Malta Boat Club records


Collection 1525

1870-1912
(3.33 Linear feet ; 10 boxes)

Summary Information

Repository
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Creator
Malta Boat Club (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Title
Malta Boat Club records
ID
1525
Date
1870-1912
Extent
3.33 Linear feet ; 10 boxes
Author
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Leu.
Sponsor
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Language
English
Abstract
Established as the Malta Barge Club by members of the Minnehaha Lodge of the Sons of Malta in 1860, Malta Boat Club is an amateur rowing and social club located on Boat House Row in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Malta Boat Club's membership currently includes several prominent Philadelphians from a variety of professions. The Malta Boat Club records, 1870-1912, consist of financial accounts and other business papers, correspondence, lectures on banking, and other materials.

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Background note

Malta Boat Club is an amateur rowing club located on Boat House Row in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The club was founded as the Malta Barge Club in 1860 by members of the Minnehaha Lodge (Philadelphia) of the Sons of Malta, a fraternal order active in the mid-19th century. The club's colors are royal blue and white and its symbol is the Maltese cross (white cross on a blue, square background). Malta Boat Club's membership currently includes several prominent businessmen, doctors, lawyers, educators, priests, and students. Former members include U.S. boxing and wrestling champions, a congressman, a Philadelphia district attorney, and Olympians.

The club's original home and storage location for its six-oared barge "Minnehaha" was a house on Smith Island in the Delaware River, somewhat in line with Chestnut Street. The club reorganized and moved to the east side of the Schuylkill River above the Spring Garden Street dam in 1863. Two years later, Malta Boat Club acquired the Excelsior Club's clubhouse on Boat House Row. Malta and neighboring Vesper Boat Club joined together to build a new boathouse at this location in 1873. Originally 1.5 stories, the Malta side of the boathouse was expanded in 1880. In 1901, George and William Hewitt designed further additions for the boathouse, giving Malta a third story and making it the tallest boathouse on Boat House Row.

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Scope and content note

The Malta Boat Club records, 1870-1912, consist of financial accounts and other business papers, correspondence, lectures on banking, and other materials. Most of these papers appear to have belonged to Howard E. Young, the treasurer and secretary of the club during the early 1900s. The bulk of the collection is financial records. The correspondence relates to membership, the collection of dues from current and expelled members, and subscriptions to bonds for club renovations. Internal complaints regarding member behavior at events and member use of boats are also documented in the collection. The miscellaneous box consists of captain's reports and other committee reports, materials related to the club house, lectures on banking, and other materials.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 The Historical Society of Pennsylvania ; 2017.

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
215-732-6200

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased.; 1948 acquired

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Clubs and Associations--Social
  • Clubs and Associations--Sporting
  • Rowing clubs--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia

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Collection Inventory

Box

Financial accounts 1892-1901 

1

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Financial accounts 1902-1903 

2

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Financial accounts 1904 

3

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Financial accounts 1905 

4

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Financial papers 1906-1907 

5

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Financial papers 1908-1909 

6

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Financial accounts 1910-1912, undated 

7

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Correspondence 1896-1906 

8

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Correspondence 1907-1910 

9

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Miscellaneous papers 1901-1909 

10

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