Pennypacker, Galusha, 1844-1916. Military papers, 1863-1881.
Galusha Pennypacker was a career soldier from Chester County.
These papers consist primarily of copies of military documents on his service as brigadier and brevet major-general with the 97th Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1863-1865; brevet appointments, 1865, 1867-1868; disability and leaves of absence, 1865-1867, 1871-1872, 1876; appointment to the 34th Infantry, 1866-1868; and service in the Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana Reconstruction administration, 1867-1876, and the frontier, 1877-1881.
Thompson, Eleanor. Papers, 1858-1978.
Miscellanea from the files of Eleanor Thompson, including: materials from research on Amelia Bloomer, 1858-1951; souvenirs of the Women's Rights Centennial Conference in Seneca Falls, N.Y., 1948; materials on the Chester County Revolutionary War Depredations Project of the Women's University Club, including an index of claims by name and by township.
Shober, John A.H. Collection, 1688-1903.
A collection of miscellaneous letters and legal papers, mostly relating to Anthony J. Morris and to James Pemberton, but also including items of or on Benedict Arnold, William Shippen, Pemberton S. Hutchinson, and others.
Gift of John A.H. Shober, 1981.
Wills, Henry W. Records, 1873-1954.
(8 linear ft.).
William Robinson Tucker and Henry W. Wills were secretaries of the Philadelphia Board of Trade from 1886-1930 and 1928-1942 respectively. Tucker was active in improving the harbor of Philadelphia during the 1880's and 90's both physically, through the Board of Port Wardens and Harbor Commission and commercially, through the Board of Trade's Committee on Alleged Decadence of the Port. Wills assisted Tucker in his last years at the Board of Trade and through friendship acquired possession of Tucker's files.
Will's Board of Trade files are arranged by subject and include correspondence, reports, blueprints, 1916-1954, a minute book of Annual Meetings, 1873-1942, cashbook, 1894-1917; the remainder of the records include personal correspondence and notes, 1933-1953; scrapbooks, 1894-1919; an office diary for 1942 and some oversize maps prepared for the Committee on Decandence and for railroad consolidation projects.
Tucker's section reflects his position as secretary of the Board of Harbor Commissioners (1887-1897), also his post as secretary and assistant treasurer of the Board of Trade, member of the Board of Port Wardens (1873-1897), secretary of the National Board of Trade (1895-1911), secretary of the Philadelphia Bourse (1890-1896) and Masterwarden of the Port (1897-1907). His records consist of correspondence of the Harbor Commission, 1878-1927; correspondence, testimony, and other records of the Committee on Decandence, 1889-1893; Bourse related materials, 1892-1917; Board of Trade, 1911-1930 and personal files, 1889-1928.
Gift of Sarah Will, 1979.
Knerr, Horace C. Papers, 1909-1924.
Incoming letters to Horace C. Knerr and his mother, Mrs. C.B. Knerr, of Primos and Philadelphia, from Anita Wilson Howe and Annie E. (Wilson) Howe, Woodrow Wilson's niece and nephew, respectively. The letters outline their friendship and reflect Anita Wilson Howe's life while a member of the Wilson household and while pursuing her vocal studies in New York and Paris. The collection also includes a photograph of Anita Wilson Howe and two photographs of her children.
Gift of Roseann Knerr Hough, 1980.
Episcopal Church. Diocese of Pennsylvania. Episcopal Churchwomen. Records, 1898-1975.
(2 linear ft.)
The Diocesan Committee of the Women's Auxiliary of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, covering southeastern Pennsylvania, was formed in 1898 to increase the number of parishes and to assist established missions. The Diocesan Committee concentrated its early efforts of missionary work by assisting the female population in orphanages, reformatories, prisons and hospitals. Subsequently, the Committee concerned itself with cultural displacement, prison and hospital conditions, orphans, the impact of the Depression and finally with employment and job training. Sometime after 1970, the Committee was subsumed together with two other branches of Episcopal Churchwomen into the new "Department of Diocesan Ministries."
Records, 1898-1975, include minutes, 1898-1972, (1923-24 are missing) with indexes, 1898-1970 & a card index, 1989-1970; newsletters, 1921-1942; miscellaneous reports, memos and background papers, 1920-1969; correspondence, 1908-1974; files on missions, ca. 1938; treasurers' files, 1920-1963; auditors' reports, 1941-1956 and a volume of A History of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, annotated by Betsey Tilden Wells (last chairperson of the Committee).
Gift of Mrs. Wells, 1977.
Weidman family. Papers, 1737-1915.
These papers shed light on the Weidman family and other families in Lebanon and Dauphin counties, including Hoke, Lineaweaver, and Mitchell. The papers include items on land transactions in Lancaster, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties, papers from the law offices of Jacob Barge Weidman and his son John Weidman, and a few items on Grant, Mason, and Morris Weidman.
Materials include surveys and warrants for surveys, receipts, copies of land office records, indentures and bonds, notes for cases handled by the Weidmans (including that of the German Lutheran Congregation of Lebanon versus Jonathan Ruthrauff, 1844), miscellaneous genealogical materials assembled by the later Weidmans, and correspondence. There is also a small group consisting of Grant Weidman's school papers, 1849-1850. A third section includes all undated material, divided into legal papers; accounts; speeches, essays, and poems; and genealogical materials.
Gift of Emilie Mitchell Gibbs, 1980.
S.B. & B.W. Fleisher, Inc. Records, 1920-1930.
(.5 linear ft.)
Organized in the following series: I. Correspondence and general papers, 1925-1929. II. Sales Department, 1920-1929. III. Statistical series, 1926-1930.
Simon B. and Benjamin W. Fleisher were partners in the Philadelphia woolen yarn manufacturing firm of S.B. & B.W. Fleisher, Inc. Stuart F. Louchheim was Vice-President of the company.
Records, 1920-1930, primarily of the Sales Department and Vice-President's Office of the Fleisher company, including advertising, statistical production and financial information.
Gift of Frank P. Louchheim, 1978.
Greene, Le Roy Vincent, 1908- Papers, 1931-1959.
(7.5 linear ft.)
Le Roy Vincent Greene came to Philadelphia, from Los Angeles, Cal., in 1931, joining the staff of the Philadelphia Public Ledger as a public reporter. He became involved in politics and in the military.
The collection includes newspaper and magazine articles written by Greene, incoming and outgoing professional and personal correspondence, unpublished manuscripts and speech materials, invitations, clippings, maps and charts, photographs and miscellanea.
The papers have been divided into seven parts of related materials. Part one is made up of material from his years as a newspaper reporter for the Philadelphia Public Ledger, the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, and the Philadelphia Daily News, 1931-1939. This material is mostly clippings of his articles. Part two contains material when Greene was public secretary to Governor Arthur James, 1939-1943. This reflects his duties in Governor James' office. Part three consists of material from Greene's military career, both active and reserve service, 1934-1952. The material traces his career with the 79th Division. Part four, the largest part of his papers, contains materials from his active involvement in Pennsylvania and national Republican politics including his role as secretary to the chairman of the Republican National Committee for the 1952 and 1956 national campaigns, and as public secretary of Senator Edward Martin of Pennsylvania, 1947-1959. The material includes publicity reports and campaign strategy. Part five is made up of personal miscellaneous ephemera. Part six consists of maps and charts collected by Greene, ca. 1926-1957, from his travels overseas, military and political involvement. Part seven is made up of photo prints, documenting his later political activity, including many of General Eisenhower.
Published materials have been transferred to the Library. Military and Political Campaign memorabilia have been transferred to the Museum.
Gift of Le Roy Vincent Greene, Jr., 1966.
Williams - Skerrett Family. Papers, 1817-1950.
(13 linear ft.)
Born in Kent, Charles S. Williams was a soldier under Wellington, was ordained an Episcopal clergyman in 1820 and served in that capacity in Baltimore from 1823 until the later 1830's when the family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His wife, Mary C. (Wentworth) Williams, was also of English birth and their children were Gertrude E. and William Henry Williams. William Henry Williams married Frances F. Hayes and their daughter was Frances Rebekah Williams, who married the son of an admiral, Joseph Taylor Skerrett. Skerrett worked on various engineering and construction projects. Their children were Dorothy Wentworth and William Henry Williams. In 1918, William Henry Williams married Janet Bell Gayley of the Gayley family of Hazelton. Dorothy Wentworth Williams lived most of her life with her mother and a domestic, Anne Catherine Bollemose Belmont.
Papers, 1817-1950: The Williams Family Papers consist of sermons, speeches and notes of Charles S. Williams, including material on the founding of the Albion Society, 1817-1859; family correspondence of Mary C. Wentworth, 1823-1881; the social correspondence of Gertrude E. Williams, 1839-1906, noteworthy because it highlights the Civil War period, expressing attitudes toward death, illness, religion, child-raising and poor relief. It also paints a picture of growing-up female in 19th century Pennsylvania. The collection also includes the correspondence of William Henry Williams which concerns his affiliation with the investment firm of Brown Brothers, the management of the Detroit Gas Light Company and other gas investments, 1831-1897.
The Skerrett Family Papers include Frances R. Skerrett material, 1877-1947; Joseph Taylor Skerrett material, 1885-1916; William Henry Williams Skerrett correspondence, 1902-1942 and journal, 1910-1914 and Dorothy Wentworth Skerrett material, 1902-1947 which includes Anne Belmont material, 1859-1943. Photographic portraits make up the final section of the papers depicting family members, many correspondents and local scenes. Media range from daguerreotypes to modern bromide papers and include prints and drawings.
The Gayley family material occupies this section and documents the background of Janet Bell Gayley.
Gift of Jan Pierce, 1978.
Neagle, John, ca. 1796-1866. Papers, 1824-1861.
The papers of John Neagle, Philadelphia artist include: student notebook, 1824; notes from the writings of famous artists, comments on the work of Thomas Sully, and conclusions on his own experiments in shading; blotter, 1825-1852; financial and personal diary, with notes on "Pat Lyon the Blacksmith," his courtship with Mary Chester Sully, family matters, and personal affairs; memoranda of articles loaned by J. Neagle, 1827-1861: a record of the books, paintings, engravings, and cash lent to other artists and engravers; and cashbook, 1832-1842: household and business accounts.
Purchased from Sotheby's with funds from the Gratz Purchase fund and the Barra Foundation, 1984.
Leonard, Edith Lincoln. Collection, 1916 (1942-1945).
(ca. 100 items)
One letter, dated July 23, 1916, from L.P. Wood to J.B. Leonard comments on Naval action at the close of World War I. The remainder of the collection is correspondence addressed to Edith Lincoln Leonard, a schoolteacher during World War II. The correspondents include: Phil Huffman, Alan Grout, Dick Thomas, J.P. Danton, George Dawson Perry, and Warner Bunden. The letters discuss life in the service from training camp through to the end of the men's service. Some topics include: censorship, active duty in the Army, Naval Air Combat Intelligence, west coast and Pacific assignments, the Zoot Suit Riots, Marine life, and Navy life.
Gift of Miss Edith Lincoln Leonard, 1982.
Franklin and Company. Journals, 1861-1873.
Journals of Franklin and Company, Philadelphia wagon and cart industry. Meteorological reports are also listed.
Purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish, 1985.
Hubbel, Horatio, d. 1875. Papers, 1844-1871.
(ca. 100 items)
Horatio Hubbel served in the War with Mexico and as brigadier general during the riots of 1844 in Philadelphia. He was responsible, along with John Henry Sherburne, for originating the plans for a transatlantic cable.
These papers cover both Hubbel's military service and his involvement with the implementation of the transatlantic cable.
Gift of Mr. William H. Baker, Jr., 1980.
Lee, Wallace Rogers, 1879- Papers, 1908-1910.
Wallace Rodgers Lee was the Technical Representative for Baldwin Locomotive Works in South America.
Letterpress books, 1908-1910, and notebooks, dealing specifically with the Baldwin Locomotive Works in South America.
Gift of Mr. John Foster, 1980.
Knight, Bernando Hoff, 1889-1964. Papers, 1927-1937.
(ca. 600 items)
Correspondence, reports, memoranda, notes, and newspaper clippings on the Port of Philadelphia and the costs of all charges for rates, wharfage, handling, and storage with respect to carriers subject to the Interstate Commerce Act.
Transferred from the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1978.
Knight, Bernando Hoff, 1889-1964. Papers, 1700-1930.
Correspondence between B. Hoff Knight and C.E. Smart on Smart's book Makers of Surveying Instruments in America Since 1700.
Knight, Bernando Hoff, 1889-1964. Collection, n.d.
Manuscript and typed notes on Philadelphia monuments. Arranged alphabetically by geographical location.
Gift of Maria Knight, 1970.
Philadelphia Classical Club. Records, 1985-1962.
(2 linear ft.)
The Philadelphia Classical Club was organized in 1895. Membership was open, upon nomination, to all Classics teachers in the Philadelphia vicinity. Members met twice a month at the home of one of the members in order to give and listen to papers of the classics. The host was responsible for arranging the evening's lecture.
Minutes, 1895-1956 (include summaries of papers given as well as general business); financial papers, 1950-1962; Annual Dinner information; correspondence of Raymond T. Ohl, secretary; and papers relating to the Elmer S. Gerhard fund for the commemorative cigar box that was to be presented in appreciation for his dedication to the club.
Gift of Robert S.A. Palmer, 1982.
Figner Collection, 1947-1961.
Draft fragment and typescript of History of Colonial Churches and miscellaneous correspondence on church research and membership to the Virginia Historical Society and First Families of Virginia.
Gift of Mrs. A.W. Figner.
Trotter, Kenneth. Collection, 1920-1940.
(ca. 300 items.)
Miscellaneous theatre programs, ticket stubs and playbills.
Gift of Kenneth Trotter, 1981.
Bradford, Syd. Collection, 1981, 1983, 1985-1986, 1990.
Syd Bradford, A Philadelphia resident and active patron of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania was the President of "Endeavor," a one-person Philadelphia desk-top, vanity publishing firm, also known as Audacious Press and located at 402 South 25th Street.
The Bradford Collection, 1981-1990. consists of the first (1983), second (1985) and the anniversary (1990) desk-top editions of Tom Sullivan, 49th Regiment of Foot, Survives 'Two Day's Rum.' The original edition contains hand-inked illustrations and manuscript annotations. Also includes five issues of Endeavor's sporadic newsletter, Endeavouring, 1981-1986, postcards, correspondence, notes, announcements, a transcript of an interview with the author (9 July 1985) relating to the manuscripts and a clipping of a "Welcomat" article concerning the Lits building.
Stuart, Edwin Sydney, 1853-1920. Papers, 1886-1905.
(2 linear ft.)
Edwin Sydney Stuart was very active in the Republican Party and Pennsylvania politics. He served as a Philadelphia select councilman, delegate to the Republican national conventions, mayor of Philadelphia, 1891-1895, and governor of Pennsylvania, 1907-1911. His business interests included bookselling with Leary's Bookstore (later renamed Leary, Stuart, and Co.), and then directing Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania.
The bulk of the collection is correspondence, 1886-1905. Some of this material is on Stuart's business, Leary's Bookstore; the majority, however, covers his political activities as a member of Republican organizations, as a select councilman, and as mayor of Philadelphia. Some of the issues are: Stalwart Republicanism, powers of favorable press, city improvements, especially street pavements, and political loyalty over business qualifications. John Wanamaker, Matthew Quay, and Simon Cameron are among Stuart's influential constituents.
Business and political papers comprise a small part of the collection. Invoices, receipts, and insurance information of Leary, Stuart and Co. may be found among the business papers. More significant are the political papers which include endorsements for the mayoralty in support of Stuart. One endorsement comes from " a group of colored voters from West Philadelphia calling themselves the Edwin S. Stuart Club." Invitations and announcements for various social functions complete the collection.
Gift of Mr. Edward Krimmel, 1981.
Finding aid available.
Irwin, John. Papers, 1778-1820.
(ca. 175 items.)
John Irwin was deputy commissary general of issues for the Western District for the United States in 1781 and appointed judge in the Court of Common Pleas for Westmoreland County in 1795.
Most of this collection is correspondence on his retirement as a soldier of the Revolutionary War, as a land agent in Western Pennsylvania, and the politics of the day, taxes, war and constitutional power.
Two Nicholas Scull Surveys (1 copy) for Bucks County included.
Gift of Mr. Edward Scull, 1982.
Knerr, M.W. Papers, n.d.
Notebooks of his studies at the Medico-chirurgical College of Philadelphia.
Potts, William John. Papers, 1795-18--.
(8 v. and ca. 300 items.)
These papers consist largely of the correspondence and papers of William John Potts. The topics include, some studies by Potts on: allegories, superstitions, American Indians, and Indian vocabulary, and chemistry. One of Pott's hobbies was collecting bookplates. Some correspondence relates to this activity; the bookplates he collected are also part of the collection.
In addition to Pott's correspondence, there are five letters, 1795, written by Mary Grew, one of Pott's ancestors. There are also diaries filled with religious reflection by Mary Grew, 1795-1834.
The other volumes in the collection are: nineteenth century notebook with construction, numerical, and miscellaneous notes; journal with entries for various Grew family members which includes accounts and recipes, 1821-1822, 1855; and docket book, 1772. Family members included in this collection are: Ann Grew, Charles Grew, Mary Grew, John Grew, Sarah P. Grew, Robert B. Potts, Sallie Hughes Potts, and Sarah P. Potts.
Transferred from the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1983.
Cox family. Papers, 1824-1859.
Letters written from various locations in Europe to family members and friends in Philadelphia and Easton. The majority of the letters were written by Elizabeth Baynton Cox and her husband, William S. Cox and describe their life in Europe. Recipients include: Hannah Churchman, Mrs. John Markoe, Mrs. William Camac and E.B. Cox's sisters.
Gift of Miss Alice L.C. Dodge, 1981.
Finding aid available.
Philadelphia City Missionary and Church Extension Society. Records, 1849-1924.
The Philadelphia City Missionary and Church Extension Society was founded in 1821 and was originally called the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. It had both foreign and domestic missionary objectives.
Minute books and reports to the executive committee.
Gift of Mrs. Wayne R. Campbell and Mrs. John R. Richards, 1983.
William H. Vanderherchen (Philadelphia, Pa.) Papers, 1937-1965.
(3 v. of photo prints, 70 items.)
William H. Vanderherchen was a tent and catering supply company.
The papers include: patents, trademarks and agreements, and three volumes of photographs, with information on various jobs including weddings, clubs and societies, balls and other functions such as the Ice Capades.
Gift of Joanne V. Fulcony, 1981.
Cobbett, William, 1763-1835. Papers, 1792-1835.
(ca. 500 items.)
William Cobbett immigrated to Philadelphia in 1792. He taught English to French refugees. He became very active in bookselling and publishing and eventually, as a pamphleteer, became a factor in American politics. In 1796, he began The Censor, a monthly publication; it was replaced in 1797 by Porcupine's Gazette, which ran until 1799. He was a Royalist who sided with the Federalist in American politics.
In 1797 he was sued for libel by Dr. Benjamin Rush. Cobbett took issue with Rush's treatment of Yellow Fever by bleeding. Cobbett contended that the bleeding caused more deaths of those stricken by the epidemic than cured. Rush won the lawsuit and was awarded $5,000.
Cobbett removed to England in 1800, where he renewed his bookselling and publishing interests and became quite active in English politics.
These typescripts of William Cobbett's correspondence are to both social acquaintances and business associates. They discuss primarily English, French, and American politics and his interests in the bookselling and publishing trade. Correspondents include: Charles Dickens, T.C. Hansard, Henry Hunt, James Mathieu, John Nichols, Daniel O'Connell, William Palmer, and Sir Charles Wolseley.
Gift of Haverford College Library, 1981.
Cook, Lewis D. Collection, 1790-1922.
(ca. 100 items and 1 v.)
Miscellaneous family papers of the Tingey and Craven family. Correspondence between family members discuss: family life, religious thought, health, advice for a traveling daughter, careers of family members (in the Coast Guard, Navy, Railroad and the Croton Aqueduct Company), and various estate settlements.
Gift, date unknown.
Postlethwaite, Samuel. Papers, 1778-1795.
Correspondence to and miscellaneous military papers of Samuel Postlethwaite primarily on the distribution of provisions during the Revolution.
Fitzgerald family. Papers, 1888-1954.
(10 v., ca. 400 items.)
Personal and business papers for Emma J. Fitzgerald, Emma H. Fitzgerald, and Edward Fitzgerald on real estate rentals and sales. Some of the property includes homes on Dudley Street, Tenth Street, Ogden Street, Eleventh Street, Geritt Street, and Alder Street in Philadelphia.
Gift of Mrs. Barbara Haig, 1982-1984.
Finding aid available.
Kranzel, Isadore, 1932- Papers, 1967-1982.
(ca. 1,000 items.)
Isadore Kranzel of Philadelphia served as assistant city solicitor for Philadelphia and as an administrative law judge. He has been very active in civic and political affairs in Philadelphia.
Most of the correspondence deals with either solicitations or thank you letters for political endorsements and/or financial contributions. Some of the correspondents are: Arlen Specter, Milton Shapp, Wilson Goode, William Green, Donald Wagner, Louis Hill, Charles Bowser, Joseph Clark, William Grey, III, William Klenk, Ed Rendell, Ernest Kline, George X. Schwartz, Bill Ewing, Ray Lederer, Robert O'Donnell, and other political aspirants.
The remainder of the papers include: memorandum, papers pertaining to the Philadelphia Committee on City Policy, miscellaneous political and civic papers, reports, speeches, notes, newspaper reprints, political flyers, and invitations to political fundraisers.
Gift of Isadore Kranzel, 1982.
Finding aid available.
Thompson, William B. Papers, 1733-1817.
(ca. 250 items.)
Family correspondence and business papers of the William Thompson family. Included are a diary belonging to Mary B. Thompson while in Liverpool and a letter book of correspondence written also while in Liverpool.
Thompson, William. Collection, 1855-1907.
(ca. 250 items.)
Dr. William Thompson served as assistant surgeon general during the Civil War and Head of Douglass Hospital.
Correspondence relating to his career as assistant surgeon general and as Head of Douglass Hospital. Other papers include an account of the Potomac Campaign by Carlos Carvallo, medical notations, and invitations and appointments to various medical societies.
National League for Woman's Service. Records, 1917-1920.
(ca. 1,000 items.)
The National League for Woman's Services was the result of a study done by Grace Parker in 1916 on the work of British women during World War I. After completing her observations, she returned to the United States to organize the American version of what she saw. The League was organized in Washington, D.C., 1917, "with the object of establishing through the country, state branches to maintain a Bureau of Registration and Information, under which Bureau organizations may enroll, to be called upon for service by the Government in case of need." The League called for women to enlist their talents such as sewing, skilled labor, and arsenal work as appropriate to each committee. Some of the committees include: War Hospital Library committee, Comfort Kit committee (sending sweaters, socks and other home made items), Musical Records and Games committee, Canteen committee, Membership committee, Belgian Relief committee, French War Relief committee, British committee.
Minutes, 1917-1920 reporting on provisions sent to soldiers, American Red Cross medical volunteer service, instructions to civilians and soldiers, Liberty Loan and Victory Loan Campaigns, and other fund raising efforts; membership lists; Liberty Loan Campaign information; and printed materials on the roles played by the National League and its activities (including the responsibilities of each committee) as well as information on League for Woman's Service outside the United States.
The individuals most mentioned throughout the records in connection with the National League are: Mrs. J. Bailey Browder, Mrs. John C. Groome, Mrs. J. Willis Martin, Mrs. Thomas Robins, Miss Sarah Bache Hodge, Mrs. Alexander Van Rensselaer, Mrs. E. T. Stotesbury, Mrs. Horace Brock, Mrs. S.P. Snowden, Mrs. Alan Harris, Mrs. George Dallas Dixon, Mrs. James Starr, Jr., Mrs. Nathaniel Seaver Keay, Miss McInnes, Mrs. Mary Gallagher, Mrs. J. Claude Bedford, Mrs. Bayard Henry, Mrs. Charles Lea, and others.
Gift of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Finding aid available.
Lewis, Dora Kelly, b. 1862. Correspondence, 1884-1921.
Dora Kelly Lewis served actively in the Suffrage movement. She became an executive member of the National Women's Party in 1913. She served as the chairman of finance in 1918 and as the national treasurer in 1919. In 1920, she headed the ratification committee.
The correspondence of Dora Kelly Lewis consists of encouraging and endearing letters from her husband, Lawrence Lewis, 1884-1903, reporting on his legal practice and commenting on Dora's suffragette activities. The letters, 1914-1921, are, for the most part, from Dora to her children, some, from prison, reassuring her family that her actions were not illegal, and to her mother. There are a few typed, diary pages. These letters document her efforts in gaining franchise for women.
Gift of Dora Kelly Lewis descendants, 1986.
American Association of University Women. Pennsylvania Division. Philadelphia Branch. Archives, 1923-1984.
(24 linear ft.)
The American Association of University Women incorporated in 1899 "for the purpose of uniting alumnae of different institutions for practical educational work, for the collection and publication of statistical and other information concerning education, and in general for the maintenance of high standards of education." Membership is open to women holding approved degrees from institutions accepted by the association. The Philadelphia Branch, also known as the College Club of Philadelphia, was recognized by the association in 1886.
Minutes and correspondence of various committees within the A.A.U.W. including: the executive board, membership, admissions, art, bicentennial, civic house, legislative, reorganization/relocation, fellowship, social and economic issues, status of women, steering and tea committees. Statements, tax related materials, personnel records, time sheets, journals, ledgers, cashbooks, and bank account books give information on the financial aspects of the organization. The remaining part of the archives is devoted to conferences, publicity, and printed materials and include: press releases, publicity calendars, clippings, the Bulletin, and general director's letters.
Represented in the collection are: Eleanore Harris Albany, Marie Jeanette Osgood Aydelotte, Sarah Ann Pithouse Becker, Anna F. Davies, Mildred Fairchild, Bertha Sanford Greenberg, Lucy Biddle Lewis, Ellen Moore, May A. Naylor, Mildred Scott Olmsted, Kelly Roes, Edith Wilder Scott, Fay Mary MacCracken Stockwell, Katherine Tucker, and Lucy Langdon Wilson.
Gift of the A.A.U.W.
Finding aid available.
McAllister family. Papers. 1788-1891.
(4 linear ft.)
Papers, 1788-1891, consisting chiefly of family letters of the Young and McAllister families, including the correspondence of John McAllister, Jr. (1786-1877), Eliza Melville Young McCallister (1790-1853), John Allister McAllister (b. 1822), Sarah Allister McAllister Grant ( 1819-1870), Wardale Gaskell McAllister (1829-1874), William Young McAllister ( b. 1812) and Agnes Young Craig (1785-1866). These letters are historically significant because they highlight topics such as Civil War hospitals, family matters such as sickness and indebtedness, travel, weather, religion, household tasks. In particular, they discuss the travels of Agnes and William Young McAllister in Europe and the career of Dr. Anna Mitchell McAllister (1849-1922), one of the earliest women physicians in Philadelphia. The collection includes a notebook of hers from the Women's Medical College of Philadelphia.
The collection also includes several groups of estate papers, including the estates of James Conchy (died c. 1812), William Young (1755-1829?), John McAllister, Jr. (1786-1877) and his wife, Elizabeth Melville Young McAllister (1790-1853); family history notes, receipts, financial and real estate papers relating to the Rockland Manufacturing Company (1825, 1854) and the Lehigh Crane Iron Company (1848-1862).
Roberts, George B. Papers, 1900-1975.
(9 linear ft.)
George B. Roberts, a Philadelphia, Pa. architect, worked on both public and commercial buildings including the Central Penn National Bank, North Philadelphia Federal Savings, Pennsylvania Salt Company, various churches, schools and structural supports for public outdoor sculpture. He also worked on many private residences in the Philadelphia area, many restorations, such as Gumblethorpe and Coles House and many properties for the Society for the Preservation of Landmarks and the Octavia Hill Association.
Papers, 1900-1975, consist of architectural drawings, including pen and wash drawings, specifications, blueprints, details, views, elevations, and mechanical drawings, correspondence, 1915-1974 and a typescript version of Robert's early memoirs, Time Remembered: A Philadelphia Childhood, 1980.
Gift of Mary Roberts.
Jenkins, Steuben, 1819- Papers, 1849-1919.
Steuben Jenkins was a Democratic politician and lawyer from Wyoming, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He worked for the Foreign Mail Bureau at the Post Office in 1853. In 1855 he formed Jenkins and Brother, a banking house in Wyoming, Pa. He was active in state Democratic politics and tax reform and served from 1856-1857 in the State Assembly. He opened a law practice in 1858 and from 1863-1870 acted as Clerk and Counsel for the County Commissioners. He devoted the remainder of his life to his law practice, farming and his historical and antiquarian pursuits.
Papers, 1949-1919, consist principally of Steuben Jenkins' incoming correspondence, 1850-1893. They also include his outgoing correspondence, 1849-1888; incoming correspondence of W. H. Jenkins' (1890-1900); third party correspondence, 1862-1911, including letters, 1917-1919, and other items of Stephen Elliott; items pertaining to S. Jenkins' various activities including postcards, essays, poems, miscellaneous political papers, historical and genealogical notes, legal papers such as estate papers, lawsuits, deeds, indentures and legal notes and worksheets from a law class. The collection also contains bills and receipts, 1860-1913, financial papers, 1851-1913, circulars, advertisements and notices, 1873-1900, broadsides, 1876-1881 and miscellaneous items including a questionnaire prepared by Alexander Graham Bell to survey the deaf and blind for the Twelfth Census of the United States in 1900.
Gift of S. Alexander Sorkin, 1980.
Spring Garden Civic Association (Philadelphia, Pa.). Records, 1970-1981.
The Spring Garden Civic Association was a community organization concerned with neighborhood affairs, such as zoning, historical certifications and restorations, often working with the Redevelopment Authority and covering the approximate area between Vine and Girard Streets and Broad and 25th Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Records, 1970-1981, include correspondence of the secretary, Noreen J. Reyes, 1971-1973; financial papers, 1971-1978; meeting notices, 1972-1973, 1981; newsletters, 1970-1973 and miscellaneous papers, 1971-1979.
Patterson, Harriet Wilson. Papers. 1892-1942 (inclusive) 1909-1930 (bulk).
Harriet Wilson Patterson was the well-traveled and wealthy wife of Thomas Patterson, noted Pittsburgh lawyer and President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Papers, 1892-1942, include 19 diaries with brief entries revealing an upper class lifestyle in the 1920's, addresses and other miscellaneous notes, an account book, 1915, a diary of Thomas Patterson, 1912 and correspondence, 1914-1915, 1930, 1942, concerning hospital work in France in World War II.
Shipley, Walter Penn. Scrapbooks, 1892-1935.
Walter Penn Shipley was a local Philadelphia chess talent who assisted in the writing and compiling of Gustavus C. Reichhelm's book, Chess in Philadelphia...
Four volumes of chess scrapbooks including tournament records, accounts of games, with individual scores, photographs, portraits of local and international chess players, cartoons and newspaper clippings. Vols. l and 2 are extra-illustrated copies of Reichhelm's book, Chess in Philadelphia... (Phila., G.C. Reichhelm, c. 1898). Collection also includes a folder of loose manuscripts and photographs.
Gift of Walter and Thomas Penn Shipley, Jrs. and Anne Emlen Shipley Hatfield, 1977.
Beardwood, Alice, collector. Scrapbooks, 1839-ca. 1920.
Scrapbooks, 1839-ca. 1920, containing colorful trade cards representing chiefly Philadelphia businesses and greeting cards from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Additional loose material includes a booklet of Baltimore & Ohio Railroad tickets; Department of Public Safety's Handbook of Fire Signal Stations (1891); a handbook for the Philadelphia Seminary, Boarding and Day School for Young Ladies and Children (1880); a certificate of stock in the Point Breeze Park Association ( 1870); a commencement program for the Senior Classes of the Boys' Grammar Schools of Philadelphia ( 1878); meeting notices for the Philadelphia Grays (1827, 1828); Eastern District of Pennsylvania notices (1839, 1862); a check for the Bank of Penn Township (1831) and various receipts (1858-1882).
Gift of Alice Beardwood, 1983.
Biddle family. Papers, 1688-1883.
(33 linear ft.)
The Biddle family papers include the papers of Charles Biddle, William S. Biddle, Nicholas Biddle, Charles J. Biddle, and Craig Biddle.
The papers for Charles Biddle deal primarily with his land investments with Isaac Meason. These papers include patents, and correspondence concerned with Western land speculation. Papers for his sons Edward and Richard are also among his papers.
The papers for William S. Biddle, son of Charles and Hannah Shepard Biddle, include: correspondence, 1805-1835; real estate papers dealing with a lot on Race Street; legal papers concerning the settlement of various family member's estates; and miscellaneous printed material.
The correspondence,1800-1844, 1849, 1863, n.d., for Nicholas Biddle discusses local and national politics, private investments, and private matters such as grape cultivation at Andalusia. Correspondents include: A.J. Dallas and Edward Coles on banking; Robert and John Oliver on the Craig estate; R.L. Colt on the Bank of the United States and land speculation; Thomas Biddle as land agent for Nicholas Biddle; B. DeHaert on Salt Spring, Montrose; James Monroe; Davey Crockett, on the bank question and Crockett's election; Daniel Webster; Henry Clay; George M. Dallas, William M. Meredith, John Read, E.R. Biddle, George M. Edwards, William Rawle, T.S. Taylor, and Henry Drinker on the Bank of the United States; Jno. McKinney and Henry D. Rogers on the Buffalo Furnace; and Thaddeus Stevens, on his relationship with the Court.
The remainder of Nicholas Biddle's papers include: diaries on his travels in Europe; legal papers primarily for the Craig family and other family members; investment papers; Bank of the United States papers including his defense; receipted bills; commonplace books; and miscellaneous items.
Correspondence, 1816, 1827, 1831-1873, 1882, 1883, n.d. represents the bulk of papers for Charles J. Biddle, son of Nicholas Biddle, There is a separate group of correspondence between Charles J. Biddle and his wife Emma Biddle of both personal and political nature, most of which discuss his experience in the House of Representatives. Topics in the chronological correspondence include his military and political careers, and his investments and various legal trusts. Correspondents include: John Cadwalader on legal matters; Roswell L. Colt on salt works and land purchasing; A.B. Reed on the Craig/McMurtrie lands; James Biddle, Thomas White, G.M. Dallas, and Henry Drinker all on the Mexican War; C.J. Ingersoll, Craig Biddle, Simon Cameron, William Seward, and James Buchanan all on political and military matters during the Civil War; George W. Woodward on Woodward's run for governor and other matters concerning the Democratic party; and Benjamin Rush on the Alabama claims.
Legal papers, real estate papers, financial papers and miscellaneous papers including his literary pursuits finish out the Charles J. Biddle papers.
The final series of papers belongs to Craig Biddle, youngest son of Nicholas Biddle. His papers include legal and miscellaneous papers and receipts. There is also an indexed volume of Biddle and Craig family letters, 1787-1825.
Gift of Charles and James Biddle, 1978.
Finding aid available.
Hervey, Aleene L. Papers, 1934-1937.
Aleene L. Hervey, wife of J. Bertram, served as Pennsylvania's State Chairman of Art, in charge of "School and Industrial Arts of (the) General Federation of Women's Clubs" and the 1936 Chairman of the Pennsylvania Committee for National Art Week.
Papers, 1934-1937, reflecting Hervey's involvement in statewide and local arts and women's activities, include four volumes of reports on Pennsylvania's observance of National Art Week (1937): v. 1, a manuscript report and scrapbook; v.2, a personal Report of the Chairman; v.3, Report of the Committee; v.4, a Report from the Art Division of the State Federation of Pennsylvania Women. The collection also includes Hervey's personal scrapbook of "Odds and Ends of Poetry and Sayings to be used in compiling talks"; v.5, the Constitution Centennial Celebration Number of "The Clubwoman's Journal" (1937) and a printed copy of "Open Letter to Mrs. John M. Phillips, President of the State Federation of Pennsylvania Women" by Anna Dill Gamble (1934), significant for its views on birth control.
Gift of Philadelphia College of Art, 1984.
Kensington papers, 1890-1891, 1907, 1927.
Papers, 1890-1891, 1907, 1927, concerning the history of Kensington, Philadelphia, Pa., include typescripts of "Kensington: A City Within a City..." by William Mann (Philadelphia: Keighton Printing House, 1891); reports on the district of Kensington as a typical industrial community, 1907. by A.C. Keely, Frank L. Devine, Charles H. Cramp, et. al.; unidentified note and miscellaneous papers, with two maps delineating the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and title pages of published works removed to the Library.
The Papers also include a small but important collection of photographs of locations in Kensington including Columbia Avenue (formerly Hanover Street), Eyre Street (formerly Deal Street), Frankford Avenue, Kensington on Screw Dock, Shackamaxon Street Ferry House and of local industries including F.& J. Bodine, Glass Manufacturers; Henry Boureau Hardware, Cutlery and Nail Warehouse; Henry Disston: Keystone Saw, Tool and Steel Works; Dreifus & Co, Inc.; Glass Works of T.W. Dyott; John J. McCarron, Horse Shoer; Parke & Tiers Brass: Bell and Iron Founders ( Pt. Pleasant) and Wilson, Childs & Co: Philadelphia Plantation and Road Wagon Works.
Blackburne-Sharp family. Papers, 1810-1900.
(3 linear ft.)
Papers, 1810-1900, includes notebooks and textbooks of the Blackburne and Sharp families of Philadelphia, some unidentified notebooks, miscellaneous correspondence and genealogical material. Also includes Dr. Laurence M. Hickman's visiting list, 1877-1880 and Linnaeus Cox's diary, 1886.
Gift of Barbara Lail Bonner per NYPL, 1984.
Rowland-Howell-Filter family. Papers, 1823-1940.
Papers, 1823-1940, contain material relating to the Rowland, Howell, Fitler, Benner and Baker families, including correspondence, estate papers, genealogical notes, scrapbooks, portraits, an unidentified diary and photographs of family members including the Edwin Henry Fitler family, Beatrice Howell, Cooper Howell, Cecilia Fitler, Howell Roland, Mary E. Hansell Rowland, William O. Rowland and William O. Rowland, Jr.
Gift of Anne Rowland, 1984.
Claxton family. Papers, 1740-1900.
John Claxton was a Philadelphia merchant and shipper.
Papers, 1740-1900, consist of materials relating to the Claxton, Lex and Rehn families, including correspondence, legal and business papers. Also include Elizabeth Lex's account book, 1831-1845, Charles F. Lex's account at Western Bank, 1847-1851 and an unpublished guide, prepared by Emily L. Claxton.
Unpublished guide to the collection in repository.
Gift of Mrs. Nathan L. Burnett, 1985.
Morris/Hughes family. Papers, 1750-1875.
Papers, 1750-1875, contain materials and documents relating to the Morris Hughes, Hollingsworth, Paschall and Forster families. The collection primarily consists of deeds and legal papers and includes a marriage certificate for Stephen P. Morris and Rachel Johnson. Morris, Tasker & Morris is mentioned.
Gift of Mrs. Arthur M. Rogers in memory of her mother, Mrs. Logan MacCoy.
McIlvaine family. Papers, 1700-1900.
(4 linear ft.)
Arranged by family generation and then individual family member. Organized in the following series: I. First Generation. II. Second Generation. III. Third Generation. IV. Fourth and Fifth Generations. V. Estate Papers. VI. Miscellaneous Volumes and Papers. The collection spans five generations of McIlvaine and related families, including the Rodman and Ruan families.
The First Generation papers related primarily to the financial and estate affairs of Mary Shippen McIlvaine, wife of Dr. William McIlvaine, who was an early settler of Burlington, New Jersey. Also included here are Rodman and Ruan family papers.
The Second Generation papers consist of William McIlvaine's correspondence and professional papers, some of which concern the creation and publishing of his Perpetual Calendar and the correspondence and manuscript poetry of Ester Rodman McIlvaine.
The Third Generation papers include Mary C.O. McIlvaine's incoming and outgoing correspondence with her brother, husband and children. William and Rodman McIlvaine were both civil engineers and Edward Shippen McIlvaine was a physician.
The papers of the Fourth and Fifth Generations are miscellaneous family correspondence, printed material and genealogical notes. The estate papers include bills, other legal documents and papers concerning the estate of the Catherine Yeates Institution, possibly a girls' school. Edward Shippen Burd's estate papers include his wife's will. Many unidentified bound volumes and deeds conclude the collection.
Gift of Mrs. R. Alexander Montgomery, 1986.
Art Directors Club of Philadelphia. Records, 1924-1969.
The Art Directors Club of Philadelphia was organized in 1924 as a chapter of the New York club by ten local art directors. As the organization matured so did its objectives. It had as its original purpose in the twenties and thirties purely professional interests. Then, in the late fifties through the sixties the Club achieved its zenith by espousing such causes as the Bi-centennial, urban design and the rescue of Florentine Art. The Club was also dedicated to encouraging city officials to recognize the arts as vital to social welfare, which was also applauded by the press and television.
Records, 1924-1969, consist of annual meeting reports, minutes, membership lists, election proceedings, correspondence, invitations, announcements and various exhibition catalogues. Also included is material relating to the establishment of the Polycube Award, with biographies of recipients.
Gift of Alfred De Martini, 1986.
Wetherill Family. Papers, 1807-1919.
John Wetherill was a prominent Philadelphian. His son, Edward, is associated with his home, Chalkley Hall.
Papers, 1807-1919, include personal, family and business correspondence, receipts and scrapbook items relating to Chalkley Hall.
Gift of Chauncey B. Ives, 1982.
Berks County. Legal papers, 1784-1881.
Papers, 1784-1881, include miscellaneous correspondence, bonds, warrants, legal briefs, receipts and deeds administered by Berks County lawyers and Justices of the Peace, including George Boone, Gabriel Hiester, Joseph S. Hix and John Spayd. Also included are Charles Hoeth's miscellaneous correspondence, the estate papers of John Ney and petitions concerning the construction of a road in Richmond Township.
Kirk, R. A., (Reuben Albert). Papers, 1903-1953.
Organized into the following series: I. Personal papers. II. Inter-County Building and Loan Association. III. Pennsylvania Railroad. III. Miscellaneous papers.
Reuben Albert Kirk worked as a clerk for the General Superintendent of Transportation (later the Office of the Chief of Passenger Transportation) from 1899-1853 and was treasurer of the Inter-County Building and Loan Association from 1923-1932. Charles Miller Schaeffer was Assistant Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Papers, 1903-1953, include materials relating to Kirk's activities as clerk and treasurer as mentioned above, the Treasurer Record book, certificate of incorporation, letters, patent and merger agreement between Pennsylvania Security Building & Loan Association and the Inter-County Building and Loan Association. The Pennsylvania Railroad material includes railroad passes, 1903-1953, an August 1947 issue of The Mutual Magazine, letters, a railroad menu from Prohibition, retirement mementoes, 1953. The Miscellaneous series includes information on Charles M. Schaeffer, a shorthand notebook of Kirk's and some personal souvenirs.
Gift of Thomas A. Urbine, Jr., 1978.
Hoffman, Benjamin Rose, 1879-1958. Papers, 1885-1951 (inclusive) 1921-1951 (bulk).
(5 linear ft.)
Organized into the following series: A. Community Activities
B. Personal Papers: I. Correspondence. II. Falconry. III. Hoffman
Family Papers. IV. Miscellaneous Hoffman Papers.
Benjamin Rose Hoffman was a wealthy Philadelphian who largely lived a life of leisure. He attended Haverford College (class of 1897) and administered his land holdings while traveling extensively. He lived with his mother (Mrs. Sellers Hoffman) and sisters (Hannah, Jessie, Agnes) at the family home, "Burnside," at 60th and Cobbs Creek in West Philadelphia, later purchasing the Grange estate in Overbrook. He married Margaret Clawson in 1922 and they traveled abroad often, both together and separately. Hoffman frequented France and Great Britain in his earlier years, and was at leisure in Europe during World War I.
Papers: A. Hoffman's community activities, 1909-1951, include his affiliation (as a Trustee) with the Fairmount Park Art Association, 1989-1951; his membership on the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Committee and the sub-Committee on Furnishings for Pennsbury Manor, 1945-1946. This section also includes clippings relating to falconry and bulletins from the American Falconers Association, 1926-1941.
B. Personal Papers, 1885-1951, consist of correspondence with friends including: Marie-Louise Laffont, Janet McLaren, Harry B. Bailey and Dora Keen; other family correspondence; sections on falconry in Scotland; his collection of wines and spirits; notes and memoranda; foreign bills and receipts. The Hoffman Family section includes Margaret Clawson Hoffman's letters to Benjamin, 1915-1932; miscellaneous correspondence, 1922-1933; Agnes Hoffman's Incoming Correspondence, 1915-1927 and Hoffman Family Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1902-1918; passports, European ephemera, train schedules, newspaper clippings, calling cards, photographs and postcards.
Gift of the Estate of Benjamin R. Hoffman, 1983.
Francus, Joseph B., collector. Collection, 1683-1808.
Organized in the following series: I. Overseers of the Poor, 1709-1710. II. Miscellaneous Documents, 1683-1808.
Collection, 1683-1808, contains petitions for aid to Overseers of the Poor, John Webb and David Giffing (13 items), 1709-1710; miscellaneous documents relating to land transactions in the Philadelphia, Pa. area (33 items) 1683-1808, including deeds, articles of agreement and indentures. Two notable items among these documents are a Public Proclamation of 1715 by Richard Hill and a deed of Joseph Pemberton to William Mulcahy signed by Michael Hillegas, 13 Aug. 1801.
Kennedy, Andrew. Papers, 1784-1821.
Andrew Kennedy was a Philadelphia merchant.
Papers, 1784-1821, include letters and accounts pertaining to Kennedy's business as a merchant, some personal correspondence, and surveys and land papers from Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.
Edmunds, Franklin D. (Franklin Davenport), 1874-1948. Papers, 1913-1947 (inclusive), 1934 (bulk).
Franklin Davenport Edmunds received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1897. He worked as an architect both independently and for the Philadelphia Board of Public Education. In 1913, he wrote and published the multi-volume work: "The Public School Buildings of the City of Philadelphia." While quite politically active in the Borough of Millbourne, Pa., Edmunds also belonged to many clubs and boards with architectural, historical and Quaker concerns in the Philadelphia area. In particular, he served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Friends' Home for Children, which sheltered orphans and other children without caretakers, trying to find permanent homes where the children would not only be cared for, but also trained in useful occupations.
Papers, 1913-1947, consisting of correspondence relating to the administration of the Friends' Home, including its charter, by-laws, reports and list of committees and to Edmunds' architectural practice, n.d., 1920-1947; receipts; legal papers; photographs of children at Friends' Home Camp, (Gilbertsville, Pa.), 1933; 35 floor plans of Philadelphia public school buildings for Edmunds' book: No.1-3 by James C. Sydney; No. 4012, 14-15, 17-34 by Lewis H. Esler; No. 13 by Edwin Forrest Durant; No. 18 by John Stewart and No. 108 by George S. Bethell.
Gift of Henry R. Edmunds, II, 1977.
Gilliat family. Papers, 1858-1901.
Organized in the following series: I. Henry Alfred Gilliat, Water Conservation, Department of Mines, 1872-1890 and Miscellaneous papers, 1876-1901. II. Gilliat family correspondence, 1858-1899 and Miscellaneous papers. III. Photographic material.
Henry Alfred "Harry" Gilliat lived in Sydney, Australia, employed in Water Conservation for the Department of Mines. Henrietta Marie "Yetta" Gilliat married Rev. James Watters Clark in 1870 and lived in Washington, D. C. in the 1890's.
Papers, 1858-1901, include correspondence relating to Gilliat's employment with the Department of Mines and miscellaneous papers. Gilliat family correspondence is primarily that between Henrietta M. Gilliat and Mrs. James Watters Clark, n.d., 1858-1899. The family's miscellaneous papers consist of legal papers of the Ship, Hannah; genealogical notes; newspaper clippings, and photographic material, such as a tintype, and daguerreotype albumen and silver gelatin photo prints of various family members.
Gift of Mrs. Gilliat G. Schroeder, 1970.
Keebler, William, 1920-1963. Papers, 1939-1945.
Organized in the following series: I. Correspondence. II. Miscellaneous Personal papers. III. Photographs.
Papers, 1939-1945, consist of correspondence with his family, personal papers describing life in various stateside army posts, including a stint in 1945 in the Pacific theatre and ten photographs.
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Keebler, 1986.
Nauman Family. Papers, 1836-1865.
(1 linear ft.)
George Nauman was an officer with the United States Army. His son George, was a Lancaster lawyer. Anne Nauman lived in St. Augustine, Fla., and in Lancaster during the Civil War.
Papers primarily consist of Anne Nauman's incoming correspondence and include letters from her father George Nauman. There are also letters from various school friends and relatives in St. Augustine and some miscellaneous documents on the family.
Gift of John H. Eberman, 1987.
Coates family. Papers, (1763-1789) (1832-1915).
Papers for various members of the Coates family, a prominent Philadelphia family including: Samuel Coates, Philadelphia merchant, Beulah Coates, Mary Coates, and Sarah Coates. Much of the collection documents their activity as members of or officers for the following benevolent societies: the Female Society of Philadelphia for the Relief and Employment of the Poor (operated a House of Industry where women sewed garments in exchange for food and childcare), the Sewing Society (private group concerned with sewing clothing for the poor), the Temporary Home Association (established in 1849 to provide a transient boarding house for women looking for work, also for children of employable age), and the Union Benevolent Association (established in 1830 to provide donations of coal, groceries, provisions, clothing, furniture for the "worthy" poor).
Gift of Elizabeth Coates.
Beatty family. Papers, 1768-1816.
(.5 linear ft.)
Correspondence between: Charles Clinton Beatty, Presbyterian minister; John Beatty, revolutionary soldier and New Jersey politician; Reading; physician; Erkuries Beatty, revolutionary soldier; and William Beatty, soldier and merchant.
Gift of Laird U. Park, Jr., 1987.
Clapp, Richard. Diaries and scrapbooks, 1942-1989.
46 volumes of diaries and scrapbooks, 1942-1989, which document both visually and verbally the daily lives of a Philadelphia, Pa. suburban couple. The scrapbooks include Christmas and birthday cards, other social ephemera such as cocktail napkins and party invitations and material relating to their children's education and interests. The diaries describe daily activities, family concerns and descriptions of local events.
Barker Family. Papers, 1875-1940.
(5 linear ft.)
James Barker was a Philadelphia cotton and woolen machinery and iron castings manufacturer in Philadelphia. His son, Joseph Pollitt Barker, worked for him in the machinery business as a traveling salesman and also as an engineer. Jonathan H. Blood was a Philadelphia hosiery manufacturer. In 1908 his daughter Eleanor married Joseph P. Barker.
The papers are arranged in two sections: Business papers, 1875-1940, and Family papers, 1878-1936. The business papers include patents, documents and correspondence concerning the business enterprises of James and Joseph P. Barker including the Barker Machine and Foundry Company. Also includes estate papers.
The Family papers section includes correspondence of the Blood and Barker families; although it is primarily the correspondence of Eleanor K. B. Barker, concerning her various courtships and later marriage to Joseph P. Barker. Also includes correspondence between her parents, Jonathan H. and Eleanor K. Blood and some miscellaneous papers of her brother John H. Blood.
Collection inventory available.
Warder, Ann Head, 1858-1829. Correspondence, 1782-1828.
Ann Warder was the British-born wife of John Warder, a Philadelphia shipping merchant who lived in London from 1776-1786. In 1786, she accompanied her husband to Philadelphia, where they settled.
Ann Warder's letters written to her husband during her trip to England, 1787-1788, and during his trip to England, 1794-1795, when she stayed in Philadelphia. Also letters to and from Ann Warder's family in England, 1782-1828. Contents detail social, domestic, and religious life of Friends in both England and America.
Originals not to be serviced. Typescript available.
Gift of Elizabeth Cadbury, 1991.
Bell, Jane L.R. Papers, 1914-1979.
Papers, 1914-1979, include lineage papers, genealogical notes, including information on the Green and Foulke families, Daughters of the Revolution material (n.d., 1942-3, 1976-8); birth, death and marriage certificates; memorabilia from Friends' Central School (1914), The National School of Domestic Art and Science (1916-7) and Teachers College, Columbia University (1917-8) including diplomas and material concerning the Whittier Hall Student Government Association; some outgoing correspondence and a map of New York City. The most significant section of the papers, however, is women's suffrage material related to the Woman Suffrage Party of the City of New York, and the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
Gift of the Estate of Jane R. Bell, 1984.
Wood, Anne Brancato, 1907-1972. Papers, 1932-1980.
Papers and memorabilia, 1932-1980, collected by Wood's brother, Michael Brancato. Papers include material relating to the incorporation of an organization Wood helped found, "More Women on the Ballot," 1958; copies of laws she sponsored or authored, an oath of office and miscellaneous notes. Memorabilia includes portraits, photos, newspaper articles and clippings, telegrams, campaign materials such as news releases and ephemera. Also included are programs relating to the Philadelphia Women's Political Caucus and an original proclamation of Anne Brancato Wood Day, 1972.
Anne Brancato Wood was a Philadelphia, Pa. real estate broker and owner of a telephone answering service. Her most distinguished achievement, however, came in 1932 when Brancato Wood became the first Democratic woman elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature. She later was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Cities, and in 1935 she served as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives-becoming the only woman in Pennsylvania to do so. During her ten years of service, Brancato Wood was responsible for a number of significant laws, such as the Pawnbroker Act, the Minimum Wage and Hour Law for Women, and the Hasty Marriage Act, which she sponsored, and the Mothers' Assistance Fund Law and the short-form birth certificate, which she authored. Serving two of her sessions in the legislature as the only woman member, Anne Brancato Wood was a pioneer politician.
Taylor, Frank H. Collection, 1875-1978.
Frank H. Taylor, a prominent Philadelphia artist, writer, and publisher, collected works and memorabilia relating to his son, Frank Walter Taylor (1874-1921), an internationally known illustrator who studied and briefly taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
This collection, 1875-1978, chiefly consists of manuscript and some typescript articles by F. H. Taylor, many of which concern Philadelphia. His scrapbook includes pieces he wrote for the Public Ledger as traveling correspondent, including articles written while on a tour of Cuba and Mexico with General U. S. Grant, General Philip Sheridan, Colonel Fred Grant, and ladies in 1880-1881. Memorabilia documents both the youth of F. W. Taylor as well as his work as an illustrator. This includes a birth announcement; grade-school compositions; a high-school notebook, 17 October 1856-17 April 1861; an 1897 passport; an original 1912 copyright; and sketches, published illustrations, and prints, 1886-1916. A reproduction of Taylor's view of the Southwest corner of Washington Square was removed to the print collection.
Divine Family. Papers, 1801-1882.
The Divine and related Kingston and Frazier families were prominent Philadelphians.
Real estate documents include title and mortgage searches (1849, 1857, 1861, 1880), agreement of sale, a lease and a brief of title, 1880. The collection also includes memoranda, correspondence and a property survey, 1801-02.
Gift of Mr. And Mrs. K. R. Philip and C. F. Smith, 1984.
Bergman-Linder Family. Papers, 1810-1915.
This collection contains various volumes including Charles C. Bergman's bookkeeping lessons notebook, 1836-48, his account book, 1911-1912; John B. Bergman's mathematics notebook, 1811-1812, his recipes for paints, dyes and varnishes, 1821; M. Lindner, Sunday School Teacher's Classbook, 1842; John Adam Lindner's German passport, 1810-1816; Adam Lindner's receipt book, 1826-1843; A. Lindner, account book, 1828-1830. Also included in the collection are the following documents: apprentice indenture, a personal loan document, a document in German, and John Adam Lindner's citizenship petition.
Gift of Barbara Benson, 1984.
South Street Museum. Papers, 1898-1990.
The South Street Museum was organized and operated by Joel Spivak. As a "non-traditional" museum, this institution documented the activities of the South Street merchants during the 1970s, a period of urban upheaval.
Much of the collection consists of printed material such as newspapers, newsletters, posters, fliers, menus, trade cards and photographs. The collection also includes a small amount of material documenting events, meetings and community controversies such as the ramp off Interstate 95, as well as several multimedia display boards used in the museum.
Biddle Family. Collection, 1800-1850.
This autograph collection includes letters, manuscripts and printed documents bearing the signatures of noted 18th and 19th century Americans, including John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Nathaniel Greene, Andrew Jackson, John Marshall, and Anthony Wayne.
Gift of Mrs. A. J. Drexel Paul, Jr., 1986.
Johnson Family. Papers, 1895-1920.
(1.5 linear ft.)
As a Philadelphia businessman from 1823 until his death in 1860, Lawrence Johnson operated and was principal founder in L. Johnson & Co., a stereotype and type foundry located at what is now 606-608 Sansom Street.
This collection consists primarily of estate papers concerning the estates of Lawrence Johnson, Walter R. Johnson and Russell H. Johnson. Included are several estate and household inventories, insurance papers and documents relating to the sale of a business.
Gift of Lawrence Johnson, Jr., 1993.
Beaver and Nevius Families. Papers, 1829-1948.
(.5 linear ft.)
Most of this collection consists of correspondence to Aaron Chamberlain Nevius (1809-1857) from other Nevius and Beaver family members concerning local news and family matters as the family moved westward from Pennsylvania to Ohio. Main correspondents include Sarah B., John and William Nevius and Thomas Beaver. Also included are obituaries, genealogical notes, and wedding and other invitations.
Gift of Caroline B. Reeves, 1984.
Wanamaker, John. Collection, 1850-1987.
(365 linear ft.)
John Wanamaker (1838-1922) was a merchant and entrepreneur. Active in religious, political, and philanthropic areas, he founded several Presbyterian churches and Sunday Schools and served as Postmaster General under President Benjamin Harrison, 1889-93. As a merchant, he opened Oak Hall in Philadelphia, Pa., with partner Nathan Brown in 1861, and founded John Wanamaker and Co. in 1869. In 1876, they opened "A New Kind of Store" known as the Grand Depot at 13th and Market Streets. This store later became the flagship store, with branches in Manhattan (NY), Westchester/Yonkers (NY), Moorestown (NJ), Wilmington (DE), Harrisburg (PA), Jenkintown (PA), King of Prussia (PA), Wynnewood (PA), Oxford Valley Mall-Langhorne (PA), Springfield (PA), Reading (PA), Deptford (NJ), Montgomery Mall-North Wales (PA), Lehigh Valley-Whitehall (PA), and Northeast Philadelphia.
John Wanamaker was at the forefront in many areas in retailing including merchandising, employee relations and advertising. His sons Thomas B. Wanamaker and L. Rodman Wanamaker were active in the business, Thomas running John Wanamaker and Co. in Philadelphia and Rodman taking over the New York store operations in 1906.
The collection is organized in five series: I. Personal Records, (1850-1986); II. Store Records, (1861-1987); III. Miscellaneous Publications, (1827-1917); IV. Prints and Photographs, (1861-1980, Bulk 1900-1936); V. Addendum.
Personal Records contain correspondence (primarily of family members) letterpress copy books, speeches, diaries, editorials, estate papers and biographer's papers. Store Records consist of papers and volumes of the Executive Divisions of John Wanamaker Philadelphia and New York, the Sales Division, an artificial series of store publications, and deeds. Miscellaneous Publications contain annual reports of the Department of the Treasury and the Office of the Postmaster General, as well as volumes from the Loan Collection of Rodman Wanamaker, atlases and several sound recordings. Prints and Photographs is the largest series in this collection and consists primarily of photographs taken by store photographers to document store operations and events.. There are also glass plate negatives and lantern slides. The Addendum series contains numerous items that were not included at the time of the original processing and cataloging. Some items are duplicates of previously cataloged papers.
Gift of Woodward and Lathrop, Inc., 1988 and Gift of the Wanamaker Institute of Industries, 1995.
Finding aid available.