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Charles Smith Ogden family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-108

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a collection of Quaker correspondence, family correspondence, genealogical research, and memorabilia compiled by Charles Smith Ogden, a Philadelphia Quaker businessman, genealogist, and civic leader.

Dates

  • 1732-1938

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

Charles Smith Ogden (1822-1904) was a Philadelphia Quaker businessman, genealogist, and civic leader. He was born in Philadelphia, the son of John Melchior and Harriet (Middleton) Ogden, into a prominent family involved in philanthropic and reform activities. He was educated in Friends' schools and married Emma Corbit (1827-1874) in 1848 under the care of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Hicksite). She was the daughter of Henry Cowgill Corbit and Sarah Bolton Corbit. Her mother was an intimate friend of Lucretia Mott. They had two children, Henry Corbit Ogden and Middleton Ogden. Charles Ogden worked as a wholesale druggist before the Civil War, was active on the committee to elect Abraham Lincoln, and served as Consul to Quebec, Canada, 1860-1864. In 1886, he began a tour around the world, which is recounted in his travel diaries, 1886-1891, composed as letters to his son. The trip ended abruptly with the death of his son, H. Corbit Ogden, in July 1891.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Charles Smith Ogden (1822-1904) was a Quaker businessman, genealogist, and civic leader. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, educated in Friends' schools, and married Emma Corbit in 1848. He worked as a wholesale druggist before the Civil War, was active on the committee to elect Abraham Lincoln, and served as Consul to Quebec, Canada, 1860-1864. In 1886, he began a tour around the world, which is recounted in his travel letters, 1886-1891. This collection contains genealogical material, family correspondence, scrapbooks and memorabilia. Of particular interest are letters collected by Charles S. Smith from prominent Quaker correspondents including Elias and Edward Hicks, Lucretia Mott, Benjamin Ferris, and John Comly.

Arrangement

The colleciton is divided into six series:
  1. Ogden Collection: Autographs, Photographs and Original Papers of the Society of Friends
  2. Historica Genealogica in five volumes
  3. Scrapbook #2, Charles S. Ogden memorabilia
  4. Scrapbook #3, Our United States Consulate: Quebec, Canada
  5. Charles S. Ogden correspondence
  6. Miscellaneous

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Marie Ogden Francke, 1948

Donor: Estate of Charles S. Ogden, 1905

The donor of the Ogden Collection (of autographs), Marie Ogden Francke (1878-1955) was a granddaughter of Charles Smith Ogden and the daughter of his son, H. Corbitt Ogden. The bulk of the material was given to Swarthmore College in 1905 as a memorial to Ogden's son, Middleton, who attended Swarthmore College in 1869-1870. Marie Francke was a member of New York Yearly Meeting (Hicksite). The Quaker autographs collected by her grandfather were intended for Swarthmore College according to his Will.

Donor: Bureau of Archives and History, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Acc. 2012.032

Related Materials

  1. SC/235, "My Little Talks with You," by Marie Ogden Francke

Separated Materials

The following materials, originally part of the collection, have been removed and recatalogued:
  1. The Quaker Ogdens in America, by Chas. Burr Ogden, J.B. Lippincott Co., Phila., 1898. BX7791.03403
  2. PG 7 - “John Melchior Ogden”, biographical data.
  3. In Memoriam John M. Ogden. J.B. Lippincott Co., Phila., 1882. BX7796 +.03513
  4. Germantown History, p.15-17, “How Grandmother Dorothy Meng (later married Hugh Ogden) Saw the Battle of Germantown. Published by The Site and Relic Society of Germantown, 1915. F159.G3S62
  5. Photographs removed to FHL Individual Pictures include: Isaac Norris, John Townsend, Middleton Ogden, Marie Ogden, Lizzie Bowman Ogden, John Melchior Ogden, Lucretia Mott, James Mott, Elias Hicks
  6. Lucretia and James Mott correspondence (originals) removed to Mott Mss, MSS 035

Processing Information

Processed by FHL staff prior to 1967. The collection of Quaker autographs apparently was retained by Charles S. Smith's granddaughter, Marie Odgen Francke, until 1948, when it was designated "Scrapbook #4" by FHL staff. The donor had the items mounted in an oversized scrapbook according to the archival standards of the time. In 1984, this scrapbook was dismantled in order to better preserve the documents. Detailed inventories of the contents were created and the siginficant correspondence individually described on the MSS card catalogue. In 2009, the collection was refoldered and described in more detail for access. The Lucretia Mott correspondence was removed to MSS Mott Manuscripts and the Hicks letter to FHL Safe. The detailed inventories of the genealogical papers are filed in Box 1. In 2012, the Bureau of Archives and History, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, transferred over-sized certificates of membership to various philanthropic organizations. These were added to the collection as a separate series, Series 6 Miscellaneous. A photograph of the design of the US Treasury Building and a printed list of honorary members of the first troop of the Philadelphia City Cavalry were included in this gift and are stored with the certificates.

Creator

Source

Title
An Inventory of the Charles Smith Ogden Family Papers, ca. 1732-1938
Author
FHL staff
Date
2009
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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