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Alfred D. Sharples invoices and correspondence received


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

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Alfred D. Sharples (1844-1919) was the son of Philip Price and Mary A. Sharples and a life-long resident of West Chester, Pennsylvania. After starting a farmer, he worked as an auditor for the West Chester and Philadelphia Railroad and other firms. He engaged in the brick-making business for some years and was active in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and the George School.

The Friends' Boarding Home of Concord Quarterly Meeting, located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, was established in 1891 for women only. The first male guest was admitted in 1894, and over the following decade the admission of men became more frequent. The Home first was located in rented building. In 1893, the Old Main building was erected, which was followed in 1898 by Lydia Hall. The Home has been variously known as the West Chester Friends Home, the Friends' Home in West Chester, and, most recently, The Hickman.

The collection contains invoices, estimates, and correspondence received by West Chester Quaker businessman, Alfred D. Sharples. These include work contracted for the Friends' Boarding Home of Concord Quarterly Meeting and properties owned by Sharples in West Chester and Philadelphia. Most of the contractors were based in West Chester and include glaziers, brickmakers, steam and gas fitters, painters, etc.

Purchase, FHL 2020.022

Two photographs of Friends Boarding Home, West Chester, ca. 1892, removed to FHL General Photographs.

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Susanna Morikawa
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