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Rhoads Family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1033

Scope and Contents

Papers include letters, journals, diaries, commonplace books, miscellaneous papers, photographs, and silhouettes. The letters were mainly written to Anne (Gibbons) Rhoads and Samuel Rhoads by English Friends, 1840-ca. 1889, including Thomas Clarkson, H.J. Sturge, Joseph Sturge, and Mary Wright, who discuss abolition, the free produce movement in Britain, and the Free Produce Association of Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. There are also letters from Thomas Charles Potts (1872-1955) to his wife, Ethel Rhoads Potts, and many letters of sympathy on his death. Journals and diaries include Anne Rhoads's record of a trip to England, 1847, and diaries of Samuel Rhoads, 1822-1834 and Ethel Rhoads, 1896. Commonplace books include that of Samuel Rhoads, 1828, giving an account of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, just after the Separation of 1827-1828. Miscellaneous papers include an address by William Gibbons Rhoads, read before the Haverford College Euethean Association, 4mo. 16, 1858. Pictures include a water-color painting of West Hill, home of Eliza Paul Gurney, and silhouettes of members of the Dymond family.


  • 1822-1955

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).


1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)




Nineteenth century letters and papers primarily of the Quaker Gibbons and Rhoads families, often relating to abolition and the Free Produce Association.


  • Box 1: Letters and geneological information
  • Box 2: Miscellaneous Letters and Papers; Pictures and Silhouettes
  • Box 3: Journals, Diaries and Letterbooks


The Rhoads Family papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1959 by Ethel Rhoads Potts and in 1963 and 1991 by Sarah Potts Benson.

Related Materials

  • HC.MC.950.150 Thomas C. Potts correspondence, 1920
  • HC.MC.975.07.021 "The History of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade," undated
  • HC.MC.975.09.011 Free Produce Association of Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1845-1852
  • HC.MC.1211 Sarah Wistar Rhoads family papers, 1824-1962, bulk 1824-1930

Processing Information

Original finding aid author unknown; processed March, 2007.
Rhoads Family papers, 1822-1955
March, 2007
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