The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera
OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
Acc. No.: 05x70
Quantity: 2 boxes (ca. 0.6 cu. ft.)
Location: 15 K 1
Stephen Girard was married
but had no children, and most of his estate was left to the city of
Girard’s money was left to
the Girard Estate or Girard Trust. For
about 30 years, the estate trust fund was overseen by Philadelphia City
Council. However, as the city council
had a number of trust funds to oversee, the management became unwieldy and in
the 1860s, the city established a Board of Directors of City Trusts. This board, a department of city government,
still manages the Girard Estate trust fund, as well as all other trust monies
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The collection documents expenses for two different
but related entities: the Girard Estate (a trust fund) and the
As well, there are materials relating to
The papers were divided by topic, and with a few exceptions, are arranged chronologically within each folder. Utility bills were arranged by utility (for example, electric, gas) and then chronologically.
Purchased from the Book Garden Gallery.
Walter, Thomas Ustick, 1804-1887.
Girard Estate (
House construction -
Schools – Furniture, equipment, etc.
Textbooks – United States – 19th century.
Boarding schools -
and ceremonies -
Trusts and trustees.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION
Location: 15 K 1
Folder 1: advertising expenses incurred by Girard Estate, 1844, 1846, 1884, 1889, 1890, 1894;
mostly for advertising properties for rent
Folder 2: “bills for rebuilding market houses on
Folder 3: bills: books and maps; mostly
textbooks and library books for
Folder 4: bills: bricks, stones, brickwork, paving, 1833, 1834, 1845-1846, 1851-1852, 1858, 1861, 1879, 1886, 1894;
Many of the bills have the addresses of the property for which the materials were provided, and none of those addresses are the college.
Folder 5: carpenters’ bills to Girard Estate, 1833, 1835, 1844-1845, 1847, 1852-1853, 1856, 1858, 1860-1861, 1876, 1880;
Mostly for repairs; address of site where work was done is usually given
Folder 6: bills: classroom equipment and instructional materials (not books) for Girard College1885, 1889-1890, 1893
Folder 7: bills:
clothes and fabric for
Sometimes the student for whom the clothes were purchased is mentioned, but other goods, such as 240 dozen collars, were for the matron’s stock. A bill from 1894 is for military goods, possibly for a student drill unit.
Folder 8: bills: coal and firewood for Girard
Folder 9: drug
store bills for
Folder 10: expense reports and miscellaneous bills for Girard Estate and Girard College, 1832, 1836, 1845-1847, 1852, 1858, 1875, 1880, 1884, 1890;
Includes a blank petition
Some orders give pocket money; the people receiving this money are probably students. Their names are given.
Folder 11: farm bills, address to for Girard Estate (many for fence posts, rails, panels, shingles, and other lumber), 1835, 1846-1847, 1890, 1894, no date
[see also bills for
lumber and fencing in
Folder 12: bills:
food and beverages for
Folder 13: bills: food, beverages, refreshments, and cigars for Girard Estate, 1835, 1844-1847
Folder 14: bill
Folder 15: Girard Estate: expenses related to land
The Girard Estate had
Folder 16: goods purchased for Girard Estate, 1835-1894
Folder 17: goods
Folder 18: bills:
hair cuts at
Folder 19: bills: hardware for Girard Estate and
The hardware bills addressed to Girard Estate sometimes indicate the address of the property to which the goods were delivered.
Folder 20: bills:
harnesses, saddlery, stable expenses for
Folder 21: bills: household furnishings: pots,
pans, brooms, dishes, corks, furniture, mattresses, etc., mostly for
Folder 22: bills:
ice for Girard Estate and
Folder 23: insurance bills for Girard Estate, 1872, 1876, 1890
Folder 24: landscaping bills for Girard Estate and
Some of the plants were
for the estate offices in
Folder 1: Letters
about students at
In 1898, Henry B. Lafferty wrote the Board of Directors of City Trusts to inform them that some college alumni are planning to form a regiment to serve “in the present war.”
Folder 2: letters concerning Girard Estate lands
in Schuylkill and
The estate owned coal fields and other rental properties in these counties.
Folder 3: bills: lumber and fencing for Girard Estate and Girard College, 1832-1833, 1844-1845, 1851-1852, 1857-1858, 1861, 1879-1880, 1889-1890, 1894
[see also bills for farms in Box 1]
Folder 4: bills: medical expenses and eyeglasses
Students’ names are included on the bills.
Folder 5: minutes
and resolutions by Girard Estate and City of
building houses on
Folder 6: bills: office supplies, typewriters,
postage, printing charges, photographs, for
Folder 7: bills: painting, gilding, 1832-1833, 1844-1847, 1857-1858, 1861, 1875-1876, 1880-1881, 1884, 1890;
A bill from 1875 mentions painting the walls and ceiling of the swimming pool at the college.
Folder 8: payment
requests to Girard Estate,
The person to be paid is named, but not what the payment is for.
Folder 9: plasterers’
bills to Girard Estate and
Folder 10: bills: privies, cesspools, wells – Girard Estate, 1834, 1845-1847, 1861
Folder 11: rent: money due and commissions for collecting rent for Girard Estate1833-1834, 1847, 1890, 1893-1894
Folder 12: bills
to Girard Estate for “repairing pebble pavement,
Folder 13: repairs and work done at Girard College1880-1894
Folder 14: repairs and work done for Girard Estate, 1833-1847
Folder 15: repairs and work done for Girard Estate, 1850s
Folder 16: repairs and work done for Girard Estate, 1860-1889
Folder 17: royalties on coal from Girard Estate properties, 1871-1872
Folder 18: salaries,
wages, payroll paid by
Folder 19: salaries, wages, payroll paid by Girard Estate or Girard Trust, 1832, 1845, 1857-1858, 1861, 1872, 1879, 1889-1890, 1894
Folder 20: salaries, wages, payroll paid by Girard
Estate in Schuylkill and
Folder 21: scraps, wrappers
Folder 22: shipping, hauling, drayage charges –
Folder 23: bills:
shoes, boots, slippers for
Some of the bills include students’ names.
Folder 24: bills:
Folder 25: bills: subscriptions (magazines, newspapers)
Folder 26: taxes owed by Girard Estate, 1833-1834, 1845, 1847, 1857, 1872, 1879
Folder 27: bills:
trunks and bags for
Folder 28: utilities: gas, water, electricity for
Folder 29: bills: wallpaper and paper hanging for Girard Estate, 1832-1833, 1835, 1844—1847, 1858, 1861, 1876, 1879, 1884, 1889, 1894;
The address of the building where the paper was hung is usually given.
Folder 30: Walter, Thomas Ustick: architect fees: