Abraham H. Cassel collection
This collection contains printed material from the library of Abraham Harley Cassel, a book collector and historian who acquired over 50,000 books, pamphlets, and documents about early Pennsylvania history. Cassel was a member of the Dunkard Brethren who wrote about and collected books on early Penn...
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Materials Separated from the Resource: The following information was taken from the card catalog:
26 folders of fraktur (Ac 971) were moved to "the manuscript department, Pennsylvania German certificates; in the print room (at the end of Bb's)."
Deed of Herman Op de Graaff to Cornelius Sivert (Ac 974) was transfered to the Society collection.
4.75 Linear feet 48 volumes
This collection is open for research.
Access to Volume 30: Anweisung zum lessen fürs gantze Jahr (Instructions on What to Read for the Entire Year) is restricted due to its fragile condition. Researchers should use the digital version found online in HSP's Digital Library.
This collection contains printed material from the library of Abraham Harley Cassel, a book collector and historian who acquired over 50,000 books, pamphlets, and documents about early Pennsylvania history. Cassel was a member of the Dunkard Brethren who wrote about and collected books on early Pennsylvania German religious history. His library attracted scholars and historians of Pennsylvania and German American history, and at his death was divided among archives, libraries, and private collectors.
The portion of Cassel’s collection that is housed at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania contains forty-seven items which range in date from 1680 to 1893. Items are arranged in alphabetical order, with volumes relating to the Ephrata religious community and the Schwenkfelder Church grouped together. This collection includes hymn books, religious tracts and catechism, diaries, letters, genealogical records, and examples of Pennsylvania German folk art and fraktur.