The bulk of this collection is a series of thematically arranged genealogical binders which contain both original manuscripts and photocopies. It also includes family photographic albums, artwork, and memorabilia such as guest and autograph books. There is also family correspondence, predominantly from the Samuel Smedley family of Pennsylvania during the ninteenth century. The focus of all the collection is on the families in donors' direct lines, including the Fishers, Pennells, Jacobs, Smedleys and Whitsons. Of particular interest is a journal and photographic album of Esther Whitson, later Cope, who served with the AFSC in Russia in the 1920s, and the correspondence of Sam Smedley who was killed during the Civil War in the US.
The collection is open to researchers. Due to its extremely fragile condition, access to Esther Whitson Cope's journal is by photocopy, except by permission of Curator.
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Biographical / Historical
Thomas S. Fisher and Anna M. Whitson were descended from a long line of Quakers from Delaware and Chester Counties in Pennsylvania. Anna M. Whitson was the daughter of T. Barclay Whitson and Elizabeth Owen Pennell. Her aunt, Esther M. Whitson, married Elmer F. Cope.
This collection contains manuscripts and other materials relating to the Whitson, Smedley, Fisher and other Quaker families of southeastern Pennsylvania. Along with commonplace books, correspondence, and photographs are a series of thematically arranged genealogical binders assembled by the donors. Of particular interest are the battlefield correspondence of Sam Smedley who was killed in the American Civil War and the journal of Esther Whitson, later Cope, who served as a nurse with the AFSC in Russia in the early 1920s
The collection is divided into five series:
Ser.1 Genealogical Binders
Ser.2 Photographic Albums
Ser.4 Albums & Commonplace Books
Ser.5 Other Manuscripts & Family Memorabilia
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: Gift of Thomas S. Fisher, 2005 & 2012 (Accession numbers: 2005-016, 2012-015)
This collection has been kept largely intact in folders as arranged by the donor and his daughter, Rebecca Fisher Schneider. The binders contain original and photocopied material, with some duplication elsewhere in the collection.
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[Indicate the cited item or series here], RG5/281 Rebecca Fisher Schneider Family Papers, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College http://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/repositories/7/resources/2584 Accessed December 07, 2019.