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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau of Archives and History
Pennsylvania State Archives



Series Descriptions

(7 boxes)


microfilm rolls #RR 227-228; 435

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

The bulk of the correspondence pertains to the restoration of Old Economy Village in Ambridge, Pa., the preservation of the Harmony Society records, and the publication of John Duss's manuscript "The Harmonists: A Personal History." Among the letters are those of Lester K. Ade, Karl J. Arndt, Mrs. Frederick G. Balz, Mrs. Frank B. Black, Donald A. Cadzow, Mary Emily Fauntleroy, Harry V. Flowers, Joseph F. Guffey, Max Henrici, Franklin F. Holbrook, Vera Duss Houston, Karl M. Knapp, Ross F. Lockeridge, Wayne A. McKenney, Frank W. Melvin, Wilbur G. Miller, Gregg L. Neel, McLeond M. Pearce, Claude Pepper, H. Ralph Sauers, Ray W. Sherman, William C. Sproul, Sylvester K. Stevens, and T.W. Templeton.

General File,
(2 boxes)


The file contains accounts of Charles A. Dickson and William J. Werner, 1905-1938; book inscriptions, 1943-1949; reviews of Duss's book, 1943; materials relating to the Economy Centennial celebration, 1924, 1939, The Economy Old Timers, 1935-1949, and the Harmony Society Historical Society, 1917-1930; a layout of the gardens and grounds of Old Economy village, undated; legal records, 1893-1948; scrapbooks, 1882-1949; musical programs, 1893-1950; mailing lists for sheet music sales, 1895; a register of visitors to the great house, 1928-1932; Duss's diary, 1892; and his speeches, 1915-1945.

Manuscript File,
[ca. 1940].
(4 boxes)


This file consists of handwritten and typed drafts of Duss's book, "The Harmonists: A Personal History".

[ca. 1900-1920].
(1 box)


There are approximately 100 photoprints, mostly of John S. Duss as a bandleader, including one collage of Duss and the members of his band.

Research Materials,
[ca. 1862-1944].
(2 boxes)


Among the research materials are a biographical sketch of John S. Duss; indices to materials in the Harmony Society Records (MG-185); a list of female members of the Society; a list of members who filed a declaration of intention, 1810; a list of seceders of Count De Leon, 1832; published histories; and miscellaneous items.

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