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Lydia Swain Hinchman letterbooks


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

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Lydia Swain (Mitchell) Hinchman (1846-1938) was born November 4, 1846, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the daughter of Peleg Mitchell and Mary Russell. She married Charles Shoemaker Hinchman in 1872, and the couple had five children: Mary Mitchell Hinchman (b. 1873), Charles Russell Hinchman (b. 1875), Margaretta Shoemaker Hinchman (b. 1876), Anna Barker Hinchman (b. 1877), and Walter Swain Hinchman (b. 1879). After her marriage, Hinchman moved to Philadelphia, where she lived until her death in 1938.

This collection is comprised of two volumes of the letterbooks of Lydia Swain Hinchman. Each volume includes both business and personal correspondence. Letters are addressed to both Lydia Swain Hinchman and her husband, Charles Shoemaker Hinchman. Generally, personal correspondence is addressed to Lydia Swain Hinchman, while business correspondence is addressed to Charles Shoemaker Hinchman.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed September, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
September, 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, 1867-1908.
Volume 1
Scope and Content note

Includes a copy of "An Act to Incorporate the Mount Eagle Land and Improvement Co," and the certificate of Charles S. Hinchman from the American Institute of Mining Engineers.

Letter writers include: Steven Elkins, Judge Ludlow, E.H. Farnum, Frank Garrison, Henry McCook, Bayard Taylor, Isaac Sharpless, Alfred Irwin, William Lescum, Booker T. Washington, Elizabeth Coffin, Edward Everett, J.H. Gardiner, Curtis Guild, Henry McCraken, Edward Reynolds, and Edith Matthewson.

Vol. 2, 1927-1940.
Volume 2
Scope and Content note

Letter writers include: Edward Reynolds, Edith Matthewson, Seth Low, Rufus Jones, G.M. Brayton, Elizabeth Bord, Charles Whittier, John Jordan, Edgar F. Smith, Charles Eliot.

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