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Ackworth School, England 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

Ackworth School was founded in 1779 as a co-educational boarding school for Quaker children by Dr. John Fothergill and other Quakers. It is located in West Workshire, England. It was intended to be a board school for children whose parents were not rich. It still exists today, predominately as a day school.

This collection is comprised of four volumes, one of which is a transcription of one of the other volumes. They all relate to the rules and regulations for the Ackworth School in England. The duplicated volumes begin with a letter written by "S.R.G" to George Dillwyn, describing the value and concerns of Quaker education. George Dillwyn carried the concern of religious education, and concieved an idea of creating a simliar school to Ackworth in America, which became Westtown School, outside of Philadelphia, PA.

A Century of Westtown History 1799-1899 by Watson W. and Sarah B. Dewees BX 7632 W5 Z2 1899 The history of Ackworth School, BX7632.A2 Z4


Processed by Mary A. Crauderueff; completed August 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Mary A. Crauderueff
Finding Aid Date
August 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Archival Resource Key. Account of Ackworth School, 1786. 1 items.
Volume 1
Scope and Contents

This book contains the description of the structure of the school, governance structure, chores done by the students, and more. Each chapter ends with notes about how what is outlined in the chapter relates to Quaker morals. It also includes "Some remarks on Christian Discipline," and a description of the York School for Girls.

It is prefaced by a letter by "S.R.G.," which outlines the importance of religious and spiritual in children's education. The author of the letter strongly emphasizes morality, and reiterates several times their concern for how the recipient of the letter, George Dillwyn, might use the information.

Includes a scrap of paper which reads: "Ackworth School - Preparation for Westtown." Also includes "Rules of Conduct for Youth in the several Schools under the Care of Friends."

Physical Description

1 items

Archival Resource Key. Account of Ackworth School, 1786. 1 items.
Volume 2
Scope and Contents

This is a revision of the other Account of Ackworth School.

Physical Description

1 items

Archival Resource Key. Regulation for the Government of Ackworth School, Undated. 1 items.
Volume 3
Scope and Contents

A broadside titled "General Meeting at Ackworth School, 1785 - 4th Instructions to Agents and others" is sewn in.

Physical Description

1 items

Archival Resource Key. A first Book for Children, Undated. 1 items.
Volume 4
Scope and Contents

This item contains descriptions of lessons for children and lists of potential lessons. Includes many loose papers.

Physical Description

1 items

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