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1Author:  Morton, Charles, 1627-1698Requires cookie*
 Title:  A System of Physicks (Compedium Physicae)     
 Dates:  Circa 1700 
 Abstract:  This collection is a manuscript copy of Charles Morton's "System of Physicks," which was used as one of the primary textbooks for teaching natural history in early America. The MOLE entry contains a detailed discussion of the text, its provenance, and its author.

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 Call #:  Mss.530.Sy8 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Education 
 Genre:  Educational Material | Manuscript Essays 
 Subjects:  Physics -- Early works to 1800 | Science and technology 
2Author:  Law Academy of Philadelphia.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Opinion book A: opinions delivered before the Law Academy of Philadelphia by the provost and vice provost, 1820-1822     
 Dates:  1820-1822 
 Abstract:  The opinion book consists of various debates held and delivered before the Provost and Vice Provost of the Law Academy of Philadelphia. The Law Academy was a precursor to formal law. Peter Du Ponceau was the provost of the Academy and most of the opinions are signed by him. This volume was likely his notebook.

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 Call #:  Mss.340.7.L41 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Education | Law 
 Genre:  Educational Material | Manuscript Essays 
 Subjects:  Law -- Study and teaching. | Law schools. | Moot courts. 
3Author:  Roberts, Joseph,1793-1835.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Joseph Roberts philosophical and mathematical papers, 1812-1814     
 Dates:  1812-1814 
 Abstract:  This collection includes scientific educational material and data from nineteenth century scientist Joseph Roberts. The volumes contain problems, lectures, and notes.

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 Call #:  Mss.510.R54 
 Extent:  3 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Education | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Educational Material | Manuscript Essays | Notebooks | Scientific Data 
 Subjects:  Astronomy. | Mathematics -- Problems, exercises, etc. | Physics. | Spherical trigonometry. 
4Author:  UnidentifiedRequires cookie*
 Title:  Della filosofia naturale     
 Dates:  Circa 1710 
 Abstract:  Written in Latin, this large bound volume from 1710 discusses physics and natural history. The last few pages contain a number of diagrams and images dealing with astronomy and calculations, all of which are hand drawn.

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 Call #:  Mss.530.D38 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Education | Natural history 
 Genre:  Educational Material | Manuscript Essays | Scientific Data 
 Subjects:  Natural Philosophy 
5Author:  AnonymousRequires cookie*
 Title:  Traité de physique et de chymie, ca. 1800     
 Dates:  Circa 1800 
 Abstract:  This beautifully bound volume contains numerous essays on scientific developments that occurred in the 18th century. The text of the notebook is written so that the manuscript appears like a published work. Among the topics discussed are electricity, physics, balloons, pharmacology, and an invention by Peter Woulfe. The notebook is in French.

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 Call #:  Mss.537.G18 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Education | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Educational Material | Foreign Language | Manuscript Essays | Notebooks | Scientific Data 
 Subjects:  Balloons. | Chemistry -- Experiments. | Electricity -- Early works to 1850. | Gases. | Hydraulics. | Pharmacology. | Science -- History. | Technology -- History. 
6Author:  Evans, David, 1681-1751Requires cookie*
 Title:  Aliquot rudimenta philosophiae sive pauca introductoria compendia, technologiae, logicae, rhetoricae et physicae     
 Dates:  1747 
 Abstract:  Written in Latin, this essay on natural philosophy written by Pennsylvania minister David Evans in 1747 reflects his broad knowledge of natural history. Please see the entire MOLE entry for a more detailed summary of the volume's content.

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 Call #:  Mss.509.Ev5 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Education | Natural history | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Educational Material | Foreign Language | Manuscript Essays | Scientific Data 
 Subjects:  Logic -- Early work to 1800 | Natural theology -- Early works to 1800 | Physics -- Early work to 1800 | Religion and science | Rhetoric -- Early work to 1800 
7Author:  Price, Eli K. (Eli Kirk), 1797-1884Requires cookie*
 Title:  Eli K. (Eli Kirk) Price papers, 1820-1853     
 Dates:  1820-1853 
 Abstract:  Eli Price was a prominent Philadelphia lawyer who became a member of the APS in 1854. This small manuscript collection is primarily related to his legal career and financial dealings. Court records and other legal documents comprise much of the collection. There are other types of documents as well, including some correspondence about international trade, business, and politics. The most notable letters include one to Daniel Webster regarding patent applications, a series of letters on lobbying efforts to reduce the tariffs on teas coming from Asia, and an essay by Price on the "impolicy" of slavery that he delivered to the "association formed for the education of men of colour."

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 Call #:  Mss.B.P926 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  African American | Early National Politics | Education | International Trade. | Law 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | General Correspondence | Legal Records | Manuscript Essays 
 Subjects:  Commercial law -- United States. | Personal property. | Real property. 
8Author:  Parker, Ely Samuel, 1828-1895Requires cookie*
 Title:  Ely Samuel Parker Papers     
 Dates:  1794-1946 
 Abstract:  The Ely Parker Collection is a large and rich amalgamation of documents relating to the New York Seneca and to Ely Parker's own life.

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 Call #:  Mss.497.3.P223 
 Extent:  3.5 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Education | Government Affairs | Language and Linguistics | Law | Military History | Native America | Religion | Science and technology 
 Genre:  General Correspondence | Language Material | Manuscript Essays | Native American Materials | Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Canals -- New York (State) | Engineers -- New York (State) | Freemasons -- New York (State) | Iroquois Indians | Ogden Land Company | Seneca Indians -- Missions | Seneca Indians -- New York (State) | Seneca Indians -- Religion | Seneca language | Society of Friends -- Relations with Indians | Tonawanda Indian Reservation (N.Y.) 
9Author:  Hare, Robert, 1781-1858Requires cookie*
 Title:  Robert Hare papers, 1764-1858     
 Dates:  1764-1858 
 Abstract:  The Robert Hare collection is a large, diverse, and rich collection. The collection contains essays, lectures, and letters to and from Robert Hare, the preeminent chemist in the United States during much of the nineteenth century. But as this collection shows, Hare was far more than a chemist. His essays and lectures touch on an array of topics, including discussions of democracy, currency, history, slavery, among others. The APS collection captures the sophistication of Hare's thought.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.H22 
 Extent:  3 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  African American | Antebellum Politics | Business and Skilled Trades | Early National Politics | Education | Literature, Arts, and Culture 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Educational Material | General Correspondence | Literature | Manuscript Essays | Scientific Data | Sketchbooks | Travel Narratives and Journals 
 Subjects:  Abolition, emancipation, freedom | American Philosophical Society | Antislavery movements -- Pennsylvania | Banks and banking -- United States. | Blasting, Submarine | Blowpipe. | Capital punishment. | Chemical apparatus | Chemistry | Chemists -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia | Cyclones. | Electricity -- 19th century | Epidemics -- United States | Federalist Party -- Pennsylvania | Fire extinction | Guano | Mesmerism | Money | Paper money -- United States -- 19th century | Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Politics and government -- 19th century | Race, race relations, racism | Railroads | Religion | Rome (Italy) -- Antiquities | Science and technology | Slaughtering and slaughter-houses -- United States -- 19th century | Slavery -- Pennsylvania. | Slaves, slavery, slave trade | Smithsonian Institution | Spiritualism -- Pennsylvania | Storms | Tornadoes | United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century 
10Author:  Bancker familyRequires cookie*
 Title:  Charles Nicoll Bancker family papers, 1733-1894     
 Dates:  1733-1894 
 Abstract:  This extensive collection (13 boxes) contains a range of correspondence, although the bulk of it relates to Charles Nicoll Bancker, a prominent Philadelphia businessman in the 1800s. The letters provide a picture of the family life and business career of Bancker from his earliest beginnings to his success later in life. Aside from the Charles Bancker portion of the collection, the holdings contain a wide variety of other documents, ranging from colonial era documents written in Dutch in Albany to letters from James Madison to Thomas Jefferson from the nineteenth century on religious education.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.B22.c 
 Extent:  3.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  American Revolution | Antebellum Politics | Business and Skilled Trades | Colonial Politics | Colony and State Specific History | Early National Politics | Education | Land and Speculation | Literature, Arts, and Culture | Marriage and Family Life | Pennsylvania History | Philadelphia History | Social Life and Custom | Trade | Travel | Women's History 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Family Correspondence | General Correspondence | Literature | Manuscript Essays | Political Correspondence | Sketchbooks | Travel Narratives and Journals 
 Subjects:  Insurance agents -- United States.