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Anonymous commonplace books


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.

Overview and metadata sections


This collection is comprised of seven volumes of anonymous commonplace books. The commonplace books tend to include poetry and religious extracts.


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

Archival Resource Key. Vol. 1, Undated.
Volume 1
Scope and Content note

This volume includes extracts from the works of the Honorable Edmund Burke, extracts, and poetry. Many of the extracts and poems are religious or moral in nature.

Archival Resource Key. Vol. 2, Undated.
Scope and Content note

This volume includes a number of loose pages and one small bound notebook. The notebook pages include religious reflection and extracts, quotes related to religious topics and themes, including: Christ, Atonement, Scripture, Reason, Mysteries, the Sabatth, Perfection, Ministry, Universal Love, Evans' Exposition, and the Bond of Union.

Archival Resource Key. Vol. 3, Undated. 06 linear ft..
Scope and Content note

This volume includes excerpts of letters and poetry, and attributes letters and poems to many Quaker individuals, including: Edward Rhoads, Elizabeth C. Morris, Margaret Jenkins, Elizabeth Carter, and William Savery.

Physical Description

0.06 linear ft.

Archival Resource Key. Religious reflections, 1757.
Volume 4
Scope and Content note

This volume includes copies of letters, extracts from religious reflections, psalms, hymns, prayers, and poetry.

Archival Resource Key. Religious visits, 1750-1797.
Volume 5
Scope and Content note

This volume includes personal correspondence related to religious visits. Letter writers include: Samuel Fothergill, S. Neal, Mary Paisley. It also includes extracts from The Memorandum of Thomas Brown, written by Susanna Mason, extracts of minutes found among the papers of Thomas Brown, and extracts of yearly meeting minutes.

Archival Resource Key. Hicksiana, 1822-1827.
Volume 6
Scope and Content note

Single volume which includes copied letters, as well as extracts of Quaker poetry. The Spine of this volume is printed with "Hicksiana."

Archival Resource Key. Poems, 1886-1894.
Volume 7
Scope and Content note

This volume includes copied poems addressed to various Quaker individual, with a christmas card inside.

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