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Levinus King Painter Papers


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

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Levinus King Painter was a Quaker minister, author, and social activist. Born in Spiceland, Indiana, in 1889, he attended Spiceland Academy, Earlham College, and Hartford Theological Seminary. His pastoral service began in Collins, N.Y. in 1914, and he later served at Poplar Ridge (N.Y.), Monkton and South Starksboro (Vt.), Clintondale (N.Y.), Putney (Vt.), and back to Collins from 1942-1956. He also worked as Interim Secretary of Friends Africa Mission from 1956-1957. He died in 1983.

The collection includes three scrapbooks, some correspondence, and writings The first of the scrapbooks is a "Book of Remembrance" for Elizabeth L. Hazard upon her death in 1971; the book, organized by Painter, is made up of memorials for the deceased. The second volume, gathered by A. Day Bradley, includes letters, newspaper clippings, and biographies of Painter. The third is a collection of photographs and clippings collected by Painter during his life and his travels to four continents. The correspondence is largely with Mary G. Cook, Keeper of Records in the Haviland Records Room in New York.

The collection is divided into two series:

  1. Biographical and genealogical
  2. Correspondence and writings

Accession information

Donor: New York Yearly Meeting, 1997

The collection was given as part of the transfer of records of New York Yearly Meeting from the Haviland Records Room in 1997. Later accrual: accession 2017.045

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Collection Inventory

Scrapbook, ca. 1975.
Box 1 Folder 1
Scope and Contents

gathered by A. Day Bradley

Clippings, 1971-76.
Box 1 Folder 2
Miscellaneous, 1970-77.
Box 1 Folder 3
The Witness of a Wandering Quaker, 1983.
Box 1 Folder 4

Correspondence with Haviland Records Room, 1967-76.
Box 1 Folder 5
"Meetinghouses and Groups of Friends I Have Visited in Four Continents", ca. 1970.
Box 1 Folder 6
Book of Remembrance Elizabeth L. Hazard, 1971.
Box 1 Folder 7
Statement of Levinus Painter, 1960.
Box 1 Folder 8
Scope and Contents

concerning the proposed Kinzua Dam

The Quaker Contribution in Creating a New Nation, 1975.
Box 1 Folder 9
The One Hundredth Anniversary South Starksboro Friends Meeting House, 1972.
Box 1 Folder 10
Correspondence, Levinus and Agnes Painter World Trip, 1964.
Box 2
"Notes from a wandering Quaker," family epistles, and other writings, 1964-1977.
Box 2

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