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Thomas family papers


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

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Edward Thomas (1877-1962) was a New York Quaker chemist and chemical patent lawyer. He was the son of Allen Clapp Thomas and Rebecca Marble Thomas. Allen C. Thomas (1846-1920) was Clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting and a professor and Librarian of Haverford College; Rebecca M. Thomas also was an educator. Edward Thomas attended Haverford College and in 1914 married Margaret Loring Dike. Margaret was received into membership of New York Monthly Meeting (Orthodox) in 1943. She and her husband were active in Quaker concerns; both were pacifists. Edward died in 1962, and Margaret died in 1966.

The collection contains correspondence, a guest book, 1914-1939, kept by Edward and Margaret Thomas, and miscellaneous writings. Family correspondence includes letters from and received by Rebecca M. and Allen C. Thomas, 1885-1888 and 1902, and childhood correspondence of Edward Thomas, 1887-1892, together with his student transcript from Haverford College, 1897. A letter to Allen Thomas from biblical scholar James Rendel Harris, dated Feb. 16, 1889, Jerusalem, describes his visit and collecting in that city. Writings include Edward Thomas's brief history of Twentieth Street Meeting, New York City, with additions.

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