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Russell-Pownall-Walton family photographs


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

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The Pownall and Walton were Pennsylvania Quaker families who came to reside in Delaware County. The bulk of the collection involves Charles Regnier Russell and his wife, Ruth Elizabeth Pownall. Charles (1901–1955) and Ruth (1900–1983) Russell were longtime residents of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and were graduates of Swarthmore College in the Class of 1923.

Charles Russell was the son of Percy Russell and Agnes O. Regnier, members of New York Monthly Meeting. After graduating from Swarthmore College, he traveled with the Swarthmore Chautauqua circuit during the summer of 1921. He married Ruth Pownall in 1922. He served as Director of the First National Bank of Delaware County in Media and operated a small auto repair shop in Swarthmore. Ruth Elizabeth Pownall was born to Vincent Stubbs Pownall (1870–1942) and Bertha Julia Walton (1871–1956) in 1900 and was raised in Swarthmore where she attended Swarthmore schools and was a member of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting. Bertha Walton's sister, Gertrude Anna Walton (1867–1943), remained unmarried.

This collection includes loose family photographs, family photo albums, railroad photographs, and some photographs of Swarthmore College.

Gift of Elizabeth Piccard, 2012 [Accession 2012.004]. Part of RG5/280: Russell-Pownall-Walton Family Papers.

This collection was removed from RG5/280: Russell-Pownall-Walton Family Papers.

Charles Russell Photographs of Swarthmore College (Bond Hall and Clothier) removed to College photographs, oversized (SPA/200/B8)

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Finding Aid Author
Zoe Peyton Jones
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Collection Inventory

Pownall-Stubbs Family Album, 1871-1915.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Small album contains photos of Pownall and Stubbs family members. Some are dated/have short descriptions and most are identified

Vincent Pownall railroad photographs, 1892.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Vincent Stubbs Pownall worked as a railroad surveyor as a summer job in 1892. Most images are undated cyanotypes.

Family photographs (loose), 1873-1949.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Many of the photos undated but most are labeled. Includes: Mary Haines Stubbs and Vincent Stubbs, Jr.; Vincent S. Pownall; Ruth Pownall Russell; Charles R. Russell; E. Clayton Walton

Photographs (loose), 1930.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Probably Swarthmore friends, including the Froebels of Swarthmore Ave.

Charles Russell photo album, 1921-1927.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Includes Swarthmore Chautauqua schedule for 1921 and snapshots on the circuit. There are descriptions of the back of many of the photos but they are obscured by the pages of the album. Also photographs of his visit to Regnier homestead, the George School, and 1927 trip to Wernersville, Pa.. Swarthmore photographs include 6 Ogden Avenue and his 1922 wedding to Ruth Pownall.

Ruth Elizabeth Pownall school pictures, 1906-1919.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Ruth Pownall (1900-1983) graduated from Swarthmore High School in 1919.

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