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Pearl Herlihy Daniels
Map Collection
Papers

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

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Table of Contents


Biographical Note

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.

Source:

John Ward, "Pearl Herlihy Daniels, civic leader and Delaware Women's Hall of Fame member," Wilmington News Journal (December 11, 1994), B5.


Scope and Content Note

Pearl Herlihy Daniels’s sons, Thomas Herlihy III and The Honorable Jerome O. Herlihy, donated the Pearl Herlihy Daniels Map Collection to the University of Delaware in 1998. Her collection now makes up a significant portion of the Library’s Historic Map Collection. The gift included the supporting documentation for Daniels’s collecting activities. These materials contain her correspondence with dealers, other map collectors, and scholars as well as the catalogs she created to organize her collection. They also document Daniels’s research interests. Daniels lectured on both the early cartography of the Delaware region and on map collecting as a hobby. Her papers include her research notes, clippings from newspapers and magazines, manuscripts of her presentations and writings, and slides and copy photographs that she used in her talks and for publication.

Arrangement Note

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.


Series List

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 

Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents


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

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     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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