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Cope family financial records


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & 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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Thomas Pim Cope (1768­-1854) was born on August 26, 1768, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the son of Caleb and Mary (Mendenhall) Cope. He married Mary Drinker (1766­-1825) in 1792, and the couple had at least four children, two sons and two daughters.

Cope was a Quaker merchant, founder of Cope family shipping business, and a member of both the Philadelphia City Council and Pennsylvania legislature. In 1821, Cope established his first packet line to Liverpool, England. Cope was very involved in local politics; in 1837, he was a member of Convention to amend the Constitution of Pennsylvania. He was the President of the Board of Trade and of the Mercantile Library, as well as a member of the first board of Haverford College. Cope also helped create Fairmount Park by securing Lemon Hill.

Thomas Pim Cope died November 22, 1854, at the age of 86.

This collection is comprised of four volumes of the Cope family's financial records, including an account book, a Pennsylvania bank account book, and two family cash books. The collection includes both business and personal financial records.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed November, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
November, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Daily cash book, 1789.
Volume 1
Scope and Content note

This volume includes a record of expenses and the amounts paid for various goods and service, arranged by month for the year 1789.

Account book, 1797.
Volume 2
Scope and Content note

This volume records shipments of goods Cope received in 1797, generally from Manchester and Liverpool. Entries record who the shipment was from, the ship's name, the port from which it embarked, the goods received, and the values of the items.Shipments included various types of cloth, knives and flatware, and writing implements such as ink and ink stands.

Cope Pennsylvania Bank account book, 1806-1808.
Volume 3
Scope and Content note

This volume records the deposits and withdrawals made with Thomas P. Cope's account with the Bank of Pennsylvania. Entries record dates, names of individuals making deposits or withdrawals, and the amounts deposited or withdrawn.

Cope family cash book, 1863-1883.
Volume 4
Scope and Content note

This volume provides an account of the cash "on hand" in the Cope family, and records the payment and receipt of cash for goods and services, as well as amount paid in taxes.

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