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Bureau of Archives and History
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RG-13
RECORDS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM COMMISSION
Series Descriptions

Records of the Pennsylvania Historical Records Survey, 1937-1942, 1946, 1950. (74 cartons, 3 boxes, 21 folders)

The Pennsylvania Historical Records Survey was charged with compiling an inventory of all governmental and public records held by federal, state, county, and municipal depositories. It also prepared guides to manuscript collections, surveyed early American imprints, prepared an inventory of church archives, transcribed the maritime records of the Port of Philadelphia, prepared a bibliography of early American portraits in Pennsylvania, and conducted historical research into early forts and trails. In January 1941 the Frontier Forts and Trails Survey was merged with the Historical Records Survey in Pennsylvania to form the Pennsylvania Historical Survey. The work of the Pennsylvania Historical Survey resulted in eventual publication of the six volumes of The Papers of Henry Bouquet edited by Sylvester K. Stevens, Donald H. Kent, Louis M. Waddell, Autumn L. Leonard, and John L. Tottenham, (Harrisburg: 1951, 1972, 1976, 1978, 1984, 1994); The Wilderness Chronicles of Northwestern Pennsylvania edited by Sylvester K. Stevens and Donald H. Kent (Harrisburg: 1941); The French Invasion of Western Pennsylvania by Donald H. Kent (Harrisburg: 1981); and The French and Indian War in Pennsylvania, 1753-1763: Fortification and Struggle During the War for Empire by Louis M. Waddell and Bruce Bomberger (Harrisburg, 1996).


Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in Pennsylvania,
1939.
(6 cartons)
Roll #270

{#13.108.112} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by community.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by subject.

A copy of the published guide (Bulletin No. 774, No. 4 of the Pennsylvania Historical Commission Series) and the accompanying records created by the Historical Records Survey of the manuscript collections held by county historical societies, museums, public libraries, and college and university libraries.

Harrisburg Unit Administrative File,
1942.
(2 folders)

{#13.108.113} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by job number.

List of the titles of publications in process and at press in 1942, together with the job number of each and the percentages of research, pre-final, and final drafts completed.

Harrisburg Unit Publications, including A Description and Report of Accomplishments of Community Service Programs in Pennsylvania,
1941.
(4 folders)

{#13.108.114} [Holdings]

A Description and Report of Accomplishments, Community Service Programs, Pennsylvania, 1942 compiled by the Pennsylvania Historical Survey and published by the Work Projects Administration at Harrisburg, March 15, 1942. A digest of the aims and achievements of the education and recreation programs, Pennsylvania Art Program, Pennsylvania Museum Extension Project, Pennsylvania Music Project, Pennsylvania Historical Records Survey, School Lunch Program, and Surplus Commodity Distribution Program coordinated under the Division of Community Service Programs of the Work Projects Administration, a successor to the Works Progress Administration. See also Pennsylvania: A Guide to the Keystone State (New York: 1940).

Harrisburg Unit Unpublished Manuscripts, including Guide to the Manuscript Collections and Holdings of the Archives Division of the Pennsylvania State Library, and the Published Pennsylvania Archives, 8th and 9th series,
1942 and undated.
(4 folders)

{series #13.108.115} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

An unpublished typescript entitled "Index of Votes of Pennsylvania Assembly, Page Reference to Daily Sessions of Pennsylvania Assembly" for the Pennsylvania Archives, Eighth Series edited by Director of the State Library Joseph L. Rafter under the Direction of Superintendent of Public Instruction Francis B. Haas. Also present is an unpublished typescript of "Guide to the Manuscript Collections and Holdings of the Archives Division and The Pennsylvania State Library" compiled and edited by Irene L. Cunningham of the Department of Public Instruction for the Pennsylvania Archives, Ninth Series.

Inventory of Church Archives of Pennsylvania, including Records of Pennsylvania Jewish Congregations,
1937-1940, and undated.
(27 cartons)
Rolls #298-299, 3258-3313

{#13.108.116} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by county.

Checklists, grantee indexes, and inventory questionaire forms documenting churches and synagogues across Pennsylvania. Information provided on the questionaire forms is both the official name and the name by which the congregation was most commonly known, address of congregation, date originally formed, date of formal organization, and the name of founder or mother church body. Also given are any changes in the name over time, any former addresses and dates of occupancy, method of organization, information on any properties purchased or sold together with the dates of such transactions and the names of sellers or purchasers. Also noted is the type of building occupied, date building was erected, dates consecrated and dedicated, and architectural characteristics. Also given is name of first settled pastor or rabbi and his secular occupation, name of then current pastor or rabbi and date commenced service, status of administrative records and minute books, and information on Sunday Schools, published and unpublished histories, directories, registers of baptisms, births, deaths, marriages, membership, and cemeteries. Accompanying the inventory forms, brochures, programs and photographs also may be found. Grantee indexes of deeds and charters are present for all counties except Adams, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Delaware, Forest, McKean, Mifflin, Monroe, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Union, and Wayne. The checklists are broken down by borough, township, municipality and denomination.

Inventory of County Archives of Pennsylvania,
1937-1942, 1946, 1950.
(4 cartons)
Rolls 296-297, 3254-3257

{#13.108.117} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county.

Archive inventories, typed manuscripts, and correspondence relating to inventories conducted at each of the county archives by the Division of Community Service Programs of the Pennsylvania Historical Survey. Maps, blueprints and historical background of archive facilities are occasionally included. Also present are the following published inventory guides:

Inventory of County Archives of Pennsylvania Number 6, Berks County prepared by Pennsylvania Historical Survey Division of Community Service Program, Works Progress Administration (Board of County Commissioners, Reading: 1941).

Inventory of County Archives of Pennsylvania Number 7, Blair County prepared by Pennsylvania Historical Survey Division of Community Service Program, Works Progress Administration (Board of County Commissioners, Hollidaysburg: 1941).

Inventory of County Archives of Pennsylvania, Bradford County prepared by Pennsylvania Historical Survey Division of Community Service Program, Works Progress Administration (Board of County Commissioners, Towanda: 1946).

Inventory of County Archives of Pennsylvania, Cambria County prepared by Pennsylvania Historical Survey Division of Community Service Program, Works Progress Administration (Board of County Commissioners, Edensburg: 1950).

Inventory of County Archives of Pennsylvania Number 23, Delaware County prepared by Pennsylvania Historical Survey Division of Community Service Program, Works Progress Administration (Board of County Commissioners, Philadelphia: 1939).

Inventory of County Archives of Pennsylvania Number 25, Erie County prepared by Pennsylvania Historical Survey Division of Community Service Program, Works Progress Administration (Board of County Commissioners, Erie: 1940).

Inventory of County Archives of Pennsylvania Number 26, Fayette County prepared by Pennsylvania Historical Survey Division of Community Service Program, Works Progress Administration (Historical Records Survey, Philadelphia: 1940).

Inventory of County Archives of Pennsylvania Number 36, Lancaster County prepared by Pennsylvania Historical Survey Division of Community Service Program, Works Progress Administration (Board of County Commissioners, Lancaster: 1941).

Inventory of County Archives of Pennsylvania Number 37, Lawrence County prepared by Pennsylvania Historical Survey Division of Community Service Program, Works Progress Administration (Board of County Commissioners, New Castle: 1942).

Inventory of County Archives of Pennsylvania Number 63, Washington County prepared by Pennsylvania Historical Survey Division of Community Service Program, Works Progress Administration (Board of County Commissioners, Washington: 1941).

Inventory of County Archives of Pennsylvania Number 64, Wayne County prepared by Pennsylvania Historical Survey Division of Community Service Program, Works Progress Administration (Board of County Commissioners, Philadelphia: 1939).

 

Map and Photograph Survey for Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster and Montgomery Counties and Philadelphia City,
undated.
(4 cartons)

{#13.108.118} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by county and thereunder alphabetically by name of institution.

Inventories and copies of maps and photograph in collections held by institutions in Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, and Montgomery Counties and the City of Philadelphia. The records cover the Pennsylvania State Library, the Delaware County Historical Society, the Lancaster County Historical Society, Landis Valley Museum, the Chester P. Cook Collection in Nazareth, the Haverford College Library, the Historical Society of Montgomery County, the Pottstown Public Library, and the Schwenkfelder Historical Society and Museum. The Philadelphia records cover the Academy of Natural Sciences, American Philosophical Society, Carpenters' Hall, Commercial Museum, Franklin Institute, Free Library of Philadelphia, Girard College, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Library Company of Philadelphia, Presbyterian Historical Society, and the University of Pennsylvania Library.

Newspaper Transcripts and Checklists of 18th and 19th Century Articles,
[ca. 1940-1942].
(29 cartons)
Rolls 3254-3257

{#13.108.119} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by county and thereunder alphabetically by subject.

Twenty-six cartons of transcripts of articles that appeared in 18th and 19th century newspapers and three cartons of checklists of holdings of newspapers held in each county. The subject categories include agriculture, biography, culture, education, finance, government, labor, manufacturing, merchants, military, mineral industries, physiography (sic), political, population, public opinion, religion, social life, transportation and communication, utilities, and welfare.

Philadelphia Unit Administrative File of Exhibit, Employee and Publicity Photographs,
1938, 1942 and undated.
(4 folders)

{#13.108.120} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of material.

Publicity, exhibit and employee photographs of the Philadelphia Administrative Unit of the Pennsylvania Historical Records Survey. The exhibits represented are the Federal Writers' Project Exhibit, the Philadelphia Motorboat and Sportsmen's Show held at the Commercial Museum January 22-29, 1938 and the Pennsylvania W.P.A. Exhibit for the District 2 Research and Records Sections Staff Conference held March 2, 1942.

Philadelphia Unit Publications: Descriptive Catalogue of the Du Simitiere Papers at the Library Company of Philadelphia, and The Founding of Pennsylvania: Historic Background for a Pageant,
1940.
(2 folders)

{#13.108.121} [Holdings]

Indexed internally, alphabetically by subject.

The Descriptive Catalogue of the Du Simitiere Papers in the Library Company of Philadelphia prepared by the Historical Records Survey Division of Professional and Service Projects of the Work Projects Administration, Philadelphia, 1940. Purchased by the Library Company at the 1785 estate auction of Pierre Du Simitiere, a noted artist and collector of antiquities, the Du Scimitiere Papers contain a wealth of information on the history of New York and Pennsylvania. They include the text of Indian treaties for the period 1721-1756, papers relating to the West Indies, and original letters, extracts, and journals for the period 1560-1781. Included is the text of the notice advertising the Du Scimitiere estate auction, a broadside for the auction, and a catalogue of newspapers and pamphlets bought. The Founding of Pennsylvania, Historic Background for a Pageant with Prologue, Main Scene and Epilogue was prepared by the Philadelphia Museum Extension Project of the Works Progress Administration and distributed by the Pennsylvania 300th Anniversary Commission. It contains the script of a historical drama together with color prints depicting the presumed attire of 17th-century Swedish settlers.

Philadelphia Unit Transcripts, including the Forster Papers, Inventory of the Church Archives of Pennsylvania, Archives of Pennsylvania Jewish Reformed Congregations, and the Philadelphia Maritime Statistics Project,
undated.
(9 folders)

{#13.108.122} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Transcripts of the business correspondence and articles of agreement of Col. Thomas Forster, 1797-1823 and transcripts of published correspondence of Charles Lee with his uncle, Sir William Bunbury, and his sister, Miss Sidney Lee, (1759) that is held by the New York Historical Society. Also present is a 150-page typed manuscript relating to the Philadelphia Maritime Statistics Project and a Historical Records Survey of Church Archives inventory of Jewish congregations prepared in January 1940.

Pittsburgh Unit Transcripts Acts of Assembly from 1781 through 1915 Relating to Highway Legislation and Boroughs,
undated.
(1 folder)

{#13.108.123} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of borough or highway.

Transcripts compiled by the Pittsburgh Unit of the Historical Records Survey of legislation passed for creating boroughs or laying out highways in Allegheny County. Information given is date of legislation, volume and page where recorded, and text of the legislation.

Transcripts, including Gifford Pinchot Calendar, County Commissioners' Minutes, Road Dockets and Vital Statistics,
1939-1942.
(6 cartons)
Rolls #3254-3257

{#13.108.124} [Holdings]

County records are grouped alphabetically by county.

Transcripts of the Gifford Pinchot papers, 1890-1935; county commissioner minutes, 1939-1940; county court dockets, 1940-1941; and vital statistics, undated. The county commissioner minutes cover Adams, Blair, Cameron, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Franklin, Greene, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lycoming, Montgomery, Perry, Warren and York Counties. The court dockets covedr Bradford, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Potter, and Union Counties. The vital statistics records cover all of the counties with the exception of Adams, Beaver, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lehigh, and McKean Counties.


Records of the Civilian Works Administration and the Pennsylvania State Library

Guide to Private Manuscript Collections, from Adams to York Counties, with Index,
[ca. 1933-1936].
(1 carton)

{#13.108.125} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county.

Lists prepared under the Civilian Works Administration Historical Records Survey of private manuscript collections in each of the counties. Information provided the name and address of the owner of each private manuscript collection.


Records of the Museum Extension Project of the Pennsylvania Historical Commission, Pittsburgh Unit, 1938-1969.

Supervised by I. C. Boerlin of The Pennsylvania State College, the Museum Extension Project provided small replica models of aircraft, ships, and machinery as well as exhibits, charts, maps and posters that were used as visual aids in classrooms, shops and government training centers. Such training centers provided training for engineers, vocational education defense, civilian pilots, maritime cadets, civilian defense, and production management. The museum assistance program based in Philadelphia was part of the Museum Extension Project and was co-sponsored with the Philadelphia Art Museum, Academy of the Natural Sciences, Atwater Kent Museum, and University of Pennsylvania Museum. The objectives of the latter program were to assist publicly-owned and operated museums in preserving, repairing, cataloging, and indexing artifacts and exhibits, providing museum guides and lecturers, reconstructing and preserving museum collections, and preparing and arranging new models and exhibits. Related materials located in Manuscript Group 400, Works Progress Administration Records [ca. 1766-1909] include Museum Extension Project plates and captions concerning costumes of both historical and mythological characters. Among the historical costumes are depictions of Revolutionary War uniforms, 17th-century Swedish dress, Native American attire, and the plain dress worn by New England Puritans and Pennsylvania Quakers.


Photographs of Models of Historic Buildings and Artifacts,
[ca. 1938-1939].
(1 folder)

{#13.108.126} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Photographs depicting the fabrication, assembly and shipping of plaster-of-Paris scale models of historic structures including Independence Hall, Carnegie Museum, the Eagle Hotel at Waterford, the Schoenberger Mansion in Pittsburgh, and the Nixon Tavern at Fairchance. Also present are images of the staff of the Museum Extension Project measuring the exterior of Independence Hall, models of the locomotive Pioneer, a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission diorama, photographs of the Emperor's Seal in the Tabor Collection at the Carnegie Museum, and a map of Fort Duquesne.


Publications, including A Handbook of Military Uniforms of the Revolutionary Period, and Americans All: Folk Festival,
1939.
(2 folders)

{#13.108.127} [Holdings]

A publication entitled A Handbook of Military Uniforms of the Revolutionary Period composed by the Works Progress Administration Museum Extension Project. Information provided are color plates illustrating uniforms and extended captions giving historical background and citation of sources. Plates illustrate uniforms worn by the following:

Minutemen at Concord (1775)

Sherburne's Continental Regiment (1778-1780)

Moylan's Light Dragoon's (1779)

Second Canadian Regiment of Infantry (1776)

Fourth Connecticut Regiment of Infantry of the Continental Line (1777)

Second Regiment of Connecticut Light Horse Militia (1777)

Haslett's Delaware Regiment (1776)

First Georgia Regiment of Infantry of Continental Line (1777)

Smallwood's Maryland Regiment (1776)

Second Maryland Regiment of Infantry of Continental Line (1777

Second Massachusetts Regiment of Infantry of Continental Line (1777)

Knox's Massachusett's Artillery Regiment (1775-1776)

Second New Hampshire Regiment of Infantry of Continental Line (1777)

Third New Jersey Regiment of Continental Line (1777)

Third New York Regiment (1775)

Captain Lamb's New York Artillery Company (1775)

Third North Carolina Regiment of Infantry of Continental Line (1776)

First Pennsylvania Battalion (1775-1776)

Thirteenth Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line (1777)

Rhode Island Train of Artillery (1775)

Second Rhode Island Regiment of Infantry of the Continental Line (1779)

Second South Carolina Regiment of Infantry (1776)

Green Mountain Rangers, Green Mountain Ranger Officers (1775)

Virginia Light Dragoons (1776)

Field Jaeger Corps of Hesse-Cassel (1776-1783)

Grenadier Company of Fusilier Regiment Alt von Lossberg of Hesse-Cassel (1775)

Fifty-Second and Fifth British Regiments of Foot (1775)

Commander-in-Chief of British Armies in America (Sir William Howe).

Approximately half of the color plates are missing. (See related materials on costumes in Manuscript Group 400 Works Progress Administration Records [ca. 1766-1909]). Also present is a publication entitled "Americans All" Folk Festival prepared by the Works Progress Administration for the Division of Education and Recreation and the Department of Public Instruction (1939) that is an instruction manual for organizing folk festivals. This is accompanied by a printed program entitled Dauphin County's 13th Annual Folk Festival "Americans All" for the festival held at The Forum, State Education Building on June 21, 1949.


Records of the Philadelphia Maritime Statistics Project, Pennsylvania Historical Commission, [ca. 1937-1941].

The survey of the maritime records of the Port of Philadelphia was completed in October 1941 and resulted in the publication and distribution of 1,314 volumes to designated depositories. The records include an index to Philadelphia naturalization records, records of arrivals and departures of vessels, lists of the names of shipmasters and crews, records of shipwrecks, ship manifests and slave manifests, and minutes of the wardens of the port. For related types of materials see also Records of the Navigation Commission for the Delaware River and its Navigable Tributaries (RG-41) Health Officers' Register of Passengers Names, 1772-1794.


Transcripts of Alphabetical Index to Naturalization Records,
1789 - 1880, transcribed [ca. 1937-1941].
(5 microfilm rolls)
Rolls 308-312

{#13.108.128} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of naturalized person.

Transcripts prepared under Works Progress Administration Project #20837 of the eleven-volume "Index to Records of Aliens' Declarations of Intentions and/or Oaths of Allegiance, 1789-1880" in the custody of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Information provided is name of immigrant, country of former allegiance, court where application was filed, and the date of the declaration of intention and/or oath of allegiance. The index lists records from five courts:

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas - CP

Philadelphia Court of Quarter Sessions - QS

Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Eastern District - SC

United States Circuit Court, Philadelphia - CC

United States District Court - DC

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court records (SC) are in Naturalization Papers, 1794-1819, 1821-1868 {series #33.75}, the Declaration of Intention Dockets, 1819-1870, 1873-1875, 1881-1906 {series #33.35} and Index to Naturalization Papers, 1794-1824, 1842-1868 {series #33.54}. The Philadelphia Court records (CP, QS) are at the Philadelphia City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 and cover the periods 1794-1903 and 1914-1930. The United States Court Records (CC, DC) are at the National Archives: Philadelphia Branch, 9th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The index has been published in Philadelphia Naturalization Records, An Index to Records of Aliens' Declarations of Intentions and/or Oaths of Allegiance, 1789-1880, in United States Circuit Court, United States District Court, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Quarter Sessions Court, Common Pleas, Philadelphia, edited by P. William Filby (Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1982). For related materials see also the Naturalization Lists of the Supreme Court and Courts of Nisi Prius, 1740-1773 {series #21.10} that contain the names of people who swore an oath of allegiance to the British Sovereign. These have been published in Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Volume 2 and in Persons Naturalized in the Province of Pennsylvania, 1740-1773 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1967). For naturalizations in county and municipal courts see the county microfilm holdings in Record Group 47, Records of County Governments.

Transcripts of Alphabetical List of Crews,
1798-1880, transcribed [ca. 1937-1941].
(14 microfilm rolls)
Rolls 315-328

{#13.108.129} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of crewmember.

Transcripts of the lists of the names of members of crews of vessels arriving and departing the Port of Philadelphia. Information provided is name of crewmember, date of list on which name appears, and page where name will be found. This series is an index to Transcripts of Chronological List of Masters and Crews, 1798-1880, compiled [ca. 1937-1941] {#13.108.131}.

Transcripts of Arrivals and Clearances of Vessels,
1783-1880, transcribed [ca. 1937-1941].
(2 microfilm rolls)
Rolls 313-314

{#13.108.130} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of arrival or departure.

Transcripts of arrivals and departures of vessels recorded at the Port of Philadelphia. Information provided is date of arrival or departure, type of vessel, name of vessel, name of master, place from whence arriving or to which departing, and tonnage of vessel. The letter E, L and R found on the lists stand for "Enrolled," Licensed," and "Registered." Enrollment permitted a vessel of not less than twenty tons to engage in domestic commerce or exploit the fisheries of the United States. A license was only issued to vessels of less than twenty tons and conferred the privilege of engaging in a specific trade, such as domestic commerce or mackerel fisheries, that were specified in the license. A register was issued as evidence of a vessel's nationality and was distinguished from an enrollment in that it applied only to American-owned vessels permitted to engage in foreign commerce.

Transcripts of Chronological List of Masters and Crews,
1798-1880, compiled [ca. 1937-1941].
(41 microfilm rolls)
Rolls 329-370

{#13.108.131} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of crew list.

Indexed in Transcripts of Alphabetical List of Crews, 1798-1880, transcribed [ca. 1937-1941] {#13.108.129}.

Crew lists giving the names of the members of the crews serving on each vessel. These lists were originally kept under the provisions of "An Act for the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant Service" passed by the United States Congress on July 20, 1790 and supplementary acts passed February 28, 1808 and July 20, 1840. For each vessel listed also may be given the names of the crewmen, their ages and places of birth, height, wages, hospital money, time of service, and occasional comments regarding race.

Transcripts of Index of Vessels,
1874-1937, transcribed [ca. 1937-1941].
(2 microfilm rolls)
Rolls 376-377

{#13.108.132} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by type of vessel and arranged thereunder alphabetically by name of vessel.

Transcripts of the index to barks, brigs, schooners, sloops, and steamships arriving and departing the Port of Philadelphia. Information provided is name of vessel, year of embarkation, and page number where entry will be found.

Transcripts of Port Warden's Minutes,
1766-1880, transcribed [ca. 1937-1941].
(6 microfilm rolls)
Rolls 302-307

{#13.108.133} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Transcripts of the minutes of wardens appointed for the Port of Philadelphia under "Act for Appointing Wardens for the Port of Philadelphia and for Regulating Pilots, plying in the River and Bay of Delaware, and the Price of Pilotage (sic) to and from the said Port." The wardens issued certificates to persons qualified to act as pilots on ships and vessels in the Delaware River and Bay. Information provided is date of meeting, names of those present, and a description of the business transacted. The minutes reveal information concerning obstructions in the Delaware River and Bay and daily entries illuminate routine operations of the port such as maintenance of lighthouses, collection of fees, and payment of wages.

Transcripts of Records of Wrecks,
1874-1937, transcribed [ca. 1937-1941].
(6 microfilm rolls)
Rolls 371-376

{#13.108.134} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Transcripts of reports of shipwrecks and casualties recorded at the Port of Philadelphia. Information provided is date and time of shipwreck, name and nationality of vessel, type of construction, tonnage, age of vessel, port where registered, registration number, name of master, name of owner, port from whence last departed, where bound, number of passengers, number of crew, and number of persons lost. Also given are the value of the vessel and of the cargo, type of cargo, whether vessel was carrying a deck load or was over weight, the weight of the cargo, and the estimated value of the vessel and cargo. Finally, the location where the accident occurred, nature of the accident, cause of the accident, force of the wind at the time, weather conditions, measures taken to avoid the accident, and any remarks are noted.

Transcripts of Slave Manifests,
1800-1841, transcribed [ca. 1937-1941].
(1 microfilm roll)
Roll 376

{#13.108.135} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of slave manifest.

Transcripts of manifests prepared by the captains of domestic slave ships providing the gender, age, height, class or race, and place of residence of the slaves transported as well as the name of the shipper or owner. Two ships, the Schooner Phoebe and the schooner Prudence, are included that arrived from foreign ports bringing slaves directly from Africa.

Transcripts of Ship Manifests and Bonds [ca. 1814], Port of Philadelphia,
[transcribed ca. 1937-1941].
(1 volume)

{#13.108.136} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of letter.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by name of vessel.

Primarily transcripts of reports, manifests, and bonds for cargoes carried by vessels captured under Letters of Marque entering the Port of Philadelphia and from the ports of Africa, New York, Tuckerton, Elizabeth City, Little Egg Harbor, and St. Bartholomews and lists of the names of crews of ships. The type of information provided on the lists is name of vessel, date of manifest, name of master, names of each crew member, their rating, their native country, place of residence, age and height, quantities of each type of merchandise and the duties due. The ship manifests give the name of the vessel and the name of vessel which was the prize, name of prize master, where cargo was loaded, weight, breadth, depth, where constructed, name of owner, name of merchant, date embarked, and a description of the contents. This series was formerly labeled Transcripts of Letters of Marque from 1804 through 1815 issued at the Port of Philadelphia.A letter of marque was a license or commission granted to a private person to fit out an armed vessel for use as a privateer to seize enemy ships and their cargo.


Records of the National Archives and the University of Pennsylvania, 1941.

Publications, including the Survey of Federal Archives in Pennsylvania, undated; and the Inventory of Federal Archives in the States, Series VIII, Department of the Interior No. 37, Pa.,
1941.
(3 volumes)
{#13.108.137} [Holdings]

The Inventory of the Federal Archives in the States, Series IX, The Department of Agriculture Part 1 of 2 Parts, No. 37, Pennsylvania is arranged alphabetically by bureau and extension service. Information provided is title of series, inclusive dates of series, general description of the informational content, description of filing system, linear footage, type of containers in which housed, physical condition, and location. Also given is the number of the Form 58SA at the National Archives on which the information was originally recorded by the survey worker and from which it was abstracted for the inventory.

The Inventory of Federal Archives in the States, Series VIII, Department of the Interior No. 37 was prepared for the Department of the Interior in 1941. The survey in western Pennsylvania was commenced under Regional Directo Louis W. H. Johnson in 1936 and completed by Project Unit Supervisor John T. McMahon in 1937. Regional Director Richard H. Heindel, who was succeeded by John P. Corry in 1936, directed the survey for the eastern region. The Survey was reorganized in 1937 under Regional Director Richard B. Morris of New York with James L. Whitehead serving as Assistant Regional Director. Information provided is title of series, inclusive dates of series, general description of the informational content, description of filing system, linear footage, type of containers in which housed, physical condition, and location. Also given is the number of the Form 58SA at the National Archives on which the information was originally recorded by the survey worker and from which it was abstracted for the inventory. Accompanying materials set out the objectives and results of the survey.


Records of the Survey of the Federal Archives, Pennsylvania Historical Records Survey, Pennsylvania Historical Commission, 1942.

The survey of the records held in federal archives located in Pennsylvania was commenced in April 1936 with the fieldwork completed by 1939. Ten volumes, each concerning a different federal department operating in Pennsylvania, were published by July 1941 when the project became part of the Pennsylvania Historical Survey. After that date, three additional titles were released. The survey results assisted the Office for Emergency Management, the Office of Civilian Defense, and the Committee for the Conservation of Cultural Resources in carrying out their respective missions.


Publications, including the Inventory of Federal Archives in the States, Series XI, Department of Labor, No. 37, Pa.,1942; and Ship Registers of the Port of Philadelphia, Pa., Vol. 1, A-D, 1942.
(2 volumes)

{#13.108.138} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Ship registers are indexed internally, alphabetically by surname.

Ship Registers of the Port of Philadelphia, Pa., Vol. 1, A-D prepared by the Survey of Federal Archives and Pennsylvania Historical Survey Division of Community and Service Programs of the Work Projects Administration in 1942. The ship registers document the activities of ships, including the slave ships Caroline and Delaware, and the sloop Commerce at the port of Philadelphia. Information given is the date when each was constructed, port, dimensions of vessel, date of registration, names of the owners, name of the master, and the names of previous owners and registrations. Tables give annual breakdowns 1780-1870 by type of vessel and year built and breakdowns by port where constructed. Diagrams illustrate the various types of vessels. See also Records of the Navigation Commission for the Delaware River and its Navigable Tributaries (RG-41) Health Officers' Register of Passengers Names, 1772-1794.

The Inventory of the Federal Archives in the States, Series XI, The Department of Labor No. 37, Pennsylvania covers records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service District 4 at the Port of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania excepting the counties of McKean, Warren, Erie, Crawford, and Mercer. Information provided is title of series, inclusive dates of series, general description of the informational content, description of filing system, linear footage, type of containers in which housed, physical condition, and location. Also given is the number of the Form 58SA at the National Archives on which the information was originally recorded by the survey worker and from which it was abstracted for the inventory.


Records of the Department of Public Instruction and the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies, 1942.

Publications, The Making of America, Land of the Free,
[ca.1942].
(1 volume)

{#13.108.139} [Holdings]

The Making of America, Land of the Free, sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Department of Public Instruction and the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies (Smith & Durrell, Inc., New York: 1942) for the Pennsylvania War Services Program. A comprehensive history for juveniles published under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration covering the period of first European contact by "Lief the Lucky" in AD 986 down to the outbreak of the Second World War. Contains preface by J. Knox Milligan, State Supervisor of the War Services Section, a chronology of important events, and a bibliography of works on American history.


Archives Division of the State Library, 1923-1945 (Under Department of Public Instruction)

The State Archives was originally established as an administrative unit within the State Library in 1903 where it was designated the Division of Public Records. It was responsible for preserving and making available to the public records created by the activities of state government that were deemed to possess permanent historical value. When the State Library became part of the Department of Public Instruction in 1923 the Division of Public Records became the Division of Archives and History, and later simply the Archives Division. In 1945, the Archives Division was taken out of the Department of Public Instruction and placed into the new Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission where it once again became the Division of Public Records. It is now the Division of Archives and Manuscripts in the Bureau of Archives and History.


Administrative Files and General Correspondence,
1924-1945.
(2 cartons)

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Grouped by archivist and arranged thereunder alphabetically by subject or surname of correspondent.

Monthly and annual reports, memoranda, and correspondence of State Archivists Hiram H. Shenk (1924-1933), Curtis W. Garrison (1933-1936), and Henry W. Shoemaker (1936-1945). Included are materials on a history of education, the Schwenkfelder Historical Library, preservation and repair of damaged records, archival policies and procedures legislation, the Works Progress Administration, and the Historical Records Survey.

Reports of the Archives Division,
1926-1935.
(4 folders)

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Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Monthly, biennial, and annual activity reports filed by the State Archivist. Information provided is date of report, period covered by the report, and a description of the routine activities of the Division.

Report of the Post-War Planning Commission on Archival and Historical Activities,
1944.
(1 folder)

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Unarranged.

State Council of Education First Planning Report of the Committee on Archives and Historical Activities Study Group 5, Committee 3 of the Post-War Planning Committee submitted by Chairman Robert C. Shaw. The report recommends constructing an archives building properly equipped with stacks, processing equipment, air conditioning, a restoration room, and photographic laboratory in the area of the Capitol group and near the State Library and to be known as a war memorial. It also recommended appointing a committee of historians and librarians to decide what documents should be preserved and what might be destroyed. Finally, the committee recommended such post-war employment activities as microfilming state, county, military, church, and tombstone records; indexing newspaper records according to the plan followed in Ohio; and completing the Pennsylvania Historical Records Survey. By way of proposed legislation, the Committee suggested that the Pennsylvania Historical Commission be reorganized as a Pennsylvania Historical and Archives Commission with enlarged responsibilities for supervising and administering the public records of the state. Attached are summaries of state archives laws then in force in Wyoming, Vermont, Colorado, Illinois, and Delaware and of the 1919 Act of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania concerning the Division of Public Records with interpretive comments by Clarence E. Ackley and Stanley C. Fellows.


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