Collected Writings of Friends House Residents
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Friends House is a Quaker retirement home in Sandy Spring, Md., which opened in 1961 under the sponsorship of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Friends Nursing Home, Inc., was established as an extension of the retirement home; Haviland Hall is the assisted living facility of the Nursing Home.
Margaret P. Apgar was a resident Friends House. She co-edited the Friends House Newsletter and typed and edited writings of residents. A selection were published in-house in six volumes under the title of Gleanings. The writings were initiated by a Friends House Writers Workshop held in 1980 which in turn inspired a Writers Group wherein residents shared more of their memories and writings.
Margaret Apgar left Friends House in 1991 after sixteen years, and returned in 2001. Her notebooks include additional works by the residents of Friends House and Haviland Hall, including works by Grace Yaukey who published under the name of Cornelia Spencer, Margaret Wells Steer, Grace Nesbitt, and Margaret Birckhead.
Contains writings of residents of Friends House, a Quaker retirement home in Sandy Spring, Md., and Haviland Hall, its nursing home extension. The majority were typed and collected between 1980 and 1994 by Margaret P. Apgar who was a resident of the House, and most of the authors represented were Quakers.
Organization: Three series: 1. Gleanings, published in-house, 2, Margaret Apgar's notebooks with additional miscellaneous writing; 3. Other writings and collected works by residents, arranged alphabetically.
Gift, Margaret P. Apgar, 1996
Gift, Pamela Apgar, 1999
This collection was assembled by Margaret Apgar, editor of the newsletter of Friends House, Maryland, and of Gleanings, six volumes of collected writings of the residents of the retirement home. In December, 1999, Pamela Apgar, Margaret's daughter, donated additional works of Mary Birckhead which were collected by her mother.
Duplicates were removed and the full set of Friends House Newsletter transferred to FHL Serial Group 1. Writings by individual authors arranged alphabetically. Individual manuscript items sent by Mary Birckhead to Larry and Margaret Apgar and received from Martha Nesbitt (1999) added to the other papers by Mary Birckhead.
Steer, Margery Wells, The View in Winter. Southbound Press, 1992. Transferred to FHL books.
Friends House Letter, Vols. 1-15, transferred to FHL Serial Group 1.
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Margaret Apgar was editor of the newsletter of Friends House, Maryland, and of Gleanings, six volumes of collected writings of the residents of the retirement home.
Contains collected writings, letters concerning Gleanings, and samples of the Haviland Hall Writers GroupPhysical Description
Typed manuscripts and photocopies
Hand-painted mss items sent to Larry and Margaret Apgar at Friends HousePhysical Description
Recollections of her mother, Maisie McLachlen, who lived in early 20th century AlaskaPhysical Description