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Reuben S. Rauch Papers

Archival Description

Title: Reuben S. Rauch Papers
Dates: 1854-1857
Quantity: 1 folder
Identification: PP RRS
Language of Material: English
Location: Moravian Church Archives
Alternate View: View Moravian Archives Finding Aid


Reuben S. Rauch's diary written between February 24, 1854 and March 7, 1857. Many of the entries pertain to the weather or general Bethlehem news. The diary also contains a series of notes regarding the development of several Protestant churches within the City of Bethlehem, notes on George W. Golkowsky, an early Moravian surveyor in Northampton county, and a note on the Old Cemetery in Bethlehem. The diary contains a topic index in the back.


Reuben Samuel Rauch was born on September 30, 1812 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to John Frederick and Mary Catharine Rauch. While his education began at the Moravian Parochial School in Bethlehem, he later switched to Nazareth Hall. After completing his schooling, he undertook an apprenticeship with a hat maker in Bethlehem and later trained with one in Philadelphia. Rauch then returned to Bethlehem to work with his father, who manufactured chip hats. He later moved to Nazareth as the superintendent of a mercantile store. On April 4th, 1839, he married Mary A. Harbaugh. Shortly after their honeymoon, the couple moved to West Indies as Moravian Missionaries. With his return to Bethlehem, Rauch became a surveyor and also served as Justice of the Peace. He died in Bethlehem on May 3, 1884.



Custodial History

The diary was received by the archives at an unknown time. It was labeled sometime after coming into the archives. In the summer of 2011, the diary was reexamined by Erin Thorn, a Lehigh University student working on the CLIR grant. At that time, it became the personal papers of Reuben S. Rauch.


Reuben S. Rauch Papers
1. Diary of Reuben S. Rauch which includes historical notes on Bethlehem.
Date: 1854 - 1857
Physical Description: diary cover coming off; some pages loose
Scope/Content: Includes:
1. Diary
2. Loose notes