Morris family. Papers, 1723-1930.
(20 linear ft.)
These papers contain correspondence, accounts, bills and receipts, deeds, surveys, and memoranda of the Morrises, a prominent Philadelphia family. This material is primarily concerned with family estates and lands in Philadelphia, western Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, with some business papers included.
Luke Wistar Morris Section, 1770-1881: accounts, 1811-1826, of his firm Morris and [John D.] Smith, lumber merchants. There are loose papers and account books, 1817-1828, relating to Morris' guardianship of the children of William Penrose. His estate papers refer to western Pennsylvania real estate and consist of correspondence to his son Samuel Buckley Morris and his grandson Elliston Perot Morris and business papers.
Samuel Buckley Morris Section, 1808-1912: business correspondence and accounts, 1808-1818, as a member of the shipping firm of [Jacob S.] Waln and Morris, as well as miscellaneous family estate material.
Elliston Perot Morris Section, 1725-1922: these papers are concerned with personal and family property management of the affairs and estates of John Perot Downing, Perot Lardner, Charles Perot, Edward Perot, John Perot, Beulah Sansom Morris Rhoads, Esther F. Wistar, and Mifflin Wistar. They include letterpress books, 1836-1914, correspondence, bills, receipts, account books, deeds, surveys, and other real estate papers.
Marriott Canby Morris Section, 1881-1930: letterpress books, 1914-1930, relate to personal and family property in Philadelphia, Pocono Lake, and Sea Girt, N.J., and various community projects of Germantown where Morris lived. Also personal accounts, 1881-1897.
Gift of Elliston P. Morris and Ann Morris courtesy of the Quaker Collection, Haverford College, 1972.
Finding aid available.
Morris family. Papers, 1766-1959.
(9 linear ft.)
Additional Morris family accounts, receipted bills, family and social correspondence.
Wistar Section, 1733-1816: Caspar Wistar letterbooks, 1733-1737, and incoming correspondence, 1732-1754, many from George Frederick Holtzer concerning family, business, and politics; Sarah Wistar miscellaneous financial and estate papers, 1762-1816.
Luke Wistar Morris Section, 1787-1830: domestic receipted bills, 1810-1830; bills, accounts, legal papers, with some correspondence, 1816-1829, concerning Morris' guardianship of the children of William Penrose, Abigail, Ann, Hannah, Norwood, Samuel, and Thomas; and some of Morris' business papers.
Israel Wistar Morris Section, 1856-1903: personal and private business receipted bills, 1871-1886; Morris and [Henry W.] Murray, coal merchants, receipted bills, accounts, bills of lading, correspondence, 1856-1859; Morris' papers as land agent for Lehigh Valley Coal Company, 1864-1903, including correspondence, accounts, deeds, and other land papers.
Effingham Buckley Morris Section, 1865-1879: class notes, speeches, while a student at the University of Pennsylvania, together with letters from his fiancee Ellen Burroughs.
James Cheston Morris Section, 1837-1923: letters from family and friends, 1837-1922; physician's visiting record books, 1856, 1863; farm and household bills and receipts, 1904-1923; accounts of West Philadelphia properties, 1905-1912.
Lawrence Johnson Morris Section, 1881-1889, 1942: family letters and miscellaneous papers.
Mary Windor Morris Section, 1927-1959: social and family letters, newsletters and other mailings from various conservative organizations, and meditative diaries, 1953, 1954.
Letters from George Frederick Holtzer (Wistar Section) in german.
Morris family. Papers, 1794-1913.
(9 linear ft.)
Business account books, letterbooks, and correspondence complimenting other Morris family papers.
Luke Wistar Morris Section: Luke W. Morris & Co. [Isaac W. Morris], brewers, letterbook and account book, 1794-1800; Morris and [Joseph] Maxfield, lumber merchants, account books, 1810-1814, 1816; Morris & [John D.] Smith, lumber merchants, account books, 1814-1819; Sarah Wistar estate account books, 1816-1827.
Perot Section: James and Sansom Perot, merchants, letterbook, 1817-1819; Charles and Joseph Perot, merchants, daybook, 1820-1821.
Israel Wistar Morris Section: Morris and [Henry W.] Murray, coal merchants, letterpress books, incoming correspondence, and account books, 1856-1859; Israel W. Morris letterpress books, 1856-1897, concerning Morris' continuing employment in the anthracite coal industry and his family and personal real estate and financial interests; incoming correspondence, 1868-1870, as president of Coal Ridge Coal Company; personal account books, 1852-1905; personal business papers after his death continued as Annie Morris Buckley papers, 1898-1914, consisting mostly of receipted bills with some incoming correspondence concerning finances.
There is also Church Home for Children, St. Andrews Church, record of contributors, 1866-1896; school notes of Effingham Buckley Morris and other family members.
Finding aid available.
Miscellaneous Professional and Personal Business Papers, 1732-1945.
- Adams, Zephaniah and Thomas Grover. Ledger, 1822-1830. Adams and Grover were Philadelphia Wharf Builders. Gift of H.W. Dyson, 1963. (1 v.)
- Aldred, Thomas J., 1803-1880. Papers, 1821-1864. Thomas J. Aldred was a Chester County farmer. The papers include a commonplace book of recipes and remedies, n.d.; ledger, 1821-1862; journal, 1827-1860; journal of farm sales, 1855-1864; and auction account, 1853. (5 v.)
- Anderson, Samuel V. Letterbook, 1835-1837. Samuel V. Anderson Son & Co. were Philadelphia wholesale grocers. Purchased, 1956. (1 v.)
- Anderson Manufacturing Company (Lancaster, Pa.) Time book and journal, 1860-1867. Purchased, 1957. (1 v.)
- Arch Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.) Subscription book, 1828-1859. Subscription book contains building proposal and cash accounts kept by Peter Hertzog, Secretary; continued by Ann Hertzog, widow of Peter, with household accounts and notes, 1855-1859. Gift of Ogden D. Wilkinson Estate, 1940. (1 v.)
- Ashton Brothers. Memorandum book, 1851-1857. Ashton Brothers was a Philadelphia real estate agent and conveyancer. The memorandum book contains management and settlement of properties. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Baker, George A. Ledger, 1792-1803. Baker was a Philadelphia scrivener. Gift of John F. Lewis, 1895. (1 v.)
- Baynton, Wharton and Morgan. Journal, 1765-1767. Baynton, Wharton, and Morgan were Philadelphia merchants. This journal is a record of transactions at Fort Pitt Trading Post. Photostat. Original at the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Indexed. Gift of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1948. (1 v.)
- Beidler, Susanna. Receipt book, 1831-1847. Receipts for the estate of Christian Beidler. (1 v.)
- Bentley, David. Daybooks, 1822-1824, 1842-1870. Purchased, 1946. (3 v.)
- Bethany & Dingman's Choice Turnpike Road Company. Stock transfer book, 1813-1864. Purchased, 1961. (1 v.)
- Bickham, Martin. Sales accounts, 1818-1824, and letterbook, 1829-1832. Bickham was a Port Louis (Isle de France) ships' factor. (2 v.)
- Biddle, William. Receipt book, 1841-1871. Biddle was the Secretary for Mine Hill and Schuylkill Haven Railroad. Gift of Mrs. Robert James, 1949. (1 v.)
- Billmeyer, John and Jacob. Letterbooks, 1809-1818. John and Jacob were Philadelphia flour merchants. Purchased. (2 v.)
- Binny and Ronaldson. Specimen book, 1804-1816, 1830-1831. Archibald Binny and James Ronaldson formed a partnership in 1796 and founded America's first type founding plant. Specimen book, 1804-1816, with prices; continued as newspaper clippings, 1830-1831, on economics and politics. (1 v.)
- Bolton, Mary and Emma. Ledger, 1846-1857. The ledger is for domestic expenses. Gift of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1950. (1 v.)
- Boys, Abraham and Thomas Sinnickson. Daybook, 1810-1814. Boys and Sinnickson were Philadelphia merchants. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Bricklayers Company of Philadelphia. Records, 1792-1917. These records consist of the constitution, by-laws, and minutes. Deposited by the Bricklayers Company of Philadelphia, 1957. (3 v.)
- Buchanan and McGill. Daybook, 1859-1861. William Buchanan and John McGill were South Hermitage, Lancaster County, grocers. Continued by John McGill with plans for Hugh W. Black and Joseph Clough's Dye House. Gift of John McGill Cooper, 1958. (1 v.)
- Burd family. Accounts current, 1841-1846. These accounts are with the Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank of Philadelphia. Purchased, 1935. (1 v.)
- Burr, Joseph. Daybook, 1759-1773. Burr was a New Jersey merchant. Gift of Mrs. Robert Link, 1979. (1 v.)
- Cadbury, Richard, 1825-1897. Receipt book, 1850-1892. Cadbury was a Philadelphia dry goods merchant. Personal receipt book with entries for mortgage payments and other receipts. Gift of Richard Cadbury, 1949. (1 v.)
- Campbell, Thomas. Receipt book, 1807-1812, 1828-1832. Thomas Campbell was an inhabitant of Albany, N.Y.; his wife Mary moved to Philadelphia after his death. Receipt book, 1807-1812, in part as partner of Macauly and Campbell; continued by Mary Campbell of Philadelphia, 1828-32. Also contains medicinal recipes. (1 v.)
- Carpenter, John M. Daybook, 1857-1858. John M. Carpenter was a Salem, N.J., grocer. Daybook with entries for coffee, sugar. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Chandler, James B. Memoranda, 1838-1839. James Chandler was an employee of Philadelphia merchants Moore, Heyl and Company. Memoranda book, 1838-1839, contains duties on dry goods and other notes. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Chapman, Nathaniel, 1780-1853. Receipt book, 1820-1834. Nathaniel Chapman was a Philadelphia physician. Receipt book, 1820-1834, containing entries for mostly personal expenses. (1 v.)
- Chase, George Clinton. Receipt book, 1837-1855. George Clinton Chase was a Philadelphia carpenter. Receipt book, 1837-1855, with entries for work done. Original privately owned. Photocopy gift of Historical Society of Wisconsin. (1 v.)
- City National Bank of Philadelphia. Director's Minutes, 1896-1901. City National Bank was a Philadelphia bank, founded in 1855. Minutes for twice weekly meetings of the Board of Directors. (1 v.)
- John W. Clark's Sons. Daybook, 1837-1847. John W. Clark was a Philadelphia bookbinder. Daybook, 1837-1847, with some description of services rendered. (1 v.)
- Clark, Thomas. Account books, 1812-1820. Thomas Clark was a Philadelphia bookbinder and bookseller. Daybook, 1812, and ledger, 1812-1820, with entries for books and writing materials sold. (1 v.)
- Clark, Thomas. Ledger, 1840-1881. Thomas Clark was a Philadelphia bookbinder and bookseller. Ledger 1840-1881, including list of books for Presbyterian Board of Publications. (1 v.)
- Clement, Mark, b. 1790. Account books, 1815-1857. Mark Clement was a Deptford, N.J., brick and lumber yard owner. Daybook, 1815-1857, and ledger, 1815-1851 with entries for transport of wood an well as for sales. Purchased, 1956. (2 v.)
- Clifford School District (Susquehanna County, Pa.) School Accounts, 1872-1891. The Clifford School District, in Clifford, is near Carbondale in Susquehanna County. Accounts list wages paid to employees of the school district with notations for state school appropriations. (1 v.)
- Clifton, Anna Maria, d. 1811. Receipt book, 1795-1811. Anna Clifton was a resident of Philadelphia. Receipt book with entries for personal expenses. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Coates, Samuel, 1711-1748. Personal receipt book, 1732-1740. Purchased, 1958. (1 v.)
- Coates, Samuel. Journal (bookkeeping), 1760-1776. Coates was a Philadelphia merchant. Photostat. Original privately owned. (1 v.)
- Coates, Samuel. Bills of Lading, 1791-1812. Coates was a Philadelphia merchant. Photostats. Originals privately owned. (1 v.)
- Coleman, Philip E. Daybooks, 1850-1883. Coleman was a Philadelphia conveyancer and secretary. These daybooks cover bonds, mortgages, deeds, and other legal documents; personal business account book, 1861-1894, of mortgage, rent, investment income; continued from Washington Sparkassen Verein daybook, 1848-1851, of a Philadelphia savings association; John Naglee estate account book, 1852-1854, including inventory of Union Mill. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Colfelt, Charles, b. 1815. Ledger and miscellaneous accounts, 1844-1857.
Charles Colfelt was a Mifflin County farmer. Ledger and miscellaneous farm accounts. (1 v.)
- Concord School House of Upper Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1775-1945. The Concord School House was built by the residents of the upper end of Germantown in a portion of the upper Burying Ground. Funds were raised by subscription. Board of Trustees minutes, consisting largely of elections and treasurer reports. Treasurer accounts also. Permanent deposit by Concord School House of Germantown and the Upper Germantown Burying Ground Board of Trustees. (1 v.)
- Concord School House of Upper Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.) Treasurer's Accounts, 1851-1953. The Concord School House was built by the residents of the Upper end of Germantown on a portion of the Upper Burying Ground. Funds were raised by subscription. Treasurer's accounts for fuel and other expenses. Gift of Doris Ritzinger, 1972. (1 v.)
- Connolly, Arthur J. Ledger, 1880, 1885. Arthur J. Connolly was a Philadelphia tinsmith. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Cowperthaite and Co. Daybook and journal, 1891-1892. Cowperthaite and Co. were Philadelphia school book publishers. (1 v.)
- Cramond, William. Receipt book, 1814-1815. Cramond was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- George Dabbs & Co. Daybooks, 1858-1860. George Dabbs & Co. was a Philadelphia photographic supply merchant. Originally partner in Dabbs & Birmingham with James Birmingham. Daybooks with entries for sales all along the east coast. Gift of
Henry S. Cole, through Chester County Historical Society, 1967. (3 v.)
- Elijah Davis & Co. Daybook, 1843-1847. Elijah Davis was a Philadelphia white lead manufacturer. Daybook, 1843-1847, with shipping entries. Gift of Sarah A.G. Smith. (1 v.)
- DeLancey, William Heathcote, 1797-1865. Record book, 1831-1840. William DeLancey was an Episcopal clergyman. He was assistant minister of the United Church of Christ, St. Peter's and St. James in Philadelphia, the rector of St. Peter's and the bishop of the Diocese of Western New York. Record book, 1831-1840, includes lists of marriages, confirmations and baptisms at the United Church of Christ, St. Peter's and St. James in Philadelphia. Also an alphabetical list of St. Peter's Church communicants, 1833-1839. Gift of Museum of the City of New York, 1954. (1 v.)
- Delaware and Schuylkill Canal Co. Minutes, 1835-1842. The Delaware and Schuylkill Canal Company was established for opening a canal and lock navigation between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers through the southern section of Philadelphia County. Board minutes with stockholders annual meeting minutes. Gift of Mrs. Henry Wharton, 1950. (1 v.)
- Diamond, William J., fl. 1833-1869. Receipt book, 1842-1869. William J. and Thomas M. Diamond were potters who ran an earthenware manufactory in Salem, N.J., which opened in 1833. Receipt book contains entries primarily for rent. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Downing, Charles H., b. 1843. Docket book, 1861-1874. Charles Downing worked in a Philadelphia alderman's office. Docket book with an alderman's cases. (1 v.)
- Doyle, Dennis, d. 1803. Receipt books, 1802-1834. Dennis Doyle was a Philadelphia resident. After his death his wife Ann married John Maypother, a resident of Lower Dublin. Receipts relating to a Philadelphia shopkeeper, Lower Dublin farm, taxes, tuition, medical treatment, burials and other expenses. Purchased, 1959. (2 v.)
- Dreer, Frederick, 1782-1864. Cashbook, 1835-1838. Frederick Dreer was the
proprietor of the American Museum, at 5th and Chestnut Streets. Cashbook, 1835-1838, with receipts and expenses for exhibitions at the American Museum. Purchased, 1954. (1 v.)
- Dubarry, Jean. Documents and depositions, 1793, 1825-1826. Jean Dubarry was a Santo Domingo merchant. These documents and depositions refer to compensation claims against the French government for losses sustained in 1793. Purchased, 1874. (1 v.)
- Edwards, William L., b.1815. Daybook and Cashbook, 1856-1875. William Edwards was a Philadelphia wool merchant. Daybook, 1856-1874, and cashbook, 1859-1875, with business accounts to 1863 and personal investment accounts thereafter. Gift of Chester County Historical Society, 1967. (2 v.)
- E. Headley Bailey & Co. Protest ledger, 1893-1920. This was a Philadelphia Custom House Brokerage firm. Gift of Lena Scheindlinger, 1966. (1 v.)
- Evans, Peter. Account book, 1767-1828. Peter Evans was a Montgomery County grain merchant. Account book, 1767-1788, mostly for grain sales; continued as Baptist Church of Christ subscription list, 1815; continued as receipt book, 1823-1828, for David Evans as executor for Peter Evans estate. (2 v.)
- Eyre, John, d. 1781. Receipt book, 1776-1795. John and Lydia Eyre were Philadelphia residents. Household receipt book, 1776-1795, with receipts paid for taxes in the Northern Liberties. (2 v.)
- Eyre, Manuel, 1774-1845. Account books, 1798-1838. Manuel Eyre was a Philadelphia merchant. Invoice book, 1798-1801; continued as bills payable and receivable, 1801-1802; Kensington farm day book, 1831-1835; lead factory cash book, 1831-1838. (3 v.)
- Fegley, George. Journal, 1841-1845. George and Nathan Fegley were Mauch Chunk merchants. Mauch Chunk is now Jim Thorpe. Journal, 1841-1845. Purchased, 1967. (1 v.)
- Joshua Fisher & Sons. Journal, 1776-1796. Joshua Fisher and Sons were Philadelphia merchants. Journal, 1776-1779, 1784-1796, with accounts of the closing of Fisher's store by the Committee of Safety, 1776. Gift of William J. McCouch, 1950. (1 v.)
- Thomas, Samuel & Miers Fisher. Journal, 1784-1788, and ledger, 1792-1796. Gift of Henry Austin Wood, 1792. (2 v.)
- Fitler, Elvina, fl. 1865-1874. Daybook, 1865-1874. Elvina Fitler was a West Chester milliner. Daybook, 1865-1874, with listings of hats made for each patron. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Fitzsimons, Thomas, 1741-1811. Journal, 1781-1785. Fitzsimons was a Philadelphia congressman. Gift of Willis Blayney, 1973. (1 v.)
- Foulke, Eleanor Parker, d. 1859. Account book, 1835 (1843-1847). Eleanor Foulke was a Philadelphia resident. Account book, 1835 (1843-1847), with real estate and domestic expenses. Gift of John W. Cadbury, 1944. (1 v.)
- Foust and Weaver. Journal, 1854-1861. William H. Foust and David P. Weaver were Philadelphia stonecutters. (1 v.)
- Frankford Academy. Minute book, 1798-1809. The Frankford Academy, a subscription school, was built in 1798 and sold in 1806. Contains subscription list, cash book and trustees minutes, 1798-1806, 1809. Purchased, 1958. (1 v.)
- Frazier, Nalbro, 1759-1811. Account books, 1805-1851. Nalbro Frazier, father and son, were Philadelphia merchants. Cashbook, 1805-1811, and journal, 1842-1852. Gift of Mrs. Edmund Purvis, 1940. (1 v.)
- Fuller & Sinnickson. Ledger, 1763-1782. (Benjamin) Fuller and Sinnickson were Philadelphia vendue masters. Ledger, 1763-1782. Purchased, 1975. (1 v.)
- Gap Mining Company of Lancaster County. Minutes, 1851-1867. The Gap Mining Company operated copper mines and, later, nickel mines in Bart Township. Minutes of Board of Director's meetings, with treasurer's reports. Gift of Mrs. Henry Wharton, 1950. (1 v.)
- John Gay's Sons. Journal, 1876-1916. John Gay's manufactured carpets at the Park Carpet Mills, Philadelphia. John Gay in partnership with sons James H. and Thomas S. Gay. Daily notebook of operations, 1876-1916, with notations on strike activities of weavers in Kensington, and elsewhere. Purchased, 1956. (1 v.)
- Germantown Petroleum Company (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minutes, 1865-1868. (1 v.)
- Girard Trust Corn Exchange Bank (Philadelphia, Pa.) Record book, 1902-1922. Girard Trust Company incorporated in 1836 as the Girard Life Insurance Annuity and
Trust Company and merged in 1951 with Corn Exchange National Bank. Record book, 1902-1922, of real estate sales in central Philadelphia; includes block maps and street index. Gift of Chester County Historical Society, 1967. (1 v.)
- Greenhill estate. Title Papers, 1694-1866. The Greenhill estate included land in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County and Blockley Township in Philadelphia. Title papers including deeds. Gift of Mrs. W. Logan MacCoy, 1964. (1 v.)
- Griffith, Samuel, b. 1810. Ledgers, (1829-1849) 1881. Samuel Griffiths was a Robeson Township, Berks County blacksmith. Accounts receivable ledgers, (1829-1849) 1881. Purchased, 1959. (4 v.)
- Haines, Reuben, 1727-1793. Journal, 1779-1785. Haines was a Philadelphia brewer. This journal (bookkeeping) contains business and house accounts; continued as John Thompson, Centre county Justice of the Peace, docket book, 1823-1831; continued as H.F. Hess, Boalsburg, Centre County miscellaneous notes and accounts, 1894-1896. Gift of the Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, Pa.), 1953. (1 v.)
- Hall, John. Estate account books, 1811-1818. John Hall was a resident of New Castle, Del. Estate journal and ledger, 1811-1818. Purchased, 1935. (1 v.)
- Harrison, George, 1762-1845. Ledger, 1805-1807. George Harrison was a Philadelphia merchant. Ledger, 1805-1807, with accounts for shipping ventures. Gift of Mrs. James Drinker, 1961. (1 v.)
- Hayes, Richard, fl. 1708-1740. Ledger, 1708-1740. Richard Hayes was a Philadelphia miller. Ledger, 1708-1740, contains entries for grain and for mercantile shipping voyages. Gift of B. Hayes and S. Anderson, 1907. (1 v.)
- Hewes, Aaron, 1742/3-1789. Estate account books, 1789-1791. Hewes was a Gloucester County, N.J. leather merchant. Josiah Hewes, administrator. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Higbee, Lucy Ann, d.1853. Diary, 1837. Lucy Ann Higbee lived in Richmond Hill near Trenton, N.J. Travel diary describing a trip through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York starting and ending in Richmond Hill, N.J. Describes coach, train, river and canal transportation as well as interesting anecdotes about towns and cities visited. Gift of Peter S.H. Moore, 1987. (1 v.)
- Hilliard, Samuel. Estate vendue book, 1837-1838. Hilliard was a Salem, N.J., farmer. George M. Ward, administrator. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Hopkins, Albert Cole, 1837-1911. Land records, 1872-1915. Albert Hopkins, a resident of Lock Haven, was a wholesale lumber merchant selling pine, hemlock and hardwood. He was also a Congressman, 1891-1895, and State Forestry Commissioner, 1899-1904. Surveys and land records of timber and coal lands in western Pennsylvania. Gift of Eastern Washington State Historical Society. (1 v.)
- Hough, Oliver, 1763-1804. Ledger, 1796-1798. Hough was a Bucks County ironmonger. Gift of the Oliver Hough estate, 1915. (1 v.)
- Hubley, James B. Legal case book, 1808-1812. Hubley was a Reading attorney. This legal case book contains information on Berks, Northampton, and Schuylkill County suits. Gift of Juliet C. Walker, 1941. (1 v.)
- Huggins, Benjamin. Journal and Memorandum book, 1807-1824. Huggins was a supercargo on several voyages trading to Europe and West Indies. (1 v.)
- Hughes, John. Journal, 1767-1773. Hughes was a Philadelphia merchant. Gift of Mrs. W. Logan MacCoy, 1964. (3 v.)
- Humes and Rogers. Daybook, 1811-1815. Hughes and Rogers were Philadelphia hardware merchants. (1 v.)
- Humphreys, Samuel. Journal, 1818-1845. Samuel Humphreys was a U.S. Naval constructor. This journal concerns shipbuilding at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Includes ships surveys and reports on repairs, with copies of letters from commanders concerning performance of their ships. Gift of C.R. Humphreys, 1973. (1 v.)
- Hunter, George. Daybook, 1788-1791. Hunter was a Philadelphia coachmaker. Also includes clippings of poetry. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Hunter, William. Daybook, 1801-1810. Hunter was a Philadelphia coachmaker. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Hutchinson, John P. Account books, 1808-1837. Hutchinson was a Philadelphia merchant. These accounts include invoices, accounts current, sales, letters, poems, remedies, recipes, and estate papers. (1 v.)
- Hytest Board Company. Prospectus, 1931. Hytest Board Company manufactured kraft or sulphate pulp fibre board in Oregon with sales and distribution located in Philadelphia. (1 v.)
- Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.) Letterbook, 1794-1804. The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania was a marine insurance company. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.) Letterbook, 1804-1807. Purchased, 1954. (1 v.)
- Irwin, James. Accounts, 1848-1856. Irwin was a Philadelphia broker. These accounts record bills and notes payable and receivable. Gift of Caroline B. Taylor, 1958. (1 v.)
- Janney, Aquila. Daybook and Ledger, 1791-1792. Janney was a Philadelphia merchant. Continued as a commonplace book, n.d. Gift of the Ohio Historical Society, 1962. (1 v.)
- Jewitt, John. Ledger, 1805-1830. Jewitt was a Dutchess County, N.Y., farmer. This ledger contains mostly farm accounts but also includes records on cider sales, land surveys, and legal work. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Jones, Clarke, & Cresson. Receipt books, 1783-1797. Jones, Clarke, & Cresson were Philadelphia lumber merchants. Gift of the Chester County Historical Society. (1 v.)
- Josephine (ship). Adjustor's statement, 1882-1883. This adjustor's statement, kept by O.C. Cranmer, ship master, after the Josephine struck on the Delaware Breaker icebreaker, April 20, 1882, on voyage from Jacksonville, Fla. to Philadelphia. Statement includes log of the voyage and the salvage operations, the marine surveyor's report, and the costs of salvage and repairs. Gift of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1960. (1 v.)
- Keefer & Keller. Daybook, 1829-1830. Keefer & Keller were Harrisburg carpenters and joiners. Gift of Mrs. Dean A. Fales, 1976. (1 v.)
- Kuntz, M. Account book, 1870-1872. Michael G. Kuntz was treasurer of Washington Borough, Washington County. Purchased, 1954. (1 v.)
- Lancaster & Jenkins. Records, 1815-1830. Lancaster & Jenkins were Philadelphia dry goods merchants. The records include daybooks, 1820-1830, ledger, 1815-1823, and Charles Jenkins' daybook, 1829. Gift of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, 1965. (7 v.)
- John and Melchior Larer. Receipt book, 1815-1820. John and Melchior Larer were Philadelphia brewers. (1 v.)
- Le Blanc, Joseph. Receipt book, 1785-1792. Joseph Le Blanc was a Philadelphia women's goods merchant. This book contains both personal and business receipts; continued by William H. Henry for letter drafts and memoranda, . Gift of Hamilton H. Gilkyson, 1968 (1 v.)
- Levis, Hosea J. Records, 1836-1843. Levis was the cashier for the Schuylkill Bank, Philadelphia. The records include lists of bills for stocks purchased and sold, 1836-1839; stock accounts and letters to Levis concerning transactions, 1836-1839; minutes/letterbook, 1840-1843, kept by John R. Vodges, Eli K. Price, and Charles Thomson Jones, assignees appointed to resolve debts Levi incurred while mismanaging Schuylkill Bank funds. (3 v.)
- Levy, Joseph. Receipt book, 1860-1891. Personal receipts. Gift of Miriam Levy, 1957. (1 v.)
- Lewis, William David, 1792-1881. Employee Records, 1849-1853. Lewis was
Philadelphia Collector of Customs. Purchased, 1941 (1 v.)
- Linn, William. Receipt book, 1830-1832. Linn was a Philadelphia textile manufacturer. Contains personal and business receipts. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Lippincott, Joshua Ballinger, 1813-1886. Ledger, 1853-1862. Lippincott was a Philadelphia publisher. Contains accounts for real estate and stocks. (1 v.)
- Lipps, John. Receipt book, 1789-1790. Lipps was a Philadelphia tailor. Contains personal receipts; continued by Mary Lipps Keyser Maze, 1790-1821. Gift of Benjamin Moskowitz, 1976. (1 v.)
- Little, Theodore. Case book, 1848-1870. Little was a Morristown, N.J., attorney. Contains information on Morris County, N.J., suits, primarily in the Circuit Court. (1 v.)
- Livezey, Samuel, 1760-1840. Letterbook, 1824-1828. Livezey was a Plymouth Meeting merchant and a Quaker minister. (1 v.)
- Logan, James, 1644-1751. Ledger, 1712-1714. Contains personal and proprietary accounts. Gift of J. Welles Henderson. (1 v.)
- Long, William. Receipted bills, 1866-1873. Bills kept by William and Ida Long. (1 v.)
- Lorain, John. Receipt book, 1809-1811. Lorain was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church (Adams County, Pa.) Receipt book,
1769-1778, 1786-1789, 1793-1849. For salaries paid to John Slemons, John McKnight, and William Paxton, ministers. Purchased, 1950. (1 v.)
- Loxley, Benjamin, 1720-1801. Daybook, 1771-1785. Contains both personal and financial memoranda, including accounts as artillery store keeper for the Province of Pennsylvania and for canons, wagons, and other Revolutionary militia supplies. Gift of Library Company of Philadelphia, 1967. (1 v.)
- McCall, Samuel, 1710-1761. Journal, 1743-1749. McCall was a Philadelphia merchant. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Marsh, Ann. Accounts, 1774-1783. Ann Marsh was a Philadelphia educator. Accounts while teaching at the Dame School. Bequest of John Marshall Phillips, 1954. (1 v.)
- Mathew, Joseph. Ledger, 1820-1841. Joseph Mathew was a New Britain Township physician. Ledger contains patient accounts. Purchased, 1944. (1 v.)
- May, Thomas. Receipt book, 1764-1793. Contains personal receipts. Gift of William M. Beck, 1954. (1 v.)
- Samuel and Joseph Mechlin. Journal (bookkeeping), 1794-1796 and ledger, 1794-1796. Samuel and Joseph Mechlin were Philadelphia grocers specializing in linseed oil. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Meeker, Samuel, d. 1832. Ledger, 1807-1810. Meeker was a Philadelphia
merchant. Ledger contains accounts of trade with New Orleans, Ohio, and Kentucky; also as agent for William Meeker, London merchant. (1 v.)
- Mendelhall & Cope. Record book, 1789-1837. Mendelhall & Cope were Philadelphia merchants. Contains accounts of cash, 1789; sales, 1790; journal entries, 1790-1792, 1795; continued as Thomas P. Cope journal, 1836-1837. Gift of Mrs. Alfred Cope Garrett, 1949. (1 v.)
- Meredith, Jonathan, 1740-1811. Order book, 1787-1798. Meredith was a Philadelphia tanner and currier. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Mildred & Roberts. Accounts, 1777-1778. Mildred & Roberts were London merchants. These accounts are for their trading with Philadelphia merchants. (1 v.)
- Miller, Henry. Estate accounts, 1807-1843. Miller was a Huntington Borough storekeeper. Jacob Miller, administrator; continued as Jacob Miller personal and business cashbook, 1850-1862. Gift of Charles A. Miller, 1962. (1 v.)
- Monks, John. Ledger, 1795 (1812-1847). Monks was a Philadelphia County weaver. Ledger of accounts receivable. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Moore, John. Daybook, 1816-1826. Moore was a Salem, N.J., farmer. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Moore & Illig. Waste book, 1857-1868. Moore and Illig operated a Philadelphia
livery stable. Purchased, 1954. (1 v.)
- Morton, Robert. "List of mortgages, ground-rents, stocks, etc.," [183-] (1 v.)
- Needles, Joseph A. Blotter, 1818. Joseph and John Needles were Philadelphia wire workers. Contains accounts and correspondence for Joseph A. and John Needles. Purchased, 1966. (1 v.)
- Needles, Joseph A. Daybook, 1817-1824. Purchased, 1966. (1 v.)
- New York Insurance Company. Receipt book, 1797-1799. Contains records for payments of shipping losses. Copy. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- North, Edwin. Account book, 1874-1883. Private account. Gift of Mrs. Herbert Foster. (1 v.)
- Ogden, Joseph, d. 1787? Invoice book, 1749-1755. Ogden was a Philadelphia general merchant. Gift of Edward Jenkins, 1975. (1 v.)
- Ogden, Joseph, d. 1787? Ledger, 1749-1755. Ogden was a Philadelphia general merchant. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Ogden, Joseph. Account books, 1769-1771, 1795-1799. Ogden was a Philadelphia innkeeper and operator of Middle Ferry. Purchased, 1959. (2 v.)
- Oliver, John. List of purchased from Susannah Thompson, 1798. (1 v.)
- O'Neil, Henry. Account book, 1845-1849. O'Neil was an agricultural laborer and handyman. Contains personal accounts. (1 v.)
- Otto, Jacob. Account of sales, 1851-1863. Gift of Chester County Historical Society, 1967. (1 v.)
- Pennebacker, Abraham. Account book, 1862-1868. Pennebacker was a Berks County farmer. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Peters, Richard, 1744-1828. Estate cash account, 1828-1848. Account for Belmont and undivided part of Mantua properties; Richard Peters, Jr., trustee. Purchased, 1972. (1 v.)
- Peterson, Derrick. Ledger, (1790-1797) 1822. Peterson was a Philadelphia lumber merchant. Ledger contains business and personal accounts and includes real estate transactions. Gift of Mrs. A. Stanley Peterson through the Chester County Historical Society, 1967. (1 v.)
- Philadelphia. City Treasurer. Receipt book, 1825-1826. John Bacon was a Philadelphia City Treasurer. Copies of receipts given by Treasurer John Bacon for monies received, listing date, amount, person from whom received, his signature, Treasurer's signature, and frequently the reason for payment. (1 v.)
- Philadelphia and Trenton Railroad. Surveyor's notes, 1833. Notes cover the territory from Poqueston Creek to Kensington. (1 v.)
- Pilling, Ralph, d. 1851. Estate receipt book, 1851-1852. Pilling was a Philadelphia print mill operator. William Overington and James Horricks, executors. Gift of Theodore Ashmead Longstroth, 1965. (1 v.)
- Piper, Frederick A. Daybook, 1812-1814. Piper was a physician. Daybook contains fragment of lectures on heat and evaporation. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- The Portland Stage Company (Portland, Me.) Stage book, 1830-1831. Daily passenger and express bookings to Berwick, Kennebunk, Alfred, and Portland. (1 v.)
- Potts, John, 1710-1768. Estate ledger, 1768-1782. Purchased, 1953. (1 v.)
- Potts, Jonathan, 1745-1781. Invoice book of expenses, 1772-1774. Potts was a Reading physician. Purchased, 1953. (1 v.)
- Powel, John Hare, 1786-1856. Account with William Hughs, 1830-1835. John Hare Powel was a Philadelphia soldier, statesman, agriculturist, and author. Hughes was superintendent of Powel's Powelton and Woodlands estate. This account concerns mainly cattle at Powel's estates. Purchased, 1941. (1 v.)
- Pricket Mill Company (Medford, N.J.) Record book, 1765-1834. The Pricket Mill Company was a lumber mill and was primarily owned by the Haines family. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Rambo, Abel. Receipt book, 1862-1871. Kept as guardian of A. Reiner Rambo. Gift of Bart Anderson, 1947. (1 v.)
- Reeves, John. Account book, 1759-1760. Kept as executor of the James Johnson estate. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Reynell, John. Journal, 1764-1778. Reynell was a Philadelphia merchant. Photostat. Original privately owned. (1 v.)
- Richardson, Francis, d. 1688. Letterbook, 1681-1688. Includes letters of his wife, Rebeckah Hayward Richardson. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Riché, Thomas. Receipt book, 1760-1769. Riché was a Philadelphia merchant. Purchased, 1958. (1 v.)
- Ridge Turnpike Company (Philadelphia, Pa.) Journal (bookkeeping), 1811-1822 and receipt book, 1811-1815. Gift of Mrs. G. Lloyd Wilson, 1958. (1 v.)
- Rittenhouse, Peter, 1797-1870. Ledger, 1846-1850. Rittenhouse was a Philadelphia merchant. Gift of Martin P. Snyder, 1969. (1 v.)
- Sack, John, Mrs. Account with J.W. Pommer & Bro., 1878-1879. John William Pommer and Edward Pommer were Philadelphia grocers. Gift of Mrs. Samuel Eisenhofer, 1960. (1 v.)
- Sager, John. Daybook, 1805-1817. Sager was a Philadelphia cabinetmaker. Purchased, 1956. (1 v.)
- Sands, Isaac R. Records, 1865-1876. Sands was a Berks County blacksmith. The records include daybooks, 1865-1867, 1873-1876 and a ledger, 1862-1867. Purchased, 1959. (4 v.)
- Santo Donimgo Silver Mining Company (Chihauhua, Mexico). Letterpress book, 1891-1892. Letters of E.L. Stillson, Superintendent to John P. Logan, President (Philadelphia), reporting on operations, finances, legal affairs, and politics. Purchased, 1953. (1 v.)
- Santo Donimgo Silver Mining Company (Chihauhua, Mexico). Account book, 1897-1898. Giving reports on ore and silver production and payroll. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Savery, Elizabeth. Receipt book, 1833-1855. Receipts for rents of properties owned by Elizabeth and Rebecca Savery. Gift of the Chester County Historical Society, 1967. (1 v.)
- Schurmann, Edmund J., d. 1875. Daybook, 1861-1866. Schurmann repaired watches and did part sales for William G. Billin. (1 v.)
- Schurmann, Edward W. Account book with M. Sickels, 1877-1880. Schurmann was a Philadelphia watchmaker. (1 v.)
- Segner & Maxwell. Account of stock, 1866-1867. Segner & Maxwell were Harrisburg jewelers and clockmakers. Continued as a ledger, 1866-1871, and the as clocks account, 1871-1873. Gift of Mrs. Dean Fales, 1976. (1 v.)
- Sharples, Joshua. Memorandum books, 1812-1859. Sharples was a Philadelphia carpenter and a Chester County farmer. These memorandum books record hardware sales, rents, bonds, mortgages, and farm animals. Gift of Bart Anderson, 1947. (2 v.)
- Sharples, Joshua. Ledger, 1803-1809. Gift of Chester County Historical Society, 1967. (1 v.)
- Sharples, Joshua. Receipt book and miscellaneous notes, 1813-1849. Gift of Chester County Historical Society, 1967. (1 v.)
- Shepperd, George. Receipt books, 1766-1801. Personal receipts. Gift of Isaac Sutton, 1950. (2 v.)
- Shinn, Earl. Receipt book, 1818-1846. Shinn was a Philadelphia bricklayer. Gift of Richard Cadbury, 1949. (1 v.)
- Shippen, Edward, 1729-1806. Cashbook, 1781-1806. Shippen was a Philadelphia jurist. Cashbook of income from real estate sales, rents, farm production, and from professional duties; together with records and accounts, 1746-1806, of rents and ground rents on his own property of Edward Shippen estate. Purchased, 1953. (1 v.)
- Shippen, Evans Wallace. Ledger, 1891-1910. Shippen was a Meadville oil producer. This ledger contains oil well, dam, real estate, and other personal investment accounts. Gift of Chester County Historical Society, 1967. (1 v.)
- Shirk, David O. Ciphering book, 1850-1851. Gift of Mrs. Dean A. Fales, Jr., 1976. (1 v.)
- Shoemaker, Shoemaker, and Berrett. Marine insurance records, 1796-1797. Shoemaker, Shoemaker, and Berrett were Philadelphia insurance brokers. Gift of the Chester County Historical Society, 1967. (1 v.)
- Singleton, Stephen C. Waste book, 1869-1877. Singleton was a Philadelphia paperhanger. Gift of Mrs. Edwin Morris Singleton, 1953. (1 v.)
- Sinnickson, Andrew. Ledger, 1803-1821. Sinnickson was a Salem, N.J., general store proprietor. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Sinnickson, John. Receipt book, 1797-1815. Personal receipts. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Slough, Matthias. "To the Stockholders of the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike Road," 1793. Slough was the manager of the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike Road. Transcript by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1896. (1 v.)
- Smith family. Papers, 1863-1892. Papers include Ladies' Soldiers' Aid Society minute and letterbooks, 1863-1877, Mary P. Wilson Smith, Secretary, recording efforts to aid sick and wounded soldiers, soldiers' widows and orphans, and freedmen; Xanthus Russell Smith diary, 1883, 1891-1892, commenting on his professional activities as a marine, landscape, portrait, and historical painter in Glenside and Philadelphia, on his family life, his experiments in photography, and his father Russell Smith's work as a Painter. Purchased, 1939. (4 v.)
- Smith, Howell, & Barr. Duplicate letters and receipt book, 1844-1846. Smith, Howell, & Barr were Philadelphia dry goods merchants. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Kotlar, 1969. (1 v.)
- Smith, Joseph. Ledger, 1813-1814. Smith was a Philadelphia iron merchant. The ledger was filled with iron and investment accounts. Gift of Mary V. Baldwin through the Chester County Historical Society, 1967. (1 v.)
- Smith, Daniel B. Records, 1826-1829, 1851. Daniel B. and Benjamin R. Smith were Philadelphia druggists and chemists. These records are accounts and other memoranda; later used for children's crayon drawings. Gift of Sarah A.G. Smith. (1 v.)
- Smith, Moses B. Estate receipt book, 1855-1887. Receipts for coal rents of East Sugar Loaf. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Souder, Thomas M. Bank book, 1814-1822. Souder was a Philadelphia bricklayer and merchant. Gift of Curtis Allen, 1961. (1 v.)
- Spear, Joseph. Daybook, 1816-1817, and ledger, 1817-1818. Spear was a carpenter and furniture maker. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Spear, Joseph & Company. Ledger, 1764-1765. Joseph Spear & Company were Fort Pitt Indian traders. This ledger contains records of sales of provisions, primarily liquors, to Crown agents, officers, settlers, and others. Gift of Elliston J. Morris, 1944. (1 v.)
- Spear, Thomas G. Receipt book, 1835-1841. Thomas G. Spear was a Philadelphia dry goods merchant. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Spear, Thomas G. Cashbook, 1846-1849. Thomas G. Spear was a Philadelphia printer. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Steel, Alexander. Ledger, 1797-1819. Steel was a Southwark surveyor. Gift of Joseph Hewlett. (1 v.)
- Steele, Elizabeth. Accounts, 1821-1839. Also includes estate accounts with Lydia R. Bailey. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Stevenson, Cornelius, 1779-1860. Receipt book, 1830-1842. Stevenson was Philadelphia city treasurer. Personal receipts. Purchased, 1955. (1 v.)
- Stewardson, Thomas, 1762-1841. Ledger, 1788-1841. Includes estate, real estate, and financial transactions. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Stewart, H.B. Letterbook, 1809-1811. Stewart was a Philadelphia supercargo on the schooner Dolphin. Contains some accounts. Gift of Ashurst family, 1911. (1 v.)
- Stockton, William T. Account book, 1823. Stockton was a Philadelphia proprietor of stage coaches. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Swedish Church, Archivum Americanum, 1891. Transcriptions and translations of documents relating to the Swedish Churches on the Delaware at the Consistory of Upsal, Sweden, done for C.J. Stille under the supervision of Col. Elfving and Dr. Wuselgrin. Purchased, 1895. (2 v.)
- Tatnall, Robert. Wastebook, 1736-1745. Tatnall was a Chester County yeoman and member of the Provincial Assembly. His wastebook contains records of sales of lumber and farm items, loans. (1 v.)
- Todhunter, William. Ledger, 1837-1840. Todhunter was a Philadelphia merchant. This ledger was kept for the Committee of Creditors of Mackinley. Gift of Drexel University, 1966. (1 v.)
- Towanda Bank (Towanda, Pa.) Daybook, 1841-1842. Purchased, 1938. (1 v.)
- Trenton, Thomas. Weaving draft notes, 1813-1815. Purchased, 1946. (1 v.)
- Tuft & Hancock. Daybook, 1795-1796. Tuft & Hancock were Philadelphia merchants. Continued as Tuft & Yorke, 1796-1798, and Yorke & Paullin, 1802-1805, with inventories of stocks. Gift of Friends Hospital, 1971. (1 v.)
- United States Insurance Company (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1809-1843. The United States Insurance Company was chartered in 1810 and dealt in marine insurance. The records include: stockholders receipt book, 1809-1835; general receipt book, 1836-
1843; stockholder meeting minutes, 1826-1843. Purchased, 1953. (3 v.)
- Unrod, Ann. Receipt book, 1826-1846. Receipt book, primarily for taxes paid by Ann and Elizabeth Unrod. (1 v.)
- Upper Germantown Burying Ground (Philadelphia, Pa.) Record book, 1724-
1908. Mostly burials and accounts. Portions published in P.M.H.B., 8 (1884): 414-426. Permanent deposit of Concord School House of Germantown and Upper Germantown Burying Ground Board of Trustees. (1 v.)
- Walker, John V.L., d. 1816. Estate account book, 1816-1823. Beulah Walker, administrator. (1 v.)
- Walnut Street Land Company (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1854-1870. Minutes kept for corporation of stockholders investing in West Philadelphia real estate. Purchased, 1947. (1 v.)
- Warren, E. Burgess. Receipt books, 1868-1871. Warren was a Philadelphia roofer and builder. Personal and business receipts for Warren, Kirk, & Co. Gift of the Free Library of Philadelphia. (1 v.)
- Wells, Gideon H. Letterbook, 1802. (1 v.)
- Wemyss, Francis Courtney, 1797-1859. Prompt book, . Francis Courtney Wemyss was a an actor and theatre manager. This prompt book was for the production of Isabelle; of Woman's Life by John B. Buckstone, performed at the Walnut Street Theatre. Purchased, 1911. (1 v.)
- Wescoat, William. Ledgers, 1827-1829. Wescoat was a merchant. (2 v.)
- West, Benjamin, 1730-1813. Subscription account book, 1811. The subscription was for James Heath's engraving of Death of Lord Nelson after West; another volume contains a list of English names and addresses. Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 1899. (2 v.)
- West, Francis. Letterbook, 1788-1798. Letterbook for Francis and John West, Philadelphia merchants. Purchased, 1975. (1 v.)
- West, Sarah. Receipt book, (1804-1828) 1831. Sarah West was a Philadelphia shopkeeper. Receipts for business and personal expenses. (1 v.)
- Wetherill, John. Estate inventory for Chalkley House, Frankford, 1851. Gift of Walter C. Baker, 1944. (1 v.)
- Wharton, Charles, 1744-1838. Receipt book, 1799-1803. Gift of Sarah A.G. Smith, 1968. (1 v.)
- Wharton, Thomas, 1730-1782. Ledger, 1752-1756. Gift of Leonard T. Beale, 1956. (1 v.)
- Wharton, William, 1740-ca. 1805. Receipt book, 1765-1791. Gift of Sarah A.G. Smith, 1963. (1 v.)
- Wharton & Lewis. Records, 1787-1801. Isaac Wharton and David Lewis were Philadelphia merchants and insurance brokers. The records include receipt book, 1787-
1792, and account of policies underwritten, 1795-1801. Gift of Chester County Historical Society, 1967. (2 v.)
- Williams, Henry Jonathan, 1791-1879. Records, 1833-1874. Williams was a Philadelphia attorney. The records include: ledger, 1833-1839 of business and personal accounts; letterpress book, 1847-1849, concerning business matters including the Alexander family estate; and memoranda of personal bills and receipts, 1867-1874. Purchased, 1949, and Gift of Edwin Wolf, 1967. (3 v.)
- Williams, Howard. Receipt book, 1813-1822. Personal receipts. (1 v.)
- Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815. Receipt book, 1792-1799. Personal receipts mostly for labor on his Mount Pleasant property. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Williams, Thomas. Receipt books, 1812-1832. (2 v.)
- Willing, Charles, 1806-1887. Papers, 1858-1887. Charles Willing was a Germantown, Philadelphia gentleman. The papers include letterbooks, 1858-1887; journal, 1860-1877; and ledger, 1859-1875. Gift of Rosenbach Co., 1972. (4 v.)
- Wister, John, 1708-1789. Receipt book, 1749. Deposited by Alice Strickland, 1977. (1 v.)
- Wood, George, d. . Estate accounts, 1827-1828. Accounts kept by Coleman Sellers, executor of the estate of George and Ann Wood. (1 v.)
- Wood, Richard, 1755-1822. Estate receipt book, 1822-1827. Richard Wood was a Greenwich, N.J., merchant. George Bacon Wood and Charles Wood, executors. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Yarnell, Ellis, 1757-1848. Receipt book, 1794-1810. Yarnell was a Philadelphia merchant. Receipts of both a business and personal nature. (1 v.)
- Yeates, Jasper, 1745-1817. Account book, 1802-1814. Yeates was a Lancaster lawyer and jurist. Accounts with Edward Hand estate. (1 v.)
- Young, Stephen. Cash disbursements, 1809-1811. Record of cash disbursements for the sloop Cape May carrying freight primarily between Philadelphia and Richmond, Va. (1 v.)
- Zarfoss, Samuel. Journal (bookkeeping), 1844-1858. Zarfoss was a Lancaster County cabinetmaker. Purchased, 1956. (1 v.)
- Zartman, George. Wastebook, 1819-1826. In German. Purchased, 1956. (1 v.)
City History Society of Philadelphia. Papers, 1887 (1900-1978), 1980.
(ca. 1600 items.)
The City History Society of Philadelphia was founded by C. Henry Keim in 1900 as the City History Club of Philadelphia and changed in 1906 to the City History Society of Philadelphia. The purpose was to interest the teachers of the city in local history, so that they in turn, would stimulate their students to understand the importance of Philadelphia. The society's activities included publication of lectures and more detailed histories of Philadelphia, as well as excursions. The Society dissolved in 1980.
The papers consist of: correspondence, 1910-1963; correspondence 1978-1980, mainly on the dissolution of the society; membership records, 1932-1978; minutes of meetings; legal documents; charters and by-laws; financial records, including treasurer's accounts, 1940-1966; copies of papers read before the Society; Sunday Republic series, "Rich Men of Philadelphia forty years ago," 1887-1888; printed pamphlets; scrapbooks, 1900-1915, 1951-1959, of correspondence, clippings, invitations, and photographs compiled by the society's photographic committee, 1900-1920; and photographs reproduced in the Society's publications. Photographs, mounted in scrapbooks and identified, comprise a large part of the collection and include historic, commercial, public, and residential buildings, bridges, streets, and other city scenes.
Gift of the Society, 1972-1980.
Pennsylvania Society of New York. Papers 1899-1922.
The Pennsylvania Society of New York was organized in 1899 "to cultivate social intercourse among its members and ... to collect historical material relating to the state of Pennsylvania" by a group of former Pennsylvanians living in New York.
The papers consist of scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, correspondence, invitations, programs, and other memorabilia having to do with the activities of the Society. Several of the scrapbooks are devoted to specific topics including Society biography and obituary and visits to the United States by Cardinal Desire Joseph Mercier of Belgium, 1919, French marshall Ferdinand Foch, 1921, and French marshall Joseph Joffre, 1922.
Newton, Joseph Fort, 1876-1950. Papers, 1919 (1930-1950).
Joseph Fort Newton was a Protestant clergyman and author. He was associated with Saint James Church and the Church of Saint Luke and the Epiphany, both of Philadelphia.
The bulk of the material consists of typescripts of Newton's sermons, addresses, articles, and two books: What Have the Saints to Teach Us, and a volume of 100 sermons. Incoming correspondence, 1919, 1939-1950 includes letters from readers of his writings and letters on his ministry, masonry, and the efforts of Ebed Van der Vlugt, a Dutch Barrister, to avoid deportation from the United States in 1941. There are also four small commonplace books.
Gift of Sarah Hollis, 1970.
Kirk family. Papers, 1688 (1840-1863), 1897.
Edward Needles Kirk, Sterlin, Ill., lawyer, was killed in the Civil War while serving as an officer with the 34th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Kirk's papers consist of personal and professional correspondence together with Civil War letters to, from, and about Kirk; legal documents; clippings; and other miscellany. There is also his wife Eliza Cameron Kirk's incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1862-1868, and later as Mrs. Charles A. Thomas, 1889-1897.
The remainder of the collection is made up of miscellaneous letters and documents of several members of the Kirk family, 1688-1870, including a Ruth Kirk Price commonplace book, begun 1809.
Gift of Mrs. Andrew B. Foster, 1973.
Maxcy family. Letters, (1826-1850) 1895.
Virgil Maxcy was solicitor of the United States Treasury, 1830-1837, diplomat, 1837-1842. These letters consist primarily of correspondence between Mary Galloway Maxcy, wife of Virgil Maxcy, and her daughters and her daughters Anne Sarah Maxcy Hughes and Mary Maxcy Markoe. There are personal letters of Virgil Maxcy and other members of the family, including letters, 1894-1895, from Joseph Jefferson, actor.
Gift of Edith C.F. Rivinus, 1969.
Beale, Joseph Boggs, 1841-1926. Papers, 1852-1882.
Mainly the diaries, 1857-1865, of Joseph Boggs Beale, Philadelphia artist, written while a student at Central High School, Philadelphia; while an instructor of drawing at Central High; and while serving with 33rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Reserves during the Civil War. Much of the diaries concern the interest of the family in religion, but they do provide some glimpses into his artistic development.
There are also family and professional letters to and from Beale, 1857-1882; and a few family photographs.
Gift of Arthur Colen, 1973.
Hunn, Ezekiel, 3rd, 1841-1926. Records, 1885-1925.
Records of Ezekiel Hunn, III, Philadelphia lawyer, on his general, civil practice with James N. Stone, Jr. under the name of Hunn & Stone. The records consist of: letterbooks, 1892, 1906, 1915-1925; journal, 1885-1903; ledgers, 1885-1896; cashbooks, 1885-1895; blotter of rents collected, 1883-1914.
Gift of Katherine Hunn Karsner, 1973.
Wister, William, 1803-1881. Papers, 1790 (1831-1880), 1899.
(3 linear ft.)
William Wister ran a cloth-printing business in Germantown. The Belfield Print Works, which Wister ran from 1833 to 1854, was destroyed by fire in 1839, but was eventually rebuilt.
The papers of William Wister consist primarily of bills, receipts, invoices, accounts for supplies and equipment of William Wister's printing business in Germantown. Some correspondence from clients include letters from Hoyt & Bogart, N.Y.; Henry Farnum; and David S. Brown, Philadelphia.
Gift of John Wister Wurts estate, 1973.
Continental Hotel Company. Records, 1856-1900.
The Continental Hotel was the first building in Philadelphia built as a luxury hotel. It was designed by John A. McArthur. After several years of planning, $200,000 was subscribed for its erection in 1857 as the "Butler House." Renamed the Continental Hotel, it opened in 1860 at 9th and Chestnut streets.
The records include: plans; stockholder records; some construction records; a letterpress book, 1857-1897; stock certificate book, 1859-1895; paid coupon, 1860; 8% certificate books, 1860; dividend receipt book, 1878-1897; construction accounts with J. Struthers for masonry work and Matsinger Brothers for iron work; several payroll records; and other miscellaneous papers.
Gift of Philip M. Price, 1973.
Logan, James, 1674-1751. Papers, 1670 (1734-1749).
These papers reflect James Logan's activities as agent for the Penn family, land speculator, and scholar. Letterbooks, 1734-1748, several of which are marked "friendship" or "business," include correspondence to Letitia Penn Aubrey, Samuel Blunston, Peter Collinson, John Fothergill, Josiah Martin, Thomas Penn, William Penn III, Richard Peters, John Reading, and Ralph Smith; also additional letterbook of single letters, on scientific subjects addressed to Johann Albrect Fabricus, Abraham Gronovius, Hugh Hones, Carl Linnaeus, Richard Mead, and Hans Sloane. Logan's scholarship is further represented by drafts of The Duties of Man as they may be deduced from Nature, , and excerpts from Pietro Giannone, Civil History of the Kingdom of Naples, as reported in Archibald Bower, Historia Litteraria. There are also [Joshua Francis Fisher's] abstracts from Logan's Notes for and answer to George Keith, 1699; Of the Eseans, n.d.; Literary, philosophical and religious fragments, n.d.; William Logan poem for Philadelphia, 1685.
Letters to Johann Albrect Fabricus, Abraham Gronovius, Hugh Hones, Carl Linnaeus, Richard Mead, and Hans Sloane mostly written in Latin.
Gift of Mrs. Daniel Coxe, 1970.
Miscellaneous land title papers, 1653-1930.
[DuPlessis, LeBarbier.] Real estate listing, 1792-1793. Describes property in and around Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia lands. Gift of Agnes G. DuBarry. (1 v.)
Leaming, Aaron, 1715-1780. Surveys and draughts of land, 1765-1777. Leaming was a Cape May County, N.J., Loan Office commissioner, assemblyman, farmer, merchant, and surveyor. His surveys and draughts include extracts from Cape May County Loan Office records, 1733-1748, and proof of title to The Five Mile Beach. Purchased, 1975. (1 v.)
Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.) Brief of title, 1684-1867. For tract of land in Northern Liberties on which Mount Pleasant was built. Gift of Frederic R. Kirkland, 1950. (1 v.)
New York (State). Land surveys, 1671-1681. Also land surveys for Pennsylvania and Delaware. Photostats from the New York State Library. (1 v.)
Pennsylvania surveys. Records of surveys with briefs of title, 1701 (1796-1804). Briefs of titles for land in Cambria, Clearfield, Cumberland, Lycoming, Northumberland, Northumberland, and Philadelphia Counties. With surveys in Delaware, New Jersey, and New York exemplifying the lands of the Drinker and Fisher families. (2 v.)
Philadelphia (Pa.). Board of Surveyors. Lot Surveys, [1855-1861]. Surveys of Germantown and Bristol, Philadelphia, made primarily by Jesse Lightfoot, surveyor, with occasional identification of lot owners. Some surveys copied from earlier plans. (1 v.)
Powel family. Briefs of title, 1768-1909. Briefs for Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania properties, mostly acquired by Samuel Powel, with some notations on active ground rents to 1909. (1 v.)
Rambo, Ormand. Abstracts of title, 1653-1930. For land at 20th and Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia. Typescript, . Gift of Ormand Rambo, 1942. (1 v.)
Tyson, William E., b. . Somerton Village digest of land records, 1681-
1930. Compiled from country records, [1957-1969]. Gift of William E. Tyson, 1969. (1 v.)
T-Square Club (Philadelphia, Pa.). Minutes, 1883-1937.
Organized in 1883, the T-Square Club was a Philadelphia, Pa. architects club which sponsored exhibitions, provided student scholarships and held other activities.
Minutes, 1883-1937, of regular meetings of the club and three volumes of published plates: English Country Houses, 1901; William Rotch Ware, The Georgian Period, 1923 and A Monograph of the Work of McKim, Mead & White (student edition), 1925.
Gift of the T-Square Club and Henry J. Magaziner, 1971/1973.
Wharton and Willing families. Papers, 1669-1887.
(3 linear ft.)
The Whartons and Willings were two merchant families of Philadelphia. Thomas Wharton was a colonial merchant whose anti-British sentiments were compromised by his Quaker pacifism. His opposition to the Revolution caused him to be sent into exile during the war. Thomas Willing was a merchant, banker, legislator, and judge.
The bulk of Wharton and Willing papers concern the commercial and personal business of these two merchant families of Philadelphia, but there are a few political and personal papers. The earliest material, 1669-1751, consists of deeds, indentures, wills, and other documents on the Pennsylvania lands of various Philadelphians.
Thomas Wharton, Sr., papers, 1752-1782, forms the bulk of the collection. Wharton's deeds, bonds, powers of attorney, accounts, and letters touch on his commercial, legal, and philanthropic interests, and include correspondence during the exile, 1778-1778.
The principals of the Willing section, 1791-1887, are Thomas Willing; Thomas Mayne Willing, merchant and banker; the merchant firm of Willing and Francis; and Charles Willing, physician. Correspondence, legal papers, and accounts relate to mercantile concerns and family business, including the William Bingham estate, Willing lands in Allegheny County, Pa., New York, and elsewhere.
Gift of Frances L.B. Randolph, Ann B. Putnam, and Edward F. Beale, 1973, and purchased.
Finding aid available.
Brown, Marjorie P.M. Collection, 1763-1871.
Personal and business papers of the Morris and several related Philadelphia families include: Margaret Emlen letters to Sarah Logan, 1768-1771; Jones family correspondence, especially letters of Benjamin Jones to Mary Howell Jones, 1803-1847; Margaret Emlen Howell household receipts and recipes, 1800-1810, and other Howell family manuscripts; Stephen Paschall, founder of Paschall's steel furnace, commonplace book and diary, ca. 1795-1800; Deborah Morris family estate papers, 1763-1787; Henry Morris, iron manufacturer, diary on business and personal affairs, with a few business letters and accounts, 1862; [Stephen P.] Morris, [Thomas T.] Tasker and [Henry] Morris, an iron manufacturing company, order books, 1832-1838, and the firm's subsidiary Paschal Iron Works journals, 1841-1846.
Gift of Patricia Wells, 1973.
Magdalen Society of Philadelphia. Records, 1800-1921.
These Magdalen Society of Philadelphia was a private charitable organization founded in 1800 by a group of Philadelphia men under the presidency of Bishop William White of the Protestant Episcopal Church and continuously governed by men until 1916. Its original purpose was to rescue women "fallen from a condition of innocence and virtue," but in 1849, the Managers, at the urging of George Williams, began to consider ways to expand the role of the Society to include educating the girls and women for jobs. Not until after the passage of the Pennsylvania Child Labor Law, 1916, was the society able to redirect its energies: it sold the Magdalen Home, its asylum, elected women to its Board, and appointed a woman director. The following year it embarked upon a program of visiting working children to urge them to return to school. In 1918 it changed its name to the White-Williams Foundation for Girls and, two years later, to the White-Williams Foundation.
The bulk of the records are for the society's asylum, purchased in 1807. They contain: minutes of the board of managers, 1800-1916; minutes of the annual meetings of the society, 1837-1916, including accounts of work done and letters from former Magdalens; minutes of the weekly visiting committee, 1878-1912, including personal information on the inmates and conditions at the home; matron's diaries of daily events at the home, 1829-1834, 1878-1917; ledger, 1832-1878; account books, 1871-1921; register of admissions and discharges, 1836-1917, including personal data and some follow-up reports concerning the women after their departure.
Records microfilmed and available at the Balch Institute.
Some published annual reports are bound in with managers' minutes, 1885-1916; the majority are available in the Historical Society's Library.
Gift of the White-Williams Foundation, 1973.
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1822-1972.
(25 microfilm reels.)
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Philadelphia, dedicated in 1793, was an outgrowth of the movement among Protestant blacks to organize into separate congregations. In 1787 a company of blacks in Philadelphia withdrew from the white dominated Methodist Church and under the leadership of Richard Allen built Bethel Church. In 1816 Bethel joined with 16 other congregations to form the African Methodist Episcopal Church with Allen as the first bishop.
The class system, which was the early system of the Methodist Church dividing the congregation into Classes, each with a layman as class leader, remained an important part of Bethel's organization late into the 19th century.
Part 1: General record books consists of three official church registers, 1865-1874, 1880-1895, 1907-1912. Included in the registers are historical records, class rolls, records of membership, office holders, baptisms, and marriages. The historical records of the first volume contain a transcription of Richard Allen's biography.
Part 2: Records of the board of trustees, the controllers and managers of the property of the church, including minutes, 1863-1894, 1910-1944; account books, 1832-1847, 1890-1903, 1909-1942.
Part 3: Records on the religious function of the church. This section contains the records of the corporation (a body embracing the entire membership), the official board, the Board of Stewards, the Quarterly Conference, the classes, and the Class leaders. Included in this part are: minutes, 1848-1849, 1876-1972; account books, 1846-1858, 1871-1901; Class rolls with records of contributions and disbursements, 1852-1854, 1872-1894.
Part 4: Records of special organizations and activities, including: minutes of the Union Benevolent Sons of Bethel, a burial society, 1826-1844; minutes of the United Daughters of Tapsico Society, a benevolent society offering aid to sick members, 1837-1847; minutes of the Preachers' Association, Philadelphia Conference, 1897-1901; minutes of the [Richard] Allen Christian Endeavor, 1902- 1910; minutes of the Ushers' Association, 1925-1941; minutes of church trials of members for breaches of church discipline, 1822-1835, 1838-1851, 1859-1865; Sunday School roll books, ca. 1860, 1934-1939; membership roll books, 1901, ca. 1916; and visitors' registration books, 1901-1970.
Part 5: Miscellany, including a Richard Allen bible, an early King James quarto, 1802.
Part 6: The Christian Recorder, the journal of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1854-1856, 1861-1902.
Published finding aids by H.L. Wilson and A. H. Able, III, The Holdings of Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church Historical Museum in Manuscript and Print.
The originals of the Bethel Church records are located at the church's Historical Museum. Permission for microfilm copies must be secured from the Historical Commission, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, 6th & Lombard Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Gift of Mother Bethel Church, 1973.
Morris, Anthony. Family papers, 1781-1894.
Papers of several residents of Bolton Farm, a Bristol estate, originally owned by the Pemberton family and passed onto the Morris family through marriage. There are a few James Pemberton estate papers. The majority of material relates to Pemberton's son-in-law Anthony Morris: various account books, 1793-1816; family letters, 1812-1817, 1825-1832, particularly from Louisa Pemberton Morris Chaderton; copybook of letters, 1813-1816, to James Monroe and with George W. Erving on Morris's unofficial diplomatic service in Spain; correspondence, 1817-1818, with John A. Morton on financial and personal matters; correspondence, 1827-1834, relating to his plan to establish an agricultural school at Bolton after the methods of Philipp Emanuel von Fellenberg. Additional papers, 1823-1894, consist of miscellaneous accounts, receipts, legal papers, some correspondence of James Pemberton Morris and Phineas Pemberton Morris, all on the farm operations and financing.
Gift of Mrs. John P. Gardiner, 1974.
Morris, Anthony. Family papers, 1730-1888.
Very miscellaneous papers of Anthony Morris, his son, James P. Morris, and grandson, Phineas P. Morris.
Anthony Morris papers, 1786-1859, include some correspondence, accounts, and 1813 memoranda relative to Morris's efforts to have Spain cede Florida to the United States. Also in this section are papers, 1767-1817, of Francis Nichols, who served with Morris during the Revolution. There is a small amount of correspondence, affidavits, and accounts on the battle of Quebec during which Nichols was captured; letters from his nephew Arthur St. C. Nichols, a merchant in Havanna; and estate correspondence, accounts, and other legal papers, Bird Wilson, executor.
The James P. Morris and Phineas P. Morris sections consist primarily of school notes with some additional legal and financial papers.
Finding aid available.
Fisher, Samuel Rowland, 1745-1834. Papers, (1767-1792) 1856.
Diaries and account of Samuel Rowland Fisher, Philadelphia merchant, recording trips to England, 1767, 1783-1784; Ireland, 1768; Charleston, S.C., 1772; Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, 1767; Rhode Island, 1792. Included are orders for British goods, 1767-1768; memorandum of expenses, 1768. Also in the collection are a diary, 1856, of Deborah Fisher Wharton.
Gift of William Wharton Smith, 1974.
Leiper Railroad. Collection, 1809-1972.
The Leiper Railroad, the second railway to be constructed in the United States, was actually a tramway built in 1809 by Thomas Leiper, financier of Philadelphia, to transport stone from his quarries in eastern Delaware County. It operated until ca. 1830.
Maps and other materials on the location and operation of the Leiper Railroad.
Collected by Keith T. Postlewaite; gift of Mrs. Anna Postlewaite, 1974.
Truxtun, Thomas, 1756-1822. Correspondence, 1779-1822.
Thomas Truxtun was a privateer during the American Revolution, a merchant ship commander, and United States naval officer.
Includes incoming and outgoing letters, 1779-1822, primarily on Truxtun's naval and political interests; and several printed circular letters, 1802-1808, on Truxtun's resignation in 1802 from the navy.
Typescript copies of 34 of the letters.
Gift of T. Truxtun Hare, 1971.
Finding aid available.
Logan family. Papers, 1698-1842.
This small collection of Logan family papers includes: James Logan incoming correspondence and documents, 1698-1743, dealing with the administration of the province, the Penn-Baltimore boundary dispute, agriculture and business, and Logan's book orders; William Logan incoming correspondence, 1735-1775, including correspondence from such British horticulturalists as Thomas Binks and the two John Blackburnes as well as documents on his family, 1798-1810, n.d., several of which describe his personal diplomatic mission to France in 1798; Deborah Norris Logan family letters, 1790-1838; other family correspondence, 1785-1842. Also included is a memorandum, initialed by William Penn, of Colonel Robert Quary's complaints against the administration of Governor William Markham, n.d.
Gift of Mrs. Sydney L. Wright, 1974.
Knepper brothers. Letters, 1884 (1898-1900), 1907.
Letters home of two brothers from Somerset, who were officers with the United States Navy. Chester M. Knepper letters, 1884, 1895-1900, 1917, were written while on a tour of duty in east Asia.
Orlo Knepper letters, 1892, 1898-1900, mainly relate to his service with George Dewey's Asiatic Squadron and include detailed observations on the Spanish defeat at Manila Bay, the United States occupation of the Philippine Islands, and the war between the U.S. and the Philippine "insurgents."
Gift of Henry C. Beerits, 1974.
Ingersoll, R. Sturgis. Collection, 1822-1917.
The Bingham estate letterbooks, 1822-1848, 1856-1870, 1888-1917, were kept by successive trustees Thomas Mayne Willing, William Miller, J. Craig Miller, Henry G. Clay (Harry L. Albertson, "Secretary"). Other letterbooks concern Biddle family estate matters, 1827-1841, William Miller, trustee; S. Morris Waln & Company, Philadelphia shipping and commission merchants, 1879-1880, with foreign clients; Harry L. Albertson, 1887-1914, on administration of various estates and other legal business.
These volumes came to R. Sturgis Ingersoll as trustee of the William Bingham estate.
Gift of R. Sturgis Ingersoll and Boyd Lee Spahr, 1975.
312th Field Artillery Association. Minutes, 1927-1973.
Minutes of a Philadelphia area veterans' social association open to members of the 312th Field Artillery who served in World War I.
Gift Mr. Bell, 1974.
Fox family. Papers, 1755,(1819-1910), 1964.
(ca. 850 items.)
The papers of the Fox family of Foxburg, Clarion County, cover four generations. The bulk of the collection consists of family correspondence between Joseph Mickle Fox; his wife, Hannah Emlen Fox; their son, Samuel Mickle Fox; and his wife, Mary Rodman Fisher Fox; William Logan Fisher of Philadelphia; William Logan Fisher Fox; and Joseph Mickle Fox [II]. Although mostly personal, the letters also touch on Joseph M. Fox [I] finances, management of Foxburg and other family lands, and the development of petroleum in western Pennsylvania. Additional papers include: Thomas Fisher diary, 1777-1778, for the Quaker exile in Virginia; Mary Rodman Fisher diary, 1852; Joseph M. Fox [II] diary, ca. 1885, of his campaign for Democratic nomination for Congress; indentures, deeds, wills, and other estate papers; views and photographs of Philadelphia, ca. 1800-1900; family photographs at Foxburg, ca. 1900; and miscellanea.
Anonymous gift in memory of William Logan Fox and Betty Carson Fox, 1974.
Finding aid available.
Gruenberg, Frederick P., 1884-1976. Papers, 1902-1970.
(6 linear ft.)
Frederick Paul Gruenberg came to Philadelphia in 1910 where he remained, interrupted only by a few years in Harrisburg, until his death in 1976.
These papers include Gruenberg's professional correspondence as an officer in a variety of civic, governmental, and banking organizations: Brown Brothers & Co., bankers, 1910-1913, head of foreign exchange department; Philadelphia Bureau of Municipal Research, 1913-1923, director from 1915; Bankers Bond and Mortgage Company, 1924-1931, treasurer; public service commissioner, 1931-1937, appointed by Governor Gifford Pinchot, who is among Gruenberg's correspondents; City Charter Committee of Philadelphia, 1938-1940, executive secretary; Office of Price Administration, 1942-1944, Philadelphia area rent director; Samuel Fels Fund, 1944-1958, director.
Gruenberg's personal correspondence consists of letters exchanged mostly with his wife, Bertha Sanford Gruenberg, his children, and other family members. Also included in the papers are: addresses and articles; diaries, 1909, 1956-1970, with daily memoranda of activities; clippings; news releases; birthday and anniversary greetings; and photographs.
Gift of Frederick P. Gruenberg, 1969, 1974.
Warley Bascom Sons. Business records, 1881 (1889-1923), 1970.
(ca. 75 items and 16 v.)
Warley Bascom Sons, specializing in general upholstering, interior decorations, and cabinet work, became one of the oldest and longest lived businesses owned and run by blacks in Philadelphia. Mattress-maker Warley Bascom, a freeman from Charleston, S.C., began the business ca. 1861; it continued under family management until 1974, managed successively by Warley Bascom, Jr., his wife, Josephine Davis Bascom, and their children William, Edgar, and Ethel Bascom Serjeant.
Included in the records are: order books, 1902-1923; customer list, 1907-1908; list of rental properties, 1898-1901, with lists of accounts receivable, 1897-1904; cashbook, 1944, 1953; payroll book, 1917-1922; bank books, 1889-1906; loose receipts, 1881-1882.
There are in addition a few miscellaneous family papers, including estate records.
Gift of Julia Serjeant Mitchell, 1974.
Gibbon, John, 1827-1896. Papers, 1845 (1862-1892).
John Gibbon, born near Philadelphia, served as a Civil War brigadier general of volunteers in the Union army. He commanded troops at second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredricksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and other battles of the Army of the Potomac.
Following the Civil War, Gibbon became an officer in the regular army with duty mostly in the West.
The papers include Gibbon's letters, 1862-1865, to his wife, which report on the campaigns, particularly in Virginia. One letter concerns his role as one of the surrender commissioners at Appomattox. Although Gibbon's Personal Recollections of the Civil War (1928) were published, there are in these papers unpublished memoirs as well as articles General John Buford, Lessons of the War, and an manuscript copy of The Army Under Pope, by John C. Ropes (1881), and some correspondence relating to Pope.
His autobiographical accounts for the period following the Civil War cover his command of the attack on the Nez Perce Indians under Chief Joseph, 1877, and his peace enforcement during the anti-Chinese disturbances in Seattle, 1885.
Among other Gibbon papers are articles on the "dangerous" condition of the Army and the nation; The Military in Schools and Colleges of America; account books, 1845-1847, as a military academy student; scrapbook covering his military career; and family photographs.
Gift of Mrs. Winthrop H. Battles, 1975.
Ogden, Nicholas Gouverneur, 1776-1823. Correspondence, 1817-1823.
Incoming family correspondence of Nicholas Gouverneur Ogden while he, in partnership with John Jacob Astor, tended the Canton end of their Chinese trade business. The letters include news of the family, of business ventures, and economic and political developments in the United States.
Paul family. Papers, 1709 (1783-1956).
(6 linear ft.)
The Paul family was a merchant family of both Philadelphia and Belvidere, N.J.
Thomas Paul, the first generation to be represented here, was a merchant trading under the firm of [Cornelius] Comegys and Paul and successor names. In 1790 he purchased the Belvidere property where he established his residence and where he and following generations carried on the sale of town lots.
His son, Comegys Paul, returned to Philadelphia where he carried on a dry-goods trading business as [Benjamin] Cononge, Paul & Co. [James Ranten] and later as Comegys Paul & Co. [John T. and William Watson].
These papers consist of correspondence, accounts, and indentures which relate to the personal and business activities of the Paul family of Philadelphia and Belvidere, N.J.
The Thomas Paul papers, 1783-1798, consist of miscellaneous correspondence and records on his mercantile business, Belvidere, personal affairs, and his estate.
Comegys Paul's papers, 1810-1851, contain business correspondence and miscellaneous accounts to 1828. They also include his private correspondence from brothers and brothers-in-law largely on the management of the Belvidere property and other family affairs. There are also some Comegys Paul private accounts.
Among the letters of the John Rodman Paul branch of the family are: J. Rodman Paul's letters, 1823-1824, describing social life and touring activities while studying medicine in Paris; John Rodman Paul, Jr., letters, 1872, while touring Europe; and additional family correspondence, 1823-1902, which also includes letters from Elizabeth Duffield Paul, Margaret Neill Paul, and others. Henry Neill Paul letterpress books, 1858-1886, 1890-1899, contain letters on property in St. Paul, Minn., his other real estate holdings, Paul family estate business, letters written as officer of Manufacturers Land and Improvement Company, Gloucester Land Company, and Pennsylvania Company for Insurance on Lives and Granting Annuities; personal ledger, 1858-1859; and journal, 1879-1888. Memorial Missionary Society of Calvary Presbyterian Church minutes, 1870-1883, Mrs. Elizabeth Stadleman Paul, Secretary. Henry Neill Paul, Jr., lawyer, personal business, as well as bibliophilic and genealogical interests.
Another line of the Paul family is represented by Mary Pope Paul personal and family correspondence, 1868-1920, together with some correspondence of her son Augustus Russell Paul, 1900-1937, mainly on agricultural subjects.
Genealogical materials transferred to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
Kellner, Louise. Diaries, 1889-1903.
Diaries kept by Louise Kellner while a companion to Lydia T. Morris and her brother, John T. Morris, on their world travels: "Around the World," 1889-1890; "Egypt and the Nile," 1894-1896; "Winter Vacation--Italy," 1900; "A Trip to France and the Midnight Sun," (Scandinavia, Russia) 1903.
Gift of Mrs. Pauline L. Bowen, 1975.
Cope family. Estate papers, ca. 1838-1938.
(3 linear ft.)
Papers on the estates of Ruth Anna Cope, Jeremiah Brown, Anna S. Cope, Alfred Cope, and other members of the Cope family, including correspondence, accounts and legal papers.
Gift of Mrs. David Goddard, 1975.
Jones and Taylor family. Papers, 1737 (1830-1919), 1925.
(9 linear ft.)
Papers of the Jones and Taylor families, two related Philadelphia families. Benjamin Jones, merchant, iron manufacturer, land speculator, is represented by: incoming business correspondence and loose accounts, ca. 1831-1849, mainly dealing with land transactions; account books, with miscellaneous financial memoranda, 1809-1816, 1832-1839; estate papers; miscellanea. Andrew M. Jones, son of Benjamin Jones, merchant, is represented by papers, ca. 1829-1889, containing: incoming business correspondence and loose accounts; daily memoranda blotters, 1855, 1857; family letters; papers of several estates administered by Jones; letters, 1861-1866, from relatives with Union forces in Virginia and Tennessee. There is also a series of various Jones family letters, ca. 1821-1888.
Among the Taylor papers are family letters, 1843-1882, of Margaretta H. Jones Taylor, sister of Andrew M. Jones, and others. William Johnson Taylor [I], chemist and mineralogist, is represented by: pocket diaries, 1846, 1850-1863; miscellaneous account book, 1854; a few items of correspondence, 1861. The papers, ca. 1890-1925, of William Johnson Taylor [II], surgeon of Philadelphia, officer with the medical corps of the U.S. Army during World War I, include: medical records; notes and manuscript copies of speeches and articles by Johnson on medical topics; the originals and copies of (censored) World War I letters written to his family from hospitals on the western front in France; miscellanea.
Other papers include: Grubb family letters, 1812-1819; Buckley family letters and deeds, 1737-1831; Anna P. Buckley diary, 1854; Mrs. John Hewson's European diary, 1884; scrapbook; genealogical notes; miscellanea.
Gift of H. Newbold Taylor, 1975.
Finding aid available.
Clubs and Association records, 1819-1932.
Miscellaneous papers of community, fraternal, philanthropic, social, or veterans' organizations, including minutes, lists, dues, constitutions:
- Ancient Order of Foresters of America. Court Good Will, 8340 (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1893-1896. This was a social organization which paid small sick benefits to its members. Purchased, 1952. (1 v.)
- The Apprentices Library Association of Carlisle (Cumberland County, Pa.) Minute book, 1831-1839. This was a literary society which founded a library for apprenticed and other youths. Contains constitution, by-laws, and library regulations. Purchased, 1949. (1 v.)
- Army and Navy Club of Philadelphia (Pa.) Board of Directors minutes, (1926-
1930) 1946. The Army and Navy Club of Philadelphia was an organization of World War I veterans to maintain past associations and encourage interest in national defense. Gift of Edgar S. Gardner, 1947. (1 v.)
- Association of Cricket Clubs of Philadelphia (Pa.) Minute book, 1897-1941. The Association of Cricket Clubs of Philadelphia was formed to manage cricket in the Philadelphia area. Contains constitution and financial statements. Gift of James S. Ellison, Jr. 1959. (1 v.)
- Bache Institute of the Central High School (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1847-1848. The Bache Institute was organized in 1847 and later united with the Knights of the Round Table. Also contains constitution and by-laws. Purchased, 1963. (1 v.)
- Bishop White Association of Philadelphia and Bucks County (Pa.) Minute book, 1862-1863. The Bishop White Association was an association of Protestant Episcopal clergymen organized for devotional purposes. Gift of E.H. Whitlock, 1956. (1 v.)
- Booksellers Company of Philadelphia (Pa.) Minute book, 1802-1803. Contains attendance record to 1805; continued with anonymous female's reports on her readings and lectures attended, . Purchased, 1955. (1 v.)
- Brotherhood of the Protestant Episcopal Hospital Mission (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1878-1884. This group was organized for devotional, charitable, and social purposes. Contains some financial records. Purchased, 1952. (1 v.)
- Bryn Mawr Polo Club (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) Minute book, 1911-1934. This polo club was chartered in 1898 and existed until 1935. Contains membership lists and financial statements. Gift of Mrs. Donald W. Darby, Jr., 1967. (1 v.)
- The Charity Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.) Medical Board minute book, (1857-
1896) 1902. The Charity Hospital was incorporated in 1861 "for the relief of the sick poor." Gift of Dr. Justice Sinexon, 1940. (1 v.)
- Citizens Committee of One Hundred (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1880-1882. This was a municipal reform group led by disgruntled Republicans, Ellis D. Williams, Secretary. Contains minutes and letters. Gift of Justice Williams, 1948. (1 v.)
- Citizens Temperance Union (Milton, Pa.) Executive Committee minutebook, 1874-1875. Contains newspaper clippings. Gift of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1932. (1 v.)
- Committee for Unemployment Relief (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1930-1932. This was a private philanthropic organization which provided aid to Philadelphia's unemployed. The Committee was dissolved when private relief efforts were no longer adequate. The records include minutes, financial statements, and other papers. Gift of H. Gates Lloyd, 1950. (1 v.)
- Democratic Douglas Arthur Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1858-
1860. This organization advocated the election of Stephen A. Douglas to President in 1860. Photocopy. Gift of the National Archives and Records Service, 1981. (1 v.)
- Democratic Party. Philadelphia (Pa.). First Ward Executive Committee. Minute book, 1881-1890. Purchased, 1967. (1 v.)
- Everett Literary Circle (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1865-1868. This was a debating and literary society formerly known as Young Men's Aid and Debating Society. Purchased, 1952. (1 v.)
- Falcon Barge Club of Philadelphia (Pa.) Records, 1834-. The Falcon Barge Club of Philadelphia is a rowing club. The records include the constitution and membership list. Gift of Felix Mininberg, 1952. (1 v.)
- Fifth Young Women's Christian Temperance Union of Philadelphia (Pa.) Minutes, 1887-1891. Contains constitution and by-laws. (1 v.)
- Friendly Society of the German Free Community (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1855-1871. The records include summary statement of accounts, 1855-1865; continued with current accounts, 1866-1871, with lists of charter members and deceased members. In German. Gift of George Allen, 1956. (1 v.)
- Friends of Bell and Everett (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1860-1862. This was a political organization that later became known as the Constitutional Union Party. Gift of Mrs. Philip C. Herr, 1946. (1 v.)
- Hancock Temperance B. Society of Moyamensing (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1843-1848. This book record Treasurer's and Hall Committee reports, and other activities of the association. Gift of Ross Meeser, 1966. (1 v.)
- Humane Fire Company (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minutes, 1819-1826. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Independent Order of Sons of Malta. Minne-ha-ha Lodge, No. 1. (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1861-1906. This was the last existing lodge of this social club which was organized in 1857 and dissolved in 1903. Gift of Edward Siter and M. Richards Mucklé, 1906. (1 v.)
- Irving Literary Institute (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1839-1845. This was a male debating society. Gift of John Rapson Curtis, 1958. (1 v.)
- Junior Templars of Honor and Temperance. Endeavor Section No. 40 (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1895-1897. Contains brief reports on proceedings. Gift of Mrs. Henry J. Ettenger, 1955. (1 v.)
- Kensington Einjahrin Kranken Uterstutzungs Verein (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1931-1939. This organization was formed to provide payment of sick benefits to its members. Gift of Lester Paul, 1963. (1 v.)
- Centennial Exhibition. Women's Centennial Committee. Minute book, 18873-
1874. Deals primarily with fund raising. Gift of Craig Wright Muckle, 1967. (1 v.)
- Lafayette Ball. Manager's minutebook, 1824 . Includes guest list and cost estimate for ball in honor of Marquis de Lafayette's visit to Philadelphia Sept. 2-10, 1824. (1 v.)
- Les Beaux Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute books, 1904-1906. This was a Central High School student social club. Purchased, 1952. (1 v.)
- Lippard, George, 1822-1854. Order of the Brotherhood of the Union rules for installation ceremonies, . Gift of J. Hawley Wilkers and Roger Butterfield, 1956. (1 v.)
- National Guard of Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minutes, 1863. Purchased, 1930. (1 v.)
- National Guard of Pennsylvania. Old Guard of "A" Company. First Regiment. Records, 1878-1880, 1893-1925. This was a fraternal association organized in 1878 in Philadelphia and reorganized in 1893. The records include: minutebook, 1878-1880, 1893-1925; dues and cash records, 1893-1925. Gift of Anna Janney DeArmond, 1969. (3 v.)
- Native American Association of the Fourth Ward of Spring Garden (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, [1844-1847]. Records include draft constitution, by-laws, signatures and addresses of members; continued as Edwin Bailey, miscellaneous accounts, , 1856. Gift of Martin F. Meeser, 1904. (1 v.)
- Northern Soup Society (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minutes, 1903-1920. The society was founded in 1817 and incorporated in 1839 to furnish soup, bread, and bathing facilities to the worthy poor in the Kensington area; its activities expanded to include a wide range of social activities. The minutes include reports from treasurers, auditors, and superintendents. Gift of Francis Bosworth, 1974. (1 v.)
- Order of United States of America. New Jersey Camp No. 2 (Camden, N.J.) Minute book, 1849-1854. This was a patriotic organization. Gift of Henry T. Coates, 1894. (1 v.)
- Pennsylvania Association of Surgeon Dentist. Constitution and by-laws, , 1862, 1874. This professional association was organized in 1845 for professional and social intercourse. Gift of the Pennsylvania Association of Dental Surgeons, 1962. (1 v.)
- Pennsylvania Society of New England (Philadelphia, Pa.) Membership records, 1899-1911. This was an association of Pennsylvanians with New England ancestors. Eleanor H.C. Dana maintained the records as corresponding secretary. (1 v.)
- Periodical Publishers Association of America. Dinner program, 1907. Program for the fourth annual dinner, May 17, 1907, with some member autographs. Gift of Charles Francis Jenkins. (1 v.)
- Philadelphia Business Progress Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Papers, 1933. Papers for a special committee considering support of federally financed slum clearance program for Philadelphia, Pa.) Gift of Jansen Haines, 1940. (1 v.)
- Philadelphia Business Progress Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Plan, 1928. Plan to develop the Philadelphia air-marine-rail terminal of the site of Hog Island, Philadelphia. (1 v.)
- Philadelphia (Pa.). Chamber of Commerce. Tariff Committee. Scrapbook, 1820. The scrapbook contains letters, reports, and memorials requested and received from merchants of other cities in opposition to Congressional tariff bill. Also included is a memorial to Congress on the tariff by a Convention of delegates assembled in Philadelphia. Purchased, 1949. (1 v.)
- Philadelphia (Pa.). Fire Department. Engine No. 4. Records, 1871-1880. Daily record of supplies, fires, and personnel records. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- Philadelphia Literary Association. Records, 1813. The records consist of constitution, by-laws, and membership list. Gift of Emma Troth, 1938. (1 v.)
- Philadelphia Literary and Billiard Association. Records, . The records are primarily constitution and membership list of this social club; continued as a memoranda of "remarkable events, 1788-1857," of political, military, naval, scientific, and natural phenomena. Purchased, 1971. (1 v.)
- Philomathean Association of Southwark (Philadelphia, Pa.) Constitution and by-
laws, 1823. This was a literary association. (1 v.)
- Philotasian Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1914-1917. This was a social club of privileged older women organized in 1905. Purchased, 1952. (1 v.)
- Phoenix Hose Company (Philadelphia, Pa.) Reports, 1865-1870. Reports of fires from the superintending director. Purchased, 1959. (1 v.)
- The Round Table (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1839-1841. This organization was a club of ladies and gentlemen for "Literary improvement ... and the encouragement of single blessedness," the meetings of which were seemingly occasions for much merriment. Contains constitution and membership list. (1 v.)
- Rumney Swan and Duck Shooting Company (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minutes, 1830-
1834. Contains constitution and by-laws. Purchased, 1972. (1 v.)
- Survivors of the Philadelphia Greys. Records, 1854 (1873-1910), 1919. This was a social organization formed in 1873 for an artillery company's former members. The records include articles of association, membership lists, minutes, and miscellaneous items. Gift of Claudia C. Briggs, 1958. (1 v.)
- Union Beneficial Society of the County of Salem (Salem, N.J.) Minute book, 1832-1896. This organization provided financial aid and loans to its members for illness and funerals. The minutebook includes reports on income and disbursements. Purchased, 1958. (1 v.)
- Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon (Philadelphia, Pa.) Record and scrapbook, 1861-1865. Contains records of troops passing through Philadelphia, hospital admissions and deaths; Ladies Union Volunteer Refreshment Committee minutes, 1861-1865; cloth, tickets, envelopes, and other memorabilia. Gift of Arad Barrows' grandchildren, 1948. (1 v.)
- United Bowemen of Philadelphia (Pa.) Records, 1828-1888. The records include: register/target books, 1828-1858; record book, 1828-1840, containing articles and members' "hits and value" records; minutebook, (1842-1859) 1888, of business meetings; miscellaneous items, 1852-1888. Gift of the United Bowmen of Philadelphia, 1888. (1 v.)
- Washington's Birthday Celebration. Solicitation list, 1862. This was a target list of Center City Philadelphians for festivities planned by the Joint Committee of Philadelphia Councils. Gift of Mrs. S. Hamill Horne, 1945. (1 v.)
- West Philadelphia Reading Society (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1837-1843. This was an association for the intellectual improvement of its members and aid to the poor. Contains constitution and membership list. Gift of Edmund A. Bonnaffon, 1950. (1 v.)
- Western Home for Poor Children of Philadelphia (Pa.) Minute book, 1858-1921, 1941. This home was founded in 1851 and incorporated in 1857 to shelter poor white Protestant orphan or half-orphan children. Includes charter and by-laws; assets statement for 1941 appended. Gift of Western Home for Poor Children, 1954. (1 v.)
- White, John Brinton, b. 1840. Papers, (1877-1879) 1907. White was Philadelphia comptroller and treasurer of the memorial of the meeting of the descendants of Colonel Thomas White. The papers include circulars, letters, and accounts. Gift of William White, 1931. (1 v.)
- Whitemarsh Valley Hunt Club (Flourtown, Pa.) Minute book, 1935-1954. Minutes for the Board of Governors meetings and members meetings with treasurers reports. Gift of John H.W. Ingersoll and Frederic L. Ballard, 1962. (1 v.)
- Woman Suffrage Party of Logan (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minutes, 1915-1917. Gift of Jessie H. Murray, 1945. (1 v.)
- Women's Christian Temperance Union of West Philadelphia (Pa.) Minutes, 1885-1898. Minutes for the executive committee meetings and regular meetings. Purchased, 1955. (3 v.)
- Women's Farm and Garden Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Register, 1875. Copy, alphabetized. (1 v.)
Biddle, Nicholas, 1786-1844. Papers, 1776 (1799-1846), 1863.
Nicholas Biddle, litterateur and financier of Philadelphia, attended Princeton and served as: secretary to American Legation in Paris; editor of the Port Folio; member of the Pennsylvania state legislature; and president of the Bank of the United States. After leaving the Bank of the United States, Biddle lived as a retired gentleman at Andalusia, his country estate.
The bulk of the collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1800-1844. The letters discuss personal affairs, politics, military developments, and economic matters, including the Bank of the United States. A letter dated April 19, 1839 explains Biddle's decision to retire from the bank. Additionally, there are manuscript copies of miscellaneous Biddle prose and verse dating from student days and from the period of association with the Port Folio; household account book, 1827, of Jane (Craig) Biddle, Nicholas' wife; and miscellanea.
Among the other papers are a few incoming and outgoing letters by several members of the Biddle family, including James Biddle, naval officer, 1813-1846; Charles J. Biddle, 1812-1828, 1863; and Craig Biddle, 1845-1862.
Gift of Nicholas Biddle Wainwright, 1976.
Second Baptist Church of Philadelphia. Records, 1803-1972.
(40 linear ft.)
Records of the Second Baptist Church of Philadelphia, organized 1803, representing religious, missionary, charitable and youth work.
General Records: outgoing correspondence, 1884-1966; incoming correspondence, 1861-1968; minutes of church meetings, 1832-1943; Board of Trustees minutes, 1839-1962; membership records, 1803-1911; correspondence on grants of dismission, 1857-1908; dismission records, 1897-1923; pew rolls and rent books, 1871-1908; guest book [register], n.d.; account books, 1884-1922; loose accounts, 1851-1972.
Religious Education: Sunday School Society minutes, 1832-1907; Sunday School registers and roll books, 1843-1931; Sunday School library records, 1879-1906; Adult Bible Class registers & superintendent's records, 1876-1900; Adult Bible Class minutes, 1923-1930; Lord's Day School records, including minutes, 1835-1969, roll books, 1847-1924, accounts, 1834-1967, miscellaneous.
Women's Activities: Women's Foreign Missionary Circle minutes, 1903-1919; Women's Home Mission Circle minutes, 1908-1937; Young Ladies Hope Dorcas Society minutes, 1840; Hope League treasurer's report, 1906-1912; King's Daughters minutes, rolls, and accounts, 1895-1949; Hope League and incoming correspondence and receipts, 1891-1956.
Special Activities: Hope Missionary Society records, ca. 1858-1901; Golden Promise Mission Band, collection accounts, 1899-1901; Volunteer Relief Society minutes, 1862-1867; Young Men's Association minutes, 1884-1888; Sheltering Arms roll and collection accounts, 1891-1895; Pastor's Aid Society account book, 1903-1907.
Other Records: Church construction records, 1873-1876, Addison Hutton, architect; Centennial records, 1902-1903; annual reports, legal records; broadsides; printed items; photographs; miscellaneous.
Gift of Stephen Karpiak, 1975.
Finding aid available.
Moschzisker, Michael von. Fine Arts file, 1951 (1957-1962), 1976.
Michael von Moschzisker was Chairman of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority from 1956 to 1962. His efforts resulted in a Redevelopment Authority contract clause requiring that 1 percent of construction cost be used for fine arts.
These files from his office relate to his campaign to make fine arts a part of urban redevelopment. The papers include correspondence, clippings, articles, memoranda. There are some additional papers Arts in Architecture, an unsuccessful project which was to have served as intermediary between artists and developers.
Gift of Michael von Moschzisker, 1967, 1974, 1976.
Moschzisker, Michael von. Papers, 1954-1973.
The papers of Michael von Moschzisker, Philadelphia lawyer, on Richardson Dilworth, include: general correspondence, 1954-1973, mainly between Moschzisker and Dilworth; and correspondence and miscellaneous items on Moschzisker's activities on behalf of Dilworth during the campaigns to elect Dilworth mayor of Philadelphia, 1955 and 1959, and the campaign to elect him governor of Pennsylvania, 1962.
Decatur family. Papers, 1792-1854.
Letters and documents primarily concerned with the claims of Priscilla Decatur McKnight Twiggs and her sisters on the estate of Stephen Decatur, their uncle. Also includes miscellaneous Susan Wheeler Decatur, Major Levi Twiggs, and McKnight family correspondence.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Machold, 1976.
Finding aid available.
Fairmount Park Art Association. Archives, 1871-1972.
(56 linear ft.)
The Fairmount Park Art Association (F.P.A.A.) was chartered in 1872 with the original purpose for "adorning Fairmount Park with statues, busts, and other works of art" and came to include the promotion "of the beautiful in the City of Philadelphia, in its architecture, improvements and general plan."
These archives are the result of several different methods of record keeping and represent only the files of certain officers. Other records were presumably retained by the other principals.
General Correspondence: Secretary/Executive Secretary letterpress books, 1893-1896, 1898-1920, and loose correspondence, 1872-1933, 1972, composed of a chronological file and a topical file. This material relates to membership, meetings, finances and other general business as well as specific concerns and projects such as Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Carpenters Hall lot improvement, Japanese Temple--Gate, Sculpture in the Open Air Exhibit, Wilson Cary Swan Memorial Fountain, and Woodmere Art Gallery. These general files contain some minutes, contracts, clippings, bills, receipts, and photographs. Most of the correspondence relating to specific sculptures may be found in subsequent series.
Board of Trustees minutes, 1894-1973.
Treasurer's Office: correspondence, 1929-1940, 1948-1961; bills and receipts, 1871-1929, 1941-1965; bank statements, cancelled checks, ca. 1918-ca. 1932; scattered treasurers' reports and accountants' audits. Additional bills, receipts, and financial correspondence may be found in other series.
Standing Committees: Committee on City Planning correspondence, 1935-1951; Committee on Finances, Legacies, and Trusts correspondence and reports, 1937- 1949; Committee on Location of Sculpture correspondence, 1937-1969; Committee on Works of Art correspondence and minutes, 1902-1914; Women's Committee of F.P.A.A. correspondence, 1958-1971, with some financial papers. Also included in this section are Charles J. Cohen letterpress books and correspondence on Cohen's activities with Committees on Auditing, Finances, Works of Art, and others.
Special Committees and Projects: Revision of Charter and By-laws, 1905-1908; Capt. John Ericsson Memorial, James A. Garfield Memorial, Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, H. Morris Harrison Memorial, Charles H. Howell Memorial, John F. Kennedy Plaza Fountain, William McKinley Memorial, Robert Morris Memorial, Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial (including the three International Sculpture Exhibitions, 1933, 1940, 1949, held in conjunction with the Samuel Memorial, Shakespeare Memorial, Richard Smith Memorial). The above contain a variety of correspondence, minutes, accounts, and other papers on the projects.
Sculpture of A City: to commemorate its centennial, the F.P.A.A. published Sculpture of a City in 1974, a study of Philadelphia public sculpture. The research files compiled for the book, arranged according to sculptor, contain correspondence with the artist, correspondence of F.P.A.A. board members and others, minutes, contracts, Sculpture of a City research notes, letters, clippings, drafts of articles, photographs, and material relevant to the sculpture. Additional publication files include more correspondence, authors and photographers biographies, book outlines, contracts, photographs, and other business papers.
Miscellaneous records: scrapbooks, 1900-1926, annual reports, photographs, pamphlets.
Philadelphia Fountain Society Records, given to F.P.A.A., 1972: letterpress book, 1870-1871, 1902-1905; loose correspondence, 1883-1942, particularly concerning the Rebecca Darby Smith Fountain; minute books, 1869-1885, 1891-1916; bills and receipts, 1887-1941; and miscellaneous papers.
Deposited by Fairmount Park Art Association, 1975.
Finding aid available.
Wharton family. Papers, 1778 (1813-1886), 1931.
(2 linear ft.)
Papers of the Whartons and related Philadelphia families. Wharton correspondence consists of incoming personal and professional letters, 1815-1869, of Thomas Isaac Wharton and his son Henry Wharton, lawyers; Arabella Griffith Wharton to her husband Thomas I.; and miscellaneous letters 1869-1931. Other Wharton papers include: Hannah Margaret Wharton diary, 1813-1824, including recollections of her childhood; legal papers including estate records and court cases; bills and receipts, 1819-1873, mainly of Henry Wharton; accounts of servants' wages, 1854-1855; Francis Wharton, son of Thomas I. Wharton, receipt book, 1852-1857; miscellany, including genealogical notes.
Related family papers include: Griffith family correspondence, 1815-1842, especially the letters of Mary Griffith, author and mother of Arabella Griffith Wharton; Mary Griffith receipt book, 1825-1833; miscellaneous Griffith accounts, 1810-1845; Bayard family correspondence, 1854-1886, consisting principally of Florence Bayard letters from her father James Asheton Bayard, lawyer, and other family members; Mary Johnstone Brinley to her daughter Mary Gibbs Brinley, 1833; miscellaneous Rawle family papers, 1778, 1783; Rebecca Warner Rawle diary, 1808; Adolfo Carlos Munoz, architect and husband of Emily Wharton, incoming correspondence and miscellaneous papers 1891-1917, primarily on his activities during the Cuban rebellion against Spain and the Spanish-American War.
Wharton family. Papers, 1742-1844.
Family letters, 1775-1783 and n.d., to Hannah Redwood, who later married Charles Wharton, mostly from her sister Sarah ("Sophia") Redwood Fisher, and other miscellaneous Wharton family letters and accounts, 1742-1837.
Harrison family. Papers, 1789 (1880-1964).
(4 linear ft.)
The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of Marie Louise Lemoine Harrison of Philadelphia. Included among her papers are personal and family correspondence, 1894-1964, including condolence letters on the death of her father Louis Rice Lemoine, 1926; appointment books, 1934-1935, 1938-1945; papers on her writing of religious books, especially manuscript notes and manuscript copies of several works; miscellanea. Her husband Charles Custis Harrison, Jr., and their children are also represented by family correspondence, 1898-1963.
There are some papers of the Lemoine family, chiefly of Mrs. Harrison's father Louis Rice Lemoine, President of the U.S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry County, St. Louis, Mo. His papers contain personal correspondence, 1869-1925, and business correspondence, board minutes, specifications, accounts, 1890-1926. There are also Ashton Lemoine accounts, 1906-1907, mainly on stock market transactions, and miscellaneous family correspondence and documents, 1789-1864. Among the miscellaneous papers are a Chuckwold Farm Stables book; scrapbooks; photographs; genealogical notes; newspaper clippings; printed items.
Gift of Mrs. John T. Nightingale, 1968.
Finding aid available.
Coxe family. Papers, 1638 (1776-1879), 1897.
(210 linear ft.)
The collection is broken into three major series of papers. They include the Tench Coxe section, 1638, 1776-1824, 1879; the Charles Sidney Coxe, Edward Sidney Coxe, and Alexander Sidney Coxe legal papers section, ca. 1810-1879; and Third Party Papers, ca. 1722-1815. The Tench Coxe Section is broken down further into four series: Volumes and printed materials; correspondence and general papers; Essays, addresses and resource material; and Bills and receipts.
In 1776 Tench Coxe began in the import-export business by joining his father's firm Coxe, Furman & Coxe. In 1780 he established his own house, entering into partnership in 1783 with Bostonian Nalbro Frazier. Coxe & Frazier was dissolved in 1790, after which government service became Tench Coxe's principal employment. A fervent supporter of the adoption of the Constitution, his increasing political involvement was especially concerned with patent legislation, funding of the national debt, the location of capital, and the effort to establish a National Manufactory. At first serving in the Federalist administration, Coxe was named assistant secretary of the treasury, 1790-1792, and commissioner of the revenue, 1792-1797. His sympathies moving toward the Republican Party, he spent from 1797 to 1800 engaged in party political activities and personal business, chiefly land speculation in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia. By 1796 his personal finances were hopelessly complicated by debts and litigations from his own ventures and the bankruptcy of a partner Dr. Thomas Ruston. Nevertheless Coxe continued to retain and manage his property, from which his heirs would benefit greatly, until his death.
As a Republican, Coxe resumed his office-holding with his appointment as secretary of the Land Office of Pennsylvania, 1800-1801, collector of Revenue for Philadelphia, 1801-1802, supervisor of Revenue of Pennsylvania, 1802-1803, purveyor of public supplies, 1803-1812, and clerk of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Philadelphia, 1815-1818. Coxe is probably best known to both contemporaries and historians, as a writer. Throughout most of his life he published numerous pamphlets and contributed frequently to the press, writing on economic and political matters, foreign affairs, and sundry other subjects.
Volumes and printed material of Tench Coxe include: letterbooks, 1778-1819, deal chiefly with mercantile and real estate business matters, revenue letterbook, 1801-1802; letterbook, 1813-1816, concerning Coxe's difficulties in completing his accounts as purveyor of public supplies. Account books, 1772-1824 relate to Coxe's personal and official business finances and include daybooks, journals, ledgers, checkbooks, bank books, receipt books, land records, revenue records, and others. Additionally, there are Coxe's commercial records consisting of Coxe, Furman and Coxe letterbook, 1776-1779, and account books, 1776-1796; Coxe and Frazier letterbooks, 1784-1798, journals, 1783-1798, and other account books.
In this series also are: miscellaneous Coxe family volumes, 1810-1871, consisting of docket books and other legal records, estate records, and household accounts of Coxe's children, Alexander, Charles, Henry, and Mary Rebecca; Dr. Thomas Ruston and Mary Fisher Ruston account books, domestic account books, medical notes, 1762-1803; George Harrison's Office of Naval Agent letterbook, 1801-1806, journal, 1802, and personal journal, 1845, and ledger, 1842-1844; some account and letterbooks of other Coxe debtors, William Harrison, 1793-1799, and James McCalley, 1792-1797; Office of the collector of revenue letterbooks, 1791 (George Clymer), 1798-1800 (James Ash); and a final group of records, ca. 1759-1849, partly derived from business firms with which Coxe had dealings, partly from private individuals connected with him or his family, but much for which the provenance is undetermined.
Printed materials consist of: books; newspaper clippings, 1787-1885; pamphlets and booklets, 1767-1885, including pamphlets authored by Tench Coxe; circulars and form letters, 1783-1822; broadsides and broadsheets, 1782-1837; and miscellaneous.
Tench Coxe's incoming correspondence forms the bulk of the second series with a small body of outgoing correspondence, and a larger body of third party correspondence, all arranged together chronologically. Letters on all of the commercial, official, and personal subjects which concerned him are represented, usually in quantity: national economic policy, Coxe's writings and publications, land speculations and development, domestic and foreign commerce, the operations of his state and federal offices, politics and government, church, Philadelphia civic organizations, family matters. In addition to his business associates and family members, among his correspondents were James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Rush, John Dickinson, Joel Barlow, Pierce Butler, Aaron Burr, Albert Gallatin, John Jay, Robert Morris, Timothy Pickering, and Gouverneur Morris.
Interfiled with the correspondence are general papers: deeds, surveys and other land papers; ships' papers, insurance policies, invoices and other commercial pieces; tax records, licenses, and sundry revenue forms; notes and memoranda; financial accounts and calculations; calling cards and other personal memorabilia.
After his father's death, Charles S. Coxe, lawyer, judge, and executor of the family estate, became the principal recipient of correspondence in the Coxe family papers. This remaining part of the series, 1824-1879, concerns management of the estate, family affairs, and personal business.
The bulk of the Essays, Addresses, and Resource Material series is made up of drafts and occasional fair copies of Tench Coxe's books (published and unpublished), pamphlets, and pieces for newspapers and periodicals. There is supplemental material such as manuscripts of other authors and excerpts of books. The series consists of writings on economic subjects, political topics, and miscellaneous and fragmentary material.
Tench Coxe's bills and receipts, the last series, filed in alphabetical order, relate to his personal expenses, to his business accounts, to his official duties, particularly his purchases as purveyor of public supplies, and to the accounts of persons for whom he acted as agent or trustee. Also included in this series are Tench Coxe's cancelled checks, 1783-1843.
The Charles Sidney Coxe, Edmund Sidney Coxe, Alexander Sidney Coxe Legal Papers section, ca. 1810-1879, includes: correspondence, financial papers, legal documents and memoranda of the attorney sons of Tench Coxe are primarily concerned with their law practices. Most correspondence and other papers of the three brothers which do not pertain directly to legal matters have been included in the Tench Coxe Section, Series II; however, some personal and family items do remain here. The papers of Charles Coxe, who served as deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania, and judge of District Court for Philadelphia, 1826-1841, are the most numerous, with lesser amounts for Edmund and Alexander.
The Third Party Papers, ca. 1722-1815, is filled with loose records supplementary to the volumes that appear in Section I. Dr. Thomas Ruston's papers, ca. 1722, 1785-1794, 1812, were seized by Coxe in an attempt to salvage something of the debt due to him after the Chester County, physician and land speculator went bankrupt. They
relate to his business interests, especially land, to his writings, and to a small extent his medical education. There is correspondence, deeds, and other land papers, bills, receipts and other accounts, legal papers. Other of Coxe's debtors are represented by William Harrison correspondence, accounts, land paper, legal material, ca. 1790-1800; James McCalley accounts and other business papers, ca. 1785-1815; and Oliver Pollock miscellaneous papers, 1785-1790.
Tench Coxe section of collection available on microfilm through interlibrary loan.
West, Lucy Fisher, Guide to the Microfilm of the Papers of Tench Coxe (Philadelphia, Pa. : Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1977)
Gift of the Coxe family, 1964.
Chew family. Papers, 1683-1896.
(183 linear ft.)
The arrangement of the collection follows both a generational and a chronological pattern. Family members have been grouped together according to generation, yet each individual's papers remain separate. The policy of ultimate use governs their position in the collection (the correspondence is filed according to recipient rather than by author). Emphasis has been placed on the Chew family itself with related families' papers forming small subgroups within the larger series. Papers of married couples have been sorted separately, but they are located together within the arrangement.
Originally, the papers were housed at Cliveden, the Chew family's country seat in Germantown. Built by Chief Justice Benjamin Chew between 1763 and 1767, the house served as the site for the Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777. In 1778, Chew sold Cliveden to Blair McClenahan, but the family repurchased the property in 1797. Cliveden remained the Chew estate until 1972, when the family gave the house to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Many family members lived at Cliveden for at least part of their lives; even those Chews who moved on to other places often returned to the house later to deposit their papers.
The collection reflects the family's interest in land speculation, particularly in western Pennsylvania and New Jersey; in the development of turnpikes, roads, mines, forges, and canals; and in local political affairs. Deeds, surveys, memoranda, administration agency accounts and correspondence, tax records, and correspondence from tenants make up a sizable part of the collection. Also of great import are the records of the several commissions appointed to resolve the Pennsylvania/Maryland boundary dispute and the records of the Mason/Dixon line commission, of which Chief Justice Benjamin Chew served as secretary. The Chew family members represented in the collection include: Samuel Chew, 1693-1744; his wife, Mary Chew, d. 1747; Benjamin Chew, 1722-1810; Elizabeth Oswald Chew; Samuel Chew, 1737-1809; Benjamin Chew, Jr., 1758-1844; Katherine Banning Chew, 1770-1855; Maria Chew; Henrietta Chew; Catherine Chew; Benjamin Chew III, 1793-1864; Samuel Chew, 1797-1815; Henry Banning Chew, 1800-1866; Elizabeth Ann Ralston Chew; William White Chew, 1803-1851; Anne Sophia Penn Chew, 1805-1892; Joseph Turner Chew, 1806-1835; Sarah Ann Kirker Chew; Anthony Banning Chew, 1809-1854; Samuel Chew, 1832-1887; Joseph Johnson; David Sands Brown; Mary Chew Wilcocks; Alexander Wilcocks; and Sir John Bridger.
Gift of the Chew family.
Finding aid available.
West family. Papers, 1810-1881.
James West letters, 1810-1811, 1813-1814, report on escapes and captures at sea, travel in Europe and some comments on European affairs. The rest of the material is miscellaneous West family estate papers.
Gift of Anne Simpson, 1978.
Madeira, Edith, 1865-1951. Papers, 1918-1919.
Edith Madeira served as chief nurse with the American Red Cross Commission to Palestine, formed in 1918 "to look after the sickness and starvation of the civilian population in the occupied area of Palestine."
Papers of Edith Madeira consist of typescript copies of her letters, March, 1818-Feb., 1919, a Report for Nursing Service, and photographs. They chronicle the voyage to Jerusalem by way of Capetown, South Africa, wartime conditions in Palestine, and the work of the Red Cross Commission, including the organization of hospitals.
Gift of Mrs. Crawford Madeira, 1975.
National Organization for Women. Philadelphia Chapter. Archives, 1968-1977.
(4 linear ft.)
Incomplete archive of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women, including mostly incoming newsletters, circulars, publications from the National, Pennsylvania and Chapter offices. Annual files concern subjects such as child care, employment, abortion legislation, and media.
Kane, Florence Bayard, 1868-1943. Papers, 1886-1943.
(12.75 linear ft.)
Florence Bayard Kane, member of the prominent Kane family of Pennsylvania, was a Philadelphia volunteer worker and much-travelled individual who briefly worked as a librarian and as a processor of manuscripts. She was a woman of many associations and activities, but with all a woman whose life was peripatetic and unfocussed.
The material consists of incoming and outgoing personal correspondence, papers from organizations to which Kane belonged or contributed, personal memorabilia and other miscellanea, and the manuscript writings of sister, Anne Francis (Nancy) Kane.
Florence Bayard Kane's outgoing correspondence consists primarily of letters, 1886-1895, to her mother, Mabel Bayard Kane Bird, and letters, 1899-1909, to members of her family while on various trips abroad. The latter include her reports on the Messina, Sicily, earthquake of December, 1908, and her role in rendering nursing assistance to the victims, for which the Italian Government awarded her a medal.
The bulk of the collection consists of incoming personal correspondence, 1886-1943, along with some draft replies by Kane. Principal correspondents are various family members, including several generations of siblings, cousins and nieces: her sisters, Jean Duval Leiper Kane Foulke, Elizabeth Bayard Kane Norris Rhein, Anne Francis (Nancy) Kane and her brother, J[ames] A[shton] Bayard Kane; her cousins, Eliza Middleton Kane Cope, with whom Kane often made her home, Francis Fisher Kane, Philadelphia lawyer and United States attorney for eastern Pennsylvania, 1913-1920, Elisha Kent Kane, prohibition advocate, and Helen Hamilton Shields Stockton; her nieces, Jean Kane Foulke DuPont and Florence Foulke Bird.
There are also letters from various friends, particularly: Langdon Elwyn Mitchell, playwright; Mary Moss, author and travelling companion of Florence Kane, who was with her at the time of the Sicilian earthquake; Maria Lansdale, with whom Kane often lived in Philadelphia; Etta de Vitti, Marchese de Vitti de Marco at whose home Kane often stayed while in Italy; Mary Sterrett Gittings, an old Baltimore, Md., friend; Emily Hobhouse, outspoken English opponent of the Boer War and pacifist in World War I; Margaret Munro Elder Dow, author and biographer of Elisha Kent Kane: Sarah Northcliff Cleghorne, author and poet. For Florence Kane's flirtation with a librarian's career the correspondence, 1897-1903, includes letters from Bryn Mawr College President M. Carey Thomas.
Letters to Florence at the time of the Messina earthquake, 1909, concern the supply and use of financial aid provided by her family and friends in the United States. Kane's interest in prison reform is evident from letters of penologist Thomas Mott Osborne, 1914-1918, and others. Miss Kane worked sporadically for many years organizing the papers of the Wister family, and Owen Wister, author, wrote her on this and other subjects, 1913-1935.
The miscellaneous section contains solicitations, acknowledgements, newsletters, and flyers of various conservation, philanthropic, civic, and international organizations; pamphlets, articles, clippings; collected poems and quotations, receipted bills, medical prescriptions, addresses; photographs.
Florence's sister, Anne Francis (Nancy) Kane, aspired to a literary career. Her death at age 24 was much lamented by family and friends, especially Langdon Elwyn Mitchell who was to become a noted playwright. A group of Nancy Kane's manuscripts are interspersed with Mitchell's translations and some writings.
Gift of Jean Kane Foulke DuPont, 1977.
Elliot, Rebecca Ward, b. 1893. Collection, ca. 1850-ca. 1930.
(3 linear ft.)
Rebecca Ward Elliot was a reporter for the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
Collection consists almost entirely of photographs of the family of Rebecca Ward Elliot, including her parents, grandparents, cousins. There is a large section of landscape photographs of Ellerly, the family home, and of Bermuda and Nassau where the family travelled often. There is one box of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes, all portraits.
The remainder of the collection consists of miscellaneous correspondence, sketches and ephemera.
Gift of W.W. White, 1977.
Finding aid available.
Jonathan Meredith Tannery. Records, 1784-1800.
(2 linear ft.)
The business records of the Philadelphia tannery of Jonathan Meredith. They record the purchase of hides and barks, the operation of the tannery, the putting out of leather for currying, and sales. The volumes are in several hands. Of special interest is Meredith's "Waste Book for Tan Yard Accounts," 1786-1799, which records workmen's wages as well as purchases and sales. This is supplemented by hide accounts, 1784-1787, 1789-1794, 1798-1800, which show both quantities purchased and the sources of hides; bark accounts, 1793-1795; tannery yard books, indicating the bark used and the duration for each tanning lot, 1787-1796; "leather given out" for currying, 1785-1795; sales records, 1795-1797; miscellaneous accounts, 1785-1798.
Purchased, Dreer Fund, 1934.
Renshaw, Richard. Family papers, 1683 (1789-1865), 1911.
These papers contain correspondence, wills, documents of Richard Renshaw and his family. Renshaw was justice of the peace for the District of Southwark, Philadelphia County, 1807-1835, and most of his incoming correspondence, 1789-1831, relates to this office. There are several personal letters from Caesar Augustus Rodney and a few of Renshaw's own letters. Alice Johnston Renshaw Neil's letters, ca. 1840's, to her brother give social notes from Philadelphia. There are wills, deeds, notes, accounts, and letters, 1790-1911, on the estates of the Johnston, Renshaw, and Neil families, particularly about coal lands in Northumberland County.
Gift of Mr. Richard Ludden and Mrs. Katherine Prew Ludden, 1979.
Geary family. Correspondence, 1859-1865.
(ca. 400 items.)
John White Geary, born in Westmoreland County, was a colonel in the Mexican War, first mayor of San Francisco, Calif., territorial governor of Kansas, a major general in the Union Army at the end of the Civil War, and governor of Pennsylvania, 1867-1873. He began his Civil War service as a colonel of the 28th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, at Harpers Ferry, and continuing with battles at Manassas and Leesburg. As brigadier general, Geary commanded troops with the Army of Virginia at Cedar Mountain (where he was wounded), with the Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, with the Army of the Cumberland at Wauhatchie, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge. He remained with the Cumberland for the March to the Sea, his Corps, the 20th, being the first to enter Atlanta, and was appointed military governor in Savannah after its capture. In January, 1865, he was breveted major general and participated in the Carolinas campaign.
His letters, 1859-1865, to his second wife Mary (Mrs. Mary Church Henderson), include some pre-Civil War letters on family financial and legal concerns involving the Girard and James R. Logan estates, and on farm matters and politics. The bulk of the letters detail his Civil War military services. Geary's letters to his wife, reporting on these campaigns in detail, show clearly a general on the make, but they also increasingly reveal a horror of the death, destruction, and devastation around him. He expresses opinions on non-military matters as well: the Emancipation Proclamation, abolitionists, Copperheads, Abraham Lincoln's election and assassination, Pennsylvania politics, southern landscapes, people, and cities.
Geary's son, Lt. Edward R. Geary, served in the Civil War with his father. Edward's letters, 1861-1863, to his step-mother, provide another perspective on life in the Union army. Lt. Geary was killed at Wauhatchie.
Other letters to Mrs. John W. Geary, include those from her brother-in-law, Rev. Edward R. Geary, 1862-1864.
Gift of Col. Richard M. Ludlow, 1978-1979.
Corporation for the Relief of Widows and Children of Clergymen in the Communion of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Records, 1769-1941.
(2.5 linear ft.)
This organization was founded in 1769 for the provision of annuities to the survivors of deceased clergy. During the Revolution the corporation was inactive, but resumed operations in 1784 with appropriate changes of title. In 1796 the Corporation resolved to separate into three independent organizations for New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, although the formal division of funds was not accomplished for ten years.
Records include: minute books, 1769-1915, containing largely financial information; blotters, 1878-1894; cashbooks, 1894-1941; miscellaneous correspondence, financial, and other papers.
Gift of the Corporation for the Relief of Widows and Children, 1978.
Fletcher Works (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1890-1955.
(2.5 linear ft.)
Otto W. Schaum and his son Fletcher Schaum were directors and managers of the Fletcher Works, a Philadelphia manufacturer of machinery for the textile industry. The firm began in 1850 as Schaum & Uhlinger and became the Fletcher Works ca. 1920 because of a change of stock ownership in this closed corporation. The Schaums retained their interests in the firm. The firm was sold in 1955.
The records include Otto Schaum's foundry notebooks, 1890-1929, detailing the daily operations of the shop; annual financial statements of the firm, 1923-1955; records of cost estimates for orders and sales, 1920's-1946; and inventories of looms, 1952, and baten shop, 1953-1954. Of particular interest are the fairly extensive records of the firm's relations with its work force. Beginning with a 1945 job classification survey by the National Metal Trades Association, Fletcher Schaum's files reveal the company's efforts to adjust to unionization. Included are several time studies, 1946-1947, and a copy of the union contract with the International Moulders & Foundry Workers, Local #1, in 1948. There are additional wage surveys, 1951-1955, and information on employee retirement. Also included are papers containing correspondence with several Philadelphia banks on recapitalization in the 1920's and debt problems in 1930's and 1940's. Two personal account books of Otto Schaum, 1930-1947, a small group of Schaum family photographs and memorabilia complete the collection.
Gift of Mrs. Fletcher Schaum, 1978.
Print Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) Archives, 1915-1985.
(60 linear ft.)
Since its founding in 1915, the Print Club has achieved a national reputation and membership. Its purposes are to encourage the appreciation of prints and to provide audiences for the work of contemporary printmakers. The membership has always included both collectors and printmakers; many of the former from the Philadelphia area, the latter from across the United States and Canada. Since its incorporation in 1921 it has been governed by a board of governors, from which the officers are chosen, and has been administered by a full-time director. The club is located at 1614 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, a building it has occupied since 1919 and owned since 1927.
The Print Club's exhibition program includes annual juried shows, travelling exhibitions, and occasional retrospective exhibitions. In 1926 it mounted a Joseph Pennell retrospective. It showed the drawings of Brancusi, Modigliani, and Picasso in 1930, and a group of modern American printmakers in 1936. In the 1940's, the club conducted master classes under Stanley William Hayter and others. It has published editions of prints by such artists as Frasconi, Kaplan, Paone, Spruance and others. In the 1960's, the club began a program of print making demonstrations in the city's schools called "Prints in Progress." Until 1977, the club sold on consignment the works of many of its artist members. And, since 1940, the club has been contributing its purchase prize prints to the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The archives consist of five types of records: minutes of the board, 1921-1976; correspondence of the officers and director, 1916-1964; financial records, 1922-1972; consignment records, 1933-1964; and scrap books and published catalogues, 1926-1950.
Gift of the Print Club 1978-1986.
Finding aid available.
Jordan, Thomas J., 1821-1895. Civil War letters, 1861-1866.
The letters of brevet brigadier general Thomas Jefferson Jordan, 9th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers (also known as the Lochiel Cavalry) are mostly to his wife, Jane Jordan. The majority of Jordan's letters were written in Tennessee and Kentucky where the 9th was stationed for most of the war, and contain personal observations on the social and economic conditions of the region, as well as descriptions of the 9th's numerous skirmishes with the Confederate cavalry led by John Hunt Morgan and Nathan Bedford Forrest. Jordan's letters also record the role played by his regiment in the invasion of Georgia, Sherman's March to the Sea, and the Carolina campaigns. The battles at Thompson's Station, Tullahoma, Averasboro, and Bentonville are among the larger engagements described by Jordan.
A small portion of these letters describe Jordan's capture on July 9, 1862, his detention in the infamous Castle Thunder Prison in Richmond, Va., and his subsequent release as part of a prisoner exchange in December of the same year. There are also letters from various government officials to Jane Jordan, notifying her of Jordan's capture and informing her of the efforts being made on his behalf.
Gift of David L. Bacon, 1978.
Poe, Philip Livingston, Mrs. Collection, 1732-1876.
Personal correspondence to various members of the Morris family, 1818, 1876, n.d.; elegies, many of which are transcriptions of those by Hannah Griffitts, and other miscellaneous transcribed pieces; business and legal papers, many dealing with land transactions of various members of the Shoemaker family in Philadelphia, Westmoreland, Bedford, and Northumberland Counties in Pennsylvania and Hawkins County, Tenn., 1732-1831.
Gift of Mrs. Philip Livingston Poe, 1978.
Finding aid available.
Lowell, Charles Winthrop, 1834-1877. Papers, 1860-1867.
(3 linear ft.)
Charles Winthrop Lowell is a ninth generation descendent of Percival Lowell, who was the first Lowell to emigrate to America, in 1639. He was born to Hon. Phillip Smith Lowell and Harriet Butler Lowell on November 20, 1834, in Farmingham, Maine. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1859 and studied law with the Hon. Charles P. Chandler, whose daughter Mary Elizabeth he married in June of 1860. Their daughter, Mary Chandler Lowell, was born on January 18, 1864; her mother died six days later. He was a prominent lawyer in Maine and Louisiana and served as a colonel and as provost marshal general in the Civil War. At the close of the war he settled in New Orleans, La., was member and speaker of the Louisiana legislature and for several year was postmaster of New Orleans. He married, ca. 1879, Sarah ("Sally") W. Huff of Salem, Va., but had no children from this marriage. He died October 5, 1877, in Foxcroft, Maine.
The papers of Charles W. Lowell consist mainly of materials collected by Lowell during his service as major of Company B, 80th Infantry Regiment, Corps D'Afrique. The collection contains correspondence, most of the later on military business; legal documents, which contain the records of court proceedings for which Lowell served as judge; bills and receipts; miscellaneous military inventories; military orders and circulars; and a section of miscellaneous documents.
Kelly, Edward Smith, d. 1915. Collection, 1788-1920.
(4 linear ft.)
This collection is a miscellany of land papers, real estate account books, estate papers, and legal correspondence; presumably accumulated by Edward Smith Kelly, Philadelphia lawyer, during the course of his practice. Of special note are minute books of the Social Purity Alliance, 1886-1905, and several folders of Social Purity Alliance correspondence and newspaper clippings, 1898-1907. The collection also contains a Galilean Society minute book, 1815-1819.
A small portion of the collection is papers related to the career of Oswald Thompson, Philadelphia lawyer, judge and trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. The Thompson material includes a docket book, 1832-1851, letterpress books, 1839-1853, minute book of the Committee on the Department of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, 1857, with letters, 1859-1861, and estate papers. There are also letters from Andrew Gregg Curtin, Pennsylvania politician and governor, to the merchant firm of Hart, Cummings, and Hart, 1850-1861, on collection of debt claims.
Markoe and Emlen families. Correspondence, 1811-1876.
Much of this miscellaneous family correspondence is to and between Hitty Markoe and her daughter Ellen, who married George Emlen in 1840; also Ellen Markoe Emlen recipe book.
Gift of Emily M.T. Fisher, 1979.
Baylson, Isidore. Papers, 1910 (1917-1919), 1928.
Isidore Baylson, Philadelphia lawyer, served in World War I as an instructor at the Army Machine Gun School in France, joining the 5th Machine Gun Battalion just before the armistice.
Baylson's letters, 1917-1919, report on his military and recreational activities during the war and occupation of Germany. There is some military memorabilia, including training manuals, and miscellaneous papers from his civilian life.
Gift of Mrs. Isidore Baylson, 1978.
Porter, Ruth Pearson Cook. Letters, 1858-1866.
Ruth Pearson Cook of Easton, personal letters, 1858-1866 and undated, to James Madison Porter (II) lawyer also of Easton, whom she married in 1863. Many of the letters are from Hackettstown, N.J.
Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon. (Philadelphia). Telegrams, 1861-1864.
Telegrams to Barzilai S. Brown and other officers of the Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon giving troop departures for Philadelphia.
Harrison Brothers and Company (Philadelphia, Pa.) Account books, 1867-1893.
Harrison Brothers and Company was a Philadelphia chemical and paint manufactory with offices and plant at 35th and Grey's Ferry Avenue. The firm survived until 1917, when it was absorbed by E.I. du Pont.
The journals and ledgers give the annual financial statements of the partners. Also included is an annual account stock book, 1873-1886.
Philadelphia Typographical Union. #2. Records, 1850-1967.
(9 linear ft.)
The Philadelphia Typographical Union #2 was organized in 1850 to protect the interests of journeymen printers. Activities of the Union include: apprenticeship program begun in 1857, National Fund established in 1867 to compensate striking workmen, Union Employment Office and Reading Room created in 1879; various boycott, management and financial committees; child care programs begun in 1943; New Processes Training Center of P.T.U. opened in 1957; political education groups (Labor League for Political Education organized in 1948 and joined with CIO's Political Action Committee in 1956 to form Committee on Public Education (COPE).
The records include: constitution with member lists; regular and special meeting minutes, 1853-1967; executive committee minutebook, 1901-1905; business committee minutebook, 1850-1861; membership book, 1854-1865; and miscellaneous records.
Union regular and special meeting minutes reveal support of factory, wage and labor laws and revision of labor laws, 1884-1904, 1927-1937; International Copyright Laws, 1868, 1886; High Tariff Laws, 1882, 1894; Immigration Restriction, 1902; A.F.L.-C.I.O. merger, 1939. Minutes also show opposition to Taft-Hartley and N.L.R.B.
Deposited by the Typographical Union #2, 1978.
Lewis family. Papers, 1807-1920.
(4 linear ft.)
The bulk of this collection is highly miscellaneous Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank papers that were apparently retained by Howard W. Lewis who was the bank's last president and liquidating agent. The Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank, Philadelphia, began operations in 1807 and was merged with Philadelphia National Bank in 1918. There are extracts of minutes evidently prepared for the bank's centennial, some correspondence, and some financial papers.
Family papers include Howard W. Lewis letterpress books, 1897-1918, which concern philanthropic and social institutions with which he was associated, estates for which he was executor, and his own personal business affairs. Mabel Potter Lewis letters, memoranda, reports, flyers, memorabilia, 1917-1920, on the Woman's Land Army of America which she served as a board member. There are a few items of S. Weir Lewis, father of Howard Lewis: personal ledger, 1847-1888, and accounts for estates of James M. Barclay, Hannah Ellmaker, Nancy Read.
Gift of Howard W. Lewis, 1939-1946.
Pennsylvania Volunteers. 28th Regiment. Papers, 1861-1863.
Special and general orders with other miscellaneous papers.
Wood, Richard. Diaries, 1801-1802, 1809-1821.
Richard Wood, a Quaker merchant and farmer of Greenwich, Cumberland County, N.J., owned and successfully farmed large tracts of land in the Stow Creek/Greenwich area. He also successfully operated a large general store, known after 1785 as Wood and Bacon Store.
His diaries contain daily memoranda depicting primarily the farm routine of planting and harvesting, buying, selling and butchering livestock, tending woodlots and orchards, and dealing with farm tenants and farm hands; also the semi-weekly routine of attendance at Quaker meetings, business and social trips to Philadelphia; and social visits exchanged with neighbors and relatives. On opposite pages from the diary entries are Wood's notes on his readings, historical and religious, and his philosophical meditations.
Gift of Dr. Emlen Wood, 1938.
C. Schrack and Company (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1823-1933.
C. Schrack & Co., manufacturers and merchants of varnish and paint, was founded ca. 1820 by Christian Schrack. At his death in 1854, the business was continued by Joseph Stulb, who was succeeded in 1898 by his sons Edwin H. Stulb and Joseph Stulb, Jr. Edwin became the sole owner in 1911 and was in turn succeeded by his sons Edwin H. Stulb, Jr., and Joseph Reichert Stulb in 1920.
The C. Schrack & Co. records consist of: daybooks, 1823-1853; sales books, 1853-1890; order books, 1853-1907; debit journals, 1853-1920; ledgers, 1827-1902; petty ledgers, 1829-1911; cashbooks, 1845-1933; stock books, 1841- 1920; receipt books, 1827-1902; letterbooks, 1849-1915; and other miscellaneous account books.
Finding aid available.
Magee, James Francis, Jr. Chess Albums, (1917-1919) 1951.
These volumes were presented to James Francis Magee, Jr., in recognition of his service to the Good Companion Chess Problem Club (International), particularly his work as club secretary and editor of the club's monthly publication Our Folder. The first volume, compiled by the presenters, consists of congratulatory letters, 1918, from club members throughout the world, including Edward A. Coswell, John Carey Gardiner, Frank Janet, Murray Marble, Alain C. White. The other two volumes are scrapbooks filled by Magee himself containing letters, photographs, newsletters, and clippings relating to chess.
Scrapbooks, Autograph albums, Commonplace books, 1796-1957.
- Benner, Catherine A. Autograph album, 1869 (1883-1886). Autographs mostly from Cutler, Ill. with some from Philadelphia. (1 v.)
- Carr, Franklin, b. 1846. Scrapbook, 1889 (1892-1915). Carr was a Philadelphia converted burglar and Methodist Episcopal evangelist. Contains clippings, programs, letters of recommendation relating to Carr's lectures on his conversion. (1 v.)
- Conner, Philip Syng Physick, 1837-1910. Scrapbook, 1884-1900. Conner was a Philadelphia genealogist and author. Scrapbook of materials collected in defense of actions of his father Commodore David Conner, Commander of the Home Squadron, at the 1847 combined Army/Navy operation at Vera Cruz. Included is Philip Syng Physick Conner's correspondence with naval officers, his 1897 article, "The Castle of San Juan de Ulloa, and the Topsy Turvyists," and a copy of Admiral William G. Temple's 1852 memoir on the Vera Cruz landing. Gift of Mrs. P.S.P. Conner, 1914. (1 v.)
- Davis, ? Recipe book, . (1 v.)
- Fairchild, George H., b. 1887. Album, 1950, 1956-1957. Fairchild was Assistant Librarian at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. This album is honoring the 50th year of service to the Historical Society; with some letters on the occasion of his retirement in 1956. (1 v.)
- Foreman, George Albright. Scrapbook, 1918, 1939-1947. Foreman was a Philadelphia Transit Company conductor, motorman, and depot dispatcher. This scrapbook relates to his service for the transit company and contains clippings, photographs, and memorabilia. Gift of George A. Foreman, 1950. (1 v.)
- Foulkrod, John C. Scrapbook, [1872-1915]. Foulkrod was a clerk, conveyancer, and volunteer fireman. The scrapbook contains clippings, photographs, invitations, broadsides, and other memorabilia of the Philadelphia Volunteer Fire Department, Volunteer Fireman's Association of Philadelphia, and Fireman's Active Association. Gift of Mrs. F. Foulkrod, 1927. (1 v.)
- Gardiner, Susan H. "The Village Rambler or a Collection of Pathetic and Rurall Poetry," [1817-1821]. (1 v.)
- Garrigues, Mary B. Commonplace book, 1812-1815. Mainly of poems and clever ditties, with some memoranda and arithmetic problems. (1 v.)
- "General Instructions of a Mother to a Daughter for her Conduct in Life," and "Advice and Caution to Women," . (1 v.)
- Henry, Alexander, 1850-1925. Testimonial, 1905. Alexander Henry was a Presbyterian clergyman. This testimonial comes from his congregation of the Hermon Church in Germantown, upon his resignation as pastor. Gift of Christine Henry Wainwright, 1959. (1 v.)
- Hicks, Isaac, 1748-1836. Miscellaneous papers, 1768-1833. Isaac Hicks was a Newtown, Bucks County, surveyor and justice of the peace. These papers include vendue book, 1813-1818, for the estate of Dr. James Tate, and surveying notes, 1768-
1833. Photostats; originals of the surveying notes in possession of J. Stanley Lee. Gift of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1953. (1 v.)
- Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Scrapbook, 1865. Sermons and resolutions on the death of Abraham Lincoln. Collected by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. (1 v.)
- Kayne, John, d. 1909. "Eulogy of Thomas Paine," 1896. John Kayne was a Philadelphia physicians. (1 v.)
- Keen, William W. Autograph scrapbook, 1836-1863. Gift of W.W. Keen, 1918. (1 v.)
- Kinsey, Thomas P. Recipe book, 1882. Contains recipes for health, toilet, household, garden, and other needs. (1 v.)
- Klinger, Johann Berhard. Passport, 1826. Passport from Ludwigsburg, Germany, to New York, N.Y.; continued as miscellaneous accounts, notes and recipes, 1826-1831. (1 v.)
- Kremer, James B. Scrapbook, 1889-1893. Kremer was a Carlise agent of the Liverpool and London Globe Insurance Company and Secretary of Flood Relief Commission of Pennsylvania. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and letters concerning the work of the Commission following the Johnstown Flood and the controversy over the distribution of relief. Purchased, 1973. (1 v.)
- Lascelles, Harold. "The Sons of Zarah : A Lia Fail Story. Founded upon Ancient History and Mythology," n.d. Lascelles was a Winter Park, Fla., retired Episcopalian minister. This work traces the lost tribes of Israel to the Royal House of Britain. Typescript. Gift of Harold Lascelles, 1954. (1 v.)
- Lee, Ellis. Commonplace book, 1817-1824, n.d. Contains poem and extracts from Quaker writings. (4 v.)
- Lloyd, Anabella W. Williams and Shoemaker family autograph album, 1812-
1886, n.d. Gift of Mary W. Shoemaker. (1 v.)
- Lukens, Ambler Wilson. Genealogical notes on the Lukens family. (1 v.)
- Marsh, Anna. Autograph album and commonplace book, 1823-1828. Contains poems from Concord School, Willow Grove. Gift of Anna M. Peters estate, 1938. (1 v.)
- Matlack, Rachel S. Autograph album, 1833-1852. Contains mainly verses. (1 v.)
- May, Edyth W. Autograph album, 1898-1900. Contains signatures of politicians and other prominent persons. Bequest of Anna E. Wynn, 1948. (1 v.)
- McAllister, John, 1786-1877. Scrapbook, 1854-1865. McAllister was a Philadelphia optician. This scrapbook concerns Pennsylvania College Medical Department and contains clippings, letters, and other materials collected when McAllister was a trustee. (1v.)
- McCauley, Charles A.H. Scrapbook, 1898-1901. McCauley was a Quartermaster in the U.S. Army. The scrapbook contains letters and memorabilia concerning McCauley's efforts for promotion. Gift of Edward D. McCauley, 1970. (1 v.)
- McDowell, Georgine. Commonplace book of poems. (1 v.)
- Mifflin, Elizabeth, 1797-1885. Scrapbook, 1820 (1864), 1882. Contains letters, autographs, memorabilia mainly relating to her compilation of autographs of bishops and other eminent men for the Central Fair. Gift of J.E. Fields, 1960. (1 v.)
- Moore, Thomas. Commonplace book, 1829-1832. Contains poems, extracts, and translations. Presented to Cecilia Sanderson, 1939. Gift of the Wilbur Collection, Bailey Library, University of Vermont, 1970. (1 v.)
- Morris, Catherine. Commonplace book, 1816. Gift of Mrs. William Jenks Wright, 1964. (2 v.)
- Newspaper extracts, . (1 v.)
- Norris, Charles Camblos. Memorandum, . Morris was a Philadelphia physician. This memorandum relates to the history of the Norris family dish presented to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1948. Gift of Charmes Camblos Norris. (1 v.)
- Notebook, 1829-1833, n.d. Contains clippings, pamphlets, and memoranda relating to transportation, commerce, and other topics. (1 v.)
- Recipe book, 1817, 1837, n.d. Purchased, Gratz Fund, 1949. (1 v.)
- Parke, James Pemberton,1783-. Testimonial, . Parke was a Philadelphia bookseller and stationer. This testimonial is to his grandfather James Pemberton, Philadelphia Quaker merchant and philanthropist, giving an account of Pemberton's life and death in the context of his Quaker faith. Gift of Henry Pemberton, 1975. (1 v.)
- Pennington, Hyland Robert. "The Pennington family," 1859. Genealogical and historical notes. Purchased, 1958. (1 v.)
- Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Scrapbook, 1845. Contains clippings and souvenirs related to the Academy fire of June, 1845, and subsequent ladies fund raising bazaar of October, 1845. Gift of Mrs. William B. Whelan, 1951. (1 v.)
- Penrose, Charles Bingham, 1798-1857. Legal case notes, [1844-1857]. Penrose was a Philadelphia lawyer. (1 v.)
- Peterson, Henry, 1818-1891. Works, 1876-1891. Peterson was a Philadelphia editor-publisher and poet. His works include: "Becky Sharp, A Tragedy ... (dramatized from Thackery's Vanity Fair), copyrighted 1889; "Columbus, A Drama in Prose," copyrighted 1889, published, 1893; "Deus in Natura, and other Poems and Verses," 1888-1891. Purchased, 1940. (3 v.)
- Porter, Josephine, 1837-1896. Autograph album, 1852 (1856-1857). Gift of Porter J. Cope, 1942. (1 v.)
- Porter, Rebecca, 1810-1885. Autograph album, 1830-1833. Gift of Porter J. Cope, 1942. (1 v.)
- Potts, Sarah P., 1774-1851. Commonplace book, [1809-1847]. Sarah Potts was a Pottstown Quaker. Her commonplace book contains extracts of religious poems and prose. Bequest of M.A. Leach, 1946. (1 v.)
- Randolph, Jacob. Memoir of the Life and Character of Philip Syng Physick, (Philadelphia, Pa. : T.K. & P.G. Collins), 1829. Illustrated by Ferdinand J. Dreer, 1870. Purchased, 1982. (1 v.)
- Richardson, Elizabeth, b. 1788. Commonplace book, . Elizabeth Richardson was a Philadelphia Quaker. Her commonplace book contains extracts from the writings of George Fox and other Quakers; also "Notes of the Roman Empire" from Edinburgh Encyclopedia. (1 v.)
- Robins, Edward. Autograph album, (1874-1877) 1881. Kept while a student at Central School, Middleton, Conn. Gift of Mrs. Edward Robins, 1969. (1 v.)
- Rush, Richard Henry, -1893. Copy book, . Contains philosophical selections. Gift of Dr. Solomon Solis-Cohen estate. (1 v.)
- Sharpless, Jacob, 1791-1863. Commonplace book, 1814. Sharpless was a Downingtown physician. His commonplace book contains religious and philosophical writings. (1 v.)
- Shoemaker, J. Autograph album, 1861-1891. Gift of Alice and Marjorie Shoemaker, 1971. (1 v.)
- Shoemaker, Rebecca Warner Rawle, 1730-1819. Pocket notebook, 1796-1801. Contains miscellaneous notes on housekeeping, family moves and gatherings, and other events. (1 v.)
- Shoemaker family. Autograph scrapbook, 1822-1874. Gift of Mary W. Shoemaker, 1936. (1 v.)
- Smith, Anne Amelia. Autograph album, [1832-1855]. (1 v.)
- Smith, Joseph P. Lecture, 1860 : before the Philomatheon Lodge. Describing Mediterranean cruise aboard the U.S. frigate Congress, 1855-1858. Gift of Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1952. (1 v.)
- Smith, Mary C. Autograph album, 1823-1825. (1 v.)
- Smith, S. Decatur. Plays, 1884-1902. Smith was a Philadelphia ironfounder. His plays include: "A Fish in the Water" (from the Spanish; "Marion Grace ..." adapted from French; "A Pilgrim. By one of them;" and "Mistress Gwyn." (4 v.)
- Smith, Sidney Vanuxem. Autograph scrapbook, . Contains signatures of 18th-century Philadelphians. Gift of Sidney V. Smith, 1851. (1 v.)
- Smith, William Rudolph, 1787-1868. Poems, [1814-18853]. Smith was a Pennsylvania lawyer, legislator, and major-general in state militia. He was U.S. Commissioner to the Chippewa Indians of Upper Mississippi and Wisconsin adjutant general, lawyer, attorney general, and president of the State Historical Society. (1 v.)
- Sprague, William Buell, 1795-1876. Collection, 1799-1872. The collection consists of autograph sermons and speeches of Joseph Steven Buckminster, 1799-1809, John Quincy Adams, 1839, Edward Everett, 1848-1857, and Jared Sparks, 1849, and an autograph album, 1872, of members of the 42nd U.S. Congress. Gift of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1946. (2 v.)
- Sutton, Henry, 1808-1876. Sermons, 1846-1847, n.d. Sutton was a Methodist Episcopal itinerant minister traveling through Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Gift of Estate of Isaac C. Sutton, 1967. (1 v.)
- Sydney. Poems, 1814-1817. Some of these poems were published in the Port Folio under the name of "Quevado." (1 v.)
- Taylor, Rebecca F. Autograph album, (1823-1826) 1833. Gift of Mrs. Caryl Roberts, 1959. (1 v.)
- Thayer, Russell, 1853-1933. Scrapbook, [1874-1933]. Thayer was a Philadelphia civil engineer and balloon inventor. His scrapbook contains news clippings touching upon Thayer's career as superintendent of Fairmount Park, Brigadier General in the National Guard, and exponent of dirigible balloons for war purposes. Gift of Edmund Thayer, 1973. (1 v.)
- [Townsend family]. Scrapbook, 1859 (1880-1882), 1945. Contains clippings of poems, prose, and obituaries. (1 v.)
- Townsend, John P. Commonplace book, . Contains Quaker writings and testimonials. Gift of William M. Bartram, 1891. (1 v.)
- Travis, Charles, 1882-1941. Autograph album, 1888-1892. Autographs of family members. Gift of Helen Dryden, 1959. (1 v.)
- Union officers. Autograph album, 1863-1864. Autographs of Union soldiers imprisoned at Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., including rank, regiment, and home address. Gift of Mrs. Hampton L. Carson, 1905. (1 v.)
- Waln, Sarah, 1746-1825. Recipe book, . Contains recipes for health and household needs. Purchased, 1943. (1 v.)
- Ward, John M.E., d. 1940. Testimonial album, 1911, 1933, 1938. Ward as a Philadelphia organist. Testimonial from the Church Council of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church for anniversaries as organist and musical director. (1 v.)
- Warner, Hannah F. Autograph book, 1832-1837, 1841. (1 v.)
- Welsh, Maurice. Pocket notebook, 1772-1811. Contains mostly family birth and marriage dates. (1 v.)
- Wetherill, Rebecca, 1819-1908. Scrapbook, [1890-1908]. The scrapbook contains clippings, photographs, programs, and other memorabilia relating to the Wetherill events; includes some late additions by Marion Walton Putnam. Gift of Marion Walton Putnam, 1964. (1 v.)
- Widdifield, Anna M. Commonplace book, 1852-. Mainly of poems. (1 v.)
- Williams, Eliza W. Pusey. Autograph album, 1841-1848. Poems by family and friends including author Bayard Taylor. Gift of Leonard Denis, 1963. (1 v.)
- Williams, Julia Rush, 1792-1860. Commonplace book, -1812 and notebook, 1816. Contains poems and prose, including some original pieces, original prayers and personal expense accounts. (2 v.)
- Wilson, Joseph Lapsley, d. 1928. Scrapbook, 1874-1881. Concerns Wilson's participation in Republican politics through membership in the Union League and the National Republican League. Gift of Caroline Alice Smith Estate, 1953. (1 v.)
- Wright, Elizabeth P. Commonplace book, 1823-1824. (1 v.)
- Yarnall, Rebecca, 1786-1859. Autograph album, 1801-1802, and commonplace books, . Kept while attending Westtown Boarding School. Gift of Frances Richardson, 1940. (3 v.)
- Yerkes, John Keith, 1817-1894. Scrapbook, [1839-1856]. Contains newspaper clippings of poems, anecdotes and literary passages, many from the Village Record of West Chester. The clippings are mounted over an anonymous general store ledger, . [Gift of W. Austin Yerkes.] (1 v.)
Museum Council of Philadelphia. Records, (1939-1976) 1978.
(6 linear ft.)
The Museum Council of Philadelphia was organized in 1939, as Philadelphia Council of Museums, and incorporated in 1975 to provide an association of the city's cultural, historical, and scientific museums for promoting their resources and encouraging cooperation between them.
Special, regular and luncheon meetings, 1939-1976, 1978; general correspondence, 1939-1976; files relating to special programs; some financial records, 1947-1976; membership lists, directories, calendars, and other literature of the council; miscellanea.
Gift of Museum Council of Philadelphia.
Crothers family. Papers, 1753-1935.
These are the papers of Stevenson Crothers of Springfield Township, Montgomery County, his parents, grandparents, and all sorts of ancestors and in-laws, nearly all of whom were Philadelphians. There are letters of various family members reporting from vacation spots and European tours, and on family business. Stevenson Crothers incoming correspondence, 1882-1931, includes letters from his wife Alice Poultney Morris Crothers and his sister Mary Bartow Cooke Crothers Dulles. Among other small groups are letters of William S. Crothers, [II], 1839-1885, and Rachel Dawson Morris, 1890-1891.
The papers also include account books of several merchants in the family: Thomas Bartow, [II], (N.Y.) ledger, 1759, with receipt book, 1760-1766, and Thomas Bartow, [I], estate records, 1781-1793; Daniel Benezet cashbooks, 1759-1763, 1771-1779; William S. Crothers, [I], ledger, 1810-1829 and 1819-1821, merchandise book, 1819-1828, receipt book, 1825-1829; William S. Crothers, [II], cashbook, 1848-1875. There are additional estate account books, financial memoranda, wills, and inventories, especially the William S. Crothers, [II], estate, 1887-1922. In the miscellaneous papers is material on "Roslyn Heights" in Montgomery County and properties in Philadelphia and concerning genealogical interests.
Gift of George C. Bland, 1977.
Dimock, John H., b. 1815. Papers, (1833-1846) 1898.
John H. Dimock was a Montrose lawyer who later became a land speculator in the West.
These papers contain his incoming correspondence primarily as a young man in Harrisburg, under the care of a cousin and brother both of whom served in the state legislature. The letters are from family and friends reporting on local politics and doings. There are some legal papers for land transactions in Wisconsin.
Bosworth, Francis. Papers, 1934-1956.
Francis Bosworth was long involved with the theatre and the arts. He worked with the Federal Theatre Project, established under the Works Progress Administration in 1935. Bosworth acted as director of the Play Bureau which reviewed scripts offered by American authors. He remained associated with the Theatre Project until 1938.
Included are scripts of plays and Bosworth's personal copies of correspondence, memoranda, conference reports, manuals and other publications of the Federal Theatre Project. There are also letters and reports, 1940-1942, on the Community Arts Workshop, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee; carbon copies of letters, 1943, to Everett McCarter who was stationed in Iceland, reporting stateside events and personal activities in New York City, and his opinions on the war; correspondence and progress reports, 1948-1951, on his ward, John Rybczyk; and Bosworth's own letters, 1955, sent while traveling in North Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Gift of Francis Bosworth, 1976.
Roberts family. Papers, 1684-1897.
Papers of the Roberts family follow the succession of proprietors of Pencoyd, the family estate in what is now Bala Cynwyd. Although the majority of the material consists of marriage certificates, bonds, inventories, school exercise books, wills, memorial albums, and miscellaneous documents, there are also several diaries and other papers that provide accounts of farm life, professional pursuits, and personal activities of family members.
The earliest is Algernon Roberts's diary, 1776, describing scenes and living conditions during his march from Philadelphia to Elizabeth, N.J., with a Company of Associators. Algernon was responsible for expanding Pencoyd into a thriving dairy farm, and there are some butter sales and other farm financial papers, 1796-1824, during his and his son Isaac Warner Roberts's ownership. A more detailed view of farm life can be gleaned from diaries, 1847-1869, begun by the next heir, George Brooke Roberts, during his school vacations at home, but continued by his mother, Rosalinda Brooke Roberts, who managed Pencoyd as a tenant farm for 20 years. The diaries record farm work, building projects, visitors and visiting.
Although the children of Rosalinda continued to own and be closely interested in Pencoyd, they took up other careers. Algernon, [II], who would later found Pencoyd Iron Works, began by working for a hardware firm in Philadelphia. His diary, 1847-1848, records his life in the city and his visits to Pencoyd. Algernon Roberts's private account books, 1849-1868, note expenses and income derived from estate and business.
George Brooke Roberts started as an engineer on various railroad lines throughout Pennsylvania, and his diary, 1851-1857, gives an account of this period. In 1880 he became president of the Pennsylvania Railroad and remained in that position until his death in 1897. A letterpress book, 1883-1885, concerns personal, farm, and railroad business; a farm diary, 1886-1896, reports on building and other projects; personal account books, 1865-1868, 1878-1885, give farm, household, and private business finances. Additional volumes include Pennsylvania Railroad anniversary scrapbook, obituary scrapbooks, memorial albums.
There are some miscellaneous documents of the Warner family, into which Algernon, [I], married in 1781.
Philadelphia (Pa.). Public School. Records, 1830-1906.
Registers, roll books, school directors' minute book, for various kindergarten, primary, secondary and grammar schools in Southwark, Moyamensing, Society Hill and Northern Liberties. Information contained in the various records include: pupils' names, ages, whether vaccinated; parent's names, addresses and occupations; teacher's comments including explanations of student absences and departures; visiting school directors' reports with attendance and other figures; notes on text book and supply purchases. Schools specified by name are Moyamensing Boys' School, Ringgold Boys' Grammar School, Madison [Primary and Secondary] School for boys and girls, Primary School No. 3 (Fourth Section) for boys and girls. There is also an account of text books and supplies furnished Chatham Primary School, London Grove District, Chester County.
Philadelphia Award. Records, 1921-1974.
(3 linear ft.)
The Philadelphia Award, established by Edward William Bok in 1921, is presented annually in recognition of outstanding service to the community.
Most of the records consist of files for recipients, containing nominating letters, biographical material, newspaper clippings, guest lists. There are also incomplete files of presentation addresses, 1921-1966, nominee files, 1955-1967, trustee correspondence and financial papers, 1941-1968.
Gift of Board of Trustees, The Philadelphia Award.
Rickabaugh, Adam. Account books, 1840-1843.
Adam Rickabaugh took over the Philadelphia flour merchant business of Beaver and Company in September, 1841.
The account books, 1840-1843, are: daybooks; ledgers; receipt book. There are also George Rickabaugh account memoranda for livestock, 1843.
Gift of Chester County Historical Society, 1967.
Coxe, Daniel William, 1769-1852. Papers, 1793-1868.
(4.5 linear ft.)
Daniel William Coxe was a Philadelphia merchant who turned to speculation in Spanish Grant lands. In 1793 he formed a mercantile partnership with Daniel Clark of New Orleans, La., and in 1801 they joined forces with Beverly Chew and Richard Relf, also New Orleans merchants. In 1803 Clark began extensive purchases of land in Louisiana, West Florida, and elsewhere on behalf of himself and Coxe. By 1811, with all partners heavily in debt, they liquidated their connections, but because of Clark's death, the final settlement of accounts was not made until 1819. Coxe's primary occupation would be the confirmation of his claims to the southern property, particularly the large Louisiana tract on the Ouachita River, the "Maison Rouge Grant." To this end, he made repeated applications to the federal government and was involved in continuous litigation with squatters and heirs of former owners who challenged his title.
These papers include a general correspondence file, 1793-1851, and additional letters, legal and financial documents and memoranda on specific aspects of his business affairs. The greater part of Coxe's correspondence was with his agents and lawyers about the Maison Rouge and West Florida lands. Other correspondents were: Daniel Clark on commercial and land business, with some mention of James Wilkinson's adventures; Chew and Relf on trade and settlement of Clark's estate; Richard S. Coxe, Daniel's nephew and Washington lawyer, as well as other prominent attorneys among whom were Daniel Webster, 1827-1829, and Horace Binney, 1820-1845; various members of Congress; A.P. Merrill, 1833-1841, Cashier of Agricultural Bank of Mississippi, Natchez, concerning Coxe's shares in that bank and banking affairs in general.
There are small series of papers on particular subjects: Clark, Chew and Relf; Mason Rouge Grant; West Florida lands; Teche River, Attakapos, La., lands; Barthelemy Bosque heirs' claim on the 1807 cargo of the Comet; Coxe's memorials to Congress and annotated copies of Congressional bills, reports, and other documents; personal bills, 1793-1809; Bloomsbury, Burlington, County, N.J., lands, 1800-1812; Nalbro Frazier estate; Daniel Coxe estate papers, 1852- 1868; pamphlets, bills, newspapers, clippings.
Gift of Tench C. Coxe, Jr., 1979.
William Amer Company (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1836-1953.
(15 linear ft.)
William Amer Company, a Philadelphia tannery, was founded in 1832 and specialized in kid and later kangaroo leathers. In 1978 they ceased tanning operations; the firm continues operation as an importer of shoe findings.
Cashbooks, 1844-1845, 1898-1907, 1912-1953; entry of goods received and shipments out, 1918-1953; lot records, 1918-1934; Christmas Savings Fund, 1917-1934; daybooks, 1842-1846, (Amer and Fritz, 1840-1858), 1906-1909; journals, 1836-1841, 1896-1950; ledgers, 1836-1843, 1905-1909; and miscellaneous records.
Gift of William Amer Company, 1978.
Fisher family. Papers, 1761-1868.
(15 linear ft.)
Miers Fisher was admitted to the Philadelphia bar in 1769 and retired some 24 years later, moving to his Fox Chase estate "Ury." He and other members of his family were among the Quakers exiled in Virginia during the Revolution. He was elected a member of the Pennsylvania Assembly, 1791-1792, and was a counselor for the Pennsylvania Abolition Society.
The Fisher family papers center on Miers Fisher, with smaller sections of Jabez Maude Fisher, a brother, and other branches.
The Miers Fisher section of the papers consists largely of incoming and outgoing correspondence and documents following Fisher's retirement from his law practice in 1793. It concerns family affairs and Miers Fisher's activities as agent for foreigners with business in Pennsylvania, but touches on other aspects of his life. Major family correspondents are: son Miers Fisher, Jr., 1797-1813, mostly letters from are Miers, Sr. while Miers, Jr. was running a mercantile business in St. Petersburg, Russia; son Redwood Fisher, 1797-1825, 1848-1850, which includes letters from his father exhorting the boy to improve himself; brother Samuel Rowland Fisher, 1792-1817, with letters to Miers on family and some on business; wife, Sarah Redwood Fisher, 1777-1819, mostly letters from Miers reporting on trips away from home; brother Thomas Fisher, 1774-1806, on family affairs and a lot of sickness; son Thomas Fisher, Jr., 1791-1896, mostly letters from his father and other relatives while Thomas was apprenticed to a Baltimore, Md., merchant; nephew Joshua Gilpin, 1792-1796, with personal notes and reports on British manufacturing, technology, public affairs. There are additional letters from miscellaneous Fishers, Gilpins and Redwoods.
Other correspondents of Miers Fisher, writing from England, are: Maria Ann Dupont Aublay, 1792-1818, on the estate of her brother Francis LeClerc Dupont and including personal news; Robert Barclay, 1775-1817, on trade, public events, and personal matters; James Delancey, 1784-1794, on the estate of William Allen; Jacob Duché, 1786-1793, on his American lands, with some mention of spiritual concerns; William Fisher, 1798-1819, about Tobyhanna and other real estate in Northampton and Wayne Counties; Elizabeth Galloway Roberts, 1804-1812, on her estate. There is also general correspondence, miscellaneous land and legal papers, and a draft of a portion of the Journal of the Transactions of the Exiles.
Miers Fisher's brother Jabez Maude Fisher went to England in 1775 and died there in 1779. Letters, 1774-1779, are primarily from his friends and acquaintances in England, with some letters from home. The correspondence is personal with frequent mention of the state of affairs between England and the colonies, with later letters being more concerned with commerce. Among the correspondents are Joseph Guerney and Robert Ormston.
There are some very general letters, 1820-1865, to Jabez Maude Fisher, [II], Miers Fisher's son.
Miers Fisher's daughter Lydia married Benjamin Warner, Philadelphia bookseller. Warner family papers include: Benjamin Warner incoming letters, 1810-1817; and Benjamin Warner's letters, 1815-1821, to Lydia while on business trips through Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Lexington, Ky., Richmond. Benjamin died in 1821, and apparently his brother Joseph assumed paternal responsibilities for the children. There are several letters to Joseph from the nieces and nephews, particularly from John Warner, 1849-1851, while trying to establish himself in Pottsville. Joseph Warner's receipt book, 1830-1859, is largely for rent and taxes. There is Redwood Fisher Warner correspondence, 1830-1868, primarily school age letters from siblings and 1867 family news from sister Sarah Warner Lewis while "Red" and his wife are in Europe. Other items associated with Redwood Fisher related items are sister-in-law Jane Johnson receipt book, 1840-1884, for general expenses, and Ella I. Yardley estate accounts, 1870-1889, Joseph W. Johnson, Jr., and Redwood F. Warner, trustees of Mary S. Yardley.
Finally, there is general correspondence, 1801-1829, of William Redwood and William Redwood, Jr., merchants.
League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania. Records, 1867 (1959-1977), 1980.
(81 linear ft.)
The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania was established in 1920, a successor organization to the Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Association, with the purpose of providing "education to increase the effectiveness of women voters and to further better government." In biennial conventions the Pennsylvania League established its "Program," the issues selected for study, decision and action. State Programs have been concerned with constitution reform, legislative apportionment, election laws, education, welfare, environment, city and town planning.
The files here are primarily records for the 1960's and 1970's, although there is some earlier material. They consist almost entirely of minutes, newsletters, reports, and memorabilia, with little correspondence. A third of the material comes from local leagues, which are the basic units of the national/state/local organization.
Series include: State board and agenda minutes, 1920-1973; state and local annual reports, 1957-1973; miscellaneous organizational material and correspondence, 1957-1973; treasurer's reports and other financial records, 1933-1977; local league reports, 1923-1977; mailings, 1959-1974; state league convention minutes and reports, 1939-1977; mailings, 1959-1974; political material, 1920-1976, much on reform of the state constitution; educational material, 1972, particularly on the Education Fund, which was a non-profit trust established in 1970 for educating the public on government; Time for Action, 1969-1976, a program to involve local leagues in state legislative issues; Pennsylvania Assess Coal Today, 1977, a study on potential uses and environmental impact of coal on the state; local government and community projects, 1957-1978; environmental projects, 1958-1978; national issues, 1946-1971; state issues, 1934-1976; scrapbooks, 1951-1969. There is some miscellaneous material on the suffrage movement, including photographs of the 1915 Women's Liberty Bell Tour in support of the vote.
Gift of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, 1980.
Wright, Sydney L., 1852-1927. Family papers, 1752-1928.
(14 linear ft.)
The collection is in seven sections, arranged chronologically by generation: Logan, Fisher; Fisher, Ellicott, and Wright; William Redwood Wright; and a miscellaneous section that may contain materials belonging to more than one generation.
Through descent and marriage, the Wright family is connected with the Fisher and Logan families of Philadelphia. William Redwood Wright, the oldest child of Henrietta Hoskins Price Wright and Robert Kemp Wright, was born in 1846, attended the Germantown Academy, and joined Rush's Lancers, the sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry, during the Civil War. He left service as a Captain and joined the firm of Peter Wright's Sons, merchants, in New York City and his uncle's firm. In 1873, he moved to Philadelphia, continuing on in the same business, and married Letitia Ellicott Carpenter in 1882. He became involved in city politics as a Democrat, was a presidential elector in 1888 and 1892, and filled an unexpired term as Philadelphia City Treasurer from June, 1891, to January, 1892. For the rest of his life, William Redwood Wright worked as a banker and broker in a variety of businesses, both independently and with family members, mainly his brother Sydney Longstreth Wright, and his brother-in-law Robert Glendinning.
Letitia Ellicott Carpenter Wright, wife of William Redwood Wright, was a Colonial Dame of America and helped plan and plant the Stenton garden. She was friends with Helen Tower whose husband, Mr. Charlemagne Tower, was a diplomat in the foreign service, at one time United States ambassador to France.
The first section consists of William Logan's business ledger, 1752-1755, and Thomas Fisher's personal ledger, 1806-1813.
There is correspondence, financial papers, and miscellanea, 1823-1895 for Thomas Rodman Fisher, his wife Letitia Ellicott Fisher, her mother Sara Ellicott, William Redwood Wright's mother Henrietta Hoskins Price, and his uncle William Redwood Price; account books and scrapbooks of Thomas Rodman Fisher and Ellicott Fisher; and a remedy book of Letitia Ellicott Fisher. The correspondence is primarily between family members.
For William Redwood Wright there is correspondence, 1870-1914, touching on his involvement in Philadelphia politics and clubs, and on his business matters; receipts and accounts; business papers, scrapbooks, invitations and miscellanea.
There is correspondence, property and financial papers, and miscellanea for Letitia E.C. Wright.
George W. Carpenter traveled abroad extensively after his first marriage and acquired a large circle of European friends. The correspondence with these friends constitutes a large portion of this section, as does other personal correspondence. There are also a scrapbook, and a receipt book from the Wright Pike Company.
The sixth section includes the correspondence of William Redwood Wright's generation. These include the correspondence, business, and financial papers of Ellicott Fisher, Harvey Fisher, Sydney Longstreth Wright, Mary Rodman Fisher Carpenter, Sydney George Fisher, Charles Graff Wright, William Logan Fisher, Robert Kemp Wright, Jr., and Emlen Newbold Carpenter. There is some miscellaneous family correspondence
The last section of papers includes a small autograph collection assembled by George W. Carpenter with signatures from prominent American and European figures. There are also photographs, maps, land papers, genealogical material, train car brake diagrams, and copies of newspaper clippings and pamphlets.
Pamphlets have been transferred to the Library.
The collection was retained by the Wright family of Jamestown, R.I.
Gift of Mrs. Catherine Morris Wright, 1977.
Finding aid available.
Reilly, John J., b. 1899. Irelend papers, 1922, 1938-1973.
John J. Reilly, a Philadelphia, Pa. realtor, was active in various Irish American organizations including the Federation of American Societies for Irish Independence, the American Association for Recognition of the Irish Republic, the American League for an Undivided Ireland and the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Ireland papers, 1922, 1938-1973, include letters, transcripts of conference proceedings, clippings, "Congressional Record" extracts, greeting cards and other memorabilia.
Gift of John J. Reilly through the courtesy of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, 1980.
Boyd, David Knickerbacker, 1872-1944. Papers, (1893-1952) 1977.
David Knickerbacker Boyd was a prominent Philadelphia architect credited with being one of the original advocates of the setback principle in architecture. He was active in many business, civic, and professional organizations on local, state and national levels.
This small and random group of papers includes correspondence, speeches, articles, clippings, and other material on his interests, particularly: Structural Services Bureau, 1920-1929; American Construction Council, 1922-1924, 1927, including correspondence with Franklin D. Roosevelt who was President of the Council; Independence Hall Association, 1942-1952, 1977; Boyd's report, prepared for the Russell Sage Foundation, on the Building and Construction Industry, 1937-1938. There are also scrapbooks related to the Structural Service Bureau, building codes, city planning, exhibitions, industrial relations, building congresses, and American Institute of Architects conventions; Report of the Parking Committee, 1952; personal copies of the Journal of American Institute of Architects, and some photographs of houses designed by Boyd.
Gift of Lysbeth Borie and Barbara Murdoch, 1977.
Literary Fellowship of Philadelphia. Correspondence, 1947-1979.
The Fellowship was established to provide an opportunity for a small group of scholars to met informally at dinner three to four times a year to present and discuss papers about literature. It was founded by W. Otto Sypherd and Robert E. Spiller.
The correspondence is to and from W. Otto Sypherd and Robert E. Spiller and their successors as organizers.
Gift of John A. Lester, Jr., 1979, and Robert E. Spiller, 1981.