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Asa Packer Estate Accounts and Other Financial Documents, 1879-1924

Identifier: SC MS 0005

Scope and Contents

A collection of receipts, bills, statements, etc., in four separate Estate Accounts, administered by the trustees of the estate of Asa Packer, covering the period May 1879 through December 1889. Included are lists of property owned and taxes paid, statements of repairs made on buildings owned by the estate, expenses of a trial in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, salaries paid to the trustees and to other employees, and many receipts, statements, etc. concerning stocks and bonds, and loans made on them. Also included are receipts for interest and principal paid to persons named in Asa Packer's will. A collection of letters dealing with the coal royalties due to Lehigh University well into the twentieth century explains the intricate nature of the Asa Packer Estate. It is evident that the collection of letters are not complete as items mentioned in some letters are not included in the collection that was given to Special Collections.

Other material found includes correspondence, some deeds, legal documents, and financial material relating to the disposition of his estate, dating from an 1854 property transfer to dispersal statements in 1914.

Also included are 28 Financial Record Books, including the Trustees' Minute Books, Cash Books, Ledger Books, Journals, Trial Balance Books and Record Books.


  • Creation: 1854 - 1972

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Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Mystic, Connecticut, on December 29, 1805, Asa Packer was an American businessman who pioneered railroad construction in the Lehigh Valley, and financed the construction of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company. During his later life he was considered the second wealthiest man in the United States. He was also active in Pennsylvania politics, and founded Lehigh University. Packer remained president of the Lehigh Valley Railroad until his death on May 17, 1879.


12 Linear Feet

28 Volumes

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A collection of financial records, including receipts, bills, statements, etc., in four separate Estate Accounts, administered by the trustees of the estate of Asa Packer, and Lehigh University covering the period May 1879 through 1972.


Materials are arranged by date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown. (Box 7 – mostly Coal Mine Leases) Advancement Office, October 16, 2015. (Box 7, Folder 28, Union Trust, Girard Trust, Orphan's Court documents)Lorraine Wiedorn, Development office, August 2016.

Related Materials

SC LVF P119e Estate of Asa Packer (Lehigh Collection Vertical File) SC LVF P119 Packer, Asa (Lehigh Collection Vertical File)

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Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

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