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titleB.F. Fackenthal Collection of Prints, MS 49
repositoryFranklin & Marshall College
collection titleThis collection consists primarily of prints and engravings of prominent 18th and 19th century individuals removed from 18th through early 20th century publications. The images were collected by Franklin and Marshall College trustee Benjamin F. Fackenthal, Jr. and apparently organized by him between 1927 and 1931. The prints are organized into 7 volumes by size and are arranged in alphabetical order within each volume. Name indexes are available at the beginning of each volume.

Biographical note
Benjamin Franklin Fackenthal, Jr. (1851-1941) served as a trustee of Franklin and Marshall College from 1899-1915 and as chairman of the board from 1915 until his death in 1941. He attended Lafayette College where he took courses in chemistry and metallurgy and received several honorary degrees such as Master of Arts (1891), Doctor of Science (1911), and Doctor of Laws (1929). He spent his entire career in the iron industry, serving as: superintendent of works and mines at the Durham Iron Works (1872-1875), general manager of Cooper and Rewitt's blast furnaces and mines in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, president of the Thomas Iron Company from 1893 until 1913, and as president of the Ironton Railroad from 1893 to 1926. In 1927 he assumed the presidency of Taylor, Styles and Company, knife works. Dr. Fackenthal also served as vice-president and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Easton Trust Company, and as Director of the Lehigh Portland Cement Company of Sault Ste. Marie. He was also an active member of the Bucks County Historical Society and wrote several articles on history and industrial technology. As a trustee of Franklin and Marshall, Dr. Fackenthal contributed generously to the College by giving money to build a pool, a new science laboratory and a new library, which were all named in his honor.
extent2 boxes (1 linear feet).
formatsPrints
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record sourcehttp://library.fandm.edu/archives/mscoll/fackenthal.html
finding aidCollection inventory available in library.
acquisition informationBenjamin F. Fackenthal, Riegelsville, PA, Gift, c.1937. It is presumed that this collection of prints was compiled and given to the library by B. F. Fackenthal ca. 1937.
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titleFackenthal family papers, [ca.1790]-1900.
repositoryBucks County Historical Society
collection titleIncludes copies of wills, land surveys, and agreements.

Biographical and Historical Note
Businessman, metallurgist, and historian of early iron industry, of Pennsylvania.

extent1 box.
formatsLegal Papers
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record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
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titlePapers, 1722-1940.
repositoryBucks County Historical Society
collection titleIncludes records relating to the Durham Iron Works, comprising deeds, trust agreements, journals, ledgers, and daybooks; histories of the Hudson River chain and of Delaware River bridges and islands; correspondence with William Watts Hart Davis, Henry Chapman Mercer, Henry D. Paxson, and others interested in early stoveplates and firebacks, including photographs of stoveplates; genealogical and historical notes on Durham Township, Pa.; and financial and legal papers involving Joseph Galloway, Lawrence Growden, Thomas Penn, and Elizabeth Galloway Roberts.

Notes:
In part, transcripts.

Biographical and Historical Note
Industrialist, philanthropist, college president, and historian.
extentca. 2 ft. (ca. 600 items)
formatsBusiness Papers Legal Papers Journals Financial Records Notes
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record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
finding aidCard catalog in repository.
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titleDocuments, [ca. 1753]-1830 (MSC.B-230).
repositoryBucks County Historical Society
collection titleMiscellaneous historical documents which include letters, certificates, and legal documents mostly for Durham Township, Pa.

Biographical and Historical Note
Businessman, metallurgist, and historian of early iron industry.
extent1 box.
formatsLegal Papers
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record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
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titleScrapbooks, ca. 1874-1934 (B-10 to 12).
repositoryBucks County Historical Society
collection titleScrapbooks of newspaper clippings and memorials of people, events, and places in Bucks County, Pa.
extent3 v.
formatsScrapbooks
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record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
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titleNotes on Durham Iron Works, n.d.
repositoryHagley Museum and Library
collection titleThe records consist of a second (carbon) copy of typescript notes, amounting to 493 pages in a looseleaf binder. The notes were collected and arranged by Fackenthal as part of his research into the history of iron manufacture at Durham in the 18th century.

The notebook contains typed transcriptions from many sources, including published works available to Fackenthal, extensive extracts from the original works account books, letters loaned by other persons living in the vicinity, and deeds and wills copied from the public archives. There are also biographical and genealogical notes on persons associated with the Durham Iron Works and notes on other enterprises in which they may have engaged. The most important of these is the Greenwich Forge, in Warren County, N.J., which was located just across the Delaware River from Durham. The Greenwich Forge was constructed by Jacob Starn in the 1740s and purchased by Hughes in 1761. It was leased by Richard Backhouse during the late 1770s and early 1780s.

There is some information on the Green Lane and Salford Forges in the Perkiomen Valley, which refined pig iron hauled overland from Durham.

The extracts on the Durham Iron Works include lists of prices for commodities sold at Durham (1781-1786), accounts for furnace labor and notes on penalties assessed against workers, and some accounts for the Durham Iron Mine (1781-1786).

Biographical and Historical Note
B. F. Fackenthal, Jr., was a metallurgist and iron industry executive. He began work at the Durham Iron Works of Cooper & Hewitt in 1866, and from 1879 to 1892 he was superintendent of the works and general manager of Cooper & Hewitt's blast furnaces and mines. From 1893 to 1913 he was president of the Thomas Iron Company. In later life he was president of the Taylor, Stiles & Company knife works. Fackenthal was also a noted amateur historian of the early iron industry and of the Delaware Valley.

The Durham Iron Company was organized in 1726 by 14 persons, including Anthony Morris, James Logan, Joseph Turner and William Allen. A blast furnace was constructed at Durham, Bucks County, in 1727. The furnace supplied three forges located below it on Durham Creek. The heirs of the original partners partitioned the property in 1773. The furnace produced shot for the Contintental Army. Joseph Galloway, the principal owner, was attainted of treason, and his interest was purchased by Richard Backhouse in 1779. The original furnace was blown out in 1791 and torn down in 1829. New anthracite furnaces were constructed by the Whitakers in 1848 and 1851 and sold to Cooper & Hewitt in 1864.
extent1 v.
formatsNotes
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bibliographyDescribed in: John Beverley Riggs, A GUIDE TO MANUSCRIPTS IN THE ELEUTHERIAN MILLS HISTORICAL LIBRARY, SUPPLEMENT CONTAINING ACCESSIONS FOR THE YEARS 1966 THROUGH 1975 (Greenville, Del.: Eleutherian Mills Historical Library, 1978).
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
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titleBriefs of title to real estate in Durham and adjoining townships in Pennsylvania and the partition and allotment of the Durham Iron Company among the partners as of December 24, 1773 and its subsequent owners : also briefs in Springfield township and Nockamixon townships in Bucks county and in Williams and Lower Saucon townships, Northampton county Pennsylvania together with other historical data / 1936.
repositoryThe Historical Society of Pennsylvania
collection titleBriefs of titles to real estate in Durham and adjoining townships in Pennsylvania and the partition and allotment of the Durham Iron Company among the partners as of December 24, 1773 and its subsequent owners. Also briefs in Springfield township and Nockamixon townships in Bucks county and in Williams and Lower Saucon townships, Northampton county Pennsylvania together with other historical data.
extent1 v.
formatsTypescript
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record sourcehttp://discover.hsp.org/
acquisition informationGift of B.F. Fackenthal, 1936
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