A History of Philadelphia (scrapbooks) by Thompson Westcott

This is a collection of five volumes of scrapbooks containing pasted entries of Thompson Westcott’s news articles on the History of Philadelphia from 1609 to 1826. According to the appraiser, Mabel A. Zahn, these scrap books are one of two collections of it’s kind containing the full record of origi...

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Main Author: Westcott, Thompson (Editor (edt))
Collection:A History of Philadelphia (scrapbooks) By Thompson Westcott
Collection Number:3443
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet ; 5 volumes
Access: This collection is open for research.
Summary: This is a collection of five volumes of scrapbooks containing pasted entries of Thompson Westcott’s news articles on the History of Philadelphia from 1609 to 1826. According to the appraiser, Mabel A. Zahn, these scrap books are one of two collections of it’s kind containing the full record of original articles of Westcott’s writings. When the collection was gifted to the Historical Society by David McNeely Stauffer, in 1915, there were a total of “32 large quardo volumes.” Accordingly, the volumes here are filled with rich historical writings, etches, and engravings. Westcott produced a serious historical account equal to all other historical writings on the City of Philadelphia according to Joseph Jackson. Consequently, these writings were eventually used as a framework for the three volumes of the “History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884” edited with J. Thomas Scharf in 1884.
Full title: A History of Philadelphia, From the Time of the First Settlements on the Delaware to the Consolidation of the City and Districts in 1854. A scarce and virtually unique presentation of the first appearance of Westcott's History of Philadelphia, pasted in its original newsprint form into five scrapbooks of approx. 250 pages each. Five scrapbooks, each containing in triple-column form the original text as published in the Philadelphia Sunday Dispatch between 1867 and 1884. Westcott completed the history to circa 1826.