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Lydia Cooke 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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Lydia Barton Cooke (ca. 1774-1831) was a Philadelphia Quaker. Lydia Cooke married John Cooke, a Quaker. The couple had six children; Thomas Wistar, Mary, Elisha, John, Barton, and Lydia. She became a convinced Quaker in 1806. According to Quaker Meeting Minutes, in 1828 Lydia withdrew from the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting to join a separate Quaker meeting. Lydia Cooke was disowned for joining the Hicksites as of February 28, 1828. Lydia Cooke died on May 31, 1831, at the age of 57 and was buried in a Friends burial ground in Frankford, Pennsylvania.

This collection is comprised of two original, handwritten volumes of Lydia Cooke's diaries. Entries include prayers, poems, descriptions of domestic duties, social calls from family and friends, Quaker meetings, and discussions of the health of her husband and children. Cooke's diaries also feature religious reflections, potentially concerning the seperation between Orthodox and Hicksite.


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, 1815-1816.
Volume 1
Vol 2, 1817-1829.
Volume 2

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