Kelsey family papers
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Jeannette Washburn Kelsey (Mrs. Albert W. Kelsey) of "Rauhala", Chestnut Hill, Pa., was the daughter of Governor C.C. Washburn of Wisconsin (d. 1882). The Kelseys lived at "Rauhala" ("peaceful home"), 8765 Stenton Ave., later owned by Jay Cooke and presently owned by Keystone Hospice. The house was built by William Platt and was next owned by John Welsh, Jr.
This collection includes personal and social correspondence, business receipts, clippings, scrapbooks, greeting cards, memoirs, notes, photographs, printed ephemera and more.
In the collection is a Germantown Friends School Yearbook from 1897, a St. Paul's Church leaflet, 1921, a Wissahickon Kennel Club tag, 1903 and a printed booklet entitled, "Albert Kelsey in Memoriam." There are receipts from Chestnut Hill merchants such as Justus Dickinson, Morris Williams & Co., Charles Rubican, and Edward Dwyer. There is a letter with the letterhead, "Village Improvement Association of Chestnut Hill," 1886 to Col. Kelsey. There are two homemade copies of the "Scarlatina Times," made by the Kelsey sisters presumably while they were in quarantine for scarlet fever.
Material contains references to many well-known and socially prominent people, including politicians, writers, actors, diplomats and businessmen. Some of the names mentioned: John Story Jenks, Dr. John McCloskey, Dr. L Duhring, J.B. Gest, Anna Bell Comegys, A.B. Drexel, Pierre Botkin, Mrs. Hillaire Belloc, Mrs. Gilbert, Joseph Darling, Bill Whittem, Walter Dwyer Coal Company, Ida Vernon, Paul Cret, Eleanor Emlen.
Purchase, David J. Holmes, 2002.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR), using data provided by the Chestnut Hill Historical Society. The HCI-PSAR project 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 done in the HCI-PSAR project.
- Kelsey, Albert Warren, 1840-1921
- Kelsey, Jeannette G. Washburn (Jeanette Garr Washburn), 1850-1930
- Washburn, C. C. (Cadwallader Colden), 1818-1882
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- Finding aid prepared by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories using data provided by the Chestnut Hill Historical Society.
- This preliminary finding aid was created by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) using data provided by the Chestnut Hill Historical Society. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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