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GEORGE G. EVANS FAMILY PAPERS
1717 – 1937
(bulk dates 1837 – 1930)
Manuscript Collection Number 271
Accessioned: Multiple accessions in gifts from Lena Evans, Mary Evans, Jane Maxwell, Charlotte Dayett Stuart, Alice Kerr, and Hugh Gallagher
Extent: 14 linear ft. (55 Volumes and 3 record center cartons)
Content: Accounts, bills, bonds, cashbooks, correspondence, daybook, diaries, deeds, ledgers, maps, marriage certificate, memoranda notebooks, mortgages, petitions, photographs, receipts, reports, wills
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November – December 2004 by Colleen E. Lemke
Table of Contents
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Contents Note
- Series Outline
- Summary of Series in George G. Evans Family Papers
- Contents List of George G. Evans Family Papers
- Contents List of Evans Family Papers Supplement
George Gillespie Evans (1815 – 1904), the active community leader for whom this collection is named, oversaw commerce, education, and the Presbyterian Church in Newark, Delaware, for over fifty years in the nineteenth century. In addition to managing a general store on Main Street, Evans administered estates, served multiple terms on the Newark Town Commission, and held trusteeships at the First Presbyterian Church of Newark, Newark Academy, and Delaware College (University of Delaware). Brick from his two area brick yards built the facades of many Newark locales, including the Deer Park Hotel, Town Hall, and his own home, which still stands today on the corner of Main Street and North College Avenue. The University named Evans Hall, a College of Engineering building, to honor the many contributions of the family.
Gillespie Evans was born in Delaware on 1 June 1815, to John Evans and Agnes (Ann) Gillespie
Evans. George G. Evans was one of six children, and the oldest son. The
Evans family, George G. Evans’ paternal ancestors, emigrated from Wales to America
in the early eighteenth century, settling near Glasgow, Delaware. His father,
John Evans, owned a general store on Main Street in Newark, Delaware. In
addition, beginning in 1783, John Evans served
as a trustee of Newark Academy, a position his son and grandson would both also
hold. Following the Civil War, George Evans also served as a trustee of
After marriage, George Gillespie and Mary Jane (Black) Evans settled in Newark, building their house across from the Evans family’s general store. Their six children included son Charles B. “Charley,” and five daughters: Ann M. “Annie,” Harriet N. “Hallie,” Margaret G. “Maggie,” Agnes Armitage “Armey,” and Lena Evans. Annie Evans married a Newark dentist, Dr. H. G. M. Kollock, and continued to reside in Newark. She was a founding member of the New Century Club and she and her husband also provided funds to the Newark Public Library. Margaret Evans married John S. M. Neill of Montana. He was a student at Delaware College when he met the Evans family; John and Margaret (Evans) Neill eventually settled in Montana. Agnes Armitage Evans married Charles W. Reed; the couple had four children. Harriet and Lena Evans never married.
From 1856 until
1897, George G. Evans served as treasurer and secretary of the Delaware College
Board of Trustees; his only son, Charles
Black Evans, also served in this capacity for over thirty years. Church
leadership was also a family tradition, George G. Evans’ maternal great-grandfather,
the Reverend George Gillespie, came to
Charles Black Evans, son of George G. and Mary Jane (Black) Evans, worked closely with his father. He received his A. B. and A. M. from Delaware College by 1889, and an LL.B. from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked as an attorney-at-law, and served the Newark community in a variety of civic capacities. Charles B. Evans was a member of the Constitutional Convention of Delaware in 1897, trustee for both Delaware College and Newark Academy, president and director of Newark Trust Company, and director of the Security Trust Company of Wilmington. He was legal advisor for the town of Newark and served as a town commissioner. He also advised the Welsh Tract Baptist Church and many local businesses.
Charles B. Evans married Mary Miller Raub, daughter of Albert N. Raub and Jennie (Lovett) Raub of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Albert Raub, a successful administrator in a variety of Pennsylvania schools, was known for his organizational methods and a rich textbook publishing career. In 1884 he came to Delaware to serve as principal of Newark Academy. Elected to the Presidency of Delaware College in 1889, Raub served in this position until 1897. Charles B. Evans and Mary (Raub) Evans married 8 May 1895. Like her husband, Mary (Raub) Evans was very involved in Newark civic and social life.
collection also includes personal papers and legal documents for a variety of
Newark area families. The most prominent were relations of the Evans family,
members of the Presbyterian community, or served as administrator or trustees
Kerr family members were maternal relations of George Gillespie Evans. George Gillesie Evans’ mother, Agnes (Gillespie) Evans was sister to Hannah (Gillespie) Kerr, wife of Andrew Kerr. Hannah (Gillespie) Kerr was born in 1802 and died in 1880. Husband Andrew Kerr was born in 1794 and died in 1884. The couple had six children, though only three seem to have survived into adulthood. In the mid eighteenth century, several of the Kerr children had left Delaware and were living in Kentucky. George G. Kerr, a trustee of Newark Academy and Delaware College, was also director of the Casho Machine Company on Christiana Creek. It manufactured wagon-axles, wool-washing machinery and agricultural implements. Company stock certificates are found in the collection.
Andrew Kerr Russell graduated Dickinson
College in 1806 as a valedictorian of the class. In 1811, Reverend A. K.
Russell was appointed as principal of
Chamberlain family, headed by Doctor
Joseph Chamberlain, was another active family of Newark, Delaware. Joseph
Chamberlain was a member of the Board of Trustees of Newark College in 1833,
when an organization to open a college in
The Rathmell Wilson family moved to
Charles Thom(p)son, a trustee of
Genealogical History of the State of
Chance, Elbert. “Locating the Evans House” Three Parts The Newark Post, March 1998.
Munroe, John A. The University of Delaware: A History, Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1986
Old Bible Records with Charts and Other Genealogical Data. Compiled by Cooch’s Bridge Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Newark, Delaware
Owen, James B. Historic Newark Delaware: A Guide to the Vernon Good Montage of Newark, Newark Historical Society Press. p 14
Scharf, J. Thomas. History of
Additional information drawn from the collection itself.
Scope and Content Note
The George G. Evans Family Papers and Supplement, spanning dates from 1717 – 1937, contain a vast number of documents revealing the historic business accounts and legal affairs of the town of Newark, Delaware, and some of its major institutions, including Newark Academy, Delaware College (University of Delaware), the First Presbyterian Church, and the Welsh Tract Baptist Church. Both George Gillespie Evans and his son Charles Black Evans served as Newark Town Commissioners, inspectors for the Newark Board of Health, secretary and treasurer of Delaware College, and trustees of Newark Academy and the First Presbyterian Church of Newark. In addition, Charles B. Evans served as legal counsel for the town and the Welsh Tract Baptist Church.
George G. Evans Papers consist of fifty-one bound volumes containing over
12,000 individual items taped to leaves of paper. The majority of items were
calendared, and all were indexed in the 1950s after they were accessioned. The
volumes incorporated several gifts; most of the papers came from Lena Evans (daughter
of George G. Evans) and Mary (Raub) Evans (wife of Charles B. Evans). Other
donations – from Jane Maxwell, Charlotte Dayett Stuart, Alice Kerr, and Hugh
Gallagher – that loosely related to the history of Newark Academy or Delaware
College were also incorporated. The volumes are arranged in four chronological series,
which overlap sequentially but represent four major accessions in the history
of the collection. Consequently, much of the original provenance, grouping, and
order of the collection was lost. As a result, the collection is a quirky mixture
of personal, legal, and business papers: family letters and personal reflections
commingle with institutional plans and thousands of receipts. A scholar spending
time with this collection will be rewarded with a real sense of “who’s who” in
Subsequent to the four accession series that comprise the bulk of the Evans Papers, the George Gillespie Evans Papers Supplement contains a personal account book for the Evans family, seven business ledgers, a daybook, three cashbooks, over forty memorandum notebooks, and five diaries from the life of George Gillespie Evans. Most of these accounts relate to the General Store on Main Street or the Evans’ brick yards. However, some notations about Evans’ various trusteeships can also be found in the Supplement.
The George Gillespie Evans Family Papers will be extremely helpful to researchers interested in any aspect of the history of education. Labor historians and those interested in faculty and staff contracts, negotiations, candidate searches, and hiring practices will find much of interest. Records of staff expenses, wages, and salaries from the nineteenth and early twentieth century are in the collection. Letters of inquiry, letters of recommendation, resumes, and letters about job performance and applicants can all be found in the collection. Other items reveal accounts of tension between faculty and the administration or occasional accounts of tension between faculty and students.
Those interested in student life can trace the early development and evolution of fraternities on campus with charters, correspondence, and building records in the collection. Researchers can also glean much information about nineteenth century student life at the College from trustee and presidential reports, and correspondence about discipline, alcohol and hazing, curricular requirements, and degree recommendations. There are also several student petitions to the administration included in this collection, tuition bills, information about the creation of scholarship funds, and many references to student clubs and activities. A scholar interested in the effects of war on higher education can compare documents from the post-Civil War closing to trustee and War Department correspondence during World War I. There is a variety of trustee and alumni correspondence that reveals tension about the place of military training and drills on campus.
Researchers interested in the history and development of the University of Delaware will also find much of interest. Survey, property maps, and deeds, are records in the collection that trace the acquisition of land. Receipts and bills trace the development of this property through building specifications, plans for strategic expansion, and complications. Trustee, presidential, and committee reports examine housing issues for students and document the planning process for the first dormitories. Bills and receipts for the College show the growth of the College needs, from burgeoning water and heating demands to the introduction of electricity and telephone lines. A scholar interested in the development of academic research libraries or in the history of Morris Library in particular will find many early receipts for books, and see evidence of housing concerns, relocations, and library expenses, from cataloging collections to librarian salaries.
interested in women’s history and coeducation will also find much of interest
in this collection. The collection contains documents pertinent to a variety of
women’s schools and private seminaries in Wilmington and Newark in the
nineteenth century, including papers relating to women teachers,
administrators, librarians, professors, and students. Of considerable interest
in this collection are documents concerning the debates about coeducation at
The collection also provides a wealth of sources to historians of material culture. Naturally, the account ledgers for the Evans family store show the variety of merchandise being ordered and sold. General store accounts for textiles, sugar, molasses, alcohol, and other supplies and services are found in the Supplement. A family furniture inventory contains details on the household possessions of the Evans’ family, and several Evans family houses still stand and are owned by the University of Delaware. The vast variety of receipts found in the bound volumes range from school furniture orders to ice cream purchases. In addition, a series of several hundred receipts issued to Charles Thomson show his purchases from Elliot & Morgan between 1800 and 1804. Amongst the items included is receipt for a “Queensware Chamberpot” (#8836).
Those interested in economic history, personal debt, the extension of credit, systems of exchange, or dry goods merchandising will be delighted with this collection. A researcher can easily trace the accounts of local families over many years. Records contain itemized lists of what was purchased, how often it was paid for, and what method of payment was used. In addition to cash payments, the Evans ledgers contain evidence of labor exchanges, where a man might work in the Evans’ brick yard to pay for his store account, or barter, where families exchange items such as household-produced butter or home grown peaches for store goods. Those interested in Town Council ordinances and city development of infrastructure will also find much in the collection. Records of sewer work, railway lines, telephone poles, electricity meters, water systems, and road development can all be found in the George Gillespie Evans Papers. A series of vellum and parchment deeds from the eighteenth century, surveyor’s notes, property line maps, and diagrams can also be found in various volumes of this series. In addition, a scholar of legal history and legal practice may enjoy the papers of Charles B. Evans. Legal documents in his possession ranged from marriage certificates to articles of incorporation for local businesses. In addition to many deeds, wills, powers of attorney, and estate papers, the collection contains an 1826 letter of manumission, Orphans Court documents, a nineteenth century naturalization document, an early twentieth century divorce settlement, and several petitions for writs of insanity.
Those interested in local business and industry will find stock certificates, records, correspondence, and articles of incorporation for various local companies including the Helio Match Company, American Vulcanized Rubber, Casho Machine Company, and the Deer Park Hotel, during its ownership by John E. Lewis.
A number of other family papers will interest genealogists and researchers on travel, tourism, and family relocation. Many papers relate to the Black family, relations of Mary Jane (Black) Evans. Kerr family papers include many letters to Delaware from Kentucky. Some Russell family papers, Chamberlain family papers, and Wilson family papers are also scattered throughout the collection.
Several other collections at the University of Delaware relate to the George Gillespie Evans Family Papers. A notebook of Mary Jane (Black) Evans is found in MSS 97, Item 026. It contains addresses and memorandum written by her from 1904 – 1906. The New Century Club Archives, MSS 260, contain papers relating to the history of the club and the role of Annie (Evans) Kolloch. The Wilson Family Papers, MSS 303, contains many additional letters and documents of Rathmell Wilson and William Savory Wilson, whose papers both appear in the George Gillespie Evans Papers. The Newark Town Council Digest, MSS 464, contains minutes from the times when George G. Evans and Charles B. Evans served as commissioners. The Wilbur T. Wilson Map Collection, MSS 377, includes many maps and property plans of Newark, concentrated around the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Evans documents and correspondence are housed at the University Archives; these
are primarily records from the boards of trustee on which George Gillespie
Evans and Charles Black Evans served. The
George Gillespie Evans Papers (51 volumes)
I. 1851 – 1901, items 1 – 7693, in 19 volumes
Gift of Lena Evans
II. 1851 – 1889, items 7700 – 8368, in 3 volumes
Gift of Evans family and Hugh Gallagher
III. 1835 – 1903, items 8696 – 8788, in 1 volume
Gift of Evans family
IV. 1717- 1937, items 8789 – 12746, in 28 volumes
Gifts of Evans Family, Charlotte Dayett Stuart, Alice Kerr, and Hugh Gallagher
I. Manuscript Notebooks, 1837 – 1888
II. Day book, 1850 - 1868
III. Personal Account Ledger, 1850 – 1903
IV. Business Ledgers, 1858 – 1904
V. Cashbooks, 1868 – 1904
VI. Diaries, 1869 – 1877
VII. Estate Ledger, 1904 – 1906
George Gillespie Evans Papers – Series Summary
Series I. 1851 – 1901, items 1 – 7693, in 19 volumes
George Gillespie Evans. Includes business papers from his work as a general
merchandiser, a lawyer, and a trustee of
Series II. 1851 – 1889, items 7700 – 8368, in 2.5 volumes
George Gillespie Evans. Includes business papers from his work as a general
merchandiser, a lawyer, and a trustee of
Series III. 1835 – 1903, items 8696 – 8788, in 1.5 volumes
George Gillespie Evans. Includes business papers from his work as a general
merchandiser, a lawyer, and a trustee of
Series IV. 1717- 1937, items 8789 – 12746, in 28 volumes
This series is primarily papers of George Gillespie Evans and Charles Black Evans. It includes papers relating to store accounts, legal accounts, and trusteeships. Both father and son served on the Boards of Newark Academy, Delaware College, and First Presbyterian Church of Newark. Because both also served as secretary of Delaware College, this series includes papers of other trustees, administrators, and employees of this institution. Both father and son also served as Newark Town Commissioners, so a variety of utilities papers and town ordinances appear. In addition, Charles B. Evans served as director of both Newark Trust Company and Wilmington Trust and Security. Papers relating to both enterprises are also present. In addition, during World War I Charles B. Evans served as a member of the Selective Service Board Legal Advisory Board for the War Department.
Various personal papers and family papers incorporated include deeds, bonds, receipts, and letters between various Evans family members.
A large number of personal papers and investment papers of the Kerr family, maternal relatives of George Gillespie Evans, are included.
Additional papers relating to the a cross section of local families include papers of the Black Family (especially Dorcas Black, mother of Mary Jane Black Evans), the Rathmell Wilson family, the Charles Thom(p)son family, the Russell family (especially Andrew Kerr Russell), the Chamberlain family (especially Joseph Chamberlain and Hannah Chamberlain), and the John E. Lewis family.
George Gillespie Evans Papers - Contents List
Item Descriptions by Volume
1 – 186 1837
– 1874. George Gillespie Evans papers relating primarily to his position as
trustee, treasurer, and secretary of
187 – 700 1874 – 1877. Evans papers primarily relating to Delaware College. College papers include trustee minutes, meeting notes, and committee reports. A wide variety of bills and receipts for the College are also included; receipts vary from vendors of school furniture to the bills of Harriet Brown for cleaning the College and washing linens, to bills from local newspapers for college advertisements. Faculty and staff receipts for salaries received, receipts for services such as the re-roofing the college building, and checkbook stubs are also included. Black family papers and receipts for the First Presbyterian Church of Newark also included.
701 – 1000 1877 – 1878. Evans papers primarily relating to Delaware College. Included are trustee minutes and meeting notes, a list of faculty salaries, reports of various committees, information on the College insurance policies, and receipts for grounds keeping. Other bills and receipts include printing and advertising costs, receipts to Samuel Henderson, janitor, receipts for chemicals and lab equipment, and various expenses for the First Presbyterian Church of Newark.
1001 – 1400 1878 – 1880. Evans papers for Delaware College and personal affairs. College papers include receipts for salaries and wages paid, trustee minutes, and board financial papers. Also included are various bills for the purchase of library materials, including the Encyclopedia Britannica, and a report on the conditions of the growing library. Faculty letters of recommendation and faculty resolutions on honorary degrees also appear. Personal papers include a grade card from Delaware College for Maggie G. Evans. Additional items include First Presbyterian Church expenses and Black family papers.
1401 – 1900 1880 – 1881. This volume contains a wide variety of personal and business papers for George Gillespie Evans. College papers include many repair and upkeep receipts, for services such as painting, carpets, cleaning crews, blackboards, plumbing improvements, and replacement of the college bell. Other College topics which appear include trustee information, commencement arrangements such as music and crowd control, discussions of faculty hours, and orders for the printing of catalogues. Papers regarding Black family affairs appear, as do personal bills such as E. W. Haines’ bills for dental services to the Evans family. A letter announcing George G. Evans’ election to the Newark Board of Health, personal letters, including several from William D. Evans (brother), and tuition and term bills for various Evans children appear, including several for A. Armitage Evans.
1901 – 2499 1881 – 1882. Evans papers primarily relating to family affairs. A bill for Charles B. Evans’ tuition at Newark Academy and a letter form J. L. Polk about his progress at school are included. A Delaware College receipt for tuition for Armitage Evans is included, as are personal receipts for family sewing, cloth and clothing receipts from Wanamaker’s and Strawbridge & Clothier, and dentistry bills for the children. A letter from Caroline C. Clark to George G. Evans about raising contributions for Miss Hannah Chamberlain is included with Chamberlain private school bills, and a note from Chamberlain about the suspension of her school for the winter. Other personal papers include family letters from William D. Evans, and letters from his son about the illness, death, and estate of William D. Evans. Homecare and nursing are mentioned; subsequent correspondence discusses the jointly held family properties such as the John Evans’ House and the Main Street General Store. Black family papers and Kerr family papers are also included. Delaware College papers include receipts for the library purchase of the book collection of A. M. Sinsabaugh, catalogue expenses, and chemical receipts. Also, a letter from Rathmell Wilson expressing concerns about the town selling property to the Baltimore & Ohio Rail Road.
2500 – 2921 1882 – 1883. Evans’ papers relating to personal affairs and business affairs. Included are investment papers for funds in State of Tennessee bonds, personal correspondence, and tuition bills. Delaware College papers include correspondence regarding the financial status of the institution and fund raising. Also, letters of recommendation for faculty positions, salary information, vendor bills and receipts, and trustee correspondence about the problem of students imbibing alcohol at local hotels. Town Commission papers include information about the sale of land to B & O Railroad, road commission surveys, and a letter about taxation and the waning fortunes of Rathmell Wilson. First Presbyterian Church of Newark papers also appear.
2922 – 3400 1884 – 1885. Evans’ papers for town, trusteeships, and family affairs. Included are children’s tuition bills, personal letters, and notes about family genealogy. Town papers include a Board of Health action against John Pemberton for failure to remove offal from his slaughterhouse, and correspondence about senate elections in Delaware and local politicians such as George Gray. College papers include notes about fund raising, checks, bills, receipts for salaries, cost projections for new college buildings, commencement arrangements, including music and tents, and discussions of faculty course loads and appointments. First Presbyterian Church papers include receipts for items such as the pastor’s salary, sexton’s wages, and service receipts.
3401 – 3900 1885 – 1886. Evans’ papers primarily relating to Delaware College. Included are trustee correspondence about the vacancy in the presidency of Delaware College and their search for candidates. Other papers include bills, receipts, lists of faculty salaries, letters about student scholarships, projected costs for college building repairs, inquiries about new stoves for the College and receipts to Wilbur T. Wilson for surveying and mapping work done for the College. A letter about the introduction of Edison’s electric lights to Wilmington, Board of Health reports, including a physician’s complaint that the town is “distressingly healthy,” and a letter from George G. Evans to George Gray regarding Charles B. Evans’ newly voiced desire to study law also appear.
3901 – 4259 1886 – 1887. This volume contains a variety of personal and business papers. Letters discussing women’s schools, especially the Misses Hebb School, where Lena Evans boards, are included; as are a letter about Charles B. Evans’ pursuit of legal studies, and an L. C. Vandergrift review of suffrage provisions in the Newark charter. College papers include committee reports addressing student issues such as drunkenness and hazing, letters of resignation from the president and various faculty members, applicant information for these vacant positions, and a discussion of reconnecting the college and the academy. Also included are receipts, bills, wages, and expense lists for the College and the First Presbyterian Church of Newark.
4260 – 4800 1887 – 1889. This volume primarily contains papers relating to Delaware College, including bills and receipts, trustee correspondence and minutes, and applications for the presidency, faculty, and staff positions. Other topics that appear include the use of the oratory for a public temperance meeting and agricultural station plans. Personal papers include family dentistry receipts, an inquiry about the construction of a telephone and telegraph office, and letters from Charles B. Evans and Margaret G. (Evans) Neill to their parents.
4801 – 5400 1889 – 1890. This volume primarily contains papers relating to Delaware College, including bills, receipts, checks, and information about faculty positions, wages, salaries, college finances, and state bonds. Other topics include repair to the college lawn mower, fence painting, the College water bill, Obadiah Henry’s bill for cleaning the College, and letters from L. P. Powell to George G. Evans inquiring about the history of Delaware College (he was an author writing a book about Newark). First Presbyterian Church papers include new applications for church sexton; family papers include letters from Charles B. Evans listing his expenses.
5401 – 5800 1890 – 1891. This volume primarily contains papers relating to Delaware College, and includes bills for supplies, receipts for salaries, plans to secure federal government appropriations, trustee meetings and minutes, faculty minutes, and a discussion of faculty appointments. Also, some analysis of the present contributors to and future needs relating to the financial condition of College.
5801 – 6148 1891 – 1892. This volume primarily contains papers relating to Delaware College, including bills and receipts for the care of college property and its upkeep, bills for the building of Recitation Hall, orders for more lab equipment, and more library books. Also included are trustee meetings and minutes, new faculty appointments, and presidential committee reports.
6149 – 6567 1892 – 1893. This volume primarily contains papers relating to Delaware College, bills and receipts for college upkeep and supplies, expenses such as wages and laboratory equipment, and further discussions about the financial status of the College.Also included are trustee meeting and minutes, a student petition for a piano for the glee club, an Every Evening report on the defeat of co-education measures for the College, notes on new military drills at the College, and the formation of the Athenaean Society.
6568 – 6899 1893 – 1894. This volume primarily contains papers relating to Delaware College, including bills and receipts, faculty letters of recommendation, check book stubs, critiques and defenses of various administrators associated with the College, complaints about the administration of Albert Raub, testimonials about Raub criticizing or defending his performance.
6900 – 7203 1894 – 1895. This volume primarily contains papers relating to Delaware College, including bills and receipts, a letter about George G. Evans resigning as trustee, and the election of Charles B. Evans in his place, a brief biographical statement on Charles B. Evans, information regarding Raub’s decision to resign as College President, and a treasury report. Personal letters to George Gillespie Evans are also included.
7204 – 7424 1895. This volume primarily contains papers relating to Delaware College, including bills, receipts, and checks. Included is a receipt for cataloguing the library, information about the water supply and fire protection, and information about the installation of flagpoles and orders for flags. Trustee meetings and minutes and a list of students recommended for degrees appear. This degree list includes Andrew Kerr, whose family papers are scattered throughout Series III and IV of this collection.
7425 – 7699 1895 – 1901. This volume primarily contains papers relating to Delaware College, including bills and receipts for items such as a telescope and gymnasium equipment. Receipts to Kate C. Southard, who served as College Matron and Albert Raub’s presidential reports to trustees also appear. Alumni association funds and catalogs are addressed; a letter recording transfer of funds and papers of the College treasury to Charles B. Evans is also included. Trustee committee papers address College instruction and discipline; a draft of an article on the history of the college and Evans family letters also appear.
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Item Descriptions by Volume
7700 – 8099 1851 – 1862. This volume primarily contains the papers of Rathmell Wilson, who served as trustee and president of Delaware College. It includes Professor A. Rollin’s scholarship subscription book, notes regarding the sale of Delaware College land scrip, donation promises, and papers from various trustees. Also, college bills and receipts signed by Rathmell Wilson, information on the endowment funds, trustee meetings, and notes on the financial state of the college are included.
8100 – 8274 1862 – 1887. This volume combines papers of Rathmell Wilson and George G. Evans. It includes receipts and bills for Delaware College, trustee meetings, minutes, and expenses, information about College advertising costs, the sale of land scrip, repairs such as plastering, painting, and roofing, and notes on the financial condition of Delaware College. Other College topics include trustee resignations, an investigation into faculty “discord,” reports to trustees from Presidents William H. Purnell and John Caldwell, a list of graduates of Delaware College, and various discussions of curriculum and College requirements.
8275 – 8368 1887 – 1889. Primarily the papers of George G. Evans about Delaware College; items include trustee minutes and meetings, board actions and notes, information about the federal grant of 1887, information about the financial crisis, requests for resignations, complaints about the low number of students, faculty recommendations, and correspondence about college troubles. It also contains a recommendation of the conferral of a Masters of Arts degree on Charles B. Evans.
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8369 – 8499 1835 – 1870. These items include a variety of local family papers. Prominent are Black family papers, papers of James L. Miles including estate papers for James L. Miles and Harreit B. Miles, Russell family papers, Chamberlain family papers, and local property deeds and maps. Some Rathmell Wilson family papers and George G. Evans papers also appear, though they appear to be unconnected to the College. Newark Academy Trustee notes are also included.
8500 – 8788 1870 – 1903. This volume is primarily comprised of bills and receipts for Newark Academy. John W. Evans (father of G. G. Evans) served as President of the Academy board, so some of his papers are included. Other topics included are insurance questions for the Academy, receipts signed by Hannah Chamberlain during her presidency of the Academy, Delaware College receipts signed by both Rathmell Wilson and George G. Evans, and First Presbyterian Church bills and a statement of expenditures.
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Item Descriptions by Volume
8789 – 8899 1717 – 1803. This volume includes originals and transcriptions of early Delaware land deeds, and includes parchment and vellum deeds with wax seals. Eighteenth century survey notes and property maps are included. The volume includes a letter from Philadelphia, dated 27 August 1776, from “Jonathan Zane Junior, Soldier,” to his brother about oil prices, fragments of a 1777 child’s copy book, Kerr family papers, Miles family papers, genealogical notes copied by George G. Evans, and numerous receipts of Mr. Charles Thompson, from Elliot & Morgan, for dry goods such as whisky and sugar.
8900 – 9049 1803 – 1822. This volume includes many additional receipts from the account of Charles Thom(p)son with Elliot & Morgan, and his various other accounts. Papers of John Thom(p)son of Buck’s Tavern on Lancaster Pike are also included. Local deeds, Gillespie family papers, Kerr family papers, especially personal letters to Andrew Kerr, Black family deeds, and an 1811 letter from Andrew K. Russell to the committese of Delaware Presbyterian congregations are all included. A series of receipts of Doctor Joseph Chamberlain and an 1813 petition for a public road to be built from Newark to Elkton also appear.
9050 – 9200 1822 – 1829. Paper of John Thom(p)son, including receipts and personal letters, letters to Samuel H. Black about the Democratic party in Kent and Sussex counties and the nomination of Joseph Haslett for Governor, receipts of Doctor Joseph Chamberlain, letters about negro slaves in Delaware, papers of Mary Black and Charlotte Kerr, Cooch family deeds, David Evans and Ann Evans papers, and A. K. Russell papers. Also included are lines about a visit to the “school of the deaf and dumb,” Macbeth family papers, the Quaker marriage certificate of Thomas Oliver and Ann Burton, dated 1826, a letter of manumission for Susan, formerly the slave of David Miles, also dated 1826, letter of complaint about Nicholas Ridgely, a judge in the Orphan’s court in Dover about the guardianship of Susan R. Paulson, surveying maps, notes, and bonds.
9201 – 9425 1829 – 1835. Thom(p)son family and Chamberlain family receipts, notes from A. K. Russell, Dorcas Black, George and Mary Evans, and the account of Ann Evans in guardianship of William D. Evans, Mary C. Evans, and George G. Evans are included. Also included are estate papers of Benjamin Watson, a tuition bill for M. C. Evans, papers from Mrs. Elizabeth Thomson, Joel, Jacob, and Hannah Evans, Samuel Wilson letters, Miles family papers, Black family papers, Kerr family papers, and Rathmell Wilson family papers.
9426 – 9700 1836 – 1842. Primarily Wilson family papers, including letters to William S. Wilson and Meeteer family deeds and receipts. This volume also includes Black family papers, especially accounts and receipts for Dorcas and Mary Jane Black, Evans family letters, and Kerr family deeds. Also, George G. Evans store accounts, such as account books for Palmer Chamberlain and Wm A. Musgrove, receipted orders and bills, Thomson family papers, and George Casho receipts appear.
9701 – 10000 1842 – 1848. This volume is primarily Evans family receipts, for brick contracts and store accounts with William and George Evans; John W. Evans receipts also included. Black family papers in this volume also include accounts and receipts. Additional items include Kerr family papers, with several letters from Mary (Kerr) Sharpe about farming in the Ohio River Valley, Rathmell Wilson family papers and deeds, and a variety of local legal papers
10001 – 10199 1848 – 1858. Primarily Black family papers, including accounts and receipts of Dorcas A. Black; Evans family receipts, William and George Evans account records, requests for cash loans; personal papers include a guest list for the wedding of George G. Evans and Mary Jane Black, Chamberlain family papers, and Kerr family letters form Kentucky. Delaware College papers include a letter of recommendation for a faculty position and board of trustee notes. A broadside titled “catalogue of Garden Seeds raised and sold by the United Society, West- Pittsfield MA. 1849,”is included, as are Chester County Mutual Fire Insurance Company papers, an 1850 Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery Certificate for lots, and Joshua Robinson’s 1850 Certificate of Naturalization.
10200 – 10275 1858 – 1869.Various papers of Delaware College, including a letter revealing tensions between administration and faculty and trustee meeting information. Also included are receipts of John W. Evans, an 1860 broadside for “Smallwood and Company Grand All-Prize Scheme Lottery for the benefit of the State of Delaware” and local bonds, mortgages, and deeds. Kerr family papers, Miles family papers, and Black family papers appear. A bill from E. W. Haines, dentist, for services to a “Black Girl,” appears, as do articles of association for the National Bank of Newark, and Ann M. Russell’s will (later a writ for her daughter’s insanity appears).
10276 – 10399 1869 – 1878. Papers of George G. Evans; includes local deeds, mortgages, and property maps. Also, information about the Welsh tract Baptist church, constructions plans for a Presbyterian church, Black family papers, including a letter from G. G. Evans to his wife Mary Jane Black Evans, Kerr family papers, Casho Machine Company accounts, records of an Evans account with Thomas Smith, a list of Ledger balances, and cancelled checks signed by George G. Evans from Newark National Bank appear. Delaware College vendor bills and Delaware College tuition bills for Hallie B. Evans and Maggie G. Evans appear. Newark Academy tuition bills for “Charley and Armey” and an 1878 schedule of College commencement exercises and exams are included, as are tax receipts and family letters.
10400 – 10475 1879 – 1885. This volume combines personal and business papers of George G. Evans. Bills and receipts, cash book pages, cancelled checks from the National Bank of Newark, and tuition receipts for Delaware College and Newark Academy all appear. Personal bills include charges at Strawbridge & Clothier; personal correspondence also appears. John E. Lewis papers, Casho Machine Company Stock, and Kerr family papers are also included.
10475 – 10526 1885 – 1890. This volume primarily contains local legal documents, including deeds, mortgages, and bonds. Jex Family papers, John E. Lewis legal papers, and a pamphlet recruiting students for “The Misses Hebb’s Boarding and Day School” also appear.
10527 – 10599 1890 – 1894. This volume includes Evans family deeds and family correspondence. It also contains Kerr family papers including letters and deeds. Also included is a memorial to Hannah Chamberlain with a photograph. College papers include architectural notes on college buildings and insurance policies.
10600 – 10725 1894 – 1899. This volume contains papers of Charles B. Evans, especially local legal papers and personal letters. Also included are Kerr family papers and George G. Evans account pages, receipts, and deeds.
10726 – 10825 1899 – 1903. This volume contains papers of Charles B. Evans, especially local legal papers like mortgages, powers of attorney, deeds, and family rents. He also prepared an American Vulcanized Fibre Company mortgage, incorporation papers for the White Clay Creek Supply Company, and the will of an African American woman, Sarah Smith, dated 1901. Town papers for the Delaware Suburban Railway Company and Kerr family papers are included, as are a funeral oration, letters to Mary J Evans from husband George G. Evans about the distribution of their estate, bonds from George G. Evans to the trustees of Delaware College, and various John E. Lewis papers.
10826 – 10900 1903 – 1906. Primarily papers of Charles B. Evans; includes letters from the Jex Family, personal letters, and Newark Town ordinances to Wilmington Electric Company, Interurban Railway Company, Newark and Elkton Railway Company, and incorporation papers for the Helio Match Company. Also included are Thom(p)son family papers, a petition for a writ of insanity for Mary Louisa Russell Hammill, dated 1904, and Newark Trust and Safe Deposit Company papers. Papers relating to the settlement of George G. Evan’s estate also appear.
10901 – 11000 1906 – 1908. Primarily papers of Charles B. Evans; includes legal papers such as Jex family papers, a large number of wills, trusteeship of Mary Louisa Russell Hammill’s estate, letters to stockholders of the American Vulcanized Fibre Company, a petition for a Writ of Insanity for Edward E. Leak, 1906, and estate papers for Eri Haines, the Evans’ family dentist. Town papers include Newark Public Schools issues, such as new buildings and facilities, and a town ordinance banning pigs. Delaware College papers include Argricultural Experiment Station papers, information on board elections, committee reports, and salary reports.
11001 – 11175 1908 – 1909. Primarily papers of Charles B. Evans; includes letters about the Jex family properties, the Continental Fibre Company, Passaic Match Company incorporation articles, George Kerr’s will, and local family documents. Delaware College papers include faculty recommendations, trustee meetings, repairs and improvements to college buildings, letters about introduction of coeducation at Delaware College, Kappa Alpha Fraternity papers, board elections, and letters from Beulah Thompson.
11176 – 11350 1909 – 1911. Primarily papers of Charles B. Evans; includes
letters from the Jex Family about local property, papers of the Lovett family,
and papers relating to the distribution of Mary J. Evan’s Estate. There are
reports to stockholders of American Vulcanized Fibre Company as well as papers
relating to the First Presbyterian Church and Delaware College papers; the
college library is discussed. Town Council of
11351 – 11500 1911 – 1913. Primarily papers of Charles B. Evans; includes Town Council of Newark papers, trustee papers, and legal papers. Some items of interest include papers regarding the Delmarvia Telephone Company and a number of city ordinances. Local property deeds and papers relating to the formation of fraternities at Delaware College are also included.
11501 – 11650 1913 – 1914. Primarily papers of Charles B. Evans; this volume contains many Delaware College papers. Topics include correspondence regarding a Memorial fund for Purnell, plans to raise private money for the College President’s salary, discussions about building a central heating plant for the College, and building specifications for new construction. Also included are Kerr family papers and information for shareholders of the National Bank of Newark.
11651 – 11800 1914 – 1915. Primarily papers of Charles B. Evans. College papers in this volume include correspondence discussions of the Women’s College faculty salaries and “fair rates.” President Harter’s letter of resignation and correspondence regarding the search for a new president, fund raising efforts for the “Old Home Fund,” a scholarship given for an essay in local history, various committee reports and additional building specifications also appear. Local interest papers include papers relating to the Newark Opera House Company, town sewer assessments, Jex family property, and the Eureka Cutting Machine Company. Utilities papers include a 1914 ordinance permitting Wilmington City Electric Company to erect poles in Newark, correspondence regarding the Wilmington Automatic Telephone Co., and a 1919 ordinance to Diamond State Telephone Company for permission to construct lines in Newark.
11801 – 12000 1915 – 1916. Primarily papers of Charles B. Evans; includes papers relating to Newark Trust and Safe Deposit Company, Wilmington Trust Company, and Newark City Council sewer lines. College papers included discuss purchase of properties in Newark for the College, correspondence between the Board and Pierre S. DuPont about various donations, papers relating to the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, information about student scholarship funds, letters about faculty positions, information about hiring staff and letters of recommendation. Also included is a list of faculty salaries, information relating to the women’s college, the New Century Club, and the newly hired President, S. C. Mitchell.
120001 – 12200 1916 – 1920. Papers of Charles B. Evans, primarily relating to
12201 – 12300 1918 – 1919. Business papers of Charles B. Evans. College papers include letters about faculty, curriculum, and scholarships at the Women’s College and papers about the care of college grounds, shrubs, and walkways. letters about termination of employment settlements correspondence with War Department. Newark Trust and Safe Deposit Company papers, Newark sewer commission correspondence, First Presbyterian Church papers and Welsh Tract Baptist Church all appear. Legal papers include the Continental Fibre Company account, various local wills, Jex family papers including a letter about a car accident in 1919, and mortgage documents.
12301 – 12450 1919 – 1921. Business papers of Charles B. Evans. College papers include property maps, Agricultural Station plans, correspondence about Dean Hayward, Wolf Hall construction specifications with complaints about the grading, Samuel C. Mitchell’s Letter of Resignation as President and the search for a new president, the hiring of a librarian, the support of Harry F. DuPont and the creation of new DuPont scholarships, fund raising, and the formation of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Chapter House. Women’s College salaries, faculty appointments, and an agreement between the Women’s College and the local public schools for creating a Teaching Practicum also appear. Many local surveys and property maps are included. Additional town documents relate to the water supply and water shortages, the electric lighting plant of Newark, municipal bond sales, and local property settlements. Legal accounts include incorporation papers for Delaware Ledger Printing and Publishing Company, a 1920 petition for divorce, and letters from the Continental Fibre Company. Welsh Tract Baptist Church papers and First Presbyterian Church papers also appear.
12451 – 12600 1921 – 1925. Business papers of Charles B. Evans. College papers include trustee minutes and correspondence about surveying work of Wilbur T. Wilson. Local interest papers include papers about the Newark Country Club and Golf course, the Welsh Tract Baptist Church, the First Presbyterian Church, local cemeteries, David Rose family papers, and Kerr family papers. Legal papers include incorporation articles for the Newark Fraternal Hall Company, minutes of the Board of Directors of the United Canneries Corporation, letters to stockholders, and incorporation articles for the Newark Inn.
12601 – 12700 1925 – 1929. Business papers of Charles B. Evans. Primarily
town council and legal accounts , he is now the attorney for the town of
12701 – 12831 1820, 1930 – 1937. Charles
B. Evans papers including correspondence about his position as President of the
Pencader Cemetary Association, Milk Regulations of the Town of Newark Board of
George Gillespie Evans Papers Supplement
1 Series I. Manuscript Notebooks. 1837 – 1849, 1872 – 1889, (41 volumes) Manuscript jottings about accounts, including debtors, creditors, work completed, addresses, orders, banks, and events.
“Memorandum Books” 1839 – 1849
F1 No. 1, October 1839 – January 1840
No. 2, February – May 1840
F2 No. 3, June – September 1840
No. 4, September – December, 1840
F3 No. 5, January – April, 1841
No. 6, April – August, 1841
F4 No. 7, August 1841 – April 1842
No. 9, August 1842 – December 1842
F5 No. 10, January – May, 1843
No. 11, May – August, 1843
F6 Unnumbered, “July 21, 1843”
No. 13, November, 1843 – March 1844
F7 No. 14, April – July, 1844
Unnumbered, August 1844, with “Account of hands time at New House”
F8 No. 18, September – December, 1845
No. 19, January – April, 1846
F9 No. 21, June – August, 1846
No. 22, September – December, 1846
F10 Unnumbered, January – May, 1847
No. 24, May – September, 1847
F11 No. 25, September, 1847 – March 1848
No. 26, March – August, 1848
F12 No. 27, August – October, 1848
No. 28, November, 1848 – March, 1849
Series I. Manuscript Notebooks (Continued)
Other Manuscript Notebooks
F13 “Bricks Made…” Undated
“Geo. G. Evans, Brick Yard Book, 1845”
F14 “George G. Evans 1837” Accounts notes, list of debtors and creditors
“1839” First notation “October 9th, 1839 – Samuel Black”
“1840” Lists of dry goods, including molasses, salt
F15 “Cash Book No. 3” July 1844 – July 1848
“1845-6” Ruled pages listing names, banks, and amounts
F16 “1846” First entry “Jas Walker”
“Cash Rec’d for goods charged on P. Ledger and Acct. Notes rec’d” 1846 – 1847
F17 “Dry Goods”
“Geo. G. Evans in Acct with E. W. Clark & Co.” 1872 – 1874
F18 “Geo. G. Evans – September 1873”
Petty Cash Book J – February 9th, 1875 – January 9th, 1883
F19 “Accounts of payment of Interest to be credited on Bonds Notes & co deposited
in safe of Phila Trust & Safe Deposit Company and on Bonds & Notes in Store
Safe” March, 1874 – July, 1885
“This book contains an account of credits for interest paid on acct by parties who
do not pay regularly, or annually, or semiannually when do” 1876 – 1880
F20 “Fleisher Bros. Wholesale Clothiers” 1878 – 1880
G. Evans New-Ark
“Geo G. Evans New-Ark Delaware” 1885 – 1888
Series II. Day book
F21 George G. Evans, day book, 1850 – 1868 (1 volume)
Contains lists of workers, hours, accounts and amounts owed.
Series III. Personal Accounts Ledger
F22 Personal and household accounts for the Evans family, 1850 – 1903.
Series IV. Business Ledger Books, 1858 – 1904, (7 volumes).
Evans’ account books for the brickyard, store, and Chester County Insurance Company. Each volume begins with an alphabetical list of account entries; several accounts extend over many pages. Ledgers itemize purchases and contain information about credit and payments.
1 F23 Business Ledger, “No. 2,” 1858 – 1863.
2 F24 Business Ledger, “F,” 1860 – 1864.
F25 Business Ledger, “G,” 1863 – 1867.
F26 Business Ledger, “H,” 1865 – 1870.
F27 Business Ledger, “I,” 1868 – 1874.
F28 Business Ledger, “K,” 1871 – 1877.
3 F29 Business Ledger, “L,” 1875 – 1904.
Series V. Cash books, 1868 – 1904, (3 volumes)
Chronological records of the Evans family cash accounts. Deposits recorded include bank dividends, fire insurance company accounts, railroad investments, profits from interests on bonds, income from rental properties, and merchandise sales. Lists of debits include payments to workers and vendors, bills payable, property purchases, building improvements, tuition fees, media subscriptions, and dental bills.
F30 Cashbook, Volume I, 1868 – 1889.
F31 Cashbook, Volume 2, 1889 – 1900.
F32 Cashbook, Volume 3, 1900 – 1904.
Series VI. Diaries, 1869 – 1877, (5 volumes)
These small pocket diaries for various years contain sporadic jottings about accounts, appointments, fashion, the weather, religion, travels, visitors, and trustee responsibilities.
3 F33 Diary, 1869.
Contains notes on the sale of the Murray farm, reflections on human mortality and his own aging, and notes on various estates he administered.
Contains agricultural notes, notes on calf markings, and a political rant about the Democratic Party and the “white man’s country.”
F34 Diary, 1872.
Contains a list of
railroad whistle signals, trustee notes, federal Election notes, medical notes
referring to morphine injections, agricultural notes on livestock and seeds, and
an account of a vacation trip to
Contains medical notes, agricultural notes with a crop diagram, and a comical entry for March 28th entitled “Ludicrous Use of the Personal Pronoun He.”
medical notes, including the use of sulphur to treat diptheria, a list of
Series VII. Estate Ledger
F35 George G. Evans Estate Ledger, 1904 – 1906, (1 volume)
Posthumous estate records of George G Evans, including the settlement of outstanding accounts, income, and the estate distribution amongst his wife and children.
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