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Thomson-Eyre Family Albums


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

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Overview and metadata sections

Five 19th century bound albums, gift of Mary Sullivan Patterson before 1971. This collection inherited by Mary Sullivan Patterson, Quaker historian and genealogist, presumably from her mother, Alice Penrose Thomson, who married Marshall Phillips in 1904. She was the daughter of Thomas Thomson and Mary Eyre Thomson.

The collection consists of black and white photograph albums. Depictions include portraits of family members, group photographs and a photo of Swarthmore College. Of special interest are a photograph of President Lincoln with a young boy and a photograph of Lucretia Mott.

The photograph albums are organized alphabetically in boxes.

Gift of Mary Sullivan Patterson before 1971.

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Kemi Oladipo
Finding Aid Date
Access Restrictions

This collection is available for research use.

Use Restrictions

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See

Collection Inventory

PA 039-a. Mary Eyre album.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Largely Eyre and Thomson family but also James, Hicks, etc. Photographs are Carte-de-visite.

PA 039-b. Amos and Alice Jones album, 1860-12-25.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Amos (1789-1863) and Alice (d. 1875) Jones were the grandparents of Thomas Thomson. Photographs are Carte-de- visite. Includes members of Yerkes, Martin, etc.

PA 039-c. Alice J. Thomson album, 1905-1929.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Alice J. Thomson (1840-1903) was the younger sister of Thomas Thomson. She married Benjamin F. Penrose in 1874. Album contains cartes de visite and some later photographs pasted into album, including J. Dawson Thomson, 1929, and photo of Hallowell homestead inscribed "Love to Aunt Jane," 1928. Jane (1845-1937) and J. Dawson (1845-1938) were also siblings of Thomas Thomson.

PA 039-d. Untitled Album D, purple square end papers.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Cartes de visite labeled in either Alice J. Thomson Jones or Alice Penrose Thomson Sullivan's hand with later notes by Mary Sullivan Patterson. Includes members of Thomson, Eyre, Taylor, etc.

PA 039-e. Untitled Album E, cabinet-sized.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Photographs include Thomson, Penrose, Wildman, Hallowell, etc.

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