Historical Society of Pennsylvania
The accounts subseries consists almost solely of checkbooks in which are records Oswald's accounts with Girard Trust Company and the Pennsylvania Company. Cliveden property materials show the evolution and sale of Cliveden's property mostly during the 1930s and 1940s. The Cliveden estate once covered a wide swath of land in Germantown, Philadelphia, from Chew Avenue to Germantown Avenue, north and south and Upsal (now East Upsal) Street to Duval (now East Duval) Street, east to west. Beginning in about the 1880s, the family began selling of various portions of the land. Oswald's papers specifically highlight land dealing on Duval, Magnolia, and Johnson streets; and more generally, show how a few plots were renovated, sold, and built into a playground, apartment complex, and public park. There are legal and financial records, correspondence from lawyers and contractors, a few clippings, and folder of maps showing how and between who the land was divided. Correspondence and ... Read More
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
This series consists of three boxes and fifteen volumes and primarily covers three aspects of David Sands Brown Chew's life: business interests, life in the military, and political involvement with the Republican Party in Philadelphia. A smaller group of materials document David's personal life, which include journals, genealogical research, school papers, scrapbooks, printed materials, and newspaper clippings. The accounts records contain documents related to David Sands Brown Chew's involvement with some of his grandfather's companies (Gloucester Iron Works, Ancona Printing, and Gingham Mills). David's business papers pertain to Radnor Realty, a real estate company he ran out of the Commercial Trust Building in Philadelphia. Papers related to his interests in the development of the Delaware River wharves can be found in Box 645, Folder 5 (Business papers-dredging). The majority of his papers related to business matters are in the volumes, which include journals, minutes, record ... Read More
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
The Cliveden series offers a history of the mansion that Benjamin Chew built in Germantown, which the Chew family used as a summer home, and to escape the epidemics of yellow fever in the city. Deeds and accounts comprise the majority of the documents in the series; almost the entire history of the mansion is covered, from estimates of construction costs in the 1760's to transfers of property titles in the 1930's. Included are deeds and papers related to the sale of the Cliveden estate by Benjamin Chew to Blair McClenachan after the end of the Revolutionary War, as well as documents pertaining to Benjamin Chew's repurchase of the property. Other deeds describe the selling or leasing of Cliveden lots after the family finances took a bad turn around the 1850's. Since Cliveden was also a farm, a portion of the account papers detail different aspects of harvest operations (potatoes, rye, oat, wheat), including information on wages paid to laborers and bills and receipts for services, ... Read More
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
This series includes accounts, articles of agreement, bonds, certifications, deeds, lists and description of lands, legislation, legal papers, memos, notes, notices, newspaper clippings, surveys, patents, and warrants. The bulk of the documentation, however, is comprised of correspondence, most of it between the parties administering Benjamin Chew's estate and the agents acting on their behalf in each county