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Title Mill History, 1941 & undated
Object ID 2011.3.7
Object Name Letter
Scope & Content Springfield Mill History Letters pertaining to the grist mill on Bloomfield Farm.

7/7/1941
Copy of letter
Letter from J.R. Schramm to Dr. Thomas S. Gates. Ready for Mr. Bacon to move into Miller's house. [not in folder--10/9/2012 SM]

7/71941
Copy of letter
Letter from [J.R. Schramm] to Dr. Catherine Macfarlane. Thanks for information you provided about the mill from Dr. Douglas Mcfarlane's scrapbook. Mentions article by James F. Magee.

10/23/1942
Copy of letter
Letter from J.R. Schramm to Dr. John F. McCloskey, Thanks but no thanks for offer for some offer regarding the Miller's house. Schramm would have enjoyed living in the "little gem of a house."

1943.01.06
Copy of letter
Letter from J.R. Schramm to Mrs. Arthur R. Iliff. Provides the names of some local people who might have knowledge about the mill: Thomas J. Carney of Flourtown mentioned William Bysher of Erdenheim who lived in the Miller's House and Walter Dwyer whose father lived in the farm house. Also Miss Henrietta MCloskey of Flourtown might know something about the mill. Thanks her for her interest in history of the mill and the Arboretum.

11/07/1946
Copy of letter
Letter from J.R. Schramm to Dr. Thomas Gates. Legal work done and leases signed so Mr. Bacon and his family can move into the Miller's house, 11/1/45 - 6/1/47. Arboretum making contribution to "difficult housing situation and specifically to the Philadelphia Veterans' Advisory Committee."

11/14/1946
Copy of letter
Letter from J.R. Schramm to Dr. Thomas S. Gates regarding lease of Miller's House. We are ready for Mr. Bacon to move into Miller's house. Cleared with Mr. Saul's office. Mr. Cooper of real estate department has prepared the papers. Arboretum's contribution to Philadelphia Veterans' Advisory Committee. [not in folder--10/9/2012 SM]

10/1949
Copy of article
"Plant Acquisitions and Planting," article in Morris Arboretum Bulletin by Margaret A. Lancaster. Detailed information about plantings in 1948-1949, including species, locations, and sources. 3 pp.

8/17/1950
Copy of letter
Letter from Marjorie Penney, Director of Fellowship House, to Morris Arboretum. Thanks for use of farm by Fellowship House.

10/15/1953
Copy of letter with attachments
Letter from J.R. Schramm to Dr. Douglas MacFarlan. Thank you for letter with enclosures, including sketch of an area of the Arboretum and copy of information about Streeper Mill from MacFarlan's book. Will get book for library. Explains how Morris Foundation owns the Arboretum. Copies of MacFarlan's note to Schramm, sketch, drawing of mill, and mill information attached.

14/1955
Copy of article
Short items in the Morris Arboretum Bulletin, including Educational Plans, Public Relations, & Recreation Area near the mill. Page 24.

09/1955
Copy of article
Item in Morris Arboretum Bulletin by J.M.F., Jr. about Recreation Area. Uses by organization of the mill recreation area. 1 page.

9/1955
Copy of article
"A Flood of Waters," article in the Morris Arboretum Bulletin by J.L.B. Description of damage from the August 1955 flood spawned by hurricane Diane. 2 photographs, 2 pp. Pages 33-34.

9/1956
Copy of article
Items on Open House at Arboretum and Recreation Area, pp. 34, 39, 42 of Morris Arboretum Bulletin. E. Florens Rivinus, Thomas Carney, Dr. Schramm, Ernst J. Schreiner, Margaret Anne Lancaster.

1976 approx.
Copy of typescript and copy of newspaper articles
2 page typescript, "Springfield Mill, 1761-1976." "Bruce" [Forman] handwritten in upper left corner. Explains ownership history, mill construction. Mill is waiting for someone to restore it. Attached are copies of 2 articles by E.M. [Edward Matthews], "The Bloomfield Farm, Whitemarsh, George C. Thomas, The Piper Mill, The Streeper Family, Interesting Sketch of Valuable Property Along the Wissahickon" and "Old Mill on the Wissahickon Creek, George Streeper, John Piper, Henry A. Piper, Jacob Streeper and Other Old Notables."

1980, after
Copy of article
"Building Houses History" by Marge Cathey. Article about mill history. Newspaper? 2 photographs. 2 pp.

1982 - 1983
Copies of articles
"Arboretum History." Excerpts from Morris Arboretum Newsletter. Consists of 7 articles by Timothy R. Tomlinson, one coauthored with Agatha Hughes. Articles are about Arboretum history: John T. Morris and his plans for the Arboretum, Miss Lydia T. Morris and how she implemented the plan for the Arboretum, tributes to the Morrises at the dedication in 1933, the formative decade (1930's), Bloomfield Farm as a link to the past, how the carriagehouse was constructed and repurposed, and celebration of 50th anniversary.

11/1982
Copy of article
"Bloomfield…A Link with our Past," Arboretum newsletter. Short article by Tim Tomlinson, 2 photographs.

1985 approx.
Copy of article
After 100 years, Arboretum gets ready for a celebration. Interview with Robert Gutowski; also includes his photograph. 1 p.

5/30/1985
Copy of article
"The Springfield Mill" by Marie Kitto, article in Chestnut Hill Local. General history of the mill, urges preservation.

07/1987
Copy of article
"The Nature of the Place," article in Morris Arboretum Newsletter by Colin Franklin, Andopogon Associates, Ltd. History of growth of the area, land use changes. 1 p.

7/8/1987
Copy of article
"The Wissahickon: Forgotten Uses, Other Times." Article by Agatha H. Hughes, Research Associate. 1 page. Arboretum Newsletter.

3/20/1988
Copy of article
"Theater of the Seasons; A Year in the Life of Morris Arboretum," by Art Carey, photographed by Nick Kelsh.

10/24/1990
Copy of article
"Arboretum adapts estate to new uses" by Paul Cathey. Article in Montgomery Newspaper. Adaptation of estate carriage house designed by Theophilus Parsons Chandler to George D. Widener Education Center. 4 pp. Much based on interview with Robert Gutowski.

1993 approx.
Copy of articles
2 partial articles by Sandy Merritt relating to Morris Arboretum, Suburban Circuit series. Programs for the community blossom at the Arboretum & Morris Arboretum offers valuable volunteer opportunities

01 & 02/1993
Copy of article
"Exotica Re-created. Philadelphia's Morris Arboretum perpetuates a veritable travelogue of Victorian landscapes" by Kathleen McCormick. Article in Historic Preservation. 3 pages, one photograph. Fernery, Japanese garden, Oriental Hill, Cloud Garden. Interview with Paul Meyer.

2/8/1996
Copy of article
"Twenty years of planning come to fruition at Arboretum" by William G. Hengst. Article in Chestnut Hill Local.

4/23/2001
Copies of article, map, and title page
Map showing location of Wye oak offspring. Notation from Elinor: "Bob [Gutowski], Here's an even older Wye Oak offspring! (History on back of this page)". Also attached 2 pages about the Haverford elm, a scion of the Shackamaxon Treaty elm. Copy of title page of Penn's Woods 1682-1932 by Edward Embree Wildman (1933) and p. 128-129 re the Shackamaxon elm.

05/2002
Copy of printout of article
Printout of short paper "Mills in Springfield Township." Springfield Township Historical Society. Includes information about Springfield grist and saw mill. 2 pp.

9/2002
Computer printout
Fact sheet about Morris Arboretum, including short history, also descriptions of operations. 1p.

Undated
Copy of typescript
Transcript by W.H.R. of fragmentary notes of John T. Morris, "Recollections associated with the happy home of John T. Morris and his sister, Lydia T. Morris," arranged in chronological order. 1887 - 1913. Describes purchases, improvements to structures & grounds.

Undated
Copy of map
Map of historical sequence of land acquisitions by John and Lydia Morris, 1887-1913 & Morris Arboretum, 1948. [not in folder--10/9/2012 SM]

Original handwritten note
UndatedHandwritten note [original]. Contains two names & locations: Charles Mann, Horsham PA. Miss C.A. Beck, 504 Swede St., Norristown PA.





Date 1941-2010
People Bacon, Mr. Unk
Bysher, William
Chandler Jr., Theophilus P
Cooper, Mr.
Dwyer, Walter
Gates, Thomas S
Gutowski, Robert
Hughes, Agatha H
Kelsh, Nick
Macfarlane, Dr. Catherine
Matthews, Edward
McCloskey, MD, John F.
Mcfarlane, Dr. Douglas
Meyer, Paul
Rivinus, Marion W
Saul, Maurice Bower
Schramm, PhD, Jacob R
Year Range from 1940.0
Year Range to 2010.0