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Perot family papers


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

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The Lea-Perot family were residents of the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joseph Sansom Perot (born 1832) married Sarah Ann Lea (1836-1902) in 1856. The couple had eight children: Thomas Lea Perot, John Perot, Francis Clark Perot, Elliston Joseph Perot, Charles Ellis Perot, Robeson Lea Perot, Sarah Wister Perot, and Mary Lea Perot (born 1877).

The Perot family papers include scrapbooks, correspondence, ephemera, and other materials relating to various members of the Perot family, especially Mary Lea Perot. Documents in the collection associated with Mary Lea Perot include a commonplace book, correspondence and ephemera from travels to Switzerland and cruise vacations, and miscellaneous correspondence, 1907-1920. Items associated with specific other family members include an account book of Joseph Perot, 1816-1832, and business and personal correspondence of Effingham Perot, 1856-1921. The collection also features: a scrapbook of invitations, circa 1900-1940; Germantown 250th Anniversary Celebration clippings scrapbook, circa 1933; patterns for crochet, knitting, and needlepoint; and school books. A small number of photographs (silhouettes, tintypes, photonegatives), newspaper clippings, and ephemera round out the collection.

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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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