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Elkinton Family Pictures

Identifier: SFHL-PA-060
The photographs are related to the Elkinton Family Papers, RG5/037. The collection includes photograph albums, black and white photographs, negatives, portraits and individual, loose photographs. Depictions are mostly of Elkinton, Bucknell, Grove, and Dunham family members and family gatherings.


  • 1856 - 1987

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is available for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to reproduce images must be submitted to the Curator. 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.


4 Cubic Feet (15 boxes)


This collection consists of 15 boxes of photograph albums, black and white photographs, negatives, portraits, and loose photographs, dating from approximately 1856-1987. It includes images of the Elkinton, Bucknell, Grove, and Dunham families.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Elkinton was born in Salem, New Jersey, in 1794 and settled in Philadelphia where he established a soap manufacturing business which eventually became the Philadelphia Quartz Company. He was involved with the Seneca Indians at the Quaker school at Tunesassa (Quaker Bridge), New York, where his oldest son, Joseph Scotton Elkinton, was born in 1830. The latter was a Quaker minister and involved with the resettlement of the Doukhobors in Canada. His oldest son, Joseph Elkinton, was active in the Society of Friends in the Midwest and traveled to Japan and China on religious visits. His sister, Mary Passmore Elkinton, married the Japanese diplomat, Dr. Inazo Nitobe, in 1891. His son, Joseph Passmore Elkinton, married Mary Russell Bucknell in 1909; after Mary's death in 1929, he married Anna Bassett Griscom, a Hicksite minister, in 1931. J. Passmore also was a Quaker minister.


The photographs are organized in files in boxes by ascending birth year order of the individual.

Separated Materials

Collection removed from RG5/037 Elkinton Family Papers
Kemi Oladipo
Description rules

Revision Statements

  • December 2018: Susanna Morikawa added 3 photographs of Mary Patterson Nitobe to Series 3e, Box 2.

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