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Mary Sullivan Patterson photograph collection

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

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Mary Thomson Sullivan was born May 9, 1906, the daughter of Marshall Phillips Sullivan and Alice Thomson Sullivan, members of Abington Monthly Meeting and prominent residents of Elkins Park, Pa. Her paternal grandparents were Joseph T. and Sarah Rogers Sullivan of Moorestown, NJ. Her maternal grandparents were Thomas and Mary Eyre Thomson. Both sides of the family came from a long line of Quakers.

Mary Sullivan attended Abington Friends School and graduated from the George School. She was a graduate of Swarthmore College, Class of 1928, and the first woman to edit the College newspaper. She was active in Quaker organizations and was a Young Friends delegate to the 1924 Friends Conference in London and attended the World Youth Peace Conference in 1928 in Holland.

In 1930, she married Henry Carter Patterson (1889-1972), and they had three children: Alice, Jane, and Robert. Henry had joined the Society of Friends in 1918. He was an insurance executive and active in race relations; in particular he was the Philadelphia director of the United Negro College Fund and aided the relocation of Japanese American to the Philadelphia area during WWII. The family settled in Swarthmore, Pa. Mary Sullivan Patterson served as president of the Board of Trustees of the Schofield Normal and Industrial School, 1936-1946. She was an avid genealogist and worked as a genealogist for Friends Historical Library 1952-1957. In 1957, she resigned from professional genealogy to concentrate on researching Quaker immigration from England, her own family research, and local historic preservation.

In 1957, she spent several months in England researching Quaker records. In her later years, she devoted much of her energy to historic preservation efforts in Delaware County, Pa. She was the driving force to save the Caleb Pusey House and served as chairman for fundraising for the restoration of the 1724 Chester County Courthouse and the Carter Cemetery in Chester Township. She served as a board member for the Delaware County Historical Society, was founder of Historic Delaware County Society which organized Open House Days in the 1960s, and she served on the Delaware County Heritage Committee.

She lived her final years in the Hickman, Friends Boarding Home, in West Chester, Pa., and died December 1987.

This collection includes photographs from Mary Sullivan Patterson's life, including her time at Swarthmore College, as well as family photographs and photographs of Quaker meeting houses. Mary Sullivan Patterson's niece, Nancy Rosan, helped in identifying many individuals in family photos.

Gift of Mary Sullivan Patterson, 1964-1985. Accession number: 90.1.14. Part of Mary Sullivan Patterson Papers, RG 5/118.

This collection was removed from Mary Sullivan Patterson Papers, RG 5/118.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Zoe Peyton Jones
Finding Aid Date
2018
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Collection Inventory

Mary Sullivan Patterson Photo Album, 1921-1941.
Scope and Contents

Swarthmore College, Class of 1928, informal photographs; Classmates, Bond Memorial, picnic on the Crum; Loose photo of cabin in France, 1924, where Mary Patterson lived during her trip

Three children on horse that is pulling a plow.
Portrait of Bessie Hachod. Labeled Sullivan on back, 1899-12.
Portrait of a Mary Sullivan as young woman.
Robert Patterson (Mary and Henry's son) with catcher's mitt.
Patterson Family Christmas card with Mary, Alice, and Jane.
Patterson Family Christmas card with Alice and Jane pouring tea.
Patterson Family Christmas card with Alice, Jane, and baby Robert.
Chester W. Ambler and Lillian S. Ambler with two dogs.
Negative of Alice and Jane Patterson.
Negative of Mary, Henry, and Alice Patterson.
Negative of Patterson Family sitting outdoors.
Alice Patterson in front of house.
Alice Patterson with two children.
Alice Patterson at the zoo, 1939.
Alice Patterson's first birthday.
Mary and Alice Patterson hallway.
Robert Patterson steering sailboat.
Alice Patterson in front of fireplace with husband Rob Harter.
Mary Patterson in raincoat.
Carte de visite of Isaac and Elizabeth Eyre with their children, William and Mary Eyre, 1850.
Alice Patterson in the living room.
Robert Patterson at one year old, standing in the yard.
Black and white portrait of Mabel D'Olier.
Portrait of Mabel D'Olier sitting on a couch.
Mabel D'Olier with her arm around Perry Como, famous singer in the 1950s.
Mabel D'Olier with a young man holding flowers.
Portrait of Marie Patterson, Henry Patterson's sister.
Portrait of Marshall Phillips Sullivan, Robert Pyle, and another young man, 1897.
Mary and Henry Patterson with their daughter Alice, 1937.
Alice Patterson with her baby and husband, Rob Harter.
Alice Sullivan (Marshall P. Sullivan's sister) in her mother's wedding dress, standing near a pillar.
Alice Sullivan (Marshall P. Sullivan's sister) in her mother's wedding dress, standing in an archway.
Portrait of Alice Penrose Thomson (Marshall P. Sullivan's wife) and another young woman, 1906.
Portrait of Thomas Thomson.
Portrait of Mary Eyre Thomson.
Portrait of Henry Lippincott Patterson, father of Henry Carter Patterson.
Portrait of ten young men and women sitting on a banister.
Portrait of Jeane and Anne Powell.
Alice Patterson's class photo.
Mary Thomson Sullivan's baby picture.
Mary Thomson Sullivan's baby picture.
Mary Thomson Sullivan's baby picture.
Mary Patterson holding leaves.
Unidentified man - portrait.
Robert Patterson wearing a coat standing in entranceway to a house, with his arm around a woman.
Mary Patterson wearing leis around her neck, standing with another woman (Aunt Mabel).
Two young men playing baseball.
Scope and Contents

Joseph T. Sullivan, Mary's brother, sliding into the base at Swarthmore College

Portrait of Mr. Collingsworth.
Group family portrait on front porch of house. .
Scope and Contents

Marshall P. Sullivan and Alice P. Thomson Sullivan with five children on porch at Cedar Lane, Elkins Park, PA. CHildren from left to right are Marshall, Elizabeth, Edith, Mary, and Joseph.

Portrait of Elizabeth Hachod.
Portrait of Caroline Hendrickson.
Portrait of Marshall Phillips Sullivan in graduation cap.
Portrait of Elizabeth Eyre, 1819.
Patterson family Christmas card, taken on Mary's 70 th birthday.
Patterson family Christmas card, taken on Henry's 80 th birthday.
Portrait of Henry and Robert Patterson, holding rifle.
Alice Patterson with Henry Patterson and her baby.
Portrait of Henry Patterson and his grandchild.
Negative of Henry Patterson and his sister, Marie.
Portrait of Henry Patterson and his sister, Marie.
Portrait of Henry Patterson at 3 years and 4 months, 1892.
Jane and Henry Patterson celebrating their birthdays.
Leona Appleyard holding Alice's two children.
Scope and Contents

Leona became Marshall P. Sullivan's 2nd wife, after Alice P. Thomson Sullivan died.

Portrait of Henry Patterson, his son Robert, and a young boy (Alice's son?).
Mary Patterson standing beneath a tree.
Mary Patterson with her Swarthmore classmates.
Mary Patterson and another woman, holding American Spirit Preservation awards.
Mary Patterson seated at a conference table, Media Courthouse.
Portrait of Mary Patterson with brooch.
Portrait of Mary Patterson with typewriter.
8 x 10 of Henry Patterson, his son Robert, and a young boy (Alice's son?).
Family portrait of Mary, Henry, Alice, Jane, Robert, as well as two young grandchildren and two young men (Alice's two children, as well as her husband Rob Harter and Jane's husband Leland Rosemond).
Group Portrait in front of fireplace, includes Alice, Jane, and Robert Patterson, as well as an elderly gentleman (Marshall Phillips Sullivan) and nine other grandchildren.
Scope and Contents

Back row, including kids on laps: Diana Davis; Alice Patterson; Robert Patterson; Marshall P. Sullivan and Shirley Davis; Sandi Davis; Jane Patterson and Marsha Silvers; Nancy Davis. Front row: Mary Light Sullivan; Gay Silvers; Janny (Janet) Sullivan; Eldie (Eleanor) Sullivan; Robert Sullivan.

Group Portrait in front of fireplace, includes Alice, Jane, and Robert Patterson, as well as an elderly gentleman (Marshall Phillips Sullivan) and nine other grandchildren.
Scope and Contents

Back row, including kids on laps: Diana Davis; Alice Patterson; Robert Patterson; Marshall P. Sullivan and Shirley Davis; Sandi Davis; Jane Patterson and Marsha Silvers; Nancy Davis. Front row: Mary Light Sullivan; Gay Silvers; Janny (Janet) Sullivan; Eldie (Eleanor) Sullivan; Robert Sullivan.

Group Portrait in front of fireplace, includes Alice, Jane, and Robert Patterson, as well as an elderly gentleman (Marshall Phillips Sullivan) and nine other grandchildren.
Scope and Contents

Back row, including kids on laps: Diana Davis; Alice Patterson; Robert Patterson; Marshall P. Sullivan and Shirley Davis; Sandi Davis; Jane Patterson and Marsha Silvers; Nancy Davis. Front row: Mary Light Sullivan; Gay Silvers; Janny (Janet) Sullivan; Eldie (Eleanor) Sullivan; Robert Sullivan.

The College Avenue School, Class picture, Fifth Grade, 1956.
Portrait of young man in suit.
Alice Patterson showing her baby at a dinner party.
Henry Patterson at Jane's wedding.
Mary Patterson escorted by a young man at Jane's wedding.
Jane Patterson in her wedding dress with Husband Leland Rosemond.
Jane Patterson and Leland Rosemond cutting their wedding cake.
Wedding Portrait of Mary and Henry Patterson.
Mary Patterson holding a Distinguished Citizen's Award.
Mary Patterson holding a Distinguished Citizen's Award.
Mary Patterson, William C. Archbold, and Dave Abel with pirate hats.
Mary Patterson giving a speech at a dinner party.
Mary Patterson giving a speech at a dinner party.
Swarthmore College Group including Marshall Phillips Sullivan and his sister, Helen Sullivan, 1900.
Snapshots of Lyndon B. Johnson speaking at Swarthmore College commencement, distant views.
Swarthmore business district on the day of the College commencement.

Caleb Pusey House: Note on back that probably oldest photo (faded), 1850.
Lancaster Castle.
Wenlock Christiansen House.
Humphreys Estate.
Walnut sketches.
Wyck House.
Marshfield House.
Wenlock Christiansen House.
Meeting House.
Living Room.
Jonas Preston Home, Chester PA.
Profile of Elisha Cullen Drick from painting.
Walnut Sketches.
Mary Patterson's cabin in France during her trip to England and Europe with Young Friends, 1924.
Eskrigg Hall.
Scene from an early meeting house.
Friends meeting house, New Jersey.
Thomas Ellwood Residence.
Landing of William Penn.
Photo of house taken from the street.
Photo of a painting of flowers.
Bartholomew Coppock House.
Bartholomew Coppock House.
Alice Patterson's desk.
Sunset view from the 2 nd floor of the main building, Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1966.
Evening view across the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel swimming pool toward the Pacific Ocean, Kamuela, Hawaii, 1966.
Sunset from Halekulani Terrace, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1966.
Friends Meeting House, 1958.
Pordsay Cragg Meeting.
Robert Heath House, 1958.
Friends Meeting House, 1958.
Early English Quaker Meeting.
White brick house.
Salem oak.
Joshua Peirce House.
Basing House, Rickmansworth.
Peachfields Property.
Basing House, Rickmansworth.
Peachfields Property.
Wenlock Christiansen House.
Cherry Grove.
Friends Almshouse.
Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh's Home, Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Deepclough Farmhouse.
Moorestown Meeting.
Rhode Island meeting house.
Falsington, Bucks County meeting house.
Early Quaker missionaries drawing.
Mahogany clock, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Clermont Academy and letter concerning painting.
Leiper House, Wallingford, PA ( photographs).
Old Chelten Hills station, Elkins Park, PA. Photo of painting.
John F. Kennedy giving a speech on the National Mall.
Christmas card from Eleanor Clarke, 1968.
White house with shutters.
Patterson House, the study.
Patterson House exterior.
Patterson House hallway.
Patterson House hallway.
Patterson House hallway.
Patterson House Kitchen.
Sullivan Family, 1918.
Scope and Contents

Picture taken on 8134 Cedar Road. Includes: ?; Marshall Sullivan; Mary Sullivan; Marshall P. and Alice Penrose Thomson Sullivan; Herb Taylor; Tom Taylor; Joeseph Sullivan Elizabeth Sullivan; Edith Sullivan

The Old Cloud House.

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