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Wagner Free Institute of Science Director's files

89-055.90-001

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

Summary Information

Repository:
Wagner Free Institute of Science
Creator:
Wagner Free Institute of Science.
Title:
Wagner Free Institute of Science Director's files
Date [inclusive]:
1883-1948
Call Number:
89-055.90-001
Extent:
36.42 Linear feet (37 containers)
Language:
English
Language of Materials note:
The materials are in English.
Abstract:
Incorporated by William Wagner (1796-1885) in 1855, the Wagner Free Institute of Science is a natural history museum and educational institution in Philadelphia that is dedicated to providing free public education in the sciences. This collection contains records of the operations of the Wagner Free Institute of Science from 1883 to 1948, including the Institute’s financial records; rental property records; and museum, library and instruction program records. The bulk of the collection is financial material and correspondence.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], Wagner Free Institute of Science Director's Files, 89-055 and 90-001, Library and Archives of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.
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Biography/History

Incorporated by William Wagner (1796-1885) in 1855, the Wagner Free Institute of Science is a natural history museum and educational institution in Philadelphia that is dedicated to providing free public education in the sciences. Indeed, “its free public education courses on science … are the oldest program devoted to free adult education in the United States.” (The First 150 Years, page 1).

Following the death of William Wagner, the Board of Directors of the Wagner Free Institute of Science shaped and oversaw the daily running of the Institute’s educational, library and museum activities. This changed in the early 1900s when a Superintendent (title later changed to Director) was hired to oversee the daily running fo the Institute. The Superintendent/Director reported to the Board of Trustees and that body made decisions about the Institute’s financial expenditures, policies and programs. Samuel Wagner served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Wagner Free Institute from 1885 to 1921 and as President Emeritus from 1921 to 1937. Other administrators of the Wagner include: Thomas Lynch Montgomery, Actuary and Librarian from 1886 to 1903; John Rothermel, Superintendent from 1903 to 1913 and Director from 1914 to 1924; Carl Boyer, Curator from 1924 to 1928 and Director from 1928 to 1945; Robert Chambers, Director from 1945 to 1980; and John Graham, Director, 1980 to 1988. These directors oversaw “a leading force in public education in Philadelphia,” (The First 150 Years, page 2) originally conceived, organized and run by William Wagner.

William Wagner, “a noted Philadelphia merchant, philanthropist, gentleman scientist, and lifelong collector of natural history specimens,” (The First 150 Years, p. 1) was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the Philadelphia Academy, which later became the University of Pennsylvania, in 1808. He started his career in an apprenticeship in the counting house of Stephen Girard, a Philadelphia financier. As time passed, Wagner’s duties progressed until he was “assigned the position of supercargo and sent overseas to look after Girard’s shipping interests,” (NRHP Registration, Section 8, page 2). He continued working for Girard for seven years, learning from him about both business and philanthropy. Wagner then formed two businesses: a mercantile partnership with Captain Snowden creating his business Snowden & Wagner which existed from 1819 to 1825; and the Lennoxville Steam Saw Mill which existed from 1925 to 1828. By 1940, Wagner “retired from his commercial pursuits,” (NRHP Registration, Section 8, page 2).

Until this time, Wagner’s travels provided him with opportunities to collect specimens and in 1841 and 1842, he travelled to Europe with his wife. During this trip, Wagner continued to collect specimens and visited “principal scientific institutes of the Continent,” (NRHP Registration, Section 8, page 2). Upon his return to Philadelphia, the size of his specimen collection necessitated the building of a wing which he called “The Cabinet” at his home, Elm Grove. In 1847, “believing strongly that education in the sciences should be available to everyone, Wagner began offering free lectures on science at his home,” (The First 150 Years, page 1) using his extensive collection of natural history specimens. By 1855, his home no longer accommodated the number of people interested in his lectures, and he moved the lectures to the Municipal Hall at 13th and Spring Garden Streets and formally established the Wagner Free Institute of Science. Its “program [was] codified in a charter drafted by Wagner, himself,” (NRHP Registration, Section 8, page 2) on May 21, 1855. The existing building which houses the Wagner Free Institute of Science was opened in 1865 and includes an exhibit gallery, classrooms, a library and a lecture hall.

Although, he served as President of the Wagner Free Institute of Science until his death in 1885, he prepared for the future of his Institute and, in 1864, decided to leave his “estate to the charge of a Board of Trustees who would continue to run the institution according to [Wagner’s] original goals,” (NRHP Registration, Section 8, pages 3-4). After his death, the Board of Directors appointed Joseph Leidy as director of the academic programs of the Wagner Free Institute of Science. Leidy was “a biologist of international reputation,” (The First 150 Years, page 2) and was serving as Professor of Anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania and President of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Leidy, who served until his death in 1891, “expanded the programs at the Institute to include a more significant and extensive course of scholarly research,” obtained “some of the most noted scientists and explorers of the age, including Angelo Heilprin, Joseph Willcox and Henry Leffmann for his faculty,” (NRHP Registration, Section 8, page 5). He also founded, with member of the Board Sydney Skidmore, the Society for the Extension of University Teaching on November 5, 1890 and reorganized the Wagner Free Institute of Science’s Natural History Museum into a systematic display. The Museum's arrangement remains virtually unaltered to this day.

In 1892, Samuel Wagner, along with several other Philadelphians “appl[ied] for a charter to form the Free Library of Philadelphia,” (NRHP Registration, Section 8, page 6) and The Wagner Free became Branch No. 1 of the Free Library of Philadelphia. In 1901, a new wing was built and housed the library collections until the Columbia Avenue branch opened in 1962.

According to the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, the Wagner Free Institute of Science is “a nationally significant monument documenting the development of science, education and museums,” (NRHP Registration, Section 8, page 2).

Bibliography:

“The First 150 Years: A Brief History,” author unknown, circa 2008.

National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, 1989.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records of the operations of the Wagner Free Institute from 1883 to 1948. The collection is divided into six series: "Financial records," "Correspondence," "Committee/Department records," "Museum records," "Instruction records," and "Library records." The bulk of the collection is financial material and correspondence.

These records would be of interest to those researching: the study of natural history in the United States circa 1885-1924; the history of scientific and educational movements in the United States, including the study of natural history, paleontology, Darwin’s evolution of species, and/or environmental conservation; and the phenomena of free public education, the university extension movement, and the free public library movement.

The “Financial Records” series contains detailed documentation of the Institute’s general financial activities between 1883 and 1943. The bulk of these materials document activities from 1907 through 1939. This series documents both internally and externally created records. Internally created records are of two kinds: those that analyze the Institute’s assets and expenses; and those that document the Institute’s day-to-day financial activities. Examples of the former include trial balance sheets; Treasurer’s and Actuary’s reports; monthly finance statements; and rent cards. Examples of internally created records that document the day-to-day financial activities include paid vouchers; order books; and cancelled checks. In addition to these internally created records, this series also contains statements from various banks which show the activities of Institute’s various funds, as well as insurance policies for the Institute building and its contents, and the rental properties. Taken together, this series creates a broad view of the Institute’s resources and operating expenses. This series is arranged chronologically.

The “Correspondence” series contains incoming correspondence from 1887 to 1948, and outgoing correspondence beginning in 1924. This correspondence covers the Institute’s building, renovations and additions, as well as its financial interests, real estate holdings, and educational activities. This series is arranged chronologically. The correspondence for each year is grouped by received mail and sent mail.

The “Committee/Department records” series contains records from four different components of the Institute’s organization: The Committee on Finance and Property; the Committee on Publications; the Joseph Leidy Commemorative Committee; and the Department of Chemistry. This material dates from 1892 to 1940. The first group of records includes official documents created by the Committee on Finance and Property such as the monthly bill payment approvals and meeting minutes. The second committee represented in this series is the Committee on Publications. This brief section of the collection contains reports generated by the committee between the years 1929 and 1940. This series also houses one folder which contains the proceedings of the Joseph Leidy Commemorative Committee from 1923. The final component of the Institute represented in this series is the Department of Chemistry. This portion of the series is a collection of vouchers and other records that document the operating expenses for this specific aspect of the Institute’s activities. Each of the four subseries is arranged chronologically.

The “Museum records” series contains papers created by the Museum between 1892 and 1940. The majority of these papers are different types of reports that describe the Museum’s activities, goals and objectives at a particular time. This series also contains some receipts and inventories that demonstrate how the Museum made use of the available funds. The series is arranged chronologically.

The “Instruction records” series contains papers from 1892 to 1940. These papers demonstrate the Institute’s mission of providing free scientific education to the public. Included in this series are reports of the Committee on Instruction; correspondence regarding the Westbrook Free Lectureship; and course programs and proposals. This series also contains some financial records that show the operating expenses of the Westbrook Free Lectureship. The series is arranged chronologically.

The “Library records” series contains papers from 1884 to 1940. The bulk of the papers in this series is from between 1894 and 1940. This series includes Library reports; bindery lists; subscription lists; and Library committee correspondence and reports. All of these papers demonstrate the Institute’s effort to carry out its mission of providing public scientific education via literature. This series also includes some financial material that provides evidence of the library’s operating expenses. This series is arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Wagner Free Institute of Science

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Laurie Rizzo and Eric Rosenzweig

Sponsor

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Wagner Free Institute of Science with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Processing Information note

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

This collection was minimally processed in 2009-2011, as part of an experimental project conducted under the auspices of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries to help eliminate processing backlog in Philadelphia repositories. A minimally processed collection is one processed at a less intensive rate than traditionally thought necessary to make a collection ready for use by researchers. When citing sources from this collection, researchers are advised to defer to folder titles provided in the finding aid rather than those provided on the physical folder.

Employing processing strategies outlined in Mark Greene's and Dennis Meissner's 2005 article, More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Processing Approaches to Deal With Late 20th-Century Collections, the project team tested the limits of minimal processing on collections of all types and ages, in 23 Philadelphia area repositories. A primary goal of the project, the team processed at an average rate of 2-3 hours per linear foot of records, a fraction of the time ordinarily reserved for the arrangement and description of collections. Among other time saving strategies, the project team did not extensively review the content of the collections, replace acidic folders or complete any preservation work.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Wagner Free Institute of Science Director's Files and Business records (90-010); Wagner Free Institute of Science Actuary and Librarian records (91-040); Wagner Free Institute of Science Director's Reports (98-045 and 00-01); and other director's files including 91-030, 91-035, 93-005, 99-109 and 00-02.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Free Library of Philadelphia.
  • Girard Life Insurance, Annuity, and Trust Company.
  • Wagner Free Institute of Science.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Bankbooks
  • Business records
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Insurance records
  • Legal documents
  • Minutes
  • Property records
  • Receipts (financial records)
  • Reports
  • Vouchers
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Chambers, Robert
  • Leffmamn, Henry, 1847-1930
  • Montgomery, Thomas Lynch, 1862-
  • Rothermel, John
  • Wagner, Samuel, 1842-1937
  • Wagner, William, 1796-1885
  • Willcox, Joseph
Subject(s)
  • Libraries
  • Natural history libraries
  • Natural history museums
  • Richard Westbrook lectures of the Wagner Free Institute of Science
  • Science and technology libraries
  • Science--Study and teaching

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Financial records, 1883-1948 (Bulk, 1907-1939) .

Box Folder

Receipts, 1883-1885.

1 1

Rent collection, 1884 January-December.

1 2-8

Agents reports, 1885 January-November.

1 9-14

Receipts for taxes on houses, 1885-1889.

1 15

Receipts, 1886.

1 16

Receipts, 1887.

1 17

Receipts, 1888.

1 18-19

Receipts, 1889.

1 20-21a

Paid vouchers, 1889.

1 22-24

Paid vouchers, 1890.

1 25-38

Treasurer's report, 1891.

1 39-41

Paid vouchers, 1891 May.

1 42

Paid vouchers, 1891 September-October.

1 43

Board of Trustees' meeting minutes, 1892 December 8.

1 44

Actuary reports, 1892 January, February, December.

1 45

Treasurer's report, 1892.

1 46-48

Paid vouchers, 1892.

1 49-52

Receipt books, 1892.

1 53

Treasurer's report, 1893.

1 54-56

Treasurer's report, 1894 October.

1 57

Quarterly report, 1900.

1 58

Paid vouchers, 1900.

1 59-63

Quarterly reports, 1901.

2 1

Expenditures, 1901-1938.

2 2

Lease papers, 1901-1920.

2 3

Paid vouchers, 1901.

2 4-15

Paid vouchers, 1902.

2 16-19

Actuary report, 1903.

2 20

Paid vouchers, 1903 February, May.

2 21

Order book, 1903 June 12-1904 March 12.

2 22

Order book, 1904 April 5-November 15.

2 23

Correspondence regarding 11th Street property and audit report, 1905.

2 24

Receipts on mortgage and statement of finance, 1905.

2 25

Treasurer's report, 1905.

2 26

Trial balance, 1905.

2 27

Approval of bills, 1905.

2 28

Cancelled checks, 1905.

2 29-40

Paid vouchers, 1905.

2 41-69

Order book, 1904 November 14-1905 August 25.

2 70

Trial balance, 1906 April 30.

2 71

Constable's sale, 1906.

2 72

Bills approved for payment; properties, 1906.

2 73

Cancelled checks, 1906.

2 74-85

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1906.

2 86

Receipts, 1906.

2 87

Order book, 1905 May 2-1906 April 30.

2 88

Order book, 1906 May 4-October 30.

2 89

Reports on examination of accounts, 1906 December 3.

3 1

Financial materials, 1907 January.

3 2

Order book, 1906 November 1-1907 July 22.

3 3

Cancelled checks, 1908 September-December.

3 4-5

Financial materials, 1908.

3 6-27

Order book, 1907 July 23-1908 February 27.

3 28

Order book, 1908 February 29-September 4.

3 29

Paid vouchers, 1909.

3 30-61

Order book, 1908 September 11-1909 April 14.

3 62

Order book, 1909 April 17-December 31.

3 63

Auditor's report, 1910.

3 64

Financial statement, 1910.

3 65

Monthly reports of the Treasurer, 1910.

3 66

Department of Chemistry endowment, 1910.

3 67

Paid vouchers, 1910.

3 68-91

Cancelled checks, 1910.

3 92-103

Order book, 1910 January 3-August 19.

3 104

Order book, 1910 August 26-1911 February 1.

4 1

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1911.

4 2

Trial balance, 1911.

4 3

Treasurer's reports, 1911.

4 4

Paid vouchers, 1911.

4 5-28

Cancelled checks, 1911.

4 29-40

Order book, 1911 February 11-September 1.

4 41

Order book, 1911 September 2-1912 March 20.

4 42

Trial balance, 1912.

4 43

Treasurer’s monthly finance statement, 1912.

4 44

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1912.

46 45-46

Paid vouchers, 1912.

4 47-66

Cancelled checks, 1912.

4 67-78

Order book, 1912 March 21-October 19.

4 79

Order book, 1912 October 24-1913 April 7.

4 80
Box 4, Folder 81.  Estate of John Turner, 1912, 1932.
Contents

The will of John Turner and other documents related to his estate.

Background of the Accession

This file was originally part of Accession 00-02, but was moved to 90-001 when most of 00-02 was extracted to form a new Committee Reports collection.

4 81

Estate of William Wagner correspondence, 1913.

5 1

Real estate assessments, 1913.

5 2

Paid vouchers, 1913-1914.

5 3-4

Order book, 1913 April 7-November 4.

5 5

Order book, 1913 November 4-1914 June 22.

5 6

Trial balance, 1914.

5 7

Treasurer's monthly finance statements, 1914.

5 8

Report to the Supreme Court, monthly approval of bills for payment, 1914-1915.

5 9

Paid vouchers, 1914.

5 10-34

Cancelled checks, 1914.

5 35-46

Estate of William Wagner correspondence, 1915.

5 47

Financial statement of resources and liabilities, statements of specific endowment accounts, 1915.

5 48

Treasurer's monthly finance statement, 1915.

5 49

Trial balance, 1915.

5 50

Financial statements, 1915-1916.

5 51

Order book, 1914 June 22-1915 January 26.

5 52

Receipts and vouchers, 1915.

5 53-63

Numbered receipts, 1915.

5 64-80

Cancelled checks, 1915.

5 81-97

Order book, 1915 January 27-August 25.

5 98

Order book, 1915 August 30-1916 March 3.

5 99

Bank books, 1915-1917.

5 100

Report to the Supreme Court, 1916.

6 1

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1916.

6 2

Fire insurance policies, 1916.

6 3

Paid vouchers for owned property, 1916.

6 4

Paid vouchers, 1916.

6 5-11

Monthly finance statements and statement of resources and liabilities, 1916-1917.

6 12

Cancelled checks, 1916.

6 13-43

Order book, 1916 March 11-September 21.

6 44

Deposit book, 1916 October 17-1918 April 9.

6 45

Auditor's report, 1917.

6 46

Report to the Supreme Court, 1917.

6 47

Treasurer's monthly finance statement, 1917.

6 48

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1917.

6 49-50

Trial balances, 1917.

6 51

Rental property records, 1917.

6 52

Cancelled checks, 1917.

6 53-64

Receipts, 1917.

6 65-73

Order book, 1916 September 21-1917 April 11.

6 74

Receipts on owned property, 1917.

6 75-84

Order book, 1917 April 11-November 24.

6 85

Order book, 1917 December 1-1919 January 7.

6 86

Deposit book, 1917-1919.

6 87

Financial reports, 1918.

7 1

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1918-1919.

7 2

Annual information return, 1918.

7 3

Cancelled checks, 1918.

7 4-16

Museum operating receipts, 1918.

7 17

Paid vouchers, 1918.

7 18

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1919-1920.

7 19

Form 1041, 1919.

7 20

Financial statements, 1919.

7 21

Sale of property records, 1919.

7 22

Cancelled checks, 1919.

7 23

Receipts, 1919.

7 24-35

Order book, 1919 January 7-1920 August 2.

7 36

Trial balance, 1920.

7 37

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1920.

7 38

Monthly finance statements and rent received statements, 1920.

7 39

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1920-1921.

7 40

Financial statements, 1920-1921.

7 41

Approval of investments, 1920.

7 42

Settlement papers 1802 Willington Street, 1920.

7 43

Settlement papers 1806 Willington Street, 1920.

7 44

Settlement papers 1811 Willington Street, 1920.

7 45

Settlement papers 1816 Willington Street, 1920.

7 46

Settlement papers 1813 Willington Street, 1920.

7 47

Settlement papers 1803 Willington Street, 1920.

7 48

Settlement papers 1812 Willington Street, 1920.

7 49

Settlement papers 1804 Willington Street, 1920.

7 50

Settlement papers 1814 Willington Street, 1920.

7 51

Settlement papers 1810 Willington Street, 1920.

7 52

Settlement papers 1807 Willington Street, 1920.

7 53

Settlement papers 1815 Willington Street, 1920.

7 54

Settlement papers 1805 Willington Street, 1920.

7 55

Settlement papers 1808 Willington Street, 1920.

7 56

Settlement papers 1809 Willington Street, 1920.

7 57

Paid vouchers, 1920.

7 58-75

Cancelled checks, 1920.

7 76-78

Deposit book, 1920-1927.

7 79

Receipts, 1920.

7 80

Order books, 1920 February 6-August 22.

7 81

Notebooks, 1911-1921, 1913-1915, 1920-1921.

7 82

Estate of William Wagner financial statement, 1921.

8 1

Monthly financial statements and rent lists, 1921.

8 2

Operating fund, 1921.

8 3-4

Reserve fund, 1921.

8 5

Sale of 1801 Willington Street property, 1921.

8 6

Bills received and paid, 1921.

8 7

Operating fund, 1921.

8 8

IRS Statement, 1921.

8 9

Paid vouchers, 1921.

8 10-22

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1922.

8 23

Monthly finance statements, 1922.

8 24

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1922.

8 25

Financial statements, 1922.

8 26

Trial balance, 1922.

8 27

Mortgage for 4028 Poplar Street, 1922.

8 28

Settlement papers for 434-436 Cross Street, 1922.

8 29

Investment property correspondence, 1922-1923.

8 30

Paid vouchers, 1922.

8 31-51

Cancelled checks, 1922.

8 52-57

Estate of William Wagner financial statements, 1923-1924.

8 58

Investment property correspondence, 1923.

8 59-60

IRS return, 1923.

8 61

Paid vouchers, 1923.

8 62-77

Cancelled checks, 1923.

8 78-84

Petty cash book, 1923-1927.

8 85

Estate of William Wagner correspondence, 1924.

9 1

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1924.

9 2

Estate of William Wagner monthly financial statements, 1924.

9 3

Statement of receipts and disbursements, 1924.

9 4

Financial statements, 1924.

9 5

Trial balance, 1924.

9 6

Monthly financial statements, 1924.

9 7-11

Paid vouchers, 1924.

9 12-33

Cancelled checks, 1924.

9 34-45

Bank statements, 1924.

9 46

Monthly financial statements, 1925.

9 47

Financial department reports, 1925.

9 48

Endowment fund monthly statement, 1925.

9 49-51

Monthly statements, 1925.

9 52-54

Report on properties, 1925.

9 55

Sale of 1640-20 Montgomery Avenue, 1925.

9 56

Cancelled checks, 1925.

9 57-68

Trial balances, 1926.

9 69

Reserve fund statement, 1926.

9 70

Bank statements, 1926.

9 71

Cancelled checks, 1926.

9 72-82

Trial balance, 1927-1929.

10 1

Finance statements, 1927.

10 2

Financial materials, 1927.

10 3

Reserve fund statements, 1927.

10 4

Endowment fund statements, 1927.

10 5-16

Cancelled checks, 1927.

10 17-28

Deposit slips, 1927.

10 29

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1928.

10 30

Monthly statements, 1928.

10 31-35

Finance statements, 1928.

10 36

Property expenses, 1928.

10 37

Insurance policies and deposit slips, 1928.

10 38

Interest cards, circa 1928-1933.

10 39

Trial balances, 1929.

10 40

Finance statements, 1929.

10 41-48

Deposit slips, 1929.

10 49

Cancelled checks, 1929.

10 50-61

Fire insurance policies, 1929.

10 62

Rent cards, 1929-1930.

10 63

Trial balances, 1930, 1931, 1938.

11 1

Financial statements, 1930-1931.

11 2

Gerard Trust statements, 1930-1931.

11 3-4

Cancelled checks, 1930-1931.

11 5-16

Check book, 1930-1932.

11 17

Interest cards, circa 1930.

11 18-19

Petty cash book, 1931-1936.

11 20

Gerard Trust statements, 1931.

11 21-22

Rent cards, 1931.

11 23

Cancelled checks, 1931.

11 24-35

Trial balances, 1932.

12 1

Financial statements, 1932.

12 2

Gerard Trust Statements, 1932.

12 3-8

Cancelled checks, 1932.

12 9-20

Expense cards, 1932.

12 21

Insurance policies, 1932-1937.

12 22

Fire insurance policies, circa 1932.

12 23

Interest cards, circa 1932.

12 24

Trial balances and meeting agendas, 1933.

12 25

Financial statements, 1933-1934.

12 26

Gerard Trust statements, 1933.

12 27-28

Deposit slips and checks, 1933.

12 29

Rent cards, 1933.

12 30

Cancelled checks, 1933.

12 31-42

Financial statements, 1934.

13 1-3

Trial balances, 1934.

13 4-5

Gerard Trust statements, 1934.

13 6-10

Expense records, 1934.

13 11

Check book, 1934-1936.

13 12

Cancelled checks, 1934.

13 13-24

Financial statements, 1935.

13 25

Trial balances, 1935.

13 26-27

General account statements, 1935.

13 28

Gerard Trust statements, 1935.

13 29

Financial statements, 1935.

13 30-31

Reserve fund records, 1935.

13 32-33

Gerard Trust statements, 1935.

13 34-45

Henry Leffman account, 1935.

13 46

Cancelled checks, 1935.

13 47-53

Deposit slips, 1935.

13 54

Trial balances, 1936-1937.

14 1

Financial statements, 1936.

14 2-3

Cancelled checks, 1936.

14 4-15

Gerard Trust statements, 1936.

14 16

Expense cards, 1936.

14 17-18

Insurance policies, 1936.

14 19

Trial balances, 1937.

14 20-21

Financial statements, 1937.

14 22

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1937.

14 23

Fire insurance policies, 1937.

14 24

Insurance policies, 1937.

14 25

Rent cards, 1937.

14 26

Cash receipts and payments, 1937.

14 27-28

Cancelled checks, 1937.

14 29-40

Gas bill receipts and deposit slips, 1937.

14 41

Gerard Trust statements, 1937.

14 42-53

Copies of finance and property reports, 1938.

15 1

Gerard Trust statements, 1938.

15 2

Cancelled checks, 1938.

15 3-13

Insurance policies, 1938.

15 14-15

Rent cards, 1938.

15 16-19

Property taxes, 1938-1939.

15 20

Trial balances, 1939.

15 21

Financial statements, 1939.

15 22

Expense cards, 1939.

15 23-24

Cancelled checks, 1939.

15 25-36

Insurance policies, 1939.

15 37

Insurance policies, 1939.

15 38

Henry Leffman account statements, 1939.

15 39

Check book, 1939-1942.

15 40

Cash receipts of payments, 1939.

15 41-42

Gerard Trust statements, 1939.

15 43-46

Deposit slips, 1939.

15 47

Trial balances, 1940.

16 1

Financial statements, 1940.

16 2-14

Gerard Trust statements, 1940.

16 15-26

Cash receipts and payments, 1940.

16 27-29

Stock, bond and mortgage record cards, circa 1940.

16 30

Employer's return of tax withheld records, 1940.

16 31

Real estate analysis, 1940.

16 32

Rent cards, 1940.

16 33-35

Credit slips, 1940.

16 36

Cancelled checks, 1940.

16 37-47

Trial balances, 1941.

16 48

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1941.

16 49

Insurance policies, 1941.

16 50-51

Cancelled checks, 1941.

16 52-62

Employer's return of tax withheld records, 1941.

16 63

Gas bills, 1941.

16 64

Paid vouchers, 1941.

16 65

Cash receipts and payments, 1941.

16 66

Gerard Trust statements, 1941.

16 67-68

Providence Trust Company statement, 1941.

16 69

Deposit slips, 1941.

16 70

Rent cards, 1941.

16 71-72

Trial balances, 1942.

17 1

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1942.

17 2

Financial statements, 1942.

17 3

Cancelled checks, 1942.

17 4-11

Financial material, 1942-1943.

17 12

Gerard Trust statements, 1942.

17 13-15

Deposit slips, 1942.

17 16

Employer's return of tax withheld records, 1942.

17 17

Paid vouchers, 1942.

17 18-21

Gas bills, 1942.

17 22

Rent cards, 1942.

17 23

Rent receipts, 1942-1943.

17 24

Trial balances, 1943.

17 25

Financial statements, 1943.

17 26-27

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1943.

17 28

Cash payments and real estate analysis, 1943.

17 29

Cancelled checks, 1943.

17 30-35

Deposit slips, 1943.

17 36

Gerard Trust statements, 1943.

17 37-39

Tax withholding forms, 1943.

17 40

Victory tax information, 1943.

17 41

Rent cards, 1943.

17 42

Trial balances, 1944.

17 43

Financial statements, 1944.

17 44-45

Statement of resources and liabilities, 1944.

17 46

Cancelled checks, 1944.

17 47-53

Gerard Trust statements, 1944.

17 54-56

Cash receipts and payments, 1944.

17 57

Rent cards, 1944.

17 58

Trial balance, 1945.

18 1

Stock, bond and mortgage records, 1945-1946.

18 2

Paid vouchers, 1945.

18 3-8

Gerard Trust statements, 1945.

18 9-11

Tax withholding receipts, 1945.

18 12

Rent cards, 1945-1946.

18 13-14

Trial balances, 1946-1947.

18 15

Paid vouchers, 1946.

18 16-21

Deposit slips and rent cards, 1946-1948.

18 22-23

Cancelled checks, 1947.

18 24-32

Gerard Trust statements, 1947.

18 33-34

Financial statements, 1947.

18 35

Rent cards, 1947.

18 36

Financial statements, 1948-1949.

19 1

Cancelled checks, 1948.

19 2-7

Gerard Trust statements, 1948.

19 8-9

Rent cards and trial balances, 1948.

19 10
WFIS Employee Receipt Books (2 books), 1934-1935.
Background of the Accession

This folder was originally part of Accession 00-02, but was moved to this collection after most of 00-02 was moved into a new Committee Reports collection (10-01).

19 11

Series 2.  Correspondence, 1887-1948.

Box Folder

Correspondence to Thomas Montgomery from Joseph Willcox, 1887.

20 1

Received mail, 1890-1893.

20 2-17

Received mail, 1903.

20 18-37

Received mail, 1905.

20 38-44

Letters to Rothermel from Samuel T. Wagner, 1905.

20 45-46

119-121 South 11th Street property correspondence, 1905.

20 47

Committee on Museum correspondence, 1905.

20 48

Received mail, 1906.

20 49-59

D'Olier Engineering Company correspondence, 1906.

20 60

Received mail, 1908.

20 61-81

Received mail, 1909.

20 82-100

Received mail, 1910.

21 1-24

Received mail, 1911.

21 25-46

Received mail, 1912.

21 47-64

Lecture correspondence, 1912.

21 65-67

Sale of property correspondence, 1912.

21 68

Received mail, 1913.

21 69-93

Rental property correspondence, 1914.

21 94

Received mail, 1915.

21 95-120

Taxidermy shop correspondence, 1915.

21 121

Elevator correspondence, 1915.

21 122

Publication correspondence, 1915.

21 123

Received mail, 1916.

22 1-23

Received mail, 1917.

22 24-41

Correspondence regarding specimen exchange, 1917.

22 42-43

Lecture correspondence, 1917.

22 44

Received mail, 1918.

22 45-59

Received mail, 1919.

22 60-73

Publication exchange correspondence, 1919.

22 74

Received mail, 1920.

22 75-103

Correspondence between Samuel Wagner and Rothermel, 1920.

22 104

Received mail, 1921.

23 1-9

Museum committee correspondence, 1921.

23 10

Received mail, 1922.

23 11-26

3486 Brown Street property mortgage correspondence, 1922.

23 27

Victory notes correspondence, 1922.

23 28

Rothermel correspondence, 1922.

23 29

Microbiology instruction correspondence, 1923.

23 30

Lecture correspondence, 1923.

23 31

Received mail, 1923.

23 32-49

Received mail, 1924.

23 50-73

Sent mail, 1924.

23 74-89

Received mail, 1925.

24 1-35

Sent mail, 1925.

24 36-60

Received mail, 1926.

24 61-96

Sent mail, 1926.

24 97-126

Received mail, 1927.

25 1-38

Sent mail, 1927.

25 39-69

Received mail, 1928.

25 70-108

Sent mail, 1928.

26 1-31

Received mail, 1929.

26 32-70

Sent mail, 1929.

26 71-96

Received mail, 1930.

26 97-132

Sent mail, 1930.

27 1-37

Received mail, 1931.

27 38-88

Sent mail, 1931.

27 89-127

Received mail, 1932.

28 1-51

Sent mail, 1932.

28 52-90

Received mail, 1933.

28 91-122

Received mail, 1933.

29 1-12

Sent mail, 1933.

29 13-49

Received mail, 1934.

29 50-84

Sent mail, 1934.

29 85-108

Received mail, 1935.

30 1-42

Sent mail, 1935.

30 43-74

Received mail, 1936.

30 75-103

Sent mail, 1936.

30 104-129

Received mail, 1937.

31 1-33

Sent mail, 1937.

31 34-58

Received mail, 1938.

31 59-95

Sent mail, 1938.

31 96-118

Received mail, 1939.

32 1-37

Lecture information requests correspondence, 1939.

32 38

Sent mail, 1939.

32 39-59

Received mail, 1940.

32 60-94

Sent mail, 1940.

32 95-112

Received mail, 1941.

33 1-9

Sent mail, 1941.

33 10-11

Received mail, 1942.

33 12-21

Sent mail, 1942.

33 22-24

Received mail, 1943.

33 25-31

Sent mail, 1943.

33 32-34

Board of Trustee's election correspondence, 1943.

33 35

Received mail, 1944.

34 1-7

Sent mail, 1944.

34 8-9

Received mail, 1945.

34 10-15

Sent mail, 1945.

34 16-18

Received mail, 1946.

34 19-21

Sent mail, 1946.

34 22-24

Sent mail, 1947.

34 25-27

Received mail, 1948.

34 28-30

Sent mail, 1948.

34 31-33

Series 3.  Committee/Department records, 1892-1940.

Committee on Finance and Property records.

Box Folder

Bills approval, 1908.

35 1

Cancelled checks, 1908.

35 2

Correspondence on bankrupt estate Henry D'Olier, 1908.

35 3-4

1814 Ludlow Street and 304 Susquehanna Avenue property mortgage correspondence, 1908.

35 5

Treasurer's report, 1908.

35 6

Financial statement, 1908.

35 7

Report, 1909.

35 8-9

Library correspondence, 1909.

35 10

Supreme Court report and auditor's report, 1909.

35 11

Approvals for payment, 1910.

35 12

Financial statements, 1910.

35 13

Monthly approval of bills and meeting minutes, 1910-1911.

35 14-15

Supreme Court report and accountant's report, 1912-1913.

35 16

Monthly approval of bills, 1915.

35 17

Trial balances, resources and liabilities report, 1916-1917.

35 18

Monthly finance statements, 1916.

35 19

Monthly approval of bills, 1917-1919.

35 20-21

Monthly finance statements, 1919.

35 22

Monthly approval of bills and trial balance, 1920.

35 23

Monthly approval of bills, 1922.

35 24

Statements of resources and liabilities, 1922.

35 25

Trial balances and correspondence, 1923-1924.

35 26

Monthly approval of bills, 1923.

35 27

Monthly approval of bills, 1924.

35 28

Report of Committee on Finance and Property, 1930-1940.

35 29-38

Committee on Publication records.

Box Folder

Reports, 1929-1940.

35 39-51

Joseph Leidy Commemorative Committee records, 1923.

Box Folder

Proceedings, 1923.

35 52

Department of Chemistry records, 1892-1940.

Box Folder

Committee on physics and chemistry report, 1892.

35 53

Paid vouchers, 1909.

35 54

Endowment fund trial balances, 1910-1915.

35 55

Paid vouchers, 1915.

35 56-60

Paid vouchers, 1916.

35 61

Paid vouchers, 1917.

35 62-63

Paid vouchers, 1919.

35 64-65

Paid vouchers, 1920.

35 66-67

Paid vouchers, 1921.

35 68

Paid vouchers, 1922.

35 69-70

Paid vouchers, 1923.

35 71-72

Financial statement and paid vouchers, 1926.

35 73

Balance sheets, 1937.

35 74
Department of Chemistry Endowment, 1926-1929.
Contents

Department of Chemistry endowment trial fund balances

Background of the Accession

Folders 72-74 were originally part of Accession 00-02. When most of 00-02, which contained primarily Committee materials, was moved to a new collection, the Department of Chemistry material was moved to this collection.

35 75
Department of Chemistry Endowment, 1948 and 1955.
Contents

Department of Chemistry Endowment reports.

Background of the Accession

Folders 72-74 were originally part of Accession 00-02. When most of 00-02, which contained primarily Committee materials, was moved to a new collection, the Department of Chemistry material was moved to this collection.

35 76
Society of Chemistry and Physics, n.d.
Contents

Rules for the government of the Wagner Institute Society of Chemistry and Physics

Background of the Accession

Folders 72-74 were originally part of Accession 00-02. When most of 00-02, which contained primarily Committee materials, was moved to a new collection, the Department of Chemistry material was moved to this collection.

35 77

Series 4.  Museum records, 1892-1940.

Box Folder

Museum reports, 1892, 1893, 1899, 1905-1906, 1908.

36 1-11

List of purchased minerals, 1908.

36 12

Museum reports, 1909-1915.

36 13-21

Museum talks, 1914-1920.

36 22

Copy of agreement of Estate of C. Few Seiss, 1915.

36 23

Museum reports, 1915-1917.

36 24-27

Museum talks, 1916-1917.

36 28

Museum reports, 1917-1918.

36 29

Museum talks correspondence and receipts, 1917-1918.

36 30

Museum operating receipts, 1918.

36 31-40

Museum talks, 1918.

36 41

Purchase receipts, 1919.

36 42

Museum reports, 1919-1920.

36 43

Museum lectures, 1920.

36 44

Museum reports, 1920-1922.

36 45-46

Museum talks, 1921-1922.

36 47

Museum reports, 1922.

36 48

Museum talks correspondence, 1922-1923.

36 49

Museum reports, 1923-1924.

36 50

Museum talks, 1923-1924.

36 51

Museum reports, 1924-1929.

36 52-61

Brochures, 1929.

36 62

Museum reports, 1929-1940.

36 63-78

Series 5.  Instruction records, 1892-1940.

Box Folder

Faculty meeting minutes, 1892.

36 79

Committee on Instruction report, 1892 May 30.

36 80

Faculty meeting minutes, 1893.

36 81-83

Course recommendations, 1905.

36 84

Committee on Instruction and lectures report, 1905.

36 85

Committee on Instruction communications, 1905.

36 86

Lecture correspondence, 1906.

36 87-89

Committee on Instruction correspondence, 1906.

36 90

Courses of lectures list, 1906-1907.

36 91

Lectures correspondence, 1906-1907.

36 92

Committee on Instruction correspondence, 1908-1909.

36 93-98

Westbrook Free Lectureship trial balances, 1910.

36 99

Westbrook Free Lectureship legacy correspondence, 1910.

36 100

Committee on Instruction apparatus importation correspondence, 1910.

36 101

Committee on Instruction course of lectures, 1910.

36 102

Westbrook legacy correspondence, 1911.

36 103

Westbrook Free Lectureship correspondence, 1911.

36 104

Committee on Instruction correspondence, 1911.

36 105

Financial materials, 1912.

36 106

Committee on Instruction correspondence, 1914.

36 107

Committee on Instruction proposed programs, 1914-1915.

36 108

Westbrook Free Lectureship receipts, 1915.

36 109

Committee on Instruction correspondence, 1915.

36 110

Westbrook Free Lectureship vouchers, 1916.

36 111

Westbrook course on astronomy correspondence, 1916.

36 112

Westbrook Free Lectureship vouchers, 1916.

36 113-114

Westbrook Free Lectureship course lectures correspondence, 1917.

36 115-116

Westbrook Free Lectureship reports, 1917.

36 117-119

Westbrook Free Lectureship correspondence, 1917.

36 120

Westbrook Free Lectureship cancelled checks, 1917.

36 121

Westbrook Free Lectureship receipts, 1918.

36 122

Westbrook Free Lectureship correspondence, 1918.

36 123-126

Westbrook Free Lectureship paid vouchers, 1920.

36 127

Committee on Instruction correspondence, 1920.

36 128

Westbrook Free Lectureship correspondence, 1920-1921.

36 129

Westbrook Free Lectureship paid vouchers, 1921-1922.

36 130-132

Westbrook Free Lectureship bills and correspondence, 1923.

36 133

Westbrook Free Lectureship course correspondence, 1923.

36 134

Westbrook Free Lectureship bills, 1924.

36 135

Westbrook Free Lectureship trial balances, 1927.

36 136

Committee on Instruction reports, 1927-1933.

36 137-141

Committee on Instruction reports, 1936.

36 142

West Free Lectureship trial balances, 1937.

36 143

Committee on Instruction reports, 1937, 1939, 1940.

36 144-146

Series 6.  Library records, 1884-1940 (Bulk, 1893-1940) .

Box Folder

Authorizations of book purchases, circa 1884.

37 1

List of books presented to the Library, 1887.

37 2

Library reports, 1893.

37 3-4

Ooster catalog, 1893.

37 5

Preliminary lists of material to be transferred to the Free Public Library of Philadelphia, 1901.

37 6

Purchase and exchange of publications, 1904-1905.

37 7

Literary reports, 1905.

37 8

Library report, 1905.

37 9-10

Authorizations of book purchases, 1905.

37 11

List of books for reference library, 1905.

37 12

Library reports, 1906.

37 13

Authorization for purchases and library report, 1906.

37 14

Public document library correspondence, 1907.

37 15

Rothermel papers, 1908.

37 16

Committee on library correspondence, 1908.

37 17

Correspondence regarding returned documents, 1908.

37 18

List of documents presented to the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1908.

37 19

List of state publications transferred to the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1908.

37 20

List of accession numbers and books transferred to the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1908.

37 21

List of books and pamphlets returned to the Department of Documentation, 1908.

37 22

List of accession numbers of books transferred to the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1908.

37 23

Committee on Library purchase authorization and correspondence, 1908.

37 24

List of books and pamphlets returned, 1908.

37 25-34

Subscription lists, 1909, 1916.

37 35

Committee on library correspondence, 1909.

37 36-37

Library reports, 1909.

37 38-39

Bindery list, 1910.

37 40

Requests for exchange of publications, 1910.

37 41

Bindery lists, 1911.

37 42

Library reports, 1911.

37 43-44

Bindery lists, 1912.

37 45

Correspondence regarding research publication, 1912.

37 46

Exchange requests, 1912.

37 47

Library report, 1912.

37 48-49

Subscription list, 1912.

37 50

Library report, 1914.

37 51-52

Bindery lists, 1914-1915.

37 53

Subscription lists, 1914-1915.

37 54

Library reports, 1915.

37 55

Bindery lists, 1915.

37 56

Library reports, 1915.

37 57-58

Subscription lists, 1915-1916.

37 59

List of museum talks, publications and correspondence, 1916.

37 60

Library reports, 1916-1917.

37 61-66

Library purchases, 1917.

37 67

Library reports, 1918.

37 68-69

Periodicals subscription lists, 1919.

37 70

Bindery lists, 1919.

37 71

Library reports, 1919.

37 72

Publishing of Dr. Jennings's book, 1919.

37 73

Subscription lists and correspondence, 1920.

37 74

Bindery lists, 1920.

37 75

Library reports, 1920.

37 76-77

Bindery lists, 1921.

37 78

Subscription lists, 1921.

37 79

Subscription and bindery lists, 1922.

37 80

Library reports, 1922.

37 81-83

Bindery and subscription lists, 1922-1923.

37 84

Library reports, 1923.

37 85-86

Bindery lists, 1924.

37 87

Library reports, 1924.

37 88-90

Periodical lists, 1925.

37 91

Bindery lists, 1925.

37 92

Library reports, 1925.

37 93-94

Periodical lists, 1926.

37 95

Bindery lists, 1926.

37 96

Bindery and subscription lists, 1927.

37 97

Library reports, 1927.

37 98

Bindery and subscription lists, 1928.

37 99

Library reports, 1928.

37 100

Bindery lists and library reports, 1929.

37 101

Library reports, 1929.

37 102

Information about a publication by Carroll Lane Fenton, 1930.

37 103

Library reports, 1930-1940.

37 104-118