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Collection
David McNeeley Stauffer Papers
Object ID
MG0369
Date Range
1859-1889
  1 document     1 image  
Description Level
Fonds
Collection
David McNeeley Stauffer Papers
Description
This collection contains a sketchbook and copybook of Jacob Stauffer and his son, David McNeeley Stauffer. The sketch of a log house and watercolor of the Mathiot House are both attributed to David McNeeley Stauffer. Letters written to D. M. Stauffer refer to The Intelligencer, genealogy related to a portrait, and his collection of signatures.
Admin/Biographical History
David McNeely Stauffer (1845-1913)
Stauffer's extraordinary life began in 1845, in Mount Joy. His father was Jacob Stauffer and his mother was Mary Ann McNeely. He was raised by his stepmother since his mother passed when he was only a year old. His childhood home had somewhat of a local legend which claimed it was haunted by the unpleasant pirate who built it.
Around 1858, economic trouble forced the Stauffers to relocate to Lancaster City. His father took a job at the Lancaster Athenaeum library (on the 3rd floor of the old city hall) for small pay with the arrangement that he could establish his patent office there. David was inseparable from his father and spent more time at the library than he did at his home on North Duke Street.
From a young age David was enormously successful in school, no doubt due to his long hours at the library and absorbing the teachings of his father who was interested in natural sciences. He graduated from high school at an accelerated pace and earned his diploma at the age of 16. From there, he attended Franklin and Marshall college on a scholarship.
A crisis strikes Lancaster in 1862 with the invasion of the confederate army into Maryland. David, along with fellow classmates, were raised into a slapdash and disastrously ill prepared unit. They were eventually involved in the battle of Antietam if one uses the term "involved" loosely. Having virtually no experience or training they were kept out of the fight. After the short-lived adventure David returned to school for another year but, possibly hoping to see more action, he rejoined the service as an artillery man. Later, he accepted a job on the railways before he was offered an appointment as Master's Mate in the navy and he once again joined the military.
After his service, he returned to railroad work where he was determined to become an engineer. By 1870 he had achieved this goal, being appointed head engineer for construction of a Philadelphia street bridge. David was 25 years old. He worked diligently as an engineer for many years and finally opening his own business in New York as a consulting engineer in 1882. Stauffer was in high demand as he was considered an expert in his trade and was widely known. He was the second American to ever become a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers in London. He also became part-owner and chief editor for "Engineering News" for 23 years.
He was very active socially, largely invested in civic improvement, and belonged to numerous societies and clubs. He was also well-traveled. Appreciative of many arts, he took a particular interest in engravings which he collected. He even published a book which is critical to many collectors today: "American Engravers upon Copper and Steel".
Stauffer married rather late in life, at the age of 47, but his meeting with his wife is so extraordinary it sounds more like a sketch from a Melville novel. A shipwreck is the romantic occasion upon which these two lovers met, David and his future wife, Florence Scribner. David had been asked on an assignment for the Engineering News and Florence had been accompanying her father on a steamship when it wrecked in the Caribbean. They were married no more than a year later and set up residence in Yonkers, New York where he died in 1913.
Stauffer's passion for sketching was no doubt due to his father whose botanical sketches are still widely admired today. Of note is David's bookplate design used by Lancaster County Historical Society, which is one of many that he designed. He also left a legacy of no less than 70 drawings of early Lancaster City buildings, an unparalleled collection. Some buildings he documented still stand today; some weren't even standing when he drew them. He drew some earlier buildings that had been destroyed using only the descriptions from those who remembered them and historical documents.
Sources:
"David McNeely Stauffer". Elizabeth Clarke Kieffer. Papers of the Lancaster County Historical Society, vol. 56. 1952 no.7David McNeely Stauffer could be called many things: scholar, soldier, traveler, engineer, artist, collector, author. Clearly a man of many talents and many pursuits, in his life he seemed determined to collect a wide variety of experiences.
"Biographical Sketch of David McNeely Knox Stauffer". John W. Jordan. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 37. (Philadelphia : PA).
"David McNeely Stauffer: The Little-Known Legacy He Left to Lancaster." A Talk to the Lancaster County Historical Society by C. Eugene Moore. May 7th, 1996.
"David McNeely Stauffer Aids Today's Scholars" in Artists' Album/Lancaster County. Gerald S. Lestz. Science Press, 1983.
Works by Stauffer:
"Documentary History of the Borough of Lancaster"
"American Engravers upon Copper and Steel"
Custodial History
Processed and finding aid prepared 2010; revised 2014, 2015.
Date Range
1859-1889
Creation Date
1859-1889
Year Range From
1859
Year Range To
1889
Creator
Stauffer, David McNeeley, 1845-1913
People
Duportail, [Louis Leb├Ęgue]
Gratz, Simon
Hensel, William Uhler
Montgomery, James
Montgomery, Robert
Montgomery, William A.
Rice, James M.
Stauffer, David McNeeley
Stauffer, Jacob
Other Creators
Stauffer, Jacob
Subjects
Drawings
Letters
Sketchbooks
Watercolors
Watercolor painting
Search Terms
Drawings
Letters
Sketchbooks
Watercolor painting
Manuscript groups
Finding aids
Extent
5 folders, .25 cubic ft.
Object Name
Archive
Language
English
Object ID
MG0369
Other Numbers
MG-369
Other Number
MG-369
Classification
MG0369
Location
LancasterHistory
Room
Archives South
Wall
Side 9
Location of Originals
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Related Item Notes
See also: David McNeely Stauffer drawings in the Curatorial Collection
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Please use digital images and transcriptions when available. Original documents may be used by appointment. Patrons must make an appointment with the Director of Archival Services to view the sketchbook in Folder 1. Please contact research@lancasterhistory.org at least two weeks prior to visit.
Copyright
Collection may not be photocopied. Please direct questions to Research Center Staff at research@lancasterhistory.org.
Permission for reproduction and/or publication must be obtained in writing from LancasterHistory.
Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Images
Documents
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Collection
Constables' and Detectives' Bonds
Object ID
Constable F060 I008
Description Level
Item
Collection
Constables' and Detectives' Bonds
Description
Bonds posted by constables, showing names of constable and surety; date and amount of bond; conditions of obligation; signatures of constable, surety, and witnesses; and date filed. Arr. chron. by date filed. No index. Hdw. and typed on ptd. fm.
Admin/Biographical History
The County of Lancaster has given LancasterHistory.org custodial responsibility of this collection.
System of Arrangement
Arranged by year; alphabetical by surname with in year.
Constables' Bonds: 1809, 1811, 1825, 1826, 1829, 1830-1849, 1875, 1888, 1893-1924.
Detectives' Bonds: 1890-1896, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1906, 1927
Includes: Remonstrations, affirmations, petitions, bonds, receipts, notices.
Creation Date
1809-1927, inc.
Date of Accumulation
1809-1927, inc.
Year
1903
Creator
Clerk of Courts of Lancaster County
People
Stauffer, Jacob G.
Stoner, Eli
Search Terms
Constables' Bonds
Detectives' Bonds
Bonds
Elizabethtown
Place
Elizabethtown
Extent
4 boxes, 2 cu. ft.
Object Name
Bond, Legal
Language
English
Condition
Good
Object ID
Constable F060 I008
Classification
RG 02-00 0558
Location
LancasterHistory.org
Room
Archives West 1
Box Number
002
Additional Notes
Additional name: Jacob G. Stauffer.
1 item, 1 piece
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Request at Reference Desk; photocopy or PDF made by staff member.
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Collection
Liquor License Papers
Object ID
Tav 1818 F10 I10
Description Level
Item
Collection
Liquor License Papers
System of Arrangement
Arranged by municipalities by year.
Year
1818
People
Stauffer, Jacob
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Place
Hempfield Twp.
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Excellent
Object ID
Tav 1818 F10 I10
Classification
RG 02-00 0602
Location
Archives
Container
005
Box Number
005
Additional Notes
Petitioner from Lampeter Twp.
Located on the Lancaster and Marietta Turnpike.
Formerly occupied by Robert McDonald.
Petition granted.
Signers of Petition: W. B. Ross, Henry Diffenbaugh, William Parker, Peter Yordy, John Bachman, D. Evans.
1 Item, 1 Piece
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Request at Reference Desk; photocopy made by staff member.
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Collection
Quarter Sessions
Object ID
AUG 1875 F131 QS
Description Level
Item
Collection
Quarter Sessions
System of Arrangement
Organized by Court of Quarter Sessions term.
Arranged by case number within each term.
Year
1875
People
Stauffer, Jacob
Search Terms
Quarter Sessions
Charge: assault and battery
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
AUG 1875 F131 QS
Case Number
126.000
Classification
RG 02-00 0908
Location
Archives
Additional Notes
Assault and battery.
1 item, 1 piece
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Request at Reference Desk; photocopy made by staff member.
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Collection
Liquor License Papers
Object ID
Tav 1867 F06 I12
Description Level
Item
Collection
Liquor License Papers
System of Arrangement
Arranged by municipalities by year.
Year
1867
People
Riesinger, Peter
Atlee, Samuel J.
Stauffer, Jacob C.
Minich Henry G.
Search Terms
Liquor License
Columbia
Place
Columbia
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
Tav 1867 F06 I12
Classification
RG 02-00 0602
Location
Archives West
Container
035
Box Number
035
Additional Notes
To be known as Lamb Tavern.
Known as the Lamb Tavern.
Bond: Stauffer, Jacob C.; Minich, Henry G.
12 signatures in support of petition transfer from Miller, Jacob J.
12 signatures in support of petition for an eating house.
Approved.
November term.
3 items, 3 pieces
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Request at Reference Desk; photocopy made by staff member.
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Collection
Renunciations
Object ID
Ren 1901 F052
Description Level
Fonds
Collection
Renunciations
Description
Renunciations are papers filed in the Orphans' Court by executors of an estate who do not wish to administer that estate. They show the name of the decedent, the decedent's place of residence, the name of the person renouncing administration, the name of the replacement administrator to be appointed, and date. The relationship between the decedent, the executor, and the administrator is usually shown. Arranged chronologically and then alphabetically within each year.
System of Arrangement
Arranged chronologically and then alphabetically within each year.
Date of Accumulation
1762-1820, 1821-1842, 1880-1906
Year
1901
Creator
Register of Wills
People
Helman, Rebecca
Helman, Harrison
Helman, Henry
Grosh, Mary
Helman, Amelia
Helman, Sybilla
Stauffer, Jacob H.
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Search Terms
Renunciation
Mount Joy
Place
Mount Joy
Extent
12 cubic feet
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
Ren 1901 F052
Classification
RG 03-00 0115
Location
Archives
Container
020
Box Number
020
Associated Material
Administrators Accounts
Miscellaneous Orphans' Court Papers
Additional Notes
Renouncers: Helman, Harrison; Helman, Henry; Grosh, Mary; Helman, Amelia; Helman, Sybilla.
Administrator: Stauffer, Jacob H.
1 item, 1 piece
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Restricted use of original. A photocopy will be made for patron use.
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Collection
Renunciations
Object ID
Ren 1901 F115
Description Level
Fonds
Collection
Renunciations
Description
Renunciations are papers filed in the Orphans' Court by executors of an estate who do not wish to administer that estate. They show the name of the decedent, the decedent's place of residence, the name of the person renouncing administration, the name of the replacement administrator to be appointed, and date. The relationship between the decedent, the executor, and the administrator is usually shown. Arranged chronologically and then alphabetically within each year.
System of Arrangement
Arranged chronologically and then alphabetically within each year.
Date of Accumulation
1762-1820, 1821-1842, 1880-1906
Year
1901
Creator
Register of Wills
People
Stauffer, Maria
Stauffer, Jacob
Stauffer, Franklin
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Search Terms
Renunciation
West Earl Twp.
Place
West Earl Twp.
Extent
12 cubic feet
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
Ren 1901 F115
Classification
RG 03-00 0115
Location
Archives
Container
020
Box Number
020
Associated Material
Administrators Accounts
Miscellaneous Orphans' Court Papers
Additional Notes
Renouncer: Stauffer, Jacob.
Administrator: Stauffer, Franklin.
1 item, 1 piece
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Restricted use of original. A photocopy will be made for patron use.
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Collection
Liquor License Papers
Object ID
Tav 1858 F49 I08
Description Level
Item
Collection
Liquor License Papers
System of Arrangement
Arranged by municipalities by year.
Year
1858
People
Kendig, Martin
Stauffer, Jacob C.
Mumma, Joseph B.
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Search Terms
Mountville, West Hempfield Twp.
Place
Mountville, West Hempfield Twp.
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
Tav 1858 F49 I08
Classification
RG 02-00 0602
Location
Archives
Container
026
Box Number
026
Additional Notes
Bonds: Jacob C. Stauffer, Joseph B. Mumma.
Receipt.
Signers of petition: G. W. Leib, Jacob Myers, Henry Neff, John H. Hougendobler, John Develin, John Kauffman, David Bixler, D. W. Witmer, D. H. Weidler, Willam Seitz, Jacob Will, John Fridy, John W. Berntheisel, Jacob Fry, A. K. Rohrer.
3 items, 3 pieces
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Request at Reference Desk; photocopy made by staff member.
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Collection
Liquor License Papers
Object ID
Tav 1821 F08 I03
Description Level
Item
Collection
Liquor License Papers
System of Arrangement
Arranged by municipalities by year.
Year
1821
People
Stauffer, Jacob
Fornwalt, John
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Place
Earl Twp.
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Excellent
Object ID
Tav 1821 F08 I03
Classification
RG 02-00 0602
Location
Archives
Container
005
Box Number
005
Additional Notes
Owned by Jacob Stauffer.
Located between Hinkletown and Ephrata on the turnpike leading from Downingtown to Harrisburg.
Formerly occupied by John Fornwalt.
Petition granted.
January term.
Signers of Petition: Daniel Hahn, John Gross, Henry [Schminky], John Coonen, H. H. Heitler, Samuel Mohler, Andrew Hauck, R. Diller, Henry Roland, Henry Spera, Philip Sauer.
1 Item, 1 Piece
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Request at Reference Desk; photocopy made by staff member.
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Collection
Administrators Accounts
Object ID
AdAcct 1875 F031 S
Description Level
Item
Collection
Administrators Accounts
System of Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by year.
Year
1875
People
Stauffer, Anna
Stauffer, Jacob L.
Stauffer, Adam L.
Risser, Peter
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Place
Elizabeth Twp.
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
AdAcct 1875 F031 S
Classification
RG 04-00 0150
Location
Archives
Container
376
Box Number
376
Additional Notes
Stauffer, Jacob L.; Stauffer, Adam L.; Risser, Peter. Executors.
2 items, 4 pieces
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Request at Reference Desk; photocopy made by staff member.
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