Personal and Family Life

    Entries drawn from collection & document descriptions

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...

Collection Inventory: mc2002.04.pdf

Letter, 1864 (Box 1, folder 8)
1862-1908

James Alexander Streams fought for three years with Company A of the Sixty-First Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, which recruited its members from Indiana County. This collection contains 41 letters, most of which were received by Streams...

Collection Inventory: mc2004.03.pdf

Allen C. Tanner Photos - Flickr Collection
1924-1934

These images are from the collection of Illinois-born pianist Allen C. Tanner (1898-1987) who lived in France from 1924 to 1934. This collection reflects Tanner’s interactions with members of his family, as well as with musicians, artists, and...

Location: MC 2013.3

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1920-1939

OC 2013.3, Folder 16
1890-1986

Allen C. Tanner (1898-1987) was an Illinois-born pianist. At fifteen he was awarded a scholarship to study music in Chicago. There he met Margaret Anderson, editor of the Little Review. Tanner then moved to New York City where he...

Collection Inventory: mc 2013.03_Tanner.pdf

Autograph, undated (Box1, folder 5)
1951-1956

The Craig Robert Thomas collection consists of letters, autographs, and photographs from prominent celebrities and political and military figures who sent their warm wishes and personal regards to Craig Robert Thomas. This collection is a bequest...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.18.pdf

Drawing, 1856 (Box 2, folder 2)
1952-1957

The Craig Robert Thomas collection is housed in two document boxes, one oversized box, and 893 photograph folders, and is arranged into the following three categories: Correspondence, Photographs, and Miscellaneous. The collection consists almost...

Collection Inventory: mc2000.07.pdf

Image of Tiley Family Collection
1819-1979; bulk 1880-1945

This collection documents several members of the Dum family of Carlisle, PA, particularly Annie Spotts Dum, Blanche L. Dum (Class of 1910), George B. Dum, Miriam Dum Frey (Class of 1913), and Ray Spotts Dum (Class of 1908).  The collection is...

Collection Inventory: Nancy Tiley family papers inventory

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

Sermon, undated (Box 1, folder 8)
1880-1938

William Van Bergen Tudor (1832-1916) graduated from Dickinson College in 1850 and earned a Doctor of Divinity degree from Centenary College in Louisiana in 1872. He served as a minister in the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal...

Collection Inventory: mc2005.02.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

Sermon, 1877 (Box 1, folder 17)
1837-1890

The collection contains papers of Ferdinand de Wilton Ward (1812-1891) concerning the Central Church in Geneseo, New York, the American Bible Society, and the genealogy of the Ward family. Also in the collection are a journal of Ward's voyage to...

Collection Inventory: mc2000.06.pdf

Notebook, 1762 (Box 1, folder 1)
1762-1817

The Anthony Wayne collection consists of four notebooks kept by Anthony, Charles, and Isaac Wayne. The two notebooks belonging to Anthony Wayne, dated 1762 to 1764, contain notes on mathematics and surveying; the notebook of Charles Wayne also...

Collection Inventory: mc2003.11.pdf

Letters, 1928-1929 (Box 1, folder 5)
1924-1934

Emma Catherine Wentzel graduated from Dickinson College in 1934. This collection contains correspondence received during her high school and college years.

Collection Inventory: mc2007.01.pdf

The Uses of Bibliography, Lecture II: “The Bibliographer and the Makers of the Book” (typescript), 1953
1928-1965

The Willoughby collection is divided into three series and housed in four document boxes. It is comprised mostly of drafts of literary works, contained in the Literary Productions series, as well as correspondence, mostly relating to his...

Collection Inventory: mc2011.05.pdf

Ephemera, 1901 (Box 1, folder 71)
1880-c.1950

This collection consists of nine scrapbooks relating to John Perry Wood (1879-1959), Dickinson College class of 1901 and Yale University School of Law class of 1902, and his family. Most of the scrapbooks deal with aspects of family life:...

Collection Inventory: mc2009.03.pdf

Legal Opinion of John Dickinson on Joseph Yard’s Will
September 21, 1765

Attorney John Dickinson writes this legal opinion regarding Joseph Yard's will .

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-18

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Charles Nisbet to the Minister of Drumelzier
February 24, 1767

Charles Nisbet writes to the Minister of Drumelzier and inquires about various events since his visit three months ago. Nisbet also requests updates on several ministers as well as a few other individuals. "Does [Mr. Plummer] continue his nightly...

Location: I-TurnbullM-undated-4

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Commonplace Book of Elizabeth G. Fergusson
1770-1787

Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson's commonplace book contains handwritten poems and transcriptions of correspondence dating from 1770 to 1787. The poetry includes odes, elegies, and neoclassical-style poems written by Fergusson and others, such as her...

Location: MC 2006.3, B1, F1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1760-1779, 1780-1799

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.

Letter from James Wilson to Jasper Yeates
March 25, 1774

Attorney James Wilson writes to Jasper Yeates and discusses upcoming cases he will try in Cumberland, York, and Northumberland counties. Wilson also announces the birth of his son.

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-21

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Jeremy Bentham
March 19, 1775

Joseph Priestley writes to Jeremy Bentham, returning a friend's paper and alerting Bentham that he will be in the country for a month. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1964-12

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams (Copy)
July 24, 1775

John Adams, a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, writes to Abigail Adams on the state of creating a new country. "The difficulty and intricacy of it is prodidous," as Adams explains, "when 50 or 60 men have a Constitution to form for a...

Location: I-Purchase-1972-1

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Dickinson to Benjamin Rush
June 14, 1777

John Dickinson acknowledges the receipt of Benjamin Rush's pamphlet and mentions that he would only reenter Pennsylvania affairs to serve America. Dickinson also thanks Rush, a physician, for his attention to his daughter who is "well-recovered...

Location: I-SpahrB-1955-4

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Receipt for Return of a Slave from James A. Wilson
October 27, 1780

James A. Wilson of Middleton Township signs this receipt for the return of an eight year old male slave.

Location: I-BeetemC-1968-1

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

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