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Collection
Habeas Corpus Papers
Object ID
HABEAS CORPUS PAPERS
Description Level
Fonds
Collection
Habeas Corpus Papers
Description
A writ of habeas corpus is a procedure for obtaining a judicial determination of the legality of an individual's custody. This collection includes petitions for writs of habeas corpus and the writs themselves, showing the names of petitioners, persons to be brought to court, nature of dispute or alleged crime, dates of writs and accompanying documents, names of judges, and names of persons that the writs are filed against. Petitioners include indentured servants, runaway slaves, free African-Americans, convicted prisoners, those awaiting trial, relatives of prisoners, parties in child custody disputes, and relatives of army recruits and draftees. Arranged chronologically by date of filing. Handwritten, handwritten on printed forms, and a very few typewritten.
System of Arrangement
Arranged chronologically by date of filing.
Date of Accumulation
1800-1894, 1896, 1897
Creator
Prothonotary's Office
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Extent
8 cubic feet
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
HABEAS CORPUS PAPERS
Classification
RG 01-00 2313
Location
Archives
Associated Material
Lancaster County Archives has Habeas Corpus dockets:
1799-1978, ten volumes, record of writs of Habeas Corpus written.
1895-1983, 43 boxes, original petitions.
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Restricted use of original. A photocopy will be made for patron use.
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Collection
Mechanics' Liens
Object ID
MECHANICS' LIENS
Description Level
Fonds
Collection
Mechanics' Liens
Description
Liens filed by contractors showing names of parties including owner of property; description of property including location; nature of claim; description of materials and work done on property; volume and page number of recording in Mechanics' Liens Docket; and date filed.
System of Arrangement
Arranged chronologically by date filed.
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
MECHANICS' LIENS
Classification
RG 01-00 0202
Location
Archives
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Request at Reference Desk; photocopy made by staff member.
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Collection
Archive of Alice P. Fordney
Object ID
HC001
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Description Level
Fonds
Collection
Archive of Alice P. Fordney
Description
This collection contains ephemera related to Alice Potter Fordney, antiques dealer and rugmaker. Items in the collection include business correspondence with Armstrong, F. Schumacher & Co., and the Montclair art museum; personal correspondence with friends and family; hooked rug patterns; and antiques sale flyers from the early 20th century. Also included in the collection are newspaper clippings, including the obituary of Fordney's sister Ellen Franklin; reference material for rug making and interior design (informational sheets, books and patterns); several items related to the Yeates School, which Fordney's brother William Bush Fordney attended; several photographs of unidentified persons; and a statement related to the will of William J. Fordney, her uncle.
Admin/Biographical History
Alice Potter Fordney was born June 21, 1887 in Lancaster, the daughter of Ida Cox and Thomas Potter Fordney. A prominent antique dealer from the late 1920s to her retirement in 1965, Fordney also made and sold hooked rugs.
Fordney's family features prominently in Lancaster County history. Her maternal great-grandfather was John Michael, who owned the historic Grape Hotel from 1805-1839. Fordney's paternal great-grandfather William Jenkins built Wheatland in 1828 and later sold the property to President James Buchanan. Colonel William Bush Fordney, her paternal grandfather, was a prominent lawyer in Lancaster. He served as district attorney from 1839-1845 and negotiated for the loan that enabled Lancaster city to build the "water works" in the 1830s. Sarah Cox, her maternal grandmother, was a known philanthropist and for years helped to manage the Home for Friendless Children in Lancaster. Her sister, Ellen Fordney Franklin, was a "pioneer" in the industry of women's knit suits, opening her first shop in 1929 in Philadelphia.
Fordney never married. She kept in contact with her nieces and nephews, as evidenced by letters in the collection. According to notes provided by Wendell Zercher, Sarah Ellmaker McIlvaine Muench, her niece and the donor of the collection, recalled her as "warm and artistic," and "a character." She died April 17, 1973, at the age of 85.
Works Cited:
"Mrs. Franklin, pioneer of women's knit suits, dies." Daily Intelligencer Journal [Lancaster, PA], 10 May 1963, p. 2.
"Accident Fatal to Mrs. Sarah A. Cox." Daily Intelligencer Journal [Lancaster, PA], no date, page unknown.
"Miss Fordney, Antique Dealer, 85, Succumbs." Daily Intelligencer Journal [Lancaster, PA], 18 April 1973, p. 2.
"One of Lancaster's Most Prominent and Venerable Citizens Passes Away." Daily Intelligencer Journal [Lancaster, PA], 29 July 1889, p. 1.
Custodial History
From the Heritage Center of Lancaster County collection, G04.23.52.
Creator
Fordney, Alice Potter, b. 1887
People
Fordney, Alice Potter
Fordney, William Jenkins
Fordney, William Bush Jr.
Franklin, Ellen Julia Fordney
Gibbons, Alice McIlvaine
Bohlen, Sidney Franklin
Brown, Hazel Dell
Kent, William Winthrop
Higby, Everett
Embsweiler, Ruth
Gingrich, Milton E.
Graybill, John M.
Long, Yvonne
Appel, Charles Rengier
Malone, Clarence
Maclay, Helen Hurley
Rannels, Paul
Krone, Herbert B.
Howe, John
Demuth, Charles
Nauman, Gertrude Colson
Chiarell, Fred P.
Dodge, Arthur B.
Wolf, Emily
Griest, Charles J.
Hostetter, A. K.
Erb, Edna
Randall, Meda
Irvine, Blanche
Bowman, Mrs. Edward J.
Gilbert, L. J.
Clark, George W.
Pennypacker, Charles A.
Pennypacker, James G.
Daugherty, Harvey P.
Orr, Barclay
Boyer, R. J.
Knodle, Edward
Lindenmuth, J. D.
Morris, Charles R.
Morris, Grace M.
Strickler, Belle
Stokes, Agnes M.
Brenneman, Mary Rue Bard
Subjects
Rugs
Rugs, Hooked
Antique dealers
Interior decoration
Armstrong Cork Company
Armstrong World Industries
F. Schumacher & Co.
Letters
Student newspapers & periodicals
Montclair Art Museum
Patterns for crafts
Fordney, William J. (William Jenkins), 1844-1926
American newspapers -- Sections, columns, etc. -- Women
House & Garden
Woman's World Magazine
Farm Journal Media
Brown, Hazel Dell, 1892-1982
Kent, William Winthrop, 1860-1955
Search Terms
Albert Steiger Company
Antique dealers
Antique sales
Armstrong Cork Company
Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
Berlinwork patterns
Cheney Silks
Cheney Weaves
Christmas V-mail
Correspondence
Cricket Club
Dickinson Presbyterian Church
Estate sales
F. Schumacher & Co.
Farm Journal Media
Fiber arts
Gilbert's store
Griest Homestead
Guernsey Sales Pavilion
Hager's Department Store
Hershey Fire Hall
Hooked rugs
House & Garden
Interior decoration
Kleinfelter's auction rooms
Letters
Montclair Art Museum
Odd Fellow's Hall
Olson Rugs
Patterns for crafts
Rossmere Hotel
Rug patterns
Rugs
State Armory Hall
Woman's World Magazine
Yeates School
Blue and Brown (Yeates School)
Finding aids
Manuscript groups
Extent
3 boxes, 37 folders, 4.5 cubic ft.
Object Name
Fonds
Language
English
Object ID
HC001
Location
LancasterHistory.org
Room
Archives South
Wall
Side 1
Related Item Notes
See photograph collection.
See curatorial collection for examples of rugs.
Fordney Family Diaries, MG-539
Access Conditions / Restrictions
The kraft paper patterns in Folders 33-37 are restricted. Please make an appointment with the Director of Archival Services to view these items.
Copyright
Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.
Credit
Archive of Alice P. Fordney (HC-1), Box #, Folder #, LancasterHistory.org
Documents
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