We specialize in Americana, especially manuscript materials. We offer manuscript letters and archives, diaries, journals, personal and business correspondence from the 17th century through the 20th.

  • Longstreth Family Archive
    Archive consists of five account books, 1841-1879, totaling 685 manuscript pages, Abby Ann Taylor Longstreth’s Manuscript Cookery and Receipt Book, c 1865, 50 pages, and a common place book, as well as an Account Book for a Mission School run by the family, 85 pages, plus a group of letters, as well as family daguerreotypes and ambrotypes, 1840s-1850s. (See detailed inventory below).
          The Longstreth’s were an influential Quaker family of Philadelphia active in their faith and community promoting social reform and education. The archive centers upon William Collins Longstreth active in business and as the manager of Haverford College from 1864-1881. The archive comprises a detailed view of nearly 40 years of the domestic life of this Quaker family, in the form of highly detailed account books recording virtually every receipt and expenditure of the family from 1841-1879. William Collins Longstreth (1821-1881) was born in Philadelphia, March 12, 1821, the son of Isaac Thomas Longstreth and Mary (Collins) Longstreth. William was well educated from an early age He began the study of Latin at six years of age and read Virgil at eight. When twelve years old he entered Haverford School.”1 William entered Haverford College with the sophomore class of 1834 and graduated in 1837. He was one of the first graduates of the college, which was established only several years prior in 1833. William’s post-college professions included being a Farmer, at his home “Locust Grove” in Springfield, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and his Greenway Farm in Upper Darby; Treasurer of the Elmira & Williamsport Railroad Company; Vice President of the Provident Life and Trust Company in Philadelphia for 15 years; and Manager of Haverford College from 1864-1881. William was also influential… more >