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History Club of Philadelphia
Records, 1894 - 1899

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Prepared by DiAnna Hemsath
March 2005

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Photograph of four Penn history professors who were members of the History Club of Philadelphia. Left to right: Edward Potts Cheyney, Dana C. Munro, John B. McMaster and James Harvey Robinson


Transferred from UPA 3 1820-1930, one folder in box 25 in March 2005.



The collection is divided into two series; correspondence and minutes. Both series are arranged chronologically.



The History Club of Philadelphia was organized on 25 April, 1894, in accordance with the following memorandum:

Philadelphia, April 25, 1894.

Dear Sir:-

At a meeting for the organization of the History Club, called for Friday evening, April 6th, at the University Club, the following persons were present:--Mr. T.D. Stone; Prof. Morris Jastrow, Jr.; Mr. D.C. Munro; Prof. F.N. Thorpe; Mr. Howard M. Jenkins; Prof. John L. Stewart; Prof. J.H. Robinson and Mr. Herbert Friedenwald.

The objects and purposes of such a club were discussed in an informal manner, and the following preliminary regulations were agreed upon:-

  1. Meetings are to be held on the first Wednesday of the months from November to April inclusive, at the houses of the members, or at such places as they may see fit to provide. The host of the evening to have the privilege of inviting persons other than members to attend the meetings.
  2. The refreshments that any member may offer the Club, are to be strictly limited to one dish, hot or cold, beer and Apollinaris, coffee and cigars.
  3. Absence from three (3) consecutive meetings of the Club without a written or verbal excuse made to the executive committee is to be regarded as the equivalent of the resignation from membership in its club.
  4. The membership of the Club is to be limited to twenty persons. Persons proposed for membership are to be nominated in open meeting, the nomination to be then referred to the executive committee for action.
  5. The arrangement of the details of each meeting, is to be left to the executive committee, consisting of the officers of the Club; a President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, who are to hold office for one year.
  6. The order of procedure at the meetings shall be: 1st. A paper not exceeding thirty minutes in length. 2nd. Briefer communications. 3rd. New business.

The officers elected for the ensuing year were:-President, Prof. James Harvey Robinson; Treasurer, Prof. John L. Stewart; Secretary, Mr. Herbert Friedenwald.

The members of the Club are:

Prof. Chas. M. Andrews. i Mr. Howard M. Jenkins. ii
Dr. Daniel G. Brinton. iii Pr. John B. McMaster.iv
Prof. E. P. Cheyney. v Mr. Dana C. Munro. vi
Prof. Roland P. Falkner. vii Judge S. W. Pennypacker. viii
Mr. Herbert Friedenwald. Prof. J. H. Robinson. ix
Prof. Alfred Gudeman. x Prof. J. L. Stewart. xi
Prof. Herman V. Hilprecht. xii Mr. F. D. Stone.
Prof. Morris Jastrow, Jr. xiii Mr. Charlemange Tower, Jr. xiv
Prof. Francis N. Thorpe. xv Prof. Henry Willis.


J. H. Robinson.  
J. L. Stewart. Executive Committee.
H. Friedenwald.  

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The correspondence series contains two items; the first item is a letter, dated October 24, 1898 from John L. Stewart to William Hall. In the letter, Mr. Stewart is resigning as Secretary of the club. The second item in the correspondence series is a receipt, dated March 9, 1899, from the Printing and Binding House in the amount of one dollar and thirty-five cents. The receipt documents printing services for "200 cards and 30 postals" given to Dr. William E. Yost.

The minutes series contains two items, the first item is a set of three loose leaf pages of meeting minutes dated April 25, 1894 (transcribed in the Agency History Section). The second item in the minutes series is a bound volume, dated 1894-1899, entitled "Record Book of the History Club of Philadelphia." The hand-written volume lists the officers for the years 1894-1895; 1895-1896; 1896-1897; 1897-1898; and 1898-1899. The volume also lists the members for the years 1896-1897 and 1898-1899. Included in the volume are minutes from the meetings beginning on November 4, 1896 and continuing through April 21, 1899. The Secretary omitted minutes for the following months; November 1897, March 1898 and April 1898. The minutes include the names of attendees; notes on club business, such as officer election results; and the name and title of any papers or communications presented at the meeting. Some examples of the paper topics include "British Criticism of the United States" by Professor John Bach McMaster presented on February 17, 1899; "The Biography of Agricola by Tacitus" by Professor Alfred Gudeman on January 5, 1898 and "The Study of Classics in the Middle Ages" by Professor Dana C. Munro on November 4, 1896.



For papers related to the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania, including information about John Bach McMaster and other early faculty members, see the Collections of the University Archives Guide to the School of Arts and Sciences Department of History Records, 1910-1997, UPB 1.9H.

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i Charles McLean Andrews; Professor of History at Bryn Mawr College 1889-1898, President American Historical Association. American National Biography.(Return to text)

ii Howard Malcolm Jenkins; historian, editor of Friends' Intelligencer. Who Was Who in America, 632 (1897-1942). (Return to text)

iii Daniel G. Brinton, M.D., SC. D.; Professor of American Archaeology and Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Catalogue 16 (1893-1894). (Return to text)

iv John Bach McMaster, A.M.; Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Catalogue 15 (1893-1894). (Return to text)

v Edward Potts Cheyney, A.M.; Assistant Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Catalogue 17 (1893-1894). (Return to text)

vi Dana C. Munro, A.M.; Instructor in History, University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Catalogue 29 (1893-1894). (Return to text)

vii Roland P. Falkner, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Catalogue 18 (1893-1894). (Return to text)

viii Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker; Governor of Pennsylvania 1903-1907; Who Was Who in America 958 (1897-1942).(Return to text)

ix James Harvey Robinson, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Catalogue 18 (1893-1894).(Return to text)

x Alfred Gudeman, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Classical Philology, University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Catalogue 19 (1893-1894).(Return to text)

xi John L. Stewart, Swarthmore College.(Return to text)

xii Hermann V. Hilprecht, Ph.D., Professor of Assyrian, and Curator of Babylonian Antiquities, University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Catalogue 18 (1893-1894).(Return to text)

xiii Morris Jastrow, Jr., Ph.D.; Professor of Semitic Languages, and Assistant Librarian, University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Catalogue 16 (1893-1894).(Return to text)

xiv Charlemagne Tower, Jr.; Diplomat and financier. Who Was Who in America, 1247 (1897-1942).(Return to text)

xv Francis M. Thorpe, Ph.D.; Professor of American Constitutional History, University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Catalogue 18 (1893-1894).(Return to text)