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Herbert H. Rawnsley Autograph Collection

Identifier: MS 050


This collection consists of unpublished correspondence and documents dating from the 13th through 20th centuries relating to and/or signed by historically prominent individuals. Also included in the collection are examples of English and American (Pennsylvania) legal papers such as deeds and a few early examples of published material such as newspapers.


  • c.1200-1976,
  • Majority of material found within 1500-1945


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Herbert H. Rawnsley of Washington, PA collected these documents from ca. 1965 through 1985 mostly from dealers in Great Britain. Mr. Rawnsley was born in 1919 in Conshohocken PA. He was a 1936 graduate of Franklin and Marshall Academy, a 1940 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical school. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in WWII and later practiced obstetrics and gynecology at St. Luke Hospital (Bethlehem) Magee Women's Hospital (Pittsburgh), and Washington (PA) Hospital. He died in 2004.


5 Linear feet (4.5 boxes)

1 Linear feet (5 flat boxes)

.20 Linear feet (1 flat drawer)

Language of Materials



Collection: Organized into 3 major series corresponding to type of document. Series 1) contains autographed or signed documents by American Notables, English Rulers, English Notables, Authors, Nazis, Scientists, Inventors, and Physicians; Series 2) Specimens of Legal and Business Documents containing deeds, grants, patents, bills of sale, etc; Series 3) Specimens of printed materials consisting of newspapers, book leaves and prints.

Ownership and Custodial History

Personal collection of authentic autographed and historical documents purchased / collected by Dr. H.H. Rawnsley ca. 1965-1985 and given to the Library in 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Herbert H. Rawnsley. Address--Washington, PA. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--2001..

Processing Information

Processing completed August 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