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Aaron M. (Aaron Macy) Powell Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-122

Scope and Contents

The collection, which was removed from the papers of Powell's sister, Elizabeth Powell Bond, contains personal correspondence, much of it letters of condolence following the death (1867) of Powell's only child, Elizabeth; biographical materials and tributes; and manuscripts of his biographies of George Fox and Wendell Phillips.

Dates

  • 1858-1915

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

Aaron M. (Aaron Macy) Powell, (1832-1899) was a Quaker social reformer, active in the Anti-Slavery Society.

Aaron M. Powell was born March 26, 1832, in Clinton, New York, the son of Townsend and Catherine Macy Powell. He was a birthright Quaker and the older brother of Elizabeth Macy Powell, who became the first Dean of Women of Swarthmore College. When he was thirteen, the family moved to Macy homestead in Ghent, New York, and Powell as a young man became active in the anti-slavery movement. He was an editor of the National Temperance Advocate and the National Anti-Slavery Stand and a founder of the American Purity Alliance. He married Anna Rice in 1866, and they had one child who died at the sage of four. Powell was a member of Plainfield and Rahway Monthly Meeting (N.J.) at the time of his death on May 13, 1899. His widow died March 27, 1915.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

Aaron M. (Aaron Macy) Powell, 1832-1899, was a Quaker social reformer. The collection contains correspondence, much of it letters of condolence following the death (1867) of Powell's daughter Elizabeth, biographical materials and tributes, and mss. of his biographies of George Fox and Wendell Phillips.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into four series:
  1. Biographical
  2. Correspondence
  3. Manuscripts
  4. Albums

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Estate of Elizabeth Powell Bond and Hannah Clothier Hull, 1935(?)-1958 (?)

The papers which became the nucleus of the Elizabeth Powell Bond Papers (RG 5/014) were found in Dean Bond's furniture after her death in 1926, date unknown. The papers concerning her brother, Aaron M. Powell, were removed from those papers and established as a separate collection probably before 1958.

Related Materials

See also:
  1. Elizabeth Powell Bond Papers, RG 5/014

Processing Information

Papers which became the nucleus of the Elizabeth Powell Bond Papers (RG 5/014) were found in Dean Bond's furniture after her death, date unknown, and were processed prior to 1958. Papers relating to her brother, Aaron Macy Powell, were made into a separate collection at that time.

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Aaron M. (Aaron Macy) Powell Papers, 1858-1915
Author
FHL staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
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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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