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O. Edward Janney (Oliver Edward) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-072

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence (1874-1945), diary (1914), memoirs, speeches, writings, memorabilia and photos of Dr. O.E. Janney and his wife, Anne B. (Webb) Janney, of Baltimore, Md. The papers include his work with various organizations including the Advancement Committee of Friends General Conference, Baltimore Yearly Meeting, and the American Friends Service Committee, and Woolman School. Subjects include education, health, and hygiene of children, morality, peace, religion, and temperance. Correspondents include Anna L. Curtis, Bliss Forbush, John William Graham, Woodrow Wilson, Edward Grubb, Clarence Pickett, Aaron M. Powell, Barnard Walton, George A. Walton, Anna D. Blackburn, S.M. Brosius, Pauline W. Holme, Luther W. Hopkins, Richard H. Hunter, and many others. Anna B. Janney's correspondence primarily concerns women's suffrage issues and correspondents include Anna Howard Shaw.

Dates

  • 1874-1945

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.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. O. Edward Janney (1856-1930) was a prominent Quaker doctor from Baltimore who was active in many of the social reform movements of his time. Born in Washington, D.C., the son of Henry and Hannah Janney, he first entered the field of pharmacy and then became a physician, graduating from the Medical School of the University of Maryland in 1881 and from Hahnemann Homeopathic College in 1882. He married Anne B. Webb in 1885. Janney was active in the American Purity Alliance and organized the National Vigilance Committee. He worked with the Society for the Suppression of Vice in Baltimore and labored in the causes of temperance, woman suffrage, inter-racial rdevote his full time to elations, peace, and other reforms. In 1907, Dr. Janney gave up the practice of medicine to pursue reform activities full time. He served as Chairman and Executive Secretary of the Advancement Committee of Friends General Conference and of Baltimore Yearly Meeting and Chairman of the Joint Co-Operative Committee of the two Baltimore Yearly Meetings.

Extent

2.25 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Dr. O. Edward Janney was a prominent Quaker doctor from Baltimore who was active in many of the social reform movements of his time. He worked with the Society for the Suppression of Vice in Baltimore and labored in the causes of temperance, woman suffrage, inter-racial relations, peace, and other reforms. In 1907, Dr. Janney gave up the practice of medicine to devote his energies full time to reform activities. The collection contains correspondence (1874-1945), diary (1914), memoirs, speeches, writings, memorabilia and photos of Dr. O.E. Janney and his wife, Anne B. (Webb) Janney, of Baltimore, Maryland. The papers include his work with various organizations including the Advancement Committee of Friends General Conference, Baltimore Yearly Meeting, American Friends Service Committee, and Woolman School. Anna B. Janney's correspondence primarily concerns women's suffrage issues and correspondents include Anna Howard Shaw.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into seven series:
  1. Biographical
  2. Correspondence, 1874-1945
  3. Writings and speeches
  4. Financial and legal papers
  5. Reference material
  6. Memorabilia
  7. Pictures

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donors: Gift of Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark Taylor and the children of Eleanor Janney Jones, 1965-66.

Gift of Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark, 1972

The collection was given by Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark Taylor and the children of Eleanor Janney Jones. Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark Taylor and Eleanor Janney Jones were daughters of O. Edward and Anne B. Webb Janney. Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark (Taylor) gave additional papers in 1972.

Related Materials

See also:
  1. RG 5/026, Rebecca Timbres Clark Papers; RG 5/152, Turner Family Papers.

Separated Materials

The following books were removed from the collection. In FHL book catalog:
  1. The COL Book, 250th Anniversary celebration of founding of Baltimore Yearly Meeting (1672-1922).
  2. “Religious Views of the Society of Friends”, by Howard M. Jenkins, a paper read at the World's Congress of Religions at Chicago, 9/19/1893.
  3. “The Teacher as a Missionary of Peace,” address by Andrew Stevenson, 8 mo 1904. Reprinted from The Friends' Intelligencer, 10mo 15, 1904.
  4. “Higher Education and Peace”, paper by David Ferris, read at Swarthmore Meeting, 4 mo 23, 1905. Reprint from The Friends' Intelligence
  5. “Suggestions for Workers in The Society of Friends.” General Conference Advancement Committee, Phila., 1914.
  6. Devonshire House, by William Beck, London, Headley Bros., 1908.
  7. “Ideals and Experiences of Extension Work”, by E. Maria Bishop. Paper read at Scalby, June 24, 1908.
  8. “The Place of Religion in Education,” by President Swain of Swarthmore College, paper read at Friends General Conference, Ocean Grove, N. J., 7mo 18, 1910.
  9. “A Plea to the People of Canada from the Society of Friends at Coldstream, Ont.” Jan. 1916.
  10. Woolman School, Swarthmore, Pa., announcements, 1918-1919.
  11. Book List Prepared and Printed by The Department of Proper Publications of Friends General Conference, 1mo 1918.
  12. “To All Who Bear the Name of Friend,” epistle from London Yearly Meeting, 5mo 22 to 29, 1918.
  13. A Handbook of the Principles of the Religious Society of Friends. Revised and republished by the Advancement Committee of Friends General Conference, 1925.

Processing Information

The collection was initially processed in 1966, with later donations added.
Title
An Inventory of the O. Edward Janney Papers, 1874-1945
Author
FHL staff
Date
1966
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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