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SFHL/FHL/RG5. Family and Personal Papers

 Record Group Term
Identifier: SFHL/FHL/RG5
The largest category of collections in Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College is that of Personal and Family Papers. These materials include correspondence, journals and diaries, and property records of Quaker individuals and family groups they date from the mid 17th century to the present.

Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:

Kent-Barnard Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-079
Overview Daniel Kent, emigrated to Chester County, Pa. from Ireland, in 1785. He joined the Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1790, and married Esther Hawley in 1791. Their great-grandson Henry Simmons Kent (1833-1906) was active in the establishment of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting and the Borough of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. The collection includes material used by Daniels' great-granddaughter Ella Kent Barnard in preparation for the writing of three books. Among these materials are genealogical charts and...
Dates: 1785/1928

Elizabeth R. Lippincott (Elizabeth Roberts) Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-088
Overview Elizabeth Roberts Lippincott (1888-1979) was a Quaker genealogist from Moorestown, New Jersey. The collection contains chiefly genealogical and card files relating to the Lippincott, Shinn, Thorne, and related Quaker families of Moorestown and elsewhere, together with correspondence, journals, and essays, and collected materials relating to Quaker history, particularly various Friends Meetings and Moorestown Friends School.
Dates: 1793-1979

Morris Lloyd Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-091
Overview Morris Lloyd (1856-1932) was a Philadelphia Quaker and the nephew of Elizabeth Lloyd Jr. Collection includes genealogical chart of descent from Robert Lloyd and Lowry Jones of Merion; diary (1832) of Mary Beans, a Bucks County school teacher; commonplace books of Elizabeth Lloyd, Jr.; Morris Lloyd's diaries (1880) of a trip to California. and printed material kept by the family.
Dates: 1832-1939

Mather-Nicholson family papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-297
Overview Collection contains student work books, two marriage certificates and four school certificates relating to the Thomas T. and Rachel (Nicholson) Mather family.
Dates: 1822-1903

Lindley Murray Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-198
Overview Lindley Murray, Quaker author and grammarian, was born in 1745 in Pennsylvania and resided in England for many years while publishing grammar books and religious tracts. The collection is primarily composed of letters written by Lindley Murray and other family members between 1785 and 1822.
Dates: 1785-1830

Parrish Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-229
Overview Collection contains papers of the Parrish family, a prominent Philadelphia Quaker family. Includes correspondence, writings, and other papers of Edward Parrish, first president of Swarthmore College. Also of special interest is the correspondence of Dillwyn Parrish and his aunt and uncle, William and Deborah Parrish Wright; the letters of the Wrights in 1835 and 1836 give information about abolition and anti-slavery efforts in Lancaster County. A scrapbook assembled by Clemmons Parrish contains...
Dates: 1780-1966

Paul M. Pearson (Paul Martin) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-121
Overview Paul M. Pearson (1871-1938) was a noted Quaker educator, editor, and speaker, a professor of Public Speaking at Swarthmore College, the first civilian governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, an assistant director of the U.S. Housing Authority, and a leading founder and executive in the Chautauqua movement. The collection contains biographical and genealogical materials, personal correspondence (1894-1938), writings (published and manuscript), extensive material on the Swarthmore Chautauqua as well...
Dates: 1890-2011 (bulk 1890-1938)

Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Schlesinger Library Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-124
Overview Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon (1890-1979) was born into an extended Quaker family who lived for generations in Clarke and Loudon counties, Virginia. She moved beyond the Virginia Quaker community to a career in the women's movement, first as a campaigner for women's suffrage (1917-1920), then as an educator and political activist in Virginia (1920-1928) and finally as a research economist for the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor (1928-1956). During her retirement years, Pidgeon became...
Dates: 1906-1979

William Sharp Prickett Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-127
Overview William Sharp Prickett (1862-1926) was youngest child of Josiah J. and Emaline B. (Engle) Prickett. The Prickett/Prickitt family were Quakers who lived in the area of Northampton and Southampton Townships, Burlington Co.,, New Jersey, from 1716, the date of the earliest document in the collection. They lived in or near villages such as Masonville, Easton, and Vicentown, near Rancocas Creek. In later generations most of the children attended or graduated from Westtown Boarding School, as did...
Dates: 1716-1932

James Morgan Read Papers,

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-128
Overview James Morgan Read (1908-1985) was a Quaker and president of Wilmington College from 1960-69. He also served as the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner from 1951-60, and was a vice president of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation from 1969 until his retirement in 1974. The bulk of the collection documents James Read's work as a consultant after 1974. His diaries date from his association with Wilmington College. Areas of particular interest include the establishment of Soviet-American...
Dates: 1951-1987