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Henry Carvill Lewis

1885 - 1900
(bulk dates 1885 - 1888 )

Manuscript Collection Number: 223
Accessioned: Gift of the Moyerman family, 1972.
Extent: .1 linear ft. (67 items)
Content: Letters, canceled checks, bills, receipts, reprint, and legal document.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: March 1999 by Anita A. Wellner.

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Table of Contents

Biographical Note

Geologist and educator Henry Carvill Lewis was born on November 16, 1853, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of F. Mortimer Lewis. As a child he displayed an interest in natural science and scientific research. His father cultivated that interest by providing him with a laboratory in which to experiment.

Henry Carvill Lewis was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with the highest honors in 1873. Having pursued classical studies as an undergraduate, his three years of post-graduate study were devoted to natural sciences. Following his post-graduate work, Lewis divided his time between work in the fields of geology and astronomy.

In 1879 Lewis joined the Geological Survey of Pennsylvania as a volunteer. His work for the Geological Survey included investigating the surface geology of Southern Pennsylvania, with particular attention to glacial evidence. He served with the Geological Survey through 1884.

Lewis was elected Professor of Mineralogy in the Academy of Natural Sciences (Pennsylvania) in 1880 and as a Professor of Geology at Haverford College in 1883. He held both posts until the time of his death.

Between 1885 and 1887, Lewis traveled to Europe to conduct petrologic studies, working during the winters in Heidelberg, Germany, and in the summers in England, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, and Norway. The focus of these studies was European glacial deposits.

Henry Carvill Lewis died on July 21, 1888, in Manchester, England, having contracted typhoid fever on the voyage to England. He was survived by his wife and a daughter.


"Sketch of Henry Carvill Lewis," reprint from Popular Science Monthly (1889 July).

Scope and Content Note

Spanning the dates 1885 to 1900, with the bulk of papers dating between 1885 and 1888, the Henry Carvill Lewis Papers consist of sixty-seven items which mark a small period of the life and work of Lewis.

Most of the papers are canceled checks written by Lewis between 1885 and 1886 for a variety of services and cash, or bills and receipts for services. The majority of the bills are for personal goods or services received from florists, book dealers, photographers, hotels, and magazine publishers. Several Philadelphia tax bills and a citation from the Philadelphia Department for Public Works, specifying the need for sidewalk and curb repairs at a High Street residence owned by the Lewis family, complete the section of bills.

The remainder of the collection includes one letter to Henry Carvill Lewis from John Frederick Lewis, with an enclosed statement of income; a letter from an unidentified individual written to William Bullock Clark; a copy of a legal document regarding the estate of Lewis; and a reprint of the Popular Science Monthly article, "Sketch of Henry Carvill Lewis."

Related collections:

Ms 129 John Frederick Lewis Papers
Ms 130 Lewis Family Papers

Contents List

Folder -- Contents

F1   Canceled checks written by Henry Carvill Lewis, 1885-1886
     Forty-five checks written by Lewis to various businesses.

F2   Receipts and bills for goods and services, 1887-1891
     Eighteen bills or receipts from various Philadelphia business or agencies, including a
     citation from the Department of Public works for curb and sidewalk repairs and bills from
     the Department of Receiver of Taxes (Philadelphia), The Eldon Hotel, a photographer, a
     florist, and a bookshop.

F3   Letter to Henry Carvill Lewis from John F. Lewis, 1888 Jul 14
     Includes a statement of income.

F4   Letter to William Bullock Clark, 1900 May 17
     A letter from an unidentified sender regards the "Henry Carvill Lewis collections."

F5   "Estate of Henry Carvill Lewis, Deceased," 1892 Jun
     Two-page legal document regarding the deposition of Lewis's estate.

F6   "Sketch of Henry Carvill Lewis," 1889 Jul
     Reprint of an article about Lewis from Popular Science Monthly.

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