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Eleanor Stabler Clarke Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-185

Scope and Contents

The collection includes a genealogy with stories and photos compiled by Eleanor Stabler Clarke (1896-1995) titled "A Goodly Heritage," and writings by Cornelia Stabler Gillam (1898-1979) including her one-woman dramatic biography "Charlotte Bronte," which she first performed in 1957, and "European and Veterans Hospitals Via USO," given as lectures in 1945 and 1946.

Dates

  • 1950-1979

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

Eleanor Stabler Clarke (1896-1995) was the daughter of Charles M. and Ida Palmer Stabler. A birthright Quaker, she had a lifelong interest in family genealogy as well as a deep commitment to Quaker organizations, especially the American Friends Service Committee. She served on the Swarthmore College Board of Managers from 1935 to 1971, and many members of her family are College alumni. Her family belonged to the Society of Friends for generations.

Her father taught at the George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and Eleanor Stabler was born on the George School campus. After her father's death, the family moved to Sandy Spring, Montgomery, Md., where her mother became principal of the Sherwood Friends' School. Eleanor Stabler graduated from Swarthmore College, Class of 1918, and in 1918 she married William Anderson Clarke, Sr., (1896-1965), also a graduate of Swarthmore College and president of the W.A. Clarke Mortgage Company, Philadelphia. In 1928 they built "Crumwald," designed by R. Brognard Okie in Wallingford, on property adjacent to Swarthmore College. Mrs. Clarke gave the house and property to Swarthmore College in January 1971; it was used as a college guest house and presently is rented to members of the Swarthmore College community.

The three albums in this collection were compiled by Eleanor Stabler Clarke in 1950-1951 for her family. They include photographs and stories as well as family genealogy for the Stabler and Palmer and collateral lines.

Also part of the gift are two manuscripts by Eleanor Stabler Clarke's sister, Cornelia Stabler Gillam (1898-1979). Known professionally as Cornelia Stabler, Cornelia Gillam was born at the George School and graduated from Swarthmore College, Class of 1920. In 1921 she married Clifford R. Gillam, who became the manager of the Inn at Buck Hill Falls, Pa. She was the author of radio plays and dramas and directed the Buck Hill Players. In 1945-1946, she participated in U.S.O. tours. Her accounts of "European and Veterans Hospitals Via U.S.O." were first read at the Foxhowe Lecture Series at the Inn of Buck Hill Falls.

Cornelia Stabler was well-known for character monologues which she performed across the country, including at the White House for President and Mrs. Roosevelt in 1939. Her play Where's the Fire was published circa 1937. Along with a second copy of "European and Veterans Hospitals," this gift includes her dramatic biography of Charlotte Bronte, which she first performed in 1957 and was copyrighted in 1958.

Portions of Cornelia Stabler Gillam's accounts of her USO experience were published in the George School Quarterly.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

Eleanor Stabler Clarke (1896-1995), a birthright Quaker, was active in the American Friends Service Committee and other Quaker organizations, and served on the Swarthmore College Board of Managers from 1935-1971. She was the daughter of Charles M. and Ida Palmer Stabler, and in 1918 she married William Anderson Clarke, Sr. Her sister, Cornelia Stabler Gillam (1898-1979) was active in the theater and performed for the U.S.O. in 1945 and 1946. The collection includes a genealogy with stories and photos compiled by Eleanor Stabler Clarke (1896-1995) titled "A Goodly Heritage," and writings by Cornelia Stabler Gillam (1898-1979). Cornelia Gillam's writings include her one-woman dramatic biography "Charlotte Bronte," which she first performed in 1957, and "European and Veterans Hospitals Via USO," given as lectures in 1945 and 1946

Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series:
  1. Eleanor Stabler Clarke's genealogy manuscript
  2. Literary works by Cornelia Stabler Gillam

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information:

Donor: Cornelia Clarke Schmidt, Accession number: 1996.025

Donor: Cornelia Clarke Schmidt, Accession number: 2013.016

Provenance:

The collection was given by the daughter of Eleanor Stabler Clarke.

Related Materials

  1. Eleanor Stabler Clarke, October 6, 1896 - August 23, 1995: A collection of stories, letters, articles, early life, family, Crumwald, American Friends Service Committee, Friends Journal, Swarthmore College, Foulkeways and Kendal-at-Longwood compiled by Cornelia Clarke Schmidt. S FHL call number BX7796.C6 S3 1996.
  2. Clarke, Eleanor Stabler, Our early years / Eleanor Stabler Clarke, assisted by Sarah M. Stabler. S FHL call number BX7796.C6 A3 1981.
  3. The Stabler Story by Helen Stabler Grinstead, publications by Cornelia Stabler Gillam in the Library catalogue, and "Crumwald: History and Memories" in Swarthmore College Archives, RG 6.
  4. Stabler Family Papers, RG5/234
  5. PA 180, Miller-Stabler family pictures, Acc. 2013.015
  6. DVD, Eleanor Stabler Clarke Family Stories and Genealogy recorded in the 1970s and 1980s, .wav files, transferred to FHL AV Collection

Separated Materials

Transferred to book collection:
  1. "Charlotte Bronte: The Passionate Victorian"
  2. "Europe and Veterans Hospitals Via U.S.O."
  3. A Goodly Heritage (bound copy)

Processing Information

The collection contained three albums of family genealogy with photographs and related items compiled by Eleanor Stabler Clarke and two manuscripts by Cornelia Stabler Gillam (her sister). The papers were arranged into two groups, the genealogical volumes and Cornelia Stabler Gillam's writings. The latter were added to Library book catalog; "Europe and Veterans Hospitals" is a second copy of a volume given by Eleanor Stabler Clarke to FHL in 1980. The compiled genealogical charts in the albums were photocopied and added to PG 7 for accessibility. The albums are stored in Record Group 5.

In 2013, Cornelia Clarke Schmidt and her husband, W. Marshall Schmidt, gave additional materials to the Library. The material was sorted into RG6 (Swarthmore College Archives), RG 7 (Swarthmore Historical Society Archvies), and PA 180, Miller-Stabler Family Photographs. A bound copy of A Goodly Heritage was added to the Library catalog.
Title
Eleanor Stabler Clarke Family Papers, 1950-1979
Author
SKM
Date
1997
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

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