Newbold, Griscom, and Wysong families papers
Held at: Historical Society of Pennsylvania [Contact Us]1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
This collection includes family history materials representing many interconnected families with roots in Philadelphia. Newbold is the family most heavily represented, and is connected by marriage with the Wysong family, as are the Griscoms. Other families represented include Mitchell, Morgan, Lawrie, Rhodes, Cooper, Shirley, Hazard, and Barlow, among others.
The collection includes both original documents going back to the 18th century as well as documentation of several efforts to trace the family histories. Materials include scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, correspondence, reminiscences, genealogical charts and notes, programs, books and pamphlets, floorplans, recipe and commonplace books, diaries, and other items. There are extensive notes by Helen Van Uxem Cubberley's connected with her books about the Newbold family and its mansion, Bloomsdale, as well as Newbold family typescripts by Francis Van Uxem. There is a diary that Sarah M. Cooper started in 1856 and continued in 1885, a travel diary by Rebecca Newbold Wysong from transatlantic voyages in 1926, and two books by Arthur E. Morgan, who served as president of Antioch College and then first president of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Caroline Hazard was president of Wellesley College.
Gift of James Wysong, 2008.
Accession number 2008.062.
Some items in the collection show signs of mold and may be moldy. (Any such folders or items have been marked accordingly.) The collection has not been cleaned for mold, so people with heightened allergies may wish to use gloves or masks when accessing the collection.
The following items have been removed from the collection for repair:
Letters, 1788-1829 (Box 5, folder 7)
Cookbook, undated (Box 9, folder 4)
They will be returned to the collection when conservation work has been completed, and this finding aid will be updated as needed. If you wish to access these materials, please see a librarian or contact HSP for information.
Miss Leslie's Housebook, 1844 (Box 14, folder 8)
- Cooper, Sarah M.
- Cubberley, Helen Van Uxem.
- Morgan, Arthur E. (Arthur Ernest), 1878-1975.
- Van Uxem, Francis.
- Wysong, Rebecca Newbold.
- Family life--Pennsylvania--19th century
- Family life--Pennsylvania--20th century
- Genealogy & local history
- Historical Society of Pennsylvania
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Susan Kearney.
- Finding Aid Date
- ; 2015.
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.