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John Woolman 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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John Woolman (1720-1772), a birthright Quaker, was born near Mount Holly, New Jersey, the son of Samuel Woolman and Elizabeth Burr. Woolman was a Quaker minister and abolitionist. Woolman was the fourth of 13 children. His father was a farmer, and the family was of middling status. Woolman received about ten years of schooling, and for the rest of his life read voraciously and pursued his own education. He worked as a teacher and did legal work, writing wills and contracts. Woolman also worked as a tailor. At age 36, he withdrew from business altogether, devoting his energies to religious work. Woolman died on October 7, 1772, in Yorkshire, England.

This collection is comprised of a single folder of John Woolman's papers, and includes a single handwritten copy and a single photocopy of "A Word of Rememberance & Caution to the Rich" by John Woolman, and a deed passing land from Samuel Woolman to John Woolman, signed by John Woolman.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed March, 2016.

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

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Papers, 1749.
Box 40 Folder 1

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