Charles F. (Charles Francis) Jenkins Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Charles F. Jenkins was born December 17, 1865, the eldest of seven children of Howard M. Jenkins and Mary Anna (Atkinson) Jenkins. His father was a scholar of Pennsylvania history, active in the Society of Friends, editor of Friends Intelligencer, and a member of the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College. In 1890 Charles Jenkins married Maria Cope, and he became editor and publisher of Farm Journal, a magazine founded by his uncle, William Atkinson.
Charles F. Jenkins was active in Quaker concerns, including serving as Clerk of Green Street Monthly Meeting (1901-43) and Treasurer of the American Friends Service Committee (1917-1930), the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (1919-1934), Friends Boarding Home Committee of the Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, and the Quaker periodical, Friends Intelligencer. He was active with his father, Howard M. Jenkins, in the development of the Inn and Community of Buck Hill Falls in Pennsylvania. He was a Manager of Swarthmore College for 40 years and President of the Board from 1933 to 1944. He also was a founder of the Ozone golf club and the Friends Social Union, President of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, a member of the American Philosophical Society and many other learned, social, and philanthropic organizations. In addition, he was an historian of Germantown, Pennsylvania, an author, and poet, as well as interested in horticulture. His garden, "Far Country," on his estate in Germantown included a hemlock arboretum and a Signer's Walk with stepping stones commemorating the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Jenkins also collected autographs of prominent Quakers and other important reformers. He established the Howard M. Jenkins Professorship of Quaker History and Research (later the Howard M. and Charles F. Jenkins Professorship) at Swarthmore College in memory of his father. He died July 2, 1951.
Includes correspondence about "Signers' Walk" at Far Country, 1939-46, and general correspondence, 1897-1947, relating to Swarthmore College, Quaker meetings, William Penn, Pennsylvania history, Tortola, Anna T. Jeanes, and other topics. Correspondences include William I. Hull, J. Russell Hayes, Archibald Henderson, Paul Pearson, and others. Also included in the collection is a journal, 1865, possibly of Howard M. Jenkins, addresses, poems, stories, and genealogical papers relating to the Jenkins and associated families. Of particular interest is the 1931 correspondence relating to a pamphlet Jenkins wrote on the Society of Friends reunification.
The collection is divided into six series:
- Signers Walk
- Speeches and Writings
- Business Papers
- Genealogical Papers
Donor: Marie Jenkins, 1952
Donor: Charles F. Jenkins Booth, 1967
Donor: Thomas Leduc (1 folder of correspondence), 1977
The collection was given by the widow of Charles F. Jenkins. A folder of correspondence regarding Swarthmore College was given by Professor Thomas Leduc of Oberlin College.
The collection was sorted and briefly described before 1967, maintaining the order established by Charles Jenkins. A file of correspondence concerning Swarthmore College, gift of Thomas Leduc of Oberlin College, was added to the collection in 1977. In 2001 the collection was reprocessed and a complete finding aid produced.
- United States Declaration of Independence -- Signers
- Society of Friends -- Reunification
- Quakers -- Ireland
- Society of Friends -- History
- Quakers -- Tortola
- Quakers -- Pennsylvania
- Horticulture -- Pennsylvania
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding Aid Date
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce items in this collection beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the copyright holder or their heirs/assigns. See http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-RUU/1.0/.
Arranged by Charles F. Jenkins.