MC.00.010 George W. Childs collection, 1845-1967

George W. Childs collection 1845-1967MC.00.010

Summary Information

Title
George W. Childs collection
Creator
Childs, George William
Inclusive Dates
1845-1967
Extent
1.0 Cubic feet
Abstract
The collection consists of scrapbooks containing clippings published on the event of Childs's death and shortly after it (the bulk of the collection) as well as publications about Childs, memorial addresses in his honor, and some correspondence,
Call Number
MC.00.010
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Holly Frisbee, Rob Sieczkiewicz (2009)
Repository
W. W. Hagerty Library 3300 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 215.895.6706 archives@drexel.edu

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908

Subject(s)

  • Childs, George William, 1829-1894--Death and burial
  • Newspaper editors--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century

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Biographical Note

George W. Childs (1829-1894) was the founder and editor of the Philadelphia Public Ledger, a noted philanthropist, and a longtime friend of Anthony J. Drexel. Born in Baltimore, he moved to Philadelphia to work for a bookseller at age fourteen and soon went into business for himself at the age of eighteen. In 1849, he became a partner in the publishing firm of R. E. Petersen & Company, and in 1860 he formed a partnership with the influential publisher J. P. Lippincott. In 1864, he purchased the Philadelphia Public Ledger, in which Anthony J. Drexel would become a silent business partner. Childs was influential in encouraging Drexel to establish a school for the education of men and women, and he served on the Institute's board of trustees from the school's founding until his death. After his death, ownership of the  Ledger and of Childs's property passed to Drexel's son, George W. Childs Drexel.

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Scope and content note

The first series of this collection consists of scrapbooks containing clippings published on the event of Childs's death and shortly after it. Most of the clippings document Childs's life, his illness and death, his funeral, and the transfer of ownership of the Ledger to George W. Childs Drexel. The scrapbooks are arranged in four volumes with clippings arranged approximately in chronological order.

The second series of the collection consists of publications about Childs, memorial addresses in his honor, and some correspondence, including a letter signed by President Grover Cleveland from 1891. Although much of the material is from the 1890s, a reprint of a drawing book of objects by Childs dated 1845, a 1958 article about Childs, and a 1967 letter asking a reference question about Childs are included in the collection. The third series consists of maps, deeds, and related property records from 1867 to 1883. This is an artificial collection compiled from items found in the University Archives.

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Collection Inventory

Scrapbooks 1845-1967 

Box

Set 1 1894-1895 

1

Volume 1 

Set 2 1894-1895 

2

Volume 1 

Volume 2 

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Writings, speeches and memorials 1884-1967   11.0 folders

BoxFolder

Recollections of General Grant 1890   1.0 folder

11

"George W. Childs: Poor Richard the Second" (magazine article) 1946   1.0 folder

12

Childs, George W. Assorted Materials 1845-1967   1.0 folder

13

Address in Memory of George W. Childs 1894   1.0 folder

16

Some Lessons From the Life of George W. Childs 1891   1.0 folder

17

20050880013 1890 June 29 

20050880013

The Printers and Mr. Childs 1884   1.0 folder

18

Tour of Mr. George W. Childs To The Pacific Coast 1892   1.0 folder

14

Childs-Cleveland Letter 1891   1.0 folder

19

Address in Memory of George W Childs 1894 

BoxFolder

Childs, George W. Memorials 1894   1.0 folder

15

Map of George W. Childs's Tour of the Pacific Coast 1892   1.0 item

OVD1

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Land and property records 1867-1883 

BoxFolder

Maps of Land Purchased by George W. Childs 1867   1.0 folder

110

Descriptions of Land Purchased by George W. Childs 1867-1883   1.0 folder

111

Legal Document transferring a property from Ann Sheaff to George Childs 1880   1.0 folder

112

Prothonotary Rulings 1883   1.0 folder

113

Legal documents regarding land transfer between Hannah S. Wright and Cathaline Kelly 1975   1.0 folder

114

Clerk Ruling 1875   1.0 folder

115

Legal documents regarding land transfer between Hannah S. Wright and Anthony A. Drexel 1867 

116

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