MG 400 - German Family Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains papers concerning several generations of the German family. They include:

A large album of artwork collected by Anna M. German in memory of her sister Jean German Moore

The Call to Arms sent to Philip German I to march to the relief of Baltimore in 1814

Letters written by Philip German I in 1828 & 1830

The Lutheran Church Almanac, 1868, from the E. S. German Book Store and a handbill advertising football tickets for sale at the Book Store

An address book of Philip German, undated

Publications such as the Official Army Register, 1862, the Historical Sketch of the City Grays, 1895, a City Directory, 1898, a Directory of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1913, a booklet, "Message from the President of the U. S. concerning the Panama Canal," 1906

Photos of the city of Harrisburg and an advertisement for the American Flag

Personal, Military and Historical scrapbook of Philip German, 1862-1940

A catalogue of books contained in a bookcase that was donated to the Society in 1947

Albums of verse written by friends belonging to Harriet Rodearmel, 1844, and Rebecca Fisher, 1844-1849, and a Public School Song Book belonging to Rebecca Rodearmel, 1861

Sketchbook, 1862-1872, of Annie Rodearmel German and small landscapes

Letters, invoices, leases, and list of paintings of Annie Rodearmel German

Technical High School memorabilia of Philip German III including issues of the Tech Tatler, 1910-1912

A book of dates belonging to Anna German, 1909

Issues of The Argus published by students of Harrisburg High School, 1909-1910, and other school items of Anna M. German

A card from the Art Association of Harrisburg showcasing the Rodearmel German Gallery established by Anna M. German and Mabel German Coleman as a memorial to their mother Annie Rodearmel German with a listing of her paintings

Correspondence and news clippings, 1977-78

A booklet, "Municipal Building," undated

Copies of family photos (originals transferred to Photo Archives) and miscellaneous items: Catalogue of the Lititz Academy for Boys, 1865 and a Genealogical Record of the Families of Beatty, Egle, Muller, Murray, Orth and Thomas, 1886

A facsimile copy of General Washington's account of expenses during the Revolutionary War; issues of the Daily Telegraph from March, 1861 describing Lincoln's administration, April, 1865, reporting the facts of Lincoln's assassination and issues of the Philadelphia Inquirer from April, 1865, describing the Great Tragedy of the assassination; and the supplement of the Public Ledger of December, 1913 with the reproductions of the mural paintings by Violet Oakley in the Pennsylvania State Capitol; marriage certificate of Philip German and Annie Rodearmel, marriage certificate of Henry Rodearmel and Harriet Fisher, a print of the Court House in the 1700's, description of the Victorian bedroom, notarized statement by Anna German and Mabel German Coleman, and a verse by Lord Byron entitled "The Dream," which inspired a painting by Anna German; and a large lithograph certificate of marriage for Thomas Moore and Jenne German.

Two maps of early Harrisburg

A family album created by Anna M. German and the Rodearmel Genealogy and Family Records

Photo albums and a scrapbook of Philip German's activities during his time of service in the military can be found in the City Grays Collection, MG 125.


The first Philip German, a native of Germany, came to Harrisburg in 1800 and established a brewery, celebrated for its "Cream Beer." His son Emanuel S. German, born in Harrisburg in 1821, established the first exclusively religious bookstore in the United States at Harrisburg in 1841 or 1842 and conducted it till 1878 when he was succeeded by his sons John and Philip. Philip, b. 1849, d. 1941, married Annie Mary Rodearmel, b. 1850, d. 1939, and had six children: William Henry, Mabel, Jennie Fisher, Ralph Charles, Anna Mary and Philip who died in New York in 1934 at the age of 47 years. A more extensive genealogy of the German family can be found in the Alexander Research Library along with the genealogy of the Rodearmel family.

Date(s): 1814-1978

Extent: 3 boxes, 23 folders