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Erb family papers


Held at: Conshohocken Historical Society [Contact Us]120 E. 5th Avenue, Conshohocken, PA, 19428

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Dr. Russell C. Erb (1899-1968) was a prominent professor of physiological chemistry who lived in Conshohocken, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. from LaFayette College in 1921 and an M.S. in Education from Temple University in 1926. He wrote several scientific texts, including The Common Scents of Smell: How the Nose Knows and What It All Shows! (Cleveland: World Pub. Co., 1968), Poisoning the Public: Daily Contacts with Toxic Materials as Civilization Marches on (Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1937), and Physiological Chemistry (Easton, Pa.: The Chemical Publishing Company, 1929).

William H. Erb was a pastor. He married Andora Fryer in 1896.

This collection contains newspaper clippings, genealogy research, articles, publications, marriage certificates, diplomas, year books and student records, pastoral records, film reels, and other miscellaneous papers pertaining to the Erb family, especially Russell C. and William H. Erb. A listing of the contents of the collection is provided below:

Accession 1:

The Conshohocken Recorder Saturday May 13, 1950 edition

Conshohocken High School, The Blue and Gold Alumni Association Newsletter, Winter 1981

Photo 12x20 Conshohocken Day Celebration, September 20, 1926

Primary Department Promotion Certificate, September 1932, Awarded to Catherine Erb From St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church School

Cradle Roll Certificate to Catherine Erb born 12/8/1923 entered 12/23/1924

Beginners Department promotion certificate to Katherine Erb 12/23/1929, St Mark's Lutheran Sunday School

Conshohocken PA Centennial May 14 to May 20, 1950, souvenir program

Conshohocken High School year book, The Torch 1940 1st edition

Conshohocken High School year book, The Echo 1941 edition (2 copies)

Conshohocken High School year book, The Echo 1957 edition

Conshohocken High School year book, The Echo 1958 edition

Conshohocken High School year book, The Echo 1959 edition

Conshohocken High School year book, The Echo 1960 edition

The Recorder Tuesday November 10, 1925 edition

Russell Casper Erb: (Plaque) Scientific Diploma BS degree 6/13/1921, LaFayette College

Russell C Erb: (plaque) Master of Science Degree in Education, 6/17/1926, Temple University

Russell C Erb: (plaque) Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, Philadelphia College of Osteopathy

Class of 1939 Times Herald Newspaper photo clipping: 25-year re-union Conshohocken High School

Accession 2:

Hahns: The Story of a Motherless Boy, by Russell Erb, copyright by Wm Erb, 1893

The Common Scents of Smell: How the Nose Knows and What it all Shows by Russell C. Erb, 1968

Let's Keep Christmas A Sermon by Peter Marshall, 1952

Popular Home Remedies and Superstitions of the Pennsylvania Germans - by A. Monroe Aurand, Jr., 1941

Converted to a Scrapbook of articles by William H Erb from Scientific Materials Blue Book Scientific Materials Company (Pittsburgh PA , 1940

New England Mutual Insurance Policy issued for Russell C Erb, 1948

Children's stories, and nursery rhymes, unknown

Photo Album compiled by Russell C Erb, 1919

The Murder of Dean Emmitt by R C Erb - manuscript, unknown

The Erb Family Tree

The Erb Clan: Report of Reunion Held at Ephrata, PA August 29, 1926, 1926

Succession documentation of the Erb family, 1724-1959

Erb family history notes

Biographical Sketch: Russell C. Erb

Historical and Biographical Sketches of the Erb Family

Russell C Erb: Victoria's Notes column published in the Recorder, 1924-1934

Facts about the Community Center - pamphlet, 10551

Urban Renewal Information booklet

The Bible - designed to be read as living literature (The old and new testaments in the King James Version), 1937

Russell C Erb personal notebook, 1915

Additions to the Erb Genealogy book and four sons index (listing of all the Herbs) - includes some pictures

Newspaper clippings about events in Conshohocken including 1 about Professor Russell C Erb, 1938-1940

Assorted Letters, notes and memos to Professor Russell C Erb

Assorted snapshots

Scrapbook of post cards, letters and newspaper clippings to and about Professor Russell C Erb, 1951-1955

Erb Family Genealogy Numbers 12, compiled by Edward R Erb and published by Leroy R Erb Includes photos and detailed written history from 1724 onward

Newspaper clipping noting Dr Russell C Erb's death at the age of 69 from a Heart Attack

Letter from Gloria Rich (step daughter of Russell C Erb)

The Descendents of Johanne Casper Erb - a detailed typed manuscript, 1969

Parish Record of Reverend William Erb

History and Directory of St Paul's Reformed Church - Rev William H Erb, Pastor, 1901

Record of Funerals - William H Erb, 1924-1928

Record of Weddings - William H Erb, 1925-1926

Record of Baptisms - William H Erb, 1924-1928

William Harvey Erb - collection of short stories

Book #7 with notes on Erbs starting from Henry Drehs Erb (includes Russell C Erb and William H Erb)

Manila folder includes notes on Family tree/genealogy, newspaper clippings and letters

Book #1 with notes on Erbs starting from Johan Casper Erb

Envelope containing unlabeled snapshots

School record/report card for Ethylene Erb

Katherine Humble report card

Offer of employment to pastor the Coopersburg Charge, 1924

Birth Certificate of Russell Erb (2/22/1899)

Letter from Publisher to print Nevin's Theology

Assignment of Bond and Mortgage from William H Erb to Emma F Erb (widow)

Property search of Rev Erb's Bethlehem house

3 stock certificates (1 for Steel's Consolidated Inc, 2 for Steep Realty Development

Paper titled: Peace Rather Thank War

The Cross on Easter by William H Erb , 1907

Yo- Eddie Club of Bethlehem Pa membership card, 1918

Homespun Comment by William H Erb titled What Gets Our Goat

34 Pennsilfawnish Deitsh by Guest Blipencil from the writings of the late William H Erb in 1903-1904

Marriage Certificate William H Erb and Andora Fryer, 1896

Life membership certificate to William H Erb from The Society for the Relief of Ministers and Their Widows, 1911

License to William H Erb from the Reformed Church May 14, 1896

Commencement program from 1939 Conshohocken High School: Ethylene Erb

Death Certificate of Catherine Erb, 1959

Catherine Erb Obituary

Personal letter written by Catherine Erb

Portrait believed to be Catherine Erb

List of Births and including William Erb

Seven Words spoken by Jesus services by pastor William H Erb

4 Reels of 16mm film regarding Erb Family Vacations

Gifts of Pat Ianelli and James and Gloria Rich.

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.

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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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