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Charles Palmer Papers

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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.

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Charles Palmer (1863-1966) was a Quaker teacher, lawyer, and real estate broker from Chester, Pennsylvania.

The collection includes family correspondence, including that of Palmer as a student at Swarthmore College, diaries of Palmer's father, Lewis Palmer (1837-1917), mother, Hannah H. Palmer (1836-1917), and other family members in Chester and Delaware counties, Pa., account books, business and legal papers, essays, poetry, clippings, memorabilia, and other papers. Includes material relating to Lewis Palmer's book, A Genealogical Record of the Descendants of John and Mary Palmer (1875), and to Quaker affairs, especially work for prohibition.

The collection has been divided into six series:

  1. Biographical and genealogical
  2. Correspondence
  3. Writings
  4. Memorabilia
  5. Business and legal papers
  6. Miscellaneous

Donor: C. Mervin Palmer,1969-1973

Donor is the son of Charles Palmer.

The following material, originally part of the collection, has been recatalogued:

  1. Lewis Palmers A Genealogical Record of the Descendants of John and Mary Palmer, published 1875, J.B. Lippincott & Co., Phila. (FHL cat. no. BX7791,.P2P2) (new edition, Press of Chester Times, BX7791,.P2P2, 1910).

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Sponsor
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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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Consists of diaries and other small record books, arranged by author.

Physician's visiting list and accounts, 1862.
Box 1
Cash accounts, 1862-1868.
Box 1
Milk book, 1863, 1864.
Box 1
Diary, 1864.
Box 1
Record of deaths and marriages, 1896-1898, 1903-1905, 1906-1913, 1914-1916.
Box 1
Accounts with Bank of Delaware Co., 1842-1854.
Box 1
Diaries [some years questionable authorship], 1856, 1868, 1869, 1870.
Box 1
Palmer, Hannah H., diary, 1863, 1865, 1868.
Box 1
Diary [some years questionable authorship], 1854, 1859, 1860, 1861, 1862, 1863.
Box 1
Produce accounts, 1866-1868.
Box 1

Mainly family letters; chief recipient, Lewis Palmer, 1852-1942.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Lewis Palmer was the father of Charles. Authors include Charles, particularly letters to his father from Swarthmore College; Edwin H. Palmer, brother of Lewis; Mary Palmer Darlington, sister of Lewis; school friends of Lewis - Francis Thomas, Benjamin L. Wood and Enoch T. Wood; and letters ordering copies of Lewis Palmers A Genealogical Record of the Descendants of John and Mary Palmer, published 1875, J.B. Lippincott & Co., Phila.

Verse by Mary Palmer Darlington.
Box 2
"Composition Womans Position in Society." Anon., n.d.
Box 2
"The Issues of the Day" (The Prohibition Party) by Charles Palmer, ca. 1890.
Box 2

Ms.

"The Baker Ballot Law", Anon., n.d.
Box 2
Lewis Palmers copy book from Ercildoun Boarding School, 1853-1854.
Box 2
Lewis Palmer's copy book, 1856-1857.
Box 2
Lewis Palmer's penmanship book, 1819.
Box 2
Horace M. Richards' copy book, 1879 and undated.
Box 2
Mary D. Palmer's copy book, about 1920.
Box 2

Tuition receipt, 1829 2mo. 17.
Box 2
Program of Swarthmore College field meet, 1882 4mo. 29.
Box 2
Charles Palmer's laundry list, Chester PA, 1897.
Box 2
"Our Paper," paper of Friends Literary Society of Chester, ed. Chas. Palmer., 10/27/1892.
Box 2
Charles Palmer's business card- lawyer, notary public, surveyor- Chester PA.
Box 2
Charles Palmer's political card for District Attorney of Delaware Co., PA.
Box 2
Class of 1894 Poem, by Susanna Sherwood Yeo.
Box 2
Concord Agricultural Club miscellaneous minutes , 1870-1872.
Box 2

Summons to Lewis Palmer to serve on Petit Jury, in Media, Delaware Co., Pa. A--, 1877.
Box 2
Notice by Court of Quarter Sessions of Delaware Co., 1/26/1882.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

re: a public road in Aston Twp.

Agreement between Trustees of the boarding school property belonging to Nine Partners Quarterly Meeting, and Charles Palmer, to lease., 6/15/1884.
Box 2
Notice to Lewis Palmer of annual meeting of Swarthmore College stockholders, 11/27/1888.
Box 2
Delaware Co. watcher's certificate made out to Charles Palmer, n.d.
Box 2
Account book, 1869.
Box 2

Newspaper clippings (3), on prohibition; D.W. Jefferis, mayoral candidate, Chester; woman's suffrage.
Box 2
Constitution of the Young Friends' Association.
Box 2
? Ms. draft of letter from Genesee YM to "Dear Friends", 6/18/1896.
Box 2
Synopsis of proceedings of a Meeting to Consider Motivating our Meetings for Worship, 1930.
Box 2
Suggestion for pageant at 200th Anniversary of the Purchase of Ground for Friends' Meeting House on Market Street, South of Third Street, Chester, PA., 1936?.
Box 2
Ms. draft of what appears to be Women's YM Epistle (Genesee YM?), n.d.
Box 2

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