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Abby Hopper Gibbons Family Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-PA-069

Scope and Contents

This collection includes: a carte de visite album compiled by Abby Hopper Gibbons; a daguerreotype of Abby with her husband James and children; and photographs of her descendents, the Dunning family. There is also a later (1990s) color photograph of a doll dressed by Abby Hopper Gibbons that was donated to the Friends Historical Library at the same time as these photographs.

Dates

  • 1854 - 1935

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.

Biographical / Historical

Abigail Hopper Gibbons (1801-1893) was an important figure in many of the reform movements in the middle and late nineteenth century. Like her father, Isaac T. Hopper (1771-1852), "Abby" Gibbons was an ardent abolitionist and dedicated to prison reform. She served as a Civil War nurse and visited army camps in that period and also was a welfare worker. After the War, she established a "Labor and Aid Society" to provide work for returning veterans. Abby Hopper Gibbons was one of the founders of the Women's Prison Association and The Isaac T. Hopper Home in New York City, which was established to aid former prisoners' return to society. Many of the leading reformers of the day were entertained in her New York City home; the house was destroyed by a mob during the 1863 draft riots.

Abigail Hopper Gibbons was born in Philadelphia in 1801, the third of ten children. In 1833, she married fellow Quaker, James Sloan Gibbons, in New York City. Both before and after her marriage, she directed Quaker schools. Like her father and her husband, she was deeply committed to anti-slavery concerns. After they were disowned by the New York Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) in 1841 for their writing and testimonies against slavery, the following year she resigned her membership, along with her four minor children. Nonetheless, the family remained "Quakerly" in worship and life-style.

Abigail and James Gibbons had six children. Two boys died in infancy, and a third son died suddenly after an accident while a student at Harvard.

Abigail Hopper Gibbons remained active in reform concerns into old age, and in her later years dressed dolls in Quaker dress to present to quarantined and hospitalized children.

Extent

.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

Abigail Hopper Gibbons (1801-1893) was an important figure in many of the reform movements in the middle and late nineteenth century. Like her father, Isaac T. Hopper (1771-1852), "Abby" Gibbons was an ardent abolitionist and dedicated to prison reform. This collection includes: a carte de visite album compiled by Abby Hopper Gibbons; a daguerreotype of Abby with her husband James and children; and photographs of her descendents, the Dunning family.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in roughly chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These photographs were removed from the Abby Hopper Gibbons Papers, RG 5/174. That collection was given to FHL in 1987 and 1993 by the three great-grandchildren, Sarah Dunning Schear, James Morse Dunning, and Frances Dunning Beebe.

The Abby Hopper Gibbons Photograph Album was acquired separately as a purchase from Archway Books, NH (acc. 2014.014).

Related Materials

Collection of photographs removed from Abby Hopper Gibbons Papers RG 5/174.

Processing Information

In 2018, an Abby Hopper Gibbons album purchased from a bookdealer (acc. #2014.014), which was formerly processed as a separate collection as PA 174, was added to thise collection
Date
2018
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