Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Proceedings of Inter-County Historical Meeting at Hatboro, Montgomery County, Pa. July 17, 1894 , 1894-1902

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, June 2012

Summary Information
Title: Proceedings of Inter-County Historical Meeting at Hatboro, Montgomery County, Pa. July 17, 1894
Creator: Davis, W. W. H. (William Watts Hart), 1820-1910
Inclusive dates: 1894-1902
Bulk dates: 1894
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This 108-page scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, letters, and ephemera related to the "Inter-County Historical Meeting" of representatives from Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties in Pennsylvania. At the July 17, 1894, meeting, held in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, seven speakers addressed topics related to local history, the American Revolution, and the use and study of history. William Watts Hart Davis of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, compiled the scrapbook in the fall of 1894.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1988. M-2424.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Proceedings of Inter-County Historical Meeting at Hatboro, Montgomery County, Pa. July 17, 1894 , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

On July 17, 1894, representatives from the historical societies of Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties in Pennsylvania, met at the Baptist church in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, to present seven speeches on local history, particularly related to the region's role during the American Revolution. Brevet Brigadier General William Watts Hart Davis, president of the Historical Society of Bucks County, presided over the meeting and Alfred Paschall served as its secretary and treasurer.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This 108-page scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, letters, and ephemera related to the "Inter-County Historical Meeting" of representatives from Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties in Pennsylvania. At the July 17, 1894, meeting, held in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, seven speakers addressed historical topics related to local history, the American Revolution, and the use and study of history. William Watts Hart Davis of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, compiled the scrapbook in the fall of 1894.

The "Proceedings of Inter-County Historical Meeting at Hatboro, Montgomery County, Pa. July 17, 1894," begin with a handwritten introduction and a brief history of Hatboro, composed by Brevet Brigadier General William Watts Hart Davis. A printed program and series of newspaper clippings describe the event and provide a reprint of each speaker's presentation The speakers discussed Robert Morris, the Valley Forge battlefield, and the Battle of the Crooked Billet (which took place in Hatboro), among other topics. The clippings are accompanied by a printed portrait or photograph of each contributor, an original watercolor painting of the Crooked Billet Inn, an ink drawing titled "General Lacey's headquarters, Crooked Billet, May 1, 1778," and printed images of Hatboro buildings, streets, and monuments.

Other material pasted or laid into the volume includes additional clippings about the meeting, W. H. H. Davis's calling card, an admission ticket to "A Red Letter Night" (held February 2, 1895), and correspondence. Among the letters is one to Davis from John Wanamaker, March 5, 1895; and one from Davis to Helen Wotherspoon, March 14, 1902, concerning his forthcoming book on the history of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

List of Speeches:

  • Opening Address, Harmon Yerkes
  • "Bibliography of Chester County," H. Rush Kervey (read by Gilbert Cope)
  • "Philosophic View of Ancestry," Gilbert Cope
  • "Valley Forge," Samuel Gordon Smyth
  • "The Uses of History," Jacob A. Strassburger
  • "Robert Morris, the Financier of the Revolution," Douglas K. Turner
  • "Battle of the Crooked Billet," W. W. H. Davis
Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Bucks County Historical Society.
    • Chester County Historical Society (West Chester, Pa.)
    • Crooked Billet, Battle of, Hatboro, Pa., 1778.
    • Hatboro (Pa.)
    • Historical Society of Montgomery County.
    • Morris, Robert, 1734-1806.
    • Pennsylvania--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Historiography.
    • Valley Forge National Historical Park (Pa.)
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Cope, Gilbert, 1840-1928.
    • Kervey, H. Rush.
    • Markley, A. D.
    • Pennypacker, Galusha, 1844-1916.
    • Smyth, Samuel Gordon, b. 1859.
    • Strassburger, Jacob Andrew, 1849-1908.
    • Turner, D. K. (Douglas Kellogg), 1823-1902.
    • Yerkes, Harmon, 1843-1928.
    Contributors:
    • Cope, Gilbert, 1840-1928.
    • Kervey, H. Rush.
    • Smyth, Samuel Gordon, b. 1859.
    • Strassburger, Jacob Andrew, 1849-1908.
    • Turner, D. K. (Douglas Kellogg), 1823-1902.
    • Wanamaker, John, 1838-1922.
    • Yerkes, Harmon, 1843-1928.
    Genre Terms:
    • Calling cards.
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Photographs.
    • Scrapbooks.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Proceedings of Inter-County Historical Meeting at Hatboro, Montgomery County, Pa. July 17, 1894,  1894-1902
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Frederick Gilbert Bourne collection holds material related to Jacob Andrew Strassburger's son, Ralph Strassburger.

    The Southern Historical Collection at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina, has a collection of W. W. H. Davis papers.