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Joseph Walton diaries

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

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Joseph Walton (1844-?) was born November 1, 1844, to Samuel and Sarah Walton. He was a member of Nottingham and Little Britain Monthly Meeting.

This collection includes 19 volumes of Joseph Walton's handwritten diaries and a folder of his religious writings. Diary entries focus on Walton's various religious visits in the United States, and include details about his travel, attendance at meetings, and descriptions of the communities he visited. During his travels in Maryland (volume 4), Walton discusses the status of free African Americans, particularly the ramifications of formerly enslaved persons for American politics, and issues surrounding voting. Volumes 6-8 and volume 13 describe Walton's time among Seneca and Onondaga reservations in New York.

The Joseph Walton diaries were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1952 by Anna Walton.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August, 2015.

Publisher
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

Vol. 1, 1875.
Volume 1
Scope and Content note

This volume describes Walton's travel to, and attendance at, the Canada Yearly Meeting in 1875.

Vol. 2, 1875.
Volume 2
Scope and Content note

This volume describes Walton's religious visit to southern states, including Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Vol. 3, 1876.
Volume 3
Scope and Content note

This volume describes Walton's second religious visit to Friends in Virginia, accompanied by David Heston.

Vol. 4, 1876-1877.
Volume 4
Scope and Content note

This volume describes Walton's visit to Maryland. Entries describe the status of free African Americans, particularly the ramifications of formerly enslaved persons for American politics, and issues surrounding voting.

Vol. 5, 1879.
Volume 5
Vol. 6, 1880.
Volume 6
Scope and Content note

This volume describes Walton's visit to indigenous nations in New York and Canada, accompanied by Joseph Elkington, with the aim of establishing meetings in or nearby to reservations, including the Seneca and Onandaga Nations.

Vol. 7, 1880.
Volume 7
Scope and Content note

This volume continues to describe Walton's time among Native Americans in New York and Canada, as begun in volume 6.

Vol. 8, 1881.
Volume 8
Scope and Content note

This volume describes Walton's travel from the Onondaga reservation in New York, to various towns in South Carolina on a religious visit.

Vol. 9, 1882.
Volume 9
Vol. 10, 1882.
Volume 10
Vol. 11, 1883-1884.
Volume 11
Vol. 12, 1884-1885.
Volume 12
Vol. 13, 1885-1886.
Volume 13
Scope and Content note

This volume includes descriptions of Walton's religious visit to the Seneca tribe in New York, to meetings in Ohio, and to a Menonite community in 1885.

Vol. 14, 1887-1889.
Volume 14
Scope and Content note

This volume continues the description of Walton's visit to a Mennonite community in Lancaster, Pa, and describes a second visit to Ohio.

Vol. 15, 1887-1888.
Volume 15
Vol. 16, 1889-1890.
Volume 16
Vol. 17, 1891.
Volume 17
Vol. 18, 1891-1893.
Volume 18
Vol. 19, 1893-1894.
Volume 19
Religious Testimonies, Undated.
Box 9
Scope and Content note

Includes religious writings and recorded testimonies.

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