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Hugh Borton papers


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Hugh Borton (1903-1995) was an American historian who specialized in the history of Japan. He served as president of Haverford College from 1957-1972. Borton was born on May 14, 1903, in Moorestown, New Jersey, the son of C. Walter Borton and Sarah Borton. He attended Haverford College and graduated in 1927. He married Elizabeth Wilbur. The couple spent three years in Japan working with the American Friends Service Committee. After returning to the United States, Borton completed a master's degree in history at Columbia University. He then completed his Ph.D. at Leiden University in the Netherlands. During World War II, he worked for the US State Department. In 1948, Borton began working for Columbia University as an organizer of their East Asian Institute. In 1957, Borton left Columbia to become the president of Haverford College. He retired in 1972, and died in August, 1995.

This collection is comprised of typed notes on Howland genealogy, and photocopied pages from a book entitled, "New Bedford of the Past."


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed January, 2016.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
January, 2016
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Papers, 1965.
Box 6 Folder 1

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