MC.00.087 Estate of Anthony J. Drexel records, 1893-1976

Estate of Anthony J. Drexel records, 1893-1976 MC.00.087

Summary Information

Title
Estate of Anthony J. Drexel records
Creator
Estate of Anthony J. Drexel.
Inclusive Dates
1893-1976
Extent
2.0 Cubic feet
Extent
13 volumes, 1 box, 1 oversized folder
Abstract
Following Anthony J. Drexel’s death in 1893, his estate was managed by a group of trustees for over half a century. The Estate of Anthony J. Drexel records include ledgers and other account books for the estate as a whole and for the individual trusts that were set up for Drexel’s descendants in accordance with his will.
Call Number
MC.00.087
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by David Wagner (2017)
Repository
W. W. Hagerty Library 3300 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 215.895.6706 archives@drexel.edu

Preferred Citation

Estate of Anthony J. Drexel records (Collection MC.00.087), Drexel University Archives.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Carlyle Development Group in 2016.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Estate of Anthony J. Drexel records (Collection MC.00.087), Drexel University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Carlyle Development Group.

Personal Name(s)

  • Bessborough, Mary Munn, Countess of, 1915-2013
  • Biddle, Emilie Taylor Drexel, 1851-1883
  • Drexel, Anthony J, (Anthony Joseph), 1826-1893
  • Drexel, John R, III, 1919-2007
  • Paul, A.J. Drexel (Anthony Joseph Drexel)
  • Paul, Francis K. Drexel, 1852-1892
  • Paul, Mary Astor, 1889-1950

Subject(s)

  • Drexel family
  • Drexel, Anthony J. (Anthony Joseph), 1826-1893--Death
  • Family trusts

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Administrative History

Anthony J. Drexel, financier and founder of Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University), died in 1893. Following his death, his estate was managed by a group of trustees for over half a century. In accordance with Drexel’s will, the estate set up trusts for a number of Drexel’s descendants.

Anthony J. Drexel’s daughter Emilie Taylor Drexel Biddle (1851-1883) married Edward Biddle III, and trusts were set up for their sons: Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle (1874-1948), Livingstone Ludlow Biddle (1872-1959) and Edward Craig Biddle (1879-1947).

Anthony J. Drexel’s daughter Frances “Fannie” Katherine Drexel Paul (1852-1892) married James William Paul Jr. (1851-1908), and trusts were set up for the Pauls’ children: Ellen Drexel Paul (1880-1964), Anthony Joseph “A.J.” Drexel Paul (1885-1958), and Mary Astor Paul (1889-1950). A.J. Drexel Paul would serve on the Drexel Institute’s Board of Trustees from 1908 until 1958, and the A.J. Drexel Paul Award was established in 1961 in his memory for service to Alma Mater.

Mary Astor Paul (1889-1950) married Charles Alexander Munn Jr. (1885-1981), and trusts were set up for their children (Anthony J. Drexel’s great-grandchildren): Charles A. Munn Jr. (1894-1948?); Mary Munn (1915-2013), who became the Countess of Bessborough; and Frances Drexel Munn Baker (1917-2012).

Mary and Charles Munn moved to France in 1925, and they divorced in 1930. Mary remarried four years later and became the wife of Mr. Jacques Allez. During World War II she played an important role in the French Resistance movement. She used the code name “Pauline," the name of her deceased daughter. President Harry S. Truman presented Mme. Allez the American Medal of Freedom for services to U.S. troops during the conflict, and the French government made her a chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

Mary Munn (1915-2013) married Frederick Edward Ponsonby, Viscount Duncannon, in 1948. Lord Duncannon was a diplomat at the British embassy in Paris. When his father died in 1956, Lord Duncannon succeeded him as the 10th Earl of Bessborough, and his wife became the Countess of Bessborough. She supported Drexel University and its art gallery. She and her husband also discovered the last standing residence of Benjamin Franklin in London, and restoring the residence became her life’s work. The Benjamin Franklin House museum opened to the public on Jan. 17, 2006, Franklin’s 300th birthday.

Sources:

Drexel Alumni. “Honors and Awards.” Drexel University, no date. http://drexel.edu/alumni/about/awards/

“Mrs. Allez is Dead’ Heroine in War, 61. New York Times, 30 July 1950.

“John R. Drexel III, 87; headed family of powerful bankers.” Boston Globe, 24 April 2007. http://archive.boston.com/news/globe/obituaries/articles/2007/04/24/john_r_drexel_iii_87_headed_family_of_powerful_bankers/

"Paid Notice: Deaths Baker, Frances Munn." New York Times, 3 May 2012. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A06EFDD1F3AF930A35756C0A9649D8B63

"Countess of Bessborough, 98, dies." Palm Beach Daily News, 18 April 2013. http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/national/countess-bessborough-dies/GB69kgoikqwyiT7XYzuk5L/

"From the Collection: Portrait of Frances Katherine Drexel." Drexel University, 3 November 2011. http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2011/November/From-the-Collection/

"'Box Hill' The Estate of A. J. Drexel Paul Esq., Radnor, Pennsylvania." (blog), 3 May 2015. http://halfpuddinghalfsauce.blogspot.com/2015/05/box-hill-estate-of-j-drexel-paul-esq.html

Mayhew, Augustus C. "House of Munn: The Palm Beach Story." David Patrick Columbia New York Social Diary, 24 November 2006. http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/legacy/socialdiary/2006/11_24_06/socialdiary11_24_06.php

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Scope and Content

The Estate of Anthony J. Drexel records include ledgers and other account books for the estate as a whole and for the individual trusts. There is also a copy of the printed volume for A.J. Drexel's memorial service and a photograph of the Drexel Building at the southeast corner of 5th and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia, 22" x 21".

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Related Materials

Materials cataloged separately

A duplicate copy of the printed volume Service in Memory of Anthony J. Drexel, Founder of the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry has been separated from the collection and cataloged individually.

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Ledger #2 1905-1916 

1

Ledger #4 1932-1944 

2

Cash Book #4 1932-1944 

3

Income register #2 1935-1947 

4

Trust for Anthony D. Biddle, Livingstone L. Biddle, and E. Craig Biddle ledger 1893-1926 

5

Biddle Trust account book 1975-1976 

6

Trust for John R. Drexel ledger #3 1951-1969 

7

John R. Drexel III cash statements, First Pennsylvania Banking & Trust Company account 1951-1964 

BoxFolder

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1963 - December 1964 

11

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1962 - December 1963 

12

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1961 - December 1962 

13

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1960 - December 1961 

14

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1959 - December 1960 

15

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1958 - December 1959 

16

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1957 - December 1958 

17

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1956 - December 1957 

18

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1955 - December 1956 

19

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1954 - December 1955 

110

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1953 - December 1954 

111

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1952 - December 1953 

112

John R. Drexel III cash statements December 1951 - December 1952 

113

John R. Drexel III cash statements 1951 

114
Volume

Trust for Mary Paul Munn cash book 1930-1970 

8

Trust for C.A.M Jr., M.M. & F.M.B. ledger 1940-1964 

9

Trust for Ellen D. Paul, Anthony Drexel Paul, and Mary Astor Paul ledger 1893-1926 

10
VolumeFolder

Paul Trust account book 1974-1975 

11
Volume

Service in Memory of Anthony J. Drexel 1896 

General note

Published in Philadelphia by Dornan, Printer.

12
OversizeFolder

Drexel Building photograph 

1

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