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Friends Historical Library collection of genealogical manuscripts


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.

Overview and metadata sections

Described in order of their assigned Manuscript number.

The manuscripts came from multiple sources, mostly donated before 1990.

Originally listed on a typed checklist with short descriptions. Assigned collection (MSS) numbers circa 1985. Upon review by staff in 2015, some manuscripts were removed to reference files for better access. In 2018, consolidated into a single collection for better access through ArchivesSpace.

These manuscripts were transferred to other collections:

Pearl Baker scrapbooks (formerly MSS/008) to PG7; Canby Family (formerly MSS/018) to PG7; Newlin Family (formerly MSS/020) transferred to MSS 003/Journals; Conrow Family (fomerly MSS/021) to PG7; Woolman Family (formerly MSS/026) to PG7; Pancoast/Starr Family (formerly MSS/027) to PG7

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Susanna Morikawa
Finding Aid Date
January 2018
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Some of the items in this collection may be protected by copyright. The user is solely responsible for making a final determination of copyright status. If copyright protection applies, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder or their heirs/assigns to reuse, publish, or reproduce relevant items beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to the law. See

Collection Inventory

MSS 013. Painter, Minshall, 1801-1873. Delaware County Institute of Science Genealogy Collection , 1875. 2 linear ft..
Othertype MSS-013-os Othertype MSS-013
Scope and Contents

Genealogical notes, charts, memoranda of various families collected by Minshall Painter and arranged and indexed by genealogist Gilbert Cope, 1875. Envelope contains Advices of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to its members in relation to the Slave trade and other notes.

Physical Description

2 linear ft.2 bound volumes, charts, envelope

MSS 015. Forbush, Bliss, 1896-1990. Kirk Brown Genealogical Research, circa 1920s. 3 volumes.
Othertype MSS-015
Scope and Contents

Genealogical data abstracted from Quaker records and other sources including wills and deeds. Mostly meetings under Baltimore Yearly Meeting, organized by the source rather than surname.

Physical Description

3 volumesOversized volumes, one folder.

MSS 017. Willets, Charles R. . Genealogy of the Willets Family and Samuel and Ann (Buffin) Brown, 1949. .25 linear ft..
Othertype MSS-017
Scope and Contents

Typescript in binder. Ann (Brown) Willets was the grandmother of the compiler, Charles R. Willits. She descended from a long line of Quakers as was her husband, Henry Willits of Maiden Creek, Berks County, Pa. Charles Willits also made a typescript of the Willets genealogy compiled by Thomas Montgomery Lightfoot. Both were copied, bound, and cataloged in 2000.

Physical Description

.25 linear ft.

MSS 019. Engle, Charles Haines. Account of the Ancestry of Thomas Borton, Historical and Genealogical, 1902. .01 linear ft..
Othertype MSS-019
Physical Description

.01 linear ft.1 volume

MSS 021. Lloyd, Howard Williams. Williams Family Genealogy, 1902. .01 linear ft..
Othertype MSS-021
Scope and Contents

Carbon copy of typescript of Williams Family Genealogy, 1730-1901, with additional charts provided by Thomas H. Shoemaker.

Physical Description

.01 linear ft.Loose manuscript, phase boxed

MSS 022. Blackburn, E. Howard. Descendants of Alphonsus Kirk , 1893-1969. .25 linear ft..
Othertype MSS-022
Scope and Contents

Carbon of typed notes of additional research, loose in front of volume. Two black and white snapshots attached opposite title page, Center Meeting and property owned by Alphonsus Kirk.

Physical Description

.25 linear ft.1 large bound volume

MSS 023. Lewis K. Stamp Genealogical research, 1994.
Othertype MSS-023
MSS 024. Stiles, S. Robert. S. Robert Stiles Genealogical Research, 1990.
Box FHL-884 (offsite)
Scope and Contents

Includes Haines family summary based on the files of John W. Haines, index of Moorestown MM (partial), and miscellaneoous notes.

MSS 025. Petroskas, Peg, Died 1987. Peg Petroskas genealogical notes, 1980.
Box FHL-1010 (offsite)
Scope and Contents

7 folders. Rough notes on McVeaugh, Mills and other families. Not indexed.

MSS 049. Pennock, J. Roland (James Roland), 1906-1995. Descendants of Joseph Pennock and Mary Levis (draft), 1995. .2 linear ft..
Othertype MSS-049
Scope and Contents

A draft of a Pennock genealogy, compiled by J. Roland Pennock. Computer generated copy. Chuck Gilbert transferred Pennock's files from an obsolete computer program and made a computer printout for Helen Pennock.

Physical Description

.2 linear ft.2 folders

MSS 061. Cresson, Charles O.. Cresson Family Genealogical Record (photocopy).
Othertype MSS-061
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of bound volume of Cresson family of Swarthmore, Pa. The records were started by Ezra T. Cresson.

MSS 064. Price, Charles C. (Charles Coale), 1913-2001. Charles C. Price Family Genealogy Papers, 1983-2001. .25 linear ft..
Othertype MSS-064
Scope and Contents

Genealogical papers compiled by Charles C. Price and his second wife, Ann Parker Gill Price. He was related to many Pennsylvanis Quaker families including the Waltons.

Physical Description

.25 linear ft.1 box

MSS 052. Cope, Gilbert. Memorials of the Ancestors of the Hall Family, 1758-1879. 1 volumes.
Othertype MSS-052
Scope and Contents

Beautifully bound volume of Cope's research on the Ancestors of Estelle, William J., Florence, Alice, and Abby M. Hall. Quakers of Swarthmore, Pa., with close connection to Swarthmore College. Contains some original papers.

Physical Description

1 volumes1 oversize volume

MSS 065. Parry, Webster (1848-1936). Webster Parry Collection of Quaker families (photocopies), 1965. 2 linear ft..
Scope and Contents

Collection begun by Webster Parry and completed by Edna Harvey Joseph. Originals at Guilford College Library (?) Poorly indexed.

Physical Description

2 linear ft.Bound into 10 volumes

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