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Historical Society of Pennsylvania

CPC Catalog > Organization: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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300 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

http://hsp.org/

Description:

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is a historical society founded in 1824 and based in Philadelphia. The Society's building, designed by Addison Hutton and listed on Philadelphia's Register of Historical Places, houses some 600,000 printed items and over 19 million manuscript and graphic items. The Society maintains printed collections on Pennsylvania and regional history and manuscript collections covering 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_Society_of_Pennsylvania

Categories: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant,

Collections:
Gilpin Family Papers, 1727-1872.
James Buchanan Papers, 1775-1868.
Address at the Centennial Exhibition, 1876.
Autograph Letters of the Presidents of the United States, 1788-1864, collected by Sam Welsh
Benjamin Franklin Papers
Jonathan Roberts Papers, 1780-1930
Joseph Hampton Moore Papers, 1786-1952
S. L. Fallon Letters, 1684-1860.
Drinker Family Papers, 1777-1965
Ellis Lewis Papers, 1810-1870.
Buchanan Fund. Records, 1847-1848.

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Gilpin Family Papers, 1727-1872.

15 linear ft.

 

The papers of a family distinguished in scholarship, commerce, and political leadership. Most of the papers are those of Henry D. Gilpin, whose long and varied career makes his papers particularly informative on many aspects of national history. His correspondence includes letters from Martin Van Buren, 1836-1862; James Buchanan, 1839-1856; George M. Dallas, 1831-1859; Edward Everett, 1831-1861; T. F. Bayard, George Peabody, Edward Livingston, Henry Clay, Richard Rush, Charles Gallagher, George Bancroft, Gouverneur Kemble, John W. Forney, J. B. Francis, Benjamin Chew, Joseph Reed Ingersoll, General Winfield Scott, and others, 1819-1872. In addition to Gilpin family items, the collection includes groups of papers of the following: Joel R. Poinsett, James Wilkinson, Daniel Clark, William Short, James Brown, and David Porter.

 

Henry D. Gilpin's papers: letters to his father, Joshua Gilpin, 1822-1841; correspondence with his family, 1824-1843; letter books, 1831-1833, 1846-1849; diaries, 1822-1859; docket book, United States district attorney, 1828-1833; United States district attorney, letters and correspondence, 1832-1838; United States Bank papers, 1833, 1836-1837, contains correspondence of Henry D. Gilpin, director and examiner of the Bank, with Andrew Jackson, Edward Livingston, Louis McLane, George M. Dallas, R. M. Whitney, William J. Duane, Roger B. Taney, Nicholas Biddle, Levi Woodbury, John M. Sullivan, and others, on illegal transactions of the institution, misuses of Bank funds, diversion of funds for propaganda purposes, withdrawal of public deposits from the Bank, etc.
Henry D. Gilpin's letters written during his tour through Europe, 1853-1854; his journals of that tour, 1853-1854; correspondence while in Florence, Italy, which discloses his interest in art, 1853-1854; correspondence, 1856-1858; scrapbook, Henry D. Gilpin, "Governor of Michigan," 1834, Gilpin's journalistic and literary talents are shown in his manuscripts of biographical sketches of the lives of signers of the Declaration of Independence, 1826; literary reviews of current and contemporaneous publications, 1829-1830; notes on current topics and literature, 1828-1831,; memoranda, catalogue references on bibliography and literature, n.d.; miscellaneous printed matter pertaining to the University of Pennsylvania, and kindred subjects, 1825-1864; his magazine, The Atlantic Souvenir, Christmas and New Year's Offering, 1828, Philadelphia, and other publications; letters of condolence, tributes, eulogies received by Mrs. Henry D. Gilpin upon the death of her husband, 1860; Mrs. Gilpin's publication, A Memorial of Henry D. Gilpin, 1860; letters from prominent persons acknowledging receipt of her book, 1861.
The papers of Joshua and Thomas Gilpin pertain to domestic, commercial, and industrial affairs: Joshua Gilpin correspondence, 1795-1841; 1797-1815; general correspondence, 1800-1822; family letters from England, 1824-1830; Bainbridge and Brown, London, legal correspondence with Joshua Gilpin, 1809-1834; John Bainbridge vs. Benjamin Chew of Philadelphia, papers in a legal suit, 1809-1831; Thomas Gilpin correspondence, 1769-1817; contracts and agreements for sales of lands in Virginia, 1769-1811; Alexander Taylor field notes of surveys for Joshua and Thomas Gilpin, 1802-1812; papers on western lands, 1770-1780; contracts and agreements for sales of land in Pennsylvania, 1800-1817; Luzurne lands, 1808-1852; letter book of Joshua and Thomas Gilpin containing the accounts of Gilpin and Fisher, 1800-1818; Thomas Gilpin journals, eastern states, 1805; New England, 1805; West, 1809; Chester and Duck Creek surveys, estimates, maps, on building canals, 1772; pamphlets on the construction of canals, railroads, tunnels, maps, printed in England, 1789-1835; maps of projected English railroads and canals, London, 1832-1835; collection of specimens of bank-note paper and of engraved currency, manufactured at Brandywine Mills, Del., n.d.
Richard Gilpin's manuscripts include material on papermaking machinery, 1815; his philosophical and literary essays, n.d.; notes on history, theatre, astrology, religion, literature, transportation, canals, agriculture, travel, etc., 1813-1828; poetic notes, 1799-1818; "Pieces in Verse and Prose," by Joshua Gilpin, essays on medical science, hygiene, politics, history, etc., 1796-1806; Joshua Gilpin's history of the colonies and the State of Delaware, n.d.; essays on the manufacture of woolen goods, n.d.; "Wool and Cotton Manufacture, Sheep and Other Subjects Connected," 1815; "Report on the Manufacturers of the State of Delaware, and a Report of the History and Principles of Tariff and Public Labor," n.d.; "Report on the Economic Condition of Philadelphia and Other Subjects," 1809; "History of the Colonization of America and of the Charter and Grant of Pennsylvania and Delaware," n.d.; copies of letters of Thomas Fisher, and some additional notes, 1840; journals and diary notes of travel, unidentified, 1836-1858; manuscript copy of "Barremore," a novelette by Bernard Gilpin, anecdotes, etc., n.d.; maps of ancient Greece, engraved by Barbie du Bocage, 1781-88.
In addition, there are parchments of the marriage settlement between the Gilpin and the Dilworth families, patents of lands, deeds, etc., 1776-1834; the genealogical records and notes of the Gilpins consist of: "Memoir of the Life of Thomas Gilpin,: 1769; "Family in England," 1795; "Memories in England," n.d.; genealogical memoranda, 1206-1811; "Memories in America," 1800; and some other items.
Joel R. Poinsett items fall into two chronological groups: correspondence, 1794-1829, describes his school life in Connecticut and England, travel in Russia, social life, and political activity in Mexico and South America during revolutionary upheavals there; correspondence, 1829-1850, relates to nullification and secession movements in South Carolina, split and strife in the Democratic Party, abolition and slavery, political influence of John C. Calhoun, Baltimore convention, Indian affairs and Indian warfare in the Floridas, war with Mexico, western expansion, statehood of California, discovery of gold there, organization of the Smithsonian Institution, army reorganization, building and financing of railroads, agricultural innovations, arts and sciences. Included with the Poinsett papers are approx. 40 letters of David Porter, most of them addressed to Poinsett, concerning Porter's service in the Mexican navy, 1825-1827.
James Wilkinson vs. Daniel Clark papers, 1788-1808, relate to a legal controversy between the ally of Aaron Burr in Louisiana and another speculator; they contain information on commercial enterprises in the Mississippi valley, extensions of frontiers, navigation of the Mississippi, conspiracy and rebellion in Louisiana and the Floridas, and life in New Orleans.
Papers, 1786-1801, of William Short, United States chargé d'affaires in Paris and secretary to Thomas Jefferson while he was a minister to France, relate to the French Revolution, European politics, and United States diplomacy; the letters are addressed to Jefferson, John Jay, John Rutledge, Gouverneur Morris, Lafayette, Edmund Randolph, James Monroe, Thomas Pinckney, David Humphreys, William Nelson, and others. Letters, 1824-1835, of James Brown, minister to France, are addressed mainly to Edward Livingston, and deal with politics in France and Spain. Brown's commercial interests in Louisiana, and American politics.
Joshua Gilpin's "Journal of a Tour from Philadelphia through the Western Counties of Pennsylvania" published in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography; 1926, p. 64-78, 163-178, 380-382; 1927, p. 172-190, 351-375; 1928, p.29-58.
Extracts from the commonplace book of Henry D. Gilpin, 1819 publised in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography; 1921, p. 224-242.
Memoir of Thomas Gilpin published in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography; 1925, p. 289-328.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/151375310

Size
15 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

- Martin Van Buren

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James Buchanan Papers, 1775-1868.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania provides their finding aid for the James Buchanan Papers.

48 linear ft.
These papers touch nearly every phase of Buchanan's career, legal, political, and diplomatic. They contain: autograph letters and drafts, 1813-1868; letters, reports, and documents of Buchanan's ministry to Russia, 1832-1833; material dealing with his ministry to England, 1854-1856; correspondence while Secretary of State, 1845-1849; papers and correspondence relating to the growing differences between the North and South before the Civil War, 1857-1861; notes and articles written by Buchanan concerning his Administration and other topics, 1860; speeches and notes, 1827-1858; miscellaneous correspondence, 1783-1868, including letters from Simon Cameron, John W. Forney, John Slidell, Benjamin H. Brewster, Jeremiah Black, Nahum Capen, William B. Reed, John Meredith Read, Stephen Pleasonton and others; legal correspondence, 1775-1855, relating to Buchanan's early activity as an attorney and include papers of the Koenigmacher case and the impeachment of Judge Franklin; business letters, 1828-1867, relating to personal investments and business transactions, including bills, receipts, etc.
Also: papers relating to the Democratic Convention, 1856; papers relating to the Post Office blank printing controversy, 1857-1860; biographical notes and papers on the life of James Buchanan; invitations to dinners and public affairs, 1833-1868; pamphlets, 1814-1866, including speeches made in Congress, Presidential messages, pamphlets on the jubilee of the Constitution, Eve of Rebellion, trial of Judge Peck, controversy with General Winfield Scott, a scrap book, obituary notices, notes and memoranda; and newspapers and clippings.
Microfilm available. XX506.1-506.60.
James Buchanan graduated from Dickinson College in 1809. He moved to Lancaster where he studied law and entered into practice in 1813. After the tragic death of his fiancee, Ann Coleman, in 1819, he left law and Lancaster for a political career in Washington, D.C.
He was elected to five terms as congressman, 1821-1831, running first as a Federalist but switching to the Jacksonian party in 1824. Buchanan served as Minister to Russia, 1832-1833; U.S. Senator, 1834-1845; and Secretary of State for President Polk, 1845-1849 before retiring from politics in 1849.
In 1853 he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Great Britain. Upon his return from Great Britain, 1856, he was named Democratic nominee for President and in November was elected President of the United States. He retired to his estate, Wheatland, in 1861 and remained there until his death in 1868.
Published Guide to microfilm edition by Philip Klein and Lucy West.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122541049

Size
48 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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Address at the Centennial Exhibition, 1876.

4 p.
The original manuscript of President Grant's address on 10 May 1876.
ArchiveGrid: http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122524455

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Autograph Letters of the Presidents of the United States, 1788-1864, collected by Sam Welsh

No item level finding aid for this collection.

Includes John Adams; John Quincy Adams; James Buchanan; Millard Fillmore; William Henry Harrison; Andrew Jackson; Thomas Jefferson; Abraham Lincoln; James Madison; James Monroe; Franklin Pierce; James K Polk; Zachary Taylor; John Tyler; Martin Van Buren; George Washington.

 

OCLC Permalink: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/122584662

Size
16 items

Presidential content includes:

- Andrew Jackson

- Franklin Pierce

- James K. Polk

- James Madison

- James Monroe

- John Quincy Adams

- John Adams

- George Washington

- John Tyler

- Zachary Taylor

- Martin Van Buren

- Millard Fillmore

- Thomas Jefferson

- Abraham Lincoln

- William Harrison

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Benjamin Franklin Papers

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has a finding aid for their collection of Benjamin Franklin Papers. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was a printer, writer, politician, inventor, and one of the most well-known figures of early American history. He played a significant role in the founding of several Philadelphia institutions, such as the University of Pennsylvania, the American Philosophical Society, and the Pennsylvania Hospital. HSP’s collection of Franklin’s papers primarily highlight his later political life, particularly as a representative of Pennsylvania in England (1757-1775) and U. S. ambassador to France (1776-1785). The collection includes a wide range of materials including correspondence, copies of Congressional orders and resolutions, French manuscripts and memoires* , certificates, writings, notes, clippings, and ephemera. 

Size
16 boxes, 8 volumes, 1 flat file, 5.5 lin. feet

Presidential content includes:

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Jonathan Roberts Papers, 1780-1930

These papers relate particularly to state and national political history during the Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe administrations. Among the subjects dealt with in the papers, 1780-1848, are: Pennsylvania legislation, political affairs at Lancaster, Republican and Adamite factions, promotion of manufacture, controversies relating to the charter of the United States Bank, embargoes, the British orders in council, agitation for war with England, opposition of the Federalists to government war loan; French decrees affecting American ships and commerce, foreign trade, New England political factions, land claims, Jackson's conduct in Florida and New Orleans, restoration of the Capitol, political appointments, the Missouri question, ratification of the Spanish treaty, Lafayette's reception at Harrisburg, presidential elections, religion, Texas slavery contest, California, Jonathan Roberts' appointment as Collector of the Port of Philadelphia, his dismissal by President Taylor, and various other subjects, Jonathan Roberts' letters to his wife, 1814-1847, describe economic conditions, domestic and cultural life, travel, and agricultural and industrial development.
Other letters, 1852-1930, are from various members of the Roberts family. There are also genealogical notes of the Roberts family, poetry, speeches, proclamations, indentures, newspaper clippings.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122524233

Presidential content includes:

- James Madison

- James Monroe

- Thomas Jefferson

- Zachary Taylor

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Joseph Hampton Moore Papers, 1786-1952

Moore, J. Hampton (Joseph Hampton), 1864-1950. Joseph Hampton Moore was a congressional representative for seven terms from 1906 to 1920 and mayor of Philadelphia for two nonconsecutive terms in 1920 and 1932. While in these positions, Moore worked steadfastly to serve his party and constituents. His time serving the public was supplemented by his deep-rooted interest in waterways and shipping and he was president of the Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association for forty years. In addition, Moore was a founding member of the Five O'clock Club and member and officer of several other clubs and organizations. Much of the rest of his time was spent attending social functions. Moore's forty years in local and national politics spanned the 1890s through the 1930s. This collection contains papers related to the life and career of J. Hampton Moore. The collection is concentrated around correspondence that covers all aspects of Moore's career and involvement in various clubs and organizations. Early papers relate to his first professional job as a reporter for the Philadelphia Public Ledger. Political papers provide insight into Moore's terms as a representative and mayor, while various documents, leaflets, and volumes illustrate his activities within the Republican Party and affiliated clubs. Letters, reports, and other printed papers pertain to waterways and document Moore's activities in the Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association. Various papers, pamphlets, and brochures document his travels to South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Egypt. Moore spent a considerable amount of time attending social functions, and invitations, programs, and souvenir menus provide some detail of his social life. Newspaper clippings provide context to many of the issues Moore confronted in office. They also provide information on various individuals, businesses, and institutions Moore had contact with throughout his career. Photographs round out the collection providing images of Moore and some of the people and places mentioned throughout the collection.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122316646

Size
162 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

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S. L. Fallon Letters, 1684-1860.

ca. 70 items.
Letters of Henry Ward Beecher, James Buchanan, Henry Clay, John Hancock, Marquis de Lafayette, John Marshall, George Peabody, Victorien Sardou, Edward Shippen, George Washington, and others.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122689688

Size
ca. 70 items

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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Drinker Family Papers, 1777-1965

The papers of Henry Sturgis Drinker are mostly scrapbooks containing clippings and letters from political, military, and educational figures. Much of the material centers on the Lehigh University appointment and retirement, but his other interests are also represented. Of special note are some small groups of correspondence with Theodore Roosevelt concerning military preparedness, 1915-1917, and with William Howard Taft concerning fortification and administration of the Panama Canal, 1910-1912.

For Henry Sandwith Drinker there is a First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry diary, 1909-1910, and a diary, 1930, of a trip with his son to British Columbia on a bird-watching and hunting expedition. He was a frequent author of articles on law and other subjects of personal interest, and among the papers are typescripts of articles on Anthony Trollope and a history of his law firm. Drinker's musical interests and activities are represented by some miscellaneous articles, speeches, clippings, and other materials.
Sophie Lewis Hutchinson, wife of Henry Sandwith Drinker, wrote a history of her and her husband's lives. In it she relied on Henry's own records to describe his private and professional life. In recounting her own activities she told of her family life, her increasing involvement in public affairs and literary pursuits, and her growing interest in feminism.
A preliminary typescript for History of the Drinker Family is supplemented by additional family material used in its preparation: typescripts of Henry Drinker and Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker correspondence, 1777, during the Quaker exile; contemporary copies of Sandwith Drinker letters, 1838-1840, while on his voyage to Canton; an anonymous diary, 1856-1857, of an American in China and Manilla; and family photographs.
Henry Sturgis Drinker graduated from Lehigh University in 1871 as a mining engineer, but soon turned to law. He was an attorney, General Solicitor, and assistant to the President for the Lehigh Valley Railroad until his 1905 election to President of Lehigh University where he served until 1920. Drinker was a founder of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, an organizer and promoter of the Military Training Camps before, through, and after World War I, a conservationist, and an appointee to various state advisory boards. Dr. Drinker's son, Henry Sandwith Drinker, was a Philadelphia lawyer, becoming a senior partner of Drinker, Biddle ? he hosted monthly choral music parties, translated classical music texts, and established the Drinker Library of Choral Music.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122609128

Presidential content includes:

- Theodore Roosevelt

- William Taft

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Ellis Lewis Papers, 1810-1870.

ca. 100 items.
Correspondence including letters from James Buchanan, 1841-1865; Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, 1845-1860; and Chancellor James Kent, 1846-1847. There are family papers, 1815-1851, miscellaneous documents, and newspaper clippings.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122579670

Size
ca. 100 items

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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Buchanan Fund. Records, 1847-1848.

Accounts, lists of subscribers, and amounts pledged and paid to a fund raised to promote the nomination of James Buchanan as presidential candidate for the election of 1848.

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122584684

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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