Special Collections Department
Manuscript Collection Number: 311
Accessioned: Gift of the Moyerman Family, 1972.
Extent: 3 linear ft.
Content: Correspondence, speeches, essays, contracts, sketchbooks, estate inventories, ledgers, financial journals, a passport, and checks.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: December 1994-January 1995 by J. Andrew Armacost.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Return to beginning of Baker-Fales-Rush Family Papers
1 Series I. Papers of Alfred G. Baker (1831-1892) This series preserves the personal papers of Alfred G. Baker. In addition to material from his formative years it includes a substantial collection of family papers he inherited through his administration of family estates. Aside from papers of the Baker family are papers related to the Fales and Rush families of Philadelphia. Series I.1. Sketchbooks Each book contains six sheets of drawing paper separated by tissue. Each binding is hand sewn with a blue paper wrapper and a strip of marbled paper at the spine. Alfred Baker has inscribed each of the remaining covers. Some of the individual drawings bear Baker's monogram AGB. Most if not all of the images appear stylistically to be copied from instructional manuals of the period although no specific editions have been identified. F1 1842, Nov 9 no. 4 F2 1843, Jan 16 F3 1843, Apr 11 no. 6 F4 1844, Mar 18 One of the drawings in this book bears the monogram "JDH 1834." This may indicate that these drawings were made from one of the drawing manuals of James Duffield Harding (1798-1863). These drawings do not however derive from his Elementary art: or, The use of the lead pencil advocated and explained. London: Charles Tilt, 1834. F5 1844, Jun 3 Several of the drawings in this book bear the monogram "HG" This may indicate that these drawings were made from one of the drawing instruction manuals of Horace Grant. These drawing are not from his Drawing for young children. New York: Charles F. Francis, 1846. F6 Unreadable inscription This is the only sketchbook that contains compositions rendered in watercolor. F7 Lost cover Series I.2. University of Pennsylvania 1848-1851 Alfred Baker entered the University of Pennsylvania with the sophomore class of 1848 and graduated with the class of 1851. F8 Essays and papers, 1848-1850 Many of these papers were written for Professor Henry Reed (1808-1854) and Professor John Fries Frazer. "Preference for the study of Medicine over law" Written for Professor Reed, n.d. "Life and character of the Duke of Wellington" n.d. "Characters of Fabius and Hannibal compared" December 4, 1848 "Beauties of Shakespeare" n.d. "Byron's darkness" for Professor Reed, n.d. "Demosthenes" Mar 19, 1849 "Natura fieret laudabile carmen, an arte, quaestitum est" June 16, 1849 "Music" Oct 2, 1849 "Review of Irving's Life of Goldsmith and Mohammed" Rough copy for Prof. Reed Mar 5, 1850 "Questions on sound as asked by Prof. Frazer" 3rd term junior year "Translation of the first 40 lines of the 2nd epistle of the Second book" n.d. 1 Series I. Papers of Alfred G. Baker (cont'd) Series I.2. University of Pennsylvania 1848-1851 (cont'd) F9 Speeches, 1850-1851 Inaugural address as president of the Zelosophic Literary Society delivered Saturday evening Jan 5, 1850 "Avarice" speech for the senior exhibition December 23, 1850 "Report on the state of society" (draft) Delivered 1851 Mar 23 Speech for Commencement Day F10 A. G. Baker's Lecture book, 1849-1851. Included are lectures on chemistry, merallic chemistry, organic chemistry, and several charts listing the elements. F11 Book of lecture notes Steam Engines, taken with Prof. Frazer 1st term senior year Differential Calculus, taken with Prof. Vethake 1st term senior year Series I.3. Personal and professional material, circa 1849-1890 F12 Catalogs of Books in the collection of Alfred Baker Catalogue of Books, Alfred G. Baker, Philadelphia, n. d. This catalog of titles and volumes fills the first 15 pages of this handwritten pamphlet. Upon the last page is an index that has been edited apparently for the second catalog. Topics include: Adventures Anecdotes Dictionary Annuals Bibliorical Biographical Classical Fables Fiction and novels French Geography Grammar History Mathematics Philosophy Poetry Spanish Statistics Theatrical Travels Physiology Various books that cannot well be classified Encyclopedia Lectures Catalogue of the principal books belonging to Alfred G. Baker, n. d. This handwritten catalog bound in leather contains books dating no later than 1849. Topics include: Anecdotes Astronomy Biography Classics Chemistry Drama Elocution Encyclopedia Fiction and Novels French Geography History Indian Lectures Lexicons Logic Mathematics Mechanics Miscellaneous Natural history Philosophy Physiology Poetry Religion Rhetoric Spanish Statistics Travels Steam engine Moral science F13 Financial Journal, 1866-1868 Aside from bills receivable, this volume lists securities, and properties owned by Baker. One entry is devoted to Baker's investment in Leonard and Baker & Co. Includes an index. F14 Personal and professional correspondence, 1866-1890 Includes an 1867 article of agreement between Samuel Leonard, James B. Leonard, Edwin F. Houghton, and Alfred G. Baker who served as co-partners in a dry goods and importing business under the name "Leonard, Baker + Co." Included as well is Alfred Baker's reaction to his wife on the 1885 American Academy of Music court decision. Series I.4. Trips abroad, 1891 and 1892 F15 Passport This large sheet of paper issued by the United States Department of State bears an extremely large and elaborate watermark. Inscribed is a physical description of Alfred Baker, and upon the recto is a cryillic stamp dated 1892. (Removed to oversize storage) 1 Series I. Papers of Alfred G. Baker (cont'd) Series I.4. Trips abroad 1891 and 1892 (cont'd) F16 Cash book, Jun 21-Sep 4, 1891 This book records the Bakers' daily expenses. One folded item has been removed from the book and placed in the folder. The book was totaled weekly and inscribed with the following locations: Jun 28 Edinburgh, Scotland Jul 5 Lake Winderm, England Jul 12 Brighton, England Jul 19 Vichy, France Jul 25 Berne, Switzerland Aug 2 Zurich, Switzerland Aug 9 Vienna, Austria Aug 16 Berlin, Germany Aug 23 Frankfurt, Germany Aug 30 Brussels, Belgium Sept 4 Paris, France F17 Cash book, June 23-Sep 13, 1892 This book records the Bakers' daily expenses and locations in Europe. As with the previous volume this book was totaled weekly and inscribed with the following locations: Jul 3 Christiania, Norway Jul 10 Berlin Germany Jul 17 Baden-Baden, Germany Jul 24 Lucerne, Switzerland Jul 31 Venice, Italy Aug 7 Stresa, Italy Aug 14 Geneva, Switzerland Aug 21 Bâle [Basel], Switzerland Aug 28 London, England Sep 4 London, England Sep 11 Scarborough, England Sep 13 Liverpool, England F18 Correspondence and receipts, 1891-92 This includes a letter that records Alfred Baker as a Saloon passenger aboard the steamship Majestic bound from Liverpool to New York Oct 14, 1891. Included as well are many store receipts from London establishments from Aug and Sep 1892. Series I.5. Estate and papers of Michael V. Baker This series includes materials inherited by Alfred Baker from the estate of his father, Michael V. Baker. Preserved are personal papers of Michael V. Baker as well as account ledgers and material relating to M.V. Baker's administration of the estate of his father, Michael Baker (Alfred Baker's grandfather). Personal papers and ledgers F19 Financial records and correspondence, 1835-1853 This folder preserves two series of records relating to a parcel of land in Wincester, Massachusetts, that was purchased from Eben Smith, Jr., of Boston by Michael V. Baker in 1852. The first series of papers, recorded on white paper, numbered 7-15, and dated 1852-1853, includes letters to and from Michael V. Baker and Eben Smith, Jr., regarding purchase of the property. The second series, on blue paper numbered from 1-11 and dated 1835-1852, preserves all the previous property records that had presumably been in the possession of Eben Smith. These may have been included with Eben Smith's letter of March 29, 1852. 1851 Jan 26 MVB to Eben Smith, Jr Jan 29 MVB to Eben Smith, Jr. 1852 Jan 31 Eben Smith, Jr to MVB Feb 3 Eben Smith, Jr to MVB Feb 7 Eben Smith, Jr to MVB Mar 5 Eben Smith, Jr to MVB Mar 16 MVB to Eben Smith, Jr Mar 29 Eben Smith, Jr to MVB 1 Series I. Papers of Alfred G. Baker (cont'd) Series I.5. Estate and papers of Michael V. Baker (cont'd) F20 Correspondence and financial records, 1832-1866 Included is further correspondence with Eben Smith, Jr., and Thomas P. Smith, both of Boston, Massachusetts. Included as well are transactions with the Bank of New South Wales 1854-1855, and a document from the Citizens' Bounty Fund Committee, which supported Civil War soldiers, listing the unpaid soldiers by name as of April 4, 1864. 1852 Feb 13 MVB to Eben Smith, Jr. Nov 11 Thomas P. Smith to MVB Nov 12 Thomas P. Smith to MVB 1853 Jan 29 William J. Bodwell to MVB Feb 10 Thomas P. Smith to MVB Mar 11 Thomas P. Smith to A.W. Smith Mar 22 MVB to Thomas P. Smith May 31 Thomas P. Smith to MVB Jun 8 MVB to Thomas P. Smith Jul 20 Thomas P. Smith to MVB Jul 24 Eben Smith to A.H. Fiske Jul 29 MVB to Thomas P. Smith Sep 1 MVB to W.J. Bowditch Sep 30 MVB to Thomas P. Smith Nov 11 MVB to Thomas P. Smith F21 Cash Book, 1852-1866 The first 19 pages contain records of the estate of Michael Baker administered by Michael V. and Abraham Baker during 1852-1858. This is followed by an account of Michael V. Baker's investments for other individuals during 1864-1866. Individuals include Rebecca Ritter, Rachel Stewart, Elizabeth Baker, Elizabeth W. Baker, Mary Baker, Mary Martin, and Ann Smith. One document found in this book has been removed and placed with the ledger in the folder. F22 Cash Book, 1852-1866 The first 37 pages contain records of the estate of Michael Baker administered by Michael V. and Abraham Baker 1852-1860. This is followed by an account of Michael V. Baker's investments for other individuals, 1863-1866. One document found in this book has been removed and placed with the ledger in the folder. This financial record is written on the recto of a leaf describing Michael V. Baker's involvement with the Citizens' Bounty Fund Committee which supported Civil War soldiers. F23 Ledger, 1858-1865. Accounts of cash, property, and investments fills pages 1-60 and 76-117. Estate of Michael V. Baker (D. circa 1866) F24 Ledger from the estate of M.V. Baker, 1866. Account of estate executed by Abraham and Alfred G. Baker. Contains page references to the 1852-1866 cash book (F 22). Fill pages 2-95, 150-165, and is indexed. F25 Papers from the estate of Michael V. Baker Includes an 1866 inventory of the estate by Alfred G. and Abraham Baker, executors. F26 Check book, 1866 (attributed to the estate) An inscription reveals that this book relates to an account at the Commercial National Bank that was opened in the names of A. and A.G. Baker, and the first deposit was made July 2, 1866. Series I.6 Estate and personal material of Henrietta Rush (D. circa 1874) Alfred Baker served as executor for the estate of Henrietta Rush who was his wife's aunt. F27 Receipt book, 1836-1873 Records payments from George Fales, trustee of the estate of Henrietta Rush, to Henrietta Rush. F28 Estate papers of Henrietta Rush, 1874-1875 Documents Alfred Baker's administration of Henrietta Rush's estate. Series I.7 Estate of Mary Rush Hassinger Alfred Baker served as acting attorney for the estate of Mary Rush Hassinger in 1875. She was Alfred Baker's wife's aunt. F29 Papers from the estate of Mary Hassinger, 1875 Series I.8 Estate and Papers of George Fales (1787-1879) George Fales was Alfred Baker's father-in-law, and vice president of the Franklin Fire Insurance Co. when Alfred Baker was President. Correspondence and ledgers belonging to George Fales F30 Correspondence and receipts, 1828-1846 Included are three letters from Eliza M. Rush, one 1833 letter from William Rush and one 1846 letter from Lewis Shaw Rush, and several letters from Mr. Lothrop who was the business partner of George Fales in the firm Fales and Lothrop, Co. These letter contain many watermarks and wax seals. 1833 Apr 23 William Rush to GF, Philadelphia 1834 Jul 19 Fales, Lothrop, & Co. to GF, Providence, RI Jul 25 Fales, Lothrop, & Co. to GF, Providence, RI Aug 7 Fales, Lothrop, & Co. to GF, Providence, RI n.d. Eliza M. Rush to GF, Philadelphia 1835 Sep 4 Eliza M. Rush to GF, Cheever& Fales Philadelphia n.d. Apr 29 Eliza M. Rush to GF, Philadelphia 1839 Dec 14 John Mitchell to GF, Philadelphia 1841 Jul 26 Z. Lothrop to GF, Cape May, NJ Aug 1 Z. Lothrop, & D. C. Wharton to GF, Cape May, NJ 1843 Aug 8 Fales, Lothrop, & Co. to GF, Cape May, NJ 1846 Aug 1 Lewis S. Rush to GF 2 F31 Receipt book, 1826-1862 Records signatures of individuals who received money from George Fales. F32 Correspondence and receipts, 1860-1876 Included are receipts from many Philadelphia merchants: Benjamin J. Williams, venetian blind manufacturer; Wartman & Wunder, beef merchants; and Wm. H.C. Riggs, merchant of clocks and chronometers. Included as well is a deed and correspondence with Ezra N. Davis related to property in Logan County, Illinois. F33 Bank book for Commercial Bank, 1859-1871 Records balance of the account. F34 Check stubs, Commercial Bank, 1857-1869 F35 Check stubs, Commercial National Bank 1869-1871 The front cover bears an erroneous attribution to George Fales Baker. Estate of George Fales (D. 1879) The estate was executed by Alfred G. Baker. F36 Estate papers of George Fales, 1878-1879 Included is a copy of the last will and testament of 1879, the inventory of the Estate of George Fales which was filed Mar 18, 1879, and correspondence related to property in St. Louis, Missouri. Series I.9. Estate and papers of Colonel Lewis Rush (1764-1836) This series preserves some of the personal and estate papers of Colonel Lewis Rush, the son of Conrad Rush, who served in the Revolutionary War and in the War of 1812. Papers from his estate span the years 1836 to 1887 when it was administered by Alfred Baker. Included as well are some papers of his wife Mary Rush and some papers of his sons. Personal correspondence and receipts of Lewis Rush F37 Correspondence and receipts, 1803-1811, 1814, 1817-1823 Contains material related to Lewis Rush's role as treasurer of the Schuylkill Flat Rock Bridge Company. 1814 Nov 15 John Read to LR 1823 Jun 4 WR, Laguna to LR F38 Correspondence and receipts, 1824-1829 Contains a 1824-25 subscription notice from the Democratic Press, permits for Schuylkill water, and correspondence from Thomas Rush, and William Rush who in 1829 was residing in a debtor's apartment. 1824 Nov 10 John M. Scott to LR Nov 12 John Markoe to LR 1826 Apr Tho M. Rush to LR 1827 Feb 10 William Rush to LR Oct 18 James Rush to LR 1829 May 30 William Rush to LR F39 Correspondence and receipts, 1830-1835, n.d. Contains an inventory of an unidentified warehouse containing pigments and other painting supplies, notes on property belonging to Richards and Rush, correspondence with William Rush, and an unidentified handwritten will (possibly by Lewis Rush). 1830 Feb 18 William Rush to LR 1831 Jul 25 William Rush to LR Oct 1 William Rush to LR Estate of Lewis Rush F40 Estate receipt book, 1836-1848 Records payments made to family members and non-family members including J.R. Ingersoll. The last 20 pages record money paid to Mary Rush 1838-1840. F41 Estate bank book 1836-1837 Record of account held at Farmers and Mechanics bank. F42 Estate receipt book, 1837-1864 Records money paid by executors J.K. Hassinger and G. Fales to William, Lewis, John, and Thomas and bears each of their signatures. F43 Estate receipt book, 1837-1874 Records payments from George Fales to Mary Rush on behalf of Henrietta Rush, 1837-1848; records payments from George Fales trustee to non-family members, 1846-1874. 2 Series I. Papers of Alfred G. Baker (cont'd) Series I.9. Papers of Colonel Lewis Rush(cont'd) F44 Receipt book, 1837-1873 Records payments from J.K. Hassinger on behalf of the Lewis Rush estate to Mary Rush on behalf of Ann R. Fales, 1837-1849; records payments from Ann R. Fales to non-family members 1847-1873; records money paid to Mary Rush by George Fales, 1837-1849. F45 Estate receipt book no. 2, 1848-1875 This volume, perhaps a continuation of the volume in F40, records payments to family members and non-family members. Among these are records of renovation at the Boar's Head tavern in west Philadelphia (1860-1865)that was presumably owned by the estate. Entries for 1864-1870 include several two-cent U.S. Internal Revenue stamps in brown, blue, and orange. F46 Estate receipt book, 1864-1874 Records payments to family members and non-family members. Entries for 1864-1870 include two cent U.S. Internal Revenue stamps in brown, blue, and orange. F47 Estate cash book, 1875-1885 Ledger of financial transactions made by Alfred Baker in trust for George Fales surviving executor. Fills pages 1-12. 3 F48 Estate papers, 1842-1887 Contains material related to the court case of circa 1850 and Alfred Baker's administration of the estate in the 1870s. Estate and papers of Mary Rush (d. 1849) F49 Estate and papers of Mary Rush, 1844-1849 Mary Rush was the widow of Lewis Rush. Her estate was administered by John and Lewis Rush. These papers contain material related to the 1849 court case brought by John and Lewis against David and Mary R. Hassinger, Henrietta Rush, and Anna R. and George Fales. Papers of the sons of Lewis Rush F50 Papers of John Rush, 1817-1868 Contains an 1818 pew rent receipt from the Evangelical Reformed Congregation of the City and Vicinity of Philadelphia, and an 1868 land agreement with Samuel Bunting, Jr. F51 Papers of Thomas Rush 1823-1829 Contains a December 8, 1829 letter from A. Butler to Thomas Rush. F52 Papers of William Rush, 1824-1832. Included are a group of letters written by William Rush recording his voyages to Porto Rico and other locations in the Caribbean during 1814. He discusses the effects of the British embargo and the states of various markets. He records as well his many encounters with other vessels including British ships of war and Baltimore schooners. By 1825, another letter records that William Rush has sailed on the brig Columbia to La Guaira and Caracas, Venezuela, where he dealt with other merchants like Lehman and Roberts, Lowery, and Foster and McDermott. Preserved as well are some 1824 recipes of William Rush for rose water, tincture of castor, and syrup of Sarsaparilla. Included as well is an 1825 invoice for material shipped on the brig Columbia by W. Lehman and E. Roberts. 1814 Jan 12 WR, Porto Rico to Lewis Rush Feb 4 WR, Porto Rico to A. Piesch Feb 4 WR, Porto Rico to Ritter 1815 Jul 27 WR, Mont to G. Fales & Co. Aug 8 WR, Mont to R.J. Gravelle 1825 Aug 25 WR, Laguira to Foster & McDermatt Aug 25 WR, Laguira to Lowry & Myrs 1832 Jun 11 WR to E.D. Beebe Series I.10. Estate and papers of Ann Rush Fales (1800-1887) Ann Rush Fales was the wife of George Fales, and mother-in-law of Alfred G. Baker. F53 Receipt book, 1850-1876 Records pew rents paid by Ann R. Fales and Henrietta Rush at the Reformed Dutch Church. F54 Estate and papers of Ann Rush Fales, 1845-1884 Includes a letter of attorney made out to Alfred G. Baker in 1884 and a cash account by Alfred Baker made in 1876. Series I.11. Estate of Michael Baker (D. circa 1890) Michael Baker's identity is mysterious, he may have been the brother of Alfred G. Baker. F55 Estate of Michael Baker The estate was handled by Alfred Baker from Dec 1890-Mar 1891. In addition to the first account of the estate by Alfred G. Baker this folder contains an appraisal of the estate by George Fales Baker and James W. McAllister. Series II. Papers of George Fales Baker (1863-1929) George Fales baker was the son of Alfred G. Baker and Henrietta Rush Fales Baker. Series II.1. Childhood materials Like his father G.F. Baker filled several sketchbooks with drawings presumably made from instructional manuals, perhaps even the ones that his father used before him. F56 Sketchbook n.d. Inscribed on inside cover "George Fales Baker" F57 Sketchbook n.d. Inscribed on first page "Geo Fales Baker" F58 Latin exercises, book no. 4, Feb 1-Mar 15, 1876 Series II.2. Personal Correspondence F59 1880-1923 Contains a letter from A.G. Baker from the Grand Union Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Includes correspondence from Anne H. R. Baker Lewis. 1880 Aug 16 Alfred G. Baker to GFB 1906 Jul 18 Anne H.R.B. Lewis to GFB 1923 Feb 20 Henry H. Belknap to GFB Series II.3. College of Physicians of Philadelphia George Fales Baker served on the Committee on Finance for the College of Physicians. F60 1907, 1914 F61 1915 Jan-Jun F62 1915 Jul-Dec This folder contains material related to the estate of Louis Duhring (1845-1913; University of Pennsylvania class of 1865) which was donated in part to the college. F63 1916 F64 1917-1919 F65 1921-1925, n.d. Series II.4. Estate and personal material of Mary Baker (D. circa 1894) This estate was executed by George Fales Baker and Elizabeth W. Baker. F66 Account book, 1891-1900 Records financial holdings of Mary Baker with reference to what she inherited from Michael Baker and Abraham Baker, and is indexed. Several sheets of calculations have been removed from the volume and placed in the folder. This fills pages 1-113, and 150-179. F67 Estate papers, 1894-1900 Contains a copy of Mary Baker's will dated 1894, and a copy of the second and final account of the Estate of Mary Baker dated 1900. This fills pages 2-39. F68 Estate ledger, Jun 1894-May 1900 Records financial transactions of George Fales Baker and Elizabeth W. Baker on behalf of the estate of Mary Baker. Series II.5. Henrietta Rush Fales Baker (1838-1897) George Fales Baker served as the attorney for his mother, Henrietta R.F. Baker, after the death of his father Alfred G. Baker. F69 Securities ledger, n.d. This contains a listing of the securities held by H.R.F. Baker and is stamped in the front "Dr. Geo. Fales Baker, Attorney." Among other securities recorded are 1110 shares of the American Academy of Music and 115 preferred shares of the American Academy of Music. F70 Material related to the estate, 1894-1898 Contains material related to an orphans court petition filed by George Fales Baker, and cancelled checks. F71 Estate Bank Book, 1922-1929 Records balance of account held at the Provident Trust Company of Philadelphia. Series II.6. Estate and papers of Elizabeth W. Baker (D. circa 1900) This estate was executed by George Fales Baker. F72 Papers related to the estate, 1891-1900 Includes a Letter of Attorney made out to George Fales Baker in 1891. F73 Estate Ledger, 1900-1901 This fills pages 2-27. Series II.7. Anne Henrietta Rush Baker Papers (B. 1868) Anne Hennrietta Rush Baker was the sister of George Fales Baker and the daughter of Alfred G. Baker. F74 Sketchbook, n.d. This sketchbook is attributed to Ann H.R. Baker on the basis of a history exam by her that was found inside the volume. In binding and content, it is unlike any of the other sketchbooks in the collection for it contains foliage studies rendered in charcoal and white chalk.
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