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Francis Barton Gummere songbook and notebooks


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Francis Barton Gummere (March 6th, 1855 - May 30th, 1919) was born to Samuel J. Gummere and Elizabeth H. Barton in Burlington, New Jersey. He was half-brother of Caroline E. Gummere and John Gummere. In 1870, his family moved to Haverford, Pennsylvania. He became a student at Haverford College. He received his bachelor's from Harvard University in 1875 (the same year he received his master's from Haverford College) and taught there for two years as an English instructor. He then ran the William Swain School for Advanced Work at New Bedford, Massachusetts, and later worked with the Penn Cord and Iron Works. After, he worked the law firm F.I. Gowan, and then as a teacher at the Providence, Rhode Island Friends' School and later at Moses Brown School. He went on to become a professor of German and English at Haverford College in 1888. He studied abroad at the Universities of Berlin, Leipzig, and Jena, and received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Freiburg. He married Amelia Smith Mott in 1882, and he had three children: Richard M., Samuel J., and Francis Barton Jr.

The collection consists of three volumes of papers created by Gummere. There is a songbook created during his time at Haverford College in addition to his notebooks on Germanic life and the philosphy of Baruch Spinoza. They are all handwritten and detail his notes during the courses. The notes on Germanic life are written in German.

The materials are arranged chronologically by creation.

Processed by Addison Conn; completed February, 2018.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Addison Conn
Finding Aid Date
February, 2018
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Songbook, 1869.
Volume 1
"A Thesis on the Philosophy of Spinoza", 1875.
Volume 2
Scope and Contents

Thesis for Masters of Arts degree

Notes on Germanic life, origins, etc. notebook, 1889.
Volume 3

Print, Suggest