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The Harned photograph collection


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

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Phebe Harned was born October 12, 1841, and died May 3, 1927, and her sister, Katherine S. Harned, was born December 17, 1848, and died November 16, 1931. The Harned sisters were Orthodox Friends and lived in Springfield Township, Delaware County, PA.

The Harned, a non-profit boarding home for elderly men and women, was established through bequests from Katherine S. and Phebe Harned. A trust fund was initiated upon the death of Katherine Harned in 1931. In their wills, the Harned sister called for the appointment of a committee under the oversight of Chester (later Media) Monthly Meeting. They intended for the Home to be established in their home in Springfield, PA, but allowed for the Committee to have full authority to build or change locations. In February 1938, the Harned Committee, or Board of Directors, was appointed by Chester Monthly Meeting. In April 1940, subcommittees were established, including Advisory and Finance Committee, Admission Committee, and House and Grounds Committee. The first residents moved in during the fall of 1940. It was decided in 1943 that the Committee would buy the "Stellwagen property" in Moylan, PA, and the move was made in 1944.

The Harned was a very small, home-like facility with only eleven residents at full capacity. It was closed in June 1994 due to financial difficulties. The Harned Trust was continued, with income going to three established Quaker retirement homes: Barclay/Friends Hall, Stapeley Hall, and the Estaugh group in New Jersey (Medford Leas, etc.).

This collection features photographs of The Harned boarding home in the form of a scrapbook, loose color photographs, negatives, mounted black and white photographs, and some handwritten notes and newspaper clippings. The images depict the Harned sisters, residents of the boarding home, parties, and even a Centennial Celebration. The clippings are by and about the residents of the Harned. Of special interest is a sketch by Margaret H. Wright. The collection was removed from RG4/083.

The photographs are arranged in folders in the box according to photograph type or subject (e.g., scrapbook, negatives, miscellaneous, etc.) but not chronologically.

Material deposited by the Media Monthly Meeting between 9/27/1994 and 4/12/1996.

Collection removed from RG4/083, The Harned Papers.

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Jissel Becerra Reyes
Finding Aid Date
Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

1 . Photograph of Phebe Harned .
Scope and Contents

The letter that accompanied their donation stated that "the two photographs hungd in oval frames above the mantelpiece at the Harned."

2. Photograph of Katharine S. Harned .
3. Scrapbook, 50th Anniversary of the Harned, 1990.
Scope and Contents

Includes photographs and writings by and about residents of the Harned.

4. Color Photos I (20), November 1992.
Scope and Contents

With note "Nov. 22, 1992-Amy R. storytelling, Peace Center; Nov. 25- Thanksgiving dinner; Nov. 26-Dogs: Homer, Bonbon, Dragon, also Amy [Rosenberg?] and Esther Darlington; Nov. 28- StTart of Bazaar, Harned."

5. Color Photos and Negatives II (24), Harned Bazaar, 1992-11-28.
6. Color Photos/Negatives III (23), Harned Bazaar, 1992-11-28.
7. Collection of Photographs and Other Materials relating to the Harned, 1911-1993.
Scope and Contents

Includes photo of the Elkinton family gathering held at the address which later became the Harned; pamphlet of Quaker Retirement Residences; photo of Alberta Roulke; sketch of the Harned by Margaret H. Wright; photo of the Harned, 1993; various photos of Harned residents; the 50th anniversary of the Harned; the 100th anniversary celebration of the building; and photo of Janice Blose (neighbor of the Harned) with Lucie Stephens, Mildred Purnell and goat.

8. Photographs of the Harned and its residents (10), 1986-05.
9. Photographs of the Harned (8), 1990 and undated.
10. "Living Room at the Hickman Home during Sesqui-Centennial Celebration", 1949-09-27-1949-10-02.
Scope and Contents

Standing, Mrs. Hagerty (Ada Shortlidge); 1eft to right sitting: Abigail Jackson, Clara Beardsley, Laura Beardsley and Mary Clark.

11. Miscellaneous photographs, 1921, 1939, and undated.
Scope and Contents

Includes photos of "Josephine Pennock's party," [the Hickman?], and others.

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