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"John Bartram (1699-1777) was the self-taught "Father of American Botany." Bartram's career as a botanist began with the creation of his garden in Kingsessing, Pennsylvania. While Bartram's botanical garden was probably not the first in America, it soon became the largest and most impressive. He traveled extensively throughout the eastern United States collecting plant specimens. His first expedition was through Maryland and Virginia, where he traveled up the James River and into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Other trips led Bartram through the Catskill Mountains and Oswego, New York, to Lake Ontario, and later to the Carolinas. Bartram's final trip, in 1765, took him to Florida, where he served as King George's royal botanist.
"Of John Bartram's nine children, William (1739-1823) is the best known. He attended the Philadelphia Academy for four years, beginning in 1752. Despite his father's desire that he learn a trade, William was fascinated by botany and pursued his love of nature throughout his life. He accompanied his father on the 1765 expedition in Florida and, in 1773, returned to further explore the state. William spent nearly four years in the southern United States and later published an account of his travels. Two of John Bartram's other children, Moses and Isaac Bartram, were Philadelphia merchants." (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)
Conrad Wilson (1921-2005), a descendant of John Bartram, was an avid historian and genealogist. He served as the chief of manuscripts at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and also worked for the Chester County Historical Society. ("Conrad Wilson Obituary")
Colonel William Eber Frame Jr. (1924-2007) was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Europe from 1942-1945. He was an active historian and genealogist, was a member of the Newark City Council for District 4 in the late 1960s, and served as Master of Hiram Lodge 25 of Newark, Delaware. ("William Eber Frame Jr.")
"Conrad Wilson Obituary." Rutland Herald, March 22, 2005.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Finding aid for "Bartram Family Papers, 1684-1841." Accessed July 3, 2012. http://discover.hsp.org/Record/hsp.ead.at01-0036/Details#tabnav.
"William Eber Frame Jr." Newark Post, March 23, 2007.
This collection is comprised of genealogical research compiled by Conrad Wilson and William E. Frame on the Bartram family. Both Wilson and Frame were Bartram family descendants. Frame donated his papers to Wilson, and in turn Wilson donated the materials to the John Bowman Bartram Special Collections Library.
The materials in this collection consist of: correspondence with other family members and historic organizations; research notes; data on family members and family trees; and copies of primary source documents. The collection is organized by family "branch." The materials gathered by Frame constitute approximately one third of the collection. The collection also includes a small amount of materials relating to the Bartram Family Association, such as minutes, broadsides, and invitations.
Gift of Conrad Wilson, circa 1993-2000.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of a pilot project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.
In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact John Bowman Bartram Special Collections Library directly for more information.
- Bartram family
- Bartram, John, 1699-1777
- Bartram, William, 1739-1823
- Frame, William Eber, 1994-2007
- Wilson, Conrad, 1921-2005
- John Bowman Bartram Special Collections Library
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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