The Henry George Birthplace Portrait, Textile, and Artifact Collection, 1855-1908
Arranged in four series by material type: I. Portraits of Henry George and his extended family; II. Textiles belonging to Henry George and his extended family; and, III. Miscellaneous artifacts belonging to Henry George and his extended family and/or related to the Single Tax movement.
The items in this collection currently reside at the Henry George Birthplace, Archive, and Historical Research Center in Philadelphia. Most were donated by Henry George’s granddaughter, Agnes George DeMille in the 1950s. Others were acquired Henry George School staff and volunteers.
Series One: Portraits
Staff Notes: Gift of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation to the Henry George School of Social Science, May 26, 1936
Series Two: Textiles
Late-nineteenth century hand-sewn doll clothes, likely made by Annie Corsina Fox George for her grandchildren
Series Three: Miscellaneous Artifacts
Staff Notes: On loan from the New York Public Library
Henry George’s Bible
Staff Notes: Inside cover inscription reads: “Henry George. St. Paul’s Church. Sunday School. April 1, 1855.” Donated by Richard George III
Henry George’s pen
Staff Notes: Pen used by Henry George in writing The Science of Political Economy. Presented by the George family to Charles O’Connor Hennessey; presented to John Paul (of England) by Mr. Hennessey; restored to George family after Mr. Paul’s death; presented to the Henry George Birthplace by Dr. Henry George, III.
Staff Notes: Originally presented to John Paul (of England) by Mrs. Henry George, Jr and later donated to the Henry George Birthplace by V.H. Blundell
Address of Welcome from the Land Nationalisation Society of Australia, 1890
National Single Tax Party Ribbons, circa 1920
Staff Notes: These rosaries likely belonged to George’s wife, Annie Fox George who was Catholic.
Staff Notes: Inscription on inside cover reads: “Aunt Tessie’s remembrance of her little Nieces Birthday, December 2, 1884.”
Tom L. Johnson and Henry George Plaque, sculpted by Richard George, 1910
Staff Notes: Reverse side inscribed: “From loving friends of Tom L. Johnson to commemorate his public service in the truth proclaimed by Henry George. 1910.”
A lock of Henry George’s hair at age three, circa 1865
A lock of Anna Angela George’s hair, May 17, 1885
Household Book of Poetry