Smith Family papers
Scope and Contents
Papers include financial accounts, including those of Edward Smith, M.D., 1851-1854; legal papers including deeds for land in Moorestown and Gloucester County, New Jersey, 1880 and 1893; Seth Smith's papers dealing with astronomy, 1840s; minutes of the Mechanical Institute (of Philadelphia) 1821-1825; and the death mask of Seth Smith.
The collection is open for research use.
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Biographical / Historical
Seth Smith (ca. 1785-1861?) was a teacher at William Penn Charter School and the Franklin Institute. He was also a Philadelphia businessman and a government administrator. His astronomical calculations were requested for publication in L. Johnson and Company's Almanac in 1845. Smith was a member of the Mechanical Institute and was married to Mary Ann (Martha) Dowing in 1813. The reason Smith's vital dates are in question is that they are not confirmed as the match for this particular Seth Smith, though they likely are. The Mechanical Institute was founded in 1821 to inquire into the laws and application of mechanics and the establishment of a library. Although not specifically a Quaker organization, members included Isaiah Lukens, William Mason, Rufus Tyler, Coleman Sellers, James Rush, and Seth Smith, Secretary. Edward Smith was a doctor.
(Information from: Internal evidence and Quaker periodicals, with additions kindness of Mark Lloyd)
0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes, 2 packages)
The papers of two 19th century Smith family members, Seth Smith and Edward Smith, the former a teacher and astronomer, the latter a medical doctor. Seth Smith was likely a Quaker.
The Smith Family papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1986 and 1987 by Robert and Eliza Smith.
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- Smith Family papers, 1821-1893
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