Scope and Content Note

"Price Papers" is the original bound typescript compiled by Sarah Dickson Lowrie that she intended to publish as a biography of Eli Kirk Price (1870-1933), a well-known civic leader, who was closely associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The work documents Price's life and career, as well as the story of his Quaker ancestors and their interactions with the history of the city of Philadelphia. The volume is richly illustrated with maps, clippings, ephemera and photographs and includes some correspondence and typescripts of family letters. According to a June 1936 letter from the vice president of the Philadelphia publishers J.B. Lippincott Company, publication costs and copyright issues prevented their acceptance of Lowrie's work. She presented the volume to the Museum later that year.