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Wharton Family Silhouette 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.

Overview and metadata sections

The Wharton famile were Hicksite Quakers of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Newport, Rhode Island. The Wharton family is known for their political and mercantile influence in Philadelphia and surrounding regions in Pennsylvania. They trace their roots back to Westmorelandshire, England.

In 1864, Thomas Wharton, perhaps the most prominent Wharton, along with his mother Deborah Fisher Wharton and a group of like-minded Hicksite Quakers from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York founded Swarthmore College, a Hicksite Quaker college outside Philadelphia.

This collection contains 38 large silhouettes of memebers of the Wharton and related family and friends, most of which were cut in 1856, with a small number made in 1887 and 1897. Related collections are RG 5/161 Deborah Fisher Wharton Papers, RG 5/162 Joseph Wharton Papers, RG 5/106 Anna Wharton Morris Papers, and PA 75 Anna WHarton Morris Picture Collection.

The photographs are organized in boxes by size.

This collection was part of a gift that also included thee small albums catalogued separately. The collection is the gift of Deborah W. S. Paul of Kamestown, RI., 3/27/1997.

Two albums were made by Deborah Fisher (Wharton), catalogued as ALBUMS, MSS 002/161, and one by William Laws, ALBUMS, MSS 002/160.

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

1. Edward Wanton Smith (1875-1940).
Box 1
2. Anna Ferris.
3. Unidentified Girl (identified possibly as Anna Wharton Smith Wood).
4. Susan Dillwyn Parrish.
5. Mary Lovering Wharton.
6. Sarah Logan Wister.
7. Unidentified boy.
8. Unidentified woman.
9. Anna Hallowell.
10. Unidentified woman.
11. Unidentified woman (Charlotte Brown Wharton?).
12. Sarah Wharton Barker (?).
13. Jabez Fisher.
14. Deborah Fisher Wharton.
15. Annie Haydock.
16. Robert Haydock.
17. Margaret Brown .
18. Nicholas Brown .
19. William Dorsey.
20. John Wilson Moore.
21. Gilbert Lawrence.
22. John Willits.
23. Anson Burlingame.
24. Charles William Wharton.
25. Mary Lovering Wharton.
26. Anna Lovering Wharton.
27. Joseph Wharton.
28. Unkown Man .
29. Anna Wharton Wood.
30. Susan Dillwyn Wharton.
31. Hetty Longstreth Parrish.
32. Samuel W. Rodman (?).
33. Joseph D. Thurston.
34. Dillwyn Parrish.
35. Esther (Hetty) Fisher Wharton.
36. Emily Hallowell.
37. Unknown woman, gold background.
38. Wharton Barker.

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