William H. Egle Collection
Scope and Contents
The William H. Egle Collection (1817-1967) provides light documentation for Egle’s genealogical research and historical research interests. Filed alphabetically, the collection consists of correspondence, genealogical material, publications about Pennsylvania history, scrapbooks, and a small number of photographs. The collection also includes materials from William Egle's wife and daughter, including several maps and publications. The majority of materials date from the 1890s to the early 1900s. Highlights include an autograph scrapbook spanning the nineteenth century, which features signatures of prominent Pennsylvanians, including James Trimble, the First Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- Majority of material found in 1896-1900
- Egle, William Henry (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.
William H. Egle was born in Harrisburg, PA in 1830. After completing school, he worked as a printer for the "Pennsylvania Telegraph." Later, Egle became the editor for the "Literary Companion" and the "Daily Telegraph." In 1859, he received a degree from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania. After the outbreak of the Civil War, Egle worked as a surgeon for the Pennsylvania volunteers, and in 1863 was appointed surgeon to the 47th Pennsylvania Regiment. After the war, in 1870, he became surgeon-in-chief for the Pennsylvania National Guard.
During this time, Egle also became interested in historical research and genealogy, and began writing books on Pennsylvania history, including "History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," "Pennsylvania in the Revolution," and "History of the County of Dauphin." In 1887, Governor Beavers appointed Egle State Librarian, a position he held for twelve years. He resigned from the National Guard in 1898. In 1901, Egle died of pneumonia.
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- William H. Egle Collection
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