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Beaver Meadow Railroad and Coal Company stock transfer books, 1833-1863
Creator: Beaver Meadow Railroad and Coal Company
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   0669
Extent:   2 volumes
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.
William Henry Russell collection of Morris family papers, 1684-1935
Creator: Russell, W.H.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   0721
Extent:   10.5 linear feet
Abstract:   The Morris family of Philadelphia were brewers, merchants, land speculators, manufacturers, and prominent participants in public affairs. Their papers are primarily from Samuel and Isaac W. Morris. However, the collection includes papers from other family members from the first Anthony Morris to John Thompson Morris (1847-1915), the founder of the Morris Arboretum in Germantown. There are also papers from members of the Wistar, Paschall, and Mifflin families allied by marriage.
Frederick W. Wood papers, 1867-1943
Creator: Wood, Frederick W. (Frederick William), 1857-1943
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   0884
Extent:   13.25 linear feet
Abstract:   Frederick William Wood was an executive and engineer in the steel and shipbuilding industries. His papers constitute a major source on the history of the American steel industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The papers are primarily official records of the various companies with which Wood was associated.
Erie City Iron Works records, 1864-1937
Creator: unknown
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   0905
Extent:   14 linear feet
Abstract:   The Erie City Iron Works was founded by Pennsylvania capitalist Bethuel Boyd Vincent (1803-1876) as the Presque Isle Foundry in 1840. The Works was a major manufacturer of boilers, stationary and portable engines and machinery for sawmills and steam riveting as well as railroad freight and passenger cars. Their records are largely comprised of accounting records.
Michel Adanson notes on nitrate, undated
Creator: Adanson, Michel, 1727-1806.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   0906
Extent:   20 leaves
Abstract:   During his lifetime, French botanist Michel Adanson (1727-1806) assembled a large number of notes and documents for a projected but never completed scientific encylcopedia. This collection of Adanson's notes focuses on nitrates, including saltpeter.
Phoenix Steel Corporation records, 1827-1963, bulk 1856-1949
Creator: Phoenix Steel Corporation
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   0916
Extent:   77.3 linear feet
Abstract:   The Phoenix Steel Company was established in the late 18th century as a manufacturer of cut nails. It later became a major producer of railroad rails and iron and steel structural members. Their records include minutes (1856-1929); stock ledgers; brief of title papers and property maps; legal and financial correspondence and tax papers; account books; and a works diary.
National Industrial Conference Board (NICB) records, 1916-1985
Creator: National Industrial Conference Board.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1057
Extent:   135 linear feet
Abstract:   The National Industrial Conference Board, later renamed The Conference Board, formed in 1916 as a response by the business community to continued labor unrest and growing public criticism. Their records are an important source for understanding the business community's response to most political and socioeconomic issues.
Artisans' Savings Bank (Wilmington, Del.) records, 1861-1960
Creator: Artisans' Savings Bank (Wilmington, Del.)
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1099
Extent:   35.8 linear feet
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.
Leeds & Northrup records, 1911-1939
Creator: Leeds & Northrup Company
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1110
Extent:   13 microfilm reels
Abstract:   The Leeds & Northrup Company traces its origins to Morris E. Leeds & Company, established by Morris E. Leeds in 1899 to develop and manufacture precision instruments. Their records consists of minutes from the Development and Executive Committes and the Cooperative Association.
Edith N. McConnell business records, 1937-1956
Creator: McConnell, Edith N.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1119
Extent:   3 volumes
Abstract:   Edith N. McConnell (1880-1968) was a confectioner and caterer in Wilmington, Delaware from the 1920s through the 1950s. The records consist of a three ledgers, containing business expenses and customer account books dating from 1937 to 1945, and from 1955 to 1956.
Delaware State Tax Department, Delaware School Auxiliary Association and School Foundation records, 1917-1935
Creator: Delaware State Tax Department. Delaware School Auxiliary Association
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1123
Extent:   12 linear feet
Abstract:   Miscellaneous records including information about educational facilities in Delaware.
Wilmington Savings Fund Society (WSFS) records, 1831-1964
Creator: Wilmington Savings Fund Society (Wilmington, Del.)
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1155
Extent:   70 linear feet
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.
Charles Lukens Huston papers, 1806-1951, bulk 1870-1951
Creator: Huston, Charles Lukens, 1856-1951
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1174
Extent:   53 linear feet
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.
Henry family papers, 1758-1909
Creator: Henry family
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1209
Extent:   12 linear feet
Abstract:   The Henry family were armsmakers who operated a family gun manufactory in eastern Pennsylvania for five generations. The records of the Henry family document the line leading from the first William to Granville, with some records of William, III. The main body of records deals with the operation of the Boulton Gun Works, its predecessor operation at Nazareth and the associated gun shop and store in Philadelphia.
Joshua Gilpin notebook, 1800-1831
Creator: Gilpin, Joshua, 1765-1841.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1214
Extent:   1 volume [microfilm]
Abstract:   Joshua Gilpin (1765-1841) was a Philadelphia merchant and paper manufacturer. HIs notebook describes the process of chlorine bleaching, with drawings and formulae.
Donaldson Brown papers, 1921-1966
Creator: Brown, F. Donaldson
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1334
Extent:   2.5 linear feet
Abstract:   Donaldson Brown (1885-1965) was an industrialist and business executive with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and the General Motors Corporation. These papers relate to Brown's association with General Motors Corp., and reflect his concern with financial policy, organization and operation, and employee relations. They are especially concerned with the period of World War II. Files from the 1920s and 1930s describe Brown's effort to relate pricing policies to financial control.
Karthaus family papers, 1794-1966
Creator: Karthaus family
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1340
Extent:   1.3 linear feet
Abstract:   Peter Arnold Karthaus (1765-1840) immigrated to the United States from Hamburg, Germany in 1796 and established a mercantile business in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River Valley. The collection documents Karthaus' mercantile business, land development in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, and his partnership with fellow German immigrant, Frederick W. Geissenhainer, a pioneer in using coal to smelt iron.
Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company licensing records, 1867-1971, bulk 1930-1969
Creator: Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1359
Extent:   23.5 linear feet
Abstract:   Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company began operation in 1831 as a cotton cloth manufacturer in Rockford, DE. After the Civil War the company concentrated on finishing cotton cloth. In later years it became famous for its Ban-lon artificial fiber but eventually withdrew from manufacturing in favor of licensing its processes and trademarks to other companies. This portion of the Bancroft records documents Bancroft's efforts to license and defend the Ban-lon, Everglaze and other trademarks in the United States, the British Commonwealth, Europe, Japan, and Latin America.
Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company licensing records, 1867-1971, bulk 1930-1969
Creator: Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1359 (Part II)
Extent:   47 linear feet
Abstract:   Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company began operation in 1831 as a cotton cloth manufacturer in Rockford, DE. After the Civil War the company concentrated on finishing cotton cloth. In later years it became famous for its Ban-lon artificial fiber but eventually withdrew from manufacturing in favor of licensing its processes and trademarks to other companies. This portion of the Bancroft records documents Bancroft's efforts to license and defend the Ban-lon, Everglaze and other trademarks in the United States, the British Commonwealth, Europe, Japan, and Latin America.
John Elgar letter to Charles Lukens, 1825 March 31
Creator: Elgar, John, 1784-1858
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1366
Extent:   1 item
Abstract:   John Elgar was a Quaker master mechanic employed in the York, Pa., foundry of Phineas Davis, Israel Gartner and James Webb. The letter is an order for sheet iron used to build the hull of the steamboat Codorus.
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