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William Henry Trotter Papers

Identifier: MSS 06.2019
This collection includes letters, photographs, a types radio address, newspaper clippings, and Trotter’s journals. The eight journals in this collection describe Trotter’s journeys in and around the Pennsylvania area, detailing the geographic, avian, and fauna life of the areas he visited. They span 1898 through 1929, with gaps. Most of Trotter’s collection resides in the Ornithology Department of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where he was made a member in 1917.

This collection was purchased from Denning House Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, Philadelphia PA, Jan. 2011.


  • 1898 - 1929



0.33 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Biographical / Historical

William Henry Trotter (1869-1929), son of William Henry Trotter (1822-1898) was from a prominent Quaker family in Philadelphia. His grandfather, Nathan Trotter, was not only an importer and merchant, but he also established the “oldest and longest running metal manufacturer in the United States.” The firm produced tin items. Trotter’s father, William, as well as his uncle Charles Wes Trotter (1827-1903) and his brother Edward Hough Trotter (1857-1925) also ran the family business.
Henry Arneth Josef Riccio
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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library Manuscripts Repository

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