PQ Corporation photographic collection

About this collection

Joseph Elkinton began the Elkinton Company in 1831 as a Philadelphia candle and soap shop. After successfully marketing synthetic silicate-based soap during the Civil War, the company acquired a new plant in Anderson, Indiana, and began manufacturing lye, fertilizers, oils, greases, adhesives, fiber, and wall board. In 1888, the company name changed to the Philadelphia Quartz Company, and, in 1978, the name changed again to PQ Corporation when company headquarters moved to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. This collection has not been digitized in its entirety. The online collection largely consists of images of unidentified employees dating from approximately 1860 to 1940. Click here for a detailed description of the PQ Corporation photographic collection.

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Possible sketch of the company's offices in Philadelphia
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company office employee
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company employees at the beach
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group employee portrait at the Gardenville Works, New York
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Advertisement for Joseph S. and Thomas Elkinton Soaps
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company office employee
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
William Stanton, Philadelphia Quartz Company employee
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Charles W. Goudy, first sales agent for Philadelphia Quartz Company
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Employee portrait at the works in Kansas City, Missouri
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Advertisement for the Philadelphia Quartz Company
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company office employee
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group employee portrait at works in Philadelphia
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company office employee
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
View of the Philadelphia Quartz Company works at Kansas City, Missouri
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company office employee
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Copy of a check paid to cash written by Joseph Elkinton
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Copy of shipping receipt for the Philadelphia Quartz Company from the Pennsylvania Railroad's freight station
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Copy of directions for using Joseph S. and Thomas Elkinton's Laundry Soap
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company office employee
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Copy of award given to the Philadelphia Quartz Company by the U.S. Centennial Commission
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group employee portrait at the Philadelphia works of the Philadelphia Quartz Company
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company employees and their families at a banquet
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company office employee
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Berkeley, California plant of the Philadelphia Quartz Company
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company employees
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company office employee
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group employee portrait at the Philadelphia works of the Philadelphia Quartz Company
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Philadelphia Quartz Company unidentified group employee portrait
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company office employee
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company office employee
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Possible sketch of the company's offices in Philadelphia
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group employee portrait at the Anderson, Indiana works of the Philadelphia Quartz Company
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group employee portrait at the Anderson, Indiana works of the Philadelphia Quartz Company
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unidentified Philadelphia Quartz Company employees at the beach
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Anderson, Indiana works of the Philadelphia Quartz Company
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Page from Joseph Elkinton's 1831 ledger
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group employee portrait at the Kansas City, Missouri works of the Philadelphia Quartz Company
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Office of the Philadelphia Quartz Company at 121 3rd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, PQ Corporation photographic collection (1984.258), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807