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Drexel & Co. records


Held at: Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections [Contact Us]W. W. Hagerty Library, 3300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Drexel & Co. was founded in 1838 by Francis Martin Drexel. The first office in Philadelphia was located at 34 South Third Street. In 1847, both of Francis Martin's sons, Anthony J. and Francis A. Drexel, became partners in the firm. In 1851, the company earned large profits from the gold discoveries in California where Francis Martin set up a banking house in San Francisco. During the Mexican-American War, Drexel & Co. sold $49.2 million of the Treasury's war bonds. For the U.S. Civil War, Drexel & Co. once again raised money the government to fund the war; however, Jay Cooke & Co. played the largest role. In 1863, A.J. Drexel became the head of Drexel & Company when his father died. A.J. Drexel partnered with J.P. Morgan and created one of the largest banking companies in the world, Drexel, Morgan & Company. Drexel & Company built a new banking house in 1888 on the southeast corner of Fifth and Chestnut Street. During the 1960s and early 1970s, Drexel and Company underwent three mergers: first Drexel Harriman Ripley, then Drexel Firestone, and lastly Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1973.

This collection consists of financial books, scrapbooks, and ephemera relating to the Drexel & Co. business from 1872-1979. The first series, Financial books, consists of four ledger books and three balance books documenting various company expenses. The second series, Scrapbooks, consists of two scrapbooks with newspaper clippings. One scrapbook belongs to Horatio G. Lloyd Jr. who was a partner of the banking houses of J.P. Morgan & Co. and Drexel & Co. The third series, Ephemera, includes various historical items and documents relating to the company. The historical items includes photographs, checks, Edward T. Stotesbury's cable book, and a list of partners on January 1, 1895 when J.P. Morgan & Company was formed. Also included with this series are two folders of memorabilia relating to business and individuals at Drexel & Co. as well as an autobiography written by Francis M. Martin for his children.

Transferred from the Drexel Collection to the University Archives in March of 2012.


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Finding aid prepared by Anita Lai
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Collection Inventory

Ledger, 1872-1881.
Ledger, 1883-1886.
Ledger, 1886-1921.
Ledger, 1895-1918.
Balance book, 1898-1900.
Balance book, 1901-1905.
Balance book, 1906-1910.

H.G. Lloyd Jr., 1940-1957.
Drexel & Co., 1958-1967.

Physical Description

1.0 folder

Photographs of Drexel & Co. office, 1927 and undated. 2 items.
Box 1 Folder 1
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2.0 items

Photostat of 1855 draft signed by F. M. Drexel, 1928. 1 item.
Box 1 Folder 2
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1.0 item

Checks to P. Camblos, 1889. 2 items.
Box 1 Folder 2
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2.0 items

Blank check, circa 1900. 1 item.
Box 1 Folder 2
Physical Description

1.0 item

Drexel Morgan & Co. check to F. H. Delano, 1889 December 233. 1 item.
Box 1 Folder 2
Physical Description

1.0 item

Edward T. Stotesbury cable book, 1912 September.
Francis M. Drexel autobiography, circa 1830.
List of J.P. Morgan & Company partners, 1895 January 1.
Newspaper clippings and newsletters, 1969-1979.
Pamphlets and flyers, 1947, 1970-1971.
Philadelphia Suburban Water Company gold bonds advertisement, 1929-1930.
Signature pages, 1910-1973.

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