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B. F. Fackenthal Collection of Prints

Identifier: MS 049


This collection consists primarily of prints and engravings of prominent 18th and 19th century individuals removed from 18th through early 20th century publications. The images were collected by Franklin and Marshall College trustee Benjamin F. Fackenthal, Jr. and apparently organized by him between 1927 and 1931. The prints are organized into 7 volumes by size and are arranged in alphabetical order within each volume. Name indexes are available at the beginning of each volume.


  • c.1750-1931.


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication may be restricted except by permission of copyright owner..

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Franklin Fackenthal, Jr. (1851-1941) served as a trustee of Franklin and Marshall College from 1899-1915 and as chairman of the board from 1915 until his death in 1941. He attended Lafayette College where he took courses in chemistry and metallurgy and received several honorary degrees such as Master of Arts (1891), Doctor of Science (1911), and Doctor of Laws (1929). He spent his entire career in the iron industry, serving as: superintendent of works and mines at the Durham Iron Works (1872-1875), general manager of Cooper and Rewitt's blast furnaces and mines in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, president of the Thomas Iron Company from 1893 until 1913, and as president of the Ironton Railroad from 1893 to 1926. In 1927 he assumed the presidency of Taylor, Styles and Company, knife works. Dr. Fackenthal also served as vice-president and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Easton Trust Company, and as Director of the Lehigh Portland Cement Company of Sault Ste. Marie. He was also an active member of the Bucks County Historical Society and wrote several articles on history and industrial technology. As a trustee of Franklin and Marshall, Dr. Fackenthal contributed generously to the College by giving money to build a pool, a new science laboratory and a new library, which were all named in his honor.


1 Linear feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection: Organized into albums with index listing of contents.

Ownership and Custodial History

It is presumed that this collection of prints was compiled and given to the library by B.F. Fackenthal ca. 1937.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Benjamin F. Fackenthal. Address--Riegelsville, PA. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--c.1937..

Processing Information

Processing completed April 2001

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States