Medical Hall (proposed) on Ninth Street University of Pennsylvania campus, exterior elevation, watercolor and ink by Stephen Bourne 1804 April 22

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

Archives General, Communications of Individuals

Personal Papers

Constitution and Charter Collection

Rules and Laws

Trustees

Faculty of Arts

Students of Arts

Faculty of Medicine

Students of Medicine

Financial Records

Matriculation and Class Records

Matriculation and Lecture Tickets

Curriculum Collection

Commencement Collection

Diploma and Certificate Collection

Non-University Organizations

Printed Pieces

Typescripts of Other Documents

Photocopies of Other Documents

Microfilm

Iconography

Architectural Drawings and Plans

Memorabilia

Other University Collections

 

Archives General Collection
of the University of Pennsylvania, 1740-1820

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Constitutions and Charter Collection

DOCUMENT NUMBER. DESCRIPTION OF DOCUMENT.

INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTS, By date

1115. (View facsimile) “CONSTITUTIONS OF THE PUBLICK ACADEMY, IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.” November 14, 1749, Phila. DS, booklet. Contains rules for the Academy laid down in 1749, with the founders’ subscription list of that year with 25 signatures: James Hamilton, Thomas Lawrence, William Allen, William Masters, Lloyd Zachary, William Plumsted, Abraham Taylor, Samuel McCall, John Inglis, Charles Willing, Thomas Bond, Tench Francis, William Shippen, Benjamin Franklin, Phineas Bond, William Coleman, Richard Peters, Joshua Maddox, Robert Strettell, Philip Syng, Thomas Leech, Thomas White, Thomas Hopkinson and Thomas Cadwalader. Followed by a contemporary copy of the 1753 Charter and signed oaths of all the College trustees from 1755 to 1776, including three additional Franklin signatures. (The restoration of this key manuscript was the gift of James Paul Hopkinson, A.B. 1945).

1116. (View facsimile) WOOLEY [WOOLLEY], EDMUND and JOHN COATS. February 1, 1749/50, Phila. James Logan, Thomas Lawrence, William Allen, John Inglis, Tench Francis, William Masters, Lloyd Zachary, Samuel McCall, Jr., Joseph Turner, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Leech, William Shippen, Robert Strettell, Philip Syng, Charles Willing, Phineas Bond, Richard Peters, Abraham Taylor, Thomas Bond, Thomas Hopkinson, William Plumsted, Joshua Maddox, Thomas White, and William Coleman. Indenture. DS, 32 wax seals. Transferring land on the west side of Fourth Street held in trust as of November 14, 1740 for George Whitefield, William Seward, John Stephen Benezet, Thomas Noble, Samuel Hazard, Robert Eastburn, James Read, Edward Evans, and Charles Brockden to provide a charity school. The land was deeded to Wooley, Coats, John Howell, and William Price by Jonathan and Mary Price on September 15, 1740. The sale price of £775/18/7¾ Pennsylvania currency is to be distributed £429/11/4 to repay Samuel Hazard and other Presbyterians under the care of Gilbert Tennent, £126/12/5¾ to Wooley and Coats for monies/work advanced or expended toward a new building, £100 to Hugh Cordrey, and lesser sums to John Nichols, Thomas Betson, John Worrel, William Rush, the estate of William Price, Thomas Bourne, John Couzins, James Bambridge, and Edward Evans.

Grantees are to educate “such numbers of Poor Children or scholars as shall be suitable to the funds they shall have” and are to appoint masters or mistresses of the school “in useful literature and the Christian Religion.” Any “regular minister of the Gospel” who signs the attached articles of religion will be allowed to preach at the school. In particular, the grantees shall permit the “free and uninterrupted use of the said Place of Worship to the Revd. Mr. George Whitefield.” Grantees are further empowered to set down rules and regulations governing the property’s use and to “found, erect, Establish and continue ... the said ... School Academy college or other seminary of Learning for instructing Youth in the languages arts and sciences.”

Signed and sealed by Benezet, Evans, Eastburn, Read, Hazard, Plumstead, Maddox, White, Coleman, Bond, Peters, Taylor, Bond, Leech, Shippen, Strettell, Syng, Willing, Masters, Zachary, McCall, Turner, Franklin, Lawrence, Allen and Inglis. Receipt signed by Woolley and Coats and by John Moland and George Read, witnesses, and Anthony Morris, Justice. Attached are articles of religion signed by Woolley.

1117. PENN, THOMAS and RICHARD PENN. July 13, 1753. Trustees of the Academy and Charitable School in the province of Pa. (Thomas Lawrence, William Allen, John Inglis, Tench Francis, William Masters, Lloyd Zachary, Samuel McCall, Jr., Joseph Turner, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Leech, William Shippen, Robert Strettell, Philip Syng, Charles Willing, Phineas Bond, Richard Peters, Abraham Taylor, Thomas Bond, Joshua Maddox, William Plumsted, Thomas White, William Coleman, Isaac Norris, and Thomas Cadwalader.) DS, paper seal with Penn arms. Charter incorporating the Trustees of the Academy and Charitable School in the province of Pa. Recites a brief history of the school beginning with the subscriptions of “several benevolent and charitable persons” for “erecting, establishing, and maintaining an academy...as well to instruct youth for reward, as poor children whose indigent and helpless circumstances demand the charity of the opulent part of mankind.” Signed by James Hamilton, Lieutenant-Governor, as witness.

1117a. n.n. [Smith, William]. March, 1755. Draft in hand of Provost Smith of two different proposed texts of the “Additional Charter” of 1755, the first draft following and incorporating the full text of the 1753 Charter (this in another clerical hand).

1118. PENN, THOMAS and RICHARD PENN. May 14, 1755. Trustees of the College, Academy, and Charitable School, in the Province of Pa. (James Hamilton, William Allen, John Inglis, Tench Francis, William Masters, Lloyd Zachary, Samuel McCall, Jr., Joseph Turner, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Leech, William Shippen, Robert Strettell, Philip Syng, Phineas Bond, Richard Peters, Abraham Taylor, Thomas Bond, Joshua Maddox, William Plumsted, Thomas White, William Coleman, Thomas Cadwalader, Alexander Stedman, and John Mifflin.) DS, paper seal with Penn arms. “Additional Charter of the College,” confirming the charter of 1753 and extending the powers of the trustees. The trustees are empowered to select a Provost, Vice-Provost, and professors, and to grant “degrees in any of the faculties, arts, and sciences, to which persons are usually admitted, in any or either of the universities or colleges of the kingdom of Great Britain.” Signed by Robert Hunter Morris, Lieutenant-Governor, as witness. (View facsimile)

1119. “Charter and Body of Laws and Statutes for the use of The Faculty of the College & Academy of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, July 11, 1755.” Contains Additional Charter of the College, Academy and Charity-School of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, printed by B. Franklin and D. Hall, 1755 (Evans 7540); manuscript “Rules and Statutes of the College, Academy and Charity-School of Philadelphia [faculty powers]; manuscript “Rules and Ordinances for the Discipline and good Government of the Students and Scholars...”; certified 1769 manuscript copy of the 1753, charter from Thomas and Richard Penn.

1120. Additional Charter of the College, & c. of Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania. [Phila., September 30, 1791]. Contains text of this charter of 1755 and also the charter of 1753, and the Pa. Acts of 1779, 1785, 1789 and (Act of Union) 1791. Printed text but bears embossed seal and certification by Jesse Y. Burk, Secretary of the Univ., 1882-1903. (View facsimile)

1121. Instrument of Incorporation of the Trustees of the Free School attached to the University of Pennsylvania, September 7, 1801. Signed by Joseph Ball, Robert Blackwell, John Bleakley, Edward Burd, George Clymer, David H. Conyngham, Alexander J[ames] Dallas, Thomas FitzSimons, Samuel M. Fox, Robert Hare, James Irvine, William Lewis, Thomas McKean, Joseph B[orden] McKean, Benjamin R. Morgan, Charles Pettit, William Rawle, Edward Shippen, Edward Tilghman, William White, and Thomas M. Willing. Certified as lawful by Edward Shippen, Jasper Yeates, Thomas Smith, Joseph B[orden] McKean. With attached instrument of enrollment signed by Timothy Matlack. DS.

1122. Certified copy of the 1753 charter from Thomas and Richard Penn issued by Land Office, Lancaster, Pa., February 19, 1810.

1123. Certified copy of the 1755 charter from Thomas and Richard Penn issued by Land Office, Lancaster, Pa., February 21, 1810.

1124. [ca. 1813]. Memorandum. Brief of Charter regulations governing the terms of qualification of Trustees, 1753-1791.