MC.00.001 Drexel family collection, 1826-1996

Drexel family collection1826-1996MC.00.001

Summary Information

Title
Drexel family collection
Inclusive Dates
1826-1996
Extent
12.5 Cubic Feet
Abstract
The collection contains correspondence, memoirs, genealogical charts, newsletters, pamphlets, family reunion material, scrapbooks, legal documents, publications, and newspaper clippings related to the descendants of Francis Martin Drexel. Includes a diary written by Francis Martin Drexel in 1826-1830 and three letters authored by Anthony J. Drexel, the founder of Drexel University. The bulk of material dates from the twentieth century and is contained in eleven volumes of scrapbooks that begin with the death of Anthony J. Drexel in 1893.
Call Number
MC.00.001
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Kevin Martin
Repository
W. W. Hagerty Library 3300 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 archives@drexel.edu URL:

Preferred Citation

Drexel Family Collection, Drexel University Archives.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Found in collection, 2005. Most items are believed to have been transferred from the Drexel University Museum.

Hymnal and Book of Common Prayer transferred from Drexel Collection in 2012.

Access Restrictions

Portions of the collection are restricted. See series descriptions for further details.

Preferred Citation

Drexel Family Collection, Drexel University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Drexel Family Office
  • Drexel University. Museum

Family Name(s)

  • Drexel Family

Genre(s)

  • Family papers
  • Genealogical tables
  • Diaries
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Drexel, Anthony J (Anthony Joseph)
  • Drexel, Mary S. Irick
  • Drexel, Francis Martin
  • Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson)

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Biographical note

The progenitor of the Drexel family, Francis Martin Drexel, was born at Dornbirn in Austria near the Swiss border in 1792. He was the son of a merchant who sent him to school in Italy where he showed a natural gift for painting. Fleeing from a conscription measure imposed by the Austrian government, he wandered though Switzerland, Germany, and France working as an itinerant laborer and part-time portrait painter.

In 1817, Drexel moved to the United States and established himself in Philadelphia, working as an artist of some distinction for a period of approximately twenty years. In 1826, he toured South America as a portrait painter and painted a number of portraits including one of General Simon Bolivar. He spent four years in South America. While traveling abroad, Drexel learned the many nuances of currency exchange - a skill he would later use to earn a great fortune when he returned to the United States.

After a number of years experimenting in business while maintaining his career as an artist, Drexel finally made a permanent career change from artist to banker. In 1837, Drexel opened a brokerage house in Philadelphia called Drexel and Company. Amidst the turmoil created by the end of the Second Bank of the United States and an unpredictable currency system, Drexel thrived. When Drexel's sons, Anthony and Francis A., turned eleven, he began teaching them the banking business. Both became members of the firm at age twenty-one. Drexel and Company made vast sums of money on financial opportunities created by gold discoveries in the west, opening a branch of Drexel and Company in San Francisco. They were also involved in financial deals with the federal government during the Mexican and Civil War. In the second half of the nineteenth century they played a conservative - which turned out to be a lucrative - role during the railroad boom. Anthony Drexel became the head of Drexel and Company when his father died in 1863. He partnered with J.P. Morgan and began one of the most lucrative banking interests in the world. By the end of the nineteenth century, Anthony Drexel and his brothers had significantly increased the wealth of an already lucrative banking firm.

Anthony Drexel's success in business led to significant philanthropic activity. He gave considerable sums to Christian hospitals and other institutions that administered care for the poor. In the 1860s, Drexel had started to consider using his wealth to fund a school. Under the influence of his niece Katharine Drexel, who would later be canonized by the Catholic Church, he decided to open an industrial school. What was unique about Drexel's vision was his intention to make his school accessible to all, without restrictions based on gender, creed, or social class. In December 1891, the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry dedicated its Main Building on 32nd and Chestnut Streets. Anthony Drexel died two years later in 1893.

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Scope and content note

The collection contains items related to the Drexel family found in the Drexel University Archives in 2005. The provenance for most of the items has been lost. The majority of the collection contains newspaper clippings and scrapbooks related to the Drexel family in the twentieth century. A preliminary index of the scrapbooks is available in the University Archives.

The nineteenth century items include a scrapbook containing obituaries of A.J. Drexel in 1893; memorial books for A.J. Drexel's wife and brother; a diary kept by Frances Martin Drexel while traveling in South America; three letters by A.J. Drexel - one written on the day of his death; and a cash book, believed to be related to F.M. Drexel, from 1830 and 1831.

The collection also contains genealogical charts created, mostly, for the hundredth anniversary celebration of Drexel University in 1992. Legal documents in the collection contain information about the estates of A.J. Drexel and his children including detailed inventories of the estate of George W. Childs Drexel and his wife Mary. Also included in the legal and financial series are papers on the Wootton property, including several b&w photographs of the buildings from the appraisal of the property in 1949. The limited number of photographs in the collection likely came from the museum where some of the original prints and paintings reside.

Original order has been maintained where apparent; otherwise the collection has been arranged at the archivist's discretion. The pages of scrapbooks have been removed from binding and individual pages placed in folders.

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Bibliography

Rottenberg, Dan. The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.

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Collection Inventory

 Series I Scrapbooks 1883-1990   11 folders

Scope and content note

Individual pages (many double sided) from twelve volumes of scrapbooks covering 1884 to 1980. Includes newspaper articles, photographs, and ephemera about the lives and activities of the Drexel family and other families connected to the Drexels.

Volume 1, Death of A.J. Drexel 1893 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   11-48

A.J. Drexel is dead 1893 

Volume 2 1884-1922 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   149-85

Listening to infidel Bob 1884 

Volume 3 1905-1926 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   186-160

Introduced to society this week 1923 October 9 

Scenes at navy day fete at Camp Hill yesterday 1917 October 6 

Mrs. John R. Fell  1926  

Scenes as fire swept through Van Rensselaer home at Camp Hill  1926 

Barrett romance is reported ended 1920 

Her pathetic romance ends  1920 July 26 

Seeking husband of Drexel heiress  1920 September 

Captain Barrett, who eloped with society young woman is guarded in Los Angeles  1920 September 23 

"Diamond Bill" Barrett held pending search for pearls 1920 

Rich Mrs. Drexel forgives her prodigal daughter 1921 October 23 

Dashing war aviator once John R. Drexel's son-in-law, now beggar in Hollywood 1927 March 21 

Volume 4 1926-1931 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   21-73

Miss Devereux presented at tea 1928 

Mr. and Mrs. John Fell during United Hunts at Belmont Park, N.Y.  1928 November 8 

Volume 5 1931-1935 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   274-162

John R. Fell reported dead 22 February 1933 

John R. Fell found slain in Java Hotel 23 February 1933 

Relatives think Fell was slain 24 February 1933 

Fell's death held accident by U.S. Consul 24 February 1933 

Launch 3 probes in Fell tragedy; will bars widow 25 February 1933 

Fell's relatives doubt accident 25 February 1933 

Memorial rites held for Fell 13 March 1933 

Van Rensselaer dies in hospital 1933 

Van Rensselaer dies at age of 82 1933 

Volume 6 1935-1939 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   31-78

Volume 7 1939-1942 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   379-165

Rittenhouse Square "five and dime" to replace Van Rensselaer mansion? 1939 July 6 

Mr and Mrs Robert Cassatt- Mae Cadwalader- Drexel Institute's 50th anniversary 1941   1 folder

Husband of Drexel Heiress Is Killing fighting for RAF - John R. Drexels 3d at Bailey's Beach 1941 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cassatt - Enjoying a Round of Visits - Drexel to Mark 50th Year - 2 Schools to Honor 202 Pupils Tonight 1941 

page 13 August 1939 

page 14 September 1939 to October 1939 

page 16 September 1939 

page 167 July 1942 

page 168 July 1942 

Volume 8 1942-1948 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   41-83

page 71: Munn's Ex-Wife Clears Ad Man; Death of George W. C. Drexel 1944 September 9 - 1944 September 10   1 folder

page 72: death of George W. C. Drexel 1944 September 9 - 1944 September 10 

page 73: death of George W. C. Drexel; G.W.C. Drexel's Will 1944 September 10 - 1944 September 23 

page 74: George W. C. Drexel's Will; death of Robert Kelso Cassatt 1944 September 19 - 1944 September 23 

page 81: Lt. Biddle marries; Drexel graduate Major Charles S. Coddington discovers charcoal-burning Nazi tanks; Plans to develop Independence Hall area as a "national shrine"; Mrs. Dorothy Rice Young named dean of women at Drexel 1945 April 7 - 1945 April 29 

page 82: Rensselaer Trust; Miss Ardenia Chapman appointed dean of the School of Home Economics at Drexel; Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. promoted to captain; death of William Rhinelander Stewart; George W. C. Drexel's estate; Mrs. Livingston L. Biddle to host a luncheon; Isaac W. Roberts elected director of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company 1945 April 24 - 1945 July 7  

page 121 July 1946 

page 122 July 1946 to August 1946 

Volume 9 1948-1955 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   484-222

Mrs. Drexel dies at her estate 1948 December 16 

Mrs. Drexel dies at her estate 1948 December 16 

House defeats mall fund move 1949 March 31 

Nearly 3 million in Mrs. Drexel Fund 1949 April 6 

Mary S. Irick Drexel collection at public auction 1949 May 9 

Wootton furniture 1949 April 4 

Famed Drexel mansion is made ready for last reception 1949 

Drexel treasures to go on block next month 1949 April 24 

Drexel mansion price a bargain at $275,000 1949 May 22 

Articles on Mrs. John R. Drexel and Snadford C. Smith (formerly Miss Doreen Drexel) 1949 May 

AJ Drexel Biddle Jr. - Mrs. Paul D. Mills - Historic Costume Collection D.I.T. 1954   1 folder

page 13 1948 May 

page 14 May 1948 to June 1948 

Paul Denckla Mills, broker, dies at Radnor 1954 

Volume 10 1955-1960 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   51-134

Old Costumes Tell 'The Drexel Story' 1955 December 7   1 volume

page 162 October 1961 to November 1961 

page 163 November 1961 

page 168 November 1961 

page 169 November 1961 

Volume 11 1966-1980 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   5135-224

pg 149 Isleboro's "Uncle George" Drexel 1974 

pg 150 Isleboro's "Uncle George" Drexel 1974 

Engagement scrapbook of Ellen Drexel Paul and Paul Denckla Mills 1902-1903   1 box 1 document box


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   20unknown container

Gift of Wendy Drexel Paul

Donated to the University 2016 April 8 from Wendy Drexel Paul

Scope and content note

The scrapbook contains over 250 letters of congratulations regarding the engament of Ellen Drexel Paul and Paul Denckla Mills, whose father--Colonel Samuel Myers Mills--was the commandant of West Point. In addition, a wedding invation is included in a separate folder which was also tucked into the scrapbook corespendence. It was donated as a gift to the archives from Wendy Drexel Paul.

Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Drexel family

Index for Drexel family scrapbooks undated 


    boxfolder
Text   1442

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 Series II Name/subject files 1826-1991   58 folders

Scope and content note

Chiefly newspaper clippings, but also articles, correspondence, and other ephemera, arranged by surname or subject.

A.J. Drexel sculpture 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   61

Andalusia [Biddle family home]   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   1415

Astor, John Jacob 1971   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   1416

Baltzell, Francis Drexel 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   61A

Biddle Family 1939-1972   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   142
    boxfolder
Text   1417

Biddle portraits 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   62

Biddle, A.J. Drexel 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   63

Biddle, Charles J. 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   64

Biddle, Cordelia D. 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   65

Biddle, Craig 1947 


    boxfolder
Text   944
    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   66

Biddle, Edward 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   67

Biddle, Ernest Law 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   68

Biddle, Eugenia C.L. 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   69

Biddle, Francis 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   610

Biddle, Letitia 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   611

Biddle, Livingston L. 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   612

Biddle, Margaret Thompson 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   613

Biddle, Nicholas Duke 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   614

Biddle, Tony [A.J. Drexel Biddle III] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   614A

Bixler, C. Eowin 


    boxfolder
Text   942

Bouvier family 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   615

Cadwalader family 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   616

Camp Hill Hall 1917-1945   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   143

Cassat family 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   617

Cassat homes 1954-1977   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   144

Cheston family 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   618

Cassatt, Minnie Drexel Fell 1954 


    boxfolder
Text   941

Church of the Saviour 1956   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   146

Drexel and Co. [copy of bank draft Drexel, Saither, and Church] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   619

Drexel and Co.:Two Famous Banking Houses undated 


    boxfolder
Text   936

Drexel auction 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   620

Drexel & Co. building 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   621

Artist fleeing Napoleon's armies founded Drexel & Co. in 1833 1840 February 16 

Drexel estate 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   622

Drexel family 


    boxfolder
Text   945
    boxfolder
Text   1425
    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   623

Drexel Institute 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   624

Drexel Institute trustees 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   625

Drexel homes 1940   2 folders


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   626
    boxfolder
Text   938

Drexel, Alice Troth 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   627
    boxfolder
Text   937

Heartbreaks by G. Coughlin 1948 August 1 

Of society: Unhappy exile for turquoise lady  1948 August 1 

$6,000,000 is left by Alice T. Drexel undated 

Mrs. Drexel left over $6,000,000 undated 

Alice Drexel Estate pays 3 million tax undated 

Mrs. Drexel left 6 million undated 

Drexel, Anthony J. 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   628

Drexel, Anthony J., Col. 1934 


    boxfolder
Text   934

Memorial statement 1934 

Drexel, Anthony J. [IV] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   629

Drexel, Antonia 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   630

Drexel, Elizabeth Wharton 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   631

Drexel, Francis A. 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   632

Drexel, Francis M. 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   633

Drexel, Francis Martin [art exhibits] 1966   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   1418

Fiftieth anniversary, An exhibition of the work of Francis Martin Drexel 1941 December 5 - 20 

Drexel, George W. Childs 1944-1959 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   634
    boxfolder
Text   145
    boxfolder
Text   1419

Drexel, H. Grayson 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   635

Drexel, Helen Diana 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   636

Drexel, John R. 


    boxfolder
3d_objects   1420
    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   637

John R. Drexel news clippings 

Drexel, John R. [Mrs.] [III] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   638

Drexel, Joseph W.    1 folder


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   638A

Drexel, Katharine 1966-2000   3 folders


    boxfolder
Text   1422
    boxfolder
Text   1423
    boxfolder
Text   1421

Drexel, Mother Katharine 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   639

Open beatification cause for Mother Katharine Drexel 1964 

Drexel, Marjorie Gould [Mrs. A.J. Drexel, Jr.] 


    boxfolder
Text   940

Drexel, Mary J. 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   640

Drexel, Mary S. Irick 


    boxfolder
Text   939

School Gets Bulk Of Drexel Estate circa 1948 

Drexel, Victor L. [Mrs.] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   641

Duke family 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   642

Fell family 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   643

Grant, Ulyssess S. 1924   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   147

Gundry, John M. [Mrs.] 1939   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   148

Mills, Paul Denckla (obituary) 


    boxfolder
Text   943

Munn, Charles A. 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   643A

Paul Family - Woodcrest 1943-1958   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   149

72 orphan girls awed by grandeur of new home 1954 September 12 

A.J. Drexel Paul, grandson of the founder of Drexel Institute of Technology has served as Chariman of the Board of Trustees since 1932 1958 Summer 

Nuns buying Dorrance Estate at Radnor of Orphanage 1953 October 15 

Rare Scripts may be sold by Drexel 1943 December 15 

Flames sweeping Paul mansion at Radnor 1948 February 3 

$200,000 blaze ruins mansion of A.J. Drexel Paul 1948 

Paul, A.J. Drexel 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   644

Paul, Frances K. Drexel 1877   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   141

Scope and content note

Hymnal and Book of Common Prayer used at the wedding of Frances K. Drexel to James W. Paul, Jr. in 1877. Inscribed by the officiant, Rev. J. Houston Eccleston. Book of Common Prayer includes signatures of witnesses, one of whom was J. Pierpont Morgan.

Paul, J.P. [Mrs.] 1949   1 folder


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Text   1424

Paul, John R. 


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Mixed Materials   645

Paul, Mary Astor 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   646

Paul, Tony [A.J. Drexel Paul III] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   646A

Penrose family 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   647

Philadelphia society 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   648

Robertson, Cordelia Biddle 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   648A

Seamen's Institute 1924   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   1410

Smith, Heloise C. Drexel 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   649

St. Martin's Church, Radnor (PA) [Organ dedication] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   650

Stotesbury 1938-1939   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   1411

Van Rensselaer, Alexander   2 folders


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   935A
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Mixed Materials   651
    boxfolder
Text   935

Portrait undated 

Van Rensselaer homes 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   652

Townhouse at 18th and Walnut undated 

Woodlands 1938   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   1412

Wootton 1949-1950   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   1413

Yachts, Drexel 1917-2006   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   1414

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 Series III Diaries and memoirs 1826-1917   5 folders

Series description

Includes the original diary of Francis Martin Drexel kept while traveling as a portrait painter in South America (1826 to 1830) along with a privately published edition (a photocopy of the original is also available). Life and Travels of Francis M. Drexel tells the story of his early life in Austria and travels throughout Europe. The memoir ends with his leaving for South America after marrying Catherine Hookey in Philadelphia. This series also includes a memoir by A.J. Drexel Paul (original and photocopy) about the Alcedo, a yacht owned by George Drexel that was the "first ship in the United States Navy to be torpedoed and sunk by the Germans."

"Journal of Trip to South America," by F.M. Drexel, original and privately published edition 1826-1830 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   182

"Life and Travels of Francis M. Drexel" by Francis M. Drexel circa 1850s   1 folder


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Mixed Materials   71A

General

Includes a note at the front written by Katharine Drexel Penrose, dated December 1901, when she had a copy of the original manuscript typed. This item is a photocopy of a typed copy of the manuscript. The location of the original manuscript is unknown.

"Life and Travels of Francis M. Drexel" [photocopy] circa 1850s 

The Alcedo, by A.J. Drexel Paul [photocopy] 1917 


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Mixed Materials   72

"Journal of Trip to South America," by F.M. Drexel [access copy] 1826-1830 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   7A1

The Alcedo, by A.J. Drexel Paul [typescript] 1917 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   7A2

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 Series IV Correspondence 1862-1928   9 folders

Series description

Includes three original letters written by A.J. Drexel as well as copies of letters from a familial relation of Ulysses S. Grant to A.J. Drexel and a letter from Matthew Vassar to A.J. Drexel.

Related material

Drexel family folders in University Records, Office of the President, for correspondence related to fund raising, involvement with trustees, donations to the museum, and other matters.

A.J. Drexel to Mr. Burns 29 June 1893 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   73

A.J. Drexel to Mr. Burns 30 June 1893 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   74

A.J. Drexel to Horace Maynard 1874 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   75

Julia D. Grant to A.J. Drexel [photocopy] 1885 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   76

Ulysses S. Grant to A.J. Drexel [manuscript] 13 December 1878 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   181

Letter, 2 pages 13 December 1878 

Ulysses S. Grant to A.J. Drexel [typed transcript] undated 


    boxfolder
Text   181A

George W. Childs to K.G. Matheson 1928 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   77

Matthew Vassar to A.J. Drexel [copy] 1862 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   78

[unknown author] to Mr. and Mrs. Van Rensselaer 1912 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   79

[unknown author] to Wm. Munn 1925 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   710

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 Series V Publications and printed matter 1829-1990   20 folders

Series description

Variety of published and printed materials related to Drexel family genealogy, business, philanthropy, biography, etc.

Addresses at the Dedication of the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry [reprint] 1891 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   711

A.J. Drexel and his Industrial University [speech delivered to the Newcomen Society] 1949 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   712

Printed edition 

Biographical essays, Francis Martin Drexel and sons [undated] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   713

From "Historic Families of America" undated 

Notes on the Drexel family tree undated 

Carpenter's Book of Crests and All-Over Patterns [undated] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   714

Classified Directory of Tenants of Drexel Building 1934 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   715

Death announcement, A.J. Drexel 1893 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   716

Drexel and Co.: Over a Century of History [speech delivered to the Newcomen Society] 1952 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   717

Drexel Building [undated] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   718

Drexel Century 1991   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   1427

The Drexel Heritage: A Family and University 1975 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   729

Book 1975 

The DuPont-Drexel Legacy 1986 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   719
    boxfolder
Text   1426

Early Life of F.M. Drexel, by Boies Penrose 1936 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   720

El Pintor Austriaco Frances Martin Drexel En La Iconografia Bolivariana 1973 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   721

An Exhibition of the Work of Francis Martin Drexel 1941 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   722

Family Tithes Winter 1998   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   1428

Founder's Family: A Centennial Publication of the Descendants of A.J. Drexel 1990 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   723

Pamphlet 1990 

Francis Martin Drexel: An Artist Turned Banker 1976 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   724

Francis Martin Drexel and Philadelphia Leadership in International Finance (The Girard Letter) 1933 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   725

Francis Martin Drexel "El Pintor Tiroles" 1973, 1986 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   7unknown container

Harper's Weekly regarding the opening of the Drexel institute 1892, January 2   1 item 1 flat box

Cover of issue depicting Anthony J. Drexel 1892 January 2 

Sketches depicting scenes within the Main Building 1892 January 2 

Article regarding the founding of the Drexel Institute part 1 

Article regarding the founding of the Drexel Institute part 2 

Hymnal 1877 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   730

International Typographical Union Oldtimers [sic] and Printers Home 1980 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   726

Ode to Bogle, by Nicholas Biddle, 1829. Privately printed for Ferdinand Dreer. 1865 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   727

Service in Memory of A.J. Drexel 1894 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   728

Shared Vision October 1, 2000   1 folder


    boxfolder
Text   1429

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 Series VI Legal and financial records 1830-1951, 1996   12 folders

Series description

An assortment of documents related to the personal property and business of A.J. Drexel and his children. Includes copies of business agreements between the Drexels and Morgans as well as detailed inventories of George W. Childs Drexel's Wooton estate. The cash book identified as Partenhemier and Drexel appears to be from a business started by Francis M. Drexel upon his return from South America (see Rottenberg, The Man Who Made Wall Street, p. 25).

Agreement between Francis A. Drexel, Anthony J. Drexel, and J.P. Morgan [photocopy of original] 1871 


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Mixed Materials   81

Appraisal of real estate property - Wootton 1949 


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Mixed Materials   155

Scope and content note

Includes several b&w photographs of buildings on the property and a maps of the land. Property located on southerly side of Bryn Mawr Avenue, 1-1/4 miles from the center of Bryn Mawr. In township of Radnor (part in township of Haverford) county of Delaware, state of Pennsylvania.

Appraisal premises the George W.C. Drexel estate for Drexel Institute of Technology 1949 


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Mixed Materials   1512

Scope and content note

Includes several b&w photographs of buildings on the property. SE corner Bryn Mawr Avenue & Coopertown Road Bryn Mawr, Radnor Township, PA

Articles of Partnership, Drexel and Co. and Drexel, Morgan and Co. [photocopy of original] 1894 


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Mixed Materials   82

Cash book 1830-1831 


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Mixed Materials   83

Credit memorandum: Anthony Fire Insurance Brokers, Inc. 1949 


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Mixed Materials   154

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David Lewis will (copy) and Haverford Township land survey 1774, 1824 

2

Deed, A.J. Drexel, et ux. to David Simpson, Premises West Side of Clarion Street one hundred and forty nine feet south of Dickinson Street, Twenty-sixth Ward 1876 


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Mixed Materials   84

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Deeds 1698-1843   11 items

4

Deeds and Haverford and Radnor Township land survey  1706-1896   6 items

5

Legal documents 1771-1949 

General

Copy of will of Philip Sheaff, copy of patent to Stephen Evan, and three property deeds.

3

Deeds, searches, legal papers on Wootton property 1880-1894 


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Mixed Materials   1511

Estate of Anthony J. Drexel, deceased 1946-1949 


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Mixed Materials   85

Estate of George W. Childs Drexel, deceased 1945 


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Mixed Materials   86

Estate of Mary S. Irick Drexel, deceased 1950-1951 


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Mixed Materials   88

Estate of Mary S. Irick Drexel 1944-1949 


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Mixed Materials   87

Estate of Mary S. Irick Drexel, deceased: statement, account 11941-02 1942 August 19 


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Mixed Materials   15unknown container

Estate of Mary S. Irick Drexel: correspondence 1949-1951 


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Mixed Materials   152

Estate of George W. Childs Drexel, et al: correspondence 1949 


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Mixed Materials   153

Inventory and Appraisement in the Estate ["Wootton"] of George W. Childs Drexel, deceased 1944 October 5 


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Mixed Materials   89

page 119: Tower Room continued, Mr. Drexel's Work Shop, Third Floor; Collection of Rifles, Guns, Cameras, etc. 1944 October 5 

page 120: Collection of Rifles, Guns, Cameras, etc. Continued 1944 October 5 

page 121: Collection of Guns, Rifles, Cameras, etc. Continued 1944 October 5 

Inventory, list of goods to be held, property of L.L. Biddle 1917 


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Mixed Materials   810

Inventory, items withdrawn from Wootton Sale circa 1944 


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Mixed Materials   811

page one circa 1944 

Inventory - Residence of A.J. Drexel November 1893   1 folder


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Text   1431

Last Will and Testament of A.J. Drexel 1893   1 folder


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Text   1430

Letter of attorney Jesse Brooke to Jospeh W. Fox to satisfy mortgage 1880 September 3 


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Mixed Materials   1513

Mortgage, George W.C. Drexel to Emma B. Childs 1894 


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Mixed Materials   812

Newspaper articles on Wootton property 1996 February 


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Mixed Materials   1514

Renovations of Wootton property correspondence 1924-1931 


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Mixed Materials   157

Sale and development of Wootton property correspondence 1949-1950 


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Mixed Materials   156

Supplementary catalogue public auction 1949 May 


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Mixed Materials   1510

Valuable precious stone jewelry auction catalogue 1949 May 


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Mixed Materials   158

Valuable furnishings and art collection auction catalogue 1949 May 


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Mixed Materials   159

page 143: Antique and Modern Arms, Armor, and Fishing Tackle 1949 May 

page 144 1949 May 

page 145 1949 May 

page 146 1949 May 

page 147 1949 May 

page 148 1949 May 

page 149 1949 May 

page 150 1949 May 

page 151 1949 May 

page 152 1949 may 

page 153 1949 May 

page 154 1949 May 

page 155 1949 May 

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 Series VII Family reunion material 1970-1991   3 folders

Series description

Includes material related to Drexel family reunions hosted by Drexel University in 1970, 1983, and 1991. Material from 1991 has correspondence from Drexel family members to the organizers of the reunion.

Booklet 1970 


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Mixed Materials   91

Booklet 1983 


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Mixed Materials   92

Correspondence 1991 


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Mixed Materials   93

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 Series VIII Genealogical material 1952-1991   20 folders

Series description

Family charts that trace the descendants of Francis Martin Drexel into the late twentieth century. Box 10 contains an indexed genealogy that has a typed page for eight generations of Francis Martin Drexel descendents. Many pages include photographs.

Access restrictions

[Portions of this series are closed to researchers because they contain confidential information on living members of the Drexel family. Closed folders are marked as restricted in the folder list.

Front matter for family trees [printed for 1991 Drexel family reunion] 1991 


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Mixed Materials   93A

Family tree, Pre-Descendancy Tree [printed for 1991 Drexel family reunion] 1991 


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Mixed Materials   94

Family tree, Joseph Wilhelm Drexel Line [printed for 1991 Drexel family reunion] 1991 


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Mixed Materials   95

Family tree, Drexel-Biddle Line [printed for 1991 Drexel family reunion] 1991 


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Mixed Materials   96

Family tree, Drexel-Paul Line [printed for 1991 Drexel family reunion] 1991 


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Mixed Materials   97

Family tree, Drexel-Fell Line [printed for 1991 Drexel family reunion] 1991 


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Mixed Materials   98

Family tree, John Drexel Line [printed for 1991 Drexel family reunion] 1991 


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Mixed Materials   99

Family tree, Anthony J. Drexel, Jr., Line [printed for 1991 Drexel family reunion] 1991 


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Mixed Materials   910

Family trees, Francis Martin Drexel 1948 


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Mixed Materials   911

Annotated family tree of Francis M. Drexel and Katherine Hookey undated 

Family tree of Francis M. Drexel and Katherine Hookey undated 

Family trees 1983 


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Mixed Materials   912

Drexel-Troth Family Tree 

Correspondence, research inquiries 1954-1987 


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Mixed Materials   913

Family crest undated 


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Mixed Materials   914

Drexel Family crest undated   2 folder(s)

Drexel family relationships, alphabetical and chronological list 1986 


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Mixed Materials   915

Conditions Governing Access note

Restricted.

Geographic Distribution of the Descendants of Anthony J. Drexel 1988 


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Mixed Materials   916

Conditions Governing Access note

Restricted.

List of Drexel descendants [1990] 


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Mixed Materials   917

Conditions Governing Access note

Restricted.

Founder's Family Newsletter 1982-1991 


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Mixed Materials   918

Newsletter 1989 


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Mixed Materials   919

The Family Drexel of Austria and New Orleans, LA, USA 


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Mixed Materials   920A

"Drexel Genealogy," documents eight generations, hand typed pages with photographs attached [compiler unknown] [undated] 


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Mixed Materials   101

"Drexel Genealogy," expanded typed version, includes index [compiler unknown] 


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Mixed Materials   10A1

Notes on Drexel family trees and lineages, handwritten notes and diagrams 2007 February   1 folder


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Mixed Materials   10A5

Scope and content note

Also contains an oversized copy of the Drexel family seal

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 Series IX People photographs   17 folders

Series description

Small collection of photographs made up mainly of head shots. Francis Martin Drexel folder contains photos of his paintings. A.J. Drexel folder includes a duplicate photo of Drexel and George W. Childs, one of the earliest known photos of either man.

Biddle, A.J. Drexel, Jr. 


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Mixed Materials   920

Biddle, A.J. Drexel (Major) undated   1 folder


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Graphic Materials   920B

Biddle, A.J. Drexel (Major) 

Biddle, Charles, J. undated 


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Mixed Materials   921A

Biddle, Craig 


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Mixed Materials   921

Biddle, Craig, Jr. 


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Mixed Materials   922

Biddle, Livingston L. 


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Mixed Materials   924

Biddle, Livingston III 


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Mixed Materials   925

Drexel, Anthony J. 


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Mixed Materials   926

Formal portrait of Mr. Drexel later in life circa 1890   1 photographs

Anthony J. Drexel reading Scribner's magazine circa 1890   1 photographs

Anthony J. Drexel in a double-breasted overcoat looking to his left circa 1880   1 photographs

Drexel, Anthony J. [Jr.] 


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Mixed Materials   926A

Seated with his hands folded undated 

Drexel, Anthony J., Col. 


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Mixed Materials   927

Seated n.d. 

Drexel, Francis Martin 


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Mixed Materials   928

Self-Portrait with Family 

Painting by Francis Martin Drexel of the Drexel family in Dornbirn, Austria 1815 

Exhibition of the Work of Francis Martin Drexel (program) 

Drexel, George W. Childs 


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Mixed Materials   929

Portrait of George W. Childs Drexel circa 1940 

Portrait of Anthony J. Drexel and George W. Childs as young men circa 1850 

Drexel, George W. Childs circa 1940s 


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Mixed Materials   929a

George W. Childs Drexel and Mary Strich Irick (Mrs. George W. Childs Drexel), two individual photos matted together circa 1940s 

Portrait of George W. Childs Drexel undated 

Drexel, St. Katharine 


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Mixed Materials   930

Postcard of Mother Katharine kneeling in prayer 1959 January 26 

Portrait  

Portrait of Katharine Drexel in a habit 

Portrait, in habit with cross 

Van Rensselaer, Alexander 


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Mixed Materials   932

Van Rensselaer riches to family 1933 July 22 

Address delivered at memorial serivce by J. Rodman Paul 1933, November 1 

Van Rensselaer, Sarah Drexel (Fell) circa 1910   1 folder


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Mixed Materials   933

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 Series X Oversized items 

Scope and content note

Bound memorials compiled upon the death of A.J. Drexel, Mrs. A.J. Drexel, and Francis Anthony Drexel. Includes a Drexel family bible that was purchased by the Drexel Institute in 1950 containing records of A.J. Drexel's children kept by Ellen Drexel. Memorial book for Mrs. A.J. Drexel includes original copies of letters, telegrams, and calling cards received by A.J. Drexel upon the death of his wife in 1891. Among the notable documents include handwritten letters from Andrew Carnegie, Joseph Pulitzer, Jay Cooke, and Levi Morton.

In Memoriam, Francis Anthony Drexel 1885 


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Mixed Materials   11OV

In Memoriam, Mrs. A.J. Drexel 1891 


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Mixed Materials   11OV

Resolutions adopted upon the occasion of the death of Anthony J. Drexel 1893 


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Mixed Materials   11OV

Resolutions of the Advisory Board of Women of the Drexel Institute [death of A.J. Drexel] 1893 


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Mixed Materials   11OV

Drexel Family Bible (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1848) 1848 


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Mixed Materials   12OV

Drexel Building Erected in AD 1888 booklet ca. 1888 


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Mixed Materials   11OV

Mrs. Robert Kelso (Minnie) Cassatt, photographs (2)   1 folder


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Mixed Materials   13OV

A.J. Drexel Biddle Jr, etching from photograph 


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Mixed Materials   13OV

Anthony J. Drexel, etching from photograph circa 1880s 


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Graphic Materials   13OV

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Drexel, Anthony J (Anthony Joseph)

Mrs. James W. Paul Jr. (Frances Drexel), painted photograph 


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Mixed Materials   13OV

Mrs. Anthony J. Drexel (Ellen Rozet), painted photograph 


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Mixed Materials   13unknown container

A.J. Drexel, photograph 


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Mixed Materials   13unknown container

box

Anthony J. Drexel and George W. Childs, photographs undated   2 items

13

George W. Childs looking down at Anthony J. Drexel who is seated in chair undated   0 items

oversize

Harper's Weekly issue 1892 January 2 

1

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Camp Hill a Society Ghost Castle Now 1940 March 19 

Description of rooms and furniture, objects in a Drexel house undated 

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