New Collections at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania recently made the following acquisitions: Dr. Robert Howland Chase papers, 1826-1926 (Collection 3733) Summary An expert in psychology, Massachusetts native Dr. Robert Howland Chase worked at a number of facilities in Pennsylvania, including the State Hospital for the Insane in Norristown and the Friends' Hospital in Frankford, Philadelphia. Description Dr. Robert Howland Chase was a psychologist during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was born in Massachusetts but educated at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chase worked as an assistant physician at the Government Hospital for the Insane, in Washington, D.C., from 1872-1880. From 1880 to 1893 he served as medical superintendent of the male department of the State Hospital for the Insane in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He was later appointed medical superintendent of Friends' Hospital, Frankford, Philadelphia. He died in Norristown in 1921. This small collection of Dr. Chase's records is contained in a scrapbook with pocket flaps on each page. Among the papers are programs, correspondence, brochures, clippings, photographs, and items on the Howland and Chase families dating from the 1820s to the 1920s. This collection is open for use at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. John Price Wetherill engineering notebook, 1881-1891 (Collection 3832) Summary John Price Wetherill came from a prominent family of scientists and industrialists. With his degree in mining engineering, Wetherill worked for a railroad company before going into zinc and iron production with other members of his family. Description J.P. Wetherill, 1844-1906, was a son of American zinc industry pioneer Samuel Wetherill. J.P. Wetherill was born in Montville, N.J., served briefly in the 147th Pennsylvania Infantry in 1863, and graduated from the Polytechnic College of Philadelphia in 1865 with the degree of Mining Engineer. He worked for the Philadelphia & Reading Coal and Iron Company in Schuylkill County and became their chief of mining engineers in 1877. In 1881 he resigned and, together with his brother Samuel P. Wetherill and Richard and August Heckscher, purchased the Lehigh Zinc Company plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which his father had founded in 1852. The firm was incorporated in 1881 as the Lehigh Zinc and Iron Company, with J.P. Wetherill as general manager. Later the company merged with the New Jersey Zinc Company, and Wetherill became a director of that firm. The John Price Wetherill Medal, awarded by the Franklin Institute between 1926 and 1997 for discovery or innovation in the physical sciences, was named for him. The engineering notebook (which is labeled "Vol. II" on the flyleaf) spans the end of Wetherill's tenure at the Philadelphia & Reading Coal and Iron Company and the first decade of his position at Lehigh Zinc and Iron. It includes technical and business reports, business accounts, lists of suppliers, manufacturing instructions, technical drawings, a hand-drawn map of Pennsylvania's anthracite coal fields, news clippings, and other entries regarding operations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This collection is open for use at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Gold Tinctur (advertisement), circa 1795 (Collection 3861) Summary Printed advertisement for gold tincture, sold by Tobias Hirte of 118 [North] 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Text discusses the benefits of gold tincture as a medicine for various pains and other ailments, dosages to be administered to adults and children, and proper storage, and gives Mr. Hirte's address. In German.