Business and Industry

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Day Book, 1839 (Box 1, folder 30)
1805-1855

The collection includes bills, receipts, letters, and account books of Josiah Albertson's lime and lumber business in Plymouth, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, which he later held in partnership with his brothers, Jacob and Benjamin. Also included are papers relating to the Plymouth Railroad...

Collection Inventory: mc1999.14.pdf

Survey map, June 1755 (Box 1, folder 10)
1755-1783

The collection contains papers related to John Armstrong's service as a surveyor in Cumberland County between 1755 and 1783. These papers include correspondence with the Surveyor-General of Pennsylvania and Delaware, John Lukens, complaints from his clients, and several survey maps drawn by...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.04.pdf

Account book, 1935-1936 (Box 5, folder 4)
1842-1968

The collection consists of the papers of Charles Gilbert Beetem, a Carlisle, PA rug manufacturer, local historian and genealogist, amateur artist, and omnivorous collector. Diaries, manuscripts, letters, advertisements, greeting cards, and extensive runs of Philadelphia and Carlisle turn-of-the-...

Collection Inventory: mc2002.07.pdf

Letter, c.1910s (Box 1, folder 1)
1859-1919

The collection consists mainly of correspondence between Arba Blodget (1879-1949), a Philadelphia drama critic and playwright, and his wife Laura and her family. Blodget and his wife had been separated early in their marriage due to his traveling with a theater company; often their only means of...

Collection Inventory: mc1998.02.pdf

Stock receipt, 1857 (Box 1, folder 4)
1854-1932

This collection contains materials documenting the personal and business lives of George W. Bowman (1809-1887) and his son Harry Leader Bowman (1848-1915). It also documents the death of George's wife and Harry's mother, Ann Leader Bowman (1813-1885).

The photographs series in this...

Collection Inventory: mc2008.03.pdf

Receipt for taxes, 1816 (Box 1, folder 9)
1792-1870

The collection includes business letters and legal papers of the Burd family, early deeds and patents, settlement of the Edward Shippen Burd estate 1848-1870, and correspondence concerning bequests for St. Stephen's Church, Philadelphia, the Burd memorial there, and the "Burd Orphan Asylum."

Collection Inventory: mc1999.10.pdf

Postcard of the Carlisle Indian School
1879-1918

This collection contains a number of items purchased as a group from Robert Rowe in 2014, and features the business papers of Milton I. Zeigler, postcards, ephemera, and publications from the Carlisle Indian School. Zeigler served as the industrial instructor for the shoe and harness department...

Collection Inventory: CIS-MC-002.pdf

Contract estimate, 1849 (Box 2, folder 6)
1833-1854

This collection consists of drafts, letters, manuscripts, notes, financial accounts, and a prospectus for the publication of a book. Specifically, there are lectures and notes on mechanics, as well as drafts for patents on inventions submitted to the Royal Commissioners of the Great Exhibition...

Collection Inventory: mc1999.08.pdf

Time Book, 1910 (Box 1, folder 7)
1906-1955

George Dum (c.1863-1918) served as secretary and treasurer for the Perry County-based Oak Grove Lumber Company. This collection contains materials pertaining to his interest in this venture, as well as his family's legal dealings with the associated Oak Grove and Kennedy's Valley timber tracts...

Collection Inventory: mc2008.01.pdf

Travel journal, 1776 (Box 1, folder 8)
1776-1857

The collection consists primarily of travel journals of Thomas and Jabez Fisher, sons of Joshua Fisher, a businessman in Philadelphia shipping prior to the Revolutionary War. The journals offer detailed accounts of travel to Europe in the 1760s and 1770s. In addition, a small amount of business...

Collection Inventory: mc2004.01.pdf

Poetry, undated (Box 1, folder 23)
1874-1959

The collection includes correspondence and manuscripts of William Righter Fisher, a Dickinson alumnus (class of 1870) and professor of modern languages (1874-1876). These papers reflect Fisher's graduate study in Germany, teaching at Dickinson, business and law, and the writings of Mrs. Fisher...

Collection Inventory: mc2000.12.pdf

Charles Francis Himes Photos - World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago
1893

These images are a sample of the photographs taken by Charles Francis Himes, a pioneer amateur photographer of the 19th century. Himes took this particular set of photographs while at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

The photographs are from the Charles Francis Himes...

Photograph, undated (Photographs, folder 73)
1797-1934

This collection primarily provides evidence of the personal and professional life of Charles Francis Himes, student, photographer, scientist, teacher, administrator, amateur historian and father. Also found in this collection is evidence of the lives of family members including, most notably, C...

Collection Inventory: mc2000.01.pdf

Photograph, undated (Photographs, folder 16)
1915-1993

This collection primarily provides evidence of the personal and public life of Frank E. Masland Jr., environmentalist, preservationist, explorer, entrepreneur, author, and community leader.  Also found in this collection is correspondence from prominent twentieth-century figures such as leaders...

Collection Inventory: mc2009.04.pdf

Letter, Oct. 1838 (Box 1, folder 35)
1828-1840

Hiester Henry Muhlenberg (1812-1886) was a member of the distinguished Muhlenberg family of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Dickinson College in 1829. This collection contains almost 200 letters, most of which were written by members of Muhlenberg's immediate family. These letters reflect...

Collection Inventory: mc2012.03.pdf

Photograph, 1979 (Photographs, folder 1)
1978-1986

The John H. Murdoch collection consists of various papers, newspaper clippings, audiotapes, and photographs collected by Murdoch during his involvement with Three Mile Island Alert. John Murdoch was a long-time resident of Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County and became involved in emergency...

Collection Inventory: TMI-Murdoch.pdf

Letters, 1799 (Box 1, folders 22 and 24)
1769-1865

The collection consists of the papers of Charles Nisbet, first president of Dickinson College, and his family, particularly his son-in-law, William Turnbull. The majority of these papers is correspondence conducted between Nisbet and his daughter, and also between Nisbet and Lady Leven of...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.07.pdf

Death certificate, 1902 (Box 2, folder 17)
1858-1943

The collection documents the lives of the members of the Potter, Guererro, James, and Lord families from the 1850s to the 1940s, beginning with Henry Cardwell Potter (1822-1902), a Philadelphia businessman who through his business dealings became Consul of Nicaragua for the city. Potter's...

Collection Inventory: mc1998.08.pdf

Booklet, 1854 (Box 2, folder 2)
1797-1937

The collection consists of correspondence, legal and financial materials primarily related to Price's law practice, his service in the Pennsylvania State Senate (1854-1856), and as a commissioner for Fairmount Park Association. Also included in the collection are papers concerning the Fisher's...

Collection Inventory: mc1999.13.pdf

Letter, 1844 (Box 1, folder 1)
1818-1870

This collection contains the personal and legal papers of John Meredith Read, a Pennsylvania lawyer and state supreme court justice. The collection is housed in one document box and is divided into two categories: Correspondence and Legal and Financial Papers. The correspondence consists of...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.19.pdf

Letter, 1859 (Box 3, folder 10)
1849-1871

This collection consists of folders in 13 manuscript boxes relating to correspondence and papers of Eli Slifer (1818-1888), an active figure in Pennsylvania politics and the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin, 1861-1867. Most of the letters were written during the...

Collection Inventory: mc2003.04.pdf

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Collection Inventory: Appendix A - Civil War Units

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Collection Inventory: Appendix B - Military Affairs

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Collection Inventory: Appendix C- Political Affairs

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Collection Inventory: Appendix D - Business Affairs

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Collection Inventory: Appendix E - Miscellaneous Affairs

James Gordon Steese Photos - Alaska
1920s

These images are from a collection of photograph albums compiled by James Gordon Steese, an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. Steese assembled these albums using photographs he collected while serving as president of the Alaska Road Commission during the construction of the Alaska Highway...

Location: MC 2002.4, B6

Subject: Business and Industry, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1920-1939

Passport, 1925 (Box 3, folder 13)
1882-1958

James Gordon Steese (1882-1958) was a member of the Dickinson College class of 1902. Among his many activities, Steese served as president of the Board of Road Commissioners for Alaska; the Steese Highway in Alaska is named for him. He later was involved with the development of railroads in both...

Collection Inventory: mc2002.04.pdf

James Gordon Steese Photos - Panama
1907-1912

These images are from a collection of photograph albums compiled by James Gordon Steese, an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. Steese assembled these albums using photographs he collected while stationed in Panama working on the Isthmian Railroad and the Panama Canal Project between 1907...

Location: MC 2002.4, B8, F2

Subject: Business and Industry, Military Affairs and Conflict, Travel and Tourism

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1900-1919

Letter from John Armstrong to James Armstrong
April 30, 1772

John Armstrong writes to his son James about his attempt to seek his fortune in the West Indies.  Armstrong also discusses news of General William Irvine, Dr. McCoskry, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and Mr. Waddell. Transcript included.

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