Letters, legal, business and financial papers, accounts, minutes, diary, portraits and other papers chiefly related to the Cope family of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Papers of Thomas Pim Cope (1768-1854) relate to business and civic interests in Philadelphia (Poor laws, public schools, public water, first bridge over the Schuylkill, etc.); papers (1816-1823) related to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting committee aiding the German Separatists led by Joseph M. Bimeler (Baumler); letters and documents related to legal aspects of the Separation of 1827-1828 within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
Letters (1799-1847) to Thomas Pim Cope from Friends and others discuss slavery and immigration of free blacks to Haiti, the War of 1812, business conditions, etc.
Papers of Alfred Cope (1806-1875) include minutes and accounts related to the disbursement of money to Menominee Indians (1849).
Papers of Philip C. Garrett (1834-1905) discuss the formation of Haverford College Alumni Association (1857), and also include his diary while at Haverford College (1851).
Letters (1854-1857) of Thomas Garrett (1789-1871) discuss his work assisting fleeing slaves.
Letters to Thomas Pim Cope while he was in Europe (1858) related to ship "Tuscarora," also letters from family and friends while he was on a religious journey in Great Britain and France with Samuel Morris in 1890.
Seven letters (1890-1891) of Alban Cope while a patient at New York State Lunatic Asylum (Utica) and Hartford Retreat; letters (1890) of Elizabeth W. Cope to her husband Thomas Pim Cope discuss family matters, including son Alban.
Letter (1864) of J.M. M'Kim discusses freedmen; letters of William Drinker Cope discuss land and business matters.
Other correspondents in the collection include Abigail
Barker, Moses Brown, Francis R. Cope, Henry Cope, John S. Cope, Margaret Cope, Walter Cope, Thomas Eddy, James Milnor, Inazo Nitobe and others.