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Albert Joseph Edmunds papers


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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Albert J. Edmunds (1857-1941) was a scholar and mystic, as well as a pupil and disciple of J. Rendel Harris. He was born in England and educated at Friends' Schools. After emigrating to Philadelphia in 1885, he worked as a librarian at Haverford College from 1887 to 1889. He worked from 1891 to 1936 at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

The collection contains letters to and from Albert J. Edmunds and J. Rendel Harris.

A folder of the manuscripts of Albert J. Edmunds includes his thoughts on belief and memories of J. Rendel Harris.

Letters from J. Rendel Harris, primarily to Edmunds, were written from Haverford College, England (including Woodbrooke), Suez, Athens, and Constantinople (now Istanbul). The letters offer Harris's advice on Edmunds's notable research interest, the parallels and intersections of Buddhism and Christianity; various topics in Christianity; Buddhism and the New Testament; and incidental issues.

Included also is correspondence of Albert Edmunds, written 1933-1941. There are some responses from Morris Evans Leeds and Felix Morley. Some of this material is especially concerned with Buddhism and Christianity, as well as his time at Haverford.

Letters to Edmunds are from Haverford College friends. Writers include John H. Dillingham, Amelia Mott Gummere, Rufus Jones, Rayner W. Kelsey, Morris Evans Leeds, Christopher Morley, Felix Morley, Frank V. Morley, Robert Rogers, Charles Coleman Sellers, Edith F. Sharpless, and Edward Valentine.

The letters of J. Rendel Harris and Albert Edmunds are arranged chronologically; letters of other writers are arranged alphabetically.

The Albert Joseph Edmunds papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1941 by Albert J. Edmunds.

Processed by Diana Franzusoff Peterson; completed December, 2011.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Diana Franzusoff Peterson
Finding Aid Date
December, 2011
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Manuscripts of Albert J. Edmunds, 1905-1933.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Contains handbound, handwritten copy of Edmunds' "A Lay of Ancient Rome,"

J. Rendel Harris on End of God's Great Century, 1897-1900.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence between J. Rendel Harris and Albert J Edmunds

Letters from J Rendel Harris, 1887-1910.
Box 1
Letters from J Rendel Harris, 1911-1920.
Box 1
Letters from J Rendel Harris, 1921-1930.
Box 1
Letters from J. Rendel Harris, January 1931 to July 1940.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes: Handwritten and typed letters from J. Rendel Harris

Letters of the Haverford Friends, 1889-1940.
Box 1
Letters from Albert J. Edmunds, 1933-1941.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Contains both typed and handwritten letters, including letters to Arthur Leeds

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