1780-1799

    Entries drawn from collection & document descriptions

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

Alexander Biddle Family Papers
1793-1926

Alexander Biddle, the patriarch of the collection, was born on April 29, 1819 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas A. Biddle and Christine Williams Biddle. A member of a prominent and wealthy Philadelphia family, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1838 and became a...

Plan of Education for Dickinson College - RG 1/1, 3.2.8
1783-1837

The papers of the Board of Trustees of Dickinson College, 1783-1833, include correspondence, reports, financial statements, printed materials, and legal documents, and have been arranged into seven series.

Series 1 – Membership contains...

Collection Inventory: RG 1-001.pdf

Record of sermons, 1817 (Box 1, folder 11)
1778-1865

Thomas Emerson Bond, Sr., was a well-known Methodist Episcopal minister and author who served as a trustee of Dickinson College from 1833 until 1835. The collection includes correspondence to and from Bond dating mostly from 1840-1848, as well as journals and records of the Methodist ministry of...

Collection Inventory: mc1999.02.pdf

Letter, 1825 (Box 1, folder 7)
1762-1932

The collection contains materials relating to family life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and in Ohio. The central figure is Daniel Bowdle (1796-1876), who as a young man moved to Cincinnati and became the successful business man of his family, with real estate and other interests. He aided his...

Collection Inventory: mc1998.03.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

Diary, 1851-1856 (Box 2, folder 8)
1729-1955

Moncure Daniel Conway was born into a southern aristocratic family, but ultimately became one of the nation's leading abolitionists and humanitarians. Conway was a graduate of Dickinson College in 1849 and was trained for the ministry at Harvard Divinity School. The collection consists mainly of...

Collection Inventory: mc1999.06.pdf

Letters, 1797 (Box 1, folder 4)
1762-1807

This collection is comprised of correspondence and legal papers reflecting the legal and political career of John Dickinson, statesman and president of the Supreme Executive Council of Delaware and Pennsylvania. The majority of the collection is comprised of correspondence from Dickinson to such...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.13.pdf

Commonplace book, 1787 (Box 1, folder 1)
1770-1787

Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson (1737-1801) was a Philadelphia writer who was known for hosting literary salons attended by individuals such as John Dickinson, Jacob Duché, Francis Hopkinson, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and Annis Boudinot Stockton. The collection consists of a commonplace book compiled by...

Location: MC 2006.3

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Diaries and Journals, Poetry and Lyrics

Time Period: 1760-1779, 1780-1799

Collection Inventory: mc2006.03.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

Sermons, 1807 (Box 1, folder 5)
1796-1813

Isaac Grier (c.1763-1814) was a member of the class of 1788 of Dickinson College; he studied theology under Charles Nisbet and later served as principal of the grammar school at the college from 1788 until 1790. The core of the collection consists of bound manuscripts of forty sermons given by...

Collection Inventory: mc2000.02.pdf

Letter, 1800 (Box 1, folder 6)
1773-1812

Francis Gurney (1738-1815) was a veteran of the French and Indian Wars, the American Revolution, and the Whiskey Rebellion. A prominent Philadelphia merchant, Gurney held several political offices such as city Alderman and representative and senator to the state legislature. Gurney also served...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.06.pdf

Letters, 1794 (Box 1, folder 9)
1789-1830

The Thomas Hamilton Collection consists almost exclusively of letters received by James Hamilton from his brother Thomas Hamilton, both of whom were prominent figures in local politics (James in Carlisle, PA and Thomas in Greensburg, PA). The letters range in date from 1789 until 1818 and cover...

Collection Inventory: mc2002.06.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 trustee of Dickinson College, and James G. Blaine (...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.01.pdf

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

Letter, 1785 (Box 1, folder 5)
1785-1811

This collection contains the papers of William Irvine, a physician during the American Revolution, and his family; the papers are housed in one document box and have been arranged into two sections: Correspondence, and Legal and Financial Papers.

The Correspondence section contains...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.02.pdf

Christmas card, 1953 (Box 1, folder 17)
1785-1980

T. Edward Munce Jr. (1914-1980) graduated from Dickinson College (class of 1939) and the Dickinson School of Law. He was a World War II veteran, State Department employee, and lawyer for the Public Utility Commission. The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence and Christmas cards...

Collection Inventory: mc2005.05.pdf

The Eagle, or, Carlisle Herald - March 3, 1802
1769-2001

The Carlisle and Local Newspaper Collection consists of various newspapers that were produced in south central Pennsylvania, or feature articles which concern local events. The newspapers are arranged alphabetically by title and then chronologically; a description of the contents and donor...

Allegheny Democrat - September 30, 1834
1785-2002

The Dickinsoniana Newspaper Collection consists of various newspapers acquired by the Library over the years. These items feature articles which concern mainly Dickinson College: happenings on campus, curriculum offerings, and doings of famous alumni such as James Buchanan and Roger Brooke Taney...

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Collection Inventory: Dickinsoniana - Subject Index

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

Charles Nisbet
1783-1831

The Presidents 1783-1833 Record Group contains papers related the presidency of the seven men who served at Dickinson from 1783 to 1833. This Record Group corresponds with that of RG 1/1, the Trustees 1783-1833, which also documents the first fifty years of the college. The materials in this...

Collection Inventory: RG 2/1 - Presidents

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

Engraving, undated (Box 2, folder 9)
1717-1964

This collection includes letters, documents, clippings, pamphlets, and photographs relating to Joseph Priestley and his descendants. It was presented to the college by Mrs. Temple Fay.

Collection Inventory: mc1998.01.pdf

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Collection Inventory: Priestley Family Collection Pamphlet

Program, undated (Box 4, folder 9)
1790-1937

Leon Cushing Prince (1878-1937) graduated from Dickinson College in 1898 and received his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law and his masters from New York University. Prince returned to Dickinson in 1907 to become a professor of history, where he would teach for thirty years until his...

Collection Inventory: mc1998.07.pdf

Letter, 1853 (Box 1, folder 10)
1786-1896

The collection consists of the correspondence of William Rawle (1759-1836), William Rawle, Jr. (1788-1858), William Henry Rawle (1823-1889), Charles Wallace Brooke, and William Brooke Rawle, primarily concerning legal and financial matters. The collection is arranged alphabetically by recipient...

Collection Inventory: mc2000.05.pdf

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