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Florence E. Taylor Papers


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

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Overview and metadata sections

Florence E. Taylor was the descendant of a Quaker family whose roots went back to the settlement of Pennsylvania. Her parents were Frederick W. Taylor (1848-1919) and Emily Hunt Taylor (d. 1942). Fred Taylor, a wealthy Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist to the Society of Friends, was the son of Charles Maus Taylor and Anna E. W. Sterling Taylor. Emily was active in Green Street Monthly Meeting First Day School. Florence Emily was their own child and an amateur musician. The Taylors were active in the Germantown Shakespeare Club.

Frederick W. Taylor's grandfather was Israel Taylor (1782-1850). He was born in Chester County, Pa., and apprenticed as a hatter. He traveled to Ohio and the South seeking employment, settled in Trenton where he married Susan Maus in 1808, and was elected to the State Assembly in 1819. In his adulthood, he became active in the Society of Friends. He moved back to Ohio, but in 1846, he received a certificate of transfer from Cincinnati Monthly Meeting to Philadelphia Monthly Meeting.

Frederick W. Taylor was the second child, and he was successful in the export trade, serving as president of Charles M. Taylor Sons, Inc., and succeeding his father as president of the Philadelphia Grain Elevator Company.

The collection includes correspondence of Israel Taylor (1782-1850) and Charles M. Taylor (1817-1893), diary (1932-1939) and other writings of Emily H. Taylor, and biographical data concerning the Taylor and Sterling families, including memorabilia and pictures.

The collection is divided into four series:

  1. Biographical and genealogical
  2. Correspondence
  3. Manuscript writings
  4. Pictures

Donor: Florence Taylor, 1971

Donor: Joseph Shane, 1985

Donor: R. Bruce Jones, 1997

Accession number: 97-028, 97-008

The collection was given by the estate of Florence Taylor and other donors. Florence did not marry, and, after her death, an auction was held to liquidate the estate.

First group of papers received in one carton, unsorted. These were processed in 1971. In 2004, two related items were added to the collection and a revised finding aid produced.

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
1971, revised 10/2004
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Bible belonging to Fred W. Taylor.
Box Bibles
Marriage Certificate, Fred W. Taylor to Emily Hunt.
Box Marr. Certs.
Scope and Contents

At the home of his father, Charles M. Taylor, Philadelphia.

"A Sketch of the Life of Israel Taylor (1782-1850) Written for the Younger Generation" by Florence E. Taylor, 8-9/1958.
Box 1
Letter from R. Bruce Jones to Mary Ellen Chijioke, with reminiscences of Emily and Florence Taylor, 1995.
Box 1

Sent to: Chas. Hinsey Esqr. (1819), Susan Garry (1823) and James W. Taylor (1823), 1819-1823.
Box 1
Received from: members of his family, - 1806-1847.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include Joseph Taylor (brother), James W. Taylor (brother), Ann Taylor(sister), Maria Taylor Bennett (daug.), Susan Taylor (wife), James Taylor Jr. (nephew).

Correspondence, 1841-1847.
Box 1
Correspondence, 1886-1888.
Box 1
Florence E. Taylor, letter received, 1952.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

From Emily E. Moore mentioning copy of her book posted to Florence; photocopy of the inscription (1952) in the book.

Bliss Forbush, letter received, 1952-06-01.
Box 1

Israel Taylor (1782-1850), poetry and biblical reference, n.d.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Stored in three boxes.

"Universal History" and Index,, 1866.
Box 1-2-3
Scope and Contents

Hand written by A. E. Taylor in three volumes. To be used along with Mitchell's Ancient Atlas, included.

"The White Book", 1882.
Box 1-2-3
Scope and Contents

Compiled by Anna E. Taylor--book of names arranged to make sentences.

Physical Description

2 copies

"Records," Diary of Emily H. Taylor, 1932-1939.
Box 4
"Family Records," a journal of Christmases, 1909-1942.
Box 4
"The Percy Family", n.d.
Box 4
"The Status of Women Then and Now", 1/10/1927.
Box 4
"Calendar", 1933-1934.
Box 4
printed Christmas cards with a poem by Florence B. Taylor.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

With Mayfair House Address.

Scrapbook, 2/15/1858.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Small pen and watercolor sketches by Fred W. Taylor, signed "FWT" and dated with two Valentine cards at back, one inscribed, "For Freddy...from his Dear Mother"

Individual photos of Fred W., Emily H. and Florence T., 1882-ca. 1920.
Box 4
Scherrenschnitten, 19th century.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Scherrenschnitten (9) attributed to cousin Albert Eugene Taylor, 19th century

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