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William Baxter Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-011
Contains the papers of William Baxter (1824-1886), Quaker businessman who lived in Wayne County, Indiana, and was active in social reform, particularly in the temperance movement. Includes correspondence of William and his wife, Mary Baxter (1830-1918), business papers, essays and speeches on temperance and other social reforms, family memorabilia, and miscellaneous materials including a manuscript account of the early life of William Baxter in Yorkshire, England, in the 1830s and 1840s.

Dates

  • 1840-1942

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Extent

5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Overview

William Baxter (1824-1886) was a Quaker businessman who lived in Wayne County, Indiana, and was active in social reform, particularly in the temperance movement. The collection includes correspondence of William and his wife, Mary Baxter (1830-1918), business papers, essays and speeches on temperance and other social reforms, family memorabilia, and miscellaneous materials.

Biographical / Historical

William Baxter (1824-1886)was a Quaker Philadelphia-area wool merchant who later settled in Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, and was active in social reform, particularly in the temperance movement.

He was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1824, the son of John and Mary Baxter. He married first Mary Wickett in 1847. She and her infant son died shortly after the family emigrated to Philadelphia. William Baxter married second Mary Ellen Barker in 1856 at Whitewater Monthly Meeting in Wayne County, Indiana. She had attended Westtown Boarding School in Pennsylvania. Their daughter, Lucy V. Baxter, married Percival Brooks Coffin.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into seven series:
  1. Biographical and genealogical
  2. Photographs
  3. Correspondence
  4. Business papers
  5. Essays and speeches
  6. Memorabilia
  7. Reference material

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Mrs. Bennett Cooper, 1961-1969
Immediate Source of Acquisition Lucy Vincent Baxter (born 1868) was a daughter of William Baxter and his second wife, Mary Ellen. She married Percival Brooks Coffin. The donor, Mrs. Bennett Cooper (Emily Fletcher Cooper), was their niece.

Related Materials

See also:
  1. RG 5/ 029: Coffin Family Papers. Both collections were given to Friends Historical Library by Mrs. Bennett Cooper (Emily Fletcher Cooper) whose aunt, Lucy V. Baxter (her mother's sister), was married to Percival Brooks Coffin.

Separated Materials

The following material has been removed from the collection and recatalogued:

See Chart Case for marriage certificates:
  1. Baxter, Wm. to Mary Wickett, 6/23/1847
  2. Baxter, Wm. to Barker, Mary, 12/3/1856
  3. Evans, Charles to Morgan, Mary, 3/12/1833
  4. Price, Charles Coale to Albertson, Alice Maulsby, 12/8/1896
  5. Price, Charles Coale to Evans, Mary, 10/2/1894
  1. See Chart Case for Whaley-Goffe (Gough) genealogical chart. Includes Underhill-Sutton. Attached: Sutton-Underhill pedigree.
  1. See Misc. MSS ++ for pass for Edward B. Fletcher and wife, 7/30/1888
  1. Christianity As Friends See It, by Edward B. Rawson, n.d., BX 7733.R3C5
William Baxter Family Photographs (4 boxes) removed to PA 144. Inventory in repository.

Processing Information

Previously cited as: Coffin-Baxter Papers

Creator

Source

Title
An Inventory of the William Baxter Family Papers, 1840-1942
Author
FHL staff
Date
1969, revised 2000
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

Revision Statements

  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.
  • 2018: Revised by Susanna Morikawa August 2018 to note that photographs are removed to PA 144 and PA 107.
  • Accession information, inventories

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