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Daisy Newman papers

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Daisy Newman (1905-1994) was a Quaker novelist and historian born in England and educated at Radcliff and Barnard Colleges and Oxford University. She m.1 Richard Newman and m. 2 George Selleck. Among Daisy Newman's many books were A Procession of Friends, an historical account of Quakers in the U.S.; I Take Thee, Serenity, a novel about Quaker marriage; and the 1944 best-seller, Now That April's There. The subject matter for her novels was culled from her experiences living in Europe, caring for British evacuees to the U.S. during World War II, serving as a house mistress at Radcliff College, participating in civil rights marches in the South, retracing St. James' steps in the Spanish pilgrimage and her involvement in the Society of Friends. Newman was an active member of Cambridge (Mass.) Meeting and a trustee of the Moses Brown School and Cambridge Friends School. (Information from internal evidence and obituary notices)

The papers of author Daisy Newman consist of her literary works, based primarily on Quaker themes, and correspondence in the period 1946-1985. Included are letters from Edwin B. Bronner, Pearl S. Buck, Henry J. Cadbury, Elfrida V. Foulds, Douglas V. Steere and Elizabeth Gray Vining. Her works, in the form of manuscripts and typescripts include: A Procession of Friends, Indian Summer of the Heart, A Golden String, Rimi and others.

Gift of the author, 1985.

Processing history is unknown. Reboxed and finding aid revised by Katherine Hong, March 2022.

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Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17). Collection correspondence was restricted until 1995.

Collection Inventory

Typescript Draft of A Different Drummer, 1948.
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A Different Drummer/ Daisy Neumann. Annotated title page acknowledgement. 1948. 268 p. Unpublished.

Letters from A Different Drummer.
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Letters about A Different Drummer, often dealing with the issue of conscientious objection, including from: Buck, Pearl. June 17, 1948. [professes to be sympathetic to Friends and sometimes considers joining.]; Cadbury, Henry J. 11 Nov. [NY]

Play, "The Quakerama" The Business of our Lives, 1956.
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"Quakerama" The Business of Our Lives (later called A Procession of Friends. Produced at New England Yearly Meeting. Duplicated typed copy #39. 1956. 43 p. [a Play]

Typescript Draft of John Woolman and The Business of our Lives, 1972.
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John Woolman and The Business of our Lives.[1972]. 15 p. Unpublished.

Typescript Draft of A Procession of Friends, 1972.
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A Procession of Friends. Final chapters. Photocopied typescript. [ca. 1972]. p. 564-632.

Research materials for A Procession of Friends (Folders 1 of 2).
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Research materials for A Procession of Friends (Folders 2 of 2).
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Letters from first readers on A Procession of Friends manuscript (Folder 1 of 2).
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Comments of first readers on manuscript of A Procession of Friends

Letters from first readers on A Procession of Friends manuscript (Folder 2 of 2).
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Comments of first readers on manuscript of A Procession of Friends

Letters from readers about publication of A Procession of Friends.
Box 2
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Letters about publication of A Procession of Friends, including Henry J. Cadbury, Edwin B. Bronner, T. Canby Jones.

Letters from readers of A Procession of Friends.
Box 2
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Letters from readers of A Procession of Friends (a history of American Quakerism), primarily from Henry J. Cadbury, 1968-72 and n.d.

Letters from friends about A Procession of Friends.
Box 2
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Letters from friends about A Procession of Friends, including: Foulds, Elfrida Vipont. 15.3.72; Vining, Elizabeth Gray. Feb. 1 and 9, 1972.

Typescript draft of Content's Christmas, 1975.
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18 p.

Typescript draft of Ever Old Thornt, 1976?.
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Ever Old Thornt. TS. [ca. 1976?] 6 p.

Typescript draft of Indian Summer of the Heart Part 1, 1982?.
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Indian Summer of the Heart. (A sequel to I Take Thee, Serenity.) Partially photocopied typescript, partially typescript.

Typescript draft of Indian Summer of the Heart Part 2, 1982?.
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Indian Summer of the Heart. (A sequel to I Take Thee, Serenity.) Partially photocopied typescript, partially typescript.

Typescript draft of Indian Summer of the Heart Part 3, 1982?.
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Indian Summer of the Heart. (A sequel to I Take Thee, Serenity.) Partially photocopied typescript, partially typescript.

Typescript draft of Indian Summer of the Heart Part 4, 1982?.
Box 2
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Indian Summer of the Heart. (A sequel to I Take Thee, Serenity.) Partially photocopied typescript, partially typescript.

Typescript draft of Indian Summer of the Heart Part 5, 1982?.
Box 2
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Indian Summer of the Heart. (A sequel to I Take Thee, Serenity.) Partially photocopied typescript, partially typescript.

Letters from readers about Indian Summer of the Heart.
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Letters from friends about Indian Summer of the Heart.
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Letters from friends about Indian Summer of the Heart, including: Bailey, Moses. Dec. 27, 1982; Doncaster, Sheila and Hugh. Dec. 25, 1982; Vining, Elizabeth Gray. Nov. 6, 1982.

Typescript draft of The Wondrous Gift, 1982.
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42 p.

Typescript first draft of A Golden String, 1985.
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ca. 100 p. To be published.

Typescript early draft of A Golden String, 1985.
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Early draft. End chapters greatly, revised. Typescript, annotated. Chapter 26 missing. 180 p. p.

Typescript draft version of A Golden String.
Box 3
Typescript draft of Love more Sincerely.
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Photocopied typescript, no date 77 p.

Typescript draft of Rimi Parts 1 to 5, 1960s?.
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Rimi ("adult novel") Unpublished.

Typescript draft of Rimi Parts 6 to 7, 1960s?.
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Rimi ("adult novel") Unpublished.

Letters from readers of Rimi.
Box 3
Typescript Draft of Content's Ark.
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Content's Ark. Fragment. Partially photocopied typescript, partially annotated. Undated. 115 p.

Things That Never Happened.
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Poems. Annotated, undated, ca. 40 p. [poems]

Notes for biography of Nannerl Mozart.
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Manuscript

Notes for Talks.
Box 4
Letters from readers about Diligence in Love.
Box 4
Letters from friends about Diligence in Love.
Box 4
Letters from readers about The Autumn's Brightness.
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Letters from readers about The Autumn's Brightness, including: Miller, Richmond, [n.d.], Trueblood, Richmond, [n.d.]

Letters from friends about The Autumn's Brightness.
Box 4
Letters from friends about Mount Joy.
Box 4
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Letters from friends about Mount Joy. including: Braithwaite, William. Speedwell, [Eng.], 14.4.68; Foulds, Elfrida V. 1.5.68; Judson, Sylvia Shaw. Mar. 27, '68.

Letters from readers about I Take Thee, Serenity.
Box 4
Letters from friends about I Take Thee, Serenity.
Box 4
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Letters from friends about I Take Thee, Serenity, including: Bailey, Moses. July 6, 1975 and Feb. 13, 1976; Steere, Douglas. 31.vii.75; Vining, Elizabeth Gray. April 7 and July 15, 1975.

Letter from readers about Now That April's There.
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Letters.
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Letter writers include: Cadbury, Henry J. 1961-71. 4 items; Judson, Sylvia Shaw. Mar. 4, [n.y.]; Vining, Elizabeth Gray. Mar. 23, 1976.

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