O. Edward Janney (Oliver Edward) Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Dr. O. Edward Janney (1856-1930) was a prominent Quaker doctor from Baltimore who was active in many of the social reform movements of his time. Born in Washington, D.C., the son of Henry and Hannah Janney, he first entered the field of pharmacy and then became a physician, graduating from the Medical School of the University of Maryland in 1881 and from Hahnemann Homeopathic College in 1882. He married Anne B. Webb in 1885. Janney was active in the American Purity Alliance and organized the National Vigilance Committee. He worked with the Society for the Suppression of Vice in Baltimore and labored in the causes of temperance, woman suffrage, inter-racial rdevote his full time to elations, peace, and other reforms. In 1907, Dr. Janney gave up the practice of medicine to pursue reform activities full time. He served as Chairman and Executive Secretary of the Advancement Committee of Friends General Conference and of Baltimore Yearly Meeting and Chairman of the Joint Co-Operative Committee of the two Baltimore Yearly Meetings.
The collection contains correspondence (1874-1945), diary (1914), memoirs, speeches, writings, memorabilia and photos of Dr. O.E. Janney and his wife, Anne B. (Webb) Janney, of Baltimore, Md. The papers include his work with various organizations including the Advancement Committee of Friends General Conference, Baltimore Yearly Meeting, and the American Friends Service Committee, and Woolman School. Subjects include education, health, and hygiene of children, morality, peace, religion, and temperance. Correspondents include Anna L. Curtis, Bliss Forbush, John William Graham, Woodrow Wilson, Edward Grubb, Clarence Pickett, Aaron M. Powell, Barnard Walton, George A. Walton, Anna D. Blackburn, S.M. Brosius, Pauline W. Holme, Luther W. Hopkins, Richard H. Hunter, and many others. Anna B. Janney's correspondence primarily concerns women's suffrage issues and correspondents include Anna Howard Shaw.
The collection is divided into seven series:
- Correspondence, 1874-1945
- Writings and speeches
- Financial and legal papers
- Reference material
Donors: Gift of Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark Taylor and the children of Eleanor Janney Jones, 1965-66.
Gift of Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark, 1972
The collection was given by Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark Taylor and the children of Eleanor Janney Jones. Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark Taylor and Eleanor Janney Jones were daughters of O. Edward and Anne B. Webb Janney. Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark (Taylor) gave additional papers in 1972.
The collection was initially processed in 1966, with later donations added.
The following books were removed from the collection. In FHL book catalog:
- The COL Book, 250th Anniversary celebration of founding of Baltimore Yearly Meeting (1672-1922).
- "Religious Views of the Society of Friends", by Howard M. Jenkins, a paper read at the World's Congress of Religions at Chicago, 9/19/1893.
- "The Teacher as a Missionary of Peace," address by Andrew Stevenson, 8 mo 1904. Reprinted from The Friends' Intelligencer, 10mo 15, 1904.
- "Higher Education and Peace", paper by David Ferris, read at Swarthmore Meeting, 4 mo 23, 1905. Reprint from The Friends' Intelligence
- "Suggestions for Workers in The Society of Friends." General Conference Advancement Committee, Phila., 1914.
- Devonshire House, by William Beck, London, Headley Bros., 1908.
- "Ideals and Experiences of Extension Work", by E. Maria Bishop. Paper read at Scalby, June 24, 1908.
- "The Place of Religion in Education," by President Swain of Swarthmore College, paper read at Friends General Conference, Ocean Grove, N. J., 7mo 18, 1910.
- "A Plea to the People of Canada from the Society of Friends at Coldstream, Ont." Jan. 1916.
- Woolman School, Swarthmore, Pa., announcements, 1918-1919.
- Book List Prepared and Printed by The Department of Proper Publications of Friends General Conference, 1mo 1918.
- "To All Who Bear the Name of Friend," epistle from London Yearly Meeting, 5mo 22 to 29, 1918.
- A Handbook of the Principles of the Religious Society of Friends. Revised and republished by the Advancement Committee of Friends General Conference, 1925.
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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
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/.
Oliver Janney was Acting Secretary of the Advancement Committee of Friends' General Conference. Back part of notebook contains outline for "The Social Forces and Religion, and Religious Education, 1915.
Includes some photographs. "In memory of Eleanor Janney Johns, Class of 1908, Swarthmore College, her children present these memoirs written by her father, Dr. O. Edward Janney."Physical Description
2 ring binders
Appears to cover 7 years, with gaps. Handwriting resembles that of Anne Webb Janney.
Signed "A.W.J." (Anne Webb Janney?). Cites dates of importance in his life, 1856-1930.Physical Description
Other authors include: Anna D. Blackburn, S. M. Brosius, Anna L. Curtis, Bliss Forbush, John William Graham, Edward Grubb, Pauline W. Holme, Luther W. Hopkins, Richard H. Hunter, Eleanor Janney Johns (daughter of O. E. and A. W. Janney), Norma G. Miller, Rebecca T. Miller, Elizabeth B. Passmore, Sarah A. Pennock, Charlotte Turner (Mrs. Henry Chandlee Turner), George A. Walton, J. Barnard Walton, Woodrow Wilson (important mainly for autograph rather than content). In addition, there are letters from organizations which reflect the concerns of O. E. and A. W. Janney. Also invitation from Lucy Sturge to A.W.J., July 9, 1930.
Manuscripts, arranged alphabetically by subject. "O.E.J." following title indicates that Dr. Oliver Edward Janney is the author. In many cases where the author's name is not given, the handwriting appears to be that of O.E.J.
Substance of address at Purity Conference, La Crosse.
2 copies, 1 ms., 1 typewritten.
Verses. To the tune of "My Bonnie."Physical Description
2 multigraphed copies
ms in notebook + typewritten carbon copy
1 ms.; 2 typewritten carbon copies
2 copies, 1 ms.; 1 typewritten
Messages by Samuel Ash, Matilda E. Janney, Alfred H. Love, Sarah T. Linville, Dr. Daggy,--Wright.
Includes notes on Lecture on the Educational Approach Towards Peace.Physical Description
Suggestions for the use of teachers. (List of characteristics under same title) Noted "Written 6/10/1910 for Dr. J.H. Holmes. S.S. Leaflet."
Address at 200th Anniversary of the founding of London Grove Meeting.Physical Description
2 typewritten copies
Outline of course given at Woolman School for Social and Religious Education, at Swarthmore, Pa.
To be sent out by radio from The News station, Baltimore.
For use in Classes or for Home Readings.Physical Description
2 copies, 1 ms., 1 multigraphed
Verses read at a Social at Cape May Conference.
For The Intelligencer.
Written in response to a celebration at Woolman House of O.E.J.'s 60th birthday.Physical Description
Read at Chicago White Slavery Conference.
To The Intelligencer.
Address before Maryland State Temperance Alliance
Address to Ministerial Union of Baltimore. Published by American Purity Alliance, N. Y.Physical Description
Address to students of Southern Homeopathic Medical College.
Article in The American Medical Monthly, Vol. 21, No. 5.
Article, The Friends' Intelligencer
Article in Papers in Medicine, pp.486-489.
Letters to the editor of The Evening Sun, Baltimore.Physical Description
Verses in The Friends Intelligencer, Vol. 76,, No. 15.
Lord Baltimore Press, Balt., copyright 1914. Also 2 copies of advertising leaflet for the book.
Published by Maryland Homeopathic Pharmacy Co., Balt.
Reprint from The North American Journal of Homeopathy.
Article in Southern Journal of Homeopathy.
Article in The Friends' Intelligencer, pp. 788-789.
Reprint from Southern Journal of Homeopathy.
Leaflet advertising course of five lectures.
Lecture delivered at Friends Meeting House, Park Ave., Bait., at request of Baltimore Committee on Advancement. Printed by Friends General Conference Advancement Committee, Phila.
Philanthropist Series, No. 34.
Published by the American Purity Alliance, N. Y.
Published in The Friends' Intelligencer, p. 217,218.
2 copies of "sketch"
Article, The Friends' Intelligencer, containing references to Dr. O. Edward Janney, or reports of speeches by him.
re: delegation from Baltimore Friends to President McKinley with reference to the future of United States and Philippines relationship.
Includes Senior Course No. 2. Friends General Conference, Phila. (2 copies) Also, Senior Course No. 3.
Reprint from The Survey,
Concerning 1st Anglo-Belgian Ambulance Unit.
Printed for Peace Dept., Friends' General Conference.
Special Bulletin No. 3, by Wm. I. Hull, special Representative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.Physical Description
Also includes press releases, Dept. of State, 1925; and "American Policy in Nicaragua", by Henry L. Stimson, reprint from The Saturday Evening Post, Oct. 1927.
Concerning "white slave traffic", many distributed by the American Purity Alliance and the National Vigilance Committee; Dr. O. Edward Janney served both organizations as president and chairman.
Includes program from Maryland Woman Suffrage Association, 1907.
Mrs. O. Edward Janney was second vice-president of this organization, 1909-1910
Read at a Parlor Meeting of the Baltimore W.C.T.U. Printed in The White Ribbon Herald, May 1900.
Committee appointed by the Maryland State Temperance Alliance.Physical Description
See also Ser. 1, "Recollections of Oliver Edward Janney" for additional photographs of O. E. Janney and members of his family.
Mostly unlabelled, but Dr. Janney, Rufus Jones, Baltimore Friends' School, and other images can be identified.
2 copies of each