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 Author:  Barton, Benjamin Smith, 1766-1815Requires cookie*
 Title:  Benjamin Smith Barton journals ; notebooks, 1785-1806     
 Dates:  1785-1806 
 Abstract:  This collection contains a typescript copy of Benjamin Smith Barton's account books, diary, and travel log for the period 1785-1803. The material includes a commonplace book, his notes from surveying the state's western boundary in 1785, and travel journals to Niagara and Virginia. It was compiled by Waldo Atlee and contains a manuscript he wrote.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.B284.1 
 Extent:  0.5 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Colony and State Specific History | Pennsylvania History | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Commonplace Book | Maps and Surveys | Travel Narratives and Journals 
 Subjects:  Surveying -- Ohio. | Surveying -- Pennsylvania. 
 Author:  Byrd, William, 1674-1744Requires cookie*
 Title:  The secret history of the line between Virginia and North Carolina, [1728]     
 Dates:  Circa 1728 
 Abstract:  The collection of William Byrd's writings consists of two leather bound, handwritten copies of Byrd's History of the Dividing Line Run in the Year 1728 (Mss.975.5.B99h) and A Secret History of the Dividing Line (Mss.975.5.B99s). The former was likely written for public audiences and contains the details of drawing the lines, interactions with Indians, observations of the flora and fauna of the area, the health and culture of settlers, and the official actions of the commissioners. Byrd regularly wrote Peter Collinson, an English scientist, about his journal and his hope that it would be of interest and benefit to a wide audience. The Secret History, on the other hand, contains a wealth of the more personal, private, and often humorous anecdotes of the trip. Neither manuscript was published in Byrd's lifetime, although both were eventually published.

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 Call #:  Mss.975.5.B99s 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colony and State Specific History | Exploration. | Land and Speculation | Natural history | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Manuscript Essays | Maps and Surveys | Official Government Documents and Records | Travel Narratives and Journals 
 Subjects:  Boundaries, State. 
 Author:  Dixon, JeremiahRequires cookie*
 Title:  Correspondence and accounts of the Mason and Dixon survey, 1758-1769     
 Dates:  1758-1769 
 Abstract:  The Mason and Dixon Survey Collection at the APS consists of 1.) two volumes relating to their work drawing a border between Pennsylvania and Maryland and 2.) a box of correspondence. The portion of the collection being described here consists of the correspondence. This part of the collection is a box of photostats, mostly from 1761 and 1769, that include field reports and other correspondence.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.M381 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Government Affairs | Pennsylvania History | Science and technology | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  General Correspondence | Maps and Surveys | Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Meteorology. | Surveys. | Transits. 
 Author:  Dixon, JeremiahRequires cookie*
 Title:  Minutes and papers of the Mason and Dixon survey, 1760-1768     
 Dates:  1760-1768 
 Abstract:  The Mason and Dixon Survey Collection consists of two volumes relating to their work drawing a border between Pennsylvania and Maryland and a box of correspondence. This entry describes the two volumes. One contains the Penn family's costs, which goes into specific details about items purchased and used for the venture. The second volume is a manuscript copy of the commissioners' minutes from 1760-1768. The commissioners were representatives of both Baltimore and Penn, and gave directions to Mason and Dixon. The minutes contain negotiations between the commissioners, which provide insight into surveying methods and the various disagreements between the two sides about boundaries, particularly as they relate to the Delmarva Peninsula. There are a few mentions of Indians and diplomacy, especially around 1767 when Mason and Dixon were extending the line into the Ohio Country.

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 Call #:  Mss.974.8.P383 
 Extent:  2 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Government Affairs | Native America | Pennsylvania History | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Maps and Surveys | Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Surveys. 
 Author:  Fox familyRequires cookie*
 Title:  Fox Family papers, ca. 1690-1915     
 Dates:  1690-1915 
 Abstract:  This collection contains information on the prominent Philadelphian Fox family with a large portion of the collection focusing on the family's land holdings and business dealings. George Fox was a close friend of William Temple Franklin, who bequeathed to Fox his grandfather's papers. George Fox was a doctor educated at the University of Pennsylvania. His brother Samuel was a businessman. Samuel's son Charles became a doctor. The collection reflects various papers relating to the lives and careers of these three men.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.F832f 
 Extent:  2 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Americans Abroad | Business and Skilled Trades | Education | International Travel | Land and Speculation | Law | Literature, Arts, and Culture | Marriage and Family Life | Medicine | Pennsylvania History | Social Life and Custom | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Commonplace Book | Diaries | Educational Material | Family Correspondence | General Correspondence | Maps and Surveys | Travel Narratives and Journals 
 Author:  Fox familyRequires cookie*
 Title:  William Temple Franklin-Charles Pemberton Fox Legal Records     
 Dates:  1692-1881 
 Abstract:  This portion of the Fox Family Collection at the APS contains information on their land holdings in western and northern Pennsylvania during the 19th century, some of which relate to the interests of William Temple Franklin.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.F86L 
 Extent:  2 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Land and Speculation | Law | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Legal Records | Maps and Surveys 
 Subjects:  Real property -- Pennsylvania 
 Author:  Frazer, R. (Robert)Requires cookie*
 Title:  R.(Robert) Frazer papers, 1814     
 Dates:  1814 
 Abstract:  The Robert Frazer Collection is a small but rich series of letters detailing Philadelphia's military defenses during the War of 1812. The letters contain accounts of Greater Philadelphia's geography and include hand drawn maps of fortifications and areas of Philadelphia deemed vulnerable to attack.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.F868 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Military History | Philadelphia History | War of 1812 
 Genre:  Maps and Surveys | Military Records 
 Author:  Gauld, George.Requires cookie*
 Title:  A general description of the sea-coasts, harbours, lakes, rivers, etc. of the province of West Florida, 1769     
 Dates:  1769 
 Abstract:  George Gauld served as a surveyor in the British Army. Stationed in Florida after the Seven Years' War, this collection contains his general observations of the recently acquired territory. Its MOLE entry is very detailed. There are two other general features that should be mentioned. First, Gauld's essay contains smatterings of references to Native Americans and occasionally local Native American names for geographic features. The second is that this document captures part of the imperial consolidation Great Britain began in the wake of the Seven Years' War.

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 Call #:  Mss.917.59.G23 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Exploration. | Government Affairs | Science and technology | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Maps and Surveys | Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Hydrographic surveying -- Florida. | Rivers -- Florida. 
 Author:  Georgia. GovernorRequires cookie*
 Title:  Grant no 115 to Patrick Crookshanks for 1,000 acres of land.     
 Dates:  1773 
 Abstract:  This collection contains a grant for 1000 acres that Georgia's governor made to Patrick Crookshank in 1773.

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 Call #:  Mss.975.8.G294 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colony and State Specific History | Land and Speculation | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Maps and Surveys | Official Government Documents and Records 
 Author:  Goodrich, B. G.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Notebook; maps, ca. 1850-1880     
 Dates:  Circa 1850-1880 
 Abstract:  This volume contains a wide range of land surveys in western Pennsylvania, especially Wayne County. There are also pieces on the history of the county and some brief biographical profiles.

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 Call #:  Mss.526.92.G62 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Commonplace Book | Maps and Surveys | Notebooks 
 Subjects:  Land speculation | Real property -- Pennsylvania -- Wayne County. 
 Author:  Keating, William Hypolitus, 1799-1840Requires cookie*
 Title:  William H. Keating Notebooks     
 Dates:  1801-1839 
 Abstract:  The William Keating collection consists of four volumes of records. Three volumes are his personal cash book, which records his financial transactions from 1830-1839. The fourth volume is a survey book. This volume contains detailed descriptions of land that the Keatings' owned in Pennsylvania, likely purchased under or associated with the Holland Land Company. Keating's surveys contain detailed descriptions of the land and area. At times, it reads like a travel narrative.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.K22 
 Extent:  4 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Land and Speculation | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Maps and Surveys 
 Subjects:  Finance, Personal | Surveys -- Pennsylvania 
 Author:  Newman, John.Requires cookie*
 Title:  A short account of the situation, soil, production, etc. of the state of Tennessee, 1797     
 Dates:  1797 
 Abstract:  Written in 1797, this essay discusses Tennessee's soil, climate, and environment. The tract appears to be promotional – noting that "no other milk or butter has such flavor and richness as that afforded from the cows that feed" in the state – but also reflects the enthusiasm many Americans held for the opportunity these western lands afforded them. The essay includes a map of settlements near William Dunbar on the Natchez River as well, providing a snapshot of a recently settled frontier community.

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 Call #:  Mss.917.68.N46 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Exploration. | Land and Speculation | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Manuscript Essays | Maps and Surveys 
 Subjects:  Agriculture -- Tennessee. | Crops and soils. | Natchez Indians | Plant growing media -- Tennessee. 
 Author:  Peale-Sellers families.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Peale-Sellers Family Collection, 1686-1963     
 Dates:  1686-1963 
 Abstract:  The Peale-Sellers Collection is an extensive collection that contains various records of the extended Peale family. MOLE contains an extensive inventory.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.P31 
 Extent:  19 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Business and Skilled Trades | Early National Politics | Literature, Arts, and Culture | Marriage and Family Life | Philadelphia History | Social Life and Custom 
 Genre:  Family Correspondence | General Correspondence | Maps and Surveys | Political Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Art -- United States. | Civil engineering -- United States. | Drawing. | Engineering. | Locomotives. | Medicine, Military. | Natural history. | Portraits, American. | Technology. | Washington, George, 1732-1799 
 Author:  Penn, William, 1644-1718Requires cookie*
 Title:  William Penn miscellaneous letters and documents, 1665-1801     
 Dates:  1665-1801 
 Abstract:  This collection of William Penn's miscellaneous documents and letters largely consists of material relating to the early settlement of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. There are also records that relate to William Penn's interests in the Jerseys. Most documents are from before 1710, although some do come after and some appear to be manuscript copies of older documents. Most of the documents are signed by or addressed to William Penn and have been published in various publications from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and in the Papers of William Penn.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.P38 
 Extent:  4 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Military History | Pennsylvania History | Philadelphia History | Seven Years' War 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Maps and Surveys | Official Government Documents and Records | Political Correspondence | Printed Material 
 Subjects:  Land speculation | Sugar. 
 Author:  Questebrune, JohnRequires cookie*
 Title:  A Short Introduction to Natural Philosophy     
 Dates:  1718-1720 
 Abstract:  This volume compiles a wide array of scientific knowledge for the early eighteenth century. John Questerbrune wrote the volume between 1718 and 1720. It covers natural philosphy, medicine, astronomy, and the environment. The hand-written volume includes a series of sketches.

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 Call #:  Mss.500.Q3 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Literature, Arts, and Culture | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Art | Dissertations | Educational Material | Manuscript Essays | Maps and Surveys | Sketchbooks 
 Subjects:  Anatomy -- 18th century | Astronomy -- 18th century | Botany -- 18th century | Chocolate | Coffee | Conception -- Early works to 1800 | Death | Diseases | Medicinal plants | Mineralogy -- 18th century | Natural history -- 18th century | Occultism -- Early works to 1900 | Physics -- Ireland -- Early works to 1800 | Religion and science | Sympathy | Tea 
 Author:  Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796Requires cookie*
 Title:  Meteorological observations, 1784     
 Dates:  1784 
 Abstract:  This slender volume contains meteorological and some astronomical data taken at Wilmington, Delaware from July 1 to October 14, 1784. In addition to the data, the volume contains marginalia on the weather, his astronomical clock, and his calculations for finishing the Mason-Dixon Line.

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 Call #:  Mss.526.62.R51 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Pennsylvania History | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Maps and Surveys | Meteorological Data | Scientific Data 
 Subjects:  Astronomy -- Observations. | Longitude. | Meteorology -- Observations. 
 Author:  Say, Thomas, 1787-1834Requires cookie*
 Title:  Thomas Say papers, 1819-1883, 1955     
 Dates:  1819-1883 
 Abstract:  The Thomas Say Collection contains correspondence and scientific material relating to Say's work as a conchologist. The correspondence has a few items written to the New Harmony utopian community before Say decided to live there. The scientific correspondence contains letters to prominent fellow natural historians, such as Charles Lucien Bonaparte. The data includes sketches of shells, some in color. There is also a relatively detailed biographical profile, likely written in the late-nineteenth century.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.Sa95.g 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Land and Speculation | Natural history | Science and technology | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  General Correspondence | Maps and Surveys | Scientific Data | Sketchbooks 
 Subjects:  Entomology. | Mollusks. | Natural history. 
 Author:  Shippen, EdwardRequires cookie*
 Title:  Edward Shippen letters and papers, 1727-1781     
 Dates:  1727-1781 
 Abstract:  The Edward Shippen Collection is composed of two discrete sections: two boxes of manuscripts and ten letter books. What follows is an overview of some of the most notable documents and themes in the correspondence.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.Sh62 
 Extent:  10 volume(s) 
 Topics:  American Revolution | Americans Abroad | Business and Skilled Trades | Colonial Politics | Education | International Travel | Marriage and Family Life | Military History | Pennsylvania History | Philadelphia History | Seven Years' War | Social Life and Custom | Surveying and Maps | Trade | Travel 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Family Correspondence | General Correspondence | Maps and Surveys | Military Records | Political Correspondence | Travel Narratives and Journals 
 Subjects:  Business and politics -- Pennsylvania. | Military supplies. | Real property -- Pennsylvania. 
 Author:  Shippen, Joseph,1732-1810.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Joseph Shippen letterbook, 1763-1773     
 Dates:  1763-1773 
 Abstract:  The Joseph Shippen letterbooks consist of Shippen's outgoing correspondence from 1763-1773. Shippen was active during the Seven Years' War and a prominent official in the colonial government before the American Revolution. His letters touch on a wide range of important events happening within the colony in the years preceding the American Revolution.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.Sh62.j 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  African American | Colonial Politics | Pennsylvania History | Social Life and Custom | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Family Correspondence | General Correspondence | Maps and Surveys | Political Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Indians of North America 
 Author:  United States. Work Projects AdministrationRequires cookie*
 Title:  Plan of Independence Hall (Philadelphia, Pa.)     
 Dates:  Circa 1736 
 Abstract:  This single document contains an early survey of the ground that Independence Hall now occupies. It came from the papers of Benjamin Franklin.

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 Call #:  Mss.974.811.P53.1 
 Extent:  1 drawing 
 Topics:  Philadelphia History | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  Maps and Surveys 
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