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James Whitall manuscripts


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

James Whitall (1888-1954) was born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 8, 1888, the son of John Mickle Whitall (1858-1926) and Margaret Haines Bacon (1861-1931). He married Mildred Mason Smith (1888-1973) in 1911, and the couple had two children: John M. Whitall (1922-1923) and Richard Whitall (1924-1966). Whitall died on March 22, 1954, in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

This collection is comprised of two manuscripts collected by James Whitall. The collection includes the manuscript of a memoir or autobiography by Honah Landis, entitled "How Literature Came to Texas," and a French play by Edmond See, translated by Whitall, entitled "A Friend of His Youth."


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

"How Literature Came to Texas", Undated.
Volume 1
Scope and Content note

This volume is the memoir of Honah Landis, and describes growing up in a Quaker family, her difficultuies in accepting Quaker tenents, the time she spent living with her aunt, her discovery of Catholicism and time spent in a convent, and her eventual return to her Quaker family. The memoir is structured as a letter to Landis's aunt, who she lived with as a teenager.

"A Friend of His Youth", Undated.
Othertype x
Scope and Content note

A one act play, originally written in French by Edmond See, and translated by James Whitall. The play focuses on to secretaries for a government ministry, and an old friend from their past. The manuscript features handwritten edits by Whitall.

"Stephen Kemble" Part 1, Undated.
Box 9
Scope and Content note

This single volume typed biographical manuscript of Stephen Kemble, written by James whitall, describes Kemble's early life, his education at Haverford College, his work as a translator, and his attempts at his own writing.

"Stephen Kemble" Part 2, Undated.
Box 10

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