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Anna Braithwaite Thomas Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-148
The collection contains correspondence, diaries (8 volumes, 1894-1896, 1936-1944), the earlier diaries describe a trip to England and Europe taken by Anna Thomas and her husband, Richard Henry Thomas (1854-1904), a Baltimore physician, and drawings, notes, albums, poems, and photos; together with notebook (1869-1871) of Richard Henry Thomas while a student at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, article and related materials concerning the couple's daughter, Henrietta Martha Thomas (1879-1919) and her World War I pacifist service in Germany and Austria, and material relating to the genealogy of the Braithwaite and Thomas families.

Dates

  • 1869-1943

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.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Overview

Anna Braithwaite Thomas (1854-1947) was a British American Quaker, of Baltimore, Maryland. The collection contains correspondence, drawings, notes, albums, poems, and photos, and eight volumes of diaries (1894-1896, 1936-1944). The earlier diaries describe a trip to England and Europe taken by Anna Thomas and her husband, Richard Henry Thomas (1854-1904), a Baltimore physician. Also included is a notebook (1869-1871) of Richard Henry Thomas while a student at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, along with articles and related materials concerning the couple's daughter, Henrietta Martha Thomas (1879-1919). These articles relate to her World War I pacifist service in Germany and Austria. Material relating to the genealogy of the Braithwaite and Thomas families is also part of the collection.

Biographical / Historical

Anna Braithwaite Thomas was the daughter of J. Bevan and Martha Gillet Braithwaite, born in Banbury, England, in 1854. She attended Bedford College and in 1878 was married to Dr. Richard H. Thomas of Baltimore, Maryland, and a graduate of Haverford College. The Braithwaite family was active in American Quaker activities, and Anna Thomas was a writer, peace activist, and involved in various Quaker concerns. She lived in England during the First World War where she served on the Alien's Committee and a relief mission to Vienna, Austria, after the War. Her daughter, Dr. Henrietta Thomas, died in 1919 after war service. Anna Braithwaite Thomas was recorded as a minister of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, and she represented Baltimore Yearly Meeting in various Quaker conferences. Anna Thomas died in 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into four series:
  1. Biographical and genealogical material
  2. Writings
  3. Memorabilia
  4. Pictures

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information

Donor: Mrs. William Watkins, 1967

Mary Caroline Braithwaite, sister of Anna Braithwaite Thomas, married Willis Norton Whitney, brother of the mother of Mrs. William Watkins, the donor. (Her birth name is Kaji). Mrs. Watkins received the papers through her sister, Miss Mabel Kaji of Baltimore, a close friend of Anna Thomas, to whom they came after Anna Thomas's death.

Related Materials

See also:
  1. PG7, Memorial for Anna Braithwaite Thomas (1854-1947)
  2. FHL catalogue of books by Anna B. Thomas
  3. J. Bevan Braithwaite, A Friend of the Nineteenth Century, by his children, FHL call no. BX7796, B82T4

Separated Materials

The following materials, originally part of the collection, have been recatalogued:
  1. William Charles Braithwaite, Memoir and Papers; FHL call no. BX7796,.B832T4
  2. "Baltimore Yearly Meeting (Homewood) Directory, 2/1941" (paper-bound, mimeographed) See PG 1.
  3. "Homes and Haunts of the Poets," Original etchings (5) by W.B. Closson -Whittier, See picture file.
  4. "Illustrated lecture on Vienna" prepared by the Friends' relief Mission, 1920. See manuscript catalogue under "Vienna" or "Friends' Relief Mission."
  5. Facsimiles of "A Few Select Extracts from the Journal of Joseph John Gurney," 1851, 2 copies. See Miscellaneous manuscripts.
  6. Facsimiles of 8 ALsS and I D, in folio, Hanna and/or William Penn, to various recipients, 1674-1701. See Miscellaneous manuscripts.

Processing Information

Received partially sorted. Arranged and placed in documents boxes, in Record Group 5. Certain items removed to Miscellaneous manuscripts, and other FHL files (See materials catalogued separately.)

Creator

Title
Anna Braithwaite Thomas Family Papers, 1869-1943
Author
FHL staff
Date
1967
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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