"Members of the Prison Society: Biographical Vignettes"
Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
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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.
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).
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
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