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William Thompson diary

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-080

Scope and Content note

This collection is composed of the single, handwritten diary of William Thompson. Entries are largely related to his family's grocery business, family news, illness, social calls, and Quaker meetings he attended. He occasionally also describes Quakers from England and Ireland making religious visits to America.


  • 1860


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

William Thompson (1840-1918) was born circa 1840 in Belfast, Ireland, to George and Isabella Thompson. As a young man, Thompson worked in his family's grocery shop. After immigrating to the United States in 1870, Thompson married Susan Taber in New Bedford, Mass. on November 3, 1875. Thompson was a member and minister of New Bedford Monthly Meeting, and he and his wife Susan spent many years in Europe and the Middle East making religious visits and working at foreign missions in England, Norway, and Palestine, including a year spent at the Ramallah Friends mission in Palestine.

Source: The American Friend, vol VII, Jan 1919.


0.06 Linear Feet (1 volume)




The William Thompson diary was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, date unknown, by Eleanor Taber.

Related materials

MC 975.02.024 Thomas Thompson letterbook

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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July 2015.
William Thompson diary, 1860
Kara Flynn
July 2015
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