The Aimwell School was founded in 1796 by Anne Parrish for the purpose of providing “a good English education” for poor girls. The collection includes minute books, financial documents, and photographs.
Potential materials of interest include correspondence about abolition and the Free Produce Movement (supporters strove to purchase no materials which had ties to slave labor), and numerous diaries, including one describing a visit to Native Americans in New York State in 1809.
Burd and Price were the proprietors of a Philadelphia law firm. Their collection consists mainly of correspondence, much of which relates to legal matters and cases they were working on; some correspondence relates to political issues of the time.
Includes the papers of Thomas Pim Cope (1768-1854), a prominent Quaker merchant, a member of Philadelphia City Council and Pennsylvania legislature, and the founder of a mercantile shipping firm based in Philadelphia which traded with England and the Far East.
Cope was a Quaker merchant, founder of Cope family shipping business, member of Philadelphia City Council and Pennsylvania legislature. Diary entries cover a variety of topics including weather, religious and personal reflection, business interests, family news, discussions of international politics.
The Emlen Institution was founded to support the "education, maintenance and instruction in school learning and in agriculture and mechanical trades or arts, of free male orphan children of African or Indian descent..." Materials include trustee minutes, correspondence, and financial records.
The collection of this charitable organization includes correspondence, administrative material, the constitution, and annual reports. Events of interest include yellow fever outbreaks, the War of 1812, and financial issues.
The society was originally founded to aid victims of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. It later founded a “house of industry,” where women were employed to sew and weave. Materials include minutes, names of women involved with the organization, reports from the house of industry, and other administrative materials. Other items of potential interest include pictures and a notebook by Catharine W. Morris from 1802.
The hospital was founded in 1813 to care for the mentally ill. Materials include minutes of various committees, medical casebooks, intake forms, daily records of hospital life, weather reports, and materials from a case brought against the hospital in 1849 by Morgan Hinchman for incarcerating him against his will.
This collection consists primarily of correspondence, including that related to the medical practices of several members of the Hartshorne family. The correspondence of Joseph Hartshorne includes several letters related to the treatment of cholera, as well as other prominent diseases of the mid-19th century.
Materials include an introspective diary and numerous commonplace books (notebooks compiled by their owners containing information such as medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, proverbs, and prayers) by Susan H. Lloyd.
Map of Luzerne County, PA, 1823
Luzerne County is part of Pennsylvania’s coal region. The map also contains some historical information about the area.
The Yearly Meeting is a large Quaker body made up of many individual meetings; the Yearly Meeting is used to conduct business. This collection includes correspondence, addresses, reports, journals, scrapbooks, legal, land and legislative related papers, maps, lists, and administrative materials. Many of the earlier materials deal with visits to various Native American populations.
The collection includes materials from Edward Shippen Sr., Edward Shippen Jr., and Edward Burd, all of whom were involved in Philadelphia-area legal matters as judges or lawyers. The largest part of the collection deals with legal matters appearing before the Pennsylvania Courts such as divorce, assault, trespassing, murder, theft, counterfeiting, burglary, and property.
White was an engineer who helped to build the first canal to bring coal to Philadelphia via the Lehigh River and the first wire suspension bridge. His collection includes letters (both personal and business related), journals, financial information, and business papers.