Thayer family

Thayer family papers, 1892–1986.
10 boxes (3.83 linear feet).
About the Thayer family

The Thayers were a prominent Philadelphia-area family at the turn of the 20th century. John Borland Thayer, Jr. was a vice-president of the Pennsylvania Railroad when he died in the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. For further information about the Thayer family and their experiences aboard that ship, see The Sinking of the S.S. Titanic, by John B. Thayer III and A Night to Remember, by Walter Lord.

About the collection

Collection of ocean liner ephemera including postcards, abstract of log cards, advertising cards and brochures, passenger lists, menus, deck plans, photographs, stationery and baggage tags from ships of more than 40 lines, such as Cunard, White Star, Norddeutscher Lloyd, Red Star, Hamburg-Amerika, United States, and Compagnie Generale Transatlantique (French Line). This collection was initially compiled by John (Jack) B. Thayer III, a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, and includes a first class passenger list from Titanic, and letters of condolence and memorials for John B. Thayer, Jr., who went down with the ship. Later materials, including much relating to the Queen Elizabeth 2, were added to the collection by John B. Thayer IV.

  • Thayer, Marian L.
  • Thayer, John B. (John Borland), 1862-1912
  • Thayer, John B. (John Borland), b. 1884
  • Cunard Steamship Company, ltd.
  • Hamburg-American Line
  • Norddeutscher Lloyd
  • Queen Elizabeth 2 (Ship)
  • Queen Mary (Steamship)
  • Titanic (Steamship)
  • White Star Line
Types of material
  • Ephemera
  • Postcards
  • Brochures
  • Menus
  • Photographs
Reference files
  • French Line [same thing?]
  • Passenger Ships
  • QE2
  • ?Shipwrecks
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