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George W. Childs collection

00.010

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Drexel University. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections
Creator:
Childs, George William
Title:
George W. Childs collection
Date [inclusive]:
1845-1967
Call Number:
00.010
Extent:
1 Cubic feet
Language:
English
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,
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Biography/History

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.

Scope and Contents

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.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections,  2009

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Holly Frisbee, Rob Sieczkiewicz

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Digitization status

This collection is partially digitized, but not uet available online. Please to request scans of any items or to schedule a visit to the archives.

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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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Collection Inventory

Writings, speeches and memorials, 1884-1967. 11 folders.

Box Folder

Recollections of General Grant, 1890. 1 folder.

1 1

"George W. Childs:Poor Richard the Second" (Magazine Article), 1946. 1 folder.

1 2

Childs, George W. Assorted Materials, 1845-1967. 1 folder.

1 3

Address in Memory of George W. Childs, 1894. 1 folder.

1 6
Some Lessons From the Life of George W. Childs, 1891. 1 folder.
1 7

20050880013, 1890 June 29.

The Printers and Mr. Childs, 1884. 1 folder.

1 8

Tour of Mr. George W. Childs To The Pacific Coast, 1892. 1 folder.

1 4

Childs-Cleveland Letter, 1891. 1 folder.

1 9
Recollections of General Grant.

20050880012.

Address in Memory of George W Childs, 1894.

20050880001, 1894.

20050880002, 1894.

20050880003, 1894.

20050880004, 1894.

20050880005, 1894.

20050880006, 1894.

20050880007, 1894.

20050880008, 1894.

20050880009, 1894.

20050880010, 1894.

20050880011, 1894.

Box Folder

Childs, George W. Memorials, 1894. 1 folder.

1 5

Map of George W. Childs's Tour of the Pacific Coast, 1892. 1 item.

OVD 1

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Land and property records, 1867-1883.

Box Folder

Maps of Land Purchased by George W. Childs, 1867. 1 folder.

1 10

Descriptions of Land Purchased by George W. Childs, 1867-1883. 1 folder.

1 11

Legal Document transferring a property from Ann Sheaff to George Childs, 1880. 1 folder.

1 12

Prothonotary Rulings, 1883. 1 folder.

1 13

Legal documents regarding land transfer between Hannah S. Wright and Cathaline Kelly, 1975. 1 folder.

1 14

Clerk Ruling, 1875. 1 folder.

1 15

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

1 16

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Scrapbooks, 1845-1967.

Box
Set 1, 1894-1895.
1

Volume 1.

Set 2, 1894-1895.
2

Volume 1.

Volume 2.

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