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-- Manuscript Group 1041, Charles H. Pell (1853 - 1906), Lawyer Papers, 1853 - 1906

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Manuscript Group 1041, Charles H. Pell (1853-1906), Lawyer

Papers, 1853 - 1906, 2 linear feet

Call Number: MG 1041


Summary:

Chiefly business correspondence and legal papers of Charles H. Pell, a patent lawyer with the Newark firm of Drake and Company.  Included are:

1. Papers relating to litigation between Hannibal Goodwin and Eastman Kodak Company over the invention of flexible celluloid photographic film.  Among these papers are Goodwin's descriptions of his inventions, patents, and records concerning the litigation.

2. Papers of Charles H. Pell regarding the development of Branch Brook Park in Essex County, 1886-98.

3. Papers read by Pell at meetings of the Matrimonic Circle in Newark.

4. Lobbying correspondence of Ethelwyn A. Pell on behalf of the College Women's Club of Essex County, 1906-1907.

5. Business correspondence of Drake and Company, 1890-1910.

6. High school and normal school composition books of Ida E. Drake, 1879.

7. Estate papers of Oliver Drake, 1896-1910.

8. George C Vogel's Jersey City District...Survey,1923 - an illustrated account of Methodist churches and missions in the Jersey City area.

Pell represented Rev. Hannibal Goodwin (1822-1900), Rector of The (Episcopal) House of Prayer, in litigation with the Eastman Kodak Company.  Goodwin's chemical experimentation had culminated in 1887 in the invention of flexible, celluloid photographic film.  He applied for the patent in that year, but it was not granted until 1893.  Meanwhile, Henry M. Reichenbach, an Eastman Kodak chemist, filed successfully for a patent on a similar film.  Goodwin's heirs brought suit through Charles H. Pell in 1902.  The suit was successful, and, after years of litigation, the primacy of Goodwin's patent received posthumous recognition in 1914.

Gift of Mrs. Harold Deming Clark, Jr., Mrs. James A. Lyons, Jr., and Pell Hollingshead, 1958.

 

Related Collections:

Manuscript Group 1073, The House of Prayer Episcopal Church Records

 

Box/Folder List:

Box Folder Title Dates
Charles H. Pell
1 1 Papers Pertaining to the Development of Branch Brook Park 1880-1890
1 2 Papers Pertaining to the Development of Branch Brook Park 1880-1890
1 3 Genealogy of Henry Alward 1820-1942
1 4 Letters Regarding the Removal of Billboards from Orange Street, Newark 1906-1907
1 5 North Third Street Property Papers 1887
1 6 Property Boundary Dispute with Morris and Essex Railroad June - August 1891
1 7 Papers Read at Meeting of Matrimonic Circle 1890
1 8 Estate Papers 1906-1914
1 9 Bills Due, Estate of Charles H. Pell 1906
1 10 Receipts 1914-1920
1 11 Ethelwyn A. Pell. College Women's Club of Essex County 1907-1908
1 12 Papers Written By Eliza Ward Pell n. d.
1 13 Business correspondence 1896-1898
1 14 Business correspondence 1899
1 15 Business correspondence 1900-1903
2 1 Business correspondence 1904-1908
2 2 Miscellaneous 1892-1959
2 3 Miscellaneous n. d.
Oliver Drake
2 4 Drake and Company Business Correspondence 1906-1908
2 5 Drake-Cowell Suit 1890
2 6 Drake and Company Papers 1892-1910
2 7 Incorporation of Drake and Company and First Stockholders Meeting 1906
2 8 Drake and Company Correspondence with A.A.H. 1895
2 9 Drake and Company Accounts 1891
2 10 Printed Business and Calling Cards ca. 1890
2 11 Supreme Court of New Jersey, Drake-Cromwell Litigation 1877
2 12 Estimates, Specifications and Contracts for Two Fairmont Avenue Houses 1888
2 13 Receipts 1888-1894
2 14 Correspondence 1888-1894
2 15 Estate and Inventory Appraisal Papers 1896
3 1 Bank Book 1892
3 2 Estate Papers 1871-1896
3 3 Estate Papers 1896-1906
3 4 Estate Papers 1909-1910
3 5 Legal/Estate Papers 1879
3 6 National Saw Company 1898
3 7 Transparent Film Cartridge Box 1908
3 8 Patent Law ca. 1891-1910
3 9 Cauera Work 1904
3 10 Ida Drake High School Notebook 1876
3 11 Ida Drake High School Graduation 1878
Hannibal Goodwin
3 12 Reichenbach-Goodwin Patent Suit 1889-1892
3 13 Reichenbach-Goodwin patent Suit 1889-1892
3 14 Letters pertinent to Patent 1893
3 15 Patent Applications 1893 
3 16 Correspondence 1892-1893
3 17 Sunday Call Newspaper Interview on Granting of Patent for Flexible Film n. d.
3 18 Eastman-Goodwin Suit 1889
4 1 Description of Invention for Flexible Photographic Film 1891
4 2 Early Patents for Photographic Film 1859-1896
4 3 Patent Applications for Flexible Film 1887-1889
4 4 Description of Chemical Engraving for Metal Plates 1892
4 5 Photograph of Goodwin Memorial Plaque 1914
4 6 Notes at Time of Appeal 1898
4 7 Statement ca. 1890
4 8 Hales Camera Photograph ca. 1895
4 9 George G. Vogel, District Superintendent for Methodist Missions. Jersey District Survey 1923

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