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Lea family photograph collection

Accession 1969.012

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
askhagley@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Laurie Rizzo, 2013.,

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Lea family photograph collection (Accession 1969.012), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Lea family photograph collection
Dates: circa 1845-circa 1920
Accession Number: 1969.012
Creator: Lea family
Extent: 1.0 linear foot
Physical Description: 3 photographs: daguerreotypes, 5 photographs: ambrotypes and 5 albums (169 carte-de-visite photographs, 25 cabinet card photographs, 4 tintype photographs.)
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Thomas Lea (1759-1833), the son-in-law of miller Joseph Tatnall, passed on the Tatnall-Lea grain mills in Wilmington, Delaware to his son William Lea. In 1864, William Lea brought his sons Henry and Preston into the firm, changing the name to William Lea & Sons Company. This collection includes portraits of members of the Lea and related families. These include such family names as Tatnall, Warner, Preston, Ferris, Downing, Spruance, Lovett, Moore, Bush, Ely, and others.
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Administrative Information


Existence and Location of Copies

Several of these portraits were reproduced in Carol E. Hoffecker's Brandywine Village: The Story of a Milling Community (Wilmington: Old Brandywine Village Inc., 1974).

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Thomas Lea, the son-in-law of miller Joseph Tatnall, passed on the Tatnall-Lea grain mills in Wilmington, Delaware to his son William Lea. In 1864, William Lea brought his sons Henry and Preston into the firm, changing the name to William Lea & Sons Company. William Lea died in 1876 and his sons carried on the business, modernizing the mills, but facing increasing competition from the West. The firm dissolved in 1923, a few years after the death of Preston Lea. The Lea family was prominent in Wilmington and Brandywine Village, and married into several other prominent Delaware business families, as can be seen by the list of family names below.

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Scope and Content

Portraits of members of the Lea and related families. These include such family names as Tatnall, Warner, Preston, Ferris, Downing, Spruance, Lovett, Moore, Bush, Ely, and others. Most are carte-de-visite photographs, but there are cased photographs, crayon prints, and gelatin photographic prints, too. There are many portraits of children, including one of two children with a young afro-american girl, possibly a servant. There is one view of the garden at a home at 1901 Market St., Wilmington, DE, circa 1920. Also one group portrait of executives from the explosives department of the Du Pont Company at Atlantic City, undated.

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Access Points

Morse, Albert, Mrs.
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box Folder
1 1 William Corbit Spruance [1831-1913]; daguerreotype
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1 2 William Lea [1805-1876]; Daguerreotype
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1 3 Jane Scott Lovett Lea (Mrs. William Lea) [1817-1888]; daguerreotype
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1 4 Harriet A. Lovett; ambrotype
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1 5 Preston Lea; ambrotype
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1 6 Adelaide Moore (Mrs. Preston Lea) [1846-1888]; ambrotype
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1 7 Unidentified man; ambrotype
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1 8 Unidentified woman
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1 9 Sarah Corbit Spruance (Mrs. Presley Spruance) [1795-1860]; daguerreotype
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1 10 Jane Lea and daughters, granddaughter and great-granddaughter; cabinet card
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1 10 Jane Scott Lea; albumen, carte-de-visites
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1 10 Walter Cummins; albumen, carte-de-visites
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1 10 Garden at 1901 Market Street, circa 1920s
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1 11 Unidentified male; crayon englargment
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1 11 Unidentified female; crayon englargment
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1 12 William Lea; copy of daguerreotype
Box Folder
1 12 Jane Scott Lovett Lea; copy of daguerreotype
Box Album
1 1 Family names include Lea, Tatnall, Warner, Preston, Ferris, Downing, Gillis, Smyth, Bush, Ely and others; 45 photographic prints in carte-de-visite album
Box Album
1 2 Family names include Lea, Draper, Downing and others; 36 photographic prints in carte-de-visite album
Box Album
2 3 Family names include Lea, Gardiner, Woodall, Tatnall and others; 13 photographic prints and 2 tintypes in carte-de-visite album
Box Album
2 4 Family names include Lea, Ferris, Downing and others; 49 photographic prints and 2 tintypes in carte-de-visite album
Box Album
2 5 Family names include Lea mostly and some unidentified; 51 photographic prints in cabinet card/carte-de-visite album
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DF 1 DuPont Company, explosives department executives, group portrait, undated; 2 copies