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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

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/.

Biographical / Historical

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

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language

English

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
English
Script of description
Latin
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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