George A. (George Arthur) Walton Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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George A. (George Arthur) Walton (1883-1969) was the long-time headmaster of the George School, a Quaker boarding school in Newtown, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Joseph and Dora (Brosius) Walton and was raised near Coatesville, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and in 1906 married Emily Ingram. His father, Joseph, was the second headmaster of the George School, and after his early death, George Walton succeeded his father as headmaster in 1912 and served until 1948. After his retirement, he continued to be active in Quaker organizations and concerns, including the reunification of the Society of Friends in 1955. He was a member of Newtown Monthly Meeting.
The collection contains family and other correspondence, writings, and related papers. Correspondents include J. Barnard Walton, the brother of George A. Walton.
The collection is divided into eight series:
- Biographical and genealogical material
- Notes on various subjects
- George School
- School Affiliation Service
- Reference material
Donor: George School, 1971, 2009
The collection was given by the George School, from the home and office files of George A. Walton.
When received by the Library, most of the collection was arranged by George A. Walton by topic, with correspondence and related materials kept together. That order was retained as much as possible. Additional material, largely personnel files, was deposited by the George School in 2009 (Acc. 2009.012) and added to the collection in 2012.
The following items, originally part of the collection, have been recatalogued:
- George A. Walton Diplomas (Filed in Diploma Chart Case), including:
- Friends Central School - 1900
- University of Pennsylvania, B.A. - 1904
- Philomethea Society - 1904
- University of Pennsylvania, M.A. - 1907
- Swarthmore College, Doctor of Laws - 1946
- Earlham College, Doctor of Laws - 1949
- Haverford College, Doctor of Laws -1964
- Emily Williams Ingram (Walton) Diplomas, including:
- Friends Central School - 1901
- State Normal School - 1903
- Marriage certificates (filed in chart case), George to Emily Williams Ingram - 9/20/1906
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- FHL staff
- Finding Aid Date
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research
- Use Restrictions
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Conference initiated by Thomas E. Jones, L. Hollings-worth Wood, Henry J. Cadbury, and George Walton.
Includes pocket notebook, file from office, file from home. Also handwritten essay by Rufus M. Jones on understanding Nazi Germany, possibly draft for speech or article.
Used as an essay adaptation for a discussion group led by George Walton.
Notes may be memory joggers.
Small box of notes
small black leather notebook
Includes notes on Isaiah's literary style, spiritual religion, spiritual unity, etc.
Small file box of notes and anecdotes, probably for public speaking.