Scope and arrangement
The papers reflect the economic (particularly real property) professional, and personal histories of the Clymer-Meredith-Read families. They span the years 1675-1902. The bulk in, however, of the period 1760s-1850s, and includes correspondence, land papers, legal papers, personal and business accounts, estate papers, writings, scrapbooks, notebooks, of George Read, George Read II, John Read, John Meredith Read, John Meredith Read II, John Meredith Read III, Reese Meredith, Samuel Meredith, Thomas Meredith, George Clymer, Henry Clymer, Thomas Clymer, a diary kept by by Joh Meredith Read II during the siege of Paris by the Germans in 1870-1871, some papers of Samuel Dickinson, Hannah Carpenter, and George Ross and his family, and letters from James Buchanan to John Meredith Read.
The Clymer-Meredith-Read family papers are arranged in three series: