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Deborah Fisher Wharton Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-161

Scope and Contents

This collection is largely genealogical data on the Fisher, Wharton, and related families of Philadelphia, Pa., and Rhode Island. There are personal letters (1862-1874) between Deborah Fisher Wharton and her daughter Esther Fisher Wharton Smith, wife of Benjamin Raper Smith of Philadelphia.

Dates

  • 1815-1876

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

Deborah Fisher Wharton (1795-1888) was a Hicksite Quaker of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Newport, Rhode Island, the wife of William Wharton and father of Joseph Wharton, the Philadelphia Quaker industrialist and philanthropist. She was a founder of Swarthmore College and served on the original Board of Managers.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

Deborah Fisher Wharton (1795-1888) was a Hicksite Quaker of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Newport, Rhode Island, the wife of William Wharton and father of Joseph Wharton, the Philadelphia Quaker industrialist and philanthropist. She was a founder of Swarthmore College and served on the original Board of Managers. This collection is largely generalogical data on the Fisher, Wharton, and related families of Philadelphia, Pa., and Rhode Island. There are personal letters (1862-1874) between Deborah Fisher Wharton and her daughter Esther Fisher Wharton Smith, wife of Benjamin Raper Smith of Philadelphia.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into four series:
  1. Correspondence
  2. Diary
  3. Pictures
  4. Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information

Donor: Sarah A. G. Smith, 1971, 1990; Accession number: 1990.24

The collection was given by Sarah A. G. Smith of Rhode Island from the family of Esther Fisher Wharton Smith, who was the daughter of Deborah Wharton

Related Materials

See also:
  1. Joseph Wharton Family Papers, RG 5/162
  2. Deborah Fisher penmmanship albums, reward of merit, 1814-1815, Acc. 1997.012, gift of members of Wharton family. MSS 002/161.
  3. Wharton family silhouettes, Acc. 1997.012, gift of members of Wharton family. PA 077.

Processing Information

Received unprocessed in an envelope. Medical and cooking receipts added in 1990.
Title
Deborah Fisher Wharton Papers, 1815-1876
Author
FHL staff
Date
1971
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

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