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William Wistar and Connie Comfort materials

Identifier: HC.MC-1348

Scope and Contents

Collection contains letters, booklets and documenting relating to the lives of WIlliam Wistar Comfort and William Wistar Comfort II, there are volumes on genealogy of Quaker families in Pennsylvania, including the Comfort family. Letters cover a range of topics, including: schooling of William Wistar Comfort II, trips of the Comfort family to France at the start of the first World War, trips by William Wistar Comfort to Italy as an employee of the US embassy, job applications and picnic invitations of William Wistar Comfort II, letters between William Wistar Comfort II and 'Syl'.


  • 1773 - 1970


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

William Wistar Comfort II (1938-2016) was a professor of mathematics, Quaker and graduate of Haverford College. William Wistar Comfort (1874-1955) was a professor of classics and later president of Haverford College. His work included visits to Quaker missions in China and Europe.


7 Linear Feet (11 boxes, 7 volumes)




Collection of letters by Members of the Comfort Family, with most records covering WIlliam Wistar Comfort and William Wistar Comfort II. Topics include William Wistar Comfort's time as president of Haverford College, communications about his books and Quakerism, personal letters of William Wistar Comfort II. Includes a series of letters and small manuscript covering the Comfort Family's time in France during the start of World War One.


The collection is arranged in 8 series, as follows: Series 1: Correspondence, Subseries: Howard Comfort, William Wistar Comfort (d. 1955), William Wistar Comfort (d.2016), Howard Comfort, Various; Series 2 Family papers; Series 3: Genealogy, subseries: Comfort, Fales, Foulke, Hooker, Lawton, Ray, Various, Wistar; Series 4: Haverford College; Series 5: Miscellaneous; Series 6: Photographs; Series 7: Primary education; Series 8 Published works, subseries: 'Academic, Published by William Wistar Comfort (d. 1955)' , Government, Howard Comfort, newspapers, History, Book reviews.


Gift from the Estate of Wis and Connie Comfort, June 2021

Related Materials

HC.MC.1195 William Wistar Comfort materials

Processing Information

Processed by Maxwell Champlin, completed July 2023

William Wistar Comfort Papers
Maxwell Champlin
July, 2023
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