Friends Historical Library album collection
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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The use of the term "Albums" to describe this collection refers to the fact that the material contained usually is not original, but rather copied or collected, often for its spiritual or moral message. "Album" is used as the broad term to include volumes also described as commonplace, piece, "sentiment," autograph, or copy books.
A definition of "commonplace book" describes it as "a book of literary passages, cogent questions, occasional thoughts, or other memorabilia." The terms "piece book" and "copy book" also refer to this genre which was particularly popular in the Quaker community in the 19th century. Many of the albums contain copies of speeches and letters of noted Friends in addition to contemporary poetry and other quotations.
Closely related formats, "scrapbook" and "clipping book," are distinguished from the albums because they contain material which was originally printed or written elsewhere and then attached to the pages of the book. "Lesson books" and "exercise books" include material that was copied in the classroom or prepared as a school assignment, and "autograph books" contain signatures and often "sentiments" of friends and acquaintances.
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Copies of early Quaker writings by Francis Howgill (1618-1669), Edward Burrough (1632-1663) and others, visions, dreams. Purchase Acc. 2014.038
Arithmetic workbook prepared by a scholar under the direction of a school master. John Cox, Jr., attributed it to someone living within Genessee Yearly Meeting. Gift of NYYM, 1997
Contents include copies of letters of Samuel Fothergill, Job Scott, and others. Enclosures include autograph of Edward Pease, and an extract concerning the death of George Fox and a gathering on the day following dated 1 mo. 15 1690. Copied from Friends Register "commencing about the year 1652"
Copies of letters by Samuel Fothergill, Sophia Hume, Frances Henshaw. Also stories of convincement
Copies of poems, including Henry 14 "On sleep"
Copies of farewell poems to Elias Hicks, speech made at George Fox's burial
Indexed, copied extracts on Elias Hicks, George Fox, American independence.
Lines written at Friends Burial Ground (Llywyngwril near Barmouth).
Passages by Quakers, primarily Isaac Pennington. Gift of Sarah Ewing, 1994
Includes an excerpt concerning Pompey, a person enslaved by Josiah Patterson of Deep River Monthly Meeting, N.C., and an account of John Steel, an English Quaker
2 volumes Accounting exercises, "Day Book 1821." Also includes copy of sermon on duties of youth, 1836.
1 volume, covers missing. Pitman Shorthand notes on sermons by Lucretia Mott and others, including Nathaniel Crenshaw of Virginia at Arch Street Meeting, T. S. Stockton, George Truman, and John Jackson. Author not identified. Written in a small notebook which was also used as algebra workbook and autograph book. Transcribed 2013, photocopies of most of sermons stored in separate file with same call number. Purchase, Acc. 2012.037
"Expedients and contractions in Arithmetic"
History exercise book. Also includes Minutes of The Home First Day School
Contains clippings regarding Friends and yearly meetings. Gift of Jessie L. Hoopes, 1941
To "Mary (Maime)," Swarthmore College. Most likely Mary (Hibbard) Thatcher, Class of 1874. Donor unknown, 1972.
Part of 47 volumes by Ruth and Henry B. Abbott. Includes quotes, newspaper clippings, etc., nos. 11-22, 31-140, 149, 50, 63, 72-75, 81-88, 93-96, 98, 101, 103, 1014, 106, Sketchbook (n.d.)
Surveying lessons. Includes employers/scholars attendance, money owed and accounts (school unknown)
Gift of Merion Monthly Meeting
Gift of Elsa Jenkins, 1959
Writing exercise book, "Mary Atkinson, from Danby, 1826." Also includes a bill of timber with the names of Wm. D.P. Snow, Ionia C.O. Michigan, John Henry Prudon. Gift of Christopher Densmore, Acc. 2016.020
Gift of Anne Moore. Found in nursery building of Joseph W. Thomas and Sons Nursery. Acc. 2012.023
Includes some original poems by her friends. Gift of Mary Patterson, 1959
Material on his retirement from J.B. Lippincott, a medical publishing company. Gift of Peggy Kahoe Fowler
Gift of F.B. Zelley, 1977
Amy Baker (1862-1919), daughter of Jackson Baker and Emeline Mercer Baker. She married John Howard Mendenhall, and they were members of Chester Monthly Meeting. Album contains aAutographs and verse by her schoolmates at the Darlington Seminary.
The doctrine of particular and unconditional election as expressed by Samuel Matin by Ben J. Mason
"Table of different of latitude." From the papers of John Parrish
Copies of letters, Quaker testimony. Later owned by Walter W. Jacob
Records source and date of each entry
Clippings and diary entries tipped into Poor Will's Pocket Almanac, 2 vols., 1827 and 1829
Includes Quaker testimony, travels, and letters.
Handmade small autograph book of Diana Brown of Baltimore, MD. She was the daughter of Uriah Brown and a student at Nine Partners Boarding School. Gift of Marjorie Forbush Scott, Acc. 2013.013.
"Three ancient pieces copied by G.C. when young" By Benjamin Padley, Thomas Wilson, and William Dewsberry (early Quaker ministers)
Report on PYM, 1884, pasted over The Crystal Fountain by Upham. Child was physician, office on Race Street, Philadelphia. Includes Lucretia Mott's sermons, 1849-78. Gift of Lucretia Mott Gaskill Fry , 1949
Written at the Excelsior Normal School, Carversville, Bucks County, PA
Clippings on abolition talks by Wendell Phillips and George Curtis in Philadelphia; reaction of city. Also on Lincoln and Booth
Kept by his mother, Elizabeth Conrow
Cooper family of Chester Co., Pa., and Camden/Medford, N.J. Three poetry albums of Annie H. Cooper (b. 1859) and her sister Mary (1852-1917). Most of the poems and prose concern family members, including brother William B. Cooper. Also an autograph book owned by their niece, Mary A. Cooper, of Medford. Gift of Ruth Hall Brooks, Acc. 2007.013
Autographs from pupils at Kennett School
Includes penmanship alphabets and poems. GIft of Dorothy Biddle James, 1973
GIft of Dorothy Biddle James, 1973
"Miscellaneous Pieces by Elliot Cresson." One original, others anecdotes
Vol.6 contains Epistles to and from Scotland YM
Contains copy and original poetry. Hannah Darlington (1840-1885) and Sarah Maria Darlington (b. 1838) were the daughters of George Darlington and Susan Coates Darlington of Birmingham Monthly Meeting. The poems have local subjects including an Indian burial ground of the Brandywine and a poem written by their father George Darlington in 1850 about the death of his first wife, Maria Haines Darlington (1805-1830).
"Property of Amanda Dewees, 1834" Portion used as scrapbook for clippings ca. 1886
1777 message to young friends copied by R.D. Gift of PYM, 1975
Small handmade album with sentimental verse kept by Jane Evans (later Robinson) while a student at Westtown. Gift of Ted Reising, Acc. 2009.035
From Alexandria Boarding School, VA. Certificate of achievement at end. School founded by B. Hallowell, who was related to the Farquahars
Mathematics lesson book, Gwynedd Boarding School, Montgomery Co., Pa. Geometry, trigonomeetry, word problems. Gift of Lucy Thrower. Acc. 2014.018.
Penmanship book (1811) from Writing Academy Library, Philadelphia
Notes on Francis Howgill; Quaker beliefs and testimony. Donated in 1872
Poems; written at Woodbury School
Includes Foulke genealogy; accounts of trip to United States; first settlement of Gwynedd
Resident of Gwynedd, PA. Wife of Daniel Foulke, son of Joseph who founded Gwynedd Boarding School. Includes valedictory addresses for 1858-59
Phebe Frost, Quaker from Skaneateles, NY. Verse and sentiments. Signers are from Peekskill, Scipio, Skaneateles, and Greatfield. Possibily related to "The Hive." a school in Skaneateles, NY. Gift of Christopher Densmore, Acc. FHL 2013.022. Inventory of contents in folder.
Statement of the Progress in Study, Conduct, etc of Elizabeth Garrett during the Winter Term for 1844 at Sharon Boarding School
Postcards, articles on Quaker Meeting Houses
Handmade small autograph album, "Sherwood Select School." Marie A. Guindon, dau George and Adelia Guindon of Poplar Ridge (Otisite). Gift of Thomas Hamm, Acc. 2013.016.
Member of the Chappaqua Monthly Meeting. Born September 1814, died December 23 1896
Notes on Sewell's History vol. 1
Bound volume with clippings, entries on Elizabeth Hall's graduation from Swarthmore College, Class of 1905. Acc. 2006-026
"Agnes Hallowell's Verse Book done at J and J school in the year 1812"
Caroline Willetts, Alexandria, Virginia, enrolled in Westtown, 10 Mo. 1847. Gift of Lawrence Glaggett, through Mary Cotton. Acc. 2006.012. Donor also included a photocopy a poem by Rachel B. Satterthwaite, "The First and Last Nicholite," 1895.
From Claremont Academy
Account of a visit of Friends in Adams, York, Cumberland, and Dauphin Counties, PA, VII/20 to VIII/5/1912. Gift of Anna B. Glick 1973
Contains copy of "An Account of the Separation" by James Field and a copy of Heavilan's letter to his parents, Brooklyn, N.Y. Gift of NYYM, 1997
"Westtown Third Mo 1857" Gift of Dorothy Biddle James, 1973
Part of 4 volumes by Elizabeth M. Hewes. Gift of Dorothy Biddle James, 1973
Part of 4 volumes by Elizabeth M. Hewes, written at West-town 1827. Gift of Dorothy Biddle James, 1973
"EMH West-town" Part of 4 volumes by Elizabeth M. Hewes. Gift of Dorothy Biddle James, 1973
Gift of Dorothy Biddle James, 1973
Gift of Dorothy Biddle James, 1973
Includes a list of Chinese characters and flower/color English translations
Local meeting information; "NY, NE and other friends articles"
"The Ladies album, a miscellaneous collection of literature contributed by the Friends and Companions of Beulah Hopkins." Gift of the Friends Historical Association
"…truth in re…Scriptures…" by Job Scott
"Elizabeth Swayne's Book 1780." Eliz. Swayne (1760-1818) m. Jesse Hughes in 1788 at New Garden MM, Pa. Members of Pipe Creek Monthly Meeting. Probable that her daughter, Lydia Hughes, added entries, genealogical data. Book includes poetry and prose, text of Eliz. Webb's letter, poems on Virginia Exiles, list of traveling Friends visiting Bush Creek Meeting, MD, and recipes such as cure for fits. Acc. 2006-025
"A list of the boys names that were at Nine Partners Boarding School in the winter of 1837." List is at beginning of bound student commonplace book. Gift of NYYM, 1997
Two piece books and a (empty) portfolio/envelope labeled Westtown School. #1, an album of sentiments, Westtown School, 1836-1837, and #2. piece book of poetry. Likely Mary H. Hunt (1821-1883), dau. Caleb and Rhoda Hunt, a member of Chester Monthly Meeting (NJ). Gift of Leslie Hunt, Acc. 2014.002.
Mary Ann Hunt died in 1853 at 18 years old, as noted by her mother, Margaret Hunt, at beginning of album. Includes sketches, poem on Lincoln defeating Douglas, and sections of writing in code. Gift of Dorothy Harris, 1964
Contains original and copy poetry and prose. Jane Hussey was born 1781, a birthright member of Menallen Monthly Meeting, daughter of Jedediah Hussey and Jane Penrose Hussey. She married Richard Rummells under the care of Warrington Monthly Meeting in 1815.
Gift of Chester County Historical Society, 1941
Resident of Darby. Gift of Rush Welter, 1992
Grandfather of Arthur C. Jackson and Mary J. Shoemaker
Containing "Rules Selected and Adopted for Regulating the Practice of the Courts of Common Pleas in the 15th District"
Jenkins family scrapbook with photographs, Swarthmore College clippings of Pres. Taft's visit
Notes from brother Harry and cousin Bella
Gift of Edward P. Thatcher
Clement Jones likely is son of Henry and Jane (Lewis) Jones of Upper Dublin, Pa. He was born 1808 and a member Gwynedd MM. Acc. 2012.045
"John Ketchum, His Book, Anno Domini 1793." Gift of Phebe K. McAllesin
Gift of Phebe K. McAllesin
Charles Kirk was the superintendent of the Mission School (est. 1869) on Wyandotte Mission, Indian Territory
Gift of Mrs. F. Acton
From Sharon Seminary, Darby, PA, 1853. Gift of Helen E. Davis Acton
Gift of Dorothy James, 1974.
Gift of Byberry school
Her mother was Rachel J. Knight
Also includes newspaper clippings (Christian Citizen)
"Woodstown, 10th mo 14th 1830"
Includes John Gests' letters, 1833-1834. Pasted over a lesson book.
Westtown School Girls School, Chester, PA. Purchased from the Family Album, 1980
List from memoirs and journals 1656-1898. Includes list of English Friends interred at Jordans (Eng.), 1679-1866. Gift of PYM, 1975
Binding is old newspaper
Annie Lukens came from Gwynedd, PA. She was a non-graduate member of the Swarthmore Class of 1874. She married Henry Daniels and lived in Swarthmore, PA. Notes are from many members in her class, both personal and quotes. Includes long reminiscence by John Kelvey Richardson, who became Ohio Attorney General and Solicitor General of the US
Attended Friends Central School, class of 1882
Sentimental verse, acrostics. Early autographs associated with Gynedd Boarding School. Martha P. Lukens married Josiah Cleaver in 1844. They were members of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting (H). Purchase, Acc. 2011.013
Sentimental verse. Student at Sharon Boarding School, Darby, Pa.? Gift of Thomas Hamm, Acc. 2011.036
Includes excerpts from journals of James Gough, 1712-1780; William. Reckitt, 1706-1760. Part of 4 volumes by Amos Lundy.
Stephen Crisp and John Richardson. Part of 4 volumes by Amos Lundy.
New England Judged. Part of 4 volumes by Amos Lundy.
George Fox (2 volumes) (Encl.: Arthur Wellington Lundy's Book of Navigation, 1834)
"To Bessie McCollin, from Grandma". Minutes of the Literary Congress of Philadelphia. Used as recipe book.
On cover: 12 mo 10, 1825. Poetry, most focus on death and loss. Includes poems by Lydia Huntley Sigourney (September 1, 1791 – June 10, 1865), well-known poet of the early 19th century and admired by John Greenleaf Whittier.
"Meditation on Imprisonment" and Thomas A Kempis' "The Christian Devote." Gift of Lydia Foulke Taylor.
Commonplace book kept by a Wilburite Friend in or near Scipio, New York. Gift of Christopher Densmore, Acc. 2013.018. Inventory of volume contents in folder.
Small scrapbook of newspaper clippings and publicity about Morse's fictionalized account of the Underground Railroad in NYC. Morse was the daughter of James Sloan and Abby Hopper Gibbons, important New York abolitionists. She married James Herbert Morse in 1870. See RG5/174, Abby Hopper Gibbons Family Papers for her correspondence. Purchase, Acc. 2012.019.
Includes tables of conversion, grammar lessons
Quaker commission merchants in New York City. Book includes copies of letters sent to associates regarding trade and financial matters. Purchase, 1994
New England Yearly Meeting Boarding School, Providence, RI. Includes manuscript copy of first composition copied into book.
Includes where and when birds sighted, some information on nest composition. Also math calculations and practice, accounts, clippings, and notes on genealogy.
Daughter of Francis Jackson (1789-1861), public figure in Boston in early 1800's. He was the president of the anti-slavery society with a personal connection to Frederick Douglass, member of the city council, and worked toward public improvements. This book contains "City of Boston leases F. Jackson land commissioner 1830", "Annual reports to the mayor and aldermen 1830-1834", and notes on street histories. Harriet Palmer filled the rest with notes on the Thompson College Free medical Lectures for Women, 1872-1874.
"Lottisier, collection of loose, unconnected pieces" from Harriet Palmer, 1844. Also contains "Miscellany" of Francis Jackson, which includes notes on abolition and railroad construction.
Letters, autobiographical sketch by Francis Jackson. Includes letter from John Quincy Adams to Edmund Quincy.
Includes entries by Swarthmore College and West Chester State Normal School students recording personal notes about activities and memories. Annotated with "married." Gift of Martha Conner, 1972
Mary Palmer was born in 1876 and given her first autograph album in 1884. This contains notes from schoolmates and relatives. The album from 1892-1895 contains notes from the West Chester State Normal School (1893), George School (1894?), and Swarthmore College (1895).
Compiled while at Swarthmore College (lower school). From Mrs. Eddie Stella, daughter of Edith Flitcraft (Class of 1899) and grand-daughter of Annie C. Pancoast Flitcraft.
Pearson was a member of the Darby Meeting. Book contains genealogical data, farming practices, statistical data on U.S., indexed. Also includes Articles and minutes, 1786-1792, of "The Friendly Society for diffusing useful knowledge" formed at Darby. Gift of Darby Monthly Meeting, 1975.
Titled "Tribute to Friendship" Phebe was the daughter of Caleb and Jane Pierce of Philadelphia. She married Ezra Haines of Burlington Monthly Meeting at Mulberry St. Mtg. house in 1833.
James Pennock was a member of the Swarthmore Preparatory Cass of 1883. Album contains notes from Kennett Academy 1878 and Swarthmore College 1879. Gift of J. Roland Pennock, 1964
From Mt. Holly Institute (Aaron Ivins school)
Clippings and account ledger; glued over accounts ca. 1790
Includes "Weighty Expressions uttered by Ann Waring". Gift of Eliza Foulke, 1957
Ann Preston, M.D., was the daughter of Amos and Margaret Preston of West Grove, Chester County, Pa., members of New Garden Monthly Meeting. Active in the anti-slavery and temperance movements, she was a writer, teacher, and a physician, having graduated with the first class from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. She became the Chair of Physiology and Hygiene, then Dean of Faculty, and then a member of the Board of Corporators at that school. She also helped to found and was a member of the Board of Managers of the Woman's Hospital. Gift of Dorothy Kauffman. Acc. FHL 2013.184. Inventory of contents of the volume in folder.
"Drawn by W.P. 11 years of age, a native of Vienna Austria, at present a pupil in the secondary department of the Walnut Street School as a mark of respect for Mr. Joseph C. Turnpenny, 1853"
Gift of Harriet Haines Machler, 1977
4 piece books, one from Newton Seminary (1840) one from Eight Square School House, Mt. Pleasant (1838)
Poughkeepsie, NY. Gift of New York Yearly Meeting, 1997
"A collection of Prose on Moral and Religious Subjects." Purchased from Alan G. Thomas, Bookseller, 1978
Gift of Mary Sullivan Patterson, 1973
"John Row 1780 No. 8." Transferred from RG5 Jenkins
Resident of Wrightstown
From Westtown Boarding School
From West Chester Secondary Normal School (1883-1885). Gift of Elizabeth Sharpless, 1965
Recipes, sermons, newspaper clippings. Gift of Frances White
Gift of Charles F. Jenkins
Titled "From E. Hood". Teacher was Anna B. Cresson. Gift of Mary J. Smedley
Memoirs of Nathan Shoemaker and Frances Maria Shoemaker (wife) by N. Shoemaker. Gift of Mary W. Shoemaker (granddaughter) and Horace Mather Lippincott, 1948
Includes photographs of Arch St. Meeting, Orthodox PYM 1901, George Scattergood, Joseph S. Elkinton, Samuel Emlen, Clarkson Sheppard, Rebecca Smedley, Deborah S. Allen, and Edward G. Smedley. Gift of Edith Binns (niece), 1871
Pasted over Women's YM in London notes; 1762-1765, 1801 still legible
From Wilmington Boarding School. Married Charles Lippincott 1832.
Gift of Chester County Library, Hogue Estate
Includes minutes of the Valley Friends School Lyceum (1876-1877) as well as a piece book (1877-1878). Gift of Ella Thomas and Filena Thomas
Contains clippings from MSP (which she wrote) and autographs. Gift of Mary Sullivan Patterson, 1964
Rebecca Palmer Thorne, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Palmer, of Galen, New York. She married Isaac Thorne in 1838 under the care of Junius Monthly Meeting. Signatories are from Galen, Fallsington, and Wilmington. Gift of Christopher Densmore, Acc. 2013.019. Inventory of contents in folder.
Includes sentiments and poetry in addition to botanical drawings and watercolor of the village of Kimberton. Anulette F. Toxey (1817-1847) of Georgia married William Granson (1779-1884) in 1835. Volume has pencil inscription "Belongs to BF Granson." Benjamin Franklin Granson was the son of Anulette Toxey Granson. Purchase, Acc. 2015.005.
From Gwynedd Boarding School, Montgomery County, Penn (1859) and London Grove Boarding School (1860). Gift of Willis Vail
Copies of marriage certificates which were not recorded in meeting records at the time the marriages were solemnized. From PYM, 1975
Gift of Dorothy Lapp, 1982.
"Scrapbook, West Fallowfield Township, 12 mo 21st 1841"
1828 autographs from Bristol and Philadelphia
Matilda Walton (1807-1869), daughter of James and Martha Walton, members of Abington Monthly Meeting. She was a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of the Northern District at the time of her death. Matilda's sister Anne Walton married Benjamin Leeds in 1855, and she transferred to his home meeting, Moorestown Monthly Meeting, the following year. In reverse, the book was used as poetry clipping scrapbook by Alice Lenz, Moorestown, New Jersey, the clippings pasted over workbook exercises.
Includes Vision of Isaac Child, notes on Abington Monthly Meeting. (Son-in-law of Joshua Evans, Quaker Minister?)
Gift to Hannah, Salem, Ohio, from her friend Eliza Bonsall. Gift of Shane T. Hadden, Acc. FHL 2013.026.
Includes Vision of Isaac Child. Gift of Charles F. Jenkins
Gift of Gladys Gray, 1982.
Includes Joseph White's "The Little Looking Glass." Also notes "Copied and examined by Abraham Warrington"
Copied from the writings and letters of Sarah M. Watson, 1802-1813. Gift of Elizabeth S. Roberts.
"Cyphering Book, March 3, 1808" from Upper Darby Union Schoolhouse. Gift of Mrs. Charles J. Saltzer, 1978
Possibly Mary Wharton Thurston (1828-1856) of Philadelphia. Gift of Broward County Library, FL. Acc. 2008.013
Copy of "Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral" by Phyllis Wheatly; unknown transcriber
"Odd notes that may some day be useful," includes genealogies
Contains will of Charles Whitall (father; Louisa M. Whitall mother and brother Clement) signed 1847. Gift of Jane Boedker, Woodbury, 1975
Given to Anna by her aunt, Sarah Haviland
Scrapbook kept while student at Germantown Friends. Dorothy (1906-2005), dau of Merritt Noxon Willets and Louretta Cooper Willets. Married Howard Thomas Hallowell, Jr., in 1932. She became a member of Abington MM in 1934. FHL 2015.017
Gift of Eliza Foulke, 1957
"Plymouth Boarding School, 4 th moth 9 th 1817"
Received from NYYM Haviland Records Room.
Zane (1872-1909); died in Norristown PA. Zane left Swarthmore in 1893, and her Bachelor of Art degree was conferred in 1894. Includes "sentences of note", English assignments/lessons. Gift of Chester County Historical Society, 1969