Hidden Collections

Robert Rau Papers


Archival Description

Title: Robert Rau Papers
Quantity: 6 boxes
Identification: PP RRob
Language of Material: German; English
Location: Moravian Church Archives
Alternate View: View Moravian Archives Finding Aid

Scope/Contents

The Rau collection consists primarily of notebooks and other papers. The notebooks are composed by Rau, and some contain indexes or catalogues for various magazines and newspapers, where as some contain descriptions, dates, names and happenings. The majority of the material in the collection is historical documentation of Bethlehem and the surrounding area. The other papers in the collection are primarily descriptions of different businesses, memoirs, and other miscellaneous information.


Biography/History

Robert Rau was born November 4th, 1844. Rau moved with his family in 1849 to Bethlehem where he remained for the rest of his life. Robert Rau was a pharmacist by profession working for the family business Simon Rau & Co, yet his real passion was in historical records and local affairs in Bethlehem and the surrounding areas. Robert Rau was a member of the Moravian Historical Society from 1883 until his death in 1906. Rau was also elected Provincial Archivist for the Moravian Church in 1901, and helped create one of the most complete English-Moravian hymn books from 1888 to 1900. Bro. Rau was active in the Moravian Church: he was part of the choir since 1861, and the trombone choir since 1866. Robert Rau died on July 30, 1906 after suffering a heart attack at work. He was preceded by his wife who passed in 1904. They had one son, Albert G. Rau.


Custodial History

The Robert Rau collection was received in 1969 on indefinite loan from the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem. The collection was reorganized and entered into an electronic database in august 2011 by Fred Carter a Lehigh University student working on the CLIR grant.


Records

Robert Rau Papers
1. Notebooks
1. Notebooks labeled calamities from 1879 through 1895
Date: 1879 - 1895
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1879-1889
1.2 1889-1892
1.3 1892-1894
1.4 1894-1895
1.5 1895- unspecified
2. Notebooks labeled "Lands, Buildings and Public Improvements" from 1743 through 1849
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1755-1762
1.2 1752-1764
1.3 1743-1849
1.4 1767-1779
3. Notebooks labeled "Organization and Administration" from 1752-1849
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1752-1764
1.2 1762-1849
1.3 1780-1784
4. Notebooks labeled "Organization and Administration" from 1755 through 1790
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1755-1762
1.2 1767-1779
1.3 1784-1790
5. Notebooks labeled "Outside Relations" from 1747 through 1804
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1752-1764
1.2 1755-1762
1.3 1767-1779
1.4 1747-1804
6. Notebooks labeled "Municipal" from 1876 through 1895
Date: 1879 - 1895
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1879-1886
1.2 1886-1890
1.3 1890-1893
1.4 1893-1895
1.5 1895- unspecified
7. Notebooks labeled "Industries, Products, Traffic" from 1752 through 1850
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1756-1850
1.2 1752-1764
1.3 1755-1762
1.4 1767-1779
8. Notebooks labeled "Manufacture and Trade" from 1879-1895
Date: 1879 - 1895
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1879-1887
1.2 1887-1893
1.3 1893-1895
9. Notebook labeled "Translation: Diary relating to the building of the Old Mill" from 1764 through 1772
Date: without date
Physical Description: 2 items
Scope/Content:
1.1 1764-1770
1.2 1770-1772
10. Notebook labeled "Stockholders in the Lehigh Navigation Co."
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
11. Notebooks labeled "Biographies" and "Biographies and Festivities" from 1879 through 1895
Date: 1879 - 1895
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1879-1894
1.2 1879-1895
1.3 Undated
12. Notebooks labeled "Statistics and Miscellany" from 1742 through 1849
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1742-1849
1.2 1755-1762
1.3 1768-1779
13. Notebooks labeled "Miscellaneous" from 1752 through 1891
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1752-1764
1.2 1879-1883
1.3 1884-1887
1.4 1887-1889
1.5 1889-1891
14. Notebooks labeled "Miscellaneous" from 1892 through 1895
Date: 1892 - 1895
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1892-1893
1.2 1893-1894
1.3 1894-1895
1.4 1895- unspecified
15. Notebook labeled "Reception and Acolyte"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
16. Notebooks labeled "Organizations" from 1879 through 1892
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1879-1884
1.2 1884-1889
1.3 1889-1892
17. Notebooks labeled "Organizations" from 1892-1895
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1892-1893
1.2 1894-1895
1.3 Undated
18. Notebooks labeled "Churches" from 1879 through 1895
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1879-1888
1.2 1888-1893
1.3 1888-1895
19. Notebook labeled "Music" from 1879-1895
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
20. Notebooks labeled "School Affairs" from 1879 through 1895
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1879-1887
1.2 1887-1892
1.3 1892-1895
21. Notebooks labeled "Worship, Education, Literature, Music" from 1742-1849
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
1.1 1742-1849
1.2 1752-1764
1.3 1755-1762
1.4 1767-1779
1.5 1780-1790
22. Notebook Labeled "Souvenier: Extracts with Index"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
23. Notebook labeled "Memoirs in Bethlehem Archives"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
24. Notebook labeled "List of names and Occupations Bethlehem"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
25. Notebook labeled "Notes by S.C. Chitty Esq. Penna Mag"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
26. Notebook labeled "William Smallings Day Book"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
27. Notebooks labeled "Notes from the Memorabilia" from 1749 through 1834
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
28. Robert Rau's Notebook untitled
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
29. Robert Rau's Notebook untitled
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
30. Robert Rau's Notebook untitled
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
31. Robert Rau's Notebook untitled
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
32. Robert Rau's Notebook titled "Notes from Notebooks"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
2. Other Papers
33. Other papers labeled "Real Estate"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
34. Other papers labeled "Trades and Idustries"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
35. Papers on the "Grist Mill"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
36. Papers on the "Tannery"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
37. Papers on "The Tanner"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
38. Papers on the "Fulling Mill"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
39. Papers on "Cloth Weaving"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
40. Papers on the "Old Mill"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
41. Papers on the "Saw Mill"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
42. Papers on "Physicians"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
43. Papers on "Apothecary"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
44. Papers on "The Taverns"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
45. Papers about "The Brewer"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
46. Papers about "The Potter"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
47. Papers about "The Blacksmith"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
48. Papers about "The Nailsmith"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
49. Papers about "The Locksmith"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
50. Papers about "The Silversmith"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
51. Papers about "The Tinsmith"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
52. Papers about "The Coppersmith"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
53. Papers about "The Baker"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
54. Papers about "The Butcher"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
55. Papers about "The Hatter"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
56. Papers about "Silk"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
57. Papers about "The Iron Industry"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
58. Papers titled "Water"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
59. Assorted Memoirs
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
60. Papers on David Tannenberg
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
61. Papers titled "Stats & Miscellany"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
62. Papers titled "The Building of Bethlehem"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
63. Papers by Robert G. Allen on Pottery in Bethlehem
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
64. Papers on the Rau family Geneology
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
65. Other Misc. papers and documents
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes:
a few letters, a diary in German, and some untitled undocumented papers.