Main content

"Members of the Prison Society: Biographical Vignettes"

Notifications

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

Peter Paul Jonitis (1913-2007) was born on April 23, 1913, in West Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth Wright, and the couple had two children, Karen and Peter Paul Jr. He died on June 9, 2007, in Lewiston, Maine.

Elizabeth Wright (1921-2009) was born January 6, 1921, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Clark Brick Wright and Elizabeth T. Kirk. She attended Earlham College, and completed her bachelor's at the University of Pennsylvania. She later earned her master's in Special Education from Temple University. She married Peter Paul Jonitis, and the couple had two children, Karen and Peter Paul Jr. She died on December 20, 2009, in Troy, Michigan.

This collection is comprised of the two volume manuscript by Peter P. and Elizabeth W. Jonitis, entitled "Memoirs of the Prison Society: Biographical Vignettes of the Managers of the Philadelphia Society for Assisting Distressed Prisoners and the Members of the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons, 1787-1830." The biographical sketches were compiled in order to determine how many of the 344 members of the organizations were Quakers, so as to study Quaker contributions to early prison reform in the United States.

Unknown.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

Publisher
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

Archival Resource Key. Vol. 1 Part 1, 1982.
Box 10
Scope and Content note

Volume 1 includes the following sections:

Introduction General Nomenclature Peculiar to the Period, 1776-1830 Quaker Nomenclature for the Period, 1775-1830 Richard Wistar The Philadelphia Society for Assisting Distressed Prisoners The Managers of the Philadelphia Society for Assiting Distressed Prisoners

Archival Resource Key. Vol. 1 Part 2, 1982.
Box 10
Archival Resource Key. Vol. 2 Part 1, 1986.
Box 10
Scope and Content note

Volume 2 includes the following sections:

The Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons The Members of the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons

Archival Resource Key. Vol. 2 Part 2, 1986.
Box 10

Print, Suggest