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Alice Lea Spruance personal and business papers

Identifier: 1168
Abstract: Alice Lea Spruance (1876-1967) was the daughter of Delaware governor Preston Lea (1841-1916) and his first wife Adelaide Moore (1846-1888). Since the 1770s, the Lea family were among the largest flour mill operators at the Brandywine Falls, north of Wilmington, Delaware. This collection of personal and business papers document Spruance's personal investments, a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds that was managed by her relative Alfred E. Bissell (1903-1975) of Laird, Bissell & Meeds, brokers. Also included are descriptions, anecdotes, memoranda, and clippings relating to Wilmington and the Brandywine area, particularly the Brandywine Mills, the source of the Lea family's wealth.
Dates: 1879-1965

Anna Jacobson Schwartz collection of banking statistics for Pennsylvania and New York (microfilm)

Identifier: 0917
Abstract: Anna J. Schwartz (1915-2012) was an American economist who worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research in New York City. The collection consists of a microfilm copy of an unpublished paper by Schwartz collecting banking statistics for the states of Pennsylvania (1829-1863) and New York (1831-1863), along with an extended essay describing their derivation.
Dates: 1829-1963, undated

Anthony Morris letterbook

Identifier: 0951
Abstract: Anthony Morris (1766-1860) was a lawyer and merchant of Philadelphia. Morris was active in the East India trade. Morris's letters are largely concerned with business affairs, administration and sale of lands, and state politics. The letters date from 1800 to 1808.
Dates: 1800-1808

Anthony Morris letterbooks and ledger

Identifier: 1004-2
Abstract: Anthony Morris (1766-1860) was a lawyer and merchant of Philadelphia. Morris was active in the East India trade. This collection includes two letterbooks and one ledger. The letterbooks are mostly concerned with his business affairs. The letters date from 1787 to 1800. His ledger includes household accounts and records of expenses on voyages to China, India and England. The ledger dates from 1800 to 1806.
Dates: 1787-1806

Artisans' Savings Bank of Wilmington, Delaware records

Identifier: 1099
Abstract: Founded in 1861, the Artisans Savings Bank of Wilmington, Delaware assisted working people to save and make money available for home mortgages. This collection primarily consists of their financial records.
Dates: 1861-1960

Beaver Meadow Railroad and Coal Company stock transfer books

Identifier: 0669
Abstract: Incorporated in 1830, Beaver Meadow Railroad & Coal Company transported anthracite coal mined in Beaver Meadow to Philadelphia markets. The company merged into the Lehigh Valley Railroad in 1864. Their records consist of stock transfer books in two volumes, dated 1833 to 1846 and 1861 to 1863, which list transactions of the company shares and changes in ownership.
Dates: 1833-1863

Charles Lukens Huston papers

Identifier: 1174
Abstract: Charles L. Huston (1856-1951) was an executive in the family business, Lukens Steel, and was active in religious and civic affairs. His papers are primarily personal in nature and include fragmentary Lukens Steel records.
Dates: 1806-1951; bulk 1870-1951

Elliiott, Johnson & Co. letters to Henry du Pont

Identifier: 1790
Abstract: Elliott, Johnson & Co. was a well-known banking and brokerage firm of Wilmington, Delaware, in the late nineteenth century. Henry du Pont (1812-1889) was an American military officer and son of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834), founder of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., and Sophie Madeleine Dalmas du Pont (1775-1828). The collection consists of two letters from Elliott, Johnson & Co. regarding the purchase of bonds in two Florida railroads, the Sanford & Lake Eustis Railroad Company and the Jacksonville, Tampa & Key West Railway Company.
Dates: 1887

Horace Holden Thayer, Jr. business records

Identifier: 0645
Abstract: Horace Holden Thayer, Jr. (1878-1959) was a naval architect, mechinical engineer, and businessman. Between 1909 and 1914 Thayer worked for the Delaware Construction Company which was a building company, and a subsidary of the National Real Estate Trust Company, which provided loans and financing for the properties. This small collection consists of papers relating to Thayer's early work with the National Real Estate Trust Company and the Delaware Construction Co. These materials document the formation of the National Real Estate Trust Company and building specifications for the Delaware Construction Co. There is a small amount of papers related to the businesses of his father-in-law Thomas H. Savery (1837-1910), specifically the Harpers Ferry Paper Company and the Shanandeoah Pulp Company.
Dates: 1907-1964

John J. Raskob papers

Identifier: 0473
Abstract: The collection documents Raskob's business and political careers as well as his personal life. The papers document significant aspects of the histories of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company and the General Motors Corporation during the first half of the twentieth century.
Dates: 1900-1956

Joseph Lincoln Gillson papers

Identifier: 2470
Abstract: Joseph Lincoln Gillson (1895-1964) was the chief geologist for the DuPont Company's Development Department from 1929 to 1960. As chief geologist he traveled all over the world making explorations in search of sulfur, ilmenite, fluorspar, barytes, celestite, and other raw materials, as well as conducting investigations in search of ground water supplies, foundations, and general site studies. This is a small collection that consists of a set of notebooks and related documents from Gillson's time working for the DuPont Company, as well as a set of papers and related documents from consulting projects he did during his retirement.
Dates: 1915; 1934-1962

Lebenthal & Co. records

Identifier: 2617-2
Abstract: Lebenthal & Co., Inc was a small New York brokerage specializing in selling odd lots of municipal bonds to small investors. For much of its history, it was run by the women of the family. The records consist primarily of materials used to create advertising for municipal bonds.
Dates: 1925-2000

Margaretta Lammot du Pont correspondence

Identifier: 1443
Abstract: Margaretta Lammot du Pont (1807-1898) was the wife of Alfred Victor du Pont (1798-1856), who worked for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. This collection correspondence to du Pont from Joseph D. Reinboth, of Pennsylvania, and her grandson, T. Coleman du Pont (1863-1930).
Dates: 1888-1898

Robert Lenox Belknap papers

Identifier: 1954
Abstract: Robert Lenox Belknap (1848-1896) was a capitalist and financier of New York City. The Robert Lenox Belknap papers are a fragment saved by his descendants. The papers include Belknap's private letterbooks for the final years of his career (1892-1895), although 33 earlier volumes have been lost. They include both business and personal correspondence and give a good picture of the life of a New York financier of the second rank.
Dates: 1872-1895

Sarah A. Evarts papers

Identifier: 2164
Abstract: Sarah A. Evarts (1833-1901) was one of many women who invested in the Woman's Land Syndicate in Chicago. The Syndicate sought a real estate project developed and managed by women, but ultimately failed. The papers consist of brochures, maps, and testimonial letters describing the work of the Syndicate and the prospects and new industries of the adjoining developments of South Waukegan and North Chicago.
Dates: 1892-1898

Savery family papers

Identifier: 1534
Abstract: The Savery family of Chester County, Pennsylvania, produced two generations of eminent mechanical engineers. The Savery family papers consist primarily of those of Thomas H. Savery (1837-1910), his son William H. Savery (1865-1949), and William H. Savery's daughter Sara L. Savery (1897-1979) conerning the family papermaking machinery businesses, financial investments, and real estate activities documented through both personal and professional correspondence, business records, blueprints, and reports.
Dates: 1835-1960

William C. Spruance miscellany

Identifier: 2589
Abstract: William Spruance (1873-1935) was an electrical engineer and corporate officer in the DuPont Company. The collection contains letters about shares in the E.I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company awarded under the company's bonus system.
Dates: 1905-1926

William du Pont, Sr. papers

Identifier: 2724
Abstract: William du Pont (1855-1928) was an industrialist and member of the promienent du Pont family of Delaware, whose family business was the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, also known as the DuPont Company which was a large manufacturer of gunpowder. He worked for the first DuPont dynamite manufacturer, Repauno Chemical Company, as secretary and treasurer (1880-1884) and after the tragic death of Lammot du Pont (1831-1884), as president (1884-1892). This small group of papers encompass both correspondence and various financial and investment accounts, largely covering his ten years spent in England after leaving the United States in 1893.
Dates: 1891-1905

Wilmington Savings Fund Society (WSFS) records

Identifier: 1155
Abstract: The Wilmington Savings Fund Society was established in 1831 as a "safe depository for the earnings of working people" which also promoted the opportunity for homebuilding and lending money for home mortgages. Their records consist primarily of minutes and account books.
Dates: 1831-1964

Wilmington Trust Company records

Identifier: 2118
Abstract: The Wilmington Trust Company is a financial institution that was started as a banking, trust, and safe deposit company for the du Pont family and other Delaware wealthy families. It is now a subsidiary of M & T Bank. The records contain some information on the workings of the Trust Department, but are more useful for the information they contain on the individual companies in which the department invested. It includes account reviews, responsibility reviews, and security reviews, but is largely investment analysis files, by company.
Dates: 1909-1958; Majority of material found within 1931-1954

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Artisans' Savings Bank (Wilmington, Del.) 1
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Beaver Meadow Railroad and Coal Company 1
Belknap, Robert Lenox 1
Bringhurst, Joseph, Jr., 1807-1880 1
Bush, George W., 1824-1900 1
Delaware Construction Company 1
Du Pont, Annie Rogers, 1858-1927 1
Du Pont, Henry, 1812-1889 1
Du Pont, Margaretta Lammot, 1807-1898 1
Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1911-1988 1
Du Pont, T. Coleman (Thomas Coleman), 1863-1930 1
Du Pont, William, 1855-1928 1
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Development Department 1
Elliott, Johnson & Co. (Wilmington, Del.) 1
Evarts, Sarah A. (Hinman), 1833-1901 1
General Motors Corporation 1
Gillson, Joseph L. (Joseph Lincoln), 1895-1964 1
H. H. Barker & Company 1
Hall, Willard, 1780-1875 1
Hilles, William S. 1
Huston family 1
Huston, Charles L., 1856-1951 1
Huston, Charles, 1822-1897 1
Huston, Isabella Pennock, 1822-1889 1
Index Daly Mines Co 1
Ingham, Samuel D. (Samuel Delucenna), 1779-1860 1
Kesler Mining Company 1
Lea family 1
Lebenthal & Co., Inc 1
Levis, Hosea J. 1
Lukens Steel Company 1
Macalester, Charles, 1798-1873 1
Morris Canal and Banking Company 1
Parsons Engineering Company 1
Raskob, John J. (John Jakob), 1879-1950 1
Reinboth, Joseph D., 1815-1901 1
Savery family 1
Savery, William H., 1865-1949 1
Schuylkill Bank (Philadelphia, Pa.) 1
Schwartz, Anna J. (Anna Jacobson), 1915-2012 1
Spruance, Alice Lea, 1876-1967 1
Spruance, William C. (William Corbit), 1873-1935 1
Thayer, Horace H., 1878-1959 1
Wharton, Francis R. (Francis Rawle), 1788-1862 1
Wilmington Savings Fund Society 1
Wilmington Trust Company 1
Woman's Land Syndicate (Chicago, Ill.) 1
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