Finding Aids

A finding aid is a tool containing detailed information about a specific collection of records within an archive. The following finding aids describe archival material at Jefferson- East Falls. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are not digitally available.

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The Fred Fortess Papers
An authority on the use of fabrics in clothing and a long-time professor at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Jefferson- East Falls), Fred Fortess made numerous contributions to the textile industry, impacting the manufacturing, care, and evaluation of fibers and fabrics. The papers in this collection chart his research as well as tenure at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.

Dearnley Brothers Worsted Spinning Company and Dearnley Top Company Records
Dearnley Brothers Worsted and Spinning Company produced worsted and woolen yarns during the late 19th and early 20th centuries before it passed to Charles E. Dearnley, who created the Dearnley Top Company in 1946. This collection details the company's creations, dissolutions, production, and legal affairs through the company's business records and the personal papers of Charles E. Dearnley.

Hugh Nelson, Incorporated (Columbia Carpet Mills) Records
The Hugh Nelson, Incorporated (Columbia Carpet Mills) company was one of the oldest surviving carpet manufacturers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Hugh Nelson, Incorporated (Columbia Carpet Mills) records date from 1931 to 1957, with bulk dates from 1941 to 1957. This collection is mostly made up of correspondence between Hugh Nelson, Incorporated and vendors with which it did most of its business.

Joseph R. Foster and Sons Records
Joseph R. Foster and Sons was a Philadelphia dyeing and finishing yarn company, specializing in worsted and wool yarns. The Joseph R. Foster and Sons records consist of four ledger books detailing 16 years of the company's business records between 1930 and 1946.

William Whitaker And Sons, Incorporated Records
The William Whitaker and Sons, Incorporated records house a small portion of the records of the company. The collection dates from 1921-1977, with bulk dates of 1930 to 1964. This collection consists mostly of financial reports, graphs, and a map of the Cedar Grove Mills.

The Arlen Specter Senatorial Papers
The collection documents 30 years of Arlen Specter's Congressional service, in addition to a small amount of information on Specter's pre-Senatorial career. At approximately 1,300 boxes of archival material, the collection offers a wealth of information for researchers of all disciplines. Descriptive collection guides for all material in the Arlen Specter Senatorial Papers are available online and a selection of photographs and memorabilia is housed at the Arlen Specter Center at Jefferson- East Falls.