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Janet Stokes diaries


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Janet Hilda Stokes (1931-1998) was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire, England, on August 6, 1931, the daughter of Christopher William Stokes and Hilda Mary Sly. Stokes moves to the United States at some point in the 1970s, as public records indicate she was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as of 1978. Stokes was an active Quaker while living in Philadelphia, hosting meetings in her home and presenting minutes to the Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting on such controversial topics as marriage equality as of 1993.

Dr. Janet H. Stokes attended the University of Pennsylvania, and was a writer in the anesthesia department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, who after retiring from Penn, became a hospital chaplain, though a Quaker. She died of a heart attack while sweeping her front-door steps on New Year's Day, 1998.

This collection is comprised of two volumes of Janet Stokes's diaries. Entries are generally related to personal and religious reflection and descriptions of Stokes's struggles with depression.


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

Restricted for all use until 2018.

Collection Inventory

Vol. 1, 1996-1997.
Volume 1
Vol. 2, 1997.
Volume 2

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