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Walter Hinchman 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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Walter Hinchman (1845-1920) was born July 25, 1845, near Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the son of Morgan and Margaretta S. Hinchman. He was educated at Quaker boarding schools in Ohio, and attended Earlham College in Indiana. In 1861, he enlisted in the Northern forces during the Civil War. He worked in a machine shop in Cincinnati, and in 1866, a machine shop in Philadelphia. He also worked as a draftman for Jonathan Dunn in Washington, D.C. and for the Patent Office. In 1867, he joined a surveying expedition to St. Louis. After the expedition was over, he returned to the east coast via Panama, and settled in New York City. He published a single book, entitled, "Sketches and Poems," using materials from his travels. He died in June, 1920, in New York City.

This collection is comprised of the papers of Walter Hinchman. Three of the items are biographical manuscripts, including a tribute read at his funeral; there are also two letters by Hinchman, one directed to his uncle, Joseph W. Taylor, and another to his cousin, Sarah Thomas. Also included are two drawings by Hinchman.

The Walter Hinchman papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1981 by Laurence Taylor.

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

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence, 1879-1917.
Box 20 Folder 1
Archival Resource Key. Manuscripts, Undated.
Box 20 Folder 2
Archival Resource Key. Sketches, Undated.
Box 20 Folder 3

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