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The Hallowell-Stabler papers are mainly the correspondence of James S. Hallowell (1821-1886), his wife Margaret Stabler Hallowell (1824-1900), their six children, and various Hallowell and Stabler relatives. An educator much of his life, James taught during the 1840's at the Alexandria Boarding School, directed by his uncle, Benjamin Hallowell (1799-1877). When Benjamin went to Philadelphia in 1845 to help establish Friends' Central School, James and his brother Caleb were left in charge of Alexandria Boarding School. After Benjamin's return in 1846, James founded Alexandria Female Seminary, remaining as principal until the turmoil of the Civil War forced it to close. He then moved to Washington, where during most of the Civil War years he served as Clerk of the Post Office Department and Superintendent of the Post Office Building. After his resignation in 1865, James S. Hallowell spent the remaining years of his life near the Quaker community of Sandy Spring, Maryland, first as Principal of Fulford Female Seminary and after 1874 at Oak Grove Farm, near Brookeville, Maryland.
Some of the Stabler correspondence involves Edward Stabler 1794-1883, a noted engraver and postmaster of Sandy Spring, Maryland, for more than forty years. Founder of the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Sandy Spring, Stabler was also an avid hunter, and much of his correspondence concerns hunting expeditions and the design of rifles.
This important collection describes the life of a Quaker family active in the 19th century in Alexandria, Virginia; Sandy Spring, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia, Pa., where several relatives resided. The collection contains correspondence of James S. Hallowell, his wife, Margaret Stabler Hallowell, their children, and other family members. Also includes letters of Edward Stabler and his children, poems by Alice Hallowell, lesson books, financial papers, and pictures of Hallowell and Stabler family members. While emphasizing family affairs and domestic life, these papers contain material of interest on education, farm life, observations of the Civil War and the Federal bureaucracy, travel and hunting.
The collection is divided into ten series:
- Correspondence of Margaret Stabler Hallowell, 1838-1900
- Hallowell Family Correspondence, 1839-1945
- Stabler Family Correspondence, 1837-1927
- Lesson books
- Printed material
Donor: Thomas O. Taylor, 1979
Collection was received partially processed.
- Quakers -- Education
- Quakers -- Washington (D.C.)
- Quakers -- Maryland -- Sandy Spring
- Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
- Farm life
- Quakers -- Social life and customs
- Quakers -- Virginia -- Alexandria
- Civil service
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
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- FHL staff
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- Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
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Letters sent and received arranged in a single chronological sequence with undated letters at end. Correspondents, in addition to his wife Margaret include Benjamin Hallowell, Benjamin Shoemaker, Comly B. Shoemaker, and Henry C. Hallowell.
Arranged chronologically, undated at end. Mostly correspondence with her husband James Hallowell and with Stabler relatives.
All correspondents were children of James and Margaret Hallowell, except Caleb, who was James's brother.
Includes letters of Edward Stabler (1794-1883) and his children.
Alice Hallowell, afflicted from a childhood illness, became recognized for her literary talents, especially in Washington where she lived much of her life.
Mostly regarding publication of Forty-Four Years in the Life of a Hunter..., reminiscences by Meshach Browning (1781-1859), a Maryland hunter. Book was revised and illustrated by Edward Stabler, and these papers concern the financing of its publication by Lippincott in Philadelphia.
In 1877 James S. Hallowell was granted power of attorney to act for Hannah G. Birdsall; In 1878 Edward Stabler became executor of the estate of Sarah T. Brooke.
Including Edward S. Hallowell and Edward Stabler, Jr.