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Thomas Pim Cope diaries

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-013

Scope and Content note

This collection is composed of eleven volumes of the handwritten journals of Thomas Pym Cope, as well as ten typed transcriptions of all but the first diary. Entries cover a variety of topics including weather, religious and personal reflection, business interests, family news, discussions of international politics.


  • 1800-1851


Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

Thomas Pim Cope (1768­ 1854) was born on August 26, 1768, in Lancaster County Pa, the son of Caleb and Mary (Mendenhall) Cope. He married Mary Drinker (1766­ 1825) in 1792., and the couple had at least four children, two sons and two daughters.

Cope was a Quaker merchant, founder of Cope family shipping business, member of Philadelphia City Council and Pennsylvania legislature. In 1821, Cope established his first packet line to Liverpool, England. Cope was very involved in local politics; in 1837 he was a member of Convention to amend the Constitution of Pennsylvania, he was the President of the Board of Trade and of the Mercantile Library, as well as a member of the first board of Haverford College. Cope also helped create Fairmount Park by securing Lemon Hill.

Thomas Pim Cope died November 22, 1854, at the age of 86.


3 Linear Feet (11 volumes)



Custodial History note

The contents of the Related Correspondence folder came from J. Morris Evans in 1999.


The Thomas Pim Cope diaries were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1945 by Edward W. Evans.

Related Materials

  • MC 950.045 Thomas Cope legal papers
  • MC 950.193 Thomas P. Cope estate settlement papers
  • MC 975.02.005 Thomas P. Cope letters
  • MC 975.08.005 Cope financial records
  • MC 975.11.009 Thomas P. Cope packetship logbooks
  • MS 1013 Thomas P. Cope family papers
  • MS 1170 Cope-Evans family papers

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July 2015.
Thomas Pim Cope diaries, 1800-1851
Kara Flynn
August 2015
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