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Deborah Fisher Wharton Papers


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

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Deborah Fisher Wharton (1795-1888) was a Hicksite Quaker of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Newport, Rhode Island, the wife of William Wharton and father of Joseph Wharton, the Philadelphia Quaker industrialist and philanthropist. She was a founder of Swarthmore College and served on the original Board of Managers.

This collection is largely genealogical data on the Fisher, Wharton, and related families of Philadelphia, Pa., and Rhode Island. There are personal letters (1862-1874) between Deborah Fisher Wharton and her daughter Esther Fisher Wharton Smith, wife of Benjamin Raper Smith of Philadelphia.

The collection is divided into four series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Diary
  3. Pictures
  4. Miscellaneous

Accession information

Donor: Sarah A. G. Smith, 1971, 1990; Accession number: 1990.24

The collection was given by Sarah A. G. Smith of Rhode Island from the family of Esther Fisher Wharton Smith, who was the daughter of Deborah Wharton

Received unprocessed in an envelope. Medical and cooking receipts added in 1990.

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See

Collection Inventory

Letters to her daughter, Esther Fisher Wharton Smith, 1862-1874 and n.d.

Primarily genealogical data on Fisher, Wharton and related families of Philadelphia and Rhode Island, n.d.

2 photographs of her five daughters, n.d.
Engraving of Bernard Gilpin.

Medical and cooking receipts, n.d.

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