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Francis R. Bacon (1878-1965) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-006
This collection primarily includes correspondence, notes, photographs, and other materials related to Francis R. Bacon's research on 17th century Quaker meeting houses. Correspondents include Elfrida Vipont Foulds, Isabel Ross, Beatrice Saxon Snell, Henry J. Cadbury, and others.

Dates

  • 1948-1964

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

3 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Overview

Francis R. Bacon (1878-1965), a birthright Quaker, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Architecture in 1913 and was later Dean of Western Reserve University's School of Architecture. He married Edith Melrose Farquhar in 1915, and in the early 1920's they participated in the AFSC child feeding programs in Germany and Russia. This collection primarily includes correspondence, notes, photographs, and other materials related to Francis R. Bacon's research on 17th century Quaker meeting houses. Correspondents include Elfrida Vipont Foulds, Isabel Ross, Beatrice Saxon Snell, Henry J. Cadbury, and others.

Biographical / Historical

Francis R. Bacon (1878-1965), a birthright Quaker, was Dean of Western Reserve University's School of Architecture. Born in Haddonfield, N.J., son of Samuel Allen and Elizabeth Bacon, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Architecture in 1913. He married Edith Melrose Farquhar in 1915, and in the early 1920's they participated in the AFSC child feeding programs in Germany and Russia. They moved to Cleveland in 1923 and remained there until his retirement in 1953.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into five series:
  1. Correspondence and speeches, articles
  2. Manuscript and related material on 17th century meeting houses
  3. Reference material
  4. Map of Great Britain and pictures
  5. Strickland Monthly Meeting material

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Francis R. Bacon, 1965, 1971, 1974

Pictures Received from Francis R. Bacon, April, 1963 and from Francis R. Bacon's estate.

Separated Materials

The following material has been removed from the collection and recatalogued. Meeting house photographs were added to Meeting Houses, FHL General Collection, and slides were added to PA 29.

Meeting houses
  1. Abington, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior.
  2. Arch Street, Pa.: 2 exterior; 2 mounted interiors, 2 unmounted interiors
  3. Arney's Mount, N.J.: 1 exterior.
  4. Askwith, Yorkshire (England): 3 exteriors, each with negative; 1 exterior of house of owner of land on which MH built, with negative
  5. Birmingham, Pa. - Race Street: 3 exteriors.
  6. Blue Idol, Sussex (England): 3 exteriors; 4 interiors, 2 copies of one of them; 4 drawings.
  7. Bradford, Pa.: 5 exteriors.
  8. Brigflatts, Sedbergh (England): 3 exteriors, one with second copy, smaller print, and negative; 4 interiors.
  9. Buckingham, Pa. - Race Street: 2 exteriors.
  10. Byberry, Pa.: 1 exterior.
  11. Center, Ohio: 1 interior; 1 view of burial ground, 2 copies.
  12. Chester, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior/interior.
  13. Chichester, Pa. - Race Street: 2 exteriors.
  14. Christiana, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior/interior.
  15. Cleveland, Ohio: 1 exterior
  16. Come-to-Good (England): 1 exterior.
  17. Crosswicks, N.J.: 2 exterior
  18. Doe Run, Pa.: 1 exterior.
  19. Downington, Pa: 1 exterior
  20. Doylestown, Pa.: 1 exterior.
  21. East Caln, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior.
  22. East Main Street Friends Church, Richmond, Ind.: 1 exterior.
  23. Evesham, N.J. (also called Mt. Laurel): 1 exterior.
  24. Fairfax, Va.: 1 exterior, 2 copies.
  25. Fallowfield,.Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior/interior.
  26. Fallsington, Pa. - Arch Street: 1 exterior.
  27. First Friend's Church, Richmond, Inc.: 1 exterior.
  28. Flushing, LI.: 1 exterior
  29. Friends House, London, England: 2 exteriors; views of courtyard.
  30. Germantown, Pa. - Arch Street: 1 exterior.
  31. Germantown, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior/interior.
  32. Goose Creek, Va.: 3 exterior
  33. Green Street, Pa.: 1 exterior/interior.
  34. Gwynedd, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior.
  35. Haddonfield, N. J. - Arch Street: 3 exteriors.
  36. Haverford, Pa. - Arch Street: 1 exterior.
  37. Haverford (Old), Pa. - Race Street: 2 exteriors.
  38. Hertford (England): 1 exterior.
  39. High Point, N.C.: 1 exterior.
  40. Hopewell, Va.: 1 exterior.
  41. Horsham, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior.
  42. Jordans (England): 1 exterior of memorial garden.
  43. King of Prussia, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior/interior.
  44. Lansdowne Avenue, Pa. - Arch Street: 8 exterior; 4 interiors.
  45. Lansdowne, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior/interior.
  46. Leayet (England): 1 exterior with surroundings.
  47. Lincoln, NE.: 3 exterior
  48. London Grove, Pa. - Race Street: 1 drawing of exterior.
  49. Makefield, Pa. (also called Dolington): 1 exterior.
  50. Matinecock, N. Y.: 2 exterior, 1 interior
  51. Merion, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior; 1 exterior/interior; 1 interior.
  52. Middletown, Pa. - Bucks Co. - Race Street: 1 exterior.
  53. Moorestown, N.J.: 1 exterior
  54. Mt. Holly, N.Y. - Race Street: 1 exterior.
  55. Mountmellick: 1 exterior, 4 copies.
  56. New Garden, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior.
  57. Newtown, Pa.: 1 exterior.
  58. Newtown Square, Pa.: 2 exteriors.
  59. Norristown, Pa.: 1 exterior.
  60. “North”, Phila., Pa.: 3 exteriors; interior.
  61. Pales Radnorshire (England): 1 interior; 2 views from MH.
  62. Plymouth, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior/interior.
  63. Race Street, Pa.: 2 exteriors.
  64. Rancocas, N.J.: 1 exterior.
  65. Rawdon (England): 3 exteriors.
  66. St. Petersburg, Fla.: 1 exterior; 2 interiors.
  67. Salem, N.J. - Race Street: 1 exterior.
  68. Sandy Spring, Md. - Hicksite: 3 views of stove inside.
  69. Scattergood: 1 photo of drawing of exterior.
  70. Schuylkill, Pa. - Race Street: 1 exterior/interior.
  71. Skipton (England): 1 exterior.
  72. Solebury, P. - Race Street: 1 exterior.
  73. Stillwater, Ohio: 1 exterior.
  74. Stony Brook, N. J.: 8 exterior.
  75. Swarthmore, Pa.: 1 exterior.
  76. Third Haven, Easton, Md.: 2 exterior; 3 interior
  77. Twelfth Street, Phila., Pa.: 2 exteriors.
  78. Upper Dublin, Pa.: 1 exterior.
  79. Warminster, Pa.: 1 exterior.
  80. West Grove, Pa. - Arch Street (also called Harmony Road); 1 exterior.
  81. West Grove, Pa. - Race Street (also called Prospect Ave.):1 exterior.
  82. Willistown, Pa.: 1 exterior
  83. Woodbury, N.J. - Race Street: 1 exterior.
  84. Wrightstown, Pa.: 1 exterior.
  85. Yealand Conyers (England): 1 exterior.
Unidentified and incompletely identified meetinghouses
  1. Springfield: 1 photo of drawing of exterior.
  2. 8 exteriors
  3. 1 interior.
Other, United States
  1. Bellows, John: 1 individual portrait (photo)
  2. Friend's Institute, Pa.: 1 exterior.
  3. Firbank Fell (England): 1 view.
  4. Chester schoolhouse: 1 exterior.
  5. Indiana State House, Indianapolis, Ind.: 1 exterior
  6. Jordans Hotel (England): 1 exterior.
  7. Parish Church (England): 1 exterior.
  8. Pendle Hill, Pa.: 1 landscape view.
  9. Pennsbury Manor, Bristol, Pa.: 2 drawings of exteriors.
  10. Portarllngton: Huguenot Church: 1 exterior; Huguenot gravestones: 1 view; 1 street view.
  11. Swarthmore Hall: 3 exteriors; 1 view of library, with smaller print negative; 1 view of dining hall.
  12. Westtown School: 1 aerial view; 1 group portrait of building committee of 1883 - 1885.
  13. Wrightstown Public School: 1 exterior.
  14. Yealand School (England): 1 exterior, with 2 smaller prints and negative.
Meeting houses in great Britain
  1. Airton: 5 exterior
  2. Brigflatts: 1 exterior
  3. Clothouse: 1 interior
  4. Height: 2 exterior, 1 interior
  5. Mosedale: 2 interior
  6. Pales: 1 exterior
  7. Penrith: 3 interior
  8. Portishead: 1 exterior
  9. Settle: 3 exterior
  10. Swarthmore: 4 exterior
  11. Meeting houses in U.S.
  12. Downington 1 exterior of schoolhouse back of carriage shed, 1 exterior of meeting house
  13. Romansville 2 exterior
  14. Matinecocks 1 interior
Other, Great Britain
  1. Woodbrooke, Birmingham, Eng. 2 exterior
  2. Unidentified meeting houses: 13 interior, 6 exterior

Processing Information

Meeting house photographs have been added to the Meeting House Picture Collection and slide collection (Two metal boxes: Box I, America; Box II, England and Ireland removed to PA 29 (See listing after Scope and Content note).
Title
An Inventory of the Francis R. Bacon Papers, 1948-1964
Author
FHL staff
Date
1965, 1974
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.

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