Shippen family papers, 1733-1878

Mss.B.Sh61f

Date: 1733-1878 | Size: 0.5 Linear feet, Ca. 160 items

Abstract

This small but rich collection of letters and documents concern the Shippen family of Pennsylvania. The subjects of the letters are varied and include domestic details, military affairs of the Revolution and the Pennsylvania frontier, politics, trade, and business.

Background note

The Shippen family had a long history of involvement in Philadelphia politics, business, medicine, and science. They owned much property south of the old section of the city of Philadelphia.

Collection Information

Physical description

2 boxes. Ca. 160 items.

Provenance

Presened by William F. and Sarah Machold and accessioned,1975-1979; initially accessioned, 1/10/1975 (1975 39ms). See in-house shelf list for additional accession numbers and dates.

Processing information

Only a partial inventory appears below.

Early American History Note

The Shippen Family Collection is composed of two boxes of loose-lead correspondence and other documents. This collection is part of the larger Shippen-Burd Papers. What distinguishes this collection from the others is the large amount of female letter writers. Elizabeth Shippen is the largest single writer in this collection and her correspondents include members of the family and other prominent women, such as Jane Galloway Shippen.

The correspondence is wide-ranging, although chronologically strongest in the revolutionary and early republican periods. The content of the letters provides insight on the culture of Philadelphia during this period. That is not to say there are not significant letters from other periods. The collection contains letters from Joseph Shippen during the Seven Years' War while stationed in western Pennsylvania and a few pieces from the revolutionary era, some of which discuss the Battle of Brandywine.

The vast majority, however, covers the early republic and early national period. Although the letters discuss the wide range of events happening in this period (there is a long letter from John Shippen while in Pittsburg because of the Whiskey Rebellion, several letters relating the affairs of the federal government, and discussion of Yellow Fever), topically the collection largely covers family affairs and economic concerns.

Indexing Terms


Family Name(s)

  • Shippen family.

Genre(s)

  • Business Records and Accounts
  • Family Correspondence
  • Literature
  • Military Records

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- History -- 18th century.
  • Pennsylvania -- History -- 19th century.
  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- 18th century.
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Commerce.
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Social life and customs.
  • United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Personal histories.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 18th century.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century.

Personal Name(s)

  • Billings, Joseph, 1761-1806
  • Burd, Edward Shippen, 1779-1848
  • Cam, William
  • Furness, William H.
  • Izard, Elizabeth C. (Elizabeth Carter)
  • Morris, Caspar
  • Morris, Robert, 1734-1806
  • Peale, Mary Jane, 1827-1902
  • Penn, Ann Allen
  • Penn, John, 1729-1795
  • Shippen, Edward
  • Shippen, John, 1771-1805
  • Shippen, Joseph Galloway, 1783-1857
  • Shippen, William, 1712-1801
  • Smith, Jacob

Subject(s)

  • American Revolution
  • Literature, Arts, and Culture
  • Marriage and Family Life
  • Philadelphia History
  • Seven Years' War
  • Social Life and Custom
  • Women's History


Detailed Inventory

Shippen family papers
1733-1878 
List of Books, Papers and Writings Delivered by Patrick Baird
1742 February 124 p.

List of books, papers, and writings belonging to the secretary's office which together with the lesser seal were this day delivered over by Mr. Patrick Baird...

Provenance: 1989 - 3343ms. Purchased from Earl Moore with funds from the Friends of the APS Library, December 1989.

Shippen, Edward, 1729-1806. Shippen, Edward.
Autographs of Edward Shippen
1760-18177 item(s)

Scraps of paper with the signature of Edward Shippen, ca. 1703-1781, and Edward Shippen, 1729-1806.

Provenance: 1989 - 3343ms. Purchased from Earl Moore with funds from the Friends of the APS Library, December 1989.

Shippen, Edward.
Letter to Joseph Shippen, 1732-1810
1761 November3 p.

Lancaster. Sends a brass seal. Asks Joseph to mail a letter to John Ladd. Is planning on coming to Philadelphia.

Provenance: 1989 - 3343ms. Purchased from Earl Moore with funds from the Friends of the APS Library, December 1989.

Shippen, Edward.
Letter to Joseph Shippen, 1732-1810
1773 May 151 p.

Lancaster. Sends his love to Joseph, his wife, and children. Is enclosing a dollar for James Hamilton.

Provenance: 1989 - 3343ms. Purchased from Earl Moore with funds from the Friends of the APS Library, December 1989.

Shippen, Edward.
Letter to Joseph Shippen, 1732-1810
1773 September 101 p.

Lancaster. Regarding marriage licenses.

Provenance: 1989 - 3343ms. Purchased from Earl Moore with funds from the Friends of the APS Library, December 1989.

Shippen, Edward.
Letter to Joseph Shippen, 1732-1810
1776 July 221 p.

Lancaster. On business concerns.

Provenance: 1989 - 3343ms. Purchased from Earl Moore with funds from the Friends of the APS Library, December 1989.

Shippen, Edward.
A memorandum for my children
1779 September 43 p.

Shippen's will. Addressed to his sons, Edward and Joseph.

Provenance: 1989 - 3343ms. Purchased from Earl Moore with funds from the Friends of the APS Library, December 1989.

John Penington and Son.
Letter to Mr. Shippen
1854 September 161 p.

Philadelphia. Concerning copies of plates and portraits of members of the Shippen family.

Provenance: 1989 - 3343ms. Purchased from Earl Moore with funds from the Friends of the APS Library, December 1989.

Burd, Edward, 1749-1833.
Letter to Edward Shippen, ca. 1703-1781
Undated3 p.

Remarks on "the late unhappy affair which has happened in our family."

Provenance: 1989 - 3343ms. Purchased from Earl Moore with funds from the Friends of the APS Library, December 1989.

West, Benjamin, 1738-1820.
A List of the Nobility and Others
Undated1 p.

List of individuals who sat for a portrait by West

Provenance: 1989 - 3343ms. Purchased from Earl Moore with funds from the Friends of the APS Library, December 1989.