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Elizabeth Gray Vining letters

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-950-186

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence from Elizabeth Vining to Charlotte, Alfred, and Ellen Oppler. If a letter has the original envelope, the envelope is found immediately behind the letter. There is one envelope from December 12, 1969 that does not appear to have a corresponding letter.

Dates

  • 1968-1982

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Elizabeth Gray Vining (1902-1999) was born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Her parents were John Gray and Anne Moore Gray. She attended Germantown Friends School and Bryn Mawr College (class of 1923). During her early adult years, Vining worked as a librarian, earning her degree from the Library School of Drexel Institute in 1926. She met her husband, Morgan Fisher Vining, during her time working in the library of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. After her husband’s death in 1933, Vining returned to Germantown and was brought back in touch with her Quaker roots. She joined Germantown Meeting in 1934. She wrote 11 books, including a Newberry Award winning children’s book entitled Adam of the Road (1942). Vining also worked for the American Friends Service Committee in 1946 as a tutor for Akihito, the crown prince (and later emperor) of Japan. Her later writing reflected a strong interest in Japanese culture as well as her close relationship with the Japanese royal family. Some of her popular books include: Windows for the Crown Prince (1952), Return to Japan (1960), The Virginia Exiles (1955), Friend of Life: A Biography of Rufus M. Jones (1958), and Being Seventy: The Measure of a Year.

Information courtesy of the Friends Journal 46 March 2000 page 40.

Extent

0.0625 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language

English

Overview

This collection contains correspondence from Elizabeth Vining to Charlotte, Alfred, and Ellen Oppler.

Arrangement

The letters are arranged chronologically. The two letters without years (March 29th and April 4th) are filed in the back. If a letter has the original envelope, the envelope is found immediately behind the letter. There is one envelope from December 12, 1969 that does not appear to have a corresponding letter.

Acquisition

The Elizabeth Gray Vining letters were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 2016 by Daniel B. Milberg, trustee for the estate of Ellen C. Oppler.

Related Materials

  • HC.MC.1141 Elizabeth Vining Papers
  • Elizabeth Gray Vining Material PG 6
  • Selected writings of Elizabeth Gray Vining PG 4

Processing Information

Processed by Madison Arnold-Scerbo; completed April, 2016.

Creator

Title
Elizabeth Gray Vining letters, 1968-1982
Author
Madison Arnold-Scerbo
Date
April, 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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