Fry Family Papers, 1837-1987 (bulk 1919-1940)

Manuscript Collection #1197

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Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 1
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    Correspondence
    • Folder a
      Correspondence mainly of Crawford, Stien and Sower Families of Boston, MA, and Norristown, PA. 1837-1869. 6 items.
    • Folder b
      Correspondence to Mrs. James W. Fry (Mary Estelle Crawford Fry). 10 photographs are attached to the correspondence. 1911-1940. 14 items.
    • Folder c
      Letters and Receipts for Contributions re the Christian Association of the University of Pennsylvania. 1912-1926, 1933. 15 items.
    • Folder d  (2 items digitized)
    • Folder e  (1 item digitized)
      Correspondence and Reports mailed to Gilbert C. Fry re the International Students' House conducted by the Christian Association of the University of Pennsylvania. 1940-1945, 1964. 8 items.
    • Folder f
      Correspondence re The International Serbian Educational Committee, Inc., sponsorship of a Serbian student getting his education in the U.S. (paid for by Mr. & Mrs. James W. Fry). 1922-1925. 15 items.
    • Folder g
      Correspondence to Mrs. James W. Fry (Mary Estelle Crawford Fry) re missions in France and Belgium for orphans from WWI. 4 photographs are attached to the correspondence. 1917-1931. 26 items.
    • Folder h
      Correspondence (1928) from L. F. Yang (Yang Ling Fu) and a book written in Chinese illustrating her artwork. 2 photographs of Yang are attached to the correspondence. 1928, undated. 4 items.
    • Folder i
      Correspondence to Mrs. James W. Fry (Mary Estelle Crawford Fry) re San Miao Orphanage in Saratsi, Suiyuan Province, N. China. Some letters are written in Chinese and come with English translations attached. 11 photographs are attached to correspondence. 1914-1937. 21 items.
    • Folder j
      Items concerning the Bethel Mission in Hong Kong. 1938. 6 items.
    • Folder k
      Correspondence between Estelle Fry and her family and Dr. William Kelly, medical missionary in China. 1932-1947. 29 items.
  • Box 2
    Correspondence, Genealogical Material, Miscellaneous Items
    • Folder a
      Correspondence written to Mrs. James W. Fry (Mary Estelle Crawford Fry) from China and India. 2 photographs are attached to the correspondence. 1930-1938. 11 items.
    • Folder b
      Map representing work done in China (1920-1932) by the China International Famine Relief Commission. 1932. 2 items.
    • Folder c
      Correspondence to Gilbert C. Fry, wife Mary and their daughter Eleanore mostly from the Steenberghe family in Belgium, but also correspondents in Germany and Holland. Some letters also relate to the International Students' House at the University of Pennsylvania. 4 photographs are attached to correspondence. 1926-1947, 1966. 27 items.
    • Folder d
      Telegrams, correspondence, invitation and programs re the Memorial Service of Music for Mr. James Woods Fry presented by his International Friends at the International Students House on February 22, 1931. 1931. 12 items.
    • Folder e
      Diary containing entries (May-June 1938) and genealogy notes relating to the Stroup (Strup, Strupe, Strub), Chitty and Ruede families of Forsyth County, North Carolina. 1938. 1 item.
    • Folder f
      Correspondence (1921-1923), genealogy notes and a clipping related to Chitty Family history. 1921-1923, undated. 9 items.
    • Folder g
      Correspondence and documents related to Mary Estelle Crawford Fry's admittance into (based on her ancestor William Darrah) and membership in The Pennsylvania Society of the Colonial Dames of America. 1922-1928. 11 items.
    • Folder h
      Correspondence and documents related to Mary Estelle Crawford Fry's admittance into and membership in The Daughters of the American Revolution. Genealogy material and correspondence discuss the Crawford, Darrah and Thompson families. 1917, 1936. 20 items.
    • Folder i
      1987 History of the Women's Board of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. 1987. 1 item.
    • Folder j
      Chinese characters painted on construction paper. undated. 49 items.
    • Folder k
      Care Package Receipts (many of the packages were delivered to Mr. & Mrs. Werner Thiel of Berlin, Germany. 1947-1959. 55 items.
    • Folder l
      Miscellaneous items include a written expression of appreciation to James Strong and India Fry Strong for the reviewing stand they had outside their home for viewing the 1899 Peace Jubilee celebration of the ending of the Spanish American War; a list of China pieces (1897); 2 cloth bookmarks with Chinese characters embroidered on them; and 2 undated clippings about the arrival of White Russian Baptists in Shanghai and the exodus of UNRRA officials from China . 1897, 1899, undated. 6 items.
    • Folder m
      School notebook belonging to Mary Estelle Crawford while attending Friends Central School, Philadelphia, PA. Also includes diary entries dated 9/1/1882 to 7/4/1883. 1882-1883. 1 item.
  • Box 3
    Photographs & Etchings
    • Folder a
      Photographs of Chitty family members of Salem, N.C. Also includes 3 tintypes. 1865-1870, 1934, undated. 9 items.
    • Folder b
      Photographs of Woods family members. . undated. 5 items.
    • Folder c
      Photographs of Belgium (1916-1917 damage from World War I) and the Steenberghe family of Belgium. 1916-1955. 46 items.
    • Folder d
      Photographs of the Fry and Blackwell families of Philadelphia, PA. Also includes a photograph of the parsonage for the Church of the Brethren on 6611 Germantown Ave. in Philadelphia. undated. 19 items.
    • Folder e
      Photographs of the Harper and Stroupe families of Wilmington, N.C. Includes a photograph of the Capt. and Mrs. John W. Harper House at 811 South Front Street in Wilmington. 1896, 1901, undated. 5 items.
    • Folder f
      Photographs of unidentified family members. undated. 10 items.
    • Folder g
      Photographs of Chinese correspondents especially Dr. En Shi Tai and family of Canton, Dr. Kuang Hsun Li and family of Soochow, and the artist Yang Ling-Fu (L. F. Yang). . 1927, 1930, 1950, undated. 12 items.
    • Folder h
      Photographs of orphans from World War I in Belgium and France. undated. 17 items.
    • Folder i
      Miscellaneous photographs including snapshots of Dr. William Kelly and of unidentified scenes in China, photographs of Werner Thiel of Germany, Moravian Bishop J. Kenneth Pfohl and wife, Philip T. Mager (or Meagher), and photographs of the beach house belonging to John W. Harper (owner of Harper Line of Steamers) and a steamship carrying a lot of people and bearing a banner or flag that says "Wilmington" on it. undated. 17 items.
    • Folder j
      Photographs of unidentified people. Also includes a tintype of a child taken in 1911 at the Palms--her name is Mary Eleanor M________(the last name has faded away). 1911, undated. 7 items.
    • Folder k
      2 etchings of Rothenburg, Germany. undated. 2 items.
  • Oversize Folder os1
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    Oversize Materials
    • Photograph of women dressed in native costumes. undated. 1 item.  (item #1)
    • Photograph of Elizabeth Wong Chow, her husband Chintai Chow, and their 2 children. undated. 1 item.  (item #2)
    • 1924 panoramic shot of the banquet hall of the Filipino Association of Philadelphia Commemoration. 1924. 1 item.  (item #3)
    • 1927 panoramic shot of the banquet hall for the meeting of the Federation de L'Alliance Francaise in New York City. 1927. 1 item.  (item #4)
    • Etching of Rothenburg, Germany. undated. 1 item.  (item #6)
    • Color Japanese ukiyo-e print by Hiroshige Ando. ca. 1930. 1 item.  (item #7)
    • Pen & ink artwork for and printed proof of 1928 Christmas/New Year's holiday greeting card from The Fry Family. 1928. 1 item.  (item #8)
  • Oversize Folder os2
    Oversize Materials
    • 1916 certificate for membership of James Woods Fry in the Pennsylvania Society. 1916. 1 item.  (item #1)
    • 1880 certificate for completion of 2 years at Central High School in Pennsylvania by James W. Fry. 1880. 1 item.  (item #2)
    • 1878 certificate for completion of Jefferson Grammar School and admittance to Central High School by James Fry. 1878. 1 item.  (item #3)
    • 1925 certificate for membership in the Huguenot Society of Pennsylvania. 1925. 1 item.  (item #4)
    • 1931 certificate for membership in the Pennsylvania German Society by Estelle Fry. 1931. 1 item.  (item #5)

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