S. Francis Nicholson Family Papers
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- Nicholson, S. Francis, 1900-2005 (Person)
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Francis graduated from Earlham in 1921 and then earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. In 1923 he was hired by Provident Trust Company in Philadelphia, which later became Provident National Bank. He worked at Provident for over forty years and retired in 1965 as Vice-President in charge of the Investment Department. He was a prominent and influential financier, developing an investment strategy which came to be known as the Value Approach. A member of the Financial Analysts of Philadelphia, he contributed a number of articles to financial publications.
In 1925, he married Evelyn Hope Haworth under the care of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting. She was the daughter of James and Martha Day Haworth, born July 29, 1903. Evelyn was raised in Primos, Delaware County, and attended the public schools in Lansdowne and Swarthmore, but graduated from Westtown School. She became a convinced Friend at Lansdowne Monthly Meeting in 1919. She attended Swarthmore College in 1924-1925, leaving to marry Francis and raise their family.
Francis and Evelyn met through mutual friends, and both were actively involved with the Rose Valley Chorus. Evelyn sang with the Chorus through the 1950s, and Francis was the piano accompanist. The couple settled in Rose Valley, a borough in Delaware County, Pa., founded by noted Quaker Arts and Crafts architect, William Lightfoot Price. They had three children: James V. ("Tim"), Frances, and Joan H. Nicholson. The Nicholsons were active in the community, particularly the Rose Valley Chorus and the community swimming pool. In 1940, the family moved to a large home in Westtown, Chester County, with room for foster children and refugees of WWII.
In 1955, they built a house in Wallingford, Pa., where they resided until their move to the retirement community, Kendal-at-Longwood, in 1977. After Francis retired from Provident in 1965. Evelyn became more active in AFSC and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting projects, particularly the PYM Committee on Aging. Evelyn died January 8, 1994, and S. Francis died January 10, 2005, at the age of 104.
The Nicholsons were committed Quakers and dedicated members of Media Monthly Meeting. Francis generously donated his financial expertise to a number of Quaker organizations, especially Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Westtown School, American Friends Service Committee, and Friends Fiduciary Corporation.
11 Linear Feet (22 boxes)
- Ser.1. S.. Francis Nicholson
- Ser.2. Evelyn Haworth Nicholson
- Ser.3. Nicholson Family papers
- Ser.4. S. Francis Nicholson Writings
- Ser.5. Provident Trust Company
- Ser.6. S. Francis Nicholson Miscellaneous Volunteer Financial Activities
- Ser.7. Friends Fiduciary Corporation
- Ser.8.American Friends Service Committee
- Ser.9. South African Divestiture Papers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Retained by family: Some personal papers have been retained by the family, in particular diaries kept by Francis and Evelyn. S. Francis Nicholson Diaries: 1913, 1915, 1916-17 (until Earlham), 1917-18, 1919 (France), 1920 (All-Friends Conference), 1920-21, 1921-22, 1922-23, 1923-24 12. Evelyn Haworth Nicholson diaries, 1924-1993.
- Westtown Archives: S. Francis Nicholson student papers concerning his activities as Westtown Music chair, Alumni Association, President Alumni Association, Friends of Westtown dinners, Reunions
- Times to Remember, S. Francis Nicholson and Evelyn H. Nicholson, 1984.
- Family Correspondence of Samuel Edgar Nicholson and Rhoda Elma Parker Nicholson, Frances Nicholson Beer, 2007
- An Inventory of the S. Francis Nicholson Papers, 1900-2005
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