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Dr. Naaman H. Keyser family papers


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

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Naaman Henry Keyser (1867-1922) was a dentist and historian who resided in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the author of many dental journal articles, historical addresses, and local histories, including History of Old Germantown, Volume I (with C. Henry Kain, John Palmer Garber, and Horace F. McCann. Philadelphia: Horace F. McCann, 1907.)

Sylvester Keyser (abt.1842-1916) enlisted in the 2nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry in 1861 and rose to the rank of Brevet Major upon his discharge in 1865. He later served in the Philadelphia Police Department, rising to the rank of Lieutenant.

This collection is comprised of family documents assembled by Dr. Naaman H. Keyser for his genealogical and local history research, as well as some of his research notes and manuscripts

The family documents in the collection include: Abraham Keyser account book, 1802-1844; Samuel Keyser account book, 1820; Naaman Keyser cipher book, 1823; William Keyser estate inventory, 1842; notebook, 1860; Sylvester Keyser Civil War soldier letters; Reuben Keyser account book, circa 1874; and other original Keyser family documents, circa 1805-1870.

The manuscript and research materials include: family history research notes, 1920s; local history manuscripts; a scrapbook, 1901-1937; and Naaman H. Keyser-Edwin C. Jellett newspaper clippings scrapbook, 1920s. There is also a catalog of Naaman H. Keyser's library, 1924.

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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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