Special Collections Department
1938 - 1993
(bulk dates 1968 - 1993)
Manuscript Collection Number: 400
Accessioned: Gift of Thomas Herlihy III, August 19, 1999
Extent: 2 linear ft.
Content: Correspondence, ephemera, photographs, clippings, research notes, articles and presentations
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: January 2001 by Laura Cochrane
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Pearl Herlihy Daniels (1910-1994) was born Pearl Glenn in Wilmington, Delaware. She graduated from Wilmington High School in 1927 and married her first husband, Thomas Herlihy, Jr., the following year. They began their married life in Massachusetts while Thomas completed his law degree at Harvard. The couple returned to Wilmington in the early 1930s, where Thomas set up a law practice and entered into local politics. He became the city’s mayor in 1945, but resigned the following year to accept a judgeship in the municipal courts. Although her husband left politics, Pearl continued to work for a number of local causes. In 1949, she was appointed to a committee to modernize Wilmington’s city charter and in the 1950s, she chaired Delaware’s State Labor Commission, which later became the State Labor Department. In the latter post, she fought to improve the working conditions of migrant laborers. Daniels was also an activist at the state level for stronger narcotics laws. On the national front, she was mainly involved in issues related to children. In the 1950s, President Eisenhower appointed her Chairwoman for the National Commission on Children and Youths; and during the 1960s, she was appointed to the Committee on Youth Employment and the National Citizens Commission for Community Relations by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson respectively. Although not herself a lawyer, Pearl became a partner in her husband’s firm, Herlihy & Herlihy, where she worked until 1980, three years after her husband’s death. In 1980, Pearl married her second husband, Charles E. Daniels.
Besides her many political interests, Pearl Herlihy Daniels was also an avid collector of maps of Delaware and the surrounding region. For the 30 years before her death, she collected energetically and created a substantial collection of nearly 200 maps, atlases, and books related to the history and cartography of Delaware. Her interest in maps extended to the history of mapmaking and to the study of early surveying techniques and exploration. In addition to collecting Delaware-related maps, Daniels sought out the works of important early cartographers, especially their maps of the New World.
John Ward, "Pearl Herlihy Daniels, civic leader and Delaware Women's Hall of Fame member," Wilmington News Journal (December 11, 1994), B5.
The Pearl Herlihy Daniels Map Collection Papers have been divided into two series. Series I contains materials related to Pearl Herlihy Daniels’s activities as a collector, including correspondence with dealers and her collection inventories. The correspondence and receipts are organized chronologically. Series II contains materials related to her research and scholarly pursuits and is organized according to subject and genre type.
I. Map collecting materials 1 Correspondence 2. Dealer catalogs and ephemera 3. Catalogs and inventories II. Writing and research 1. Material related to the Delaware Academy of Science Symposium, Science and Archaeology, November 6, 1975 2. Pearl Herlihy Daniels’s research notes on maps and Delaware organizations 3. Clippings and Xeroxes and Ephemera related to maps, exploration, surveying and map collecting 4. Xerox of dissertation chapter: “Survey of maps of the Delaware Bay region prior to 1840” 5. Ephemera related to maps and to Delaware History 6. Photographs
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1 Series I. Map Collecting Materials Includes correspondence with libraries, scholars, and map dealers; dealer catalogs and ephemera; and Pearl Herlihy Daniels’s catalogs and inventories of her collection. Series I.1 Correspondence Correspondence with libraries, scholars, and map dealers, including the University of Delaware Library, John Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island; William L. Clements Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the Library of Congress; the Huntington Library, San Marino, California; Howard Rice; Henry L. Sholly; W. Graham Arader III, rare maps, books and prints; Philadelphia Print Shop; and the Windsor Collection. The correspondence relates to purchasing maps or map reproductions and to Daniels’s historical interests in maps and the history of Delaware. F1 1938, 1959, 1970-1976 F2 1977-1979 F3 1983 F4 1984-1991, n.d. F5 Correspondence and paperwork related to the University of Delaware Library Exhibition, Delaware Collects, 1990 Series I.2 Dealer catalogs and ephemera Catalogs and ephemera from various dealers and publishers, including National Ocean Survey, Library of Congress, Windsor Collection, and Kenneth Nebenzahl. F6 National Ocean Survey. Catalog of Early Nautical Charts, 1975. F7 Library of Congress Catalogs: Facsimiles of Rare Historical Maps: a list of reproductions for sale by various publishers and distributors. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, geography and map division, 1968 Facsimiles of Rare Historical Maps: a list of reproductions for sale by various publishers and distributors. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, geography and map division, 1980. F8 The Windsor Collection. Maps and Atlases, supplement to catalog 5. Wilmington, n.d. F9 Kenneth Nebenzahl, Inc. catalogs The Atlases of the American Revolution, catalog 29. Chicago, 1974. Prints and Maps of the American Revolution, catalog 32. Chicago, 1976. F10 Ephemeral materials related to map dealers F11 Ephemeral materials related to map dealers 2 Series I.3 Catalogs and inventories Pearl Herlihy Daniels’s personal catalogs and inventories for her map collection. The cards and lists contain detailed information about individual maps. She organized her catalogs chronologically. F12 Card catalog (folder 1) F13 Card catalog (folder 2) F14 Card catalog (folder 3) F15 Loose leaf catalog (folder 1) F16 Loose leaf catalog (folder 2) F17 Loose leaf catalog (folder 3) F18 Loose leaf catalog (folder 4) F19 Lists of maps in collection 3 Series II. Research and writing In addition to her work collecting, Pearl Herlihy Daniels also pursued her own research interests in Delaware maps, the history of cartography and in surveying equipment and techniques. This part of the collection includes her manuscripts for talks and articles, clippings and Xeroxes for her research files, research notes, and copy slides and prints of her own maps and maps from various repositories. Series II.1 Material related to the Delaware Academy of Science Symposium, Science and Archaeology, November 6, 1975 Pearl Herlihy Daniels gave a paper at the Delaware Academy of Science Symposium, Science and Archaeology on November 6, 1975. Her paper was entitled, “The Evolution of Delaware Cartography to 1800 – Early Maps.” It was published that year in the Academy’s publication, Transactions of the Delaware Academy of Science 75. This sub-series contains her manuscripts for the talk and the article as well as an offprint of the published paper. F20 Correspondence related to the Delaware Academy of Science Symposium, Science and Archaeology, November 6, 1975 F21 Manuscripts of presentations and articles for the Delaware Academy of Sciences Symposium, 1975 F22 Typescripts of presentation and article for the Delaware Academy of Sciences Symposium, 1975 F23 Offprint: Pearl G. Herlihy. “The Evolution of Delaware Cartography to 1800 – Early Maps.” Transactions of the Delaware Academy of Science 75 (1974 and 1975): 163- 188. Series II.2 Pearl Herlihy Daniels’s research notes on maps and Delaware organizations Includes hand written notes related to Delaware maps, Xeroxes of typed lists related to the history of Wilmington and Wilmington organizations. F24 Loose notes related to maps F25 Loose notes related to maps F26 Notes about the Wilmington City federation of women’s clubs and allied organizations F27 Notes related to the history of Wilmington F28 Legend for 1874 bird’s-eye view map of the city of Wilmington F29 List of maps in the Wilmington Institute Library F30 Minutes of the meeting held by the State Boundary Commission, 1974 and photographs of the Mason-Dixon Line stone on Fenwick Island 4 Series II.3 Clippings and Xeroxes and Ephemera related to maps, exploration, surveying and map collecting Clippings and Xeroxes of newspaper, magazine and academic journal articles related to the history of maps, surveying history and exploration. F31 Offprints and xeroxed articles related to Pearl Herlihy Daniel’s collecting interests F32 Cuttings from magazines: articles related to Pearl Herlihy Daniel’s Collecting interests F33 Newspaper clippings related to maps, 1950- 1978 F34 Newspaper clippings related to maps, 1979- 1991 Series II.4 Xerox of dissertation chapter: “Survey of maps of the Delaware Bay region prior to 1840” Chapter of an unidentified dissertation. F35 Xerox of a dissertation chapter, “Survey of maps of the Delaware Bay region prior to 1840” (no author cited) Series II.5 Ephemera related to maps and to Delaware History Brochures and pamphlets from various Delaware organizations and map collections F36 Delaware ephemera F37 Delaware ephemera F38 Ephemera related to maps and historical societies 5 Series II.6 Photographs Copy prints and slides of maps from the Pearl Herlihy Daniels Collection and maps and surveying equipment from other repositories, including the William L. Clements Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The slide collection also includes photographs of Delaware sights (Pea Patch Island, Mason Dixon Line, and Hill Top Center) taken by Pearl Herlihy Daniels and commercially produced slides of European sights (Rome and Istanbul) and artworks. Daniels’s used the photographs for publication, lectures, and research purposes. F39 Copy prints made for research and publication (folder 1) F40 Copy prints made for research and publication (folder 2) F41 Copy prints made for research and publication (folder 3) F42 Copy prints made for research and publication (folder 4) F43 Copy negatives made for research and publication 6 Slide box 1 Copy slides of maps from the Pearl Herlihy Daniels Collection and from various map repositories Slide box 2 Slides of Delaware sights (Pea Patch Island, Mason Dixon Line, and Hill Top Center) taken by Pearl Herlihy Daniels and commercially produced slides of European sights (Rome and Istanbul) and artworks.
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