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Stout-Alston Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-141

Scope and Contents

This collection of paper contains the personal and business correspondence, business and legal papers of Quaker merchants and civil servants in Delaware, Philadelphia, and Maryland. The papers are chiefly of Jacob Stout (1774-1855), of Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware, who served as Governor of Delaware and Judge of Court of Appeals, and Jonathan Alston of Leipsic, Delaware.

Dates

  • 1750-1905 (bulk, 1750-1830)

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

The Stout and Alston families were Quaker merchants and civil servants, primarily of Delaware.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Overview

The Stout and Alston families were Quaker merchant families of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware and Maryland. This collection of paper contains the personal and business correspondence, business and legal papers of Quaker merchants in Delaware, Philadelphia, and Maryland. The papers are chiefly of Jacob Stout (1774-1855), of Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware, who served as Governor of Delaware and Judge of Court of Appeals, and Jonathan Alston of Leipsic, Delaware.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into six series:
  1. Biographical material
  2. Correspondence
  3. Miscellaneous manuscripts
  4. Business papers
  5. Legal papers
  6. Political correspondence

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Purchase, 1927

The collection was purchased in 1927 from NYC collector/dealer Walter Benjamin, who had purchased ca. 1927 “a trunkful of Delaware and Phila. Quaker correspondence.”

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Stout-Alston Family Papers, ca. 1750-1905 (bulk, 1750-1830)
Author
FHL staff
Date
Before 1967
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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