George W. Childs collection 1845-1967
MC.00.010

Summary Information

Repository
Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections
Creator
Childs, George William
Title
George W. Childs collection
ID
MC.00.010
Date [inclusive]
1845-1967
Extent
1.0 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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Biographical Note

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.

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Scope and content note

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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections 2009

W. W. Hagerty Library
3300 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.6706
archives@drexel.edu

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   11.0 folders

Recollections of General Grant 1890   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 1

"George W. Childs:Poor Richard the Second" (Magazine Article) 1946   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 2

Childs, George W. Assorted Materials 1845-1967   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Address in Memory of George W. Childs 1894   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 6

Some Lessons From the Life of George W. Childs 1891   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

20050880013 1890 June 29 

The Printers and Mr. Childs 1884   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 8

Tour of Mr. George W. Childs To The Pacific Coast 1892   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Childs-Cleveland Letter 1891   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   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 

Childs, George W. Memorials 1894   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 5

Map of George W. Childs's Tour of the Pacific Coast 1892   1.0 item


    Box Folder
Maps   OVD 1

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Land and property records 1867-1883 

Maps of Land Purchased by George W. Childs 1867   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 10

Descriptions of Land Purchased by George W. Childs 1867-1883   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 11

Legal Document transferring a property from Ann Sheaff to George Childs 1880   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 12

Prothonotary Rulings 1883   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 13

Legal documents regarding land transfer between Hannah S. Wright and Cathaline Kelly 1975   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Clerk Ruling 1875   1.0 folder


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 15

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


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   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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