Series VIII. Research

Date:
ca. 1968-1974

Extent:
3.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

In 1968 the American Society for Testing and Materials offered to the Museum any details from a house built in 1870-1871 for Charles T. Parry, a senior proprietor of the Baldwin Locomotive. Located at 1921 Arch Street in Philadelphia, the house was to be demolished. With funding from the Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Trusts, the Museum acquired the entrance and vestibule, describing it as the epitomy of "solid opulence of the period." Calvin Hathaway's research pertains to this house and consists primarily of photographs as well as correspondence regarding the dismantling and installation of the pieces. There is also biographical material of Parry, including newspaper articles, a copy of his will, family geneaology and a history of Baldwin Locomotive Works. There is also a file pertaining to the Parry House in the summer resort of Beach Haven, NJ. Some of the 1974 correspondence was written by David Hanks, who came to the Museum that year as curator of American Art.

Another set of research files pertain to Daniel Pabst, a Philadelphia cabinetmaker active during the mid to late 19th century. Documentation consists of correspondence with various descendents, photographs of his work and photocopies of Pabst's sketchbook and some of his correspondence.

A folder-level inventory of this series is available in the Archives.