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Benjamin H. Shoemaker III papers


Held at: Germantown Historical Society [Contact Us]5501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19144

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Benjamin H. Shoemaker III (1901-1987) was a resident of the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Germantown Friends School and Yale University, and worked as an investment banker. Shoemaker was an active member of many social clubs, sporting clubs, as well as a number of local historical societies. He was the author of the two-volume series of genealogical works titled Shoemaker Pioneers.

His father was the owner of Benjamin H. Shoemaker, Inc., importers and distributors of window glass, polished plate, and wire glass, etc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Newspaper clipping found in collection. "Benjamin H. Shoemaker 3d, 85, Investment Banker and Consultant." February 17, 1987.

This collection is comprised of genealogical research compiled by Shoemaker as well as personal papers and photographs. There is a small amount of records relating to Shoemaker's father's company, Benjamin Shoemaker, Inc.

Benjamin Shoemaker III's papers include genealogical research, correspondence (1970s-1980s), and tax records (1985-1986). There are also papers and ephemera relating to various clubs Shoemaker was involved with, including Explorers Club (1974-1985), Racket Club (1977), and Yale University alumni (60th reunion, 1983). His papers also include family photographs (circa 1905-1910), international photograph album (circa 1930-1950), and two post card albums of ships (circa 1900-1920).

This collection also includes a small amount of records from Benjamin H. Shoemaker, Inc., dating from the 1920s.

Gift of Gene Stackhouse, 1995. [Accession #1995.26]

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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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