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Josiah W. Leeds papers


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

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Josiah Woodward Leeds (1841-­1908) was the son of Benjamin S. Leeds. Born in Philadelphia, he moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1868, and joined the Society of Friends in 1870. In 1871, he married Deborah Ann Crenshaw of Virginia and they moved to Germantown (Philadelphia). In 1877, Leeds published a United States history textbook notable for its lack of battle illustrations. This volume was followed in 1882 with a smaller version suitable for intermediate grades. Leeds moved to "Rocouncey," near Birmingham Meeting House, Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1890. He was the author of numerous tracts and was active in his opposition to what he perceived as damaging to the public welfare.

Source: Dictionary of Quaker Biography

This collection is comprised of the papers of Josiah W. Leeds, predominantly of materials related to Leeds's writing. It includes personal correspondence, handwritten copies of his manuscripts essays, miscellaneous notes, and research notes.


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

Correspondence, 1875-1876.
Box 26 Folder 1
Scope and Content note

Personal correspondence of Josiah W. Leeds, regarding his writing.

Manuscript essays, Undated.
Box 26 Folder 2
Scope and Content note

Handwritten essays, including: "Some Sinister Results of War," "Can the Theater be be Called Safe?," "Wiclif's Anti-War Views," "Items from the 'Converted Catholic,'" "Some of the Deeds of War," "What Mary Anderson Discovered," "The New Peril to Religious Liberty in England," and "An Account of Temperance, prison, and Mothers Meeting."

Miscellaneous, Undated.
Box 26 Folder 3
Scope and Content note

Miscellaneous notes, and single portrait photo.

Research notes, Undated.
Box 26 Folder 4
Scope and Content note

Research notes for Josiah Leeds' essay on the "Evils of War."

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