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Creator:Trustees of the New Castle Common. Education Committee
Title:Meeting minutes of the education committee of the Trustees of the New Castle Common
Date(s):1851-1875
Call No:MSS 0097, Item 0093
Abstract:This manuscript volume contains the meeting minutes for the New Castle Common Trustees’ education committee from 1851-1853 and 1868-1875. The minutes focus on the establishment and maintenance of the New[...] Castle Institute.
Subjects:Education--Curricula--History--19th century | Education--Delaware--History--19th century | School superintendents--Delaware--History--19th century | Women--Education--United States--History--19th century | More Subjects
Creator:Browne, N. B. (Nathaniel Borodaille), 1819-1875
Title:N. B. Browne papers
Date(s):1845-1873
Call No:MSS 0424
Abstract:Nathaniel Borradaile Browne, (1819-1875), was a Philadelphia lawyer, businessman, and public servant. The N.B. Browne papers, 1845-1873, documents professional and personal [...] affairs of a successful nineteenth- century Philadelphia businessman and public servant. Comprising .3 linear feet of correspondence, legal documents, and financial papers, much of the collection roughly corresponds to Browne’s various occupations and is arranged in three series. Series I. Legal Practice includes documents dating from 1845-1846 and related to Browne’s private legal practice. Series II. Political Appointments represents Browne’s service as Postmaster of Philadelphia, (1859-1861), and as Assistant Treasurer of the U.S. at Philadelphia, (1868- 1871). Series III. Business, Public Service, Personal Affairs includes items from Browne’s tenure as Treasurer of the Fairmount Park Commission, (1868-1871), as well as business, personal, and family matters that span the entire date range.
Creator:Handy, George
Title:George Handy papers
Date(s):1841-1871
Call No:MSS 0133
Abstract:The George Handy Papers, 1845-1871 (bulk 1846-1850), comprises 273 letters and business documents from a prominent Philadelphia-based nineteenth-century merchant. The collection, as a whole, reflects social and personal relations with[...] Handy family members in Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Mississippi, as well as other friends; and business and economic affairs of domestic and foreign commerce, much of which was conducted by shipping through the ports of Philadelphia and New Orleans, or via the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
Subjects:Epidemics | Businesspeople | Philadelphia (Pa.)--History--19th century
Creator:Stokes, William A. (William Axton), 1814?-1877
Title:William Axton Stokes papers
Date(s):1842-1874
Call No:MSS 0512
Abstract:William Axton Stokes (1814–1877) was an attorney in Philadelphia in the mid-nineteenth century. He also served as a Major in the U.S. Infantry during the[...] Civil War. This small collection consists of four items: an 1861 letter from Stokes to his wife written while he was stationed at Camp Thomas, Ohio, during the Civil War; an 1874 letter from Thomas A. Scott, President of the Pennsylvania Company; a handwritten draft of a biographical sketch of Sir Mathew Hale; and an oration delivered in 1842 at the Philadelphia Museum.
Creator:Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876
Title:Letters from William Buell Sprague
Date(s):1834-1874
Call No:MSS 0099, F0551
Abstract:American clergyman, biographer, and autograph collector William Buell Sprague was born in Hebron, Connecticut, on October 16, 1795. Two subjects, collecting autographs and compiling his Annals of the American Pulpit,[...] dominate the seventeen letters written by William Buell Sprague in this collection. In his letters written to several clergy, Sprague solicits information on Protestant ministers who are to be profiled in Annals. In his letters to friends or acquaintances, he discusses his collection of autographs. In some cases he actually sends a coveted autograph and in other cases he offers to examine documents in an attempt to authenticate the author. Written between 1836 and 1874, these letters convey Sprague's passion for both his vocation, ministry, and his avocation, autograph collecting.
Creator:Cowan, William Bird
Title:William B. Cowan diaries
Date(s):1839-1877
Call No:MSS 0097, Item 0017
Abstract:This twelve volume set of diaries was kept by Indiana tradesman William Bird Cowan between 1839 and 1877. Each volume features brief entries about local events, weather observations, business trips[...] taken to other towns, and household tasks.
Subjects:Indiana--History--19th century | Indiana--Description and travel
Creator:Snow, Theodore William, 1810-1872
Title:Journal of voyage to England- travels in England, Wales, Ireland Scotland voyage home, March 29th - Oct. 25th 1834 : Journal of a voyage to Rio de Janeiro-Bahia-Pernambuco New York, Dec 15th 1835
Date(s):1834-1872
Call No:MSS 0097, Item 0068
Abstract:Reverend Theodore William Snow's travel journal chronicles three separate trips to the British Isles and Brazil in the 1830s. Snow’s ink and pencil entries fill a marbleized paper-covered account book[...] and detail travel by ship, landmarks and structures seen, events, social customs, and religious practices.
Subjects:Religion and culture--Europe--History--19th century | Travel--Guidebooks--History--19th century | Voyages and travels--History--19th century | Ocean travel--History--19th century | More Subjects
Creator:Layton, C. S. (Caleb Sipple), 1798-1882
Title:Caleb S. Layton papers
Date(s):1845-1881
Call No:MSS 0098, F0147
Abstract:Consists of ten letters, one receipt, and one account book belonging to nineteenth-century Delaware attorney, legislator, and judge Caleb S. Layton (1798-1882), reflecting his legal career and personal life and[...] finances.
Subjects:Lawyers--Correspondence | Lawyers--Delaware--History--19th century | Lawyers | Georgetown (Del.)--History--19th century | More Subjects
Creator:Donnell, Samuel M.
Title:Samuel M. Donnell account books
Date(s):1852-1880
Call No:MSS 0096, Item 0081
Abstract:The account books of Samuel M. Donnell span the dates 1852 until 1880 and encompass both Donnell's real estate concerns and his farming and household interests in Newark, Delaware.
Subjects:Real property--Alabama--Montgomery--History--19th century | Moneylenders--19th century | Finance, Personal--Delaware--Newark--History--19th century | Agriculture--Delaware--Newark--History--19th century | More Subjects
Creator:Creator unknown
Title:Manuscript recipe and clippings book
Date(s):1852-1878
Call No:MSS 0097, Item 0150
Abstract:This anonymous mid- to late-nineteenth century American manuscript and clippings book includes numerous recipes, many with ties to the cuisine of the American South. It also includes handwritten and pasted-in[...] home remedies, poems, puzzles, and stories.
Subjects:Cooking, American--History--19th century | Medicine--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions--History--19th century | Formulas, recipes, etc
Creator:Clapp, William
Title:William Clapp papers
Date(s):1843-1884
Call No:MSS 0389
Abstract:The William Clapp papers are the diaries, farm registers, and account books of William Clapp and other members of the Clapp family, who had a[...] thriving fruit orchard in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in the mid-nineteenth century. The entire collection appears to have been the personal property of William Clapp, although a few account books record information about the finances of other family members. William Clapp lived either with or near his parents and brothers, who are mentioned almost every day in the diaries and farm registers; other relatives are also regularly mentioned in the diaries and ledgers. The focus of all three types of record books--diaries, farm registers, and ledgers--is the nursery business. The account books provide detailed information about the number of laborers necessary for various jobs in the orchard and around the property, laborer wages, and the prices for which the Clapps sold their produce. While William's focus was the work of the family orchard, his daily notations also included the family, social, intellectual, and cultural scope of his life. The significance of this collection lays in the complete record of one mid-nineteenth century New England family's management of an orchard business. Another significant aspect of this collection lays in the interests and activities of William Clapp himself. Though William did not use his diaries to express feelings, emotions, and opinions, and though he noted his activities and current events with only brief factual statements, the record he left of his interests and activities depicts a man who combined practical business activity with intellectual and cultural interests. In many ways, William was an example of the American yeoman farmer as idealized by Thomas Jefferson: independent, enterprising, well-informed, and civic-minded
Creator:Batten, Mahlon, 1819-1888
Title:Mahlon and James Batten family papers
Date(s):1832-1874
Call No:MSS 0793
Abstract:This collection consists of four volumes containing tax assessments, mathematical exercises, accounts, memoranda, and school compositions created by Mahlon and James Batten of Pencader Hundred, Delaware, between 1832 and 1874.
Subjects:Tax assessment | Tax collection | Education--Delaware--History--19th century | Mathematics--Problems, exercises, etc | More Subjects
Creator:Creator unknown
Title:Nineteenth-century collecting card album
Date(s):1850-1899
Call No:MSS 0093, Item 0085
Abstract:This nineteenth-century album contains approximately 154 illustrated collecting cards depicting various human-built or natural landscapes, places, activities, and wildlife. Many, if not all, of these collecting cards were part[...] of sets produced by Louis Prang & Co. of Boston, Massachussetts.
Subjects:Scrapbooks--History--19th century | Botanical illustration | Outdoor recreation | Central Park (New York, N.Y.)
Creator:Trumbull, H. Clay (Henry Clay), 1830-1903
Title:Henry Clay Trumbull correspondence
Date(s):1844-1892
Call No:MSS 0238
Abstract:Henry Clay Trumbull (1830-1903) was a noted author, editor, and Sunday-school missionary. The collection contains 120 letters written by various members of Henry Clay Trumbull's family. The majority of the[...] letters are between Trumbull and his parents and siblings.
Subjects:United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Chaplains | United States--Religious life and customs--History--19th century | Connecticut--Description and travel
Creator:Creator unknown
Title:Nineteenth-century British scrapbook of theatrical, historical, royal, and artistic content
Date(s):1846-1899
Call No:MSS 0093, Item 0040
Abstract:This British nineteenth-century scrapbook of theatrical, historical, royal, and artistic content features images created from multiple printing processes, predominantly monochromatic engravings, though the album also includes original artwork, elaborately printed[...] Victorian-era greeting cards, and other color illustrations. Collected images include Italian, French, and primarily British landmarks, abbeys, cathedrals, historic landscapes, and British monarchs and nobility. This scrapbook also contains numerous theatrical images of Shakespearean actors, apparently cut from Tallis Dramatic Magazine, and General Theatrical and Musical Review. The date span for this album ranges from 1846-1890s, based on the inclusion of eight chapter illustrations by Phiz from Charles Dickens's Dombey and Son, which was serialized between 1846-1848, and a portrait of a mature Edward, Prince of Wales.
Subjects:Theater--Great Britain--History--19th century | Scrapbooks--Great Britain--19th century | Great Britain--Pictorial works
Creator:Booth, James Curtis, 1810-1888
Title:James C. Booth papers
Date(s):1833-1888
Call No:MSS 0175
Abstract:The James C. Booth papers consist of an extensive collection of Booth's personal, professional, and family papers. Included is a large collection of incoming and outgoing correspondence with colleagues[...] in the chemistry and geology professions; substantial correspondence with family members, notably his mother, Ann Bolton Booth, and his wife Margaret M. "Rettie" Booth; and extensive correspondence with and concerning professional and charitable organizations. Booth's work as a chemical consultant and assayer, as well as his work as Chief Melter and Refiner at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, is documented in correspondence and documents. A collection of James Booth's journals and notebooks, including his survey notes taken during the 1838 Delaware Geological Survey, are also present.
Subjects:Chemistry | Families--United States--History--19th century | Geology
Creator:Creator unknown
Title:Children's scrapbook belonging to "A.R."
Date(s):1850-1899
Call No:MSS 0093, Item 0026
Abstract:This nineteenth-century children's scrapbook bears the initials "A.B." and the date 1891 in cross stitch on a small oval canvas label affixed to a red cloth cover. The scrapbook features[...] both German and English trade cards; collectible scraps of flowers, animals, children, and flowers; visiting cards; New Year cards; color printed cartoons of Grimm fairy tales and rhymes in German; and other color printed images.
Subjects:Scrapbooks--19th century
Creator:Wilson, Archibald, active 1843
Title:Forecastle Journals
Date(s):1842-1883
Call No:MSS 0097, Item 0085
Abstract:This journal, named after the forecastle or upper forward deck of a sailing ship, was kept by American sailor Archibald Wilson during the period 1842-1843 and documents five trips taken[...] while serving aboard the ships James Edwards, Pioneer of Alexandria, and James Perkins. The journal entries document meteorological conditions, events of the day, duties performed aboard the ship, Wilson's thoughts and mood, and his interest in literature. Clippings from an 1883 issue of the magazine Harper's Weekly are also pasted into the volume.
Subjects:Merchant mariners--Diaries | Transatlantic voyages--History--19th century | Merchant mariners | North Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel
Creator:Studer, Heinrich
Title:Instructional dyeing receipt book
Date(s):1842-1889
Call No:MSS 0097, Item 0161
Abstract:This manuscript by Heinrich Studer is written in German and gives instructions for dyeing, bleaching, and textile printing.
Subjects:Color in the textile industries--History--19th century | Dyes and dyeing--Handbooks, manuals, etc. | Dyes and dyeing--History--19th century | Textile industry--Germany--History--19th century | More Subjects
Creator:Creator unknown
Title:Spanish calligraphy manuscript
Date(s):1850-1899
Call No:MSS 0097, Item 0180
Abstract:This Spanish calligraphy manuscript is a notebook of penmanship exercises created by a 13-year-old girl (Juanita?) in the mid-nineteenth century.
Subjects:Calligraphy | Young women--Conduct of Life
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