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Vaux collection of correspondence, documents and graphics

Identifier: HC.MC-1167

Scope and Contents

The original accession of Vaux family papers contained in boxes 1-3 includes letters and documents from Jonathan Backhouse, Anthony Benezet, Thomas Clarkson, Stephen Grellet, Elias Hicks, Abel James, Rebecca Jones, Deborah Logan, James Logan, Margaret Morris, William Penn, William Robinson, Marmaduke Stevenson and others. Their topics include African Americans; Westtown School; the Quaker separation of 1827-28; Daniel Wheeler, Elizabeth Fry; a memorial for Anne Parrish (Female Society for Relief and Employment of the Poor); the Virginia Exiles (including the protest of the prisoners); manumission; early Quaker publishing; the will of Thomas Lloyd; Quakers and Native Americans; and women's property rights.

The addition to the Vaux family papers of correspondence, documents and graphics in boxes 4-28 and albums 1 & 2 most prominently reflects the research interests of George Vaux VIII and the photographic work of George Vaux Jr. and George Vaux X.

The correspondence and documents relate to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, including the Forrest Trust, Lewis Legacy for Poor Children, Richardson Trust, Josiah White Schools and the constituent meetings of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Western District, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Northern District and Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Southern District, but also Quaker topics such as Quakers in Tortola and Barbados, Quakers in Charleston, S.C., the Bible Association of Friends in America, The Emlen Institution for the Benefit of Persons of African and Indian Descent, Friends Historical Society, and Haverford College.

The graphics include glass slides of American travel views and Native American sites, and of Haverford College, especially those taken by George Vaux Jr., but also by William S. Vaux and M.M. Vaux, and photographs and other art media of Quakers and places with Quaker connections, such as Meetinghouses, burial grounds, Tortola and Barbados. There are also 2 albums of 35mm and stereoscopic slides by George Vaux X, including of Meetinghouses and Quaker sites on Barbados and Tortola.

Especially prominent in the collection addition are George Vaux VIII, George Vaux IX and George Vaux X. Correspondents include: Joel Cadbury, Richard Cadbury, Harriet Durham, Amelia Mott Gummere, Henry Hartshorne, Rufus Jones, Albert Cook Myers, Norman Penney, James E. Rhoads, Charles Roberts, Isaac Sharp.


  • 1659-1978

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Archives with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.


15 Linear Feet (28 document boxes and 2 albums)

Custodial History

Gift of
Vaux collection of correspondence and documents, 1659-1978
Diana Franzusoff Peterson
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