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C. Willis Edgerton 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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C. Willis Edgerton Jr. was born on April 20, 1926, in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Haverford College and became a mechanical engineer. He married Julia Edgerton; they had three daughters: Katherine E. Evans, Caroline E. George, and Julia E. Simons. Edgerton died in Florida on December 22, 2003. At the time of his death, he belonged to a presbyterian church in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

This collection is comprised of the correspondence, photographs, and manuscripts collected by C. Willis Edgerton. It includes a selection of items, including: "Copy of the opinion of Counsel concerning the Meeting property of Friends of Philadelphia, 1828;" letters (1919) from Emma Waln Hires and Charles Hires relating to the Society of Friends and a concern for the "decadence" within the Society, naming such Friends as Henry Cadbury and Rufus Jones; two letters (1925) from Robert Simkin, one a copy describing historical and political events in West China, the other to Charles and Ida Edgerton, regarding the political, anti-foreign situation in China; one letter from "RTS" to Martha McIllvaine regarding professors, including at Swarthmore College and housekeeping as women's work (1973); 1954 reunion photos of the Haverford College class of 1944; and a contract from the Cap and Bells Club of Haverford College with the junior class in 1914.

The C. Willis Edgerton papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1986 by C. Willis Edgerton.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed January, 2016. Revised by Allison Hall; completed June, 2020.

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

The collections were open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1919-1925.
Box 11 Folder 1
Scope and Content note

Personal correspondence.

Photographs, Undated.
Box 11 Folder 2
Manuscripts, Undated.
Box 11 Folder 3

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