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Archives & Manuscripts

Yellow fever

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Joshua Cresson diary

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-098
Scope and Content note This collection is comprised of the single volume diary of Joshua Cresson. The volume provides an account of the Philadelphia Yellow Fever epidemic in 1793, and is largely religious in nature. Entries describe the illness, and the death and burial of many of Cresson’s community. The volume includes a note signed by Mary Cresson, which she addressed to her children with Joshua Cresson, so that they would understand the circumstances of their father's death.
Dates: 1793, Undated

Elizabeth Drinker diaries

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-018
Scope and Content note The collection includes unbound typed transcripts of Drinker’s original diaries, from 1758-1800, though the diaries from 1787-1788 are missing. The diaries are composed of Elizabeth’s personal reflections of the day-to-day life of a wealthy Quaker woman in colonial Philadelphia. The majority of Elizabeth’s entries detail her daily life, including social calls with other Quaker families and individuals, the births, deaths, and marriages within her community, and attendance at, and descriptions...
Dates: 1758-1800

Morris family commonplace book

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-03-065
Scope and Content note This collection is comprised of a single volume commonplace book of the Morris family. It includes copied extracts from the journals of margaret Morris, which include a description of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793, as well as copied poems, letters written by Mary Morris and Richard Hill Morris, and a clipped illustration depicting early settlers.
Dates: Undated

Isaac Proctor papers

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-950-151
Scope and Content note This collection is comprised of the papers of Isaac Proctor. The majority of the collection is composed of the personal correspondence of Proctor from the end of the 18th century, but also includes a single, small diary, and a single folder of his financial records.
Dates: 1790-1830

The Female Society of Philadelphia for the Relief and Employment of the Poor Records

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-1234
Overview The Female Society of Philadelphia for the Relief and Employment of the Poor was established in 1795 by Quaker Anne Parrish. The society's original mission was to provide relief and an opportunity for improvement in quality of life for women widowed by the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793. The Female Society opened the House of Industry, where women were employed to sew and weave. The House of Industry was the Female Society's main focus until 1949, when new opportunities for women had begun to...
Dates: 1795-1978