Annals of Haverford
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The Annals of Haverford was most likely written by Joseph Walton, who was one of the 21 students who was present on the opening day of Haverford College in 1833. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 2, 1817, the son of Joseph Walton and Abi Kite. After leaving Haverford, he was a Latin teacher at Westtown School, and a printer, surveyor, and dealer in furniture. He was also the clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting for 16 years from 1881 to 1897. He was the editor of "The Friend" in Philadelphia from 1879 to 1898. He was also the author and editor of many Quaker books. He married Lydia Lippincott in 1858. He died in New Jersey on February 10, 1898.
This collection contains two copies of the Annals of Haverford, one being the original manuscript verson and the other a typed copy. The Annals was a contemporary account of the history of Haverford College, from its opening through its first four years. It recounts some of the large decisions made by the institution and the programs undertaken. Some of the topics discussed include: the opening of the school, engagements of the students, visits by the managers, lectures and arrangement of the school room, arrangements of the minerals, regulations, Loganian society, the grounds, examinations, and regulations of the studies. The entries are dated, and most of them end with the word "Comes." Some of the entires are in rhyming verse, while most are in prose.
The original manuscript is first, followed by the typescript copy.
The original manuscript was presented by Miss Hannah Fox, Foxburg, Clarion County, Pennslyvania, Fifth month 1926. The acquisition information for the typescript is unknown.
Processed by Madison Arnold-Scerbo; completed June, 2018.
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Madison Arnold-Scerbo
- Finding Aid Date
- June, 2018
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
This volume gives an account of the founding and beginning of Haverford College. It recounts some of the large decisions made by the institution and the programs undertaken. Some of the topics discussed include: the opening of the school, engagements of the students, visits by the managers, lectures and arrangment of the school room, arrangements of the minerals, regulations, Loganian society, the grounds, examinations, and regulations of the studies. The entires are dated, and most of them end with the word "Comes." Some of the entires are in rhyming verse, while most are in prose.
This is a typed copy of the annals of Haverford. There is a note in the front that describes the annals of haverford as "A priceless treasure... a small manuscript volume... covering the first for years of the life of the college-or of "Haverford School" as the insitution was then called. This contemporary account was preapred by a committee of students of that early day. Probaby Joseph Walton (1817-1898) was the leader in the enterprise as he is referred to in another contemporary document as the "Annalist." He was later a teacher at Westtown School, editor of "The Friend." Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and author of several books, chiefly on Quaker history. The "Annals of Haverford," prepared a century ago was returned to the College in 1926 by the hand of Miss Hannah Fox, of Clarioin County, Pennsylvania, a descendent of one of its compilers." (From Quakeriana Notes, No. 1). This volume begins with handwritten notes about the annals.
The table of contents of the volume is: Preface, opening of the school/engagements of the students, etc., visit of the managers, lectures and arrangment of the school room, arrangements of the minerals, regulations, Logonian society, meeting - drawing class, the garden, a walk etc., spring, expectation of the examination, examination, return of the students, regulation of the studies, new meeting house, walk to the Schylkill, Loganian Society, Exhortatory notice.