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Charles F. Jenkins Autograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-031

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of over 450 original letters, documents, and photographs collected by Charles Francis Jenkins (1865-1951) of personalities distinguished in American history, politics, international and cultural affairs, and in the Society of Friends in Britain and the US.

Dates

  • 1656-1940

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

Charles F. Jenkins was active in Quaker concerns, including serving as Clerk of Green Street Monthly Meeting (1901-43) and Treasurer of the American Friends Service Committee (1917-1930), the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (1919-1934), Friends Boarding Home Committee of the Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, and the Quaker periodical, Friends Intelligencer.

He was also active with his father, Howard M. Jenkins, in the development of the Inn and Community of Buck Hill Falls in Pennsylvania. He served on the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College for 40 years, and was President of the Board from 1933 to 1944. He also was a founder of the Ozone golf club and the Friends Social Union, President of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, a member of the American Philosophical Society and of many other learned, social, and philanthropic organizations.

In addition, he was an historian of Germantown, Pennsylvania, an author, and poet, as well as interested in horticulture. His garden, "Far Country," on his estate in Germantown included a hemlock arboretum and a Signer's Walk with stepping stones commemorating the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Jenkins also collected autographs of prominent Quakers and other important reformers. He established the Howard M. Jenkins Professorship of Quaker History and Research (later the Howard M. and Charles F. Jenkins Professorship) at Swarthmore College in memory of his father. He died July 2, 1951.

Extent

6 Linear Feet

Overview

Collection consists of over 450 original letters, documents, and photographs collected by Charles Francis Jenkins (1865-1951) of personalities distinguished in American history, politics, international and cultural affairs, and in the Society of Friends in Britain and the US.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into 9 series:
  1. Abolitionists and Reformers
  2. Governors of Pennsylvania
  3. Members of the Society of Friends
  4. Poets and Writers
  5. Presidents of the United States
  6. Signers of the Constitution
  7. Members of the Old Congress
  8. Statesmen and Politicians
  9. Miscellaneous autographs

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Charles F. Jenkins

Date: ca. 1940
Title
Charles F. Jenkins Autograph Collection, 1656-1940
Author
FHL staff
Date
2013
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
ENG

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