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David Laurence Pierson Scrapbooks

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Pierson, David Laurence, 1865-1938

David Laurence Pierson was the originator of Constitution Day (Sept. 17), which was inaugurated in 1917. He also helped obtain national recognition for Flag Day (June 1). Pierson was also president of the Orange, N. J., chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and historian general (1910-1918) of the National Society of the SAR.

The collection consists of 20 scrapbook volumes (1927-1937) of letters, documents, photographs, newspapers clippings, and printed matter concerning the observance of Constitution Day, compiled by Pierson. Included in the scrapbooks are many letters from various chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Some personal papers include Pierson's reminiscences and diary entries (1865-1938) on index cards; two scrapbooks (1904-1927) concerning the restoration of the Old Burying Ground in Orange, SAR meetings, and the fire of 1927 in Orange; and miscellaneous family documents, memorabilia, and a printed copy of a prospectus for his History of the Oranges to 1921. Also present is a group of manuscript sermons (1859-1895) by Henry F. Hickok, pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in East Orange, N.J.

The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically.

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Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2009
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Collection Inventory

Scrapbook: "Constitution Day Observance Under Direction of David Pierson", Volumes I-V, 1927-1930. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Scrapbook: "Constitution Day Observance Under Direction of David Pierson", Volumes VI-X, 1930-1933. 5 folders.
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5 folders

Scrapbook: "Constitution Day Observance Under Direction of David Pierson", Volumes XI-XII, 1933-1934. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Scrapbook: "Constitution Day Observance Under Direction of David Pierson", Volumes XIV-XVI, 1934-1935. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Scrapbook: "Constitution Day Observance Under Direction of David Pierson", Volumes XVII-XXI, 1935-1937. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Documents of Election and Recognition Given to Pierson by the Sons of the American Revolution, 1917-1919. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Sermons by Rev. Henry F. Hickok. Pastor Brick Presbyterian Church, 1859-1895. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Pierson's Diary on Index cards, 1865-1938. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Newspaper Clippings on Constitution Day, 1930-1941. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Personal Scrapbook, 1904-1927. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Personal Papers Related to New Jersey National Guard, 1880-1885. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Documents, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter from Warren G. Harding, 1922. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Photographs, 1937. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"History of the Oranges to 1920", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Materials Related to Constitution Day, 1928-1944. 1 folder.
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1 folder

David Lawrence Pierson Historical Library Memorial Association, 1941-1953. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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