Edward Carey Gardiner collection

Born in Philadelphia to William Howard Gardiner (1851-1906) and Helena Lawrence Baird (1852-1906), Edward Carey Gardiner (1878-1945) worked most of his life in the family’s publishing house that descended from the one Mathew Carey founded in Philadelphia in 1785. When he retired from publishing, Edw...

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Main Author: Gardiner, Edward Carey ca.1879-1945 (Creator)
Collection:Edward Carey Gardiner Collection
Collection Number:0227A
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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Online Access:Link to finding aid
Physical Description: 21.5 Linear feet 21.5 linear feet, 51 boxes, 38 volumes
Summary: Born in Philadelphia to William Howard Gardiner (1851-1906) and Helena Lawrence Baird (1852-1906), Edward Carey Gardiner (1878-1945) worked most of his life in the family’s publishing house that descended from the one Mathew Carey founded in Philadelphia in 1785. When he retired from publishing, Edward briefly joined the army, traveled across the U.S. and abroad, and served on various boards of local social and cultural institutions. The Edward Carey Gardiner collection consists of papers of the Baird, Carey, Gardiner,Lea, and Penington families, many of which were prominent in political, economic, and cultural affairs in Philadelphia. The collection is rich in personal and business correspondence, family papers and genealogical notes, and material printed by the Carey family publishing house. There are also land, legal, and financial papers; estate papers; photographs; passports; speeches and writings; and a few artifacts. The Carey family group of papers includes those of Mathew Carey, and Henry Carey editors, writers, and civic leaders who established one of the largest publishing houses of the period in America. The papers are: Carey genealogical records, 1632-1938; Mathew Carey, correspondence, 1784-1839; his own letters, 1791-1834; biographical sketch of Mathew Carey, by Michael Hennessey, 1860; Henry C. Carey, correspondence, 1825-1879, relating to politics, political economy, and the Civil War; Carey and Hart, and Carey and Lea, publishers, correspondence, 1830-1850; Carey and Hart, and Henry C. Baird, copyright papers, 1837-1852; their record books, 1830-1886; Edward L. Carey, journals, 1822-1839; correspondence, 1841-1845; St. Clair Tract papers, concerning collieries in Schuylkill County, 1835-1892. Papers of the Penington family include letters of: Isaac Penington, a distinguished Quaker and author; Edward Penington, author, who accompanied William Penn to Pennsylvania in 1698 and later became surveyor general of the province; Edward Penington, Quaker, merchant, member of the Provincial Council; John Penington, physician; John Penington, author and a leading bookseller; Henry Penington, lawyer, author; and others. These papers comprise: Penington family genealogical notes, 1667-1873; Isaac and John Penington (several of that name) letters and documents, 1844-1867; journal, 1790-1791; Edward Penington, journal, 1749-1751; letters, 1812-1850; a later Edward Penington daybook, 1799-1806; Henry Penington correspondence, 1829-1858; legal journal, 1829; legal notebook, 1829-1840; account book, 1829-1841; receipt book, 1832-1839; ground rents, 1829-1838; Edward Penington, journal, 1860-1867; and other items. The Gardiner papers, 1636-1936, are chiefly genealogical notes of a prominent New England family; Sylvester Gardiner, physician, merchant, philanthropist, who founded the town of Gardiner, Maine; John Gardiner, lawyer, statesman; John Gardiner; and others. The Baird family papers contain letters of Henry Carey Baird, author, political writer, publisher, leader in the Whig, Republican, and Greenback parties. The papers consist of: documents and papers on the Baird family, 1794-1916; Henry Carey Baird correspondence, 1845-1911; record of his tour through England and Europe, 1847; miscellaneous documents, 1856-1870; letters and journal concerning Rear Admiral Louis M. Goldsborough's naval career in the Civil War, 1862-1922; Thomas J. Baird military papers, 1813-28, on his military career, frontier life, Indian wars; letters 1817-1842, pertain to his domestic and personal affairs. In addition, there is a miscellaneous section containing letters, documents, 1682-1939, contributing information on domestic, legal, political, commercial affairs; Martha Powell Bowen estate papers, 1830-1856, include material on Jamaica plantations, economic affairs in the West Indies, sugar, rum, commerce; Thomas Coates estate in Philadelphia, 1828-1850; Maybin estate, New Orleans, papers, 1827-1843; the Fitz-John Porter papers, 1862-1886, relating to his court martial and military charges brought against him during the Civil War.