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Henry Phillips Jr. papers

Identifier: MS-0045

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists largely of the manuscript writings of the author dating from 1862-1892. Included are papers delivered before the American Philosophical Association, translations of French, German and Italian poetry, original one-act plays, notes regarding the development of a universal language, and research and articles on numismatics. Some business correspondence and clippings complete the collection.


  • Creation: 1852-1892


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Henry Phillips, Jr., was an author, philologist, and numismatist. He was born in Philadelphia in 1838, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1859. Although he was admitted to the Philadelphia Bar in 1859, Phillips devoted most of his life to research and writing in the fields of philology, numismatics, and folklore.

His contributions to the field of numismatics were History of American Colonial Paper Currency (1865), and History of American Continental Paper Money (1866.) He was most closely identified with the American Philosophical Society where he served at various times as curator, secretary, and librarian. He died in 1895.


2.35 Cubic Feet (5 legal size document boxes)

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Henry Phillips, Jr. (1838-1895), was an author, philologist, and numismatist. The collection consists largely of the manuscript writings of the author dating from 1862-1892.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was bequeathed to the university by Henry Phillips, Jr.


Two letters were transferred from "Some Accounts of the Bills of Credit or Paper Money of Rhode Island," by Elisha Porter (F76.R52 n.8). The Accession Number is 93-94.37. These items were added to the collection, July 2001.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joan Grattan in 1992; items added 2001.

Guide to the Henry Phillips Jr. papers
Joan Grattan
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Repository Details

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