Papers include correspondence, poetry, commonplace books, journals and diaries, deeds, marriage certificates, diplomas, legal and financial papers, genealogical material, memorials, pictures, silhouettes, maps, scrapbooks and clippings.
Letters include those of thirty-one members of the Allinson family, plus those of related members of the Carey, Chattin, Cooper, Hinohman, Parker, and Taylor families, and others. Among those represented are Caroline Allinson , Francis Greenleaf Allinson, Samuel Allinson, 1739-1791, Samuel Allinson, 1784-1859, Samuel Allinson, 1808-1883, Sybil Allinson, William Allinson, William James Allinson; James Carey, 1821-1894, John E. Carey, Martha (Evans) Carey, Samuel Carey; Elisabeth Chattin, Rachel Chattin; David Cooper; Eliza (Webb) Hinchman; Margaret (Allinson) Parker; Joseph Wright Taylor. Correspondents include Joseph Gurney Bevan, Joseph Bonaparte, Elias Boudinot, Moses Brown, 1738-1836, Hannah Cathrall, and George Dillwyn; John Elliott, Sarah Moore Grimké, and James H. Sterling, concerning temperance work; Anthony Benezet, Patrick Henry, Joseph Parrish, and Theodore Dwight Weld, about slavery; Samuel Rhoads, about the Free Produce Association of Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen), George Brinton McClellan, Joel Parker, and Marous Lawrence Ward, about the New Jersey State Reform School for Boys at Jamesburg; Julia Ward Howe, about the women's peace movement; Joseph Scattergood, d.1824 and Thomas Scattergood, 1748-1814, about the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793; George Washington, about unlawful billeting of Army officers in Samuel Allinson's house.
Poetry consists of 85 items, 1768-1924, on miscellaneous subjects, including 21 by William James Allinson.
Commonplace books include vol. 3 of Anne (Tatum) Allinson's, containing extracts from Samuel Allinson's journals, 1879-1883.
Journals and diaries include diary of Martha (Cooper) Allinson, 1786-1799; journal of Rebecca Allinson, 1827; Samuel Allinson, 1784-1859, Journal of a journey to Gibraltar, 1820; Samuel Allinson, 1808-1883, Journal of a journey to New York, 1828; copy of Martha Routh's journal kept on her passage from London to America, 1794; William Allinson's Notes of a tour into Sussex, 10th mo. 1804, in company with Josiah Reeve and Gershom Craft and Notes of a tour to Flemington, 10th mo., 1805, to attend the Circuit Court on the trial for the freedom of Flora, granddaughter of Jane Carr; also his journal describing visit to American Indians in New York State in 1809; William James Allinson's Familiar notes of a journey to Niagara Falls, Sept., 1843; Rebecca Jones' journal, 1788-89, and her Diary aboard the Pigou, 1788.
Deeds include one from William Biddle to John Biddle. Aug. 5, 1724; fourteen deeds and assignments, 1834-1861, of Martha (Evans) Carey; draft of deed for burial ground of Cropvell Meeting, 1793; drafts of deeds for burial ground, 1816, lot for Meeting House, 1816, and lot for Meeting House and stables, 1826, of Mansfield Meeting; copy of deed for land of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends for the Southern District, 1819; copy of deed, 1699, from Christopher Wetherill to Thomas Scattergood, conveying land as dowry of Phebe (Wetherill) Scattergood. Deeds of the Burlington Company, covering purchase of land in the Province of New York, signed by Friends from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, are stored in MC OVS 950.309.
Marriage certificates include those of Francis Greenleaf Allinson and Mary Irwin Carey, 1885 (stored in OVS 950.307); Joseph Allinson and Elisabeth Scattergood, 1721; Samuel Allinson, 1739-1791, and Elisabeth Smith, 1765; Samuel Allinson, 1739-1791, and Martha Cooper, 1773; Charles Shoemaker Taylor and Rebecca Hughes, 1873 (stored in OVS 950.307); Charles Shoemaker and Gertrude Allinson, 1894 (stored in OVS 950.307).
Diplomas are those of Francis Greenleaf Allinson for B.A. degree, 1876, and L.L.D., 1931, from Haverford College (stored in 910-I).
Legal and financial papers include 19 wills, notably that of Richard Allison [Allinson] 1731.
Genealogical material consists of 69 items on Allinson, Cooper, Hinchman, Matlack, Scattergood, and Tatum families.
Memorials include those to Bernice (Chattin) Allinson. James Allinson, 1778-1811, John Cooper Allinson, Samuel Allinson, 1739-1791, Samuel Allinson, 1808-1883, William Allinson, William James Allinson, David Cooper, and Margaret Wistar Haines.
Pictures are those of members of the family and friends, including an autographed photograph of David Bispham, 1897.
Maps include rough sketch of Burlington Company's tract of land at Otego, Albany County, New York; map showing general survey of Burlington Tract (land owned by Burlington Company), 1769, plus a copy entitled, “Col. Croghan's Patent” (both stored in 815 under name Burlington Tract); maps of real estate holdings of Martha (Evans) Carey, in papers of Samuel Carey; map of Friends Meetings in New York State, near the North River [ca. 1811].
Scrapbooks, one containing newspaper clippings and miscellaneous autographs, one containing silhouettes of the Allinson family, relatives, and friends, are stored in 975.
Other papers in this collection include those of the Burlington Company, concerning settlement of lands in New York; miscellaneous items concerning Burlington Monthly Meeting. Burlington Quarterly Meeting, Chesterfield Monthly Meeting, Cropwell Meeting, London Yearly Meeting, Mansfield Meeting, Nantucket Monthly Meeting, New York Yearly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting - Meeting for Sufferings, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Women Friends, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends for the Southern District, Trenton Meeting, Upper Springfield Monthly Meeting, and various minutes of transfer, minutes for traveling in the ministry, letters of commendation, etc.; papers from Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia Meetings, concerning the Separation of 1827-28; 38 miscellaneous items concerning Indians, 1758-1932; Proceedings of the New Jersey State Temperance Society, 1834; papers of the New Jersey Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, 1797-1803), also membership certificate and picture of Bassa Cove, Liberia (both stored in 988-E); Articles of the New Jersey Association for Helping the Indians, 1757 (ms. book stored in 975.09.019); arithmetic book, copy book, almanac, memorandum books, and receipt book of Rebecca Jones (7 items, 1766-1809); pocket notebook of Debbie M. Kimber, “Record of dates and events,” 1860-1883.