Howard Malcolm Jenkins Family Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Howard Malcolm Jenkins (1842-1902), a birthright Quaker, was a scholar of Pennsylvania history and genealogy, and published many books and articles based on his research. He was an active member of the Society of Friends, editor of the Friends Intelligencer, and served on the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College.
He was born on March 30, 1842, in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, the son of Algernon Sidney Jenkins and Anna Maria (Thomas) Jenkins. Educated at Foulke's Gwynedd Boarding School, Jenkins taught school for a brief period, and in 1862 entered into partnership with Wilmer Atkinson to publish and edit newspapers. On March 16, 1865, he married Mary Anna Atkinson, sister of his partner and daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Quimby) Atkinson of Upper Dublin. They had seven children: Charles Francis who married Marie Cope; Anna Mary, married I. Daniel Webster; Thomas Atkinson, married Marian Magill, daughter of a president of Swarthmore College; Edward A, married Mary Ellen Atkinson; Algernon, died in young childhood; Florence; and Arthur Hugh, married Ann Roberts.
In 1884, Howard M. Jenkins purchased The Journal, a Hicksite Quaker publication, and, upon its merger with Friends Intelligencer, became chief editor of the combined publication. Also in 1884, he wrote Historical Collections Relating to Gwynedd, an historical and genealogical study of his native township. This was soon followed by a variety of other articles and books. In 1901, he was elected to the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College. An influential and deeply valued member of the Society of Friends, Jenkins died tragically in an accident at Buck Hill Falls on October 11, 1902. An endowed chair at Swarthmore College, the Howard M. Jenkins Professorship of Quaker History and Research (later the Howard M. and Charles F. Jenkins Professorship of Quaker History and Research) was created in his memory.
Howard Malcolm Jenkins (1842-1902), a birthright Quaker, was a scholar of Pennsylvania history and genealogy and published many books and articles based on his research. He was an active member of the Society of Friends, editor of the Friends Intelligencer, a trustee of the Schofield Normal and Industrial School, and served on the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College. The collection contains family papers and genealogical material on the Jenkins and Foulke families, correspondence of Howard M. Jenkins, and his publications and writings. Correspondents include William W. Birdsall, Isaac H. Clothier, Jesse Jenkins, Anna T. Jeanes, Graceanna Lewis, Joseph Swain, Joseph Wharton, Joseph Foulke, John W. Graham, and Thomas Hodgkin.
The collection is divided into four series:
Donor: Charles Francis Jenkins, 1936, 1937, 1941
Donor: Elsa P. Jenkins (student essay book), 1988
The collection was given by Charles F. Jenkins, the son of Howard M. Jenkins
As received by Friends Historical Library, this collection was arranged by topic, with correspondence and reference materials put together into individual envelopes and marked with a descriptive phrase. It may have been initially arranged in this manner by Jenkins himself, but the envelopes were labeled and some additional material inserted (Jenkins' own obituary, for example) posthumously. A student essay book by Jenkins was added to the collection in 1988. The original order was largely retained when the collection was reviewed in 1989, with the exception of Series 1, which was unmanageable in its original form. In its revised organization, materials are organized by individual or family unit. The original checklist, compiled in the `30's or `40's with envelope descriptions and an inventory of individual items, has been retained with administrative information with the collection.
The following materials, originally partof the collect,ion, have been removed and recatalogued:
- John Row, Commonplace Book, 1780 to: ALBUMS
- Charity Cook to Edward Garrigues, ALS, 9mo 17 to: SC GARRIGUES MSS.
- Fisher Mss, including Samuel R. Fisher's Account Book, 1774-1777, and Memoranda of his refusal to accept Continental money on grounds of conscientious objection, 1775-76, as well as an account from John Roberts to Sarah Lewis, 1802-03, to: RG5 WHARTON
- Robert Green to Rachel Vernon, Marriage Certificate, Concord Monthly Meeting, 9mo 18 1724 to MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES
- Gwynedd PM, Memoranda of Bequests, 1807-08 to GWYNEDD PREPARATIVE MEETING. MISCELLANEOUS
- Samuel Spencer, Travelling Certificate, 12mo 27 1752 to ABINGTON MONTHLY MEETING. MISCELLANEOUS. REMOVALS (REC'D).
- Darby Monthly Meeting Mss, 1815-65 to DARBY MONTHLY MEETING. FINANCIAL. Miscellaneous.
- Proud, Robert, Notebook, 1754-1759 and undated to PROUD MSS, Folder E.
- Marshall, Rachel. Will (copy), West Bradford, PA, 8mo 1 1836 to MISC MSS.
- Shinn, Earl Jr. et. al. "Convalescent Book," 1862-63 to MISC MSS.
- Certification of Marriage (Church of England) between James McMinn and Jannet Black, Chester, PA, October 18, 1769 to MISC MSS.
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Collection is open for research.
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Includes: certificate for stock in Commercial Printing Co. (1877), report of the Barclay RR Co. (1902) of which Jenkins was President, notification of election to Phi Beta Kappa, correspondence concerning the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, and other miscellaneous correspondence.
Includes correspondence from Illinois of Jesse Jenkins (1797-1890) to his family, the Connards, in Pennsylvania, typed copies
Includes ALS of "Mollie" Atkinson to her brother, Wilmer Atkinson, and other family materials.
Memorandum book (includes marriages and deaths) and other materials.
Including correspondence and clippings of the Association of Descendents of Edward Foulke.
Includes ALsS, clippings, and other miscellaneous materials. Folders arranged alphabetically by correspondent and then alphabetically by subject.
Thomas Jenkins was considered for position of President of Swarthmore College.
Arranged alphabetically by title or subject.
With letters re Rufus Jones's publication of his Journal.
ALsS concerning proposals for a Quaker encyclopedia to be edited by HMJ
Includes research correspondence, A.Ls.S. following publication, subscriber's list.
Correspondence and miscellaneous papers concerning HMJ's unattributed authorship of Volume 1 of John Russell Young's book.
Signed by J.D. Mitchell.Physical Description
typed copy of mss.