Francis James Dallett papers

Francis James Dallett (1927- ), an archivist, genealogist, writer, and descendent of an old Philadelphia French family, researched the history of the French in Philadelphia. He was especially interested in the founding and early years of the French Benevolent Society, an organization that was f...

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Main Author: Dallett, Francis J. 1927- (Creator)
Collection:Francis James Dallett Papers
Collection Number:3046
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245 1 |a Francis James Dallett papers  |f 1853-1997 
300 |a 12.25 Linear feet  |f 23 boxes, 1 flat file 
500 |a Materials Separated from the Resource: Flick, L. The French Refugee Trappists in the United States. Philadelphia: Press of D.J. Gallagher, 1886 Rosengarten, J. The Early French Members of the American Philosophical Society. Philadelphia: Reprinted from the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 1907 Stillé, A. War as an Instrument of Civilization: An Address Before the Society of the Alumni of the University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Collins, 1862  
506 |a The collection is open for research. 
520 |a Francis James Dallett (1927- ), an archivist, genealogist, writer, and descendent of an old Philadelphia French family, researched the history of the French in Philadelphia. He was especially interested in the founding and early years of the French Benevolent Society, an organization that was founded in 1793 with the mission of serving indigents and providing student scholarships to local Philadelphians of French descent. Dallett served for many years as an officer and director of this organization. He also collected ephemera regarding French-related activities and events, as well as documentation of French heritage in America. The collection consists of Dallett’s genealogical research notes and photocopies of articles, papers, selections from books, and newspaper clippings with references to Philadelphia French families. There are invitations and programs for French-related events, a few articles written by Dallett, a small amount of correspondence, and records of The French Benevolent Society. In addition, the collection contains photographs, negatives, and a large collection of other images and iconography, numbering approximately 330 images. 
520 |a This collection reflects Dallett’s interest in all things French and his skill in genealogical research. The papers have been organized into six series, as follows: Philadelphia French Families, Working Files, French Benevolent Society, Writings and Correspondence, Background Files, and Photographs and Iconography. A large percentage of the materials consist of research notes on small scraps of paper which focus on various individuals and families, and are present throughout most of the collection. There are few organized family trees. The collection’s strength lies in its largely raw data on families, rather than on the individual level. The heart of the collection is in Series 1 and 2, both of which contain Dallett’s genealogical research notes on the Philadelphia French, organized alphabetically by family. The two series are separate as the second represents works in progress that, had the book project been completed, would ultimately have been included in series 1 on Philadelphia French families. In addition to notes, some files contain photocopies or transcripts of letters and legal documents, as well as photocopies of articles or pages of books with references to a particular family. Some files also include correspondence with French archives, or between Dallett and other genealogists with interest in a particular family’s history. Because many of these families are interconnected, files for one family may contain references to many other families. Some papers are in French, and a few are in Spanish, but most are in English. The French Benevolent Society series contains articles of incorporation, bylaws, annual reports from 1958 through 1986, some financial records, and correspondence that supplements older records of the society, which are also at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. There are also photocopies of many early FBS documents. Researchers primarily interested in the French Benevolent Society are advised to view that collection, cited in the related materials section of this finding aid. The Writings and Correspondence series consists of four articles written by Dallett and correspondence that was found in general correspondence folders. The articles are only a few of the many written by Dallett; several others are in HSP’s library. Likewise, the correspondence in this series is only a small portion of the correspondence in the collection. Most of the correspondence is filed with the relevant family papers, which is in keeping with the original order of the collection. The oldest items in the collection are a fashion catalog from 1853 and an issue of a French-language newspaper from 1854. These papers are part of the Background Files series and are not related to a particular family. This series contains original documents such as invitations to French-oriented events, programs for French lectures and plays, papers related to French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing’s visit to Philadelphia in 1976, and French activities at the University of Pennsylvania. It also includes photocopies of many articles about the French, and especially, the French in America and Philadelphia. Many of the photocopies have annotations or have been underlined. The Photographs and Iconography series contains a number of photographic prints and negatives, many of which are images of documents held in the National Archives of France. In addition, this series contains two scrapbooks of photographic images, negatives, drawings, and printed images, which were maintained in their original order, and re-housed in one archival photograph album.  
524 8 |a Cite as: [Indicate cited item or series here], Francis James Dallett Papers (Collection 3046), The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 
541 1 |a Gift of Frances James Dallett in 1997 and 2004 
544 |a Alliance Française of Philadelphia, Accessions 1990-106; 1991-099 French Benevolent Society of Philadelphia (MSS 141) Dallett, Francis James. An architectural view of Washington Square, Philadelphia. Frome, England: Printed by Butler and Tanner, 1968. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Library. ___________. “Baron von Steuben and his University of Pennsylvania connections,” in The Library Chronicle. Spring 1978, v. 43 n.1, pp. 39-46. ___________. “Christ Church and the University” in University Hospital 1981 Antiques Show. 1981, pp. 126-128. ___________. “Griffith Hughes dissected,” Reprint from the Journal of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Vol. XXIII, November 1955, No. 1. ___________. Guide to the Archives of the University of Pennsylvania from 1740 to 1820. Philadelphia: Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, 1978. ___________. “Iconography and genealogy,” Offprint from the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 26, no. 4, 1970. Based on a talk given before the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania on 28 April 1970. ___________. “Notes on shipping activities of Andrew Crawford Barclay.” Circa 1977. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia ___________. “Paz in Philadelphia,” Reprinted from the Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. XL, No. 1, February 1960. ___________. The Athenaeum Age in Chester County. West Chester, PA: Chester County Historical Society, 1961. ___________. “The creation of the Venezuelan Naval Squadron, 1848-1860,” Reprinted from The American Neptune, Vol. XXX, No. 4, 1970. Salem, MA: Peabody Museum of Salem, 1970. ___________. “The Frelinghuysen family and related lineages.” The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. ___________. “The French Benevolent Society of Philadelphia and the Bicentennial,” An address to the Assemblée generale of the Society, held at the Union League of Philadelphia, November 15, 1976. ___________. The Genealogy of the Dallett Family. Philadelphia: Innes, 1946. ____________. The War of the Revolution in Radnor, 1777-1778. 1976. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. ____________. “William Harrison, Jersey Quaker,” 1946. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Maier, Phyllis C. Woodstock, 1757-1972. “The Story of Woodstock” by Francis James Dallett from the Spring 1958 issue of the Bulletin of the Radnor Historical Society, reprinted in appendix. University Archives and Records Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.  
545 |a Francis James Dallett was born September 3, 1927 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania, after which he embarked on a career in historical research. Dallett served as Secretary and Librarian at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and in the late 1960s was a research associate at the American Museum in Britain. In 1969 he became University Archivist at Princeton. A year later he assumed the position of University Archivist at Penn. An accomplished genealogist, Dallett is a fellow of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and, since 1966, a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. He wrote The Genealogy of the Dallett Family in 1946, a copy of which he donated to The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Dallett has been a frequent contributor of articles and book reviews for The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, and has written several other works, including “An architectural view of Washington Square, Philadelphia,” and “Baron von Steuben and his University of Pennsylvania connections.” Dallett also helped found the Radnor Historical Society in suburban Philadelphia, and his local interest prompted a paper entitled “The War of the Revolution in Radnor, 1777-1778.” He also compiled the Guide to the Archives of the University of Pennsylvania from 1740 to 1820. Dallett was Vice President of the French Benevolent Society of Philadelphia (FBS) from 1969 to 1987, and also served on the Board of Directors, becoming Director Emeritus and Honorary Archivist in 1989. During the bicentennial celebration in 1976, he delivered an address on “The French Benevolent Society of Philadelphia and the Bicentennial” at the society’s annual meeting. He also wrote an article, “The French in Philadelphia: The French Benevolent Society of Philadelphia,” for the book Invisible Philadelphia: Community through Voluntary Organizations. Combining his responsibilities with The French Benevolent Society, his genealogical interests, and his writing talent, Dallett planned to write a history of the first fifty years (1793-1843) of the FBS, including biographical sketches of the early members of the society. He described this work in an article about the FBS writing, “The early families of Philadelphia’s French Benevolent Society were incredibly intermarried, interconnected; their pedigrees are a genealogist’s dream—or nightmare.” Dallett wrote several articles about the FBS. Unfortunately, ill health caused him to revise his plan of publishing a book, and instead Dallett donated his papers to The Balch Institute, (which has since merged with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania), for use in research.  
555 |a Finding Aid Available Online:  
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