Genealogy and Family History

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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...

Collection Inventory: mc1999.14.pdf

Letter, Oct. 1859 (Box 1, folder 2)
1836-1918

The collection consists mainly of personal correspondence: fifty letters, most of which are from Carolyn Elizabeth Roberts Ayer to her husband Joseph Cullen Ayer (b. 1839) at various points in his life, beginning before their marriage (1861) when...

Collection Inventory: mc1999.04.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...

Collection Inventory: mc2002.07.pdf

Letter, June 1848 (Box 1, folder 10)
1830-1856

The collection contains legal and financial materials related to the settlement of the estates of Ricardo Maria Bell of Santiago, Cuba and Ana Maria Bell de Becerra. Also included are an account ledger of former trustee Robert Ewing, wills,...

Collection Inventory: mc1999.15.pdf

Letter from John Black, Jr. papers
1855-1917

John Black, Jr. (1842-1915) attended Dickinson College between 1858 and 1860, before returning to his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to begin his career as a druggist. During the Civil War, Black served in the 122nd Pennsylvania Volunteers and...

Collection Inventory: mc2007.02.pdf

Diary, 1855-1872 (Box 2, folder 2)
1831-1890

Charles Collins (1813-1875) was a native of Maine and a graduate of Wesleyan University (1837); he served as president of Emory and Henry College (1838-1852), of Dickinson College (1852-1860) and as proprietor and President of State Female...

Collection Inventory: mc2003.06.pdf

Scrapbook page, c.1928 (Box 1, folder 12)
1912-2009

The collection documents the education and early teaching career of Velva Diven Daihl, class of 1927, and her husband, Sam Daihl. The bulk of the materials pertain to Velva's experiences as a Dickinson student and alumna. Some other items of note...

Collection Inventory: mc2012.06.pdf

Speech, undated (Box 1, folder 7)
1854-1918

Thomas Miller Griffith (1834-1898) graduated from Dickinson College in 1858 and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the college in 1891. He was a member of the Philadelphia conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and served...

Collection Inventory: mc2005.04.pdf

Photograph, 1862 (Photographs, folder 3)
1748-1963

The Hays family papers include correspondence, deeds, and memorabilia of six generations of this prominent Carlisle, Pa. family whose scions include General Ephraim Blaine (1741-1804), Commissary-General in the American Revolution and charter...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.01.pdf

Certificate, 1861 (Box 1, folder 24)
1802-1890

The collection consists of correspondence, genealogical materials, legal materials, printed and scrapbook materials relating to George Burt Lincoln. Correspondents include Abner Doubleday, Horace Greeley, Julia Ward Howe, and Elizabeth Cady...

Collection Inventory: mc2000.03.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...

Collection Inventory: mc2009.04.pdf

Autograph album, 1853 (Box 3, folder 04)
1853-1918

The collection consists of genealogical, financial, and scrapbook materials related to the McClintock and Wakeman families. Four ledgers concern research notes on George Washington. Also included in the collection are correspondence related to...

Collection Inventory: mc1999.12.pdf

Certificate, 1823 (Box 1, folder 14)
1809-1956

Jacob Simmons Mosher (1834-1883) was a prominent physician and professor of medicine in Albany, New York. Samuel L. Southard (1787-1842) was a lawyer, politician, and cabinet member from New Jersey. These papers contain correspondence and other...

Collection Inventory: mc2008.05.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...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.07.pdf

Newspaper, 1817 (Oversized, folder 1)
1809-1918

The collection documents several generations of the Poulson family and its role in publishing Poulson's American Daily Advertiser. It includes submissions, woodcuts, and sample issues from the Daily Advertiser; correspondence;...

Collection Inventory: mc2006.02.pdf

Envelope and postcard, 1983 (Box 2, folder 23)
1833-1994

This collection includes articles, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and programs about Joseph Priestley and related topics. Also included in the collection are genealogical materials - correspondence, notes, charts - collected by Priestley...

Collection Inventory: mc2003.08.pdf

Photograph, c1945 (Photographs, folder 52)
1860-2003

Ruth Agnes Trout graduated from Dickinson College with the class of 1936. In 1983, she and her sister, Helen Elizabeth Trout, established the Trout Gallery at the college in honor of their parents, Brook and Mary Agnes Cook Trout. This collection...

Collection Inventory: mc2005.01.pdf

Letter, 1809 (Box 2, folder 12)
1766-1897

The collection consists of the papers of the families of Jacob and Cornelius Vanderbilt, farmers and tax assessors of Newton Township, Cumberland County, Pa. Accounts of the Civil War are included among family correspondence, bills, accounts, and...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.14.pdf

Journal, 1950 (Box 10, folder 5)
1914-1985

Paul Walker (1896-1985) was a 1921 graduate of Dickinson College and a longtime contributing editor and columnist with the Harrisburg Patriot-News; his column "Roundabout" appeared for over ten years. This collection is comprised of...

Collection Inventory: mc2003.10.pdf

Letter from Robert Waln Jr. to Samuel Sitgreaves
May 24, 1824

Author Robert Waln, Jr. writes Pennsylvania politician Samuel Sitgreaves to ask for information about the life of James Wilson for a book entitled Biography of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Waln poses nine questions to...

John Wilson Family Genealogy
1835 - circa 1950

This file contains information related to John Wilson's family genealogy. Dr. Wilson (1768-1835) is a member of the Class of 1792. Besides an obituary for Wilson by a Dr. John Lilly, there are also two family descendants charts. The first chart...

Biographical Sketch of President James Buchanan by Lily Macalester
1859

Lily Macalester writes this biographical sketch of President James Buchanan in 1859. Macalester is friends with First Lady Harriet Lane, Buchanan's niece. Transcript included.

Letter from Samuel Barlow to George Curtis
October 17, 1881

Samuel Barlow writes to George Ticknor Curtis about Curtis' James Buchanan manuscript that contains material on Buchanan's engagement to Miss Anna Coleman. Barlow argues that Curtis "should not print any considerable portion of what you have...

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