Vauclain, Samuel Matthews, 1856-1940. Papers, 1905-1931.
(6 linear ft.)
Vauclain was the president of the Baldwin Locomotive Works.
The material reports on production and sales and is inconsistent in subject and chronology: advertising department memoranda, 1920; cabinet meeting minutes, 1923-1924; comptroller's reports, 1920-1921, 1924, 1928; domestic sales department reports, 1919-1920, 1924; drawing room reports and memoranda, 1920-1921, 1923-1924; foreign sales department coded telegrams from Europe, 1923; personnel records, 1919-1920; general superintendent reports, 1923-1926; and vice-president in charge of manufacture memoranda, 1919. There is also correspondence, 1905, on locomotives for the Atchinson, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway; scrapbook with miscellaneous correspondence and newspaper clippings on Baldwin Locomotive's war work; photographs of the Baldwin Locomotive Works and of Vauclain as chairman of the Philadelphia Gas Works Commission; letters, 1909, from Vauclain's family while they travelled in Europe; and family photographs.
Finding aid available.
Vauclain, Samuel Matthews, 1856-1940. Papers, 1915-1930.
(3 linear ft.)
Papers of Samuel Matthews Vauclain as a member of the Delaware River Bridge Joint Commission on the planning, construction, and operation of the bridge, now named the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. They include: correspondence, much of which is with Ralph Modjeski, chief engineer; minutes of the Joint Commission Executive Committee; financial reports; blueprints and maps; photographs; scrapbooks. There are also 6 blueprints of the Remington Arms Company plant built by The Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1915 under Vauclain's direction.
Gift of Samuel Matthews Vauclain, III, 1964.
McCarty and Davis. Account books, 1816-1851.
Account books, 1816-1844, of McCarty and Davis, Philadelphia booksellers and printers, covering the period of the partnership: daybooks, ledgers, receipt books, bank books, and notes receivable. Also small notebooks of Thomas Davis's family expenses, 1839-1851.
Lee, George F., d. 1893. Papers, 1820-1893.
(ca. 3,000 items.)
George F. Lee worked for his father's bricklaying business in Philadelphia and then started his own business as contractor and engineer for the construction of gas works. After Lee lost interest in this business, he concerned himself principally with real estate investments.
There are Franklin Lee and Sons account books, 1820-1844. The majority of the papers, 1844-1853, include business correspondence and accounts and personal receipted bills. They relate to the building of plants in Albany, Troy, and Utica, N.Y., St. Louis, Mo., and Chicago, Ill. The remainder of the correspondence concerns the management of mortgages he held and his own properties, particularly in Chicago, where his interests were much affected by the fire of 1871, and in Troy. Correspondents include James K. Burtis, superintendent of the St. Louis and Chicago gas works and also Lee's personal agent in Chicago, Burtis' successor Junius Mulvey, and Lee's agent in Troy S.S. Dauchy.
Gift of Harry E. Sprogell, 1964.
Jayne, Horace H.F. Collection, 1849-1897.
Letters, 1849-1882, of Kate Rodgers of Philadelphia mainly to members of her family in regard to personal and family matters; letters, 1862-1863 from her husband Horace Rodgers, an agent for the United States Sanitary Commission, a few of which were written from the scene of Civil War battles in Maryland and Virginia; and a few papers, 1884-1897, of the Henry Seybert Commission appointed by the University of Pennsylvania to investigate spiritualism, including correspondence, financial records, and news clippings, some of which pertain to the Preliminary Report of the Seybert Commission for Investigating Modern Spiritualism, 1887.
Gift of Horace H.F. Jayne, 1963.
Vetterlein, Theodore H. Papers, 1868-1886.
(200 items and 9 v.)
Papers of two Philadelphia cigar manufacturers and dealers in tobacco: Theodore H. Vetterlein incoming business and family correspondence, 1868-1886; Julius Vetterlein and Company letterpress books, 1869-1885; and Henry E. Klein and Company letterpress book, [1876-1877].
Coates, Elmer Ruan, 1831-1889. Papers, 1854-1889.
(2.5 linear ft.)
Elmer Ruan Coates was a Philadelphia Quaker "literary journalist" and temperance
Manuscripts of poems, plays, lectures. A small amount of correspondence from newspaper and magazine editors, printers, and fellow-scribblers concerns personal and professional matters.
Gift of Mrs. T.C. Kundy, 1964.
Frankford Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Records, 1843-1885.
(ca. 1,100 items.)
Records of the Frankford Mutual Insurance Company, located in the Frankford district of Philadelphia. The majority of the records are property surveys of the company, 1843-1885, containing detailed descriptions of each building surveyed. Most of the buildings described are in the Frankford, Bridesburg, and Kensington sections of Philadelphia County. The remainder of the records include miscellaneous legal and financial records, and a cashbook, 1863-1877.
Autocar Company. Records, 1899-1954.
The Autocar Company was located in Ardmore. Founded in 1899 by Louis S. Clarke and his brother John S. Clarke, the Autocar Company became a pioneer of the automotive industry, producing passenger cars and commercial motor vehicles. After 1910 the company produced commercial motor vehicles exclusively. The company became a division of White Motor Company in 1954.
The records include: minutes, 1899-1953, 1953-1954; annual reports, 1929-1952; ledgers, 1909-1952, contain year-end figures; list of officers and directors, 1899-1925; and miscellaneous items. Much of the material, 1942-1945, is on Autocar Company war production of heavy duty military vehicles.
Gift of C.R.C. Custer, 1964.
Clearing House Association of Philadelphia. Records, 1858-1958.
(ca. 2400 items.)
The Clearing House Association of Philadelphia was organized in 1858 to provide a common place where representatives of the associated banks could exchange checks and settle balances.
The records include: correspondence, 1858-1958, primarily with the member Philadelphia banks; financial reports, 1885-1909, on gold certificates, U.S. legal tender certificates, collateral securities, and gold coin held by the Clearing House for member banks; semi-annual statements, 1858-1939, of expenditures and expenses; journals, 1887-1957; cashbooks, 1858-1940; ledger, 1890-1895; account books, 1949-1958; records on other clearing houses in the United States, 1914, 1929-1957, including correspondence, reports, and miscellaneous items; Keystone National Bank liquidation records, including journals, 1890-1891, correspondence and miscellaneous financial records, 1891-1930; Union Bank and Trust Company liquidation records, 1929-1934; examiner's report on the Kensington Security Bank and Trust Company, 1931; claims of members against other banks, 1931; and settlement sheets, 1930-1931.
There are also a few records on bank mergers in Philadelphia; the clearing of ration checks, 1943-1946; miscellaneous scrapbooks; National Currency Association of Philadelphia minutes, 1908-1914; and other records.
Gift of Charles R. Whittlesey, 1964.
Entry cancelled; see collection #595B.
Acton, Edward A., 1829-1862. Letters, 1861-1862.
Letters of Edward A. Acton, officer with the 4th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers, and the 5th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers, primarily to his wife Mary Woodnut Acton. The letters, 1861-1862, include detailed accounts of Acton's participation in the Peninsular campaign to capture Richmond, Va., 1862. There are four letters regarding Acton's death at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, August 29, 1862.
Gift of Mary Acton Hammond, 1965.
Speckman, Charles H. Papers, 1898-1899.
Charles H. Speckman served as Captain of Company A, Second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers which guarded to Dupont powder works at Carney's Point, N.J., during the Spanish-American War.
His papers include: daily memoranda book, muster rolls, payrolls, clothing and material issues, and inventories.
Ashhurst family. Account books, 1796-1890.
Personal and business account books collected by the Ashhurst family of Philadelphia include: Manuel Eyre, shipping merchant, ledgers, 1796-1798, 1801-1845; Richard Ashhurst, merchant, ledger, 1813-1817; Richard Ashhurst & Sons, merchants, journal, 1839-1848; John Ashhurst investment ledger, 1864-1867, and general ledger, 1864, 1880-1890, 1892.
Gift of John Ashhurst Richards, 1965.
Orphan Society of Philadelphia. Records, 1815-1963.
(6 linear ft.)
Records of the Orphan Society of Philadelphia, a privately supported orphanage established in 1815 by a group of Philadelphia women, include: incoming correspondence, 1815, 1900-1920, 1949; minutes, 1814-1938, 1938-1956 unbound; reports of the visiting committees on living conditions at the orphanage, 1819-1924; registers of children admitted, 1815-1955; records of children indentured by the society, including registers, 1815-1867; account books, 1878, 1920-1963; and miscellaneous items and volumes.
Gift of Orphan Society of Philadelphia, 1965.
Wistar, Caleb Cresson, 1846-1916. Papers, 1861-1916.
(31 v. and 200 items.)
Personal papers of Caleb Cresson Wistar, wholesale oil dealer of Philadelphia, include: outgoing family correspondence and incoming family and personal correspondence, 1861-1874; diaries, 1861-1864, kept while a student at Haverford College, Haverford; student notebook, 1864; notebooks of songs, 1862-1863; personal memoranda and account books, 1864-1875; personal cashbooks, 1886-1916; notebook on the wool and insurance industries, 1867-1869; commonplace book, 1870; address book; photographs; student notebooks of his children, Elizabeth Vaux Wistar and Frederick Vaux Wistar; and a personal account book of Frederick Vaux Wistar, 1907-1910.
There is also a receipt book for the estate of Benjamin Hooton, 1792-1799; a Joseph Cresson personal receipt book, 1801-1852; and two Charles Caleb Cresson letterbooks, 1898-1902.
Purchased, 1956, 1966.
Pennsylvania Seamen's Friend Society (Philadelphia, Pa.) Papers, 1844-1903.
The Pennsylvania Seamen's Friend Society was incorporated 1846 to promote "social and moral improvement" of sailors. The society has been affiliated with the Seamen's Church Institute since 1920. The Society maintained the Sailors' Home until 1930 where seamen could receive lodging, financial aid, and spiritual guidance. Much of the reform efforts centered on temperance.
These papers concern primarily the Sailors' Home. Included here are the superintendent's reports on activities at the home, receipted bills and financial statements, correspondence relating to fund raising activities in churches throughout the state, and scrapbooks.
Port of Philadelphia. Bills of lading, 1866-1869.
A collection of bills of lading and manifest prepared for the collection, Port of Philadelphia, listing importers, goods, vessel, and point of origin.
Gift of Dunn and Bradsheet, 1965.
Grahame,Israel J. Records, 1848-1897.
Journals, ledgers, cashbooks, receipt book, stock book, and prescription memoranda, all in varying broken series, of Israel J. Grahame, Philadelphia druggist. Although Grahame apparently did not open his Philadelphia store until 1868, there are some early accounts that include a dry goods business ledger, 1857-1866, and an unidentified cashbook, 1848-1861.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Perot Walker, 1965.
Brown, Coleman Peace, 1882-1964. Papers, 1885-1957.
(9 linear ft.)
Coleman Peace Brown was headmaster, 1909-1915, of the Delancey School, Philadelphia. The boys preparatory school was founded in 1877 by Brown's father. It merged with the Blight School in 1911 and was absorbed into the Episcopal Academy in 1915.
Included are: Delancey School registers of teachers and students, 1893-1905; teachers record books, ca. 1899-1914; The Delancey Weekly, 1901-1907, the school's newspaper; school catalogues, 1887-1914; correspondence, 1911-1957, mainly from alumni to Brown concerning the Episcopal Academy merger and a 1956 alumni dinner; and miscellanea. There are many photographs of the school.
A small portion of the collection is made up of miscellaneous personal papers of Coleman P. Brown, including incoming correspondence, 1923-1957; photographs; and genealogical data on the Brown and related families.
Gift of Mrs. Coleman Peace Brown, 1965.
Allen, William Frederick, 1846-1915. Papers, 1860-1865.
Correspondence received during the Civil War by William Frederick Allen of Bordentown, N.J., who later became a civil engineer instrumental in the adoption of standard times for railways in the United States. Allen was 14 years old when the Civil War began and the correspondence is mainly from young friends who had grown up with him, and mainly on the Virginia campaign of the war, 1861-1865, by Amos H. Evans, 9th Regiment, New Jersey
Volunteers, and John W. Mitchell, 12 Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers. There are also four early letters, 1861, from Richard Watson Gilder, editor and poet.
Philadelphia Time Telegraph Company. Records, 1877-1884.
The Philadelphia Time Telegraph Company furnished electric clocks for offices that registered standard time as telegraphed from Washington, D.C.
The records include: letterpress book, 1877-1879; bills and receipts, 1885-1889; account books, 1887-1892, and stock certificates, 1886; and miscellaneous records.
Gift of David Wallace, 1965.
Kelley, William D. (William Darrah), 1814-1890. Correspondence, 1837-1903.
William Darrah Kelley was an influential Republican congressman from the 4th district (Philadelphia) of Pennsylvania. He was a leading congressional advocate of high tariffs, especially for iron and steel.
Incoming political correspondence, 1852, 1862-1889, includes letters from many of the major and minor political and business figures of the period. Many of the letters relate to the tariff question. Most of the correspondents are represented by only 1 letter each, but James M. Swank and Joseph Wharton of the American Iron and Steel Association are represented by 25 letters, 1882-1883, on tariff duties.
Family correspondence, 1837-1903, includes letters from William D. Kelley to his wife, Caroline Bonsall Kelley, and to his children; letters from Caroline Bonsall Kelley to William Darrah Kelley; and a few letters from Albert Bartram Kelley to his mother Caroline Bonsall Kelley.
Faires family. Papers, 1849-1901.
A few papers of the Faires family of Philadelphia, including miscellaneous school papers and records of William John Faires, Bessie Dobbin Faires, and James Dobbin Faires; and 21 letters, 1849-1850, of Thomas Smith, a trader on the Mississippi River and great grandfather of James Dobbin Faires, to his wife, Elizabeth McLaughlin Smith.
Gift of James Dobbin Faires, 1966.
Fisher, Sarah Logan, 1751-1796. Diaries, 1776-1795.
The diaries of Sarah Logan Fisher, wife of Thomas Fisher, Philadelphia Quaker merchant, detail domestic and family concerns of a well-educated Quakeress. There is some account of the Fisher family's passive resistance to the Revolutionary government, and a single volume of religious meditations.
Extracts published in P.M.H.B., 82 (1958).
Deposited by Benjamin R. Cadwalader, 1965.
Day, Anna Blanchard Blakiston, 1868-1952. Papers, 1905-1961.
(6 linear ft.)
Anna Blanchard Blakiston Day, a supporter of reform politics, served as an officer in several Philadelphia women's organizations involved in local and national civic affairs.
Represented in Day's papers are: Women's Committee of the City Party, executive committee minutes, 1905-1907; its successor organization, the Women's League for Good Government scrapbook, 1913-1914, executive committee minutes, 1915-1918, and correspondence, 1920-1921; Franklin Party, George W. Porter for mayor scrapbook, 1915; Monday Conference membership lists, with some correspondence, particularly the correspondence of Martha Thomas, chairperson of the program committee for the 1928 Conference in Philadelphia and other material, 1917-1929; Committee on the Cause and Cure of War correspondence, clippings, and pamphlets, 1928-1938.
The majority of the papers, correspondence, bills and receipts, deeds, and mortgages concern the finances, particularly for property of Mrs. Day, her estate, and the estates of other Blakiston family members. There are Anna Blanchard, Harriet Blanchard, Maria Blanchard and unidentified diaries, 1861-1899, of travel in Europe and southern and western United States. There are also invitations, 1905-1909 addressed to Mrs. Day and her husband Frank Miles Day.
Gift of Mrs. James Hays, 1966.
Hale, John Mulhallan. Papers, 1837-1864.
(ca. 1,400 items.)
John Mulhallan Hale was a merchant, supplier, druggist, and insurance executive of Centre County and later Philadelphia. During the Civil War Hale served as Union captain in the Quartermaster Corp at Nashville.
Business papers, 1837-1860, make up one-third of the collection and relate to Hale's wide-ranging business interests and speculations in central Pennsylvania, including incoming correspondence, bills, receipts, and miscellaneous financial records.
The papers of the Nashville department of the Quartermaster Corp, 1861-1864, make up the rest of the collection, including incoming correspondence, invoices, receipts, reports, requisitions, vouchers, and financial reports.
Gift of John F. Steinman, 1966.
Rayes, Mrs. Mario. Collection, 1857-1920.
A few miscellaneous items of the Calvert, Baltzell, Elliott, Miller,and Nevins families of Baltimore, Md., and Philadelphia and a few poems and other items by Harvey Maitland Watts, journalist, poet, and lecturer.
Gift of Mrs. Mario Rayes, 1939.
Roset family. Papers, (1794-1857) 1897.
Papers of the Roset family of Germantown, including correspondence and miscellanea of Jacob Roset, Jr., dry goods merchant, and his wife, Cecilia Luff Roset.
Gift of John H. Ferguson, 1964.
Hand family. Papers, 1823-1866.
Papers of the Hand family of Cape May, N.J., and Philadelphia, including letters, 1823-1824, written between Captain Noah Hand and his wife, Cornelia Foster Hand of Cape May; and incoming and outgoing family correspondence, 1833-1866, of Jacob Foster Hand, hardware merchant of Philadelphia. The Jacob Foster Hand correspondence contains letters, 1862-1863, from his nephew Israel K. Barnes, a few of which relate to his service with the Army of the Potomac.
Gift of Helen Hand, 1966.
Corson, Edward F., 1833-1864. Papers, 1859-1864.
Edward F. Corson, commissioned as assistant surgeon in the Navy, served on the U.S.S. Hartford in the East India Squadron, 1859-1861. The Hartford cruised in and out of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manilla, and other Far East ports. Corson was promoted to surgeon in 1862 and assigned to the U.S.S. Mohican which had a roving commission to capture confederate privateers. Although the Mohican did not see much action, Corson had ample opportunity to visit Brazilian ports, including Porto Grande, Bahia, and Rio de Janeiro.
These papers consist almost entirely of Corson's letters to his family describing the people, places, and events, on and off shore, during these two tours of duty.
Gift of Edward F. Corson, 1965.
Fahnestock family. Papers, 1726-1879.
Papers of the Fahnestock family include: 6 letters in German with translations, 1726-1765, by Johan Dietrich Fahnestuck of Ephrata, to relatives in Germany describing conditions in America; copies of letters, 1860-1861, by Benjamin A. Fahnestock and his wife, Anna Maria Wolff Fahnestock of Philadelphia, written while on a European trip; and miscellaneous correspondence and other papers including acknowledgements to George W. Fahnestock for his book Wolff Memorial, 1863, and depositions concerning the 1868 Ohio River steamship collision which killed George W. Fahnestock and his daughter.
Six letters in German.
Gift of Roy W. Wolff, 1966.
Allen, Samuel. Papers, 1798-1841.
In 1825, Samuel Allen went to Chester County, to settle his father's estate leaving his family in Slippery Rock for five years to fend for themselves and to cope with the debts left behind.
Correspondence with his wife Margaret and children. There are also deeds, depositions, wills, and a small group of broadsides.
Harley, Herbert. Scrapbooks, 195-
The scrapbooks, 1950's, of Herbert Harley were compiled on Philadelphia and other topics of personal interests. His subjects include: Chalkley House, Lubin Film Studios, Peter Becker and the Church of the Brethern, and General Herbert Harley ("Hap") Arnold, World War II Chief of Army Air Force. The scrapbooks contain clippings and extracts from primary and secondary sources, and Harley's own compositions.
Gift of Herbert Harley, 1966.
Wells, Samuel Calvin, 1849-1932. Correspondence, 1869 (1890-1924).
Samuel Calvin Wells worked for the Philadelphia Press from 1881 until its demise in 1920 and was editor-in-chief from 1908 to 1918.
His correspondence consists of some letters from fellow editors and journalists, Princeton 1873 classmates and family, but primarily of letters from individuals commenting on, or submitting background material for Press editorials. There are letters, 1891-1902, from Michael Arnold, president judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, on court issues, and Nicholas Murray Butler letters, 1912-1922, to Wells as member of the Advisory Board of the School of Journalism at Columbia, involving the Pulitzer Prize awards.
Drinker family. Papers, 1722-1889.
Papers of several generations of a Philadelphia Quaker merchant family including: family correspondence, primarily between Henry and Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker, diarist; letters, deeds, and surveys concerning Drinker family lands; William Drinker's accounts and papers on the estate of Mary Sandwith, his aunt and sister of Elizabeth; wills, marriage certificates, and other family material.
Papers relating to the business and domestic affairs of the Drinkers from 1722 to 1850, with strength in the pre-Revolutionary period. Included is the original copy of the memorial of the Virginia Exiles, dated December 2, 1777, to the President and Council of Pennsylvania, signed by all the Exiles including Thomas Affleck. There is also a 1790 letter of George Washington.
Some of the manuscripts were removed from the volumes (presumably by the family) before coming to the Historical Society, most notably about 50 letters of Henry Drinker to Elizabeth Drinker during the Quaker exile.
Gift of the Drinker family through Ernesta Drinker Ballard, 1968.
Drinker family. Papers, 1777-1965.
(3 linear ft.)
Henry Sturgis Drinker graduated from Lehigh University in 1871 as a mining engineer, but soon turned to law. He was an attorney, general solicitor, and assistant to the president for the Lehigh Valley Railroad until his 1905 election to president of Lehigh University where he served until 1920. Drinker was a founder of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, an organizer and promoter of the Military Training Camps before, through, and after World War I, a conservationist, and an appointee to various state advisory boards.
Dr. Drinker's son, Henry Sandwith Drinker, was a Philadelphia lawyer, becoming a senior partner of Drinker, Biddle & Reath in 1932. Drinker was an avid amateur musician; he hosted monthly choral music parties, translated classical music texts, and established the Drinker Library of Choral Music.
The papers of Henry Sturgis Drinker are mostly scrapbooks containing clippings and letters from political, military, and educational figures. Much of the material centers on the Lehigh University appointment and retirement, but his other interests are also represented. Of special note are some small groups of correspondence with Theodore Roosevelt on military preparedness, 1915-1917, and with William Howard Taft on fortification and administration of the Panama Canal, 1910-1912.
For Henry Sandwith Drinker there is a First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry diary, 1909-1910, and a diary, 1930, of a trip with his son to British Columbia on a bird-watching and hunting expedition. He was a frequent author of articles on law and other subjects of personal interest, and among the papers are typescripts of articles on Anthony Trollope and a history of his law firm. Drinker's musical interests and activities are represented by some miscellaneous articles, speeches, clippings, and other materials.
Sophie Lewis Hutchinson, wife of Henry Sandwith Drinker, wrote a history of her and her husband's lives. In it she relied on Henry's own records to describe his private and professional life. In recounting her own activities she told of her family life, her increasing involvement in public affairs and literary pursuits, and her growing interest in feminism.
A preliminary typescript for History of the Drinker Family is supplemented by additional family material used in its preparation: typescripts of Henry Drinker and Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker correspondence, 1777, during the Quaker exile; contemporary copies of Sandwith Drinker letters, 1838-1840, while on his voyage to Canton; an anonymous diary, 1856-1857, of an American in China and Manilla; and family photographs.
Gift of Catherine Drinker Bowen, 1971.
Drinker family. Papers, 1759-1956.
This miscellaneous group of papers includes: Henry Sturgis Drinker clippings and tributes; Henry Sandwith Drinker notes from research on music and attendance record, 1932-1956, for his choral music parties; family genealogical notes.
Gift of Sophie H. Drinker.
Markoe family. Papers, 1773-1940.
Abraham Markoe of St. Croix was a wealthy planter and merchant who moved to Philadelphia ca. 1770. He left his son, Abraham Markoe, Jr., behind to manage the sugar plantations. Abraham Markoe's papers contain letters, 1773-1803 from Abraham Markoe, Jr., on the operation of the plantations; a few letters from his son Peter Markoe, poet and dramatist; and a few letters, 1805-1809, of Abraham Markoe, Jr., to his brother John Markoe.
Other items of special note include a letterbook, 1810-1812, of Daniel Holsman of New York, supercargo and half-owner of the ship Maria, on the French confiscation of the ship and its cargo and on efforts to recover the vessel; Civil War papers, 1861-1863, 1895, of John Markoe, an officer with the 71st California Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, containing outgoing family correspondence and incoming official correspondence and documents on his service in Virginia, his imprisonment at Richmond, 1861-1862, and his role at the battle of Fredricksburg, and a report, 1902, by Gerald Holsman, son of Mary Markoe Holsman, civil engineer and vice-president of the Investment Company of Philadelphia, on the building of the Guayaquil and Quito Railway in Ecuador.
The remainder of the papers include: James Markoe diary, ca. 1825, on travel in Italy; estate papers of several members of the Markoe and Holsman families; miscellaneous property papers; photographs; and other miscellanea.
Gift of Mary Dewitt Pettit, 1966.
Whitcomb, Louis F. Sesquicentennial papers, 1904 (1926-1927).
Departmental orders, final reports, concessions contracts, ticket and pass samples; general orders, accounting systems memorandum, reports from previous expositions; and printed material, chiefly advertisements and promotions of products and places.
Gift of Mrs. L.M. Whitcomb, 1967.
Belmont Driving Club. Dissolution records, 1925-1926.
Records of D. Yeakel Miller, auditor, on the dissolution of the Belmont Driving Club, Montgomery County, includes files of correspondence, with stockholders and court transcripts of claims made against the club.
Gulager family. Papers, (1813-1889) 1949.
Papers of the Gulager family, including miscellaneous correspondence, 1821-1889, financial and legal records, and miscellanea. Among the financial records are a personal receipt book, 1813-1835, of Mary Malyar Gulager of Philadelphia, wife of Christian Gulager, artist; account books, 1831-1863 of Christian Gulager, Jr., sea Captain of Philadelphia, mainly on shipping; and personal receipt book, 1855-1882, of William Gulager. There are also personal and business accounts of John Christopher, a lumber merchant of Philadelphia and of his wife, Martha Christopher: receipt books, 1826-1833, 1848-1866; account book, 1840-1854.
Gift of Jan Kyle, 1966.
Chambers family. Papers, 1694-1963.
(24 v.and 300 items.)
The Chambers family of this collection first appeared as farmers of White Clay Creek, New Castle County, Del. In the latter half of the 19th-century, the locus moved to West Grove, Chester County, where four brothers engaged in the coal and lumber business.
These papers include: family letters, 1768, 1869-1927, 1957, with correspondents John J. Chambers, Rebecca Ballard Chambers, Samuel Kimble Chambers, and a multitude of family members all writing to each other and particularly to Mary J. Chambers; diaries, 1826-1857, of various members, most notably those of Mary Ballard Chambers while she was a student at Smith College, 1900-1904, and while being courted by her future husband, Philip Donald Folwell; financial papers, among which are Richard Chambers account books, 1796-1808, anonymous daybook, 1811-1824, and daybook, 1826-1854, of John Chambers; and estate papers of several members of the Chambers family.
Gift of Nathan Folwell and members of the Chambers family, 1967.
League of Women Voters of Philadelphia. Records, 1920-1961.
(ca. 3,000 items.)
In addition to educating the public during election campaigns, the League took stands on local issues concerning child care, city management, housing, public education, public health; national issues of the legal status of women and taxation of oleo margarine; and foreign policy questions including the United Nations and the Marshall Plan. The Philadelphia chapter communicated with the national and state League organizations, politicians, civic leaders, and organizations.
Correspondence, board minutes, budget and other committee reports, memoranda, circulars of League of Women Voters of Philadelphia. Most of the material is for the years 1941-1959, but the files are neither complete nor consistent.
Gift of the League of Women Voters of Philadelphia, per Mrs. Herbert Catheart, 1966.
Dixon, Samuel Gibson, 1851-1918. Papers, 1884 (1905-1918), 1953.
(4.5 linear ft.)
Samuel Gibson Dixon was a physician, a scientist, and served as first commissioner of health for the state of Pennsylvania.
The bulk of the collection is made up of typescripts and printed copies of lectures, articles, and pamphlets on all the subjects that concerned Dixon from 1905 to 1918 including: public health, diseases, preventative medicine, hygiene, and sanitation. A small part of the collection is made up of incoming and some outgoing correspondence on public health issues such as sanitary and safety conditions of rural schools in Pennsylvania.
The remainder of the collection includes medical school notes, 1884; material on Dixon's pioneer research on immunity in tuberculosis; photographs; newspaper clippings; and miscellanea.
Gift of Mrs. John S. Sharpe, 1967.
Philadelphia National Bank. Records, 1804-1956.
(30 linear ft.)
The Philadelphia Bank, organized in 1803, merged with several financial institutions to create the Philadelphia National Bank.
Minute books of the several banks represented make up the bulk of the collection and include board of directors' minutes, stockholder's minutes, executive committee minutes, Investment and credit committee minutes, loan and trust committee minutes, and other minutes.
Institutions represented by minute books are: Allegheny Realty Company, 1920-1955; Bristol Trust Company, 1907-1956; Cambridge Trust Company/Chester-Cambridge Bank and Trust Company, 1901-1954; Chester National Bank, 1883-1930; Commercial National Bank, 1857-1900; Fairhill State Bank/Fairhill Trust Company, 1921-1929; Farmers and Mechanics National Bank, 1807-1939; First National Bank of Conshohocken, 1872-1929; Fourth Street National Bank, 1886-1926; Franklin Fourth Street National Bank, 1926-1928; Franklin National Bank, 1900-1928; Franklin Securities Corporation, 1919-1924; Girard National Bank, 1864-1927; Independence National Bank, 1883-1901; Mechanics National Bank, 1810-1900; The Ninth Bank and Trust Company, 1923-1951; The Ninth National Bank, 1885-1923; The Ninth Title and Trust Company, 1920-1923; Northern National Bank, 1928-1929; Philadelphia National Bank, 1803-1868; Philadelphia-Girard National Bank, 1926-1928; and The Philadelphia National Company, 1929-1934.
Other record books include: Cambridge Trust Company/Chester-Cambridge Bank and Trust Company recommendations, reports, and financial statements, 1903-1954; Mechanics National Bank letterbook, 1824-1846; and Ninth Bank and Trust Company signature books, ca. 1885-1915.
Gift of the Philadelphia National Bank, 1966, 1967, and 1978.
Philobiblon Club. Archives, 1893-
(ca. 1000 items.)
The Philobiblon Club, Philadelphia, was founded and incorporated in 1893 as a men's association of bibliophiles; it began admitting women in 1974.
The records relate to the arrangement of meetings, membership, and production and distribution of the club's publications. Included are: correspondence, bank statements, membership lists, program announcements, and other records.
Deposited by the Philobiblon Club, 1967.
Philadelphia Bible-Christian Church. Records, 1817-1929.
(ca. 300 items.)
The Philadelphia Bible-Christian Church was a fundamentalist protestant church organized in Philadelphia ca. 1817 by emigrants from England, where they had been members of the Sanford Bible-Christian Church. The sect required its members to be strictly vegetarian and to abstain from alcoholic beverages.
Philadelphia Bible-Christian Church records include: record books, 1828-1919, containing minutes, financial records, addresses, correspondence, and reports; minutes, 1828-1929; registers, 1817-1929, recording the baptism of children, church attendance, deacon's meetings, membership, and interments; account books, 1865-1916; miscellaneous legal records, including marriage records and deeds for cemetery lots; and printed addresses, books, and pamphlets.
Many of the Bible-Christian Church associated themselves with the American Vegetarian Society, organized in 1850, and the church's records include some material on that organization.
Gift of Frances M. Schiebner, 1968.
Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia. Records, 1892-1960.
The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia, which was primarily a social club, was founded in 1892.
The minutes of the Board of Governors, 1892-1915, 1920-1957, and Club minutes, 1893-1911, concern receptions, smokers, and membership. There are also: treasurer's letterpress book, 1899-1906; notices of meetings, 1941-1960; and the club charter.
Gift of Francis Shunk Brown, 1968.
Pennsylvania Prison Society. Records, 1787-1966.
(4 linear ft.)
The Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons was organized in 1787 to promote penal reform. Its early members included: William White, Benjamin Rush, Roberts Vaux, Dorthea Lynde Dix, and Rose Steadman. In 1886 the Society's name was changed to its current name, the Pennsylvania Prison Society.
Minutes of the society, 1787-1832, 1852-1919, include its original constitution and discussion of news and legislation on the condition of prisons and prisoners. Topics include: prison administration; solitary confinement to hard labor (the Pennsylvania System); the establishment of the Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh, authorized in 1818, the Eastern Penitentiary in Philadelphia, authorized in 1821, the House of Refuge, in 1828, a House of Correction, opened in 1874, an "industrial home," opened in 1889, and an asylum for insane criminals, opened in 1905; separation of men and women prisoners, of juveniles, and of the insane; and the parole system.
Minutes of the acting committee of the society, 1798-1966, contain reports of prison visits by members and by case workers; news of associated correctional facilities; the establishment of a half way house, and of a Narcotics Anonymous; gifts to the society; and other matters of concern and topics discussed at the general meetings.
Minutes, 1854-1885, of the Committee on the Eastern Penitentiary contain reports on the conditions of prisoners, including criminals, delinquents, and the insane; news from the library, which was maintained by the Society; and summaries from case-workers concerning discharged prisoners.
Copies of miscellaneous letters, 1816-1819, from Caleb Cresson, Jr., as secretary of the Society, and printed report, 1887, of the Society's 100th anniversary.
Gift of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, 1968.
Brown, Abraham. Papers, 1798-1848.
Professional papers of Abraham Brown, a Mount Holly, N.J., lawyer and Burlington County surrogate, include: wills, deeds, leases, estate accounts, probate and other court records.
Gift of Mrs. William West Frazier, 1968.
Bunting, Samuel J., 1889-1959. Papers, 1719-1959.
Miscellaneous papers of Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., Philadelphian active in the Society of Friends: The Life of Jesus, 1916, by Bunting is an analysis of Christ as depicted in the New Testament; Bunting's articles and diary entries, 1917, concern the Philadelphia Friends' response to World War I; 1920 journal of a trip to the London Conference of Friends records the voyage and travel through Great Britain; notes and drafts for a proposed Life of William Penn for young people. Also some family manuscripts: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Book of Discipline, 1719; Samuel Bunting copybook, 1727; and Martha J. Gibson copybook of poems, 1839.
Gift of Mrs. J.G.M. Bunting, 1967.
Predmore family. Collection, 1699-1919.
Deeds, 1701-1733, to land in Shrewsbury, N.J., and autographs of governors of New Jersey.
Gift of Fidelity Philadelphia Trust Company, n.d.
Morris family. Letters, 1862-1923.
The three members of the Morris family represented in this correspondence are Thomas Burnside Morris, his wife, Sarah Arndt Sletor Morris, and their son Roland Sletor Morris. The letters of Thomas B. Morris include: 1861-1862, to his family from Panama, where Morris worked loading and unloading ships cargo; 1868-1869, to his family reporting on his work as an engineer with the Union Pacific Railroad from Green River to Promontory, Utah; 1870-1873, to his family and fiancee while an engineer in Ohio and with the Northern Pacific Railroad in Minn.; 1875-1885, to his mother and brother on family matters, from San Rafael, Cal., where he settled and became president of the Renton Coal Company.
Roland S. Morris maintained a faithful correspondence with his mother and his letters, 1884, 1890-1906, 1920, recount particularly activities as a student at Lawrenceville School, N.J., and as a freshman at Princeton University. After 1899 the correspondence is strictly of a family nature, with a few 1920 letters mentioning Morris's role as ambassador to Japan.
The remainder of the correspondence, 1909-1915, 1923, is from Sarah S. Morris to her son on family matters with some commentary on Roland's growing involvement in Democratic politics and the effects of war in Germany where Mrs. Morris lived from 1912 to 1915.
Gift of Mrs. William F. Machold, 1967.
David H. Bowen and Son. Records, 1839-1939.
(6 linear ft.)
David H. Bowen was a Philadelphia cabinetmaker until 1848. He then became an undertaker; his company was carried on by Clement R. and Charles H. Bowen.
Daybooks, 1839-1888, 1929-1939; funeral record books, 1888-1902; memorandum books, 1888-1923, giving vital statistics as well as funeral arrangement information; and auto wagon expense book, 1913-1922. A portion of one daybook, 1856, contains an unidentified "Ladies Lodge" dues ledger, 1846-1857; another daybook 1850-1852, includes some letterbook entries, 1843, of Abraham Levy as assistant to the purser, United States Navy Yard, Philadelphia. Also among the records is [William] Welsh and [Charles W.] Naulty, undertakers, daybook, 1878-1884.
Daybooks and funeral records, 1845-1901, memorandum books, 1889-1899, and Ladies Lodge ledger available either on copyflow or transcription.
Gift of David H. Bowen Company, Kindness of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1968.
Beelen family. Papers, 1690-1959.
(ca. 60 items.)
Frederic Eugéne François Bertholff was the first Austrian representative in the United States. His descendants shortened the family name to Beelan.
The papers include correspondence, 1784-1885, some of which is in French; a Nuremburg, Germany almanac, 1690, with many contemporary annotations in German script; naturalization certificate and sketch book of Anthony Beelen, begun in 1794 in Pittsburgh, as well as several other miscellaneous notebooks in German, French, and Latin; a typescript biography of Milnora de Beelen Roberts of Seatle, Wash., as well as other family notes.
Some correspondence in French.
Almanac in German.
Gift of the Milnor Roberts Estate, 1959.
Fels, Joseph, 1884-1914. Papers, 1865 (1901-1930), 1956.
(ca. 1200 items. )
Joseph Fels, Philadelphia-London soap manufacturer, was a leader in the Single Tax movement. After his death in 1914, the Single Tax was carried on by the Joseph Fels Fund Commission.
Correspondence discussing economic and political reform in the United States, Europe, South American, and China, includes letters of Antonio Albenden, Earl Barnes, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, James Ludwig Hardie, Peter Kropotkin, William Hesketh Lever, Meyer Lissner, Wilhelm Ludwig Schrameier, and Samuel Fels, his brother and partner in Fels and Company, manufacturers of Fels-Naptha Soap. Copies of letters, 1899, 1906-1909, on the Fairhope Single Tax Colony in Alabama. Correspondence, 1906-1914, with Israel Zangwill, and others, on the establishment of Jewish Agricultural Settlements by the Jewish Territorial Organization (I.T.O.). Miscellaneous speeches and articles by and about Joseph Fels. There is also correspondence, 1915-1918, of Daniel Kiefer, the Chairman of the Joseph Fels Fund Commission.
Papers, 1907-1952, of Fels's wife, Mary Fels include: discussions of women's politics, Zionism, business, financial, and personal matters. Correspondents include: Rifka Aaronsohn, Newton Diehl Baker, Anna Barnes, Walter Coates, "Gypsy Bill" Cortez, and Frank Smith. Letters, reviews, and clippings about her writings including a typescript with notes of The Life of Joseph Fels. Scrapbooks with clippings about Joseph Fels, on his death, including In Memorium.
Guest book, 1906-1908, of Fels' home in Bickley, Kent.
Correspondence, 1953-1956, and notes, clippings, and printed material of Arthur Power Dudden, relating to his research for Joseph Fels and the single tax movement, 1971.
In Memorium in Danish and Swedish with English translations.
Gift of Arthur Power Dudden, 1968.
Taylor, Fred Walter, 1848-1919. Papers, 1888 (1905-1914), 1919.
Fred Walter Taylor was a steamship agent and broker of Philadelphia.
Incoming and outgoing correspondence and miscellanea on the improvement of the Delaware River ship channel, the development of Philadelphia port facilities, and the Delaware River Front Strike, 1913; and account books, 1889-1899, mainly on the shipping of coal.
Gift of Florence E. Taylor, 1967.
Fisher, Samuel W. Papers, 1762 (1783-1813), 1868.
Samuel W. Fisher was a Pennsylvania state legislator and president of the Philadelphia Insurance Company.
Papers of the Fisher and Rhoads families of Philadelphia include: personal and family correspondence, 1783-1813, of Samuel W. Fisher mainly to Benjamin Morgan, Jr., and from his wife Elizabeth and his mother-in-law Sarah Pemberton Rhoads; documents, 1800, on the investigation of the fracas between Fisher and George Logan on the floor of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Sarah P. Rhoads daybooks, 1796-1798, 1802-1803, commonplace books, and a reminiscence of her daughter Elizabeth Rhoads Fisher.
Gift of W.B. Shubrick Clymer, 1969.
Ingersoll, Edward, 1817-1893. Accounts, (1839-1860) 1890.
Personal and household bills and receipts, 1839-1860, of Edward Ingersoll, Philadelphia lawyer and legal writer, and his wife Anne Warren Ingersoll; and receipt book, 1862-1890, of the executors of the estate of Charles Jared Ingersoll, Edward's father.
Gift of Anna W. Ingersoll, 1970.
Morris, Robert, 1734-1806. Papers, 1756-1782.
Robert Morris papers include incoming correspondence, 1776-1782 on Morris's private commercial connections, with some material on his public career as member of the Pennsylvania Council of Safety, Continental Congress, and Pennsylvania Assembly. Also included are miscellaneous business accounts.
Collected by Russel T. Levis; gift of Mrs. Russel T. Levis, 1968.
Clark, Joseph Sill, 1901-1990. Papers, 1947 (1956-1968.)
(44 linear ft.)
Joseph Sill Clark was a Democratic reform politician from Philadelphia. Early in his career he served as campaign manager for Richardson Dilworth's mayoral campaign, 1947, and as Philadelphia city controller, 1950-1951. He served as mayor of Philadelphia, 1951-1956, and from 1957 to 1968 he was a United States senator from Pennsylvania.
This is a partial record of the career of Joseph Sill Clark. It consists primarily of material gathered by staff, reports, memoranda, clippings, news releases, articles, with some correspondence, all on issues and events with which Clark was involved.
A small portion of the papers are concerned with Clark's early activities as campaign manager for Richardson Dilworth's mayoral campaign, 1947, and as Philadelphia city controller, 1950-1951, for which there are campaign and office files. Clark's records as mayor of Philadelphia, 1951-1956, include campaign papers, some general office files, and transcripts of speeches.
The bulk of material covers Clark's years as United States senator from Pennsylvania, 1957-1968. There are papers for his three senatorial campaigns, 1956, 1962, and especially 1968. His Washington office general file reflects his interest in disarmament, the United Nations, Vietnam, and other matters before and after his appointment to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1965. Although correspondence is scattered throughout the papers, there is a correspondence series, 1966-1968, and form letters used to answer constituents. Additional congressional files include press releases, speeches, newspaper clippings; bills sponsored and co-sponsored by Clark; Clark's voting record; television scripts and tapes, 1959-1967, principally of a program done with Pennsylvania Senator Hugh Scott; clippings from the Congressional Record referring to Clark.
Extra-senatorial activities for which there is material are the 1964 primary campaign of Genevieve Blatt (D.) for Senate, whom Clark supported, and the Pennsylvania State Planning Board, 1967-1968, of which Clark was a member.
Gift of Joseph S. Clark, 1968.
Greenfield, Albert M., 1887-1967. Papers, 1921-1966.
(400 linear ft.)
Albert M. Greenfield was a real estate broker, banker, and philanthropist of Philadelphia. He had many business interests among which were: Albert M. Greenfield & Co. (real estate), Bankers Securities Corporation, City Stores Co. (a chain of department stores), Bankers Bond & Mortgage Co., the Philadelphia Transportation Co., and its predecessor, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company.
Politically, Greenfield provided financial and other support to candidates for public office, including Edwin S. Vare of Philadelphia, Republican candidate for the United States Senate, 1926, and Lyndon B. Johnson, Democratic candidate for the presidency, 1960 and 1964; he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention, 1928; a delegate-at-large to the Democratic National Conventions, 1948-1964; and a presidential elector, 1960.
The large array of organizations in which Greenfield held prominent positions includes: Sesqui-Centennial Exposition of 1926; the Pennsylvania Constitutional Commemoration Commission, 1938; Pennsylvania Commission of Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence; World Affairs Council; Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Pennsylvania Water Resources Committee, 1951; Philadelphia National Shrines Park Commission, 1946-1956; and Fairmount Park Commission.
He contributed to many institutions and organizations, including cultural and educational institutions such as Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Lasalle College, and Lincoln University. In addition he founded the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, a philanthropic institution created during his later years.
Greenfield also supported a variety of Jewish institutions and organizations such as Federation of Jewish Charities, National Conference of Christians and Jews, Development Fund for American Judaism, American Jewish Tercentenary, 1954-1955, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
These papers constitute the selected office files of Albert M. Greenfield. Incoming and outgoing correspondence make up the bulk of the collection, but there is also a great quantity of other material, including appointment books, photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, periodicals, and reports. The papers for 1921-1966 cover several categories: personal, business, political, civic, philanthropic, Jewish affairs, and miscellaneous.
The personal papers include mainly family, social, and private correspondence. They are interspersed throughout and constitute a small but important part of the collection.
The collection contains, in addition, papers of Greenfield's two confidential secretaries, Donald Jenks, 1951-1954, and John O'Shea, 1954-1964, including correspondence, drafts of speeches, appointment books, and miscellaneous materials; and a few personal papers, 1922-1930, of Greenfield's first wife Edna Kraus Greenfield, including personal and social correspondence, financial records, and record book of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish Hospital-Emergency Fund, Philadelphia, 1922.
Permission to use the papers must be secured from the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation. 1315 Walnut Street; Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Gift of Alfred M. Greenfield, 1968.
Logan-Fisher-Fox family. Collection, 1700-1930.
(25 linear ft.)
rganized in the following series: I. Logan family section. II. Fisher family section. III. Fox family section. IV. Miscellaneous section.
The Logan-Fisher-Fox collection focuses on the members of three prominent Philadelphia Quaker families. The material offers a study of the minds and lifestyles of several generations of active members of the Society of Friends and is a valuable source of information on family life, highlighting the position of women in the family.
The Fisher section includes 500 items of the Post-Revolutionary correspondence of Thomas Fisher, merchant and brewer, 1780-1810. The bulk of this section, however, centers around William Logan Fisher, a counting house apprentice, who later went into the whaling business. The William Logan Fisher papers are particularly useful for their commentary on the economy, politics, slavery and abolition. Also included here are the manuscripts of Sarah Lindley Fisher, second wife of William Logan Fisher, Elizabeth R. Fisher and Mary Fisher Fox important for their depiction of the life of the 19th century wife and mother.
The Fox section focuses on the letters of Samuel and George to their brother Joseph M. Fox. Both Samuel and George graduated from medical school, but Samuel left the profession in 1828 to work in his father-in-law's New York counting house.
Gift of Joseph M. Fox in memory of William Logan Fox, 1968.
Finding aid available: folder level inventory.
Philadelphia Society for Organizing Charity. Records, 1878-1928.
(27 linear ft.)
The Philadelphia Society for Organizing Charitable Relief and Repressing Mendicancy (now the Family Service of Philadelphia), a private relief agency was organized in 1879 by a group of men connected with the Soup Houses and other charitable agencies.
The correspondence files constitute the largest group of material and include: letterpress books of general correspondence, 1878-1911; incoming general correspondence, 1899-1908; incoming correspondence, 1900-1909, of general secretary Mary Richmond, a central figure in the emergence of professional social work in the United States; incoming and outgoing correspondence of the supervisor of districts, 1915; miscellaneous correspondence.
Minute books, 1878-1928, include minutes of the Commission on Organizing Charities, 1878-1879; minutes of the Board of Directors; minutes of the Ward Associations; minutes of various committees. Some of the minute books also contain case records. Other records include application books, 1902-1909; case records, 1890-1923; annual reports of the Board of Directors, 1879-1900; annual reports of the Ward Associations, 1879-1902; scrapbooks, 1878-1879, 1895-1900; photographs; printed material such as "The Charity Organization Bulletin," and "The Monthly Register," 1879-1900, the first journal of social work to have a national circulation.
The records do not include many financial accounts of the society, but there are a few miscellaneous financial records, among which are an account book, 1916-1921; minutes of the Committee on Finance, 1884-1894, 1904-1916; and a volume of papers, 1879-1882, primarily on financial matters.
The collection contains, in addition, records of the Philadelphia Social Workers Club: incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1907-1922; minutes, 1905- 1920; account book, 1916-1921; and scrapbook of programs, 1917-1922.
Gift of Family Service of Philadelphia, 1969.
Wister family. Papers, 1730-1940.
(20 linear ft.)
Frances Ann Kemble, a well-known English actress, and Pierce Butler, a Philadelphia gentleman, were married in 1834. They had two children. Fanny Kemble and her daughters are the central individuals in this collection.
Fanny and Pierce Bulter were separated and finally divorced in 1848. Fanny Kemble lived alternately in the United States, 1848-1862, 1867-1877, and England, 1845-1848, 1862-1867, 1877-1894, during which time she returned to the stage, performing dramatic readings if Shakespeare, publishing her diary and memoirs, writing some dramatic criticism. Most of the Fanny Kemble items consists of social and family correspondence. Fanny Kemble's letters comment on current events and prominent public leaders and her various cultural interests. They also reveal her more private concerns: her relationship with her children and the increasing frustrations of old age.
The letters of Frances Butler Leigh, the younger daughter of Fanny and Pierce, deal most significantly with the post-bellum South, where she and her sister maintained the Butler plantation after their father died until 1877.
The early portion of the Sarah Butler Wister papers focus on the Civil War years. In addition to Mrs. Wister's own opinions and activities, reflected in her letters and in her diary, there is correspondence from Jeannie L. Field, daughter of David Dudley Field. Jeannie Field regularly relayed to her friend pieces of the military and political information which her father, a prominent New York Republican, had received through his political connections. Also a series of letters from County Scull, Union commissary officer stationed on Hilton Head Island, provide information about the various military units which passed through Hilton Head post, and general views about Union military activities in the South.
Mrs. Wister and Agnes Irwin edited an 1877 volume of biographical sketches of American women, Worthy Women of Our First Century. There are fifty letters from individuals such as Anne Fiske, Faith Hubbard, Mary Eliot Parkinson, Catherine Pennington, Sarah Randolph, and Helen Stryker, which are filled with discussions about the qualities which a woman ought to possess to merit inclusion in the book.
The later portion of the Frances Wister correspondence deals with racial attitudes and relationships in both the North and the South during the years at the turn of the century. There are many letters from English feminist, Frances Power Cobbe, 1873-
The material for Fanny Kemble, Frances Butler Leigh, and Sarah Wister offer a researcher material on politics, culture, family history, and the history of women.
Sarah Butler Wister's husband, Dr. Owen Wister, served as an assistant surgeon on the Plymouth with the U.S. Navy from 1848 to 1850. The few letters and a portion of a diary kept from this period are filled with descriptions of: wardroom quarrels, general ship life, dirty ports, Malayan natives, the American diplomatic mission to China, Chinese customs and traits, and retired white missionaries living in Hawaii. The remainder of his correspondence concerns the local news of Germantown and its citizens.
The collection offers only background sources for Owen and Sarah Wister's son, Owen Wister, author of The Virginian.
There is a section of business correspondence which relates to the management, financing, and eventual division and sale of the Butler plantation estate and the Germantown estate lands.
Also included is a miscellaneous section of family members. The genealogical connections are obscure, but all old Philadelphia families are related to each other somewhere along the line.
In this section there are miscellaneous manuscripts of Samuel Bradford, including papers relative to the disagreement with his father, Thomas Bradford, over the family printing business. There are letters of Dr. Edward Florens Rivinus to his brother-in-law Dr. James H. Bradford, son of Samuel Bradford. Dr. Bradford's father-in-law David Caldwell, is represented by a small group of miscellaneous items.
Finally there are miscellaneous manuscripts of Sarah Yorke Stevenson (Mrs. Cornelius Stevenson), archeologist, columnist, and civic leader. Most of these documents are notes and drafts for lectures and articles in connection with the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, for which she served as curator.
Krumbhaar family. Papers, 1732-1951.
Miscellaneous family papers, genealogical notes, and letters gathered mainly by Edward Bell Krumbhaar in his roots pursuits. Among small groups of papers are: Christian Ludwig Lewis Krumbhaar letterbook, 1816-1820, on his Philadelphia mercantile business conducted from Hamburg, where Krumbhaar lived for the duration of the War of 1812, and from Philadelphia to which he returned in 1816, and on family business including lands in Kentucky and New York; William W. Stone letters, 1855-1861 on his business problems and Maryland's resistance to the passage of Northern troops through to Washington, D.C., at the start of the Civil War; Charles Hermann Krumbhaar scrapbooks, 1876-1893, on his political activities as city councilman, county commissioner, sheriff, and Pennsylvania superintendent of banking. Related families represented in the papers are Ramsay, Turnbull, and Bell.
Christian Ludwig Lewis Krumbhaar letterbook in German.
Gift of Peter D. Krumbhaar, 1969.
Pennsylvania. Militia. National Guard. Record books, (1861-1917) 1951.
(13 v. and 150 items.)
Company "D," Gray Reserves, was organized in Philadelphia, April 25, 1861, for the special defense of the city. Following a brief hiatus as a social organization, 1864-1866, Company "D" was reorganized within the Pennsylvania militia system and became part of the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1875.
The Company "D" books consist of: minute books, 1861-1914; Roll book, 1861-1876; constitution and by-laws with membership lists, 1861-1906; standing resolutions, 1861-1906; enlistment and descriptive book, 1878-1894; camp pay book, 1907-1915; company register, 1914-1917; and roll book for annual dinners and meeting, 1922-1942. A folder of miscellaneous materials, receipted bills and correspondence, 1875-1951, contains a "Muster-In-Roll," 1899, and a 1951 membership roll.
Gift of Earle Hepburn, 1969.
Philadelphia Public Schools. 16th District. Records, 1835-1914.
Records of a local Philadelphia school board include: board of director's minute books, 1854-1906; Jefferson Grammar School for girls registers, 1835-1899; Jefferson Grammar School for boys (formed 1843) applications, 1847-1870, withdrawals, 1847-1887, and registers, 1870-1899; Jefferson Combined School (boys, girls, grammar, and primary) registers, 1899-1914; and George Wolfe Primary, No. 2 (organized 1849) registers, 1881-1906. The registers provide the pupils' names, ages, grade assignments, parents' occupations, dates and causes for leaving.
Gift of Miss Adelaide Conrad, 1971.
Forsyth, Joseph W. Papers, 1835-1877.
Miscellaneous papers of Joseph W. Forsyth, Philadelphia plumber include: incoming correspondence pertaining mainly to promissory notes held by Forsyth and personal household bills, 1871-1877.
Gift of Helen H. and Elizabeth A. Livingston, 1971.
Grubb family. Papers, 1730-1950.
(12 linear ft.)
These papers cover several generations of the Grubb family of Lancaster, and the iron manufacturing interests over which they presided. The founder of the family business was Peter Grubb [I] and he is represented here by only a Peter Grubb and Curtis Grubb ledger, 1745-1750.
A small portion of the papers consist of correspondence and financial papers, 1767-1793, relating to Peter Grubb's [II] military career as a Revolutionary War colonel in the 8th Battalion of Lancaster County, to his business career as owner of the several Pennsylvania iron forges, and to his estate.
The bulk of the collection centers around Colonel Grubb's grandson, Clement B. Grubb. This material, 1823-1871, gives a partial account of his management of the family iron furnaces, a responsibility which he shared with his brother Edward B. Grubb until 1851. A record book, 1841-1862, contains furnace memorandum and accounts and Lebanon and Manheim Plank Road accounts and minutes. There is correspondence between Grubb and his siblings, particularly Edward B. Grubb, A. Bates Grubb, and Mary Grubb Parker, on the interconnected aspects of the E. & C. B. Grubb partnership and the estate of their father Henry Bates Grubb, as well as family news.
Harriet B. Grubb's letters home to Clement and Mary Anne Brooke Grubb, 1852-1864, reveal the reactions of a daughter attending boarding school in Philadelphia.
There are personal receipted bills of Clement Grubb. The emotional difficulties of Henry Carson Grubb, a half-brother, also emerges from family letters to him and a few of his own notes, 1821-1873. Miscellaneous papers, deeds, land surveys, wills, and newspaper clippings complete the Grubb family material.
Apparently unrelated to the Grubb family is Mrs. Mary Ella Johnson Stuart incoming family and social correspondence, 1858-1868, much of which is from Anne and Theodore Mead in Boston.
Gift of Mrs. Charles S.W. Bissell, Mrs. James Rawle, and Mrs. Herbert S. Morris.
Finding aid available.
Grubb family. Papers, 1707-1856.
Additional business and family letters, surveys, and other documents of various Grubb family members.
Free Military School for Command of Colored Regiments.Register and Scrapbook, 1863-1864.
he Free Military School for Command of Colored Regiments was administrated by The Philadelphia Supervisory Committee for Recruiting Colored Regiments.
Register, 1863-1864, recording admissions to the Free Military School, continued as a scrapbook of clippings, telegrams, correspondence, etc. concerning the school and regiments, collected by Abraham Barker.
Gift of Abraham Barker.
Rosenblum, Allen M. Papers, 1957-1968.
Notes and court transcripts, many being Master's reports on divorce cases, from the law office of Allen M. Rosenblum.
Gift of Edward Pinkowski.
Lighthouse. Records, 1893-1965.
(ca. 155 v.)
The Lighthouse, a settlement house, was founded as a social center for the mill workers of the Kensington section of Philadelphia. It shortly expanded to include a Boys' Club, Men's Club, Girls' Club, Women's Club, Baldwin Day Nursery, and a several other activities, with the boys' sports program as its most viable activity.
The records contain, in varying series, minutes, accounts, other operational records, scrapbooks and photograph albums of the Lighthouse, its' clubs and programs.
General: Executive Committee minutes, 1911-1918; cash receipts, disbursements, ledgers, and other account books, 1909-1963; front desk book diaries, 1908-1965, with messages, appointments, and activities.
Boys' Club: Council minutes, 1931-1951; "Reports" on finances and other proceedings, 1940-1949; scrapbooks of clippings, programs, photographs and photograph albums, 1895-1951?, of activities, especially sports, camps, and Websterians.
Old Timers' Association minutes, 1941-1943.
Men's Club minutes, 1934-1941.
Women's and Girls' Club minutes, 1907-1912. Girls' Club: minutes, 1912-1934; daybooks, 1946-1964; group leader reports, 1957-1964; camp applications, 1950s; reports, 1930-1958; membership records of "dropouts," 1940-1959; scrapbooks, 1911-1930. Women's club minutes, 1919-1954.
Baldwin Day Nursery: minutes, 1898-1923; and application book, 1922-1925.
Lighthouse Beneficial Society minutes, 1917-1945.
There are assorted dues books, address books, and rollbooks of the clubs.
Gift of the Lighthouse, 1967.
Loudoun. Papers, 1696 (1760-1895), 1939.
(40 linear ft.)
A collection of papers accumulated by several generations of residents of Loudoun, a mansion in Germantown, built in 1801 by Thomas Armat, Philadelphia merchant. Included are papers of five related Philadelphia area families: Armat, Skerrett, Logan, Norris, and Dickinson.
The bulk of the Armat family section consists of the business papers of Thomas Armat. The most significant part of his papers is for the years, 1784-1804, when Armat was a prominent merchant trading in goods, especially with Great Britain. The papers for the merchant years contain the business records of Thomas Armat, his son Thomas Wright Armat, and two Armat partnerships: Thomas Armat & Son, 1795-1797, and [Thomas] Armat & [James C.] Copper, 1799-1806. After 1800 Thomas Armat turned increasingly to other business enterprises, especially dry-goods merchandizing and real estate, and from about 1820 he was known simply as Thomas Armat, gentleman.
The Thomas Armat business papers include incoming correspondence and loose financial records, 1779, 1784-1820, 1831; letterbooks, 1781-1798; journals, 1782-1800, 1818; ledgers, 1781-1805, 1818; receipt books, 1779-1829; miscellaneous account books, including four volumes on his property holdings; pocket diaries, 1790-1818; household journal, 1817-1829; and estate papers. Among the Armat & Copper records are a letterbook, 1801-1806, journals, 1799-1804, and an inventory book, 1801; Thomas Armat & Son records are limited to journals, 1795-1797; Thomas W. Armat business records consist of a letterbook, 1798-1801, journals, 1798-1799, receipt books, 1796-1807, and a journal of Thomas W. Armat's estate, 1806-1808.
Additional Armat family papers include: papers, 1780-1851 of Ann Smart Armat, Thomas Armat's fifth wife, Elizabeth Smart Rooker, Ann's sister, and James Rooker, Elizabeth's husband and pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Germantown, including incoming correspondence, loose financial records, and account books; James Rooker diary, 1811-1827, pertaining to church activities; Presbyterian Church of Germantown record book, 1818-1827; Thomas Armat, treasurer of St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Germantown, correspondence and financial records, 1817-1826; St. Luke's pew rent books, 1821-1825; Protestant Episcopal Association of Germantown subscription book, 1815-1816; St. Luke's Contingent Fund, 1922; business correspondence and financial records, 1800-1803, of Asbury Dickins, Philadelphia bookseller.
The Skerrett family section, 1805-1877, includes: family and personal correspondence, 1821-1849, of Jane Caroline Armat Skerrett, daughter of Thomas W. Armat and wife of James J. Skerrett, gentleman; her expense book while in Europe, 1836-1837; account book of Jane and James Skerrett on their real estate holdings, 1830-1860; Jane Skerrett estate papers, including financial records for rents collected from houses occupied by black tenants, 1856-1868. The larger portion of this section consists of James J. Skerrett financial records, 1805-1877, and estate papers.
The Logan family section, 1768-1939, contains four generations of Logan family papers, beginning with Deborah Norris Logan, collector of historical records. Her papers include outgoing family correspondence, 1768-1836; loose financial items; 1822 memoir of her husband George Logan, physician and legislator; commonplace books; and estate records.
Other Logan family papers include: James Logan medical receipt book, n.d.; loose financial records, 1808-1848, and account book of Sommerville Farm, 1818, of Albanus Charles Logan, physician; personal correspondence, 1792-1844 of Maria Dickinson Logan; Charles F. Logan ledger, 1823-1825; incoming correspondence, 1830-1871, loose financial records, miscellaneous account books, and ledger, 1861-1863, of Gustavus George Logan, gentleman; incoming correspondence and loose financial records, 1858-1895, of Anna Armat Logan; her receipt book, 1870-1895, miscellaneous account books, address book, desk book diaries, 1874-1894, fragments of a diary, ca. 1864-1867, on her separation from Gustavus George Logan, and estate papers; loose financial records and account books, 1852-1854, on building Restlerigg Hall on Stenton farm; incoming correspondence, loose financial items, account books and desk book diaries, 1874-1929, of Albanus Charles Logan, gentleman; his Stenton Stock Farm records, 1876-1886, containing horse and boarding records; incoming correspondence and loose financial records, 1880-1939, account books account book of wages paid Loudoun servants, 1884-1895, Loudoun cash book, ca. 1899, and commonplace book of Maria Dickinson Logan.
The Norris family section, 1706-1855, includes a few papers, ca. 1761-1766, of Isaac Norris [II] relating to his property holdings; correspondence, 1759- 1766, financial records, 1804-1809, and estate papers of Charles Norris, brother of Deborah Norris Logan; and miscellaneous Norris family papers.
The Dickinson family section, 1760-1856, includes: John Dickinson, lawyer and statesman, incoming official and personal correspondence, outgoing family correspondence, especially to his wife Mary Norris Dickinson, and loose financial records, 1760, 1780-1804; Mary Norris Dickinson, incoming and outgoing family correspondence, 1794; their daughter, Sarah Norris Dickinson's financial papers containing correspondence, deeds, and bonds relating to her property holdings, 1794, 1810-1834, 1856.
Other Loudoun records include: broadsides; deeds; photographs; account book, 1760-1765, of William Hicks of Staten Island.
Of special note are a few papers of Jonathan Dickinson, an importing merchant and landowner of Philadelphia and Jamaica, including incoming correspondence, 1698-1713, primarily on his mercantile pursuits. Eighteen of the letters are from John Askew, his factor, friend, and business associate in London. Also included is an incomplete manuscript of the "Jonathan Dickinson Journal," 1696: "A Journey of the Travels of Several Persons and their Sufferings being cast-away in the Gulph among the Cannibals of Florida," a narrative describing a shipwreck experienced by Dickinson, his family, and ten of his slaves on a journey from Jamaica to Philadelphia.
Deposited by the Commissioners of Fairmount Park, 1968.
Finding aid available.
Ashhurst family. Papers, 1797-1907.
(3 linear ft.)
This collection contains random gatherings of the papers of the Ashhurst and related families of Philadelphia. The most complete series consists of John Ashhurst personal receipted bills, 1837-1883, and caretaker of Samuel H. Hibbard's accounts, 1863-1877, of the Grange, Ashhurst's summer estate in Havertown. Also John Ashhurst correspondence, 1834-1892, which includes some family letters, often referring to estate and financial matters, and some personal business letters and papers.
Other family members represented are: [I.I.] Wheeler & [Richard] Ashhurst, merchants, petit cashbook, 1808-1811; Richard Ashhurst, dry goods merchant, letterbook, 1822-1827; Richard Ashhurst & Son, dry goods merchants, receipt book, 1833-1839, and loose financial correspondence, 1821-1857, 1878; Richard L. Ashhurst letters (typescript), September, 1862 - June, 1863, as Adjutant of the 150th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers; Manuel Eyre estate papers, and assorted Stokes family correspondence, most notably Caleb P. Wayne's off again, on again courtship of Mary Stokes, 1802-1803.
Ashhurst family. Papers, 1796-1890.
(4.5 linear ft.)
Additional miscellaneous Ashhurst family papers include: Richard Ashhurst & Sons, merchants, incoming correspondence, 1804-1890 primarily from the South; receipted bills and accounts, both business and personal, of Richard Ashhurst, John Ashhurst, and their families; Manuel Eyre incoming correspondence, 1796-1845, mostly on farm properties, and personal receipted bills; Manuel Eyre estate accounts, receipts, and legal papers; and John Connelly estate papers, 1827-1855.
Gift, 1967; Donor unknown.
West family. Papers, 1764 (1828-1871), 1893.
Miscellaneous personal papers of the Nixon, West, and Hemsley families, three related Philadelphia families, including correspondence, legal records, photographs and miscellanea. Among the individuals represented are Francis West, merchant, and his wife, Mary Nixon West; Francis West [II], physician; Emily Cox Hemsley, whose incoming family correspondence includes letters, 1861, from her husband, Alexander Hemsley, inventor and manufacturer of photographic supplies, written while he served with the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry.
Finding aid available.
Lerner, Albert. Papers, 1918 (1942-1945).
Albert Lerner, Philadelphia pharmacist, correspondence and miscellany on the two World Wars. There are five letters by Lerner while serving in the World War I medical corps of the 314th Regiment infantry in France; censored letters, 1942-1945, of Lt. Joseph Lerner, Albert's brother, from North Africa and Europe; and other World War II correspondence to Albert and his wife.
Western North Carolina Land Company. Records, 1873 (1874-1896), 1945.
The Western North Carolina Land Company, incorporated in 1874, was organized by J. Grier Ralston, John K. Ralston, and other Philadelphia area entrepreneurs for the purpose of speculating in land in western North Carolina.
Almost half of the collection is made up of correspondence, 1877, 1890-1896, of John K. Ralston, secretary and treasurer of the company, and other officers. Among the other items are: miscellaneous financial records; title records; reports, including survey reports; photographs of western North Carolina; and miscellany.
Gift of Mrs. Conrad Wilson, 1968.
Atherton, Humphrey, 1784-1845. Papers, 1788 (1809-1845).
(9 v. and 1,800 items.)
Humphrey Atherton, Philadelphia lawyer, correspondence, notes, accounts, and other legal papers on his cases, along with his docket book, 1811-1824, receipt books, 1809-1824, and financial memorandum books, 1809-1822. Also European travel diaries, 1833-1835, n.d., and copybooks of his daughter Emily Atherton.
Purdon, James, Jr. Correspondence, 1839-1841.
Correspondence of James Purdon, Philadelphia lawyer, with family and friends, reporting on life in Easton, Wilkesbarre, and Bremen, Germany.
Gift of Mrs. Charles Murray Rudolph, 1968.
Hopkinson family. Papers, 1735-1863.
The Hopkinson family was a prominent political family of Philadelphia and Bordentown, N.J. Thomas Hopkinson, 1709-1751, was a merchant, a lawyer, and judge of the vice-admiralty for the province of Pennsylvania. His son, Francis Hopkinson, 1737-1791, was a jurist, author, musician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Joseph Hopkinson, 1770-1842, son of Francis, was a Federal congressman from Pennsylvania, 1815-1819, federal judge, 1828-1842, and author of Hail Columbia. His son, Oliver Hopkinson, 1812-1905, served during the Civil War with the 1st Regiment, Delaware Volunteers and with the 51st Regiment Infantry, Pennsylvania Militia.
The Hopkinson papers cover four generation. The collection consists principally of incoming correspondence, but there is also some outgoing correspondence, documents, manuscript notes, and miscellany. The first generation is represented by the incoming correspondence, 1735-1747, of Thomas Hopkinson, and pertain mainly to his activities as an importing merchant. There are a few incoming letters, 1754-1766, to his wife Mary Johnson Hopkinson, and 3 letters from Benjamin Franklin.
The papers of Francis Hopkinson, includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1765-1789, and a few manuscript notes. Among his correspondents are: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Morris, and George Washington.
The bulk of the collection is Joseph Hopkinson's correspondence, 1815-1842. Joseph Bonaparte's letters to Hopkinson and his wife are mostly personal, but there is some mention of Bonaparte's financial interests while living in the United States. Other correspondents are eminent politicians and other nineteenth century figures among whom are: John Quincy Adams; Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams; Henry Baldwin, jurist; Samuel Rossiter Betts, jurist; Horace Binney, lawyer and congressman,; John C. Calhoun; Henry Clay; Peter S. DuPonceau, authority on international law and practice; Edward Everett; William Gaston, jurist; Henry Dilworth Gilpin, lawyer and U.S. attorney general; Marquis de Lafayette; Louis McLane, U.S. senator, secretary of treasury, minister to Britain; John Marshall; Richard Peters, lawyer; Joel Roberts Poinsett, diplomat and secretary of war; Richard Rush, politician and diplomat; John Sergeant, lawyer and congressman; Jared Sparks, editor and historian; Richard Stockton, lawyer and congressman; Joseph D. Story, jurist; Robert Walsh, author and editor; Bushrod Washington, jurist; and Daniel Webster.
There are additional Joseph Hopkinson family and personal letters, notes, typescripts of essays, and materials relating to Hail Columbia. Hopkinson, an admirer of Alexander Hamilton, presumably collected the few Hamilton papers, 1794-1802, which include letters on military and political matters and a proposal for a military academy. There is also personal and family correspondence of Emily Mifflin Hopkinson, Joseph's wife.
The papers, 1853-1878, of Oliver Hopkinson consist primarily of Civil War correspondence on his service with the 1st Regiment, Delaware Volunteers, and then the 51st Regiment Infantry, Pennsylvania Militia.
Gift of Edward Hopkinson, Jr., 1946-1948.
Finding aid available.
Richards, Howard, 1840-1911. Papers, 1808-1912.
(3 linear ft.)
The papers of Howard Richards, lawyer of Philadelphia and Elizabeth, N.J., consist of legal correspondence and records, mostly from his New Jersey office, together with some family estate and personal papers. The legal material includes: Howard Richards letterpress book, 1865-1866, of legal and Pearson Petroleum Company business; Richards law office diary, 1876-1878, kept by an unidentified associate; papers on Civil War soldiers' claims, and other case papers. There are Richards' pocket diaries with memoranda of professional and personal activities, 1864-1883; his miscellaneous financial records; and State Charities Aid Association of New Jersey financial records, 1887-1892. Additional papers include: Augustus Richards' letters, 1848-1851, to his family reporting on his employment difficulties in California; Benjamin Wood Richards estate income, 1865-1905, from John G. Hewes, agent for family properties in Pottsville; Sarah Ann Richards estate papers; Mayo family correspondence, among which are letters, 1842-1844, of Winfield Scott; Mayo family estate papers; and "Journal of the Labrador Exploring Expedition of 1886," author unknown, mainly on travel in Quebec.
Westcott and Thompson. Records, 1856-1924.
(3 linear ft.)
Westcott and Thompson, compositors, job-printers, and stereotypers, specialized in book work for publishers such as Harper & Brothers, J.B. Lippincott, Lea & Febiger, and Saunders.
These volumes comprise a partial record of the company, including: wastebooks, 1856-1862; journals, 1858-1862, 1880-1902; trial-balance ledgers, 1900-1916; receipt book, 1864-1870; cashbooks, 1880-1920; sales books, 1890-1905; wage book, 1907-1918; composing room work orders, 1910-1924; record of children under 16 employed, 1895-1914; and Job printing billing book, 1900-1916.
Part gift of Mrs. Charles W. Singer, 1972; part purchased, 1972.
Contemporary Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) Papers, 1886-1951.
(3 linear ft.)
The Contemporary Club, was organized in 1886 to hold discussions on outstanding questions of the day and to present scholarly papers by public figures. Membership was open to men and women, most of whom were distinguished in the academic, artistic, and literary worlds of Philadelphia.
Correspondence, 1886-1951, makes up the bulk of the papers, including: outgoing correspondence of club presidents; incoming correspondence of individuals invited to speak; miscellaneous correspondence to Thornton Oakley and other club officers. Among the other papers are executive committee minutes, 1894-1919; photographs; year books; and miscellanea.
These papers were collected by Thornton Oakley, a Philadelphia artist, muralist, and officer of the club, 1933-1941.
Gift of Mrs. Lansdale Oakley Humphreys, 1972.
Ewing, James Hunter, 1842-1922. Accounts, 1859-1884.
James Hunter Ewing was an investment banker and gentleman farmer of Philadelphia and Villanova.
These accounts document Ewing's efforts to improve the farm at Woodstock and the family estate at Villanova. Included are: account books and farm diary, 1859-1860, of Ewing's attempt at chicken farming; account book, 1861-1862, 1867; journal, 1874-1876; ledgers, 1863-1884; diaries, 1861-1879, recording farm work done at Woodstock and Ewing's social life; and a scrap book.
Additionally, there is a Caldwell & Ewing account book, 1869-1872, the "suspended accounts" of a short-lived partnership with Robert S. Caldwell in the wholesale fish trade.
Gift of Lansdale Oakley Humphreys, 1972.
Coxe, Brinton, 1833-1892, collector. Papers, 1787-1917.
(36 linear ft.)
rganized in the following series; I. Cove Papers. II. Fisher Papers. III. Harrison Papers. IV. Miscellaneous.
Brinton Coxe, member of a prominent Philadelphia family, studied law, served as Commonwealth Club President, Historical Society of Pennsylvania President, and was active in scholarly pursuits. His brother, Eckley Coxe, ran the family coal mining interests in Drifton, Pa. and served as Democratic State Senator from Luzerne Co., 1881-1884. Joshua Francis Fisher, Coxe's father-in-law, was also interested in history, serving as Vice-President of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and travelling extensively. George Harrison, Fisher's uncle, served as naval agent for Philadelphia, 1803-1831.
Papers, 1787-1917: Coxe section (1839-1895) contains Brinton Coxe business and personal correspondence, memoranda, bills, receipts, speeches, notebooks, clippings and essays; Maria Middleton (nee Fisher) Coxe correspondence and papers, 1864-1907; Eckley B. Coxe correspondence and papers (largely political).
Fisher section (1819-1860) contains J. Francis Fisher correspondence, accounts, historical papers and miscellaneous; Oliver Hering letters to Mary Middleton, notable for their commentary on literature, religion, society and politics in both England and the United States; and Elizabeth Powel Fisher correspondence and bills. George Harrison section (1795-1855) contains correspondence and business papers concerning service as naval agent, financial affairs as trustee for Rebcca McMurtrie, and business, social and political matters.
Miscellaneous section contains genealogical material, historical memoranda and notes and miscellaneous family papers and clippings.
Gift of Mrs. Daniel M. Coxe, 1970.
Dallas, Constance H., 1902- Papers, 1951-1956.
(13.5 linear ft.)
Constance H. Dallas was the first woman to be elected to the Philadelphia City Council where she represented the 8th district (21st and 22nd Wards) composed of Germantown, West Oak Lane and Chestnut Hill.
The papers include incoming and outgoing correspondence, reports, and other printed matter, published materials, clippings, and miscellanea and consist of six series: general files, having to do with council activities as well as papers on the Menniger Foundation, the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women, and the World Affairs Council; committees of Council, largest of the series, consisting of material prepared for or used by the councilmanic committees, especially the committees of Public Welfare and of Public Health on which Dallas serves, together with papers on the Public Health Code of 1955 drafted by the Public Health Committee; administration, relating to various government departments including: City Planning, Police, Public Welfare, and Streets; political papers, files generated during Dallas's first successful campaign for City Council and its aftermath, 1951-1952, the election files for 1953, and for the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 1954; constituency affairs, includes material relating to the 8th district.; reports of various city departments.
Gift of Constance H. Dallas, 1972.
Foster, Frank B. Records, 1897-1923.
These are the personal account books of Frank B. Foster, Philadelphia industrialist. The records include journals: 1904-1907, 1907-1914, and 1915-1920; ledgers covering the periods 1904-1914, 1904-1917, and 1914-1923; as well as farm accounts from the years 1916-1917. Another volume contains the stock lists of sheathing at Mount Airy, 1897-1900.
Gift of John H. Foster, 1980.
Roberts and Smith family. Papers, 1702 (1801-1898).
(3.5 linear ft.)
Estate papers of George Roberts, ironmonger of Philadelphia, and his heirs: Hugh Roberts, George Roberts [II], Elizabeth F. Roberts, Charles F. Roberts, Mary Roberts Smith and her husband John Jay Smith, Mary Roberts Smith, George Roberts Smith, Thomas Newbold Smith, Harry M. Smith, Charles Morton Smith, Sarah Emlen Roberts Ingersoll, and other grandchildren, great grandchildren, and their spouses. Much of the estate was derived from property in Philadelphia and various pieces of land in Centre, Clearfield, and Elk Counties, and much of the financial and legal papers are concerned with the management of this property.
The small groups of correspondence also refer mostly to family estate business, but there are Bainbridge, Ansley & Co. business letters, 1805-1810, to James Smith, Jr., Philadelphia merchant.
Also Harry M. Smith letters, 1846-1855, describe his expatriate life in Paris, viewed with disfavor by his brother.
School books and lectures, 1755-1904.
- Anderson, John. Music book, ca. 1793. This music book includes lessons given by John Anderson, a Bally Bay (Ireland) vocal teacher to Samuel Harkness. (1 v.)
- Arithmetic work book, 1762-. Gift of Albert Fogg, 1913. (1 v.)
- Arithmetic work book, . Gift of Anne Mott Rosengarten, 1961. (1 v.)
- Baird, F. Music book, 1755. Music book for James Hunter as taught by F. Baird. (1 v.)
- Bowne, Thomas. Arithmetic work books, 1786-1787. Gift of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1948. (3 v.)
- Buzby, John Burrows. Report cards, 1863-1865. These report cards show Buzby's grades while a student at Central High School. (1 v.)
- Carvill, Emma H. Music work book, . Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Sayres, 1931. (1 v.)
- Dickson, William. Student notebook, 1850-1851. Notebook for a course in bookkeeping, includes "Daybook and Journal A, 1850" and Index to Ledger A, Ledger B and Sales Book B." Gift of Independence National Historic Park, 1967. (2 v. in 1 v.)
- Fish, Asa Israel, 1820-1879. Student notebook, 1840-1842. Asa Israel Fish was a Philadelphia lawyer. This is a notebook of college themes submitted while a student at Harvard College. (1 v.)
- [Fisher, Johannes]. Notes in Latin and Greek, n.d. (1 v.)
- Haupt, Lewis Muhlenberg. Work book, 1866-1867. Lewis Muhlenberg Haupt attended the United States Military Academy, Class of 1867. This work book contains civil engineering notes, poetry, and miscellaneous personal notes and sketches. Purchased. (2 v.)
- Kindergarten teaching programs, 1898 (1903-1904). Notebook of a Philadelphia kindergarten teacher. Gift of Ezra Evans, 1915. (1 v.)
- Mahan, Abel. Bookkeeping work book, . Gift of Harrold E. Gillingham, 1933. (1 v.)
- Mahan, William. Bookkeeping work book, . Work book of William Mahan apparently while a student in Joseph Flowers' and Absalom Michner's schools. Gift of Harold E. Gillingham, 1933. (1 v.)
- McKean, William Wister, 1800-1865. Music notebook, . Music notebook of William Wister McKean consisting mainly of waltzes. Gift of Mabel Bayard Kane, 1936. (1 v.)
- Milliman, Francis A. Arithmetic and bookkeeping work books, 1833-1834. Gift of Mary E.W. Milliman, 1933. (2 v.)
- Music work books, . Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Sayres, 1931. (2 v.)
- Panseron, A. The A B C of Music : with additions by F. Dorigo, 1846. Interleaved with manuscript notes. Gift of Mrs. Edwards S. Sayres, 1931. (1 v.)
- Penrose, Martha T. Arithmetic work book, 1832. (1 v.)
- Rowland, Mary Potts. Writing exercise book, 1851. Writing exercise book of Mary Potts Penores while attending the Diamond Rock School near Valley Forge. (1 v.)
- Rush, Benjamin, 1745-1813. Manuscript Lectures of the Theory and Practice of Physick, 1790-1791. Gift of Dr. Solomon Solis-Cohen estate, 1948. (1 v.)
- Sergent, Winthrop, 1825-1870. Notebook, 1845-1847. Notebook of Winthrop Sergent, author, mainly regarding historical figures. Gift of Winthrop Sergent. (1 v.)
- Shaum, Eliza. Music work book, n.d. Purchased, 1895. (1 v.)
- Walton, Lydia, 1821-1857. Arithmetic work books, 1827-1831. Arithmetic work books used by Lydia, Ann and Macre Walton, students from Moreland, Montgomery County. Gift of Miranda S. Roberts, 1924. (2 v.)
- Wooddeson, Richard, 1745-1823. Lecture notes, 1777, on British Governmental law. Wooddeson was an English jurist, Magdalan College professor, and author. (1 v.)
- Zerr, Paul G. Arithmetic work book, 1840. Work book used by Paul G. Zerr, a Berks County student, while attending Trapp Boarding School, Montgomery County. (1 v.)
Wurts family. Papers, 1796 (1824-1884).
(3 linear ft.)
More than half of these papers of the Wurts and related Philadelphia families consist of the business papers, 1824-1859, of four Wurts brothers: Charles Stewart, John, Maurice, and William. These papers consist of incoming correspondence, correspondence between the brothers, and a few receipts and other loose accounts on their involvement in the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, the dry goods firm of Wurts, Musgrove, & Wurts, and land speculation and related activities, especially speculation in anthracites coal lands in northern Pennsylvania.
Other Wurts family papers include: correspondence and loose accounts, 1838-1884, on family lands in Missouri; Dr. Charles Stewart Wurts [II] receipted personal and household bills, 1869-1900; miscellaneous deeds; genealogical notes; and miscellanea.
Related family papers include: Charles J. Wister poems, personal and business correspondence, 1796-1837; John Wister III, President and Treasurer of Duncannon Iron Company, outgoing family letters, 1846-1900; miscellaneous Wister family papers, including recipe books; and Ravenel family of Virginia correspondence, 1851-1857.
Gift of John Wister Wurts, 1969.
Finding aid available.
Wurts family. Papers, 1817 (1845-1907).
(6 linear ft.)
These papers contain additional material of the four Wurts brothers. Maurice Wurts papers include: incoming business correspondence, 1849-1854, as manager of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company; Delaware and Hudson Canal Company account book, 1847-1851; miscellaneous account book, 1848-1852; and miscellaneous loose accounts.
Charles Stewart Wurts [I] papers include: outgoing family and business correspondence, 1817, 1820-1854; account book, 1845-1846, on the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company and to land purchases; loose accounts, 1847-1861; and estate papers.
Mary Vanuxem Wurts (Charles' wife) papers include: personal correspondence, 1847-1851; account books, 1869-1877, on her property assets; and a record book, 1860-1867, on Illinois lands.
John Wurts is represented by correspondence and accounts, ca. 1845-1857.
The bulk of the papers is comprised of Charles Stewart Wurts [II] financial records, including receipted personal and household bills, 1889-1907; cashbooks, 1875-1885, 1895-1906; and miscellaneous account books. There are additionally a few items on other members of the Wurts family.
Gift of Mrs. John Wister Wurts, 1976.
Pennsylvania. Magistrates Court. (Philadelphia Judicial District). Records, 1875-1903.
Miscellaneous record books of Philadelphia magistrates include: landlord and tenant cases heard before John F. Poole, Court No. 10, 1875-1881, Thaddeus Stearne, Court No. 21, 1877-1879, and William A. Thorpe, Court No. 9, 1879-1885; charge books, 1875-1877, 1880-1883 (Blue Law violations), 1903; judgement book, 1889-1890; and marriages performed by Ebenezer Cobb, Court No. 10, 1885-1897.
Anonymous Gift, 1972.
Lloyd, Malcolm, 1837-1911. Papers, 1855-1911.
Malcolm Lloyd owned the Gibson Point Refinery which was located on the Schuylkill River, Philadelphia. Lloyd, a pioneer in the oil refining field, was appointed Vice President of the Atlantic Refining Company following its purchase of the Gibson Point Refinery in 1888.
Contracts, patents, and patent assignments on Lloyd's oil refining business at Gibson Point on the Schuylkill River. Also membership certificates, leases, and obituaries.
Gift of Mrs. Nathan Hayward, 1970.
Horn, Henry, 1786-1862. Papers, 1816 (1826-1845), 1872.
Henry Horn, a Philadelphia lawyer, served as a U.S. congressman, 1831-1833, and customs collector, 1845-1846.
These papers are mostly letters to Horn concerning state politics and congressional issues, with some family correspondence.
Gift of Mrs. Edna T. Stewart, 1970.
Ashhurst family. Papers, 1834-1890.
Lewis Ashhurst was a Philadelphia merchant, bank director, and active in the Protestant Episcopal Church.
Ashhurst's diaries, 1834-1874, contain brief memoranda of his daily personal and professional activities. Mary Hazlehurst Ashhurst, wife of Lewis, diaries, 1834-1890, reflect her constant spiritual evaluation of herself and her family, and her religious activities. There are letters, 1865-1866, of Lewis R. and Mary Ashhurst and their children to others and also of their children while on a family tour through Europe.
Coombe family. Papers, 1751-1805.
Thomas Coombe, Jr., studied for the Anglican ministry, 1768-1771. He returned to America as assistant minister to Christ Church and Saint Peter's Church in Philadelphia, but because of Loyalist sympathies, he removed to England in 1778.
Family correspondence, accounts, estate papers, and other legal papers of Thomas Coombe, collector of the Port of Philadelphia, and his children, Sarah Coombe Shields and Thomas Coombe, Jr. The bulk of the correspondence are letters of Coombe, Jr., from England. Coombe writes home about family affairs, religion, and politics, with frequent mention of Benjamin Franklin whom he visited. The letters written from 1778 to 1803 relate mostly to family matters.
Diaries and letterbooks, -1939, n.d.
- Alexander, John B. Memorandum book, 1812-1814. John B. Alexander was captain of a Company of Pennsylvania Volunteer Riflemen. This memorandum book contains notes of a march to join the Northwest Army, accounts, and muster roll. (1 v.)
- Askew, Mary Brown, 1796-ca. 1887. Diaries, 1857-1869, 1873-1887. Diaries of family and social life in Burlington, N.J., with some account of Mrs. Askew's Brown relatives of Philadelphia. Gift of Thomas R. Adams and the University of Pennsylvania Library, 1951. (1 v.)
- Bagnell, Edward. Letterbook, 1815-1816. Edward Bagnell owned St. Margaret's Hill plantation in Trinidad. This letterbook, kept while in New England and New York, covers Bagnell's efforts to stave off creditors; interspersed are food and health recipes, and expense accounts. (1 v.)
- Baker, Anna Keyser. Diary, 1874-1876. Diary of Anna Keyser Baker, a Philadelphia Swedenborgian reporting on religious and social activities, with frequent mention of brother William Spohn Baker's family, and nature's wonders. Gift of Mrs. William Baker Whelen, 1951. (1 v.)
- Barnitz, Euginia Landenberger, b. 1882. Reflections of a Mid-Victorian / edited by Rebecca Lycett Halsey, 1963. Personal memoirs of childhood, growing up, courtship, marriage, motherhood, divorce, earning a livelihood, ancestors, family, friends. (1 v.)
- Barr, John P., b. 1839. Pocket diaries, 1862-1865. Diaries kept by John P. Barr, Brevet Major with the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 64th Regiment, reporting on guard, scout and picket duty, brigade headquarters assignments, occasional skirmishes and battle news, while with the Army of the Potomac in the Peninsular, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe and other campaigns. Purchased, 1966. (8 v.)
- Barrickman, John. Journal, 1812-1813. Kept while under the service of brigadier general Richard Crooks and Major General W.H. Harrison, recording travel of a marching detachment through Pittsburgh and Ohio. (1 v.)
- Barton, Hetty Anne. Diary, 1803. Diary, May, 1803, of a family trip from Lancaster to visit Richard Peters Barton of Winchester, Va. The family returned through Washington, D.C., for dinner with President Jefferson. (1 v.)
- Barton, Thomas, 1730-1780. Diary, 1758. Barton was an Episcopal missionary and clergyman. Diary kept as chaplain accompanying Brigadier General John Forbes's expedition against Fort Duquesne. Gift of the Dietrich Foundation, 1970. (1 v.)
- Boyts, Franklin, 1840-1911. Diaries, 1862-1865. Boyts was a Somerset County, Union soldier, serving as a Sergeant with the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 142nd Regiment. His diaries, with letters inserted, describe action in campaigns of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Wilderness, where he was wounded, duty in Commissary Department of Columbian College Hospital (Washington, D.C.) and defense of the capitol. Gift of Beatrice Edgerly, Boyt's granddaughter, 1967. (1 v.)
- Brinley family. Papers, 1738-1800. Copies of letters and other documents concerning family news and business, with some references to the effects of the Revolutionary War on loyalist sympathizers. Gift of Beauveau Borie, 1949. (1 v.)
- Calfe, John. Pocket devotional book, 1690. Contains direction for preparation and administration of Holy Communion according to the Church of England. With table of contents. Gift of J.C. Lightfoot, Jr., 1938. (1 v.)
- Cavada, Adolph Fernandez, 1834-ca. 1871. Diary, 1861-1863. Kept while serving as Captain with Pennsylvania Volunteers, 23rd Regiment and as Inspector General and Special Aide de Campe to General Andrew Atlinson. Cavada reports on guard and picket duty and skirmishes during the Peninsular campaign, and on the Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe, and Mine Run campaigns, with a detailed personal account of the Battle of Gettysburg. Copyflo. Gift of Mrs. Joseph Carson, 1973. (1 v.)
- Clark, William J., 1839-1889. Scrapbook, 1861-1889. Clark was a Philadelphia journalist. Scrapbooks contains Civil War letters, commissions, and orders while serving on the South Atlantic blockading squadron. Also included are letters of condolence and obituaries of his death. Gift of Elizabeth E. Clark, 1951. (1 v.)
- Clinton, Dewitt, 1769-1828. Diary extracts, 1826-1828. Contains brief memoranda of personal social and public activities, including a New England tour. Copy. (1 v.)
- Clunn, John Hugg, 1770-1798. Diary, 1794. John Hugg Clunn was quarter master in New Jersey detached Militia, Artillery Battalion to brigadier general Joseph Bloomfield's Infantry Brigade, describing march from Trenton to Pittsburgh and back to quell the Whiskey Rebellion; continued as anonymous recipes, prose, and poetry. Diary portion published in P.M.H.B., 71 (1947): 44-67. (1 v.)
- Clymer, George, 1767-1830. Estate letterbook, 1815-1830. Contains letters of Clymer's son Henry and grandson William Bingham Clymer, mostly concerning management of Pennsylvania lands. Purchased, 1895. (1 v.)
- Clymer, Meredith, 1817-1902. Diary, 1839-1840. Travel diary of Meredith Clymer, physician, professor, and author. Gift of George F. Howland, 1965. (1 v.)
- Colt, Judah, 1761-1832. Diary, 1797-1811. Diary as an agent for the Pennsylvania Population Company, giving account of settlement of the Erie Triangle, disputes between the land company title holders and earlier settlers, and Colt's own farming activities. Typescript from microfilm at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Gift, 1963. (1 v.)
- Colton, William Francis, 1841-ca. 1918. Diaries, 1862-1918. Recording Civil War service with the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 160th Regiment. Colton performed scouting duties in the Army of the Cumberland; his travels as an engineer for William Jackson Palmer's agent in Mexico, 1873-1874; with additional entries and memoranda on his other personal and professional activities. Gift of Hood Worthington, 1966. (1 v.)
- Dickson, Robert. Diary, 1864. Dickson was Lawrence County Presbyterian minister. This diary was kept as chaplain with the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 100th Regiment, reporting on activity during the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg campaigns, and North Anna River and Cold Harbor battles. Purchased, 1954. (1 v.)
- Dillon, Romaine, b. ca. 1800. Letters, 1807 (1838-1862), 1881. Romaine Dillon was a New York city lawyer and diplomat. Letters to family matters, trips to Europe, diplomatic appointments, and other matters. Typescripts. Source unknown, 1965. (1 v.)
- Drinker, Henry, 1734-1809. Diary, 1759. Describes voyage to England, with family reminiscences by Albert Gardner Clark appended. Gift of Mrs. John McDuffie, 1961. Copy. (1 v.)
- Embree, George. Report, 1795. George Embree, John Murry, Jr., and Thomas Eddy, New York Quakers report on a journey undertaken to various Indian tribes on the New York western frontier by direction of the Meeting for Suffering and the Committee on Indian Affairs of the Yearly Meeting of New York. Gift of Friends Historical Association, 1954. (1 v.)
- Emlen family. letters, 1772-1816. Mainly letters between Samuel Emlen and his wife, Sarah Mott Emlen while Samuel was on religious mission in Great Britain. There is some other family correspondence as well. Collected and arranged by Philip Syng Physick Conner. Gift of Mrs. W.H. Noble, Jr., 1950. (1 v.)
- Fisher, Sarah Logan, 1751-1796. Diaries, 1776-1795. Sarah Logan Fisher's diaries are a record of domestic and family affairs, social and religious gatherings, and spiritual contemplations. Mrs. Logan reports, from the royalist perspective, on events of her husband, Thomas' exile to Virginia. Deposited by Benjamin R. Cadwalader. Diaries, Nov. 30, 1776-June 18, 1778 June 18 published in P.M.H.B., 82 (1958). (24 v.)
- Graff, Charles. Diaries, 1800-1823. Graff, a Philadelphia merchant, records voyages to Batavia, Macao, Wampao, New York State, and Western Pennsylvania. Purchased, 1955. (4 v.)
- Gray, Isaac, b. 1747. Memorandum book, -1777. Gray's memorandum book includes recipes, weather observations, and Gray family genealogical notes. (1 v.)
- Green, John, b. 1736. Records, 1784-1785. John Green was a sailing master and Revolutionary War naval Captain. These records provide log, diary, accounts and manifests at Canton for the Empress of China, the first ship to travel from America to China. Photostat. Original owned by Carrow Thibault, Jr. Purchased, 1956. (1 v.)
- Grier, Helen S., 1842-1917. Diary, 1862-1863. Reports on her work for the United States Christian Association with the Army of the Potomac in Virginia. (1 v.)
- Guest, Rebecca. Diary, 1800-1810. Diary of her life in England and in Philadelphia and vicinity, giving an account of her voyage to America. (1 v.)
- Gummere, John. Diary, 1863. Gummere was a captain of the Lindis Battery, 1st Philadelphia Artillery. (1 v.)
- Harris, G.W. Diary, 1841-1842. This diary was kept by a Washington County farmer. Purchased, 1975. (1 v.)
- Harris, George M. "Journal of a Cruise in the U.S. Gunboat Fort Henry," 1862. Harris writes of blockade duty off the coast of Georgia during this cruise. (1 v.)
- Harrison, Joseph, 1810-1874. Letterpress books, 1844-1865. Joseph Harrison was a Philadelphia civil engineer. These letterpress books cover Harrison's family life, and his activities as a manufacturer of equipment for the St. Petersburg to Moscow Railroad, 1844-1862, developer and manufacturer of the Harrison Steam Boiler, real estate and stock investor, traveller, and art collector. The letters are written from St. Petersburg, Europe, and Philadelphia to family and business associates, including Annie Harrison Barry, Lewellyn F. Barry, Sarah Poulterer Harrison, William Henry Harrison, Thomas L. Luders, Stephen Poulterer, Anna McNeill Whistler, George Williams Whistler, Thomas DeKay Winans, William L. Winans. Purchased, 1962. (10 v.)
- Harvey, Samuel. Letterbook, 1818-1823. Gift of George L. Harrison, 1952. (1 v.)
- Hawley, Warren A. "The Trip of the Sloop Yacht Restless August 6-10, 1888." With pen-and-ink sketches. Gift of Everett M. Hawley, 1957. (1 v.)
- Hazlehurst, Isaac, 1808-1891. Memorial volumes, n.d. Contain photographs. Gift of Craig D. Ritchie, 1901. (2 v.)
- Hoopes, Penrose R. Weather diaries, 1863-1881. Penrose R. Hoopes was a Philadelphia merchant. Gift of Florence S. Hoopes, 1975. (2 v.)
- Ivins, James. Diary, 1844. Largely meteorological and agricultural accounts for Bristol. Purchased, 1979. (1 v.)
- Jessup, William. Diary, 1788-1789. Jessup was a Methodist preacher. This diary outlines his ministry in Nova Scotia, Maryland, and Delaware. Purchased, 1954. (1 v.)
- Jones, Isaac Cooper. Collection, 1688-1880. Primarily marriage certificates of Cooper, Carpenter, Firth, and Jones family of Pennsylvania and New Jersey with several wills and estate inventories. Gift of Anna Woodruff Jones Bennett, 1940. (21 items.)
- Jones, Lloyd, 1768-1820. Papers, 1796-1814. Jones was a Philadelphia shipmaster. Log for voyages between Philadelphia and Bordeaux; letterbook, 1813-1815, containing reports as Commander of the U.S.S. Neptune while waiting in various European ports for instructions for the transportation of U.S. delegates to the peace negotiations with Great Britain; incoming letters, 1806, 1813-1814, from Albert Gallatin, William Jones, George M. Dallas, and others relating mostly to the command of the Neptune, together with some accounts and lists of stores, 1811-1814. Gift of Robert M. Smith, 1952. (3 v.)
- Jones, William Thomas. Letters, 1861-1864. Letters while serving as a private with the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 23rd Regiment, and as clerk for Army of the Potomac. Jones reported on Army life and action, including the Battles of Fair Oaks and Gettysburg. Typescript by Kenneth Trotter from the originals owned by Ann Elizabeth Savage and Sydney Jones Trotter. Gift of Kenneth Trotter, 1970. (1 v.)
- Judd, Frank S. Diary, 1865. Judd was a Cheshire and West Meriden, Conn. Union soldier and button business man. His diary describes service as an engine room "oiler" aboard the U.S.S. Grand Gulf on the West Gulf Blockade; with some notes, 1864-
1866, on civilian activities. (1 v.)
- Keyser, Edmund, b. 1823. Record book, 1846-1865. Keyser was a Philadelphia saloon keeper and Democratic ward leader. This record book lists horse races and other competition for which Keyser seemingly look bets; continued as a diary, 1867-1876, recording weather, political maneuvering and other activities. Purchased, 1958. (1 v.)
- Laughlin, Mrs. Tucker C., b. 1859. Pocket diary, 1888-1890. Mrs. Laughlin was a Chestnut Hill seamstress and housewife. In her pocket diary she reports on the household, sewing, family, and social activities. Gift of Joseph and Ruth Pascarell, 1976. (1 v.)
- Lea, Thomas Gibson, 1785-1844. Diary, 1822. Cincinnati naturalist, Thomas Gibson Lea writes of his family's move from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati by flat boat. Gift of Mrs. James Febiger Lea, 1959. (1 v.)
- Lear, Tobias. Diary, 1799-1801. Lear served as Secretary to George Washington. This diary gives an account of the last illness, death, and funeral of George Washington. There is also an account of consular appointment and voyage to Santo Domingo. Bequest of John Gribbel estate, 1947. (1 v.)
- Leslie, Charles M.S. Narrative, 1873. Charles M.S. Leslie was a Philadelphia conveyancer. Narrative of the events leading to the failure of his real estate ventures written from Rio de Janeiro. Purchased, 1979. (1 v.)
- Lewis, William David, 1792-1881. Letterbook, 1821-1822. Letters of William David Lewis, Philadelphia merchant to brother, John Delaware Lewis, commission merchant in Russia, regarding mercantile matters and Levett Harris' lawsuit against William. Also some letters to Samuel Williams concerning finances. (1 v.)
- Longstreth, Charles. Diary, 1816. This diary is an account of a trip to England made by Longstreth, a Philadelphia merchant; with letters of introduction. Purchased, 1955. (1 v.)
- Man, Daniel. Log, 1799-1800. Man was a Philadelphia sea captain and merchant. This is a log of two voyages between Philadelphia and Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, on board the schooner Seaflower. (1 v.)
- Manigault, Harriet, 1793-1835. Diary, 1813-1816. The diary of this Philadelphia belle depicts family life and society in Philadelphia and at Clifton near Bristol. The Diary of Harriet Manigault, 1813-1816 \ Virginia and James S. Armerntrout, Jr., editors. (Philadelphia : Colonial Dames of America, Chapter II), 1976. Gift of Anna W. Ingersoll, 1960. (1 v.)
- Matlack, Robert C. Statement, 1884. This statement, July 10, of Robert C. Matlack, Philadelphia Protestant Episcopal clergyman, concerns connections and business transactions with the Page family of Philadelphia. Purchased, 1948. (1 v.)
- McAteer, Simon. Diary, 1864. Simon McAteer served as a Corporal with the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 113th Regiment. His diary reports on guard, scout, and picket duty, occasional skirmishes, and news of Shenandoah Valley campaign battles. Gift of Jack Burgess, 1943. (1 v.)
- McCahan, Thomas S. Diary, 1862-1864. Kept while serving as Captain with the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 92nd Regiment describing skirmishes, battles and other activities with the Army of the Cumberland in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Copy, with additions to 1865. (1 v.)
- McKnight, Charles. Diary, 1864-1865. McKnight was a Sergeant with the Pennsylvania Veterans Volunteers, 88th Regiment. This diary describes action in the campaigns of wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Appomatox. Gift of Wallace Weaver, 1954. (1 v.)
- McManus, Susan Ritter Trautwine, 1841-1881. Diary, 1857-1881. Susan Ritter Trautwine McManus was a Philadelphia Moravian evangelical. In this diary she is reporting on religious work as well as domestic, social, and health matters; also biographical notes, 1863-1864, of Union soldiers at Turners Lane and other hospitals. Gift of Rosalie M. Mongel, 1960. (1 v.)
- Mease, Thomas C. Diary, 1788. Mease was a farmer; the diary includes sporadic entries on garden planting and weather. (1 v.)
- Mercer, John, 1704-1768. Diary, 1740-1768. Mercer, a Stafford County, Va., lawyer makes one line entries of his engagements. (1 v.)
- Mercer, Joseph, 1837-1922. Notebook, 1859-1862. Joseph Mercer, Philadelphia conveyancer, realtor, and surveyor, kept miscellaneous notes in this book including a partial "Account of the taking of New Orleans & running Forts St. Phillip & Jackson," while aboard the U.S.S. Pensacola. (1 v.)
- Merklee, Amanda L. Diary and record book, 1860-1866. In her diary, Amanda L. Merklee, Philadelphia trimmer, gives an account of her spiritual and temporal participation in the Tenth Baptist Church, other personal activities, dying and death, and Civil War news; record book, 1859-1870 for Ladies Christian Union Association and Ladies Hospital Aid Association, both of which Merklee served as an officer, with membership, subscriptions, donations. Gift of Helen G. Snyder, 1967. (2 v.)
- Mervine, Charles R., b. 1847. Diary, 1862-1864. Kept while aboard the U.S.S. Pohatan on blockade and convoy duty in Atlantic and West India waters. Purchased, 1946. (1 v.)
- Mervine, Isaac. Memorandum book, 1850-1863. Isaac Mervine was a Philadelphia police officer. This memorandum book consists primarily of a record of past and current unusual weather, conflagrations, and calamities; Mervine's sympathy with the American Party is evident in his reports and opinions on Philadelphia mayoralty elections. Purchased, 1946. (1 v.)
- Mickley, Joseph J., 1799-1878. Diary, 1852. Daily entries made by Mickley, his wife, and four children. Joseph J. reports on his piano manufacturing and repairing business and coin collecting; Josephine C.A. notes comings and goings; the children tell of going to school; the entire family remarks on music lessons, performing or attending concerts, and other shared family activities. Gift of Paul Jones, 1958. (1 v.)
- Miller, Morris Booth. Diary, 1917-1919. Diary while serving aboard the U.S.S. Harrisburg and the U.S.S. President Grant. Typescript copy. Gift, 1970. (1 v.)
- Miskey, William F., 1816-ca. 1892. Autobiography, 1816-1892. Miskey, a
Philadelphia clerk and merchant, recollects life in Philadelphia where he grew up and worked as a United States Gazette country collector and bookkeeper, and eventually became a partner of a gas fixtures manufacturing firm. Copy. (1 v.)
- Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914. Autobiography, n.d. Typescript. (1 v.)
- Moore, William Reed. Reminiscences, 1913. William Reed Moore was a Union soldier from Mercer County. In his reminiscences he recounts his service with the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 139th Regiment, which was held in reserve at the Battle of Fredericksburg. He also served with the 211th Regiment which participated in skirmishes and battles of the Petersburg campaign. Typescript. Gift of Maire Pinney, 1967. (1 v.)
- Morgan, Samuel Rodman. Letterbook, 1861-1890. Morgan was a Philadelphia real estate and stock investor. His letterbook concerns personal and family investments in Philadelphia and Massachusetts property and stock, particularly in the Duncannon Iron
Company, together with miscellaneous papers. (1 v.)
- Morton, James, b. 1792. Writings, 1852-1853. Eastern State Penitentiary prisoners. These writings were undertaken to relieve the monotony of Morton's sixth and seventh years of solitary confinement. Included are a treatise on the decay of the Christian Church, especially the threat of popery, and an indictment of the penal system, police, courts, solitary confinement and the Pennsylvania Prison Society, naming officials particularly responsible for his treatment. Gift of Richard W. Foster, 1958. (1 v.)
- Myer, Philip. Memorandum book, 1810-1811. Philip Myer was a Berks County land speculator. His memorandum book lists land transactions in Northumberland County, and other minor transactions. (1 v.)
- Nicholson, James B., b. 1845. Diary, 1862-1865. Kept while serving as a Philadelphia Union sailor while at sea and port with U.S. Sloop of War Jamestown, sailing from Philadelphia to China, Japan and East India Stations, returning to San Francisco; with summary of important events. Scrapbook of clippings, 1863-1865, published from Nicholson's letters. Gift of Charles G. Simpson, 1957. (1 v.)
- Nimocks, Franklin B. Papers, 1845-1849. Franklin B. Nimocks was a Carthage, N.Y., Mexican War officer. His papers consist mostly of military correspondence and orders as Acting Assistant Adjutant General, Department of Tampico Headquarters. (1 v.)
- Nixon, John, 1733-1808. Estate letterbook, 1809-1810. John Nixon was a Philadelphia Revolutionary patriot. This estate letterbook, primarily in regard to Pennsylvania lands, was kept by Henry Nixon and Thomas Mayne Willing, executors. Gift of George L. Harrison, 1952. (1 v.)
- Norcross, Aaron. Diary, 1775-1776. Norcross was a Northampton County Revolutionary War soldier. In his diary Norcross is reporting on service outside of Boston with Colonel William Thompson's Battalion of Rifleman (later the First Regiment of the Continental Army) and in the Battle of Long Island with the First Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line in the Continental Service. (1 v.)
- Norris, Septimus Henry. Memoir, . For Philadelphia lawyer relating family and social activities at the family "county seat' (20th and Norris Streets), details of his father William Norris' locomotive building business, a year residence in Austria, and other recollections of life in Philadelphia. Gift of Mrs. H. Norris Harrison, 1967. (1 v.)
- Oldden, James, 1781-1832. Diary, 1800-1801, 1806, 1824. James Oldden was a Philadelphia merchant. His diary gives details of a trip to the British Isles and Europe; with biographical entries, 1806, 1824, describing his business career and his recovery from alcoholism. Purchased, 1969. (1 v.)
- Partridge, William, 1669-1693. Notes, 1692. Partridge was a Wethersfield, Conn., Congregational minister. These are his notes on religious doctrine. (1 v.)
- Patterson, Hamilton. Journal, 1852-1855, 1865. Journal of the Perry Expedition. Transcribed by George E. Chambers, 1855, continued as a scrapbook by Chambers, 1855-1865. (1 v.)
- Patton, George Washington, 1817-1882. Diary, 1845-1869. Patton was a Blair County merchant. This diary reports on his business, family, social, and civic activities, local and national events. Typed extracts with notes by Patton's son, John Howard Patton. Purchased, 1957. (1 v.)
- Paul, Mickle Cooper, b. 1837. Diary, 1864-1865. Cooper was a Philadelphia Union soldier and shoe merchant. Paul kept this diary while serving with the Signal Corps, Army of the Cumberland, and describing the Cumberland's participation in the Atlanta campaign, and his own subsequent duty in charge of Signal Corps mail at Atlanta and Chatanooga; with observations on army life in general. Gift of Paul Maloney, 1965. (1 v.)
- Payne, Sarah Panill Miller, 1820-1910. Letters, 1865-1872. These letters describe the doings and whereabouts of various family members, farm life, social and economic adjustments during Reconstruction, with thoughts on the Civil War, secession and slavery; epilogue, 1910. Gift of Addison B. Freeman, 1958. (1 v.)
- Pennington, Mary Proud Springett, ca. 1625-1643/4. A Brief Account of Some of My Exercises, [1658-1681]. Mary Pennington was an English Quaker married to William Pennington. In this account she gives a spiritual autobiography; biographical sketch, 1680, of her first husband, William Springett, a Parliamentary officer who died at the 1643/4 siege of Arundel Castle; continues with additional Christian narrative of others, 1743-1793. Published as Experiences in the Life of Mary Pennington / Norman Penney, ed. (1911) Purchased, 1941. (1 v.)
- Pennypacker, James W. Diary, 1877-1878. Pennypacker describes in part his five months at Greytown (San Juan del Norte), Nicaragua, with a dredge construction project; and family and social life in Phoenixville. Purchased, 1956. (1 v.)
- Philadelphia (Pa.). Commissioners for the Erection of Public Buildings. Letterbooks, 1875-1901. Kept by Samuel Perkins, president, mostly on finances and contracts for construction of Philadelphia City Hall; also Resolutions, June 26, 1901, in appreciation of Perkins's services as President. Bequest of Samuel C. Perkins, 1904. (3 v.)
- Pitt, Benjamin, 1781-1864. Diary, 1834-1851. Pitt was schoolmaster of Colchester England and then of Covesville, Monroe County. Gift of Martin Winar, 1967. (1 v.)
- Plummer, Charles Henry, b. 1822. Diaries, 1837-1847. Plummer was a Philadelphia Evangelist preacher, temperance lecturer, boot and shoe manufacturer. These diaries begin at age 16, recording debates, literary and temperance association activities, conversion to and preaching for the Christian Church, a variety of business
ventures, courtship and marriage, and travel to New England to canvass for subscriptions to The Christian. Purchased, 1955. (6 v.)
- Porter, Frederick W. Diary, 1829-1830. Porter served as Corresponding Secretary of the American Sunday School Union. This diary and memorandum book concerns personal and business matters. Gift of Henry F. Pommer, 1951. (1 v.)
- Post, Christian Frederick, 1710?-1785. Diary, 1760. Post was a Moravian lay missionary to the Indians. This diary records a thwarted mission as a representative of the Governor and Council of Pennsylvania to the Ohio Valley Indians where he was particularly interested in gaining the release of prisoners. Accompanied by Tedyskung, Post turned back under the threat of attack by Mingoes. Copy. Gift of Friends Historical Association, 1949. (1 v.)
- Preston, Samuel, 1756-1834. Diary, 1787. Preston was a Buckingham Township conveyancer and surveyor. He records trips to Delaware, Maryland, and through Pennsylvania as a business agent for Philadelphia merchants John Field, John Thompson, Henry Drinker, Mordecai Lewis, and others; also as a land agent for Drinker. The diaries record business activity, much of it consisting of debt collection, and observations on people and places. (1 v.)
- Reed, William W. Diary, 1862. Reed was a Harrisburg Union soldier. This diary was kept while in Harrisburg at an undetermined occupation, and letter camp life and picket duty with the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 127th Regiment. (1 v.)
- Richards, William 1738-1823. Memorandum book, 1781-1784. Richards was a New Jersey iron manufacturer. This book was kept by Richards while manager and owner of Batsto Iron Works, Batsto, N.J. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Richards, 1940. (1 v.)
- Richardson, Rebecca, 1821-1896. Diaries, 1853-1893. Rebecca Richardson was a Byberry Quaker gentlewoman. Her diaries consist of one line daily weather reports and occasional entries on comings and goings at Chestnut Glen, Byberry. Gift of Frances Richardson, 1957. (4 v.)
- Roberts, Solomon White, 1811-1882. Diary, 1860-1861. Roberts was a Philadelphia civil engineer, canal and railroad expert. His diary was kept while general superintendent of the North Pennsylvania Railroad, commenting on business and social contacts, family and domestic affairs; with personal expense accounts. Gift of George Mayer, 1964. (1 v.)
- Ruston, Thomas, 1742-1811. Diary, 1785. Thomas Ruston was an American physician at Exter, England, and Philadelphia. This diary records a visit to Paris and of conversations with Franklin, Jefferson, and other prominent people. Copy. (1 v.)
- Sandel, Andreas, d. 1744. Diary, 1701-1719, 1721-1743. Andreas Sandel was a Swedish Lutheran Minister at Wicaco (Gloria Dei) Church. In this diary Sandel gives an account of his voyage to America, his life and ministry in the colonies, and return voyage to Sweden; continued with diary extracts, 1721-1743, on Sandel's American connections. Copy of translation by B. Elfoing. 1701-1719 published in the P.M.H.B., 30 (1906): 287-
299, 445-452. (1 v.)
- Sayres, Edward Smith, 1797-1877. Memorandum book, 1828-1876. Sayres was a Philadelphia merchant and vice consul. His memorandum book includes some accounts, on his various occupations: supercargo on his brig Clio trading with Brazil, 1823-33; merchant of general goods, oil, and wine; vice consul for Brazil, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, and Sweden; farm owner. Family and household memos run throughout. Gift of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1960. (1 v.)
- Schaeffer, Ernestine Hochesang, 1829-1920. Memoirs, 1829-1892. Schaeffer reminisces of his childhood in Germany, 1848 emigration to America, marriage and raising a family in Philadelphia. Translation from Germany by Alice Rodman Ecroyd. Typescript. Gift of Henry Ecroyd, 1971. (1 v.)
- Sherman, S.W. Pocket diaries, 1871-1892. S.W. Sherman was a Tioga County farmer. These diaries record day to day farm operations and activities, with some account of community activities and events. Purchased, 1977. (1 v.)
- Shoemaker, Rebecca Warner Rawle, 1730-1819. Diary, 1813. Rebecca Shoemaker was a Philadelphia Quaker. Her diary records a summer at Woodford with her daughter Margaret Wharton and family, giving comings and goings of the Rawle, Shoemaker, Wharton, and Clifford families. Typewritten copy. Gift of Henry R. Pemberton, 1959. (1 v.)
- Shrigley, James, b. 1814. Papers, 1863-1865. Shrigley was a Universalist Minister and librarian of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. These papers are his official correspondence, orders, reports as chaplain at McClellan U.S.A. General Hospital, Philadelphia. Copy. Gift of James Shrigley, 1887. (1 v.)
- Simpson, Robert. Letterbook, 1788-1796, 1800-1807. Simpson was a Scottish emigrant to Philadelphia. These letters home concern passage to America, life as apprentice printer, publishing business venture, and his decision to return to Scotland; continued with notes, 1800-1807, on sermons and brushes with death. Also in typescript. Purchased, 1958. (1 v.)
- Smith, Persifor Fraser, 1798-1858. Letterbook, 1851-1854. Contains official correspondence and orders while Brevet Major General Commanding the 8th Military Department (the Department of Texas). Gift of Mrs. Arnold Talbot, 1942. (1 v.)
- Stokes, Sallie, McG. Pocket notebook, 1859-1864. Sallie Stokes lived in Germantown. This notebook contains diary entries, copies of letters from her brother Wyndham, and other memoranda relating to social activities and Civil War. (1 v.)
- Thackara, William Wood, 1791-1839. Diary, 1738-1816. William Wood Thackara was a Philadelphia conveyancer. His diary begins with notes on family history, continuing as diary entries which become more expanded, reporting on personal, family, public events, and service with Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1st Regiment, 1814, at Camp DuPont, with poems. Purchased, 1952. (1 v.)
- Tozier, Frederic A. Pocket notebook, 1872-1878. Tozier was an Elk and Lycoming County lumber foreman. This notebook contains personal and lumber accounts; also notes, 1876, on trip to the Centennial Exposition. Gift of Gladys Tozier. (2 v.)
- Troth, Henry, 1793-1842. Diary, 1813-1815. Henry Troth was a Philadelphia druggist, civic and business leader. His diary relates largely to his literary interests, books read, and meetings of the Philadelphia Literary Association, with some explanatory notes by his son Samuel Troth. Gift of Emma Troth, 1939. (1 v.)
- Tucker, Joseph B., 1831-1867. Diary, 1852-1856. Tucker was a Cumberland County, N.J., glass works employee. In this diary he reports on family, social, Methodist Church, and civic activities, with some mention of glassworks employment. Typescript edited, with explanatory notes, by William McClure Dougherty. Indexed. Gift of William McClure Dougherty, 1967. (1 v.)
- Vaux, Roberts, 1786-1836. Chemistry notes, 1807, and diary, 1808. Vaux was a Philadelphia philanthropist. His diary describes a horseback journey from Philadelphia to Clarks Valley, Schuylkill County. (1 v.)
- Vining, Donald, b. 1917. Diary, 1926-1927, 1931-1939. Donald Vining was a New York City writer, editor, and publisher. This diary was kept while growing up in Pennsylvania, primarily as a student at West Chester State Teachers College, and reporting on his employment, his theater activities, and homosexuality. Typescript by Vining condensed from original in Yale University Library. Portions published in A Gay Diary, 1933-1967 (New York, 1979-1981). Gift of Donald Vining, 1963. (1 v.)
- Wagner, Charles Mackinett, d. 1883. Notes, 1850-1875. Wagner was a Philadelphia attorney. These notes were received from Philadelphia lawyers regarding legal matters. Purchased, 1955. (1 v.)
- Walker, James H. Diary, 1861-1864. Walker was a Union soldier. He kept this diary describing service in the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 81st Regiment, and its action with the Army of the Potomac, during the Peninsular, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg campaigns and later battles of Mine Run, Spotsylvania, North Anna River, Totopomoy Creek and Cold Harbor. Walker's account is most often concerned with daily army life, but there is some reporting on the battlefields. Donor unknown, 1966. (1 v.)
- Watson, John Fanning, 1779-1860. Bible Thoughts, 1823-1859. Watson was a Philadelphia antiquarian, publisher, and financier. An examination of Christian doctrine, practice and belief by an "original enquirer after the truth." Purchased, 1970. (1 v.)
- Wayne, Isaac, 1772-1852. Diary, 1821-1822. Isaac Wayne was Chester County Congressman and lawyer. In this diary Wayne describes farming and other activities at Waynesborough. Purchased, 1949. (1 v.)
- Wayne, William H., 1809-ca. 1891. Meteorological diary, 1831-1835. Wayne was a Philadelphia clerk. His diary contains notes on odd and natural phenomena and some mention of current events; continued with miscellaneous items, 1841-1844, relating
to Bucks County property. (1 v.)
- Wehner, Jacob H. Medical notes on illness and treatment, n.d. Purchased, 1944. (1 v.)
- Wenrick, James, 1829-1864. Diary, 1864. Wenrick was a Philadelphia Union soldier. This diary described his capture at Cypress Swamp, Tenn., and his imprisonment at Macon, Savannah, Charleston, and Columbia, where he died. Contemporary copy. Purchased, 1945. (1 v.)
- Wharton, Anne Hollingsworth, 1845-1928. Dairy, 1903-1909. Anne Hollingsworth Wharton was a Philadelphia writer. Her diary gives an account of travels at home and abroad, social and literary gatherings, Society of Colonial Dames meetings, and her writing of Italian Days and Ways, (1906) An English Honeymoon, (1908) and other pieces. Gift of Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1951. (1 v.)
- Wharton, George Mifflin, 1806-1870. Legal records, 1826-1866. George Mifflin Wharton was a Philadelphia attorney and counselor and district attorney. These legal records include dockets, accounts, case book, letterbook, with some personal and miscellaneous accounts. (5 v.)
- Wilcocks, Charlotte Manigault, d. 1875. Diary, 1842. Wilcocks was a Philadelphia belle. This the diary of the orphaned niece of Joseph Reed Ingersoll, depicting Washington and Philadelphia social life and gossip. With typescript. Gift of Anna Warren Ingersoll, 1963. (1 v.)
- Williams, Richard Norris. A Survivor's Account of 1913 Sinking of the Titanic, 1933. With photographs. Richard Norris Williams was the director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Gift of Richard Norris Williams. (1 v.)
- Wilson, James Alexander Lesley. Diary, 1856-1859. Wilson was a Philadelphia clerk. This diary is mainly a record of social and church activities with young friends, courtship, and marriage. Gift of Mrs. W.A. White, 1958. (1 v.)
- Windrim, James H., 1840-1919. Letterpress book, 1889-1891. Windrim was a Philadelphia architect. This letterpress book was kept by Windrim as Supervising Architect of U.S. Treasury Department. (1 v.)
- Wood, George Bacon, 1797-1879. Diary, 1817-1829. Wood was a Philadelphia physician. His diary contains sporadic entries relating to his study of medicine, early career, and family trips to New York (State) and New England. Typescript, with introduction by grand nephew George Bacon Wood. Gift of DeForest Willard, 1946. (1 v.)
- Yeates, Jasper, 1745-1817. Letterbook, 1769-1771. Yeates was a Lancaster attorney and jurist. His letterbook contains personal and business correspondence. Purchased, 1949. (1 v.)
- Yeates, Jasper, 1745-1817. Pocket diary and memorandum book, 1764-1769. Notes and accounts relate to family, personal, and professional activities. Purchased, 1952. (1 v.)
- Ziegler, Samuel William. Diary, 1857. Ziegler was a Philadelphia and Lewisburg Baptist Minister. His diary reports on work as colporteur and assistant at West Philadelphia Baptist Church, and on other Philadelphia Baptist ministers. Gift of College of Physicians, 1944. (1 v.)
Longstreth, Thatcher. Mayoralty campaign papers, 1971.
Copies of letters and press releases of Thatcher Longstreth, 1971 Republican candidate for mayor against Frank Rizzo. The papers touch on the bicentennial, city finances, housing, education, and other campaign issues. The letters, in which Longstreth gives his positions, are addressed to Philadelphia's political, civic, and media leaders.
Gift of Thatcher Longstreth, 1972.
Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia. Records, 1891-1968.
(30 v. and 3,200 items.)
The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia was formed by the 1915 merger of the Trades League of Philadelphia and the Merchants and Manufacturers Association, and followed by the 1942 merger with the Philadelphia Board of Trade. The Chamber of Commerce is an independent organization for the promotion and improvement of local commerce, business, and manufacturing interest.
The earliest records here are Trade League of Philadelphia minute books, 1891-1898. Minute books continue for the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 1913-1968, some of which include full committee reports, and for the Executive Council, 1942-1958. There are also scattered minutes of various standing and special committees: Bridge, 1895; Reorganization, 1914-1915; Fire and Insurance, 1921-1944; Aviation, 1927-1946; Foreign Trade, 1933-1947; Transportation, 1934-1946; and Safety, 1958-1959. There are volumes of highly miscellaneous financial and organizational material.
The Chamber of Commerce loose files, 1949-1966, contain irregular records of correspondence, memoranda, and background material for committees and projects. Among the file labels are: Commerce and Industry Council, Manpower Resources Committee, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1963-1964, and 30th Street Stadium, 1964.
Gift of the Chamber of Commerce, 1969.
Finding aid available.
Barringer, Brandon, b.1899. Papers, 1956-1960.
Brandon Barringer, treasurer of Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, was active as a member of Hospital Council of Philadelphia, "a non-profit organization devoted to the improvement and coordination of hospital services." He held the offices of the secretary and acting chairman of secretary and acting chairman of the Blue Cross Relations Committee.
These papers for Brandon Barringer relate to his activities with the Hospital Council of Philadelphia. Types of papers include: incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, minute, reports, and other materials.
Gift of Brandon Barringer, 1972.
Public Baths Association of Philadelphia. Papers, 1890-1950.
The Public Baths Association of Philadelphia was a private charitable organization in 1895 to provide inexpensive bathing and laundry facilities to "the self-respecting poor" in working-class neighborhoods of Philadelphia. The Association, distinct from the City Baths which were swimming pools open only during the summer months, opened its first bath house in 1898, its fifth in 1928. The association functioned until 1946.
The papers consist of: trustee minutes, 1902-1950; scrap books, 1898-1944, of newspapers clippings, fund-raising letters, and other records on the association's real property, 1890-1944.
Gift Stephen R. Newman, 1972.