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Price family scrapbooks


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Overview and metadata sections

The Price family was a Quaker family of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area. Philip M. Price and Matilda E. Greentree were married at New Harmony, Indiana, in 1825 but soon became disillusioned with the experimental community and returned to Philadelphia. New Harmony was a social experiment created in 1825 by Robert Owen, a Welsh industrialist and social reformer. James M. Price, son of Philip's deceased brother Isaac, was raised by them within the extended family. James married Sarah D. Lightfoot in 1852, and they had seven surviving children. Their sons were prominent architects, and three of the daughters were teachers.

Contains two family scrapbooks and acid-free copies. In 1894-95, James M. Price researched information and correspondence concerning the time his aunt and uncle, Philip and Matilda Price, spent in the utopian community of New Harmony, Indiana, 1825-1826. Copies and some of his original correspondence were mounted into an old account book. In 1929, Susanna M. Price, his daughter, compiled a scrapbook with family information and photographs

Gift of Eleanor Price Mather. She loaned the scrapbooks to FHL in the 1980s, and her daughter, E. Morris Potter, formalized the gift in 1990.

The scrapbook created by Susanna Price entitled "The Story of the Price-Lightfoot Family" was loaned to FHL by Eleanor Price Mather to make photocopies and copies of the images. The two scrapbooks were gifted to the Library after her death, and acid-free photocopies were made. The scrapbooks were processed together as a Manuscript Collection in 1995. The scrapbooks were dismantled in 1993, original photographs removed.

1843 Edouart silhouette of Price family members removed from the James Price scrapbook in 1994 and stored as SAFE 031.

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Finding Aid Author
Susanna Morikawa
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Collection Inventory

Susanna Martin Price scrapbook, compiled in 1929, 1929.
Scope and Contents

Includes: Genealogical research on Price-Lightfoot families culled from family letters and other sources. Photographs: Darby meeting house, Bonsall-Price house, cyanotype copy of Philip Price silhouette. Price boarding school (West Chester, Pa.). cyanotypes copies of Benjamin Price, Susanna Martin Price, James Martin Price. Photographs of Jane Paxson Price, Sarah Price Carmalt, Eli K. Price, Edwin W. Payne, Rachel Price (b. 1823), Jacob Parvin, wedding photograph of James Martin and Susanna Lightfoot from daguerreetype made in 1852 and 1878 photographs, Price family homes, Walter Ferris Price.

Photographs removed from scrapbook, 1860-1935.
Scope and Contents

Photographs were removed from scrapbook when processed in 1993 and stored in archival envelopes. They are a mix of originals, cyanotype and other types of copies.

Photocopy #1 and negatives of scrapbook.
Scope and Contents

Copies made in 1985 when Eleanor Price Mather loaned to FHL.

Acid-free photocopy, #2.
Scope and Contents

Photocopy made when scrapbook was dismantled.

Scope and Contents

The scrapbook contains typed copies of the reminiscences of Matilda Price of her childhood and residence in New Harmony with an appendix by her husband, Philip M. Price, Indiana; correspondence and reminiscences of James M. Price on his family history, and his research on New Harmony. It includes typed excerpts from the New Harmony Gazette, 1826, typed excerpts from the letters of Philip and Rachel Price concerning their reaction to son Philip's removal to New Harmony, and letters sent and received by James Price concerning the New Harmony experiment.

Physical Description

Items are pasted into a large account book, Register of Policies issued by the Provident Life and Trust Company, which was disassembled for photocopying.

Price, James M. (James Martin), 1825-1899 . Scrapbook (original), 1894-1895.
Acid-free photocopy of scrapbook.

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