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Walter Hinchman portfolio

Identifier: HC.MC-975-04-019

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the single volume portfolio of sketches and photographs of Walter Hinchman. The portfolio includes the many of the plates used in Hinchman’s book, “Sketches & Poems.” The sketches were done during Hinchman’s time at a machine shop in Ohio at the end of the civil war, on a survey trip (1867-1868) for a transcontinental railway from Kansas to California, sketches of the Pennsylvania Steel Company (1869), sketches of animals, flowers, trees, people, and landscapes.


  • 1867-1873


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

Walter Hinchman (1845-1920) was born July 25, 1845 near Doylestown, Pa., the son of Morgan and Margaretta S. Hinchman. He was educated at Friends boarding schools in Ohio, and attended Earlham College, in Indiana. In 1861, he enlisted in the Northern forces during the Civil War. He worked in a machine shop in Cincinnati, and in 1866, a machine shop in Philadelphia. He also worked as a draftman for Jonathan Dunn in Washington, D.C. and for the Patent Office. In 1867, he joined a surveying expedition to St. Louis. After the expedition was over, he returned to the East Coast via Panama, and settled in New York City. He published a single book, entitled, "Sketches and Poems," using materials from his travels. He died in June of 1920, in New York City.


0.23 Linear Feet (1 volume)




The Walter Hinchman portfolio was donated to Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1953 by Margaretta S. Hinchman.

Related Materials

  • MC Taylor family papers
  • MC.950.094 Walter Hinchman papers
  • MC.975.02.027 Margaretta Hinchman letterbooks

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed December 2015.
Walter Hinchman portfolio, 1867-1873
Kara Flynn
December 2015
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