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Rowland Greene journals


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.

Overview and metadata sections

Rowland Greene (1770-1859) was born in 1770 In Warwick, Rhode Island, the son of Thomas and Sarah (Wickes) Greene. Greene became a convinced Quaker at the age of 25, and was acknowledged a minister in 1803. In addition to his involvement in the Society of Friends, Greene was a practicing physician. Greene married Susanna Harris and the couple had 13 children. Greene died on August, 18, 1859, in Cranston, Rhode Island.

This collection is comprised of ten handwritten journals of Rowland Greene. Entries largely focus on religious visits Greene made throughout New England, as well as Quaker meetings he attended, social calls, family news, deaths within the Quaker community, and passages of religious reflection.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August, 2015.

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

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Physical Description

10 volumes

Vol. 1, Early life up to 1816 - with few incidents about 1836.
Volume 1
Vol. 2, 1830.
Volume 2
Scope and Content note

This volume descibes Greene's religious visit to Boston and throughout Massachusetts, and includes a discussion of the Hicksite seperation.

Vol. 3, 1830-1831.
Volume 3
Scope and Content

This volume describes Greene's religious visits to families in New York and New Hampshire.

Vol. 4, 1831-1835.
Volume 4
Scope and Content note

This volume describes Greene's religious visits in New York and Pennsylvania.

Vol. 5, 1833-1834.
Volume 5
Scope and Content note

This volume includes an account of Greene's visits to North Carolina and Virginia, for their respective Yearly Meetings, accompanied by James N. Fry.

Vol. 6, 1835-1840.
Volume 6
Vol. 7, 1841.
Volume 7
Scope and Content note

This volume includes accounts of the death and funeral of Phebe Congdon, the funeral of Maria Hudson Harris, the funeral of Lydua Hudson, and a visit from Samuel H. Tobey to Plainfield.

Vol. 8, 1846-1847.
Volume 8
Vol. 9, 1847-1848.
Volume 9
Scope and Content note

This volume contains an account of the sickness, death and funeral of Nicholas Congdon and of Sarah Clapp.

Vol. 10, 1848-1849.
Volume 10
Scope and Content note

This volume contains an account of a sermon given by R. Mott, and describes the death of Greene's daughter, Freelove Greene. Entries also describe a visit from Eli and Sybil Jones to Cranston meeting.

Vol. 11, 1855-1857.
Volume 11
Vol. 12, Religious Soliloquies and Observations.
Volume 12
Vol. 13, Letter-book, containing copies of letters written by Rowland Greene to his wife and children.
Volume 13
Related materials, 1907. 1 folders.
Box 4
Scope and Content note

A single folder of materials related to the donation of the Rowland Greene journals, including a letter addressed to Allen C. Thomas, and an index of the materials donated.

Physical Description

1 folders

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