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Donald C. Turner family photographs

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-PA-088
This collection, dating from the 1890s to the 1970s, contains a wide variety of photograph types. Black and white prints consitute the majority, but there are also tintypes, color prints, negatives, cartes de visite, and cabinet cards; as well as some handwritten notes and postcards, and even a microfilm. For the most part, the materials in this collection depict gatherings and individual people through portraits, but there are also some miscellaneous sights/people depicted and some landscapes (e.g. Swarthmore).

Dates

  • 1890 - 1977

Creator

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.

Extent

.7 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Overview

Donald Carré Turner (1909-1989) was a construction executive, a genealogist, and an alumnus of Swarthmore College. This collection, dating from the 1890s to the 1970s, contains a wide variety of photograph types, for the most part depicting gatherings and individual people through portraits, but there are also some miscellaneous sights/people depicted and some landscapes (e.g. Swarthmore).

Biographical / Historical

Donald Carré Turner (1909-1989) was a construction executive, a genealogist, and an alumnus of Swarthmore College.

1926-1931 Donald Carré Turner was born in Jenkintown and raised in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He joined a dance band, the Highlanders, in 1926 and played banjo and rhythm guitar. After his graduation from Swarthmore with a degree in Economics in 1931, he toured with the band and appeared at the Skytop Resort in the Poconos.

1930s-1970s, 1963-1971 Donald C. Turner was also an executive with the Turner Construction Company, founded by his uncle, Henry C. Turner, in 1920. The former served as the contract manager for the Philadelphia territory, and worked on a number of buildings in Philadelphia and Atlantic City. He was also involved in a number of professional societies and served as a member of the Upper Providence School District Authority from 1963-1971

1972-1989 After his retirement in 1972, Turner devoted much of his time to genealogy. The Turner family was from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and came to this country from England in the seventeenth century. Earlier generations were members of Third Haven and Cecil Monthly Meetings. Lineal surnames include Carré, Birch, Caulk, Betterton, Wilson, Jefferey, Homestead, Course, Sinclair, Williams, and many others.

Arrangement

Photographs are roughly grouped by subject/topic but there is no overall arrangement to the collection.

Related Materials

Howard Haines Turner photographs, PA 82
Author
Jissel Becerra Reyes
Date
3/29/18
Description rules
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