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Nancy P. (Nancy Peel) Speers Genealogical Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-194

Scope and Contents

The Speers' Genealogical Research Papers consist of personal research on the Peel, Speers, and Olmsted families, research on Quaker families, including extensive work done on Cox, Kester, Griffith, and Lloyd families, and miscellaneous Quaker genealogical research.

Dates

  • 1906-1995 [bulk 1972-1995]

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

Nancy Peel Speers (1925-1995) was a leading expert on Quaker genealogy. She was employed by Friends Historical Library as an archivist and staff genealogist, and she also worked as a private genealogist during her employment and after retirement from the Library.

She was the daughter of H. Lindley and Edna L. Peel and raised in the Borough of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Nancy Speers entered the College of Wooster in Ohio at the end of her junior year at Swarthmore High School, returning to graduate from Swarthmore High School with the class of 1943. She then transferred to Middlebury College in Vermont where she spent her sophomore and junior years. In August 1945 she married David Speers (Adam David McKinstry Speers) of Indianapolis, a Swarthmore College alumnus. They settled in Swarthmore. David Speers (1919-1968) was a partner in the law firm of Duane, Morris, and Heckscher in Philadelphia.

After her husband's death, Nancy Speers began to work at Friends Historical Library as an archivist and staff genealogist. She retired in 1992, and her genealogical papers were donated to the Library after her death by her three children.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (8 boxes) : Stored in Hinshaw Cabinet, FHL Reading Room. Added to PG 7 list

Language

English

Overview

Nancy Peel Speers (1925-1995) was a leading expert on Quaker genealogy. Married to David Speers (1919-1968), she was a lifelong resident of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. She was employed as an archivist and staff genealogist at Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. The Speers' Genealogical Research Papers consist of personal research on the Peel, Speers, and Olmsted families, research on Quaker families, including extensive work done on Cox, Kester, Griffith, and Lloyd families, and miscellaneous Quaker genealogical research.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series:
  1. Research on Nancy Peel Speers's family genealogy
  2. Quaker family files, with an alphabetized checklist of names

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information

Donor: David M. Speers, Jonathan O. Speers, Lindley B. Speers, 1996; Accession number 96.016 & 96.028

The collection was given by the children of Nancy Speers.

Separated Materials

Miscellaneous Quaker research has been added to FHL PG 7, Biographical and genealogical reference, for ease of access.

Processing Information

Ten cartons of genealogical research papers and publications were given to FHL by Nancy Speers's children. A preliminary sort was done as the material was received, with personal letters and photographs returned to the family and books and other publications added to FHL duplicates.

The papers were sorted into three groups: Nancy Peel Speers genealogical research on her family lines; Quaker family genealogical files; and miscellaneous Quaker research. The materials within the groups were arranged alphabetically and stored temporarily in eight document boxes and three large cartons. Series 1 contains personal genealogical research on the Peel and Speers families; Series 2, containing Quaker family files, is stored in the FHL Reading Room for ease of access; and the third group, containing three cartons of miscellaneous Quaker research, has been checked for duplication and added to the Library's PG 7 files (genealogical/ biographical reference.)
Title
Nancy P. (Nancy Peel) Speers Genealogical Papers, 1906-1995 [bulk 1972-1995]
Status
Completed
Author
SKM
Date
1997
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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