collecting, and distributing knitted garments as well as other clothing and supplies, raising funds for the Liberty Loan Campaigns, giving aid to the Seamen's Church Institute, and operating cafeterias for seamen. There are also some account books and other miscellany.
Gift of Richard W. Lloyd, 1949.
Clay, Cecil, fl. 1861-1890. Papers, 1862-1890.
Special and general orders to the 58th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and miscellaneous correspondence including several letters to Cecil Clay recollecting actions at Fort Harrison in September, 1864.
Gift of Curtis L. Clay, 1949.
Browning, Mrs. Edward. Collection, 1891-1916.
A collection of posters, photographs, schedules, menus, and other miscellaneous material, 1891-1916, of several coaching clubs, and organizations concerned with the running and driving of coaches in Philadelphia.
Gift of Mrs Edward Browning, 1949.
Mary Ann Furnace and Forge. Account books, 1827-1838.
Account books of Mary Ann Furnace and Forge, iron furnace on Trough Creek in Huntington County, owned by John Savage: daybooks, ledgers, receipt books, settlement books, account books, record book, blast book, pig iron book, cordwood book, and provision book, 1833-1838; also memo book of other furnaces, 1827-1834.
Gift of George Thompson for the Executors of John Savage, 1950.
Levy family. Papers, ca.1790-1885.
The Levy family papers include correspondence, marriage certificates, wills, land surveys, and deeds. There is also a Hebrew Pentateuch with manuscript notations in both Hebrew and English. The documents give a very sketchy picture of the Levy family with only a few items to represent each generation. The bulk of the material concerns Aaron Levy, the founder of Aaronsburgh, and his nephew Aaron Levy, Jr., a Philadelphia merchant. Civil War letters of Aaron Levy, Jr.'s grandsons, Myer and Elias Levy, are included in the collection.
Hebrew Pentateuch with Hebrew and English notations.
Gift of Louise M. and Miriam E. Levy, 1946.
Physick family. Papers, 1680-1899.
This very miscellaneous collection letters and documents relates primarily to Henry White Physick and his estate, with some other immediate and not so immediate family papers also present. The major correspondent is George Haynes, Physick's father-in-law.
Gift of W.H. Noble, 1950.
Brown, Peter Arrell. Papers, 1806-1864.
Commissions, deeds, miscellaneous legal papers, and correspondence of
Philadelphia lawyer Peter Arrell Brown.
Walton family. Papers, 1809-1868.
Cashbooks, journals, receipt books, and miscellaneous financial records of David and Silas Walton's grain business in Morrestown, N.J.
Bank of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1720 (1790-1831) 1861.
Primarily grants of the power of attorney to transfer shares of stock in the Bank of Pennsylvania; some correspondence; wills, deeds; and miscellaneous legal papers; two manuscripts, 1798, concerning Patrick Lyons who was accused of having robbed the bank.
Gift of Mrs. Nancy Patterson Bright, 1950.
Sartain family. Collection, 1771 (1830-1897) 1929.
(15 linear ft.)
John Sartain was born in London and came to the United States in 1830. He was a Philadelphia engraver and publisher. Sartain produced engravings at home and abroad for books, magazines, and framing; he edited Campbell's Foreign Semi-Monthly Magazine from 1843 until his 1848 purchase of an interest in a New York publication, which became Sartain's Union Magazine of Literature and Art. He was a Director of the Academy of Fine Arts for 23 years. Sartain served as chief of the art departments for both the 1876 Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia and the 1887 American Exhibitions in London. A member of many art societies, he was prominent in local associations.
The John Sartain papers include: letterpress books, 1869-1871, 1875-1876, concerning his Philadelphia and London exhibitions work and other business; outgoing letters, 1850-1897, mostly during trips to Europe on business and pleasure; letters from his son Samuel, an engraver, while in London on business for John, 1850; letters from another son William, a painter, 1862-1888, many written while living in Paris from 1872 to 1875; random portions of his professional and personal correspondence, 1845-1897. Additional papers are: manuscript and expense book for Sartain's Union Magazine, 1849-1852; the manuscript Sartain's autobiography, Reminiscences of a Very Old Man; Artist Fund Society papers, 1838-1846; Graphic Association of Philadelphia minutes, 1849-1855; Philadelphia Union of Associationists minutes, 1847-1854; National Art Association record book, 1858-1859; artist Rembrandt Peale's unpublished Notes of the Painting Room.
Also represented are John Swaine, Sartain's father-in-law and the English engraver with whom Sartain apprenticed with in London, John Barak Swaine, English artist, and three of Sartain's children: Emily Sartain, noted woman artist, Samuel Sartain, engraver, and William Sartain, painter. These papers include: Samuel Sartain's outgoing family correspondence, engravings, and other papers; personal letters to and by Emily Sartain; William Sartain's outgoing family correspondence and sketchbook, genealogical data, and miscellaneous materials. The Swaine family papers include drawings by John Swaine and John Barak Swaine, a letterpress book of John Barak Swaine's letters to his father, 1834-1837, and genealogical data on the Swaine and allied families.
The collection also includes 122 drawings by Thomas Birch and seven steel plates, a set of engraving tools, and oil paintings by Swaine.
Birch drawings removed to the Print Department.
Swaine oil paintings transferred to the Museum Department.
Gift of Harriet Sartain, 1950.
Finding aid available for graphic items.
Waln, Richard, 1737-1808. Papers, 1759-1888.
Richard Waln was a Philadelphia Quaker merchant engaged in the colonial trade. In 1774 he moved to Crosswicks (Monmouth County, N.J.), where he built "Walnford" and established a flour mill. Following the Revolution, Waln became involved again in Philadelphia commerce.
His papers relate almost entirely to business. The larger portion concerns his early mercantile activities from 1759, when he served as a factor in Barbados, until 1774. The collection includes: letterbooks, 1759, 1762, 1762-1773, 1799; incoming letters and accounts from David and John Barclay, Harford and Powell, Neate and Pigou, all of London, Robert Wilson, Barbados, Anthony Golley, master of several Waln ships, and others at home and abroad; brother Nicholas Waln letters, 1764, report on colonial politics in England; day books and other miscellaneous accounts, 1759, journals, 1761-1775; ledgers, 1761, 1761-1777, 1800. There is also an Upper Delaware Ward tax assessment, 1767, Richard Waln assessor.
The smaller portion concerns a grist mill and other business associated with Walnford: incoming letters and accounts from Henry Lisle, Downing & Thomas, both of Philadelphia, and Robert Bowne, William Remsen & Co., Jacob Seamen, all of New York; son Joseph Waln letters, 1787-1799, reporting on market conditions in Philadelphia; correspondence with son Richard Waln, Jr., 1792-1808, also on commercial affairs. Nicholas Waln, another son of Richard, managed the Walnford mill after his father's return to Philadelphia. His correspondence and accounts, 1788-1838, from Smith & Nevins, New York City, Thomas Ridgeway, Philadelphia, and others concern flour sales. Several miscellaneous Walnford account and record books, 1774-1888, span several generations of ownership.
Gift of Mrs. Benjamin Rush, 1951.
Finding aid available.
Baldwin and Spooner. Records, 1819-1833.
Letters and ship invoices from Philadelphia clients of [Simeon] Baldwin and [Francis J.] Spooner and successor firms Baldwin and Forbes and Baldwin and Co., New York commission merchants.
Parrish family. Papers, 1614-1874.
This collection consists of letters, memoranda, and notes of members of the Society of Friends, chiefly from the Pemberton and Parrish families of Philadelphia. Letters are of personal and religious matters. Among correspondents are John and Ann Ball, Robert Barclay, Abraham Scott, and Richard Vaux. Papers of the Society of Friends include epistles, testimonies, memorials; extracts from earliest records of the Friends meetings in America at Salem and Plainfield, N.J.; and extracts from Friends writings. Among the other manuscripts are: minutes, 1756-1759 of the Friendly Association for Regaining and Promoting Peace with the Indians; James Carter account of sufferings of his family as slaves, 1807; Ann Parrish case book recording her "Visitations of the Sick," 1841; transcripts of Joseph Parrish articles on capital punishments, Friends doctrines, the popular worm, and the death of John Randolph; Robert Proud "extracts of letters and memorandums relative to Pennsylvania in former times," 1785-1806.
James Carter Account published in P.M.H.B., 105 (1981):335-339.
Gift of Anna H. Denniston, 1936.
Knight, Daniel. Mathematics notebooks, 1831-1834.
Notebooks used at the Byberry School (Philadelphia, Pa.) by Daniel Knight, a 10-
13 year old boy.
Purchased, Mifflin Fund, 1950.
Adelman, Seymour. Collection, 1708-1884.
This highly miscellaneous collection of deeds, surveys, and correspondence relates in part to Chester and Delaware County and includes: plans for the new Free Quaker Meeting House in Philadelphia, 1783; receipt book, 1799-1817 of Caleb Cresson; anonymous hardware store journal, 1800-1802; "Book of Truth," 1842-1843, containing revelations made to an anonymous Philadelphian; minute book, 1845-1846 of the Granite Arch Club (a "society for social, moral, and intellectual improvements"); journal, 1883-
1884, of Benjamin Eakins, Philadelphia ornamental writing master, of personal and business accounts, kept by his son, Thomas Eakins.
Gift of Seymour Adelman, 1947-1965.
Price, Joseph. Papers, 1783-1828.
Daily memoranda of Joseph Price, Lower Merion Township Montgomery, County, recording weather, farm work for both himself and his neighbors, coffin-making and other carpentry business. There are some miscellaneous accounts, "harvest book," 1816-1823, and Blockley Township, Philadelphia, return of taxables, 1783.
Clark, William Bell. Collection, 1917-1918.
Lists of Pennsylvania killed, wounded, or captured while serving with the United States Navy or Merchant Marine, 1917-1918, compiled by Clark when he was Assistant Secretary of the Pennsylvania War History Commission.
Gift of William Bell Clark, 1949.
Society of Arts and Letters of Philadelphia. Papers, 1908-1921.
The Society of Arts and Letters of Philadelphia encouraged original work in music, literature, and allied arts.
The papers include: programs, 1908; letterbooks, 1908-1911; incoming correspondence, 1910-1921.
Gift of Jessie Roger Greaves, 1949.
Robertson family. Papers, 1787-1889.
Family and personal correspondence and miscellaneous papers of the following: James Robertson, president of the Bank of the United States during the 1840's, 1798-1854, with household account book, 1800-1827; his daughter, Helen Robertson, his son-in-law, the Rev. Robert B. Croes, and his granddaughter, Helen Croes, 1824-1889. Also, Bishop John Croes, First Protestant Episcopal bishop of New Jersey, and father of Robert B. Croes, 1801-1832; and Robert Smith, Philadelphia merchant, brother-in-law of Alexander Robertson, uncle of James, 1787-1816, all incoming correspondence. There is also an unidentified household account book, 1866-1868.
Bank of Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.) Ledgers, 1822-1855.
The Bank of Germantown opened in 1814 and was rechartered with John Fanning Watson as cashier, 1814-1847.
Included are: general ledger, 1822-1831, and depositors' ledgers, 1827-1855.
Pennsylvania Company for Insurances on Lives and Granting Annuities. Journals, 1849-1879.
The Pennsylvania Company was chartered in 1812. In 1836 the company was authorized to enter into the business of executing trusts, which thereafter became its chief activity.
The journals include trust and account daybooks.
Brinley family. Papers, 1744-1880.
Manuscript and typescript correspondence of Brinley family members on family and social matters. Elizabeth Parker letters, 1798-1808, are particularly illustrative of life in that period. Other correspondents include: Edward Brinley, 1783-1801, from Shelburne, Nova Scotia; Francis Brinley, 1744-1765; G.A. Gilpin, 1820-1841; and E.P. Halsey, 1861-1880.
Gift of B. Borie, 1949.
Association of the Foundation of the First Naval Battalion of Pennsylvania. Records, 1925-1945.
Minutes and notes with some photographs of annual meetings first held in 1925.
Gift of the Association of the Foundation of the First Naval Battalion of Pennsylvania, 1950.
Infant School Society of Philadelphia. Records, 1827-1947.
The Infant School Society of Philadelphia was a charitable organization providing pre-primary instruction for both black and white children from 1827-1940.
Included are: Coloured School Committee letterbook, 1828-1936; Board of Managers letterbook, 1827-1830; Board of Managers minutes, 1827-1899, 1906-1940; account book, 1827-1891; and miscellaneous business papers, 1827-1947.
Gift of Burton Chance in the name of Elizabeth Chance, 1950, and Walter Biddle Saul, 1960.
Stokes, James. Business Papers, 1783-1828.
James Stokes was a Philadelphia merchant who dealt in dry goods and hardware.
Business records are letterbooks, 1791-1800, 1804-1817, and ledgers, 1783-1828.
Gift of Mrs. Harold Paumgarton, 1951.
Lewis, John F. Papers, 1942-1948.
Correspondence, minutes, newsletters, from the file of John F. Lewis, Jr., founder and president of the Philadelphia branch of the United Seamen's Service, formed during World War II for the benefit of the merchant marine.
Gift of John F. Lewis, Jr., 1949.
Read, John Meredith, 1797-1874. Papers, 1797-1917.
(12 linear ft.)
These papers deal generally with the legal career of John Meredith Read, prominent Pennsylvania lawyer and jurist. Letters primarily concerned with court cases, estates, and business interests, and touche only occasionally on Read's political interests as a state Republican leader. There is some correspondence, 1825-1831, between Read and his first wife Priscilla. Many of the letters from 1840 to 1874 are from other family members, chiefly his father John Read who wrote from Trenton of financial matters, and his son John Meredith Read, Jr., who wrote from school and later from his law office in Albany, N.Y. A series of letters from Col. Charles H.T. Collis, 1862-1864, covers Collis' court martial case and his observations on the progress of the Civil War. A letterbook, 1842-1846, also relates to Read's general legal and financial matters, and another letterbook, 1846, cover his tenure as attorney general of Pennsylvania. Read's several judicial appointments are documented: court docket books, 1818-1841, which cover first the period of private practice and later his cases as U.S. district attorney for eastern Pennsylvania, and personal court docket books, 1859-1860, 1867-1870, 1873, kept during his tenure as Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice. Read was an active member of the Masons, and a number of manuscripts relate to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, including a record and account book, 1825-1834.
There are small account books of John Meredith Read and John Read as well as Philadelphia lawyer Thomas Kittera's receipt book, 1827-1839.
Purchased, 1952; Gift of Richard S. Rodney, 1953.
Painter, Uriah Hunt, 1837-1900. Papers, 1855-1936.
(21 linear ft.)
Uriah Hunt Painter was a newspaper correspondent, lobbyist, and businessman of West Chester County, and of Washington, D.C.
The main body of the collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1855-1900. During the Civil War, Painter was a Washington correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer and there is some routine correspondence from this period. The bulk of the correspondence is for the years 1875-1900 and deals with Painter's numerous business interests. This material is also largely routine, but it represents a variety of industrial enterprises. Among the companies are: The Edison Speaking Phonograph Co., American Graphophone Co., Western Union Telegraph Co., New York, Pennsylvania, and Norfolk Railroad Co., Pennsylvania Railroad, Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Co., Union Pacific Railroad Co., Edison Electric Light Co., Edison General Electric Co., Western Electric Co., General Incandescent Arc Light Co., and Interior Conduit and Insulation Co.. The correspondents include: Thomas A. Edison, Thomas T. Eckerts, President of Western Union Telegraph Co., and Grenville M. Dodge, President of the Colorado and Texas Railway Construction Co.. The correspondence includes letterbooks dealing with the New York, Pennsylvania, and Norfolk Railroad Co.; Edward H. Johnson letterbooks of the Edison Company for Isolated Lighting; and business letterbooks of William Painter, Uriah Painter's brother.
The collection also contains the business records of two Painter enterprises: Edison Speaking Phonograph Co., 1878-1880, including letterbooks, account books, and other material, with letters to and from Thomas Edison; and Danville Furnace, Danville, 1879-1884, including correspondence, receipted bills, other accounts, and records.
Musical Fund Society. Records, 1820-1939.
(35 v. and 300 items.)
The Musical Fund Society was established in 1820 to provide relief to "decayed musicians and their families."
Among the scattered records here are: minutebooks, 1867-1926, of the Committee on Relief, and of other committees; account books; engagement books, 1847-1870; scrapbooks; and some correspondence, membership lists, legal papers.
Gift of the Musical Fund Society, 1953.
Burton, Alexander, b. 1780. Collection, 1684-1856.
Letters, 1822-1856, addressed to Alexander Burton, U.S. Consul at Oporto, Portugal, and Cadiz, Spain, with single items from: Lewis Cass, A.C. Dodge, Alexander Hamilton, Washington Irving, and Martin Van Buren; 2 letters from John Quincy Adams; and 3 letters from William H. Prescott. Some genealogical material on the Burton, Hickling, and Prescott families.
Gift of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1953.
Warren, William J. Business Papers, 1855-1866.
(ca. 400 items.)
Mostly bills and receipts, some correspondence and miscellany for William J. Warren's furniture business in Philadelphia.
Finding aid available.
Fallon, Christopher. Papers, 1824 (1850-1863).
Christopher Fallon served as legal counsel and president of the Sunbury and Erie Railroad, later the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad.
Primarily business correspondence dealing with his work for the railroad; includes some letters in Spanish pertaining to Fallon's representations of Spanish interests in the United States, and other miscellaneous letters on his various business interests.
Some letters in Spanish.
Exchanged with Chester County Historical Society, 1953.
Nathan Trotter and Company. Correspondence, 1825-1859.
Nathan Trotter was a Philadelphia copper and tin plate merchant.
These papers are the incoming correspondence for the merchant company.
Exchanged with Chester County Historical Society.
Clark, John Y. Papers, 1839-1866.
Papers of John Y. Clark include, primarily, letters from John Y. Clark and Charlemagne Tower dealing with the purchase of the Northampton and Luzerne Coal Company.
Exchanged with Chester County Historical Society, 1953.
Bradford Family. Papers, 1747-1847.
Thomas Bradford and his father, William, were Philadelphia printers and booksellers.
Miscellaneous papers of Thomas and William Bradford reflecting their business, political, and family affairs. The bulk of chronologically arranged correspondence is addressed to Thomas: from William Bradford; Rachel Budd Bradford, his mother; Rachel and Tace Bradford, his sisters; as well as cousins, and business associates. Included in this group are: James Adams, the Wilmington printer; Elias Boudinot; William Cobbett; Benjamin Fuller; Lewis Hallam; Ebenezer Hazard; Thomas Leaming, Jr.; Timothy Pickering; and Abraham Skinner. Also in the series are letters addressed to Thomas Bradford's son Thomas, a Philadelphia lawyer, reflecting his political ambitions. Correspondents in this group include: Nicholas Biddle, James Buchanan, Richard Peters, Jr., John Tyler, and Abel Upshur.
A group of miscellaneous volumes includes: partnership accounts of William and Cornelius Bradford, 1761-1769; journal and ledger, 1766-1768, of William Bradford for his share in the schooner Rachel; six subscription books for the Pennsylvania Journal, 1766-1782; a memorandum book of Thomas Bradford, 1766; a list of members and expenses of an unidentified Philadelphia club of which William Bradford was a member, 1772; an anonymous diary of imprisonment by the British, 1781; and several other volumes.
Stambaugh, Samuel C. Papers, 1807-1859.
Samuel C. Stambaugh served as a U.S. Indian agent in Green Bay, Mich. During his service, he became involved with the proposed organization of the Territory of Huron.
Miscellaneous accounts, reports, and correspondence with Lewis Cass and others while acting as U.S. Indian agent, 1830-1840, particularly his negotiations with the Green Bay Menominee tribe, 1831, and the Cherokee and Creek tribes, 1833. Some of the correspondence also relates to Democratic party politics in Pennsylvania.
Gift of George A. Landell, 1953.
Cordorus Forge (York County, Pa.) Papers, 1738-1861.
Chiefly deeds and land drafts for Cordorus Forge property, Hellam Township, York County.
Gift of Mrs. W.S. Morris, 1953.
Lorimer, George Horace, 1867-1937. Papers, 1900-1947.
(3 linear ft.)
George Lorimer was editor of the Saturday Evening Post from 1898 to 1936.
The main body of the collection consists of incoming and outgoing professional and personal papers; and a 1932 scrapbook of Lorimer's editorials for the Post. There are letters from many prominent individuals, including: Albert J. Beveridge, Josephus Daniels, Theodore Dreiser, Herbert Hoover, Huey Long, Will Rogers, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Billy Sunday, Woodrow Wilson, and P.G. Wodehouse.
The collection also includes papers of Adelaide W. Neall, an associate editor for the Saturday Evening Post for most of the time she worked for the journal, 1909-1942. The major part of this group consists of papers collected by Neall for a projected biography of Lorimer. Also included is an album of photographs of Post authors and editors. A scrapbook of letters written to Neall by prominent contributors to the Post includes: Pearl S. Buck, Calvin Coolidge, William Durant, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ring Lardner, Sinclair Lewis, and Will Rogers.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graeme Lorimer, 1960.
Lewis, William David, 1792-1881. Papers, 1800-1918.
(33 linear ft.)
William David Lewis arrived in Europe in 1814 at the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. Having obtained passage from New York as a secretary to the United States peace commission, Lewis soon resigned his office to join the employ of his brother John Delaware Lewis, a commission merchant in St. Petersburg, Russia. William spent the following ten years there. In 1820, William Lewis was sued for slander by the consul at St. Petersburg, Leavitt Harris, and the seven year litigation involved eminent officials in the United States and in Russia, including John Quincy Adams and James Monroe. Lewis began his own import commission business in Philadelphia in 1825, helped finance several early railroads, and was cashier of Girard Bank, 1832-1842. He served as collector of customs for the Port of Philadelphia, 1849-
1853, despite the strenuous efforts against confirmation by his fellow Whigs from Pennsylvania. Lewis then retired to his estate near Florence, N.J., where he continued to take an active interest in business affairs. He was an ardent supporter of the Union during the Civil War.
The incoming letters relate mainly to Lewis's financial interests, but touch on all phases of life. Especially rich are the manuscripts generated by Lewis himself: letterbooks and letterpress copybooks, diaries and diary extracts, 1839, 1843-1881, and autobiography to 1841, reflecting 19th century economic, political, and social life. The autobiography is particularly interesting for Lewis's accounts of life and travels in Russia and Europe, his duel with John L. Harris (nephew of Leavitt Harris and also a consul at St. Petersburg), his early interests in the railroad industry, and his involvement with the bank crisis of the 1830's. In addition, there are: letters, depositions, evidence, and other materials relating to Harris v. Lewis; Girard Bank accounts, correspondence, and reports during Lewis's tenure as cashier; literary pieces, mostly poetry by Lewis; John D. Lewis letters, 1810, 1814-1830, 1841, mostly on Russian business; arrivals and clearances of vessels at Philadelphia, 1826-1827; William D. Lewis, Jr., diary of a trip to Europe, 1853; Thomas Neilson (son-in-law of Lewis) diaries, 1856-1857;and scrapbooks, 1840-1918 including Civil War and World War I clippings.
Gift of Mrs. Lewis Neilson, 1952.
Benedick Club. Records, 1898-1939, 1947.
Minutes, 1925-1939, 1947, and lists, 1898-1939, of the persons invited to the annual ball given by the Benedicks, a social club of 21 prominent Philadelphians.
Gift of the Benedick Club, 1953.
William Mann Company. Account books, 1854-1902.
The William Mann Company did business as stationers, blank book manufacturers, lithographers, and printers both in Philadelphia and in New York.
The account books are: record book, almost entirely personal, containing annual financial statements, 1854-1880, ledger accounts, 1856-1871, and real estate records, 1856-1879; journals, 1854-1856, financial statements, 1880-1885, including New York store statements; banks and bankers order book, October-December, 1872.
Gift of William Mann Company, 1934.
Philadelphia Musical Association. Records, 1864-1918.
The Philadelphia Musical Association was incorporated in 1865 as a protective, regulatory, and beneficial organization for professional musicians. Its charitable activities continued after its other responsibilities were assumed by a national union.
The records are: charter, constitution, bylaws, and amendments, 1865-1869; minute book, 1864-1878, with some material on the early history of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and executive committee minute books, 1895-1918.
Athletic Club of the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia. Records, 1876-1923.
The Athletic Club of the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia was an organization of wealthy men interested in amateur athletics.
The charter, reports, programs, and other miscellaneous material of the Athletic Club of the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia.
Almost no manuscript material is included, but there is some information on amateur athletics, 1887-1894.
Gift of Frank Weiner, 1953.
Wainwright, Nicholas Biddle. Invitations, 1933-1942.
Nicholas Biddle Wainwright served as Assistant Librarian and later as Director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Personal invitations received by Nicholas Biddle Wainwright.
Gift of Nicholas Biddle Wainwright, 1949.
Darlington, William, 1782-1863. Papers, 1829-1861.
Papers of William Darlington, lawyer of West Chester and chairman of the Anti-
Masonic Committee of Correspondence of Chester County, consist mainly of letters on politics, legal, and family matters; included is a small group of letters to his wife, Catharine. There are miscellaneous accounts, bills, and receipts.
Northern Dispensary of Philadelphia for the Medical Relief of the Poor. Records, 1816-1904.
The Northern Dispensary was chartered in 1817 for the purpose of furnishing gratuitous medical assistance to those who, though not destitute, could not afford medical care. The corporation, governed by a board of managers, was supported by membership, donations, legacies, and investment and rental incomes. It served the Spring Garden, Northern Liberties, and Kensington districts.
The records consist of board of managers minutes, 1816-1876; Medical Board minutes, 1841-1872; register of patients, 1816-1862; in-door register of patients, 1873-1874, 1877-1880; occulists' register of patients, 1886-1888; and register of female patients, 1891-1896, 1901-1904. All of the patient registers record: name, admission date, age, residence, occupation, disease or diagnosis, and results. The earlier registers may record color and birthplace as well, while later registers are more detailed as to diagnosis and prescribed treatments.
MacPherson family. Correspondence, 1766 (1766-1813) 1855.
John MacPherson, Jr., served as Richard Montgomery's aide-de-camp during the Revolutionary War. He died in the attack on Quebec. His brother, William MacPherson, was an army officer whose several commands included: a Pennsylvania militia battalion (MacPherson's Blues) in the 1794 Whiskey Insurrection; a legion formed during the 1798 conflict with France; and troops sent to enforce revenue laws in Northampton County during the 1798 Fries Rebellion.
Correspondence of the MacPherson family of Philadelphia includes: personal letters, 1766-1773, of John MacPherson, Jr., to William Patterson of N.J., and a letter, 1775, written a few hours before his death. The bulk of the collection consists of letters to William MacPherson on his military service, as well as land transactions and other business affairs. There are also a few letters, 1804-1807, written to William from Jamaica by his brother John Montgomery MacPherson about family affairs and business trade in Jamaica.
Gift of Mrs. William Horner, 1951.
Hollis, Louis H. Collection, 1817-1902.
The collection was assembled to write the History of the Improved Order of Red Men by Morris H. Gorham, with additions by William G. Hollis (Philadelphia, 1884). Records of the Order which were evidently gathered in preparation for the book include: Great Council of Maryland minutes, 1842-1849; Osceola Wigwam No. 2, New York, minutes, 1848-1851; Oneactah Wigwam No. 4, New York, minutes, 1848-1851; Tecumseh tribe No. 1, Pennsylvania, constitution, bylaws, membership, n.d., and membership lists, 1817-1837. A scrapbook contains clippings and some Great Council of Redmen U.S. correspondence, 1850's. There are letters in response to research inquiries and publication, sales accounts, manuscript chapters for the book, together with notes for Gorham's lectures on the Improved Order of Red Men. There is a small group of Hollis family notes.
Gift of Louis H. Hollis, 1951.
Steinmetz, Mary Owen. Collection, 1770-1948.
Mary Owen Steinmetz was a genealogist from Reading.
The collection of research letters and lecture notes of Mary Owen Steinmetz contains information on the history of clocks and clockmakers of Reading, 1770-1810, and newspapers of Bucks County, 1790-1810. There is also material on: soldiers (primarily genealogical), 1775-1864; slavery, 1780-1825; market houses, 1850-1870; and copies of Berks County muster rolls for the Whiskey Insurrection, 1794 and 1814.
Gift of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1952.
Rulon, John W. Papers, (1807-1845) 1861.
(6 linear ft.)
John W. Rulon was a general merchant in Philadelphia engaged in the import-export trade with India and China.
Loose correspondence, 1815-1845, and letterbook, 1844, reflect business affairs including the shipping of wild animals to America, 1833-1838, by Rulon and his associates. Financial records include various accounts, inventories, shipping lists, of domestic and foreign trade. Also included is a letterbook, 1833-1835, of Canton China, commission merchant Nathan Dunn & Company.
Gift of William Coles, Jr., 1951.
Henderson, Robert, d. 1805. Papers, 1779 (1781-1805) 1823.
(6 linear ft.)
Robert Henderson was a merchant of Philadelphia and American partner of the firm of [William] Gardner & Henderson of Glasgow, Scotland, trading as Robert Henderson & Company in Philadelphia. Henderson imported soft goods, acted as commission merchant in indigo, rice, and tobacco and as a factor for Pennsylvania and New Jersey grains.
Correspondence, 1785-1797, including letters from a many Scots and Americans of Scottish descent, reflects extensive trade with England, Scotland, the West Indies, the American South, and the Mississippi territory. The correspondence reveals a particularly close network of merchants of Scottish descent who were interdependent in their dealings in commodities, land speculation in North Carolina and the Illinois country, stock in the First Bank of the United States, and speculation in ship bottoms and cargoes. Bills and receipts, 1783-1801, confirm the picture.
Also included are: letterbooks, 1784-1798; daybooks, 1781-1794; journals, 1781-1823; ledgers, 1779-1794; cashbook, 1785-1795; receipt books, 1781-1823; invoice book, 1784-1793; Henderson's laundry list, begun in London and continued in Philadelphia, 1784-1800; Gardner & Henderson's inventory of goods, n.d.; and a stockholder list of an unidentified Philadelphia company, 1809.
Represented in the collection are: Buchanan & Dunlap, Petersburg, Va.; Alexander Addison, Washington, D.C.; William Galt, Richmond, Va.; Alexander Glen, Glasgow, Scotland; David Lamb, Glasgow, Scotland; William Liddell, Glasgow, Scotland; William Nimmo, Richmond, Va.; Mair & Gordon, Charleston, S.C.; and Andrew van Tuyl, New York, N.Y.
Gift of Mary H. McKesson, 1935.
Central Congregational Church (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1864-1923.
Records of Central Congregational Church includes: correspondence, letters, and certificates of recommendations and dismissal, reports, financial records, and miscellaneous items; minute books, 1864-1898 of the Central Congregational Society of Philadelphia; annual meeting minutes and reports, 1872-1903, of the Congregational Association of New Jersey.
Purchased, Mifflin Fund, 1952; and gift of Mrs. P. Donald Folwell, 1957.
Brolasky family. Papers, 1842-1914.
(6 linear ft.)
Simon Brolasky was a dry-goods merchant who acquired substantial rental properties. Simon's son, Henry Connelly Brolasky, who was also engaged in the dry-goods business, eventually established a real estate office and looked after his father's property. Howell de Coursey Brolasky, Henry's son, was a fabric salesman/representative for Lee Brothers and Company (Philadelphia) then for Brigg, Enty, and Company (New York, N.Y.), as its Philadelphia agent.
Professional and personal account books, financial memoranda, and other papers of three generations of the Brolasky family of Philadelphia make up the bulk of this collection.
Simon Brolasky's records consist of receipt books, 1869-1880, for property and personal payments, and a personal expense book, October, 1880 to January, 1881.
The account books for Henry Connelly Brolasky as a dry-goods merchant are: journals, 1859-1862; ledger, 1859; bills payable and receivable, 1859-1866. There are rental records, 1866-1873, kept as continuations of two account books. As executor of the Simon Brolasky estate there are: cash accounts, 1881, 1887-1894; receipt book, 1881-1910; receipted bills, 1881-1904, which include the Mary Ann Howell estate. There is additional miscellaneous business and personal correspondence, receipted bills, legal documents, and financial memorandum books.
There are sundry memorandum books for Howell de Coursey Brolasky on orders, expenses, and his letterbook, 1885-1887, while with the New York firm. There is also: some correspondence; a European diary, 1875; notebooks as a Captain in the Pennsylvania National Guard; and financial papers.
Among the few items apparently not of the Brolasky family are: Gurney & Co., N.Y., silk manufacturer, account book, 1845-1846, with Benjamin P. Gurney's record of business in Philadelphia, and sales journal, 1857-1858. Henry S. Leech, New York, N.Y., stock ledger, 1871-1873; George J. Scott, Philadelphia glue manufacturer, business and estate receipt book, 1851-1871; mimeograph copies of Pathology. Prof. James Tyson. General Pathological Anatomy, and Theory & Practice of Medicine. Prof. [Alfred] Stille. Nervous Diseases, n.d
Gift of George C.C. Stout, 1954.
Larned family. Papers, 1777-1822.
Simon Larned, later a Pittsfield, Mass., merchant and banker, served in the Revolution as captain, 4th Massachusetts regiment, Colonel William Sheppard commanding. Larned's brother, Thaddeus, was a Thompson, Conn., farmer, magistrate, and land speculator. Noadiah Larned, son of Thaddeus, also farmed in Thompson, Conn.
Simon Larned's papers include regimental orderly books, April 21 to October 26, 1777, and May 17 to July 25, 1778, containing, as well, results of courts martial; a contemporary copy of [John Armstrong's] Newburgh Addresses with Washington's replies, March, 1783; and a memorial to the General Court of Massachusetts concerning officers' pensions, continued with an anonymous New Year's satire .
There is also: a diary, 1791-1817, for Thaddeus Larned including farm rental accounts maintained as agent for Thomas Dawes of Boston, 1791-1803; and a diary for Noadiah Larned, 1821-1822, in Simon Larned's 1778 orderly book.
Gift of Hope B. Tyler Montgomery, 1951.
Clymer family. Papers, 1807-1899.
Maria O'Brien Clymer was the wife of George Clymer, Jr., daughter-in-law of George Clymer, the signer of the Declaration of Independence. Her son Meredith Clymer studied medicine in Europe, practiced in Philadelphia and New York, specializing in nervous disorders, became president of Pridedale Iron Company, New York City, returned to medicine as assistant surgeon general during the Civil War, and thereafter continued his practice in New York and Albany with some apparent difficulty.
A portion of these papers consist of Maria Clymer's personal incoming correspondence, 1807-1848.
For Meredith Clymer there is a diary fragment, June-July, 1840, of his visit in Germany. His correspondence and military papers, 1841, 1853-1870, 1899, concern his Civil War service and other professional activities as well as personal affairs, particularly his estrangement from his wife Eliza L. Snelling in 1866. There are also some genealogical notes.
Formerly part of Collection 138.
Sinclair, Robert Lincoln. Papers, 1858-1931.
Robert Lincoln Sinclair was a Philadelphia bookkeeper who immigrated from Ireland and became a United States citizen in 1858.
Sinclair's letters mention politics and religion. Some of the correspondents include: George Potter Darrow, Gifford Pinchot, and John Wanamaker. There are also some letters from relatives in Ireland.