Fry Family Papers, 1837-1993

Manuscript Collection #1197

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  • Box 1
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    Correspondence
    • Folder a
      Correspondence mainly of Crawford, Stien (Stein), and Sower Families of Boston, MA, and Norristown, PA. Discusses the celebrations of Fourth of July and Christmas, and time spent visiting other family members. Letter from March 10, 1869 includes a small book of music, “Responses at High Mass in the Hof-Kirche in Dresden.” 1837-1869.
    • Folder b
      Correspondence to Mrs. James W. Fry (Mary Estelle Crawford Fry). 10 photographs are attached to the correspondence. 1911-1940.
    • Folder c
      Letters and receipts for contributions from the Fry family to the Christian Association of the University of Pennsylvania, including donations for the Building Fund Campaign. 1912-1933.
    • Folder d  (2 items digitized)
    • Folder e  (1 item digitized)
      Correspondence and reports pertaining to the Board of Managers of the International Students House conducted by the Christian Association of the University of Pennsylvania. Correspondence sent to Gilbert Crawford Fry. 1941, 1945, 1948, 1964.
    • Folder f
      Correspondence between Mr. & Mrs. James W. Fry and Dr. Rosalie Morton of The International Serbian Educational Committee, Inc., concerning sponsorship of Dragisha Perishitch, a Serbian student getting his education in the U.S. (paid for by Mr. & Mrs. Fry). 1922-1924.
    • Folder g
      Correspondence to Mrs. James W. Fry (Mary Estelle Crawford Fry) concerning missions in France and Belgium for orphans from WWI; many of the letters are in French. 4 photographs are attached to the correspondence. 1917-1932.
    • Folder h
      Correspondence 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.
    • Folder i
      Correspondence to Mrs. James W. Fry (Mary Estelle Crawford Fry) concerning San Miao Orphanage in Saratsi, Suiyuan Province, N. China. Primarily relates to the support of two children: Hsing-seng-tsi and Ma-li-ia. Some letters are written in Chinese and come with English translations attached. 11 photographs are attached to correspondence. 1914-1937.
    • Folder j
      Items concerning the Bethel Mission in Hong Kong, including the war’s effects on the country. 1938.
    • Folder k
      Correspondence between Estelle Fry & her family and Dr. William Kelly, while working as a medical missionary in China and Mongolia. A Chinese bank note worth twenty copper coins is attached to the April 1938 correspondence. Also includes the 1993 annual report of The Presbyterian Hospital, Changteh, Hunan (China). 1932-1947, 1993.
  • Box 2
    Correspondence, Genealogical Material, Miscellaneous Items
    • Folder a
      Correspondence written to Mrs. James W. Fry (Mary Estelle Crawford Fry) from people in China and India who had been adopted by the Fry family. 2 photographs are attached to the correspondence. 1930-1939.
    • Folder b
      Correspondence to Gilbert C. Fry, wife Mary and their daughter Eleanore mostly from the van 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. Includes some correspondence in French, without translation. 3 photographs are attached to correspondence. 1926-1947, 1966.
    • Folder c
      Telegrams, correspondence, invitation, and programs concerning the Memorial Service of Music for Mr. James Woods Fry presented by his International Friends at the International Students House on February 22, 1931.
    • Folder d
      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.
    • Folder e
      Correspondence (1922-1923), genealogy notes, and an obituary related to Chitty family history. 1921-1923, undated.
    • Folder f
      Correspondence and documents related to Mary Estelle Crawford Fry's admittance into and membership in The Pennsylvania Society of the Colonial Dames of America, based on her ancestor William Darrah. Includes her membership application with genealogical information. 1922-1928.
    • Folder g
      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.
    • Folder h
      1987 History of the Women's Board of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
    • Folder i
      Chinese characters painted on construction paper. Undated.
    • Folder j
      CARE (Cooperative for American Remittances to Everywhere Inc.) Package Receipts. Many of the packages were delivered to Mr. & Mrs. Werner Thiel of Berlin, Germany. 1917-1960.
    • Folder k
      Miscellaneous items include a list of China pieces given as a wedding gift (1897); a written expression of appreciation to James Strong and India Fry Strong for the reviewing stand they had outside their home for the 1899 Peace Jubilee celebration of the ending of the Spanish American War; 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.
    • Folder l
      School notebook belonging to Mary Estelle Crawford while attending Friends Central School, Philadelphia, PA. Includes notes for arithmetic, author biographies, and lyrics for songs and hymns. Also includes diary entries dated 9/1/1882 to 7/4/1883.
  • Box 3
    Photographs & Etchings
    • Folder a
      Photographs of Chitty family members of Salem, N.C. Also includes 3 tintypes. 1865-1870, 1934, undated.
    • Folder b
      Photographs of Woods family members. Undated.
    • Folder c
      Photographs of Belgium (1916-1917) damage from World War I) and the van Steenberghe family of Belgium. 1916-1955.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Folder f
      Photographs of unidentified family members. Undated.
    • 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.
    • Folder h
      Photographs of orphans from World War I in Belgium and France. Undated.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Folder k
      Two etchings of Rothenburg, Germany. Undated.
  • Oversize Folder os1
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    Undated photographs of 12 women dressed in native costumes and of Elizabeth Wong Chow and family; and panoramic shots (1924, 1927, 1939) of banquet halls for Filipino Assoc. of Philadelphia Commemoration (Mr. & Mrs. Fry are pictured), the Federation de L'Alliance Francaise in New York City, and of the International Students' House Philomusian Club in Philadelphia. An etching of the entrance to Kobolzeller Tor in Rothenburg, Germany; color Japanese ukiyo-e print titled "Mt. Hiyoriyama in Shima Provinco" by Hiroshige Ando (ca. 1930); and pen & ink artwork for and printed proof of 1928 Christmas/New Year's holiday greeting card.
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Included are 1916 certificate for membership of James W. Fry in the Pennsylvania Society by descent from John Keyser; school certificates (1878, 1880) for James Fry from Jefferson Grammar School and Central High School in Pennsylvania; certificates (1925, 1931) for membership in the Huguenot Society of PA and the Pennsylvania German Soc.; and map representing work done in China (1920-1932) by the China International Famine Relief Commission.

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