R.W. Kelsey's notes on American and agricultural history
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Rayner W. Kelsey (1879-1934) was the son of Asa and Sarah (Atwater) Kelsey. He was educated at Earlham College and taught at Whittier before becoming professor of history at Haverford College (1909-1934). In 1922 he was named curator of the Quaker Collection at Haverford. He served on and was later chairman of the Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs. He was president of Friends Historical Association from 1913-1915 and was editor of the association's Bulletin from 1922-1932. Kelsey was the author of Friends and the Indians (1917) and editor of the journal of Theophile Cazenove (1740-1811).
Notes, extracts and transcripts (handwritten and typed) from primary and secondary sources related to American colonial history and Pennsylvania agricultural history of the colonial and early Federal periods. Includes 2 file card boxes of notes, arranged by topic by Kelsey, of his research on Pa. agricultural history. Also notes, extracts and transcripts of letters and documents (petitions, proclamations, etc.) relating to British colonial tea and sugar trade, also the Stamp act of 1765; includes transcripts of letters (1797-1799) of Theophile Cazenove related to Holland Land Company transactions; also notes taken by Kelsey while researching in London.
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A filebox of notecards on Professor Kelsey's Agricultural History class. Notecards contain information on a variety of subjects, including: soil types and maintenance, tools and machinery, types of crops, pests, livestock, and economic matters (banking, selling, wages, etc.). Additionally, there are clippings from local newspapers and notes on the works of other agricultural historians.
A filebox of notecards on Professor Kelsey's Agricultural History class. Notecards contain information on a variety of subjects, including: town structure, home life, customs, and politics of farming communitities, labor (including slavery), different nationalities of farming communities, pictorial illustration, organized aid for farmers, and additional notes on further historical inquiry.
4 items. Three letters (from A. Gerber, Richard Hartshorne, and John Adams, respectively), and one notice of sale
15 envelopes of notes, labeled by Kelsey with their subjects. Topics primarily surround British organizations.
Notes taken from estate inventories [ca. 1689-1722] in papers filed in the Register of Wills office, Philadelphia. Letter of Charles Francis Jenkins to RWK, Phila., Feb. 17, 1922 accompanying notes from inventories [Jenkins had the notes taken for a book he proposed writing on Pa. agricultural history]
5 p. of notes on the colonial Post Office
17 items contains typed and handwritten transcripts of documents related to colonial sugar [and tea] trade.
House of Lords manuscripts. re: Tea troubles in Philadelphia, 1773 ca. 55 p.. Typed transcripts of original notes by Kelsey
Notes taken at the British Museum. These are handwritten notes on documents at the British Museum related to colonial trade.
These are handwritten notes on documents re: Stamp Act, 1765; also 3 small notes
Notes and transcripts of documents, including petitions, also lists of names from petitions [from the Office of Public Records?] re: colonial history
4 letters (carbons) of introduction to manuscript repositories in London, dated Nov. 18, 1920; typed transcripts of 14 letters of Theophile Cazenove, 1797-1799, with references to page numbers on each letter [letters relate to Holland Land Co. transactions]