Dyke: Samuel E. Dyke Collection of Papers, 1670-1985

Call number:  MG-61

6 boxes     113 folders     4.25 cubic ft.

Repository:  LancasterHistory.org (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 2

Description:  Samuel E. Dyke was a noted authority on the Pennsylvania rifle and wrote on this subject. Collection consists of articles, correspondence, photographs, research notes, and working papers on firearms. Also included is information on gunsmiths, the Rock Ford Foundation, the Heritage Center, cabinetmakers, grandfather clocks, and the Armstrong Cork Company.

Creator:  Dyke, Samuel Eugene, 1900-1985.

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Gift of Samuel E. Dyke.

Note:  Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.

 

Box 1

Folder 1 Booklet on “The Samuel E. Dyke Collection of Kentucky Pistols” written by Frank Klay in 1964, list of articles written by S. E. Dyke giving subject and where published. Also distinguished award received by Mr. Dyke from the Kentucky Rifle Association, 1972.
Folder 2 Material on the Kentucky Rifle, 1965-68.
Folder 3 Articles on the Kentucky Rifle. Author and dates unknown.
Folder 4 Bulletin, October 1947, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with article “The Craft of the Early America Gunsmith” by Steven V. Grancsay. 1947. Article from The Pennsylvania Deithsch Eck, article “The Kentucky Rifle and Its Snyder County, PA Makers. Apr. 1946.
Folder 5 Article on PA Rifle by George & Henry Landis in typescript form plus list of articles printed by Pennsylvania German Society, volumes 7 & 9, in 1942 selected by Samuel E. Dyke. 1942.
Folder 6 Articles on the Pennsylvania Rifle which appeared from 1949 to 1979.
Folder 7 “The Pennsylvania Rifle” article by S. E. Dyke. Includes list of gunsmiths, 1770 to 1850. 1974.
Folder 8 “Lancaster County During the American Revolution” by Joseph E. Walker, Editor, which includes typescript of booklet “The Pennsylvania Rifle” by S. E. Dyke. No date.
Folder 9 Correspondence and notes on guns belonging to Mr. Dyke. 1953-1981. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 10 Kentucky Rifle Association, membership and financial data. 1980-1984.
Folder 11 “Kentucky Match Rifle signed by S. Grove. circa 1809-1811” by Raymond R. Corridon.

Folder 12 Photographs of Kentucky Pistols collected by Mr. Dyke. 1930 to 1970. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 13 Photographs of Kentucky Pistols collected by Mr. Dyke. 1930-1970. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 14 Photographs of Kentucky Pistols compiled by Mr Dyke. 1930-1970. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 15 Photographs of Kentucky Rifles compiled by Mr. Dyke. 1930-1970. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 16 Photographs of Kentucky Rifles compiled by Mr. Dyke. 1930-1970. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 17 Photographs of Kentucky Rifles compiled by Mr. Dyke. 1930-1970. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 18 Correspondence between Joe Kendig, Jr. of PA and S. E. Dyke. Also personal material on Mr. Kendig, the man. 1950-1970. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 19 Flintlock Rifles owned by S. E. Dyke. List. 1954. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 20 Malsh Pistols, data and photos. 1963-64. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 21 Halbach Pistols, data and photos. 1955. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 22 Articles and talks by S. E. Dyke.
Folder 23 The Manheim Rotary Club Speech, “Indians Trade Guns from Lancaster County”, 2/28/84.

 

Box 2

Folder 24 Recreating the American Long Rifle, by Buchele, Shumway, Alexander and S. E. Dyke. 1970
Folder 25 Two booklets, “Armory of the Star Arms Co.”, 1864 and “Rules Regarding Rifle Musket Model 1863”.
Folder 26 The New York Historical Society Quarterly including article “Gunsmiths for the American Fur Company.” 1952.
Folder 27 Booklet, “Arms Makers of Eastern PA of the Colonial Years to 1790”.
Folder 28 Photos of Long Guns. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 29 Photos of Pistols and/or Rifles. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 30 Photos of the German O/U Flintlock Rifle and Lewis and Clark Rifle. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 31 Correspondence and article of Parker B. Brown, “The Battle of Sandusky, 1782”. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.

Folder 32 Copies of Published material on guns and gunsmiths.
Folder 33 Published article on history of gunsmithing, article by Thomas Dobson, 1798.
Folder 34 Antique Arms, Volume 1 & 2, 1947.
Folder 35 Booklets, “American Antique Guns”, 1951 & 1952 and “The Antique Arms Journal”, 1953 & “US Army Weapons, 1784-1791”. 1975.
Folder 36 Antique firearms catalogs. 1943 & 1949.
Folder 37 European Arms Catalog, 1945.
Folder 38 List if book on fire arms and explosives.
Folder 39 Guns and gunsmiths of the Revolutionary War period, 1775-1813.
Folder 40 Lists of gunsmiths of Lancaster City and County.
Folder 41 Gunsmiths of Dauphin & Lebanon Counties.

 

Box 3

Folder 42 Gunsmiths of Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
Folder 43 Gunsmiths of Christian Springs, Nazareth, Northampton Co., PA. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 44 Gunsmiths of other counties and states.
Folder 45 Gunsmiths of Ohio.
Folder 46 Gunsmiths of Berks County.
Folder 47 Gunsmiths of Montgomery County. Special note on Wm. Antis. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 48 Gunsmiths of Emmitsburg, MD. Special note on John Armstrong.
Folder 49 Gunsmith, Wyatt Atkins.
Folder 50 Gunsmith, Cornelius Atherton. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.Folder 51 Gunsmiths of the Baker Family.
Folder 52 Gunsmiths of the John Philip Beck Family. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 53 Gunsmiths of the John Philip Beck Family, continued.
Folder 54 Tape recording of talk by S. E. Dyke on John Philip Beck, gunsmith, 1957. Removed and given to the Curator on 13 February 2012.
Folder 55 Gunsmith, Peter Berry, Annville, PA.
Folder 56 Gunsmith, Johann Christoph Breitenhard, 1725-1787. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 57 Gunsmith, William M. Buchele, 1895-1977.
Folder 58 Gunsmith, Jacob Dubbs, Lehigh/Berks County, 1710-1775. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 59 Gunsmith, George Fetter/Feder.
Folder 60 Gunsmith, John Fondersmith
Folder 61 Gunsmiths of the Gumpf Family. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 62 Gunsmith, Henry Hawkins.
Folder 63 Gunsmith, William Henry.

 

Box 4

Folder 64 Gunsmith of the Hess Family
Folder 65 Gunsmiths, Peter & Jacob Kuntz. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 66 Gunsmith, Henry Manger. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 67 Gunsmith, ___ McLaughlin, Edinburgh, Scotland. [Buchanan Pistol]
Folder 68 Gunsmith of the Meason/Mason Family of Bedford County-Fayette Counties.
Folder 69 Gunsmith, Meylen. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 70 Gunsmiths of the Moll Family, 1764-1883. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 71 Gunsmiths of the Moll Family, con’t., 1764-1883.
Folder 72 Gunsmiths of the Peter Meyhardt Family, Lehigh County, Pa.
Folder 73 Gunsmiths of the Pennypacker/Pannebecker. A. J. Pennypacker inventory of Kentucky Rifles. 1965-1966. Folder 74 Gunsmiths of the Rupp Family. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 75 Additional gunsmiths.
Folder 76 Various lists of gunsmiths, Lancaster County Arms Contracts from the Commonwealth of PA, 1799-1812: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Meeting in Lancaster, 1789-1813: Lancaster State Arsenal, War of 1812.
Folder 77 Original documents of gunsmiths owned by S.E. Dyke. 1969.
Folder 78 Inventory lists of the Jasper Yeates Family.
Folder 79 Copies of Court Inventories of gunsmiths.
Folder 80 Copies of Court Inventories of gunsmiths.
Folder 81 Article on Peter Grubb’s Flintlock Pistol. 1955. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 82 Correspondence regarding Peter Grubb history, 1954, 1955.
Folder 83 Sources of information on Peter Grubb. 1954. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 84 Copies of letters regarding Peter Grubb’s deaths, 1786-1822.

 

Box 5

Folder 85 Copies Peter Grubb estate papers. 1779-1786.
Folder 86 Hopewell Forge Iron Works, 1768.
Folder 87 Catalog of Harper’s Ferry Arms, no date.
Folder 88 Catalogs of arms dealers.
Folder 89 Catalogs of arms dealers.
Folder 90 Booklets “The Texas Gun Collector”, March, Sept. & Dec. 1960.
Folder 91 Publications, “The American Arms Collector” with several articles by Samuel Dyke, 1957.
Folder 92 Same as above, 1958.
Folder 93 National Rifle Association firearms handbook and newsletter. 1959, 1981.
Folder 94 Publications: “The Gun Collector” 1956 & “American Rifleman” 1974. Folder 95 Two booklets, “Tomahawks Illustrated” 1977 & “A Rare English Sword”.
Folder 96 Various papers related to firearms of Lancaster County.
Folder 97 Copies of early tax lists, etc from 1719.
Folder 98 An old book on Abraham Lincoln [first pages missing, in poor condition].
Folder 99 Lists of Indian Traders, 1670-1755.
Folder 100 Valley Forge data.
Folder 101 Booklets on French-Indian War period, “Victory at Kittanning”, “When the British Captured Washington”, “The Springfield Massachusetts Armory 1794-1956” & “The Old Stone Church and Fortress Catalog and Historical Notes” published in 1933.
Folder 102 Rockford Foundation data. 1973 to 1985.
Folder 103 Correspondence between the Lancaster County Historical Society and the Lancaster County Bi-Centennial Committee, 1977 & 1978.
Folder 104 Bachman and Family of cabinetmakers. 1766-1897.
Folder 105 Bachman and Family of cabinetmakers. 1766-1987. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.

 

Box 6

Folder 106 Cabinet makers and woodturners Peter Sprecher and Joseph Lehn.
Folder 107 Grandfather clock data, H. Bare Hoff clock and “Grandfather Clockmakers of Lancaster County” by D. F. Magee. 1939 from LCHS Journal.
Folder 108 Heritage Center of Lancaster County, article by S.E. Dyke. Also includes floor plans, cost estimates, photos and notes. Photographs were removed and placed in the Photograph Collection on 13 February 2012.
Folder 109 Magazines
Folder 110 Catalogs
Folder 111 Armstrong Cork Company’s Role in World War II. 1981.
Folder 112 Quarterly Journal of the Pennsylvania Historical Association and paper on Conrad Weiser State Park.
Folder 113 List of books donated to the Lancaster County Historical Society.