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Katherine T. Paxson 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.

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Katherine (Thompson) Paxson (1912-2009) was a 20th and 21st century Quaker writer and poet. Katherine Thompson was born May 19, 1912, in Philadelphia to Ruth Ella (Anderson) Thompson and I Walter Thompson. She grew up attending the Twelfth Street Meeting with her family, and later attended Lansdowne Meeting as an adult. Paxson attended Westtown School, where she graduated in 1930. Paxson was secretary for both the Young Friends Movement of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and the Director of the Philadelphia International House. Paxson married Charles Small Paxson in 1936, and the couple had two children, Stephen G. Paxson and Charles Paxson. From 1958 to 1973, Paxson worked in the Pediatric Unit of Hahnemann University Hospital and served as the chair person and liaison between the Medical Pediatric Department and the Women's Association for ten years. As a writer, Paxson mainly wrote articles, poetry, and devotionals. Her published works include two volumes of poetry: A Book for Brian and Widening Circles. She also contributed articles and poems to the Friends Journal. Katherine T. Paxson died on April 4, 2009, at the age of 96.

Source: Growing up Quaker, by Katherine T. Paxson

This collection consists of 15 volumes of Katherine Paxson's journals. Included inside the journals are pamphlets from Lansdowne Meeting, to-do lists, descriptions of dreams, and excerpts of poems. Entries describe Quaker meetings, prayers and religious reflection, attendance at writing conferences and workshops, as well as visits with family and friends, and daily housework, including preparations for holidays and meal preparation.

The Katherine T. Paxson journals were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 2003 by Katherine Paxson.

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, 1943-1970.
Box 6
Vol. 2, 1971-1978.
Box 6
Vol. 3, 1979-1982.
Box 6
Vol. 4, 1983.
Box 6
Vol. 5, 1984.
Box 6
Vol. 6, November 1984-May 1985.
Volume 1
Vol. 7, May 1985-Dec 1985.
Volume 2
Vol. 8, Jan 1986-August 1986.
Volume 3
Vol. 9, August 1986-January 1987.
Volume 4
Vol. 10, March 1987- March 1988.
Volume 5
Vol. 11, November 1987-July 1989.
Box 6
Vol. 12, July 1989-October 1990.
Box 7
Vol. 13, May 1990-December 1991.
Box 7
Vol. 14, January 1992-December 1992.
Box 7
Vol. 15, August 1993-December 1995.
Box 7

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