James A. Groff daybooks
Held at: Concord Township Historical Society [Contact Us]659 Smithbridge Road, Box 152, Concordville, PA, 19342
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James A. Groff (1887-1952), son of George G. Groff and Margaret Palmer Marshall, was an antiques dealer in Chester Heights, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He purchased and sold antiques out of the gallery of one the properties on his estate. He was an army captain during World War I.
Auctioneer George H. Wilson, Sr., of Wilson's Auctioneers & Appraisers, purchased property from the Groff estate in 1959 and turned it into one of the most noted auction houses in Delaware County.
Holden, Tom. "The Wilson Family Has Been in Auction Business for Four Generations." Garnet Valley Press. August 2, 2012. Accessed May 22, 2013. http://www.delconewsnetwork.com/articles/2012/08/02/garnet_valley_press/news/doc50168806a4457010064273.txt?viewmode=default
The collection primarily consists of the daybooks of antiques dealer James A. Groff, into which he affixed newspaper clippings of personal property and estate sale notices as well as recorded notes about items from sale and directions to sale sites. The information appears to only provide information about Groff's purchases, not re-sale of the items. Also included are some business cards of other antique dealers, and several pieces of correspondence.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a 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 Concord Township Historical Society directly for more information.
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- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton 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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