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Joel and Hannah Bean Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-012
The Bean Papers consist primarily of the writings and correspondence of Joel Bean, although some material by Hannah Bean is also present. Joel Bean's writings include accounts of the Iowa separations, sermons, religious writings, school lessons, poetry, historical writings, memorials, and personal reminiscences. Over 1800 letters and 69 volumes of diaries complete the collection.

Dates

  • 1825-1914

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 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

6 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

Overview

Joel Bean (1835-1914) and his wife, Hannah Elliott Bean (1830-1909), were prominent Quaker ministers in Iowa Yearly Meeting in the mid-nineteenth century when Quaker settlements were expanding in Iowa. Joel Bean was born in Alton, New Hampshire, in 1825, the son of John and Elizabeth Hill Bean, and educated at Friends Boarding School in Providence, Rhode Island. He migrated to Iowa in 1853, and taught school at West Branch, Iowa, from 1850 to 1861. In 1859, he married Hannah Elliott Shipley in Philadelphia. Hannah was the daughter of Thomas and Lydia Shipley of Philadelphia. Joel Bean was appointed Clerk of Iowa Yearly Meeting in 1867, and he and Hannah traveled in Europe from 1872 to 1873. The Beans opposed the extremes of revivalism, but declined to join the Conservatives in withdrawing from Iowa Yearly Meeting. After their move to California, they joined a group of Friends who were initially affiliated with Iowa Yearly Meeting. They helped to form the College Park Association of Friends. However, Joel and Hannah were deposed as ministers by Iowa Yearly Meeting in 1893 and disowned by them in 1898. This action caused a strong reaction among Quakers outside of Iowa Yearly Meeting, particularly among English Friends. The Beans were subsequently received by New England Yearly Meeting as members and ministers. The Bean Papers consist primarily of the writings and correspondence of Joel Bean, although some material by Hannah Bean is also present. Joel Bean's writings include accounts of the Iowa separations, sermons, religious writings, school lessons, poetry, historical writings, memorials, and personal reminiscences. Over 1800 letters and 69 volumes of diaries complete the collection.

Biographical / Historical

Joel Bean was born in Alton, New Hampshire, in 1825, the son of John and Elizabeth Hill Bean, and educated at Friends Boarding School in Providence, Rhode Island. He migrated to Iowa in 1853, and taught school at West Branch, Iowa, from 1850 to 1861. In 1859, he married Hannah Elliott Shipley in Philadelphia. Hannah was the daughter of Thomas and Lydia Shipley of Philadelphia. Joel Bean was appointed Clerk of Iowa Yearly Meeting in 1867, and he and Hannah traveled in Europe from 1872 to 1873.

The Beans opposed the extremes of revivalism, but declined to join the Conservatives in withdrawing from Iowa Yearly Meeting. However, the strain of the controversy affected his health, so the Beans moved to California in 1882 to retire from the conflict. After their move to San Jose, California, in 1882, they joined a group of Friends who were initially affiliated with Iowa Yearly Meeting. They helped to form the College Park Association of Friends in San Jose. However, Joel and Hannah were deposed as ministers by Iowa Yearly Meeting in 1893 and disowned by them in 1898. This action caused a strong reaction among Quakers outside of Iowa Yearly Meeting, particularly among English Friends who knew and respected the couple after their religious visit to Europe. They were subsequently received by New England Yearly Meeting as members and ministers.

The Beans were among the founders of the College Park Association of Friends in San Jose, and their granddaughter, Anna Cox Brinton, was influential in its later development into Pacific Yearly Meeting.



    BIOGRAPHICAL OUTLINE OF JOEL BEAN
  • 1825Born, Alton, N.H.; son of John and Elizabeth Hill Bean Educated at Friends Boarding School, Providence, R.I
  • 1853Migrated to Iowa
  • 1855-61Taught school, West Branch, Iowa
  • 1859Married Hannah Elliott Shipley at Orange Street Meeting House, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1860Lydia S. Bean born
  • 1861-2Visited Sandwich Islands (Hawaii)
  • 1865Catharine E. Bean born
  • 1867Appointed Clerk of Iowa Yearly Meeting
  • 1872-3Visited Friends in England, Scotland, and Ireland
  • 1875-7At Friends Boarding School, Providence, R.I.
  • 1877Returned to Iowa
  • 1882Moved to San Jose, California
  • 1893Joel and Hannah Bean deposed as ministers of Iowa Yearly Meeting
  • 1898Joel and Hannah Bean dropped as members of Iowa Yearly Meeting
  • 1914Died in Hawaii
    BIOGRAPHICAL OUTLINE OF HANNAH ELLIOTT BEAN
  • 1830Born, Philadelphia, Pa.; daughter of Thomas and Lydia Shipley. Thomas Shipley was a noted Quaker abolitionist
  • Educated at Westtown School
  • Taught at Friends Select School and at Mary Anna Longstreth's School for the Higher Education of Girls
  • 1857Met Joel Bean during the summer while on a visit to her sister at Springdale, Iowa
  • For 1859 and subsequent years see biography of Joel Bean, above
  • 1909Died in San Jose, California
1830
Born, Philadelphia, Pa.; daughter of Thomas and Lydia Shipley. Thomas Shipley was a noted Quaker abolitionist
Educated at Westtown School
Taught at Friends Select School and at Mary Anna Longstreth's School for the Higher Education of Girls
1857
Met Joel Bean during the summer while on a visit to her sister at Springdale, Iowa
For 1859 and subsequent years see biography of Joel Bean, above
1909
Died in San Jose, California

Arrangement

This collection is divided into eleven series:
  1. Biographical material
  2. Diaries, 1850-1913
  3. Incoming correspondence, 1846-1910.
  4. Outgoing correspondence, 1854-1913
  5. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1893-1914
  6. Ms. prose writings, 1864-1912 & n.d.
  7. Ms. poetry, 1841-1905
  8. Published writings, 1870-1913 & n.d.
  9. Published poetry, 1874-1907.
  10. School registers, 1855-1871.
  11. Miscellaneous, 1869-1900 & n.d.
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Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Richard H. Cox, 1976, 1979

Donor: Catharine Cary, 2005

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital transcription of some of the diaries, day books, and correspondence by Tom King, deposited in FHL 2005.

Related Materials

Additional source material on the Beans may be found at the Quaker Collection, Haverford College Library. See especially the Papers of the Rufus M. Jones Collection, and the Papers of the College Park Association.

Some correspondence of Joel and Hannah Bean can be found at the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society Library, Honolulu, Hawaii. A brief inventory of these letters, 1862-1891, can be found at the beginning of Box 1.

The Nicholson Papers at Earlham College include extensive correspondence between Timothy Nicholson and Joel Bean.

General

  1. Elliott, Errol T. Quaker Profiles from the American West. Richmond, Indians Friends United Press, 1972. pp. 23-46.
  2. Le Shana, David. Quakers in California. Newberg, Oregon: Barclay Press, 1969

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Joel and Hannah Bean Papers, 1825-1914
Author
FHL staff
Date
1979
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: Finding aid updated June 2018 by Susanna Morikawa with biographical details.

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