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 first Quaker Talcott (later changed to Tallcot to conform to pronunciation) was Nathan, the son of Governor Joseph Talcott of Connecticut. Nathan's son, Gaius, was a member of Nine Partners Monthly Meeting in Dutchess County, New York, and his son, Joseph, moved to Scipio, New York, and was the grandfather of Emily Howland. The Howland family also moved to central New York from New England, where they had been persecuted for being members of the Society of Friends. Slocum Howland, the son of Benjamin and Mary (Slocum) Howland, married Hannah Tallcot at Scipio Monthly Meeting in 1821. They set up a household at Sherwood, Cayuga County, New York, and Slocum ran a general supply store with Thomas Alsop. The Howlands were committed abolitionists and may have been active in the Underground Railroad. Their third child and only daughter, Emily, was born in 1827. She was educated locally and for a brief time in Philadelphia, and then left Sherwood in 1857 to teach at a school for the daughters of formerly enslaved people in Washington D.C.; during the Civil War, she worked at a "contraband camp" in Virginia, establishing a school there and coordinating relief activities. Her father died in 1881. After a sixteen month tour of Europe, Emily returned to Sherwood to contribute time and money to the maintenance of the Sherwood School. She continued to take an interest in a number of schools for African-American youth in the South and also was involved in women's suffrage and temperance. She was elected Director of the First National Bank of Aurora in 1891. Emily Howland never married, and died in Sherwood at the age of 101.
This collection contains loose black and white photographs (now in sleeves), albums, original artwork, and card photos. There are photographs of both places and people, including a number of portraits. Of particular interest are photos of a number of prominent individuals involved in abolition and women's rights.
Photographs probably collected by Emily Howland; arranged in files according to primary subject matter. Negatives, if available, are filed with the original.
Part of the the Emily Howland Family Papers, RG 5/066.
This collection was removed from the Emily Howland Family Papers, RG 5/066. Additionally, 8 photographs, gift of Sheldon Judson, Acc. 1997.020 added to "Persons," 5/14/2013.
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- Zoe Peyton Jones and Alison Sielaff
- 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 http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/.
Includes the following folders: Emily Howland; Howland & Alsop Families; Miscellaneous
Includes images of Emily at various stages of life.
Includes the following folders:
Persons: Includes Harriet Tubman, Jennie Dean, N.P. Rogers, John Brown, and Caroline F. Putnam.
Schools: Includes a number of schools for blacks in the South from 1912 to 1915: Our Farmer's Institute, High Point School (North Carolina), Holley School (Lottsburgh,Virginia), Howland School (Heathsville, Virginia), Kowaliga School, Montgomery Normal School (Alabama), Statesboro School (Georgia),Tuskegee Institute, Montgomery Industrial School.
Includes a photograph of Edward Strange (1870) and some of his relatives.
Includes: Susan B. Anthony, Cornelia Hancock, Elizabeth Smith Miller, Anna H. Shaw, Lucretia Mott.
Includes: Cayuga County and 1913 Women's Congress
Drawing of "Old Grant," 1870 (folder also includes oil on cardboard of the same subject, painted by same artist?)
Watercolors of Howland Family Houses
Includes a variety of large photographs related to women's suffrage, Southern schools with which Emily Howland was involved, and portraits of Emily Howland.