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William Pahlmann papers, 1927-1976
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388
Extent:   1200 linear feet
Abstract:   The William Pahlmann papers provide a rich insight into the world of interior design in the middle of the twentieth century. Pahlmann (1900-1987) was well known for his use of bold colors, textures and mix of antique and modern furnishings. Stressed in all of his work, were the conventions of comfort and functionality as well as his clients individual tastes. The William Pahlmann Papers are organized into thirty unique series of varying sizes. The papers are organized into correspondence, publicity files, renderings, samples, artifacts, design plans, and client invoices.
William Pahlmann papers, Series I. Main correspondence, 1902-1976, bulk 1946-1976
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.I
Extent:   35.5 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains the primary record of William Pahlmann's solicitation for and execution of his interior design commissions.
William Pahlmann papers, Series II. Publicity materials, 1935-1977, bulk 1948-1975
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.II
Extent:   12.5 linear feet
Abstract:   This series defines the extensive publicity and public relations activities of William C. Pahlmann and William Pahlmann Associates.
William Pahlmann papers, Series III. Client working files, 1919-1987, bulk 1946-1976
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.III
Extent:   60 linear feet
Abstract:   Pahlmann's clients working files contain the most thorough coverage of his interior design projects.
William Pahlmann papers, Series IV. Speeches, 1938-1975
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.IV
Extent:   1.67 linear feet
Abstract:   This series includes full speeches, notes, scripts, and other materials related to William Pahlmann's speaking engagements and public appearances.
William Pahlmann papers, Series IX. Client photo presentation books, 1935-1976, bulk 1946-1968
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.IX
Extent:   18 linear feet (24 volumes)
Abstract:   Series IX. Client photo presentation books consists of twenty-four photo albums assembled to showcase the work of William Pahlmann and William Pahlmann Associates to prospective clients.
William Pahlmann papers, Series V. American Institute of Decorators (AID), 1944-1976
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.V
Extent:   2.75 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains correspondence, publicity materials, inventories, memoranda and other materials documenting William Pahlmann's role with the American Institute of Decorators (AID) and its successors.
William Pahlmann papers, Series VI. Texas A&M University (TAMU), 1967-1975
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.VI
Extent:   18.75 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains budgetary information, correspondence, finish and color schedules, floor plans, furnishing specifications, purchasing information, photographs, samples, and other materials related to William Pahlmann Associates' design of numerous spaces at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
William Pahlmann papers, Series VII. Travel, 1927-1975, bulk 1950-1970
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.VII
Extent:   5.4 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains contains maps, guidebooks, postcards, articles, travel itineraries, correspondence, and other materials collected by William Pahlmann that relate to domestic and international travel.
William Pahlmann papers, Series VIII. Publicity books, 1936-1976
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.VIII
Extent:   36 linear feet (26 volumes)
Abstract:   Series VIII. Publicity books consists of scrapbooks documenting William Pahlmann's career as an interior and industrial designer, the activities of his design firm William Pahlmann Associates, and the work of his staff members.
William Pahlmann papers, Series X. Publicity/photo files, 1936-1976, bulk 1946-1973
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.X
Extent:   17.5 linear feet
Abstract:   Series X. Publicity/Photo files provides visual documentation of the activities of William Pahlmann, his design firm William Pahlmann Associates, his houses and apartments, his family, his art collections, his travels, and parties he have at Pahlmannia, his country house at Bedford, N.Y.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XI. Parsons notebooks, 1927-1930
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XI
Extent:   1.67 linear feet
Abstract:   The Parsons notebooks provide a snapshot view of education at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art in the late 1920s, including the types of subjects covered in classes, student assignments, and the level of knowledge and skill expected of them.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XII. Office files, 1942-1976, bulk 1946-1974
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XII
Extent:   2.5 linear feet
Abstract:   Office files document the business practices of the Pahlmann office.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XIII. Prospective client files, 1937-1974, bulk 1950-1969
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XIII
Extent:   1.25 linear feet
Abstract:   The prospective client files concern prospective clients and interior design projects that were considered by William Pahlmann Associates. Their contents consist of correspondence, notes, drawings, photographs, and various ephemera.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XIV. "A Matter of Taste" column, 1947-1975, bulk 1961-1974
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XIV
Extent:   16.67 linear feet
Abstract:   This series details William Pahlmann's popular syndicated column entitled "A Matter of Taste," which ran in newspapers throughout the U.S. from 1962 to 1973.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XIX. John Bassette research file, 1944-1972, bulk 1948-1966
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XIX
Extent:   2 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains a set of research files compiled by John Bassette, an associate at William Pahlmann Associates. Arranged by subject, they were apparently compiled for use by William Pahlmann and his firm's staff members.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XV. Personal correspondence, 1948-1974, 1953-1966
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XV
Extent:   2 linear feet
Abstract:   This series includes correspondence between William Pahlmann and friends, business associates, and various clients throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Pahlmann and his correspondents discussed interior decoration, specific decorating jobs, gossip about other friends and associates, and business transactions.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XVI. Memberships, 1948-1974, bulk 1956-1970
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XVI
Extent:   0.84 linear feet
Abstract:   The membership files contain correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, notes, brochures and other ephemera from the many professional, civic and social organizations that Pahlmann belonged to.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XVII. Books, 1946-1976, bulk 1955-1968
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XVII
Extent:   1.67 linear feet
Abstract:   This series covers Pahlmann's attempts to disseminate his views on interior design through the medium of published books.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XVIII. Restaurant, club, and hotel ephemera, 1953-1966
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XVIII
Extent:   2 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains a wide variety of ephemera pertaining to restaurants, clubs, and hotels produced and received by William Pahlmann Associates.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XX. Renderings, photo boards, and presentation boards, 1946-1976, bulk 1951-1976
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XX
Extent:   15 linear feet
Abstract:   This series consists primarily of materials that William Pahlmann and his firm generated for the purpose of communicating his designs to the clients that commissioned them.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XXI. Early career, 1927-1944, bulk 1932-1936
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XXI
Extent:   0.84 linear feet
Abstract:   This series documents Pahlmann's early work from the beginnings of his design career in the late 1920s to the end of World War II.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XXII. Client invoices, 1937-1974
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XXII
Extent:   13.34 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains invoices, cost sheets, correspondence, price lists, purchase orders, requistions and financial statements covering the Pahlmann firm's relations with its clients and vendors.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XXIV. Subject files, 1940-1976, bulk 1960-1976
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XXIV
Extent:   14.6 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains catalogs, price lists, brochures, photographs and correspondence on all the architectural components, furnishings and decorative objects received by the firm.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XXIX. Sample artifacts, 1953-1976
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XXIX
Extent:   12 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains artifacts pertaining to the interior design work of William Pahlmann and his firm William Pahlmann Associates.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XXV. Source catalogs, 1950-1976, bulk 1964-1975
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XXV
Extent:   26 linear feet
Abstract:   This series consists of trade catalogs, price lists, photographs, brochures, and samples kept as a reference library by the Pahlmann office for use in selecting materials and furnishings for use in its designs.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XXVI. Inventory cards, 1946-1976
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XXVI
Extent:   5 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains inventory cards used by the William Pahlmann Associates to manage its inventory of interior design supplies for its various projects, including but not limited to furniture, furnishings, accessories, fabrics, wallpapers, and wall coverings.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XXVII. Design drawings, 1919-1976, bulk 1945-1976
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XXVII
Extent:   250 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains the design drawings of individual interior design projects worked on by William Pahlmann and his firm William Pahlmann Associates.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XXVIII. Interior design material samples, 1946-1976, bulk 1961-1976
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XXVIII
Extent:   400 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains samples of various interior design materials received by William Pahlmann Associates.
William Pahlmann papers, Series XXX. Phonograph records, 1946-1971
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XXX
Extent:   18 phonograph records
Abstract:   This series consists of selected recordings of William Pahlmann's appearances on radio and television shows, part of his ongoing efforts to promote his own work and spread his design ideas to a wider audience.
William Pahlmann papers, XXIII. Column research, 1930-1973, bulk 1959-1969
Creator: William Pahlmann Associates
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2388.XXIII
Extent:   8.75 linear feet
Abstract:   This series contains materials assembled by William Pahlmann for background research on various jobs and particularly for his newspaper column, "A Matter of Taste."
Views of Wilmington, Delaware souvenir album, 1883
Creator: Witteman Brothers
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1973.284
Extent:   14 items
Abstract:   Wilmington is the largest city in Delaware located on the Christiana and Brandywine Rivers. This collection is a souvenir album containing fourteen views of notable buildings and places in Wilmington, Delaware.
Mrs. Willhoits Whittier Cleaning and Dye Works album, circa 1940s
Creator: Whittier Cleaning and Dye Works.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   2015.283
Extent:   1 volume
Abstract:   Whittier Cleaning & Dye Works was a small, dry cleaning business in Whittier, California. Mrs. Willhoit operated the business and eventually put her name in the title. This album contains images of the exteriors of the store, the interiors of the store showing Mrs. Whitter working, Whittier exiting a company car with clothing on hangers, a worker at the press, and Mrs. Whittier with an armed serviceman. There are several snapshots of Mrs. Whittier with a group of young women.
Westinghouse Machine Company album, 1908
Creator: Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1983.247
Extent:   1 volume
Abstract:   The Westinghouse Machine Company began in 1880, and the company's first contract to build a turbine dates to 1896. The album contains a variety of images of products and facilities related to the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. These include photographs of equipment such as boilers, generators, mechanical stokers, pumping machinery and turbines.
Westinghouse Machine News magazine, 1919 December
Creator: Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1993.242
Extent:   1 item
Abstract:   The Westinghouse Machine Company manufactured gas and steam engines, turbines and mechanical stokers. This is one sixteen-page copy of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company magazine from the South Philadelphia plant.
William H. Jackson Company photographs of garden ornaments and furniture, circa 1925
Creator: William H. Jackson Company
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1991.226
Extent:   4 images
Abstract:   The William H. Jackson Company was established in 1827 as W. N. Jackson & CO. which specialized in making iron grates. The company's expertise in iron, brass and stone work eventually shifted the emphasis of the company towards the manufacturing of fireplace mantels, vases, fountains, benches, columns, and ornamental accessories. This collection consists of four photographs used as trade catalog illustrations of garden furniture and ornaments.
EPCOT Center guide booklet, 1982
Creator: Walt Disney Company.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1994.282
Extent:   1 item
Abstract:   Epcot, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened in 1982. It was conceived by Walt Disney to "take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry." This booklet is a guide to the attractions at Future World and the World Showcase at the EPCOT Center in Florida. It also includes advertising matter for Eastman Kodak Company disc and instant cameras. Eastman Kodak Company, commonly known as Kodak, is best known for photographic film products, which it produced throughout most of its history. In 1982, Kodak launched the Kodak Disc film format for consumer cameras
Warren-Ehret Company photograph albums, 1890-1910
Creator: Warren-Ehret Company.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   2002.251
Extent:   1 linear foot
Abstract:   The Warren-Ehret Company was a Philadelphia roofing company founded in 1883. This collection consists of 259 images from three unbound albums which were used as sales portfolios to show the variety and extent of Warren-Ehret's roofing jobs on a variety of buildings.
Waugh-Gould Laboratory draft gears photographs, circa 1929
Creator: Waugh Equipment Company.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1997.231
Extent:   32 photographic prints
Abstract:   Waugh Equipment Company manufactured equipment for the production of railway cars. One of their main products was draft gears. The Waugh-Gould Laboratory tested equipment for strains, vibrations, and noises. This collection contains identified prints showing the complete production processes used to fabricate draft gears used in freight cars and locomotives.
Westinghouse Electric Corporation Steam Division photograph collection, 1898-1964
Creator: Westinghouse Electric Corporation
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1969.170
Extent:   201 linear feet
Abstract:   The Westinghouse Machine Company manufactured gas and steam engines, turbines and mechanical stokers. The vast corporate photographic archive from this division covers diverse topics including technical subjects showing surface condensers and reduction gears and components used to construct different types of turbines. There are building construction views and thorough documentation of the Essington property; specifically, this includes the blade, diaphragm, erecting, and forge shops, several different types of laboratories on the premise, a foundry and pickle house. In addition, there are images of the pattern storage house, power house, pump house, and salvage building
Wawaset Park records, 1658-2011
Creator: Wawaset Park Maintenance Corporation.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2638
Extent:   27.15 linear feet
Abstract:   Wawaset Park was a planned community, commissioned by the DuPont Company for its company executives. It was designed by Edward Palmer, an acclaimed architect from Baltimore, Maryland. The records describe the park, its residents, and history through corporate records, maps and deeds of the property, lists of corporate officers and residents, as well as histories of the park, the City of Wilmington, and the state of Delaware.
Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR), Pennsylvania Division records, 1930-1934
Creator: Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform. Pennsylvania Division.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2271
Extent:   28.5 linear feet
Abstract:   The Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR), Pennsylvania Division was formed in 1929. A membership organization, the Pennsylvania Division acted as a political action committee to support the repeal of Prohibition. The records consist of Executive Committee minutes, administrative files, financial records, and membership records.
Whitaker family photographs, 1860-1913
Creator: Whitaker family
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1982.253
Extent:   44 images
Abstract:   The Whitaker family of Philadelphia founded and operated William Whitaker & Sons, Inc., one of the oldest Philadelphia textile mills. The collection consists of photographs related to the family of William Whitaker. A number of the photographs feature buildings and bridges in and around Cedar Grove, Pennsylvania, now a part of Philadelphia. William Whitaker's mansion is featured in several of these images, with family gathered on the porch.
Wright family papers, 1785-1902, bulk 1809-1876
Creator: Wright family
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1665
Extent:   16.67 linear feet
Abstract:   Samuel Gardiner Wright (1781-1845) was a West Jersey Quaker merchant and ironmaster who conducted a wide-ranging mercantile business based in Philadelphia, iron furnaces in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and in southern Delaware and maintained a country house and farm in Monmouth County, N.J. The papers document his varied business interests, especially iron manufacture and sales. There are smaller quantities of papers from his wife, sons and grandson.
Wright family papers, 1805-1887
Creator: Wright family
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2575
Extent:   3.75 linear feet
Abstract:   Papers of four generations of the Wright family of Monmouth County, N.J., and Luzerne County, Pa., particularly of Samuel G. Wright (1781-1845), Philadelphia merchant and general entrepreneur, and his son, Harrison Gardiner Wright (1810-1885), a gentleman farmer.
Wurts family papers, 1699-1964
Creator: Wurts family
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   1982
Extent:   9 linear feet
Abstract:   The Wurts family papers were collected by John Sparhawk Wurts (1876-1958) and reflect both family papers and business records.
Wilson family photographs, circa 1860s-1942
Creator: Wilson family.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   2014.247
Extent:   0.5 linear feet
Abstract:   Andrew Gray Wilson (1844-1905) was well-known among shipbuilders as a preeminent marine engineer and naval architect. This small collection consists primarily of individual and group portraits and snapshots of the Wilson family and the family of one of the daughters, Natalie Wilson du Pont. The collection is organized into three series; family photographs; home interiors and exteriors; and family cars and dogs photographs.
1893 World's Fair souvenir playing cards, circa 1893
Creator: Winters Art Litho Co. (Chicago: Ill.)
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1977.216
Extent:   53 items
Abstract:   World's Columbian Exposition, the Chicago World's Fair which was staged from May to October, 1893, commemorated 400 years since Columbus's New World arrival. Two copies of a deck of playing cards illustrated with color lithographic views of various buildings at the World's Columbian Exhibition.
Wilson Lines ships photographic reproductions, 1890-1954
Creator: Wilson Line Incorporated
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1991.228
Extent:   0.25 linear foot
Abstract:   The Wilson Lines was a steamboat company that was popular for traveling between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware and Riverview Beach, New Jersey. This small collection of copy photographs contains mostly exterior views of several Wilson Lines steamboats between 1890 and 1955.
Wilmington Public Library films, 1914-1984
Creator: Wilmington Public Library.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   2012.212
Extent:   18 linear feet
Abstract:   Based in Wilmington, Delaware, the Wilmington Public Library has been serving the public since it was established in 1754. This collection consists of eighty eight films, dating from 1914 to 1984, donated by the Wilmington Public Library. These films were de-accessioned from the library’s non-circulating collection. This collection is organized into nine series based on the film’s subject or type of production: American History, Archaeological, Business, Commercial films/television, Educational, Environmental, Experimental, Political Science and Urban/Rural Studies.
View of Independence Hall (textile souvenir), 1776, 1876
Creator: William H. Horstmann & Sons
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1975.325.1
Extent:   1 item
Abstract:   William H. Horstmann & Sons was a manufacturer and retailer of silk products for civilian and military clothing between 1815 and 1940. This item is a woven textile souvenir from 1876 Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, showing Independence Hall, Philadelphia.
Delaware Engagement Calendars, 1958, 1959
Creator: Women's Auxiliary of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   2013.220
Extent:   2 items
Abstract:   St. Andrew's congregation was founded in 1829 in Wilmington, Delaware. This collection contains two Delaware Engagement Calendars, "Historical Edition 1638-1840" and "Historical Edition 1840-1905" for calendar years 1958 and 1959 respectively.
Wharton School, Industrial Research Unit records, 1941-2001, bulk 1968-1988
Creator: Wharton School. Industrial Research Unit.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2296
Extent:   23 linear feet
Abstract:   The Industrial Research Unit of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School was founded in 1921 for the purpose of studying the economic and social problems of business. Under the leadership of Herbert Roof Northrup, director from 1964 to 1988, the Unit became the largest academic publisher of industrial labor relations and personnel materials. The records consist of surveys, notes, interviews and background materials for the studies produced by the Industrial Research Unit and its predecessor from 1941 to 1990 and collected and maintained by Northrup.
Amtrak Train calendar, 1994
Creator: Wahmann, C.P., (Christopher P.)
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   2013.214
Extent:   1 item
Abstract:   The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak, is a passenger rail service in the United States. This item is a standard twelve-month calendar, with an image on the top portion of each month featuring an Amtrak train.
C.P. Wahmann collection of railroad records, 1952-1994, bulk 1982-1994
Creator: Wahmann, C.P., (Christopher P.)
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2482
Extent:   7.5 linear feet
Abstract:   Records collected by Christopher P. Wahmann during his career as a manager in the Operating Department of Amtrak between the mid-1970s and mid-1990s, including Amtrak documents and those of other railroads and commuter agencies over which Amtrak operates or that operate trains over Amtrak's lines.
Leonard W. Walton collection on printing and packaging, 1920-2008, bulk 1940-1970
Creator: Walton, Leonard W., 1911-2005
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2430
Extent:   3.5 linear feet
Abstract:   Leonard W. Walton was a printing industry executive with Milprint, Inc., between 1936 and 1976. His collection of Milprint records primarily consists of printing samples including candy wrappers, cigarette boxes, potato chip and bread bags and bacon boxes.
Ward and Gow elevated railway and subway advertising album, 1903-1910
Creator: Ward and Gow.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1995.243
Extent:   1 volume
Abstract:   Ward and Gow, a New York advertising agency, is credited as one of the first firms to "systematize" advertising in the New York subway and elevated marketplace. These fifteen photographs document advertising on New York City elevated train platforms and on subway cars. Each photo's location is given in the lower right side of the image.
William Hilles Ward papers, 1894-1970
Creator: Ward, William H. (William Hilles), 1892-1961
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2278
Extent:   0.25 linear feet
Abstract:   William H. Ward (1892-1961) had a long career with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Ward played an important role in organizing the military explosives program during World War II, and in recognition of this service, he was made a vice president, director, and member of the DuPont Company’s Executive Committee in 1948. Ward’s papers are a collection of fragments that include press clippings, speeches, and personal items.
John Watson engineering notebooks, 1830-1832
Creator: Watson, John, fl. 1830.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   0171
Extent:   5 volumes
Abstract:   John Watson, a Quaker, worked as a land surveyor in Pennsylvania during the early nineteenth century. The collection consists of five volumes relating to the construction of the Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal.
Robert B. Watson collection of high speed train images, 1970s, 1996, undated
Creator: Watson, Robert B., 1931-
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   2013.224
Extent:   69 items
Abstract:   Robert Bruce Watson (1931-) was the Coordinator for the Northeast Corridor Project for the Penn Central Railroad. This collection contains photographs and postcards of the high-speed equipment used in the Northeast Corridor Demonstration Project, including exteriors, interiors and details of trucks and other parts. There are several photographs of speakers at a train dedication event in 1996.
Robert B. Watson collection of Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) Company documents, 1876-1968, bulk 1900-1957
Creator: Watson, Robert B., 1931-
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2421
Extent:   6.2 linear feet
Abstract:   The collection consists of materials documenting Watson's work for PRR, particularly mechanical engineering and rolling stock. Records largely focus on the development of PRR locomotives and passenger cars in the mid-twentieth century.
Robert B. Watson professional papers, 1926-2005, bulk 1964-1981
Creator: Watson, Robert B., 1931-
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2577
Extent:   10 linear feet
Abstract:   Professional career files of mechanical engineer Robert B. Watson documenting his work on the development of high-speed trains in the years between 1966 and 1998, especially his involvement in the Northeast Corridor Demonstration Project and the development of the first generation "Metroliners."
Robert Watson collection of railroad photographs, circa 1870-1960
Creator: Watson, Robert B., 1931-
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   2010.221
Extent:   0.25 linear feet
Abstract:   Robert B. Watson (1931-) was a mechanical engineer who worked on the development of high-speed trains between 1966 and 1998. This collection consists of photographs related to railroads in Pennsylvania and New York, dating from the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century.
Wawa public relations files, 1950-2009, bulk 1964-2004
Creator: Wawa, Inc.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2401
Extent:   24.6 linear feet
Abstract:   The Wawa public relations files consists primarily of financial and operations records, advertising materials, Wawa product packaging, company newsletters, and press clippings.
"A short account of my viage (sic!) into America with Mary Rogers my companion", 1697-1699
Creator: Webb, Elizabeth, 1663-1726.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   0096
Extent:   1 volume
Abstract:   Elizabeth Webb (1663-1726) was a minister of the Society of Friends, wife of Richard Webb of Gloucestershire, England and later of Birmingham Township, Chester County, Pa. Her journal is a record of Webb's first visit to America in 1697 with her companion, Mary Rogers.
Edward H. Weber collection of railroad timetables, 1856-2009, bulk 1930-1976
Creator: Weber, Edward H.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2573
Extent:   3.75 linear feet
Abstract:   The major portion of a collection of railroad public and employee timetables amassed by railroad enthusiast and historian Edward H. Weber, best known for his systematic photography of railroad stations and structures. Although the oldest date from the 19th century, most cover the period of decline and restructuring of North American passenger service that began in the Depression and accelerated in the years after World War II.
Frank A. Weer collection (selected items), 1796-1990
Creator: Weer, Frank A.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2688
Extent:   10 linear feet
Abstract:   A portion of a much larger collection of official railroad company documents, maps and drawings collected by a former employee of the Reading Company and Conrail. Documents are primarily those of the Reading Company, Pennsylvania Railroad Company, Penn Central Transportation Company and Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail).
Robert E. Wilhelm, Jr. collection of Red Clay Valley materials, 1918, 1992, 2016
Creator: Wilhelm, Robert E., Jr.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   2017.238
Extent:   10 digital files
Abstract:   Chartered in 1869, the Wilmington & Western Rail Road Company formed to create a rail line connecting Wilmington, Delaware, with Landenberg, Pennsylvania. A non-profit organization, Historic Red Clay Valley, Inc. (HRCV)., formed in 1960 and today operates the line as a heritage railroad. The collection includes eight maps of the line created by the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1918 and two publications concerning the history of both the Wilmington & Western Railroad line and HRCV.
William Shinn & Company, Inc. photographs, 1930-1940
Creator: William Shinn & Company, Inc.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1994.233
Extent:   7 images
Abstract:   The firm of William Shinn & Co. installed stamped sheet-metal ceilings, cornices, skylights, roofing, and ductwork and employed about a dozen workers and apprentices. The company was founded in 1907 in Wilmington, Delaware by William Shinn, a tinsmith and cornice worker, and his brother John A. Shinn. This collection contains mages of the William Shinn shop with attached office and another view of their rooftop sign on the Shinn warehouse. There are interior and exterior views of the house of customer.
Newport, Rhode Island? panoramic photograph, circa 1870
Creator: Williams, J. A.(Joshua Appleby), 1817-1892
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1972.325
Extent:   1 image
Abstract:   J.A. (Joshua Appleby) Williams (1817-1892) was a photographer working in Newport, Rhode Island from 1847 to 1885. The item is a panoramic photograph most likely of Newport, Rhode Island, view may cover almost a complete 360 degree circuit.
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.
Delaware trapshooting miscellany, 1973-2012
Creator: Wilmington Trapshooting Association (Newark, Del.)
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2551
Extent:   1 linear foot
Abstract:   Documents related to the Delaware State Trapshooting Championship, held at various locations throughout state, mainly Wilmington Trapshooting Association in Newark, Delaware and Silver Lake Sportsman's Association in Magnolia, Delaware. Also included are programs from the Grand American Trapshooting Tournament.
Wilmington Trapshooting Association photograph collection, 1913-1987
Creator: Wilmington Trapshooting Association (Newark, Del.)
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   2013.204
Extent:   0.25 linear feet
Abstract:   The Wilmington Trapshooting Association (WTA) was organized in 1910 and continues to be active today. This collection consists of photographs of members of the Wilmington Trapshooting Association at various events from the early 1900s through the 1980s.
Henry Hemmendinger papers, 1931-2000, bulk 1960-1985
Creator: Wilson, John, 1785-1854
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2325
Extent:   7 linear feet
Abstract:   Henry Hemmendinger was one of the preeminent color scientists of his day. Hemmendinger's papers represent the span of his career and includes contributions from a variety of individuals and organizations working the field of color science.
Willard S. Wilson films and ephemera, 1913-1977
Creator: Wilson, Willard S.
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1977.219
Extent:   0.5 linear feet
Abstract:   Willard S. Wilson (1897-1979) was a pioneer radio broadcaster and entrepreneur. He was founder of the first commercial radio station in Delaware. This small collection of newspaper clippings, articles, notes, and ephemera document Wilson's knowledge about the history of radio and some of his accomplishments related to the radio station WHAV/WDEL. There are also three reels of film, two related to aviator Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) and one documenting the arrival of a monument at Wilmington, Delaware marine terminal.
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.
Woodlawn Trustees, Inc. records, 1880-2005, bulk 1901-1995
Creator: Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2424.I
Extent:   56 linear feet
Abstract:   The Woodlwan Trustees are responsible for maintaining affordable housing in the city of Wilmington and for the orderly development of large tracts of suburban land, mostly located in Brandywine Hundred between Concord Pike and the Brandywine Creek and running north from Rockland Road into Delaware County, Pa. Their records include charters, minutes, officer lists, directors' correspondence, real estate records, property maps, reports, drawings and specifications and newspaper and journal articles on the history of the Trustees and of the Bancroft family.
Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated photographs, 1910-1920, 1982-2002
Creator: Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   2010.276
Extent:   15 linear feet
Abstract:   The Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated, is a non-profit real estate development firm incorporated in Delaware on December 12, 1918, by textile manufacturer William Poole Bancroft (1835-1928). Records consist primarily of 35mm slides, mostly dating from 1989 to 2002, documenting Woodlawn Trustees properties throughout Wilmington and Brandywine Hundred, including low-income city housing, preserved farmland, greenways along the Brandywine Creek, and commercial properties on Concord Pike and the Wilmington waterfront.
Hazle Edens collection of graphic material, part II, circa 1840-1940
Creator: Woodriff, Elaine du Pont Irving, 1881-1965
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1997.266
Extent:   1 linear foot
Abstract:   Elaine du Pont Irving Woodriff (1881-1965) was the daughter of Ellen Eugenia du Pont (1843-1907) and Alexander Duer Irving (1842-1910). The collection consists of photographs and memorabilia related to Elaine du Pont Irving Woodriff and her family and friends. Many of these items are attached to scrapbook pages. The bulk of the collection consists of family photographs, including both individual and group portraits and snapshots of family members, friends, homes, and activities.
Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School color prints, 1963-1966
Creator: Wooten, Nancy
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1968.004
Extent:   11 items
Abstract:   The Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School (BMSS) was organized in 1817 as a non-sectarian school for the children of the local factory workers, with instruction in reading, writing, arithmetic, and religion. This collection contains eleven Kodachrome prints of exterior views of the school building taken by Nancy Wootten (of Wilmington), between 1963 and 1966.
Delmarva area flour and feed mills photographs, 1964-1975
Creator: Wooten, Orlando
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1989.269
Extent:   28 images
Abstract:   Orlando Wootten (1909-1997) was the photographer for the Salisbury (Maryland) Daily Times and Wicomico Historical Society. Collection consists of documentary views of three flour and feeds mills from the Delmarva area
Katherine Wooten biographical sketch of Stephen Onion, 1964
Creator: Wooten (Wallace), Katherine, 1893-1971
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   0475
Extent:   1 item
Abstract:   Stephen Onion (d. 1754) was an important ironmaster in the Chesapeake colonies during the early 18th century. The document is a three-page biographical sketch of Stephen Onion, copied from more extensive genealogical notes. The sketch includes several quotations from Onion's letters, which are not otherwise identified.
World's Columbian Exposition pop-up books, 1893
Creator: World's Columbian Exposition (1893: Chicago, Ill.)
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   2005.274
Extent:   4 items
Abstract:   World's Fairs or International Expositions are large-scale exhibitions that highlight technology, agriculture and other innovations of national or cultural significance. World's Columbian Exposition, the Chicago World's Fair which was staged from May to October, 1893, commemorated 400 years since Columbus's New World arrival. This small collection consists of four "pop-up books" from the 1893 Columbian Exposition.
World's Columbian Exposition paper pop-up toy, 1893
Creator: World's Columbian Exposition (18963: Chicago, Ill.)
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1992.235
Extent:   1 item
Abstract:   World's Columbian Exposition, the Chicago World's Fair which was staged from May to October, 1893, commemorated 400 years since Columbus's New World arrival. The cover of the pop-up toy shows a bird's eye view of some buildings at the Exposition. The interior is composed of three facades.
R.R. Wright collection of RCA ephemera, 1940-1973
Creator: Wright, Richard Ridgway (1913-2009)
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Accession Number:   2574
Extent:   0.5 linear foot
Abstract:   A collection of ephemera preserved by R.R. Wright, an employee of RCA from 1940 to 1973. Includes sample publications, manuals, stationery and small artifacts with RCA logos or advertising.
N.C. Wyeth education poster, 1935
Creator: Wyeth, N. C., (Newell Convers), 1882-1945
Repository:   Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Accession Number:   1999.232
Extent:   1 image
Abstract:   Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945), known as N.C. Wyeth was one of America's foremost illustrators and painters. This poster shows a figure in the center holding up a torch. A pageant of historically costumed figures surrounds her with a log cabin on the left and a modern city on the right.
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