Ephraim Dyer IV Collection, ca. 1842, of the sketches of Sherman Day

Mss.917.48.D33

Date: Circa 1842 | Size: 0.5 Linear feet, 150 sketches, 100 engravings

Abstract

These are the original sketches used for the engravings in Day's 1843 publication, "Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania" (Philadelphia). They are finely detailed renderings of public and private structures and landscape throughout Pennsylvania. Accompanying these sketches are 150 pages of photocopied letters of Day, from originals at Yale University. These were used by Smith in his book.

Background note

Sherman Day was an artist and civil engineer who published an important book on Pennsylvania history in the 1840s. His Historical Collection of the State of Pennsylvania contained many original drawings and descriptions of Pennsylvania life past and present.

Prior to this work, Day, son of Jeremiah Day, Yale's President, and grandson of Roger Sherman, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, worked as a merchant and a civil engineer in the Old Northwest. He lived in Pennsylvania for a year, where he undertook the work that would become the Historical Collection of the State of Pennsylvania. In 1849, he traveled to California, where he worked as a miner, surveyor, and professor.

Scope and content

Native American Images note : Sketches of Native American interest include the treaty monument of William Penn and the Indian Nation in Kensington, 1692; the "Indian God" rock in Venango County, just south of Franklin, Pennsylvania; Seneca petroglyphic figures cut into the upper face of the rock.

Unidentified sketches are available. Impressions of the engravings (woodcuts?) are with this collection. engraver may be Ednund'L Barber

Digital objects note

This collection contains digital materials that are available in the APS Digital Library. Links to these materials are provided with context in the inventory of this finding aid. A general listing of digital objects may also be found here.

Collection Information

Physical description

150 sketches, 100 engravings.

Provenance

Presented by Peter R. Dyer and accessioned, 1976. Photocopied items from originals at Yale University received and accessioned, 1980 (1980 1907ms).

Processing information

Only maps and scanned Native American images are noted.

General note

These are the original sketches used for the engravings in Day's 1843 publication, Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania. They are finely detailed sketches of public and private structures throughout the state. The sketches were reproduced in Murphy D. Smith, Sherman Day: Artist, Forty-niner and Engineer. Accompanying the sketches are 150 pages of photocopied letters of Day, from originals at Yale University. The APS owns Day's original 1843 published work.

Early American History Note

This collection contains the proofs of images for Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania. The book is over 700 pages long with more than 200 images. The book and images capture Pennsylvania life past and present and can provide insight into the customs of the period. Days' engravings provide detailed images of towns and areas of Pennsylvania circa 1840. Some of the over 250 images included in this collection are: Pittsburgh with steamboats traveling up the rivers and smoke spouting in the sky from factories, a redoubt at Fort Pitt, a vista of Reading, mines in western Pennsylvania, Native American engravings found on a rock, the public squares at Chambersburg, Lancaster and Erie, and Ephrata's houses.

In addition to the proofs, the collection contains original sketches and drawings, some of which were not used in the book. The APS also has reproductions of 150 letters Day wrote between 1818-1884.

Indexing Terms


Genre(s)

  • Art
  • Engravings.
  • General Correspondence
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sketches.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- Description and travel.

Personal Name(s)

  • Day, Sherman,1806-1884.
  • Penn, William, 1644-1718

Subject(s)

  • Architecture -- Pennsylvania.
  • Delaware Indians
  • Indians of North America -- Pennsylvania
  • Landscape -- Pennsylvania.
  • Literature, Arts, and Culture
  • Pennsylvania History
  • Seneca Indians
  • Social Life and Custom


Detailed Inventory

#103. Monument of the Treaty Tree, Kensington
18424 x 4 inches black & white engraving
#135. Indian God
18424 x 5 ½ inches pencil sketch
#136. Figures on the rock, Indian God
18424 x 5 ½ inches pencil sketch
#C. Day, Sherman,1806-1884..
Susquehanna Valley of central Pennsylvania
18401 map, 27.9 x 26 cm917.48 D33 #3.
#D. Day, Sherman,1806-1884..
Fort Pitt in 1795 - copied from the large drawing at the Monongahela House
18401 map, 19.7 x 12.7 cm917.48 D33 #3.
Market Street, Philadelphia. Frontispiece
  box 1:
folder 1
Gettysburg, from the Railroad.
  box 1:
folder 2

Other Descriptive Information: Page 57

Gettysburg Theological Seminary
  box 1:
folder 3

Other Descriptive Information: Page 59.

York Sulphur Springs
  box 1:
folder 4

Other Descriptive Information: Page 61.

Pittsburgh, from the Northwest
  box 1:
folder 5

Other Descriptive Information: Page 61.

Pittsburgh. New Courthouse
  box 1:
folder 6

Other Descriptive Information: Page 67.

Western University of Pennsylvania
  box 1:
folder 7

Other Descriptive Information: Page 68

Western Theological Seminary at Allegheny City
  box 1:
folder 8

Other Descriptive Information: Page 68.

Western Penitentiary
  box 1:
folder 9

Other Descriptive Information: Page 69.

Braddock's Field
  box 1:
folder 10

Other Descriptive Information: Page 73.

Plan of Fort Pitt
  box 1:
folder 11

Other Descriptive Information: Page 77.

Redoubt at Pittsburgh
  box 1:
folder 12

Other Descriptive Information: Page 78.

Kittanning
  box 1:
folder 13

Other Descriptive Information: Page 95

Freeport, from a point below Buffalo creek.
  box 1:
folder 14

Other Descriptive Information: Page 98.

Beaver
  box 1:
folder 15

Other Descriptive Information: Page 107

New Brighton and part of Fallston.
  box 1:
folder 16

Other Descriptive Information: Page 109.

Economy
  box 1:
folder 17

Other Descriptive Information: Page 111

Bedford
  box 1:
folder 18

Other Descriptive Information: Page 115

Bedford Springs
  box 1:
folder 19

Other Descriptive Information: Page 116.

Reading
  box 1:
folder 20

Other Descriptive Information: Page 129.

Athens
  box 1:
folder 21

Other Descriptive Information: Page 143.

Tioga Point
  box 1:
folder 22

Other Descriptive Information: Page 144

County seat of Nicholas Biddle.
  box 1:
folder 23

Other Descriptive Information: Page 151.

Penn's old brewhouse
  box 1:
folder 24

Other Descriptive Information: Page 154.

Doylestown
  box 1:
folder 25

Other Descriptive Information: Page 161.

Eastern view of Bristol
  box 1:
folder 26

Other Descriptive Information: Page 164.

New Hope
  box 1:
folder 27

Other Descriptive Information: Page 168.

Butler
  box 1:
folder 28

Other Descriptive Information: Page 174.

Ebensburg
  box 1:
folder 29

Other Descriptive Information: Page 181.

Johnstown
  box 1:
folder 30

Other Descriptive Information: Page 183.

Mauch Chunk
  box 1:
folder 31

Other Descriptive Information: Page 193.

Part of Summit Coal Mine
  box 1:
folder 32

Other Descriptive Information: Page 197.

Curious artificial hills
  box 1:
folder 33

Other Descriptive Information: Page 197.

Bellefonte
  box 1:
folder 34

Other Descriptive Information: Page 203.

Distant view of Brandywine Battleground
  box 1:
folder 35

Other Descriptive Information: Page 213

General Wayne's Residence
  box 1:
folder 36

Other Descriptive Information: Page 215.

Westchester
  box 1:
folder 37

Other Descriptive Information: Page 219.

Mr. Polmar's Seminary
  box 1:
folder 38

Other Descriptive Information: Page 220.

Downingtown
  box 1:
folder 39
Railroad bridge near Phenixville
  box 1:
folder 40

Other Descriptive Information: Page 225.

Phenixville
  box 1:
folder 41

Other Descriptive Information: Page 226.

Public Square in Clarion
  box 1:
folder 42

Other Descriptive Information: Page 228.

Clearfield
  box 1:
folder 43

Other Descriptive Information: Page 232.

Lock Haven
  box 1:
folder 44

Other Descriptive Information: Page 238.

Danville
  box 1:
folder 45

Other Descriptive Information: Page 242.

Ancient Friend's meeting house at Catawissa
  box 1:
folder 46

Other Descriptive Information: Page 244

Berwick
  box 1:
folder 47

Other Descriptive Information: Page 249.

Public Square in Meadville
  box 1:
folder 48

Other Descriptive Information: Page 256.

Allegheny College
  box 1:
folder 49

Other Descriptive Information: Page 257.

Public Square in Carlisle
  box 1:
folder 50

Other Descriptive Information: Page 265.

Dickinson College
  box 1:
folder 51

Other Descriptive Information: Page 268.

Carlisle Springs
  box 1:
folder 52

Other Descriptive Information: Page 271.

State Capitol at Harrisburg
  box 1:
folder 53

Other Descriptive Information: Page 282.

Central part of Middleton
  box 1:
folder 54

Other Descriptive Information: Page 287.

Central part of Chester
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 299.

Old Assembly House and Penn's Landing Place
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 301.

Richard Townsend's original dwelling
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 303.

Ancient Welsh Church at Radnor
  

Sketch is missing.

Other Descriptive Information: Page 306.

Birthplace of Benjamin West
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 307.

Western view of the public square in Erie
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 320

Braddock's grave
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 334.

Uniontown from the east
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 340.

Brownsville and Bridgeport from the National Road
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 341.

Mr. Gallatin's Mansion
  
Cemetery at Chambersburg
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 353.

Marshall College at Mercer
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 356.

Central part of Waynesburg
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 361.

Huntingdon from the hill below Town
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 369.

Hollidaysburg
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 371.

Central part of Indiana
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 378.

Blairsville
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 379.

Western entrance to Brookville
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 382.

Mifflin
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 386.

North Queen Street in Lancaster
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 396.

Columbia
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 406.

Public Square in Lititz
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 411.

Brothers* and Sisters* houses at Ephrata
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 416.

Southwest view of Lebanon
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 420.

Eastern view of Allentown
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 425.

Buttermilk Falls
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 428.

Baltimore Company's Coal Mine
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 429.

Public Square at Wilkesbarre
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 445.

Churches in Carbondale
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 447.

Central part of Williamsport
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 453.

Public Square and Courthouse at Mercer
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 463.

Logan's Spring
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 467.

View in the Central part of Lewistown
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 469.

Stroudsburg
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 476.

Delaware Water Gap
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 479.

Anciert Friends Meeting-house at Lower Merion
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 485.

Ancient Lutheran Church at Trappe
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 487.

Mr. Chew's house
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 492.

George Washington's Head-Quarters at Valley Forge
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 496.

Valley Forge
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 497.

Pottstown
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 500.

Norristown from the Northwest
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 500.

Easton
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 513.

Church and female seminary
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 515.

First house built in Bethlehem
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 517.

Church, Seminary and Sisters* House
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 520.

Public Square in Sunbury
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 530.

Distant view of Northumberland
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 533.

Churches in Milton
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 535.

Bloomfield
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 540.

Petersburg, with Duncan's Island bridge
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 541.

Treaty monument of Penn
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 551.

Letitia House in Letitia Court
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 552.

Slate-roof house, Second-street.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 556.

Christ Church, Second Street.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 562.

Rear of the Statehouse.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 570

Franklin's grave.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 576.

Pennsylvania Hospital.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 579.

University of Pennsylvania.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 580.

Merchants' Exfchange and Girard Bank.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 582.

Girard College.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 583.

United States Mint.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 585.

United States Bank
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 586.

United States Naval Asylum.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 587.

Blockley Almshouse.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 587.

Wire Suspension bridge.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 588.

Eastern penitentiary.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 590.

Moyamensing Prison.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 591.

Birthplace of David Rittenhouse.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 593.

View in Milford.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 596.

Northeastern view of Pottsville.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 608.

Schuylkill Haven.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 614.

Tamaqua.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 615.

Somerset.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 618.

Silver Lake.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 622.

Central part of Montrose.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 623.

Hotel, depot and coal mine at Blossburg.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 629.

New Berlin.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 632.

Lewisburg.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 633.

Indian God.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 638.

Figures on the rock called "the Indian God".
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 639.

Public Square in Franklin.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 646.

Warren.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 650.

Washington
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 660.

Washington College.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 665.

Central part of Wellsborough.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 626

Jeffsrson College, at Canonsburg.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 669.

Honesdale.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 679.

Greensburg.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 686.

Gen. St. Clair's Monument.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 687.

Western entrance to York.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 700.

Western entrance to York.
  

Other Descriptive Information: Page 701.