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Comfort family financial records


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

Howard Comfort (1850-1912) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 21, 1850, to Edward Comfort and Susan Edge Comfort. On May 16, 1872, Howard Comfort married Susan Wistar, the daughter of Thomas W. Wistar and Priscilla Foulke Wistar. The couple had one son, William Wistar Comfort (1874-1955). Comfort was a Quaker merchant in Philadelphia, and often traveled between Philadelphia and various cities in Great Britain on business during the years 1890 and 1907. Comfort died in Philadelphia on April 12, 1912, at nearly 62 years old.

This collection is comprised of two volumes of the financial records of the Comfort family.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed November, 2015.

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

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Comfort family receipt book, 1803-1841.
Volume 1
Scope and Content note

This volume records amounts paid by family members to various individuals, arranged chronologically.

Howard Comfort ledger, 1850-1912.
Volume 2
Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of the single volume ledger of Howard Comfort. The volume records the books Comfort purchased and sold, and includes clippings of the advertisements for books he purchased, accompanied by notes in Comfort's handwriting. The majority of books recorded in the ledger are related to Quaker history and religious belief.

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