Charles Luke Cassin papers, 1745-1878


Date: 1745-1878 | Size: 70 item(s), 11 volumes


The correspondence (1869-1883) is primarily routine business, i.e. navy orders and letters of recommendation, and also includes some personal letters. In addition, there are several notebooks and diaries, including notes from Pennsylvania Hospital clinical lectures, 1867-1869 (2 v.); diaries, 1865-1875 (7 v.); a volume of poetry; and general study notes. There is also early material (1745-1813) on the Cassin family, including a letter of indenture dated 1758.

Background note

Charles Luke Cassin (1846-1878) was the grandson of Commodore Stephen Cassin, U.S.Navy, and worked as a U.S. Navy physician. From 1869 he also served as a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.

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

Ca. 70 items and 11 volumes.

Naval History Note

The papers of a postbellum U.S. Navy Physician.

Early American History Note

The Cassin Collection is heavily focused on Charles Luke Cassin's correspondence in the late nineteenth century. Charles Cassin was a physician in the U.S. Navy in the late-nineteenth century. His family's roots date to the colonial era. There are approximately seven documents from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, however. This portion of the collection includes three legal documents from colonial Pennsylvania that were likely handed down through the family: one is a will for Aaron Thompson dated 1745, another is an indenture from 1758, and another is a copy of a court decision in Berks County in 1774. There are two letters from James Mullins to Eliza Cassin relating to their past affairs and children. Finally, there are official documents relating to Joseph Cassin, Charles Luke's father, including a commission in the U.S. Navy signed by James Madison.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.)


  • Diaries.
  • Family Correspondence
  • Lecture notes.
  • Legal Records
  • Military Records
  • Official Government Documents and Records
  • Poems.
  • Wills.

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States - Armed Forces - Medical personnel
  • United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865


  • Marriage and Family Life
  • Medicine -- United States.
  • Military History
  • Trust indentures.

Detailed Inventory


Abstract: A sample of avialable graphics from the Charles Luke Cassin papers.

F8.3.1 Stephen Cassin, bust, profile in naval uniform
1860emph: Size:; emph: Format:LH-B-33

Abstract: Formal profile portrait.

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F8.3.2 Four unidentified men, full length, two seated and two standing.
undatedemph: Size:; emph: Format:LH-B-33
U4.1.61 Charles Luke Cassin, leaning against pillar, full-length portrait, formal
Undatedemph: Size:; emph: Format:LH-B-33
U4-1-62 Charles Luke Cassin in uniform, bust, portrait, formal
1870emph: Size:; emph: Format:LH-B-33
U4.1.63 Charles Luke Cassin in uniform, half-length portrait, formal
1874emph: Size:; emph: Format:LH-B-33
U4-1-64 Charles Cassin Jr., infant son of Charles Luke Cassin, half length portrait, informal, no. 1
1876emph: Size:; emph: Format:LH-B-33

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U4.1.65 Charles Cassin Jr., infant son of Charles Luke Cassin, half length portrait, informal, no. 2
1876emph: Size:; emph: Format:LH-B-33
U4.1.66 Charles Cassin Jr., infant son of Charles Luke Cassin, half length portrait, informal, no. 3
1876emph: Size:; emph: Format:
U4.1.67 Five young men and three young women, unidentified, full-length portrait, informal
1895emph: Size:; emph: Format:LH-B-33
U4.1.68 Man and woman seated, and two young men standing, unidentified, full-length portrait, formal
1895emph: Size:; emph: Format:LH-B-33
Mss.B.C274.001 Charles Cassin, Jr.
  1 item(s) os Daguerreotype box