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Jacob R. Elfreth Jr. diaries

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-020

Scope and Content note

This collection is composed of 64 volumes of the bound, handwritten diaries of Jacob R. Elfreth, Jr. Early diaries, from 1861-1867, focus on military movement and battles during the Civil War, reactions to President Lincoln's assassination, and the political tensions during the aftermath of the war.

The majority of entries detail day-to day activities; family news, news of Elfreth's carpet business, attendance at Quaker meetings, social calls, accounts of weather, and births, deaths, and marriages within the Quaker community.

In later entries, beginning in 1882, Elfreth discusses his work as the School Director for Darby Borough's schools.


  • 1861-1924


Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

Jacob R. Elfreth (1837-1924), the son of Jacob R. Elfreth Sr. and Abigail Pierce Elfreth, was born on October 22, 1837 in Philadelphia, PA. He was a Quaker merchant, elder, and minister. Initially apprenticed for five years to J.R. Sowers & Co., dry goods, Elfreth started a carpet business with his brother, James Elfreth. Elfreth Jr. never married and died November 14, 1924 in Landsdowne, PA.


3.2 Linear Feet (64 volumes)





Related Materials

  • MC 975.01.019 Jacob R. Elfreth Sr. diaries
  • MC 975.03.010 Elfreth family commonplace books
  • MC 975.08.009 Jacob R. Elfreth account books
  • MC 1221 Elfreth family papers

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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed June 2015.
Jacob R. Elfreth Jr. diaries, 1861-1924
Kara Flynn
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