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Edward Morris Wistar songbooks

Identifier: HCS-003-041

Scope and Contents

These two volumes contains handwritten song lyrics compiled by Edward M. Wistar and his classmates during his time at Haverford in the early 1870s. Some are specific to Haverford, while many were other popular songs of the time. Some of the entries were made by classmates of Wistar and include signatures, the date, and the school of the person writing. In the back of the second volume there is an index of the classes of 1871 and 1871 listing the names of the people who signed, the name of the song they included, and the page number.


  • 1869-1871


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical / Historical

Edward Morris Wistar entered Haverford College in 1869 and left in 1871. He was the son of Thomas and Priscilla Foulke Wistar and was born a Quaker in Abington, Pa in 1852. He was educated at Haverford College from 1869-1871. While at Haverford, Wister wad the librarian of Athenaeum, Vice-President of Loganian, and president of his class. He married Margaret Cooper Collins in 1876 and they had two children, Thomas and Caspar. Wister was engaged in banking and life insurance business for 17 years, and also in real estate and cotton yarn. He was interested in issues relating to North Amerian Indians, African American and persecuted Armenians. In 1896, Wister travelled to Asia Minor as a special field agent, under the auspices of the American Red Cross, to administer relief to Armenians in Anatolia who were the victims of Turkish brutality. Later in life he was also involved with Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs, Indian Rights Association, Pennsylvania Prison society, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Academy of Natural Sciences, Asiatic Society, Home Missions Council. He died in 1941.(Information from internal evidence, Biographical Catalog of the Matriculates of Haverford College 1833-1922 (1922), and the Dictionary of Quaker Biography)


.2 Linear Feet (2 volumes)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Thomas Wistar Jr. Class of 1930.

Related Materials

HC.MC 1137 Edward Morris Wistar papers, 1894-1914

Processing Information

Processed by Madison Arnold-Scerbo, completed May 2018.
Edward Morris Wistar songbooks
Madison Arnold-Scerbo
May, 2018
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