Guide to the William H. Egle Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Ellen Jarosz.
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Guide to the William H. Egle Collection 1817/1967

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: William H. Egle Collection
Dates: 1817-1967
Bulk Dates: 1896-1900
Identification: MS-0389
Creator: Egle, William Henry, 1830-1901
Physical Description: 0.83 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

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.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Family Name:

Eagle family

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Geographic Name:

Pennsylvania -- History
Pennsylvania -- History -- Sources

Personal Name:

Egle, William Henry, 1830-1901

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, William H. Eglew Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

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.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Address Before the Franklin County, Pennsylvania Chapter Daughters of the Revolution by Benjamin Matthias Nead October 23, 1919

Box 1, Folder 2

American Red Cross Certificate: Eliza Beatty Egle

Box 1, Folder 3

Commandery of the State of Pennsylvania: Minutes of Special Meeting June 5, 1923

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence 1896-1900

Box 1, Folder 5

Egle and Beatty Family Genealogical Material 1899

Box 1, Folder 6

Gazette of the General Society of Colonial Wars, volume 3, number 1 February 1967

Box 1, Folder 7

Genealogy of the Mytinger Family 1894

Box 1, Folder 8

"Little Pilgrim; or, Jesus Paid the Fare"

Box 1, Folder 9

"Men of Wyoming" an address before the Wyoming Commemorative Association July 3, 1900

Box 1, Folder 10


Box 1, Folder 11

Pennsylvania Genealogies Account Book: W.E. Machlin and Co. in Account with Lane S. Hart 1886

Box 1, Folder 12


Box 1, Folder 13

"Six Philadelphia Heroes" an address by Dr. Henry Pleasants, Jr., General Society of the War of 1812, September 1960 July 1961

Box 1, Folder 14

Wings: A Publication of the Literary Guild of America, Inc., volume 5, number 6 June 1931

Box 2, Folder 1


Box 2, Folder 1

Autograph Scrapbook 1817-1887

Box 2, Folder 1

Newsclippings Scrapbook of Poetry

Box 2, Folder 1

William Egle Memorial Scrapbook circa 1901

Folder 1

Maps to Accompany Tactical Principles and Decisions (Civil War and World War I) circa 1920

Folder 2

Carte Taride: Lorraine Bosse-Alsace Vosges/Map of Comercy circa 1912