Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
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Joseph E. Meyers entered Westtown School at the age of 15 in November of 1873, after attending Friends School, Muncy. His father, William Meyers, was a resident of Wolf Run, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Joseph Meyers graduated from Westtown in 1877 and stayed on as an assistant teacher until 1878. This collection of letters sent to Meyers follows him from the year he graduated Westtown until 1931, ages 19 to 73.
There are over 100 letters in this collection from 14 different correspondents. Most of the letter writers were Meyer's classmates at Westtown School. The letters contain mostly life events, discussions of mutual friends, and reminiscence of the Westtown days. Many of the correspondents mention each other or their families in one letter or another, and it is clear that they are all familiar, likely through Westtown. The majority of the letters are from one William B. Kirkbride, Meyer's school friend and his mother's fourth cousin. Kirkbride's letters span from their graduation from Westtown until less than one month before Kirkbride's death. The non-correspondence materials include invitations to Haverford College events from 1879-1882 (especially relating to D.H. Forsythe, W. Leeds, E. Jones, C. Gause Jr.) and Meyer's report cards from Friends School, Muncy from 1868-1872.
Letters are arranged by correspondent and then date.
The Joseph Meyers correspondence was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1991 by the Westtown School.
Processed by Anna Saum; completed October 2014
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Anna Saum
- Finding Aid Date
- October 2014
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).