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"The Boston Broad Brim"


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

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George Aaron Barton (1859-1942) was born on November 12, 1859, in Quebec, Canada, the son of Daniel and Mary Stevens (Bull) Barton. He was educated at Haverford College, was the editor of the Haverfordian, and graduated from the College in 1882. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1891. Barton married Caroline Brewer Danforth. From 1884 to 1889, Barton taught at Friends School in Providence, Rhode Island, and from 1891 to 1895, he was a lecturer at Haverford College. From 1904 to 1920, he was a professor of Biblical literature and language at Bryn Mawr College. Although Barton was a Quaker minister beginning in 1879, by 1918, he had doubts about the Quaker peace testimony, and in 1919, he became a deacon in the Episcopal Church. Before his death in 1942, however, Barton began to again attend Quaker Meetings.

This collection is comprised of the single, handwritten volume manuscript of George A. Barton, entitled "The Boston Broad Brim." The piece appears to be satirical in nature, and, according to the introduction supplied by the manuscript, "The Boston Broad Brim is published Semi-Occasionally for the benefit of the Boston Meeting. It is the official organ of the Whittier Association," and was previously called the "Highland Hall News, and was a weekly paper." This volume provides a brief satirical history of Quakers, particularly their move from Switzerland to the United States, the "Eighth Idyll of Theocrates," "The Miracle" translated from German, and a story called "The Hoag Surprise Party."

"The Boston Broad Brim" by George A Barton was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1954 by Mrs. T. Beach Platt.

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

Manuscript, 1884.
Volume 1

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