Dorothea Disston James papers
Held at: Historical Society of Tacony [Contact Us]4819 Longshore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19135
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Dorothea Dundas Disston was born in 1912 to Dorothea D. Pratt and William D. Disston. She belonged to the "Disston Steel Family," owners of the Disston Saw Works. Dorothea earned a stenographer's certificate from Pierce School of Business Administration in 1933, and married Howard C. James in 1935. After her husband opened "Knife-Crafters," a knife company in competition with the Disston Saw Works, Dorothea's family cut off contact with her.
This collection includes family photographs, circa 1870-1935; a newspaper clippings scrapbook on Philadelphia debutantes, 1930-1931; family trees, 1935 and undated; a small amount of correspondence, 1934-1972; several James D. Pratt legal and property records, 1842-1862; and miscellaneous items.
Deposited by Scott Haman.
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