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George Bacon diaries


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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George Bacon (circa 1780-1857) was born circa 1780, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of John and Mary Bacon. Bacon married Naomi Tyler in 1804 in Greenwich, New Jersey. The couple had four children: George Wade Bacon (1807-1847), Richard Wood Bacon (1811-1876), Josiah Bacon (1812-1881), and Francis Bacon (1813-?). Bacon was an Elder in his Quaker meeting. Despite being an active Quaker, Bacon was also an enslaver. He died on January 16, 1857, in Greenwich, New Jersey.

This collection is comprised of 17 handwritten volumes of George Bacon's diaries from 1813 to 1829. All of Bacon's diaries were written in "the Gentleman's Annual Pocket Remembrancer," which, in addition to Bacon's daily entries, includes an almanac, lists of members of the United States government, and a list of the Army and Navy for each year. In addition to the 17 original volumes of diaries, the collection includes a folder of partial transcripts of Bacon's diaries, some typed, some handwritten, as well as an index of journal entries by topic.

Bacon's entries largely focus on descriptions of the weather, Quaker meetings attended, Yearly Meetings attended, births, deaths, and marriages in the Quaker community, social calls, and news of his family and business.

The George Bacon diaries were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1967 by Margaret Bacon.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
July, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Vol 1, 1813.
Volume 1
Vol 2, 1814.
Volume 2
Vol 3, 1815.
Volume 3
Vol 4, 1816.
Volume 4
Vol 5, 1817.
Volume 5
Vol 6, 1818.
Volume 6
Vol 7, 1819.
Volume 7
Vol 8, 1820.
Volume 8
Vol 9 , 1821.
Volume 9
Vol 10, 1822.
Volume 10
Vol 11, 1823.
Volume 11
Vol 12, 1824.
Volume 12
Vol 13, 1825.
Volume 13
Vol 14, 1826.
Volume 14
Vol 15, 1827.
Volume 15
Vol 16, 1828.
Volume 16
Vol 17, 1829.
Volume 17

Diary Transcriptions and Topical Index, 1813-1829.
Box 1
Scope and Content note

This folder includes partial transcriptions (typed and handwritten) of Bacon's diaries, as well as biographical information about Bacon, and an index of journal entries by topic.

The topical index includes a list of journal entries related to the following topics; Alcoholism, Cumberland Furnace, Elopements and "marrying out," the Separation/Quakerism/English Friends, and Slavery.

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