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William Penn Charter School archives

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The William Penn Charter School was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1689. The school was chartered by William Penn, the founder of the province of Pennsylvania, on Lenape land, to be the "Friends Public School". The school was charterd in 1701 to be run by a board of Overseers chosen by the Philadelphia Friends Meeting, the second charter of 1708 separated the school from the Philadelphia Friends Meeting and entrusted it entirely to the board of Overseers and the third charter in 1711 expanded membership of the board to non- Quakers. The charter in its name does not mean it is a modern charter school, but refers to the historic document William Penn signed to establish this first Quaker school in America. Penn Charter School is the oldest continuously run Quaker school in the world and the oldest elementary school in Pennsylvania- throughout its five century history it has remained rooted in its initial vision for education and its Quaker values have remained constant.

In 1711 a group of schools created by Penn's charter consolidated to form the all-boys Latin and Math preparatory school. The school opened next to the Friends Meetinghouse between 12th and Market streets in Philadelphia. As the school expanded over the next two centuries it relocated in 1903 to its campus on Pinehurst property in East Falls, Philadelphia

The William Penn Charter School archives contain the financial, corporate, historical and social records of the school, dating from 1611-1992. The collection illuminates the history and traditions of the William Penn Charter School. The collection is broken into ten series: corporation records books, legal papers, corporation papers, Overseers' correspondence, faculty correspondence, school history, pictures, published books, school publications, and objects.

The corporation records books series contains twelve volumes of minutes from Overseers' meetings dating from 1712-1969. The minutes contain information on the day to day governance of the school and document the school's vision and mission for over two and a half centuries.

The legal papers series contains deeds and leases for plots of land that the William Penn Charter School acquired or sold from the late 1600s until the 1900s, a highlight being deeds from William Penn. The series also contains legal documents related to benefactors' legacies.

The corporation papers series contains lists of Overseers, treasurers' reports, school inspector reports, and a sub-series of nearly one hundred teachers' accounts- a good source of genealogical material marked with the teacher's name, dates of employment, pay rate and notes.

The Overseers' correspondence series dates from 1725-1912 and documents the moving of the school from 12th and Market streets in center city Philadelphia to Germantown amongst other school governance matters.

The faculty correspondence series includes the correspondence of headmasters Richard M. Jones and Richard M. Gummere to faculty and staff.

The school history series holds a variety of documents, including instructions to teachers, surveys of school scholars, lists of school library books, autographs of David Webster and John Quincy Adams, and school histories published by William Penn Charter School, amongst many other ephemeral documents.

The pictures series contains photographs and illustrations of a variety of school matters including class photos, overseer photos, athletic events, and school life.

The published book series contains early books from the William Penn Charter School's library, most published in the 1700s and 1800s. The books are a mix of religious and secular children's books, along with instruction books for grammar, geography, natural history, mathematics, and latin.

The school publications series includes copies of several school newspapers and magazines. The yearly school catalogs from 1900-1946 document the evolution of the academics offered at Penn Charter through the first half of the 20th century.

The objects series contains a sundial and commemorative medals and coins from William Penn's arrival in America.

Processed by Janeen Lamontagne, June 2022.

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Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Vol. 1 photocopy, 1712-1770.
Box 26 (ovs)
Scope and Contents

Photocopy, index of names of overseers and scholars laid in.

Vol. 2 original, 1771-1792.
Volume 1
Scope and Contents

Original bound volume

Vol. 3 original, 1793-1813.
Volume 2
Scope and Contents

Original bound volume

Vol. 4 original, 1814-1847.
Volume 3
Scope and Contents

Original bound volume

Vol. 5 original, 1848-1891.
Volume 29
Vol. 5B original, 1874-1912.
Volume 30
Scope and Contents

Minute book of Overseers' meetings, 1874-1912

Vol. 6 original, 1892-1917.
Volume 28
Vol. 6A original, 1908-1911.
Box 1
Vol. 6B original, 1912-1923.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Original

Vol. 7 original, 1917-1931.
Volume 4
Scope and Contents

Original bound volume

Vol. 8 original, 1931-1942.
Volume 5
Scope and Contents

Original bound volume

Vol. 9 original, 1942-1952.
Volume 6
Scope and Contents

Original bound volume

Vol. 10 pt.1 original, 1952-1959.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Original

Vol. 10 pt. 2 original, 1952-1959.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Original

Vol. 11 pt. 1 original, 1959-1965.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Original

Vol. 11 pt. 2 original, 1959-1965.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Original

Vol. 12 original, 1965-1969.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Original

Minute book of overseer's meetings, 1874-1895.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Rufus M. Jones's copy

Book of registry of the overseers, 1711-1965.
Volume 31
Scope and Contents

Gives succession of each member of the corporation from one of the fifteen overseers; also the treasurers of the overseers.

List of teachers and scholars, 1719-1813.
Volume 7
Scope and Contents

Original bound volume

Wyatt Wistar Brown Trust vol. 1, 1901-1932.
Volume 8
Scope and Contents

Original bound volume of the records and accounts for the Wyatt Wistar Brown Trust scholarship fund.

Wyatt Wistar Brown Trust vol. 2, 1901-1932.
Volume 9
Scope and Contents

Original bound volume of the records and accounts for the Wyatt Wistar Brown Trust scholarship fund.

Joshua Howell's accounts as treasurer vol. 1, 1780-1785.
Box 2
Joshua Howell's accounts as treasurer vol. 2, 1783-1797.
Box 2
Joshua Howell's accounts as treasurer vol. 3, 1786-1797.
Box 2
Joshua Howell's accounts as treasurer vol. 4, 1794-1797.
Box 2
Thomas Wistar's accounts as treasurer vol. 1, 1797-1798.
Box 2
Thomas Wistar's accounts as treasurer vol. 2, 1810-1829.
Box 2
Day book, 1822-1830.
Volume 10
Cash book, 1929-1958.
Volume 11
Principal cash, 1946-1957.
Volume 12
Investments book, 1934-1957.
Volume 13
Transfer book, 1951-1954.
Volume 14
Account book, 1951-1957.
Volume 15
Accounts relating to the public school of Philadelphia, 1734-1750.
Box 2
Receipt book vol. 1, 1786-1789.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Shows payments to teachers, workmen, etc.

Receipt book vol. 2, 1789-1795.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

shows payments to teachers, workmen, etc.

Ground rents account book, 1779-1796.
Box 3
Accounts of William Forrest's legacy, 1808-1829.
Box 3
The Public School Book began 1770, 1770-1783.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

John Reynall, treasurer. At the back of book 29 receipts dated 1770-1783 for payments made to teachers, workmen, etc. Gift of Lawrence J. Morris, P.C. 1885.

Rent roll, school corporation, 1830-1852.
Volume 16
Scope and Contents

Lists all ground rents owned by school.

Check book, 1852-1875.
Volume 17
Scope and Contents

Check book with stubs showing payments by school.

John E. Carter in account with John Jones' legacy, etc., to the School Corporation, 1866-1892.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Accounts of disbursements under legacy of John Jones and others, first by John E. Carter, 1866-78, and then by Charles Hartshorne 1879-92.

Distribution of proceeds register, 1862-1868.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Register of the distribution of the proceeds of the charitable legacies, etc., under the care of the Overseers of the Public School.

Delinquent accounts, 1878-1924.
Box 3
General accounts ledger, 1893-1926.
Volume 18
Scope and Contents

Ledger containing general accounts, expenses for apparatus, advertising, athletics, books and stationary, etc.

Examinations for admission, 1881-1926.
Volume 19
Scope and Contents

Records from circa 1917 laid in.

Applications for admission, 1844-1874.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Applications for admission on the gratuitous funds under the care of the overseers of the Public School, etc.

Penn Charter Literary Society roll book , 1903-1933.
Box 4
Penn Charter Literary Society minute book, 1915-1933.
Box 4
Charles Robert's day school roll book, 1805-1816.
Box 26 (ovs)
Charles Robert's evening school roll book, 1807-1812.
Box 26 (ovs)
William Penn Charter School log book, 1882-1883.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

Describes events, e.g. visits from parents, new students, etc.

William Penn Charter School log book, 1883-1884.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

Describes events, e.g. visits from parents, new students, etc.

Copies of school charters, 1701, 1708, 1711.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Notebooks containing copies of the first and third charters as well.

Original charter, 1711.
Drawer 2
Scope and Contents

The original 1711 charter for the school, signed by William Penn Note: in misc. coll. extra large oversize drawer

Philadelphia meeting legal and business papers, 1685-1800.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Monthly, Quarterly and for sufferings minutes.

Meeting and school grounds, 1693- ca. 1763.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

2nd and High Streets and Strawberry Alley, etc. Including land grant William Penn to William Markham, Robert Turner and Samuel Carpenter 1689, for lot on High St., Philadelphia. Signed by William Markham et al. on vellum with seal.

William Carter's legacy, ca. 1683-1744.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Land grant William Penn to Thomas Harris for lot on Chestnut street; Deed Thomas Harris to William Carter; Grant of rent charges John Guest and wife to Joseph Pidgeon; Deed Caleb Cash to William Carter; Conterpart of deed William Carter to Daniel Gaunt; Grant of rents william carter to James Turfer (?); Counterpart of release Joseph Richardson and wife to Bernard Eaglesfield; Grant of annuity Caleb Ransted and wife to William Carter; Deed Joseph Richeradson to William Carter; Demise of Messauage and 2 lots in 16L Overseers of Public School... to Owen Jones; Ditto to Jacob Lewis for L 15.4; Deed Thomas Hallowell and wife to Christopher Marshall.

William Carter's legacy, ca. 1683-1744.
Drawer 1
Scope and Contents

Deed, Caleb Cash to William Carter, 1706-09-30; Counterpart of deed, William Carter to Daniel Gaunt 1706-10-01; Grant of rents, William Carter to James Turfer(?) 1713-03-30; Grant of annuity, Francis Gandonet to William Carter 1723-02-23. In oversize drawer 1, folder 2

Grant of rent charges John Guest to Joseph Pidgeon, 1705.
Drawer 1
Scope and Contents

Grant of rent charges John Guest et ux to Joseph Pidgeon, part of William Carter's Legacy file. In oversize drawer 1, folder 3

Counterpart of release Joseph Richardson to Bernard Eaglesfield, 1730-11-06.
Drawer 1
Scope and Contents

Counterpart of release, Joseph Richardson et ux to Bernard Eaglesfield. Part of William Carter's legacy. In oversize drawer 1, folder 4

Deed Joseph Richardson to William Carter, 1737/12/05.
Drawer 1
Scope and Contents

Deed, Joseph Richardson et ux to William Carter. Part of William Carter's legacy. In oversize drawer 1, folder 4

Land grant William Penn to Thomas Harris, 1684-05-31.
Drawer 1
Scope and Contents

Land Grant from William Penn to Thomas Harris for lot on Chestnut St. In oversize drawer 1, folder 5

Grant of Annuity Caleb Ranstead to William Carter, 1733-04-25.
Drawer 1
Scope and Contents

Grant of annuity from Caleb Ranstead et ux to William Carter In oversize drawer 1, folder 5

Deed Thomas Harris to William Carter, 1701-02-20.
Drawer 1
Scope and Contents

In oversize drawer 1, folder 5

Papers regarding school lands, 1682-1761, 1912.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Northeast corner of 4th st. and Market st.

List of deeds, legacies, etc. , 1687-1768.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Plus photocopies of property records.

Lease John Goodson and Thomas Griffith to Evan Owens, 1720.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Plus photocopies of property records.

John Jones's legacy papers, 1727-1839.
Box 4
Robert Wade's annuity papers, 1753-1770.
Drawer 1 Folder 1
Scope and Contents

List of owners of lands from which annuity was drawn; Deed poll William Parr to Peter Knight; Deed Peter Knight and wife to Henry Hale Graham; Deed of exchange Henry Hale Graham to Israel Pemberton and other overseers, etc.

Address to assembly for confirmation of school charter, 1759.
Box 5
George Dillwyn's deed papers, 1762.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Includes William Dillwyn's promise to make a title to a lot on Sassafras St. when he became 21.

Overseers to Thomas Irwin lease, 1774.
Box 5
Aaron Ashbridge legacy papers, 1776-1799.
Box 5
Early will excerpts and correspondence, ca. 1776-1816.
Box 5
Deborah Claypool's legacy, 1776-1908.
Box 5
Anthony Benezet legacy, 1784-1790.
Box 5
Oxley lot papers, 1784-1790.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Oxley Lot on Mulberry [Arch St.]

Lease Thomas Penrose to the overseers, 1786.
Box 5
School lot on 12th St. papers, 1784-1874.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Papers regarding a lot on 12th st., west side, below Market st.

Alterations to school papers, 1879-1904.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Papers regarding alternations to School #8 on S. 12th st.

Hannah and John Pemberton's legacy, 1813-1879.
Box 5
Rebecca Wharton's legacy, 1816.
Box 5
Promissory notes given by the board, 1798-1810.
Box 5
Law suit City of Philadelphia vs. overseers of the public school, 1851-1895.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Papers regarding the law suit over the City of Philadelphia's right to tax the school. Copy of verdict I case of the City of Philadelphia vs. overseers of the public school.

Ground rent 146/8 N. 3rd St., 1908-1909.
Box 5
Ground rent 341 Market St., 1908-1909.
Box 5
Ground rent 333 Market St. , 1908.
Box 5
Ground rents miscellaneous , 1869-1880.
Box 5
Acceptance of trust from Society for Improvement of Conditions of the Poor, 1808.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Minutes and acknowledgement of receipt.

Agency agreement Provident Trust Co. and overseers, 1951-8-31.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Also filed here: clarifying letter of Provident Turst Co. of Philadelphia from Alfred G. Scattergood, treasurer of overseers.

School property in Germantown papers, 1907-1908.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Papers regarding the school property in Germantown (Pinehurst)

Alice D. Jenness legacy, 1933-1936.
Box 5
Indentures of Samuel Bould, Phineas Jenkins, Samuel Eldridge and James Dickinson, 1754-1762.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Indenture of Samuel Bould as apprentice teacher; Indenture of Phineas Jenkins, Indenture of Samuel Eldridge as apprentice teacher, printed by Benjamin Franklin; Indenture of James Dickinson as apprentice teacher.

Indenture of David Lloyd, 1688.
Box 17
Land grant: William Penn to William Carter for lot in Philadelphia, 1684.
Box 17
Legal papers concerning ownership, 1811-1812.
Box 17
Partition of lots, 1801.
Box 17
Miscellaneous legal papers, 1700-1900.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Promissory notes from the 18th and 19th centuries; copies of minutes trust agreements; act to allow release of land and others; printed copies of the 3 charters; excerpt from the charter of 1711; pamphlet published by J.B. Lippincott and Co.; R.M. Jones's bound copy of manuscript notes and corrections.

Deed from William Penn to Nicholas Walne, 1682-04-22.
Drawer 1 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Deed from William Penn to Nicholas Walne for 1,000 acres of land and appurtenances in Pennsylvania.

Deed from William Penn to Thomas Droosdale [sic], 1688-10-24.
Drawer 1 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Deed from William Penn to Thomas Droosdale [sic] for 1,000 acres of land in Pennsylvania.

Patent of Rebecca Steel for a lot on Mulberry St. , 1747-08-03.
Drawer 1 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Patent of Rebecca Steel for a lot of ground on Mulberry St. in Philadelphia city, recorded in Patent Book A, Vol. 13, p. 231

Patent to Edward Shippen , 1738-01-24.
Drawer 1 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Patent to Edward Shippen for 404 acres in Lancaster County. Recorded in Patent Book A, Vol. 1, p. 155.

Deed from Samuel Moore to Benjamin Franklin, 1752.
Drawer 1 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Deed from Samuel Preston Moore, Philadelphia Physician, and wife, Hannah to Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia printer for a lot of land on High St. between 3rd and 4th Streets. Signed by Benjamin Franklin and Justic John Mifflin on vellum with wax seal. (This land had in 1720 been purchased by Richard Hill from Anthony Morris).

Deed Joseph Pennock et al to J.P. , 1787-06-16.
Drawer 1 Folder 3
Scope and Contents

Deed, Joseph Pennock et al to Joseph Pennock, for land on the south-west corner of 12th and High [Market] Streets.

Deed William Sansom to John Biddle, 1809-06-02.
Drawer 1 Folder 4
Scope and Contents

Deed, William Sansom et ux to John Biddle and others.

Deed John Biddle to Abraham Pennock, 1812-03-02.
Drawer 1 Folder 4
Scope and Contents

Deed, John Biddle and others to Abraham Pennock.

Deed for High St. lot, 1701-01-24.
Drawer 1 Folder 5
Scope and Contents

Deed for High St. lot, Thomas Lloyd's executors to Samuel Carpenter.

Deed from Samuel Carpenter to Public School, 1701-04-24.
Drawer 1 Folder 5
Scope and Contents

Deed from Samuel Carpenter to the Public School of Philadelphia. In oversize drawer 1, folder 5.

Release of right L. Pennock to G.I. Pennock, 1895-06-27.
Drawer 1 Folder 5
Scope and Contents

Release of right, Levis Pennock to George Isaac Pennock.

Deed J. McOlvain to W. Sansom, 1809-06-02.
Drawer 1 Folder 5
Scope and Contents

Deed from John McOlvain et ux to William Sansom

Records of charities, ca. 1870-1911.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

John E. Carter in account with John Jones's legacy; Register of the distribution of the proceeds of the charitable legacies.

Report of overseers' funds , 1874.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Photostat copies

List of overseers, 1711-1915.
Drawer 1 Folder 7
List of overseers, 1711-1920.
Drawer 1 Folder 7
Overseers' appointments, 1709-1878.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Includes: certificate of appointment of two overseers to succeed two deceased (Thomas Master and Nathan Stanbury in place of John Jones and James Fox, signed by nine overseers); certificate of appointment of William Hudson as overseer to replace Edward Shippen, deceased; certificate of appointment of David Lloyd as overseer to succeed Samuel Carpenter, deceased; certificate of appointment of William Carter as overseer to succeed Griffith Owen, deceased; certificate of appointment of Israel Pemberton Jr. as overseer to replace Job Goodson, deceased.

Overseer appointment certificates, 1835, 1867, 1920.
Drawer 1 Folder 7
Scope and Contents

Overseer appointment certificates for Charles Evans, William Evans and William Evans Jr., also includes 5 blank appointment certificates.

Overseers' resignations, 1709-1907.
Box 6
Agreement J. Hunt, J. Fothergill and R. Willian, 1747-08.
Drawer 1 Folder 7
Scope and Contents

Agreement between John Hunt, John Fothergill and Robert Willan, for Willan to come to Pennsylvania and teach school in Philadelphia.

Treasurers' reports 1, 1867-1879, 1908-1915, 1951-1952, 1992.
Box 6
Treasurers' reports 2, 1867-1879, 1908-1915, 1951-1952, 1992.
Box 6
Reports to overseers by school committee, ca. 1761-1915.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Includes: Report to overssers by school committee 1784-1-16; Report to overseers by school committee on new building added to school 1889; Recommendation to overseers by school committee for a new financial plan for the school 1893-5-26; Report to overseers by school committee 1905-10-27; Report to overseers by school committee with statement by headmaster Richard M. Jones appended 1915-2-26; Misc.

Reports to overseers by school inspectors, 1887, 1899.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

For additional reports from 1907 and undated, see papers of Richard M. Jones.

Report to overseers by headmaster Richard M. Jones, 1875-1885.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Statistical reports of the school's finances, numbers of students and their religious affiliations, teachers and salaries; also indicates growth and changes of the school.

Report to overseers by headmaster Richard M. Jones, 1875-1900.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Statistical reports on the school's finances, numbers of students and their religious affiliations, teachers and salaries, growth and changes of the school.

Letters, addresses, petitions, agreements, rent rolls and reports, 1742, 1769, 1772, 1780-1794, 1802, 1915-1916, undated.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Includes: items concerning John Young Jr's debt to overseers; rent rolls; a letter from Anthony Benezet to Israel Pemberton concerning Benzenet's application for a teaching position; a letter to the overseers from John Wilson resigning and protesting against teaching Latin to poor children; Address to the overseers in Latin and English by eight students requesting a place to meet; Petition to overseers by students of the mathematical school for a yard; Petition to overseers by students of mathematical and Latin schools asking for special hours in summer; Letter to overseers from Joshua Fisher and six other friends proposing a school building near Pine St.; and other various letters related to the business of the the public school.

Minutes excerpts, notes, letters and notices, 1759-1839, 1874-1881, 1900, 1908-1909, 1915, 1917-1918.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Includes: Letter to Asa S. Wing, Clerk of overseers, from R.M. Jones, 1915/3/5, enclosing copy of this suggestion to overseers for new school buildings and enlarging upton them. Excerpts from minutes of overseers concerning building and organizing a school house on 12th st.; Letter, 1917/10/4 to overseers from Frederick L. Smith, acting headmaster, enclosing financial statement and forecast note from Jonathan Evans to Daniel B. Smith regarding admission policies of school;Letters to overseers from Frederick L. Smith, 1918/4/29, outline his plans for establishment of Junior school in Germantown, to feed into 12th street upper school; For all other papers on F. L. Smith, see headmaster's papers letter to overseers from John Greenleaf Whittier recommending Richard M. Jones for headmaster; Report to school committee by auditor of headmaster's books; notice to teachers from Daniel B. Smith, clerk of overseers, urging more neatness and religious instruction etc.; papers regarding a gift from the overseers to Richard M. Jones on 25th anniversary as headmaster with his thank you notes; letters of George Walenta to overseers; Letter to Asa S. Wing, clerk of overseers from R.M. Jones with his suggestions to overseers for new school school buildings and additions; letter to overseers from Frederick Smith, acting headmaster, with financial statement and forecast; letter to overseers from Frederick Smith outlining his plans for establishment of Junior School in Germantown to feed into 12th st. Upper School; and more various documents related to the business of the public school.

Bills, orders and vouchers, 1867-1875.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

T. Wistar Brown, treasurer

Tax receipts for school and other properties, 1858-1861.
Box 7
Letter from John Wilson to overseers, 1979.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Letter to Overseers from John Wilson, 1769, resigning and protesting against teaching Latin to poor children. Also filed here: envelope with Edward Bettle's notes about letter, 1900/4/30

4th St. School, 1744.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Also known as Forrest Lot

Sassafras St. school, 1763.
Box 7
Pine St. school, 1772-1774.
Box 7
New dwelling house on Forrest lot 4th St., 1810-1811.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Built to separate and control Latin and Mathematical schools. See minutes 4th and 5th days 1810.

Miscellaneous building accounts, 1745-1788.
Box 8
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association Retirement Plan 1, 1929-1932.
Box 8
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association Retirement Plan 2, 1929-1932.
Box 8
Anthony Benezet, ca. 1743-1782.
Box 8
Rebekah Birchall, 1751-1763.
Box 8
Ann Breintnall, 1773-1774.
Box 8
Isaac Briggs, 1781-1782.
Box 8
Dorcas Brown, 1784-1785.
Box 8
William Brown, 1783-1788.
Box 8
Benjamin Cathrall, 1785-1788.
Box 8
Mordecai Churchman, 1788.
Box 8
Elizabeth Clark, 1786.
Box 8
Joseph Clark, 1784.
Box 8
James Dickinson, 1768.
Box 8
Sarah Dickinson, 1786-1788.
Box 8
William Dickinson, 1769-1776.
Box 8
Mary Donnelly, 1765.
Box 8
Fair Hill School, 1775-1797.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Includes accounts for William Preston, Benjamin Kite and Robert Rankin.

Essex Flower, 1775-1781.
Box 8
James Gibbons, 1782-1783.
Box 8
Deborah Godfrey, 1756-1757.
Box 8
Mary Gosnold, 1765.
Box 8
Samuel Gunmere, 1787-1788.
Box 8
Gwynedd School, 1773-1776.
Box 8
Jesse P. Haines, 1816.
Box 8
George Harris, 1786.
Box 8
Joseph Inskeep, 1788.
Box 8
Elizabeth Ives, 1786-1788.
Box 8
Israel Jacobs, 1783.
Box 8
Thomas Jacobs, 1786-1787.
Box 8
Levis Janney (Merion School), 1773-1788.
Box 8
Zachariah and Rebecca Jess, 1784-1785.
Box 8
William Johnson, 1784-1785.
Box 8
Rebecca Jones and Hannah Cathrall, 1764-1783.
Box 8
Edward Kelly, 1755.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Usher?

Caleb and Mary Kimber, 1788.
Box 9
Joseph King Jr., 1755.
Box 9
Sarah Lancaster, 1755-1788.
Box 9
Jane Loftus, 1757-1766.
Box 9
Mary MacDonald, 1785-1788.
Box 9
Elizabeth Mecom, 1788.
Box 9
Thomas Marshall, 1775.
Box 9
Mary Moss, 1765-1774.
Box 9
Sarah Mott, 1766-1768.
Box 9
Moles and Ann Patterson, 1761-1769.
Box 9
Jeremiah Paul, 1784-1788.
Box 9
Joseph Pemberton, 1760-1766, 1769.
Box 9
Rebecca Price, 1785.
Box 9
Robert Proud, 1762-1785.
Box 9
Ann Rakestraw, 1776-1784.
Box 9
Ann Redman, 1761.
Box 9
Rowland Richard, 1764.
Box 9
Alexander Seaton, 1752-1763.
Box 9
Lydia Chirley, 1768.
Box 9
John Sitch, 1758-1765.
Box 9
George Smith, 1777-1781.
Box 9
Leonard Snowden, 1738.
Box 9
Joseph Stiles, 1754-1757.
Box 9
J. Story, 1774.
Box 9
Charles Thompson, 1756-1759.
Box 9
John Thompson, 1771-1780.
Box 9
Jonah Thompson, 1753-1755.
Box 9
William Thorne, 1757-1770.
Box 9
Ann Thorton, 1756-1757.
Box 9
John Todd, 1764-1788.
Box 9
Margaret Ward, 1759.
Box 9
William Waring, 1786-1788.
Box 9
Jesse Waterman, 1784-1786.
Box 9
Isaac Weaver Jr. , 1784-1786.
Box 9
Robert Willian, 1748-1753.
Box 9
Sarah Williams, 1788.
Box 10
John Wilson, 1753-1754.
Box 10
Mary Wily, 1760-1767.
Box 10
Mary Yarnall, 1769-1774.
Box 10
Joseph Yerkes, 1776-1789.
Box 10
Teachers' accounts , 1868-01-1868-06.
Box 10
Scope and Contents

Includes: accounts for Samuel Allen, Esther A. Ellis, Matilda P. Ellison, M.B. Fletcher, E.M. Huntington, Hannah Llewelyn and N.G. Macumber.

Overseers' correspondence , ca. 1725-1759, undated.
Box 10
Overseers' correspondence, 1760-1779.
Box 10
Overseers' correspondence, 1780-1789.
Box 10
Overseers' correspondence, 1790-1799.
Box 10
Overseers' correspondence, 1800-1805.
Box 10
Overseers' correspondence, 1806-1814.
Box 10
Overseers' correspondence, 1815-1912.
Box 10
Letters to Alfred G. Scattergood, 1917-07-1917-11.
Box 10
Correspondence re. moving school to Germantown, 1897-1922.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Overseers' correspondence regarding moving the school to Germantown. Copy of minutes from meeting of overseers, 1908-10-30, at which letters from Henry W. Brown were read, requesting and end to right-of-way from Penn Charter School grounds in Germantown to Midvale Ave.

Correspondence re. Charlotte E. Anderson, 1924-1926.
Box 11
Correspondence re. whereabouts of school records, 1931-1934, 1969.
Box 11
Correspondence re. new headmaster 1, 1934.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Correspondence and meeting minutes of overseers to pick a new headmaster.

Correspondence re. new headmaster 2, 1934.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Correspondence and meeting minutes of overseers to pick new head master.

Scope and Contents

Papers of headmaster Richard Mott Jones. Includes correspondence with overseers, faculty and others; Inspectors' reports 1899 and 1907; discussions of Edward Bettle Jr. 1903-1908; plans for moving the school out of the city; headmasters' notices to staff 1875-1917. Arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically by names within each year. Letters from teachers and headmaster to the board of overseers are filed under "Overseer's business papers".

Richard M. Jones , 1874-1886.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Includes a note regarding the student's gazette.

Richard M. Jones notices to staff, 1877-1917.
Box 11
Headmaster's communications to the staff, 1878-1910.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

From Headmaster Richard M. Jones.

Richard M. Jones , 1887-1889.
Box 11
Richard M. Jones, 1891.
Box 11
Richard M. Jones, 1892.
Box 11
Richard M. Jones, 1893.
Box 12
Richard M. Jones, 1894-1895.
Box 12
Richard M. Jones, 1896.
Box 12
Richard M. Jones, 1897.
Box 12
Richard M. Jones, 1898.
Box 12
Richard M. Jones, 1899.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Includes: Inspector's report.

Richard M. Jones, 1900 pt. 1.
Box 12
Richard M. Jones, 1900 pt. 2.
Box 12
Richard M. Jones, 1901.
Box 13
Richard M. Jones, 1902 pt. 1.
Box 13
Richard M. Jones, 1902 pt. 2.
Box 13
Richard M. Jones, 1903 pt. 1.
Box 13
Richard M. Jones, 1903 pt. 2.
Box 13
Richard M. Jones, 1904.
Box 14
Richard M. Jones , 1905.
Box 14
Richard M. Jones, 1906.
Box 14
Richard M. Jones, 1907.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Includes inspectors' report

Richard M. Jones, 1908.
Box 14
Correspondence between faculty and Richard M. Jones, 1909-1913, undated.
Box 14
Frederick L. Smith correspondence , 1892-1917.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Frederick L. Smith was a teacher and assistant headmaster between 1892 and 1917. He became acting headmaster at the death of Richard M. Jones in 1917 and served for one year, until the appointment of Richard M. Gummere. He remained on the faculty unitl 1925, when he was asked to resign.

Frederick L. Smith correspondence re. lawsuit against school, 1930-1935.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Frederick L. Smith was a teacher and assistant headmaster between 1892 and 1917. He became acting headmaster in 1917 upon the death of Richard Mott Jones, and served for one year, until the appointment of Richard M. Gummere. He remained on the faculty until 1925, when he was asked to resign.

Richard M. Gummere papers, 1918-1934.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Includes: headmaster's notices to staff 1918-1924; survey of cost of living and teachers' salaries in city of Boston and in 14 leading private boys' schools in the U.S. (1926?); two letters from Clinton A. Strong, teacher at W.C.P.S. about salary increase 1930; correspondence of headmaster and state representative James A. Walker whose son was a pupil at the school 1924-1926.

Letter from Endicott Peabody to John F. Gummere, 1963-07-17.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Letter from Massachusetts Govenor Endicott Peabody to John F. Gummere, headmaster of W.P.C.S. Boston.

Instructions to Latin and English teachers, 1748, undated.
Box 15
Surveys of scholars, 1752-1786.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Includes list of schools of friends in Philadelphia.

Lists of books in school libraries and requests for more, 1752-1852.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Includes bound manuscript book recording text books used in the schools under the care of the Overseers of the Public School founded by Charter in the Town and County of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, 1852

Rules for scholars and instructions for teachers, 1748, 1796.
Box 15
Advice to scholars, 1796-02-11.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Signed by Thomas Morris

Rules of conduct for youth in the several schools under the care of friends, ca. 1748.
Box 15
Lists of overseers, 1712-1928, undated.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

See also: List of some overseers 1711-1920; certificate for overseers Chas. Evans (1920), William Evans (1835), William Evans (1867); Book containing lists of teachers and lists of scholars Vol. 7

Lists of scholars, 1752-1786.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

John D. Craig, 1804; John Coope, 1805; D. Ellise, 1813; Emmor Kimber, 1799; Enoch Lewish, 1799; William Lippincott, 1809; Jane Loftus, 1761; Nathaniel Platt, 1742; John Ramsey, 1789; J.W. Walter, 1805; Miscellaneous.

Bills of lading and correspondence re. scientific instruments, 1786-1841.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Bills of lading and correspondence in regards to scientific instruments bought in England for the school. Correspondence regarding scientific insturction in the school.

Inter-academic athletic association papers, 1890-1908.
Box 15
George Fox's handwriting, undated.
Box 15
Related Materials

Fragment presented to William Penn Charter School by the Friend's Historical Association in 1953.

Anthony Benezet papers, 1743-1744, 1754.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Document by Anthony Benezet. List of free scholars and departed scholars from his school. An indenture signed by Anthony Benezet for apprenticing Samuel Bould to Benezet for three years.

Manuscript arithmetic exercise book, undated.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

91 pages, early 19th century. Paper made by Brandywine paper mills.

Autographs of Daniel Webster and John Quincy Adams, undated.
Box 15
Writing samples, undated.
Box 15
Report book of James P. Jones, 1898-1899.
Box 15
Reunion memo of Friends School in Providence, R.I., with engraving of Moses Brown, 1900.
Box 15
Class of 1918 minutes and reunion memorabilia, 1954-1980.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Minutes of class renuions 1954-1980; Chronicles of the class of 1918; Class biographies as of May 1954; Reunion programs for 35th (1953), 45th (1963) and 50th (1968) anniversaries.

Papas and middle states visiting comm. report, 1993-01.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Also includes a letter from headmaster Eric Ball to the overseers about faculty member Chuck Cooper's death from AIDS.

The Students' Gazette, 1777-1778.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Manuscript newspaper, published by the students, 11 issues. Vol. 1: 5-7, 7-8, 11-12, 14, 20, 23; Vol. 3: 25-27; Vol. 6: 51-57, 59-60.

Miscellaneous, 1813, 1830, 1887, 1925, undated.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Includes: Poulson's American Daily Advertiser newspaper; The Germantown Guide newspaper containing an account of visit to the Penn Charter School; Letter from William H. Morris to his grandmother describing his school; Medal won by George Dudley Whitney, O.P.C. in inter-academic track meet; 19 newspaper clippings, 16 pamphlet clippings; Article,"Penn Charter Worthies of the Eighteenth Century"; miscellaneous manuscript notes.

Extract from Philadelphia monthly meeting, 1772.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Extract from proceeding of monthly meeting of Philadelphia on establishment and duties of overseers.

History of the three charters, ca. 1697.
Box 16
William Penn Charter School for Boys, No. 8 South 12th St. Philadelphia, rough draft of prospectus, 1874.
Box 16
Early history of the school, 1697-1756.
Box 16
Clippings, list and letter, 1880, 1883, undated.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Includes: 7 clippings pasted on one sheet telling of the fire at Whitman's store, next to the school; List of out-of-school interests with advisory staff for each; letter from Richard M. Jones soliciting names of likely boys for the school.

History of William Penn Charter School by James Pemberton, 1779.
Box 16
Notes on individual headmasters, undated.
Box 16
Edward Bettle Jr.'s historical sketch of overseers, 1908-02-24.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

A paper prepared for and read at a Tea Meeting. 3 different typescripts, plus introductory speech made at same tea by Edward Bettle Jr.

Misc. school history, 1887, 1889, 1893, 1901, 1909, 1926-1927, 1929, undated.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Includes: 3 manuscript pages describing grounds, buildings and commuting arrangements of hypothetical suburban school; list of early overseers; Announcement of convention senior school to nominate candidates for school captain; school song; correspondence concerning memorial of Jacob P. Jones; Letter to Richard S. Francis from A.G. giving outline of additions and alterations over the years to the school buildings on 12th st.; Financial data prepared by A.G. Scattergood for submission to overseers with proposals by headmaster Richard M. Gummere for improvements to the school; essay plus rough draft by R.M. Gummere on the special quality of the Penn Charter School; 3 fragments on atmosphere and progressive education at WPCS; Educational Institutions in the Religious Society of Friends pamphlet by Edward H. Magill; "Our Headmaster" essay on Richard Mott Jones by Bernard Westerman; Inventory of school furniture; Penn Charter's Opportunity address by Charles L. McKeenan, P.C.; "The 200th Anniversary of the Charter of the Penn Charter School" leaflet plus soliciting letter sent to all the alumni and program of events.

School Catalog, 1927-1928.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Headmaster R.M. Gummere's copy with notes of historical nature on cover and front leaves.

The William Penn Charter School historical sketch booklet, 1933-1934.
Box 16
William Penn Charter Chronicle: a history of the school from its inception to present days, 1971.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

By John F. Gummere

Overseers' monthly meeting minutes and memoranda, 1706-06-1756-03.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Minutes and memoranda regarding the monthly meeting of overseers of the public school. Matieral for use in compiling a history of the school sent to Richard Gummere by Virigina Jones, widow of Richard M. Jones.

Overseers' monthly meeting minutes and memoranda, 1756-03-1770-12.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Minutes and memoranda regarding the monthly meeting of overseers of the public school. Matieral for use in compiling a history of the school sent to Richard Gummere by Virigina Jones, widow of Richard M. Jones.

Biographies and history, 1700s.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Biographical sketches pertaining to the history of the public school. Matieral for use in compiling a history of the school sent to Richard Gummere by Virigina Jones, widow of Richard M. Jones.

Account of "Overseers of the Public School", ca. 1906.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Prepared by Edward Bettle Jr.

Diploma of John Falconer Sinclair, 1889.
Box 26 (ovs)
"Notes on the First Rise, Design, and Progress of the Friends Public School...", undated.
Box 17
"Rules for the Conduct of the Scholars in the Latin School", 18--.
Box 17

Sports photo album, 1915.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Gift of Robert Kroeger to headmaster Richard M. Jones. Photos of football, baseball and other teams.

Rowing crews, undated.
Box 17
Pictures of school buildings 4th and Chestnut St. and 12th St. , 1829, 1885, undated.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Includes: photographs, drawings and etchings.

Photographs of 1711 Charter and William Hudson's overseer appointment certificate, 1711-1712.
Box 26 (ovs)
William Penn engraving and burial place photo, 1666, undated.
Box 17
Robert Proud illustration, undated.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Robert Proud, school master at William Penn Charter School, and historian of Pennsylvania.

Pictures of overseers and correspondence concerning them, 1771-1813, 1908, undated.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Includes: Othniel Alsop; Henry Drinker; Charles Ellis; Thomas Evans; Thomas C. James M.D.; James Logan; C.L. Nicholson; Elihu Pickering; Edward Randolph; Thomas Scattergood [?]; David Scull; Edward L. Scull; Charles Thomson; Nicholas Waln; John M. Whitall; Charles Yarnall; Silhouette of Samuel Mickle Fox.

Photographs of faculty and student groups, undated.
Box 17
Richard Mott Jones hand-colored photograph and memorial design, 1919.
Box 17
Photograph by Chandler Scheetz of unidentified man, undated.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Photograph taken by Chandler Scheetz photo studio at 823 Arch st. in Philadelphia of an unidentified man in top hat.

Stereopticon photos of athletic events and school life, undated.
Box 18

Catalogue of early children's books, 1922.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Presented to the school by Amelia Mott Gummere

Miniature children's books, 1801, 1806, undated.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Includes 4 miniature books: "Tiny Library for Tiny People, to teach them to read: tiny anecdotes", published in Philadelphia, publisher and author unknown; "Toy-book: Miss Patty Proud", Philadelphia, printed by John Adams; "The Prize for Youthful Obedience, part 1", London, publsiher and author unknown; "The Little Field Daisy" NY, printed by Mahlon Day, undated.

Latin, mathematics and Robinson Crusoe, 1705, ca. 1800, undated.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

"Latin Language", publisher unknown; "Mathematical Commpendium 4th edition", by Sir Jonas Moore, London, with bookplate by Samuel Gummere and autographed by Gummere; "Robinson Crusoe", by Daniel De Foe, New York.

"A new series of prints, accompanied by easy lessons, containing a general outline of ancient history", 1803.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

2 volumes, by Mrs. Sarah Trimmer, London. One volume contains engravings, the other the text to accompany the pictures.

Childrens' books, 1749, ca. 1785, undated.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

Includes: "The New England Primer", facsimile of book, Century Reprint, Ginn and Co.; "Child's First Book", by Goold Brown, publsiher unknown; "An Epistle of Tender Counsel to Parents, School-Masters, and School-Mistresses and Like-wise to the Youth", by Benjamin Holmes, London: T. Sowle Raylton and Luke Hinde.

A Synopsis of the Four Evangelists, 1815.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

Full title: "A Synopsis of the Four Evangelists: or a Regular History of Jesus Christ in the Words of the Evangelists", by Charles Thomson, Philadelphia.

Holy Bible , 1808.
Volume 20
Scope and Contents

Translated from the Septuagint by Charles Thomson, Philadelphia: Jane Aitkin, One volume.

Practical Education, Vol. 1, 1815.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

by Maria Edgeworth, Vol. 1, American Edition, Providence and Boston.

Practical Education, Vol. 2, 1815.
Volume 27
Scope and Contents

By Maria Edgeworth, American Edition, Providence and Boston.

The Blind Child, or Anecdotes of the Wyndham Family, 1814.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

By "a Lady", Hartford: Hale and Hosmer.

Murray's English Grammar, 1803.
Volume 21
Scope and Contents

By Lindley Murray, 9th edition, N.Y.

English Exercises Adapted to Murray's English Grammar, 1810.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

By Lindley Murray, 15th edition, York.

The Holy Bible, Old and New Testament, 1808.
Volume 22
Scope and Contents

Translated from Greek by Charles Thomson. Philadelphia: Jane Aitkin. 2 copies.

The Holy Bible, Old Testament, 1808.
Volume 23
Scope and Contents

Translated from Greek by Charles Thomson, Philadelphia: Jane Aitkin.

Miniature children's books, 1827, 1829.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

"The Vicar's Garden: or the Greek Medal", by an American Lady, 5th edition, Philadelphia; "A Wreath of Forget-Me-Not...", translated from German by M. Yeardley, Philadelphia: Thomas Kite.

Children's books, 1830-1831.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

"The Christmas Pie", by Uncle Trim, Philadelphia: Nathan Kite; "Peter Parley's Method of Telling About Geography to Children", N.Y.:Colins and Hanney.

Poetic Tales, 1819, 1828.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

"Poetic Tales for Children", unidentified author, N.Y.: Samuel Wood; "Little Ellen, and Other Pleasing Poetic Tales", by A.L. of New Port R.I., New York: Mahlon Day.

Children's books, 1813, 1816, 1822.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

"The Two Wealthy Farmers...", unidentified author, Philadelphia, printed for Benjamin Johnson; "Epitaphs and Elegies", unidentified author, New York: Samuel Wood and Sons; "Pinnock's Catechisms: A Catechism of Natural History", 6th edition, London.

English grammar and geography, 1823, 1832.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

"English Grammar Made Easy to the Teacher and Pupil", by John Comly, originally compiled for the use of Westtown Boarding School, Pennsylvania; "An Easy Grammar of Geography", by Jacob Willetta, 10th edition, Poughkeepsie.

The Manners and Customs of the Jews and Hymns for Childhood, 1830, 1840.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

"The Manners and Customs of the Jews, and Other Nations Mentioned in the Bible", unidentified author, London; "Hymns for Childhood on the Works of Nature and Other Subjects", by Felicia Hemans, Philadelphia.

Original Poems for Infant Minds and The Tales of Peter Parley About Europe, 1826, 1830.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

"Original Poems for Infant Minds", by James Taylor and others, N.Y.: Mahlon Day; "The Tales of Peter parley, About Europe" by Samuel Goodrich, 3rd edition, Boston.

The Little Deserter and A Sketch of My Friend's Family, 1824, 1827.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

"The Little Deserter: or Holiday Sports", unidentified author, New Haven and Charleston; "A Sketch of My Friend's Family, intended to suggest some practical hints on religion and domestic manners", by Mrs. Marshall, Philadelphia.

A Compendium of Religious Faith and Practice, Designed for Young Persons of The Society of Friends, 1817.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

By Lindley Murray, N.Y.: Samuel Wood and Sons.

The Institutes of English Grammar, Methodically Arranged..., 1825.
Volume 24
Scope and Contents

The Institues of English Grammar, Methodically Arranged: with examples for parsing, questions for examination false syntax for correction, exercises for writing, observations for the advanced student, and a key to the oral exercises: to which are 4 added appendixes. By Goold Brown, 2nd edition, N.Y.: Samuel Wood and Sons.

Quaker children's books, 1832-1833.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

"The One Hundred and Nineteenth Psalm" by American Sunday School Union, Philadelphia; "The Death-Bed of a Young Quaker", unidentified author, Boston: Peirce and Parker; "A Catechism, Explanatory of the Principles and Peculiar Testimonies of the Society of Friends, for the Instruction of its Youthful Minds", unidentified author, Philadlephia: Nathan Kite.

A Short Account of George Fox, Map of Virginia, The New England Primer, 1833, 1839, 1885.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

"A Short Account of George Fox, Prepared for Young Children", unidentified author, Philadelphia: William Brown; "Tourist's Pocket Map of the State of Virginia...Roads etc.", drawn by J.H. Young, Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell; "The New England Primer, Improved", unidentified author, Albany.

German books, 1876, 1885.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

"Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts", by Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorf, Leipzig; "Laokoon", by C.E. Lessing, Leipzig.

Hymns for First-Day Schools and Questions for Bible Classes and Families, 1853, 1863.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

"Hymns for First-Day Schools", New York: Friend's Scripture School Assocation; " Questions for Bible Classes and Families", New York: Samuel S. and William Wood.

Elementary Exercises in Geography and Peter Parley's Book of Poetry, 1834, 1839.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

"Elementary Exercises in Geography, for the Use of Schools", by Samuel R. Gummere, 8th edition, Philadelphia; "Peter Parley's Book of Poetry for Children", N.Y..

Arithmetic and Spelling books, 1836, 1863.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

"The Teacher's Assistant: or A System of Practical Arithmetic", compiled by Stephen Pike, Philadelphia; "Comly's Spelling and Reading Book, With Notes for Parents and Teachers", by John Comly, Bonsal's edition, Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott.

Parlour Magic and My Little Hymn Book, 1836, 1838.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

"Parlour Magic", unidentified author, Philadelphia; "My Little Hymn Book", Boston and Philadelphia.

Scriptural Questions for the Use of Schools or Private Instruction, 1834.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

2nd edition, author unidentified, Philadelphia: William Brown.

Bound book of Parley Magazines, 1833-03-16-1834-02-15.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

A bound book with bi-weekly publications of Parley's Magazine for Children and Youth spanning from 1833 to 1834, Philadelphia: Andrew Waldie.

Metamorphoseon, Bibri XV, 1751.
Volume 25
Scope and Contents

By Ovid London. Used by Charles Thomson (secretary of the Continental Congress) while headmaster of the William Penn Charter School in 1757. (From the library of the late Gov. Samuel W. Pennypacker, acquired by William Penn Charter School in 1924).

Holy Bible of R.M. Jones, 1867.
Volume 26
Scope and Contents

Inscribed by Richard Mott Jones stating it was presented to him by his Father, Eli Jones when Richard became Headmaster (2/2/1875).

Means of Obtaining a Long and Healthy Life, 1809.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

By Lewis Carnaro, with notes by Mason L. Weens, to which is added "The Way to Wealth", by Dr. Franklin, Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson.

The History of the Prodigal Son, 1813.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

New York: Griffin and Rudd. Illustrated with copperplates.

Penn Charter News, 1886, 1954, 1981.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

Includes: Vol. 1, No. 1, 1886-11-29; Vol. XIII, No. 2, 1954-01; Vol. 17, No. 2, Summer 1981.

Penn Charter directory, 1964-1965.
Box 22
The Penn Charter Review, 1910.
Box 22
The Penn Charter Magazine, 1888-06, 1888-10, 1889-03, 1889-06.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

Includes: Vol. III, No. 17, June 1888; Vol. III, No. 18, October 1888; Vol. III, No. 23, March 1889; Vol. III, No. 26, June 1889.

The Penn Charter Magazine, 1890-01, 1898-03, 1909-12.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

Includes: Vol IV, No. 30, January 1890; Vol. XII, No. 104, March 1898; Christmas number, 1909.

The Penn Charter Magazine, 1901.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Charter Bi-Centennial Anniversary 1701-1901 issue.

Pamphlets, 1829, 1924, 1975, undated.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

Includes: Pamphlet with announcement of move of school from 12th St. to Germantown, issued by Richard M. Gummere and the overseers 1924; William Penn Charter School brochure 1975; Appeal letter to Penn Charter Lumni for funds to help with moving the school, printed leaflet, 1924; Constitution of the Alumni Association of the William Penn Charter School, 1892; a decal for Penn Charter Musical Clubs.

Old Penn Charter music score, 1904.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

A music score for male voices and piano, words by W. C. O'Neill, music by C.R. Smith.

Penn Charter appointment calendar, 1977.
Box 22
William Penn Charter School catalog, 1900-1906.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

Includes: catalogs for years 1900-1901, 1901-1902, 1902-1903, 1903-1904, 1904-1905, 1905-1906.

William Penn Charter School catalog, 1906-1911.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

Includes: William Penn Charter School catalogs for 1906-1907, 1908-1909, 1909-1910, 1910-1911.

William Penn Charter School catalog, 1911-1915.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Includes: William Penn Charter School catalogs for 1911-1912, 1912-1913, 1914-1915.

William Penn Charter School catalog, 1915-1919.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Includes: William Penn Charter School catalogs for 1915-1916, 1916-1917, 1917-1918, 1918-1919.

William Penn Charter School catalog, 1919-1922, 1932-1934.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Includes: William Penn Charter School catalogs for 1919-1920, 1921-1922, 1932-1933, 1933-1934.

William Penn Charter School catalog, 1934-1941, 1945-1946.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Includes: William Penn Charter School catalog for 1934-1935, 1935-1936, 1937-1938, 1938-1939, 1940-1941, 1945-1946.

Catalogs of the graduates, 1875-1962.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Includes: 2 catalogs of Penn Charter School graduates listed by graduating year with brief biographies, 1875-1911 and 1875-1962.

Alumni directory, 1972.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Alumni of Penn Charter listed by class, alphabetically and geographically with address and occupation.

Class Record, 1908.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Graduates of the class of 1908 listed alphabetically including nicknames, address, favorite color, birthday, height, weight, favorite quote, and list of extracurriculars.

Class Record, 1971.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Includes several candid photos of each graduate with quotes. Pictures of clubs, atheletics and teachers as well.

"History Revealed: Treasures from the Archives of William Penn Charter School", 2018.
Volume 32

Impression of Province of Pennsylvania seal, 1699.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Impression of the Great Seal of the Province of Pennsylvabia in red wax, stored in round metal box.

Sundial, 1666.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Given through the Welcome Society of Pennsylvania to Penn Charter by the Chigwell School, which William Penn attended.

Arrival of William Penn commemorative medals, 1932.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Two bronze medals 7 1/2 cm. in diameter, commemorating William Penn's arrival in America.

Arrival of William Penn commemorative medal, 1932.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Medal with silver finish, 4 cm. in diameter, commemorating the arrival of William Penn in America.

Arrival of William Penn commemorative medals, 1932.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Two bronze 4 cm. diameter medals commemorating the arrival of William Penn in America.

Pennsylvania Bicentennial coin, 1882-10-24.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Coin distributed by U.S. Mint commemorating the Bicentennial of Pennsylvania.

Squirrel gun bullet, 1925.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Bullet from a squirrel gun found on site of 8 S. 12th St. when the building was being raised in 1925.

Print, Suggest