Manuscript Group 1041, Charles H. Pell (1853 – 1906), Lawyer Papers, 1853 – 1906 | The New Jersey Historical Society

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


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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