Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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Jacob R. Elfreth Sr. (1789-1870) was a teacher, who later became a bookkeeper for Leigh Navigation Company. He married Abigail Pierce in 1821, and on October 22, 1837, Jacob R. Elfreth Jr. was born in Philadelphia. Jacob R. Elfreth Jr. was educated at the Friends Select School, and then apprenticed to J.R. Sowers & Co. for 5 years. After that, Jacob R. Elfreth Jr. and his brother James Elfreth started a carpet business. Elfreth was a minister and an elder in his meeting. He never married, and he died on November 14, 1924. James Linton Engle (1874-1939) was born in Camden, New Jersey to Margaret T. Engle and Joseph Engle on May 6, 1874. He married Florence Redman Engle (1877-1951), and they had one child, Joseph Redman Engle. J. Linton Engle was the president of the Holmes Press. Florence Redman Engle was a member of the Colonial Dames Association. J. Redman Engle (1900-1973) attended Westtown Boarding School, and then Princeton University. He worked with his father at Holmes Press. He married Edith "Deedy" Morris (1899-1987). Edith Morris' sister Lydia S. Morris (1901-1987) married Frank Condie Baxter, and they had one son, Fancis Condie Baxter (1930-2004). (Information from internal evidence, theDictionary of Quaker Biography, and US Census data).
This collection is divided into six series. Series I consists of the financial ledgers and account books of the Elfreth and Engle families. Loose papers which were in the books have been removed to folders. Series II consists of the correspondence of the Morris and Engle families. Subseries I is the correspondence of many members of the Morris and Engle families, separated by recipient, and organized by date. These letters are about family and social matters. Subseries II is the correspondence of J. Redman Engle relating to the publication ofThe Westonian. Series III consists of one minute book for the Haddonfield Progrssive League, and one for the Bristol Township Relief Organization. Series IV is made up of diaries, notebooks, writing, and a scrapbook of the Elfreth, Engle, and Morris families. Subseries I consists of diaries and notebooks, including the 1869 diary of Hannah Morris while she was at Westtown, and the 1939-1940 diary of Lydia Morris while she was in France. Subseries II consists of several essays written by J. Linton Engle about philosophy and religion. Subseries III is made up of a number of presentations written by members of the Colonial Dames Association about history. Series V consists of photographs of the Morris and Engle families, a photograph album, and an engraving of Stephen Grellet. Series VI is made up of other Engle family papers, including J. Redman Engle's honorable discharge from the US army, and a set of Pennsbury leaflets.
Series I: Financial Books Series II: Morris and Engle Correspondence Series III:Morris/Engle Minute Books Series IV: Diaries, Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Writing Series V: Morris/Engle Photographs Engle Papers
The Morris/Engle Family Papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, in January, 2011 by Karen Stevens and Edith Roberts.
Processed by Abigail Corcoran; completed July, 2016.
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Abigail Corcoran
- Finding Aid Date
- July, 2016
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
This folder includes copied-out poems, and a blank check.
This folder includes Rebecca P. Elfreth's report card from Friends Select School, 1850.
This folder includes a program for a concert at Cape May, an advertisement for a talk about the Society of Friends' view on novels and art, and an envelope with notes on it.
This folder contains newspaper clippings and a poem.
This folder contains paper with arithmetic written on it, as well as newspaper clippings.
This folder includes arithmetic scribbled on scraps of paper, a blank check, and an invitation to a funeral.
This folder includes receipts, letters, and a menu.