Peale family papers, [ca. 1750-1940]


Date: Circa 1750-1940 | Size: 2 Linear feet, Ca. 2000 items


This collection of letters, diaries, and other types of documents (both original and copies) was assembled primarily by Mary Jane Peale, who copied, or had copied, many family documents. The bulk of the collection centers on Charles Willson Peale, James Burd Peale, and Mary Jane Peale.

Background note

Mary Jane Peale was the daughter of Rubens Peale and granddaughter Charles Willson Peale.

Collection Information

Physical description

Ca. 2000 items, 2 linear feet.


Presented by Pamela Patterson Roach, Elise Peale Patterson and accessioned, 12/--/1971 (1972 633ms).

Alternate formats available

The diaries of Mary Jane Peale are also available on microfilm (Film 240, Reels 12 and 13).

Administrative Note

Most Peale family papers have been integrated into call number B P31. This collection, B P31 52c, still exists separately.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Peale's Museum (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Family Name(s)

  • Byrd family.
  • Peale family.
  • Peale, Mary Rebecca Frisby Wilmer.
  • Wilmer family.


  • Diaries.
  • Genealogies.

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Personal Name(s)

  • Patterson, Theodore F.
  • Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827
  • Peale, Eliza Burd Patterson, 1795-1864
  • Peale, James Burd
  • Peale, Mary Jane, 1827-1902
  • Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860
  • Peale, Rubens, 1784-1865
  • Wilmer, Simon, 1779-1840


  • Painters -- United States.
  • Painting.
  • Phrenology.