A product of the distinctive culture of reform in antebellum Philadelphia, William Parker Foulke was the scion of the old elite who put a conservative stamp on social change. Trained as an attorney, Foulke spent much of his adult life engaging his deep amateur interest in natural history and mental philosophy and devoting himself to a variety of civic and philanthropic causes, including the colonization of formerly enslaved persons, penal reform, and cultural institutions in his native Philadelphia. The Foulke Papers are the product of the diverse social and intellectual interests of the Philadelphia attorney and philanthropist William Parker Foulke. Consisting primarily of correspondence, notes, and essays, the collection touches on Foulke's many interests. The collection includes numerous lectures delivered by Foulke along with material on the Lancaster County Prison, New York Prison Association, and the Philadelphia Society For Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons; notebooks concerning prisons and prisoners, including a 1846-1852 diary, and a listing of prisoners, their race, age, crime, sentence, and observations; a diary concerning the American Colonization Society (1852); a copy of an arctic diary (1853-1854) by John Wall Wilson, in the hand of Isaac Israel Hayes, which recounts much of the journey aboard the brig Advance, commanded by Elisha Kent Kane. There is also a list of buildings (1820-1841) designed by John Haviland, and material on the American Academy of Music, Philadelphia.
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Abolition, emancipation, freedom | Advance (Brig) | Africa, West -- Description and travel | American Academy of Music (Philadelphia, Pa.) | American Colonization Society | Antislavery movements -- Pennsylvania | Archaeology -- Pennsylvania | Arctic Regions -- Discovery and exploration | Bache, A. D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867 | Bringhurst, ----- | Cadwalader, John | Carey, Henry Charles, 1793-1879 | Carson, Joseph, 1808-1876 | Cassin, John, 1813-1869 | Colonization, repatriation | Dinosaurs -- New Jersey | Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887 | Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen, 1760-1844 | Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Everett, Edward, 1794-1865 | Foulke, William Parker, 1816-1865 | Frazer, John Fries, 1812-1872 | Freemasons -- Pennsylvania | General Correspondence | Geological Survey of Pennsylvania | Geology -- Pennsylvania | Gilpin, Henry D. (Henry Dilwor | Grinnell, Henry | Hart, George H. | Haviland, John, 1792-1852 | Hayes, I. I. (Isaac Israel), 1832-1881 | Kane, Elisha Kent, 1820-1857 | Kane, Elisha Kent, 1820-1857 | Lancaster (Penn.) County Prison | Landis, Henry D. | Law | LeConte, John L. (John Lawrence), 1825-1883 | Legal Records | Leidy, Joseph, 1823-1891 | Lesley, J. P. (J. Peter), 1819-1903 | Liberia -- Description and travel | Literature | Literature, Arts, and Culture | Lyceums -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia | Manuscript Essays | Mesmerism | Miscellaneous | Morton, Samuel George, 1799-1851 | Native America | New York Prison Association | Olden, Charles Smith | Packard, Frederick A. (Frederick Adolphus) (1794-1867) | Pennsylvania -- Description and travel -- 19th century | Pennsylvania History | Philadelphia -- History -- 19th century | Philadelphia History | Philadelphia Society For Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons | Political Correspondence | Prison reformers -- Pennsylvania | Prisons -- Design and construction | Prisons -- New York (State) | Prisons -- Pennsylvania | Reformers -- Pennsylvania | Rogers, Henry D. (Henry Darwin), 1808-1866 | Science and technology | Sheafer, P. W. (Peter Wenrick), 1819-1891 | Slavery -- United States. | Social conditions, social advocacy, social reform | Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 | Wilson, John Wall