Gibbons Home (Springfield, Pa.) records
Scope and Contents
- ca.1880-ca.1987 (bulk: 1892-1969)
- Gibbons Home (Springfield, Pa.) (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
Joseph and Hannah Gibbons had eight children, seven who survived to adulthood: Joseph P., John, Mary, Lydia, William, Sallie P., and Emma. None of the children married. Joseph Gibbons was not a member of the Society of Friends, but Ashmead’s biographical sketch in the History of Delaware County reported in 1884 that he attended Quaker worship. Joseph bequeathed the property to his sons, Joseph P. and John Gibbons. John died intestate in 1892, and Joseph P. Gibbons died intestate in 1913. At his death, the property went to his surviving sisters, Emma and Sallie. Sallie P. Gibbons, died in 1918.
The family had been involved in philanthropic work. In 1903, they gave funds to the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church towards a Sunday School building, in memory of their adopted niece, May Loeffler. When Sallie P. Gibbons died in 1918 with no survivors, she left her property to executors in trust to keep and maintain a home for dependent Protestant women over forty to be called the Gibbons Home. Since there were some stipulations concerning the residual estate, the local Court interpreted this to mean that the Home could not be established until all the stipulations were fulfilled. Finally in 1939, the Court released the assets to the trustees to establish a Home. The Gibbons Home was incorporated in 1939 and opened in 1940 in the Gibbons family homestead.
Responding to population growth and business development in Springfield Township, the property was sold in 1970 to make way for the Springfield Mall. The Home moved to a new facility nearby on Lincoln Avenue. As patterns of social services changed and with residency diminished, the Gibbons Home was closed in 2000, and its assets turned over to PresbyHomes and Services.
1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes plus 2 boxes of photographs)
- Legal and Property papers
- Board papers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: Gibbons Home, 2000, 2003 (Accession 2000-056)
- Gibbons family large format travel photos.
- Gibbons family travel album, loose pages .
- Kodak snapshots of family, trips.
- Gibbons family and estate, large format photos.
- Photographs of May Loeffler.
- Copies of engravings of Joseph Gibbons and property, used in Ashmead’s History of Delaware County, 1884.
- Photographs used in Philadelphia Bulletin feature, 19-- (b&w).
- Photographs of Joseph and Hannah Gibbons Gibbons family and house 1959.
- Color snapshots of Gibbons Home and grounds.
- 16 cased pictures, unidentified, but include Joseph and probably the seven Gibbons children, including possibly son William Gibbons who is said to have died in the Civil War.
- “Crystalotype” pictures, made from Gutekunst photographs of Hannah and Joseph Gibbons.
- Oil painting of Joseph Gibbons (1799-1880)
- Oil painting of Hannah P. Gibbons (d. 1882)
- Glass portrait in ornate frame, Emma Gibbons (?)
- Glass portrait in ornate from, Sallie Gibbons (?)
- Ashmead, Henry Graham, 1838-1920. History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania / By Henry Graham Ashmead . Philadelphia : L.H. Everts & co., 1884.
- Gibbons Home Records
- FHL Staff
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
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