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Burton Alva Konkle Manuscripts

Identifier: SFHL-MSS-033


The collection contains unpublished writings by Burton Alva Konkle, author and historian. The bulk of the material concerns James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the six original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States. Also included is a manuscript on David Lloyd, William Penn's personal lawyer, Attorney General of Pennsylvania, and Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.


  • Creation: Undated. Circa 1940


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See

Biographical / Historical

Burton Alva Konkle was an American historian, teacher, and author. He was ordained in the ministry of the Presbyterian Church in 1894 and a founder of the Pennsylvania History Club. He wrote a number of books mostly about political figures in Pennsylvania history.


6 Linear Feet (8 boxes)




Arranged in two series, David Lloyd manuscript and James Wilson manuscripts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were given by Konkle's daughter, Winifred Ferry Fishcer (Mrs. Charles Fischer), 1967.

Existence and Location of Copies

The Life and Writings of James Wilson, Vols. 1-4, available on microfilm, MS-K, in Friends Historical Library.

Related Materials

Konkle's books on early United States statesmen are represented in the Library's book catalog. DAVID LLOYD, PENN'S GREAT LAWMAKER was published in Pennsylvania History in 1937.

Processing Information

The manuscripts were foldered and briefly described when deposited on loan by Konkle's widow. Their daughter donated them to the Library in 1967.

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