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Mary Birckhead papers


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

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Mary Birckhead is a Quaker, often attending Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting in Maryland. She was born ca. 1914-5, and spent her life as an artist and a poet. She taught art classes, wrote and illustrated children's books, worked at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, and met with fellow poets, dramatists, and musicians on a regular basis. She occasionally wrote under the pseudonym "Babby." She retired at Friends House.

Most of the material was originally given to Martha Nesbitt by Mary Birckhead. Martha Nesbitt urged her to supplement it as a gift to the Friends Historical Library. It was brought in by Joy Shotts, Sandy Spring representative to Baltimore Yearly Meeting Records Committee.

Source of acquisition--Martha Nesbitt. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1993.

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