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Alice Hall Paxson Papers on Scattered Seeds


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Alice Hall Paxson (1868-1955) was a Quaker author and editor, of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania She was the daughter of Thomas Heston and Lydia H. (Cox) Hall of Chester County. The family moved to Swarthmore, Pa., about 1889, and Alice graduated from Swarthmore College in 1888. In 1897, she married Charles Paxson. The family had close ties to Swarthmore College, including many graduates. Lydia (Cox) Hall was founding editor and editor for forty years of the periodical Scattered Seeds, a position in which her daughters. Abby Hall Paxson and Abby Hall Roberts, succeed her. About 1928, Alice Hall Paxson became chief editor.

The collection contains chiefly editorial correspondence and other papers relating to Scattered Seeds, a magazine for Quaker children, from 1930-1936 when it was edited by Paxson. Also, correspondence with American Unitarian Association, publishers of a similar periodical, The Beacon.

The collection is divided into three series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Financial papers
  3. Manuscripts

Donor: Eleanor Paxson Keighton, 1972.

The collection was given by a daughter of Alice Hall Paxson, Eleanor Keighton of Swarthmore, Pa.

The following materials, originally part of the collection, have been removed and recatalogued:

  1. See FHL periodicals for bound serial, Scattered Seeds, 1869-1935.
  2. Periodical also available on microfilm, FHL P326-P332.
  3. See also RG 2, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Friends Central Bureau, Scattered Seeds Account Books, 1916-1935.

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1930-1936, and n.d.
Box 1

Small group of 3"×5" cards recording postage; payments for drawings, puzzles, stories, and verse; record of free copies mailed, etc., 1933-1935.
Box 1

Notebook containing record of manuscripts received and memorandums of their return or retention, 1934-1936.
Box 1

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