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Darlington Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-296

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of the Darlington family of Delaware County, Pa., and Woodstown, NJ. Quakers with strong ties to Swarthmore College, the family was involved in education, social and peace concerns, and businesses in the Philadelphia area. Charles J. Darlington (1894-1966) served as Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends during the reunification of the two Philadelphia Yearly Meetings. The collection includes family correspondence relating to the Darlington, Shortlidge, Gause, and Palmer families as well as genealogical research and 20th century Quaker activities.

Dates

  • 1831-2012

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The 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 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

The Darlingtons were a Quaker family of Pennsylvania and New Jersey with strong ties to Swarthmore College. Charles J. Darlington (1894-1966) was the son of Jared Darlington and Marian Shortlidge Darlington. Jared Darlington (1864-1929) operated a well-known creamery with his brothers in Delaware County, and the Shortlidges operated the Maplewood School in Concord, Delaware Co.

Charles Darlington was born on the family dairy farm and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1915, earning a Master’s degree in Chemistry in 1916. He was a long-time executive at the Dupont Company in Deepwater, N.J. In 1918, he married a fellow graduate of Swarthmore College, Marie Sanford Bender. After her death in 1929, he married secondly Eleanor Collins of Purchase Monthly Meeting in 1932. Both the Darlingtons were deeply involved with Quaker activities and dedicated to social service through a variety of organizations. Four of his children attended Swarthmore College, and his daughter, Esther Collins Darlington continued his interest in family and local history and working with Quaker organizations.

Extent

20 Linear Feet (42 boxes (and photographs))

Language

English

Overview

This collection contains the papers of the Darlington family of Delaware County, Pa., and Woodstown, NJ. Quakers with strong ties to Swarthmore College, the family was involved in education, social and peace concerns, and businesses in the Philadelphia area. Charles J. Darlington (1894-1966) served as Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends during the reunification of the two Philadelphia Yearly Meetings. The collection includes family correspondence relating to the Darlington, Shortlidge, Gause, and Palmer families as well as genealogical research and 20th century Quaker activities.

Arrangement

The papers were separated into three series:
  1. Series 1: Charles Darlington
  2. Series 2: Darlington Family: Includes Palmer, Gause, Shortlidge
  3. Series 3: Esther Collins Darlington

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Amy Rosenberg and Eleanor Rosenberg

Accession: FHL 2014.032, FHL 2016.012

Gift of Esther Collins Darlington

Accession: FHL 1997.016

Related Materials

RG2/Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Separated Materials

General genealogical and local history research by Esther Darlington added to FHL reference files. Quaker meeting printed brochures collected by Esther Darlington added to PG 1, Quaker Meetings reference.

Books added to FHL stacks or duplicate books, 2016.

Photographs of Charles and Marie Darlington, Catharine Bender Darlington, print of Harned Cottage, group photographs of Darlington Reunion (1946) and Bryn Mawr College class of 1920 added to PA 81, Darlington family photographs.

Photo album of 1953 Workcamp in Bad Godesberg, Germany, transferred to PA 81. Photographs not labeled. Loose scrapbook pages and tourist memorabilia of 1953 workcamp/1954 Berlin studies added to PA 81.

Esther Darlington's scrapbook of clippings concerning 1969 College sit-in transferred to College Scrapbooks with note in Ref. file.

Sarah Willets journal, 1853-1854, transferred to MSS 003/Journal. Sarah Willets, who married Richard Smith Collins, was the great-grandmother of Esther Collins Darlington.

Processing Information

The papers were delivered in various housings and sorted into categories. The papers of Charles J. Darlington, RG5/230, received earlier from his daughter, Esther Collins Darlington, were integrated with additional papers received from his granddaughters.

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Darlington Family Papers, 1831-2012
Status
Completed
Author
Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date
2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

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