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Rayner W. Kelsey memorial book

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Identifier: HCS-001-002
The first two pages display Kelsey's lifespan and his biographical sketch. On the following pages, there are 16 published records of Kelsey's death from sources including: “Philadelphia Inquirer”, “Philadelphia Record”, “Evening Public Ledger (Phila.)”, “The Evening Bulletin (Phila.), “New York Times”, “Philadelphia Inquirer”, “Haverford News”, “Friends Intelligencer”, “The Friend (Phila.)”, “The American Friend”, “The Friend (London)”, “Bulletin of Friends’ Historical Association”, “Minutes of the Central Offices of the Society of Friends Friends House, Euston Rob, London, N.W.I.”, “The Middle States Association of History Teachers”, “The Meeting”, and the “Minutes of the Board of Managers of Haverford College.” After the obituaries, there is a transcription of different remarks made at Kelsey's funeral from speakers including: J. Henry Bartlett, Thomas B. Harvey, Frank D. Watson, J. Henry Scattergood, Walter L. Moore, E.M. Wilson, Frederick A. McCord, George A. Barton, J. Passmore Elkinton, and Agnes L. Tierney. The final pages are occupied by obituaries for Rayner Kelsey's mother, father, and grandfather dating 1911, 1929, and 1861 respectively.

Dates

  • 1934 - 1935

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

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

Extent

.125 Linear Feet (1 box)

Overview

This binder contains different published obituaries and recognitions of the death of Rayner Wickersham Kelsey. It also contains a transcription of remarks made at his funeral and obituaries for his mother, father, and grandfather.

Biographical / Historical

Rayner Wickersham Kelsey was born in Western Springs, Illinois on January 29, 1879 to Asa and Sarah Kelsey. He was the youngest of five children. Kelsey married Naomi Harrison Binford of Westland, Indiana on February 23, 1901 with whom he had a son, R. Wilfred Kelsey (HC 1933). He graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, IN in 1900 and received a doctorate in philosophy from University of California in 1909. Early in his career, he served as professor of history at Pacific College in Newberg, Oregon and Whittier College in California from 1901-1909. Following the completion of his doctorate, Kelsey served as instructor of history at Haverford from 1909-1912, associate professor of history from 1912-1920, and full professor from 1920-1934. During his time at Haverford, Kelsey was also curator of Quaker Collections at Haverford College from 1922 to 1934 and oversaw the Charles Roberts Collection of Autographs. Kelsey was also a prolific author, writing The Centennial History of Mose Brown School, Providence, RI; Friends and the Indians, a biography of William Penn for the Dictionary of American Biographies, “U.S. Consulate in California”, “Prohibition”, “The Tariff”, “Farm Relief”, “Political Parties”, “Handbooks of Citizenship”, and “Internationalism and the United States”. Outside of books and pamphalets, Kelsey edited the Cazenove Journal” for Haverford Studies and Quakeriana Notes. Outside of his career and publications, Kelsey was a Minister in the Society of Friends and a member of the History Teachers Association of the Middle States and Maryland (serving as Secretary and President at points), the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the American Historical Association. He was involved with the Friends’ Historical Association, serving as President from 1913-1915, Vice-President from 1928-1931, Editor of the Bulletin 1922-1932, and a member of the Board of Directors 1923-1934. He also served as a member and Chairman of the Associated Executive Committee on Indian Affairs. Rayner Kelsey died of heart ailment on October 29, 1934.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged by the compiler.

Processing Information

Processed by David Canada; completed February, 2017.
Title
Rayner Wickersham Kelsey memorial book
Author
David Canada
Date
February, 2017
Description rules
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