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"Growing Up Quaker"


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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Katherine (Thompson) Paxson (1912-2009) was a 20th-21st century Quaker writer and poet. Katherine Thompson was born May 19, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Ruth Ella (Anderson) Thompson and I. Walter Thompson. She grew up attending the Twelfth Street Meeting with her family, and later attended Lansdowne Meeting as an adult. Paxson attended Westtown School, where she graduated from in 1930. Paxson was secretary for both the Young Friends Movement of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and for the Director of the Philadelphia International House. Paxson married Charles Small Paxson in 1936, and the couple had two children, Stephen G. Paxson and Charles Paxson. From 1958 to 1973, Paxson worked in the Pediatric Unit of Hahnemann University Hospital and served as the chair person and liaison between the Medical Pediatric Department and the Women's Association for ten years. As a writer, Paxson mainly wrote articles, poetry, and devotionals. Her published works include two volumes of poetry, A Book for Brian and Widening Circles. She also contributed articles and poems to the Friends Journal. Katherine T. Paxson died on April 4, 2009, at the age of 96.

Source: Growing up Quaker, by Katherine T. Paxson

This collection is comprised of the single volume typed manuscript of Katherine Paxson's family history/memoir, entitled "Growing Up Quaker." The manuscript includes vignettes describing various events in Paxson's life, which she recorded to pass on to her family members. Includes biographical entries for her grandfathers, Isaac H. Thompson and Thomas E. Anderson; her grandmothers, Anne W. Hutton Thompson and Nancy Almina Anderson; her father, I. Walter Thompson; and her sister, Ruth Thompson Davidson. Vignettes describe Paxson's "Early Years," "Summer Days," "Twelfth Street Friends Meeting," her mother's influence in her life, "Visiting Grandpa and Grandma in N.C.," "Ecumenical Outreach," and "Westtown School."

"Growing Up Quaker" was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College by Katherine T. Paxson.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
October, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Manuscript, Undated.
Box 8
Related Materials, Undated.
Box 8
Scope and Content note

Materials related to Katherine Paxson and her memoir, including a typed profile, newspaper clippings, related essays by Paxson, notes, journal extracts, and a copy of the "The War Cry of the Salvation Army," from which she quoted a passage on love in her memoir.

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