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Gummere family papers


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

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Amelia Mott Gummere (1859-1937) was born on July 17, 1859, in Burlington, New Jersey, the daughter of Richard Field and Susan Thomas Mott. She received her education at the Friends' School in Providence, Rhode Island, where she graduated as a member of the class of 1878. In 1882, she married Francis Barton Gummere with whom she later had three sons. Gummere was a well-known author of works on Quaker subjects including: The Quaker—a Study in Costume, Witchcraft and Quakerism, The Quaker in the Forum, and The Journal and Essays of John Woolman. She served as the editor for the Bulletin of the Friends Historical Association for several years and was a member of multiple local and international Friends Historical Societies. She was a member of the Haverford Monthly Meeting and President of the John Woolman Association. Gummere died on October 7, 1937, in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

Francis Barton Gummere (March 6th, 1855 - May 30th, 1919) was born to Samuel J. Gummere and Elizabeth H. Barton in Burlington, New Jersey. He was half-brother of Caroline E. Gummere and John Gummere. In 1870, his family moved to Haverford, Pennsylvania. He became a student at Haverford College. He received his bachelor's from Harvard University in 1875 (the same year he received his master's from Haverford) and taught there for two years as an English instructor. He then ran the William Swain School for Advanced Work at New Bedford, Massachusetts, and later worked with the Penn Cord and Iron Works. After, he worked the law firm F.I. Gowan, and then as a teacher at the Providence, Rhode Island Friends' School and later at Moses Brown School. He went on to become a professor of German and English at Haverford College in 1888. He studied abroad at the Universities of Berlin, Leipzig, and Jena, and received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Freiburg. He married Amelia Smith Mott in 1882, and had three children: Richard M., Samuel J., and Francis Barton Jr.

This collection is comprised of the correspondence, photographs, and clippings of the Gummere family.

The Gummere family papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College by John F. Gummere. Geneological chart and poem donated July, 1984. Certificate donated December, 1978.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed February, 2016.

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

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Clippings, 1901-1927.
Box 19 Folder 1
Correspondence, 1927-1929.
Box 19 Folder 2

Correspondence, Undated.
Box 19 Folder 3
Miscellany (1 of 2), Undated.
Box 19 Folder 4
Scope and Content note

Photocopy of Gummere genealogy, photocopy of an essay by Samuel Gummere, titled "Ad Horologium Meum."

Miscellany (2 of 2), Undated.
Box 19 Folder 5
Box 19 Folder 6

Clippings, 1902-1919.
Box 19 Folder 7
Correspondence, Undated.
Box 19 Folder 8
Notes, 1834-1915.
Box 19 Folder 9

Manuscripts, 1916.
Box 19 Folder 10
Scope and Content note

Two typed manuscript biographies of Thomas Wistar Brown.

Correspondence, 1814.
Box 19 Folder 11
Scope and Content note

Handwritten letter.

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