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Treasurer--Real Estate, 1724-1914.

Subseries A: Accounts (Boxes 62-63)

Many of the properties owned by Pennsylvania Hospital were managed by real estate agents who collected rent, paid bills for the properties, and dealt with tenant issues. This subseries is composed of the receipted bills and correspondence of these agents. Because of variations in record-keeping, or the transfer of records, some materials may have become separated from the original grouping of receipts. These receipts may also be located in subseries J: Taxes, as well as in series one, subseries A: Accounts Payable, or in series three, subseries C: Building/Repairs.

Subseries B: Correspondence (Boxes 63-65)

The Correspondence subseries consists of letters regarding transfer of ownership, management, and purchase of land; much of this correspondence references land owned by John Keble and Emmor Kimber.

Subseries C: Deeds (Boxes 65, 68, 68.1, flat files)

Though small, this subseries is one of the most interesting in the Real Estate papers because of the highly varied forms of parchment and paper deeds included. The earliest deed is from 1724, the latest from 1920. In addition to their utility in tracing the ownership of various plots of land, the parchment deeds are in excellent physical condition, making them fine examples of real estate documents in the 18th century. Oversize materials are housed separately.

Subseries D: Ground Rents (Box 65)

This subseries is comprised of records of payments by tenants, leases for properties owned by the Hospital, and legal opinions regarding actions taken with tenants.

Subseries E: Insurance (Boxes 66, 68)

This subseries consists of fire insurance policies from various insurance companies. Oversize materials are housed separately.

Subseries F: Mortgages (Boxes 61, 66, 68, 68.1, flat files)

Encompassing a wide range of document types, the Mortgages subseries is comprised of bonds, title searches, mortgages, receipts, and other miscellaneous papers. There is some overlap between this subseries and the Properties subseries, though the primary division is based on the fact that papers grouped in the Mortgages subseries most often reference property owners as opposed to the properties themselves. Oversize documents are housed separately.

Subseries G: Properties (Boxes 66-68)

This subseries contains materials relating to the John Keble and Emmor Kimber properties, including bonds, statements, surveys, power of attorney documents, and titles. In addition to the Keble and Kimber properties, there are records pertaining to several properties in West Philadelphia.

Subseries H: Taxes (Box 67)

Though the majority of this subseries consists of bills and receipts for taxes, a particularly interesting aspect of this subseries is the group of correspondence and legal opinions regarding the Hospital’s non-payment of taxes in the early nineteenth century. Because of the Managers’ insistence that they should not have to pay taxes, some property was liquidated at Sheriff’s sales. After several years of protest, the Legislature ultimately granted the Hospital its tax exempt status.

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