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John Richards letterbooks


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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Jonathan Richards (1812-1882) was born in March, 1812, in Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of Davis and Abigail Richards. He was educated at Westtown School. He married Margaret Caley. From 1853 to 1857, Richards acted as the Principal/Superintendent of Haverford College. From 1870 to 1876, Richards acted as an Indian Agent at Wichita, Kansas, for the Witchita and affiliated tribes. After leaving Kansas, Richards and his wife returned to Pennsylvania, where they lived at the Pennsylvania Hospital. Richards was a member and elder of Western District Monthly Meeting. Richards died March 3, 1882, in Philadelphia, at the age of 69.

This collection is comprised of three volumes of John Richards's letterbooks. Each volume contains business correspondence related to Richards's work as an Indian Agent in Kansas. All letters are written by John Richards, and the majority of letters are addressed to Enoch Hoag, the Superintendent of Indian Affairs. In addition to Enoch Hoag, correspondence in Richards's letterbooks are addressed to the following: Dunlap & Flora, Russell Shlickler, James Haworth, F. Buckley, Robert Ferris, George P. Laflin, Henry Breiner, General Davidson, R.S. Mackenzie, and Edward P. Smith (Commissioner of Indian Affairs).


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

Vol. 1, 1870-1873.
Volume 1
Vol. 2, 1873-1875.
Volume 2
Vol. 3, 1875-1876.
Volume 3

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