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John Alston Papers


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

John Alston (1794-1874) was a Quaker farmer who lived in Middletown, Delaware.

This collection contains his journals (1837 (?)-1847 and n.d.), account books and business papers (1821-1874), and essays by Nathan Lord on slavery and salvation (1797).

The collection is divided into four series:

  1. Account books
  2. Journals
  3. Financial records
  4. Miscellaneous

Donor: John Cowgill Alston, Sr., 1948

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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

Existence and Location of Copies

Partial transcripts of some of the account books are available online.

Account Book, 1832-1857.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Contains accounts of Appoquinminck Meeting, 1833-1847.

Account Book, 1821-1845.
Box 1
Account Book, 1847-1851.
Box 1
Account Book, 1853-1874.
Box 1

Journal, 1837 5mo 15-1847 11mo 27.
Box 1
3 small journals, n.d.
Box 1

Financial records, 1820-1880, n.d.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Receipts, indentures, correspondence on financial matters, leases,

Deed to John Alston from Joshua Richardson and others, New Castle County, St. George near Drawyers Creek, 5th mo. 14th, 1795.
Box 1

Lord, Nathan, [Essay on Negro Slavery, and Salvation], 1797.
Box 1
Miscellaneous writings, n.d.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Handbound small volume: Recipes for puddings and manuscript account of dying sayings, "Extract of a letter from a Gentleman in Barbados to his friend in Philadelphia dated November 10th, 1766."

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