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Amelia Mott Gummere papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1005

Scope and Contents

The Amelia Mott Gummere papers consist of research and writing mainly concerning Quaker topics and John Woolman. The John Woolman series (1831, 1889-1890, 1901-1937) consists of primary source documents (both original and reproductions) related to John Woolman, including legal records, personal documents, photos, portraits, drawings, reproductions of journal pages, and his published and unpublished works, as well as the Gummere’s research on John Woolman, including publications about his work, correspondence, biographical notes, Woolman family genealogy, articles, and newspaper clippings collected over time during Gummere’s writing process. Also included within the Woolman series are documents related to the publication of The Journals and Essays of John Woolman, such as Gummere’s correspondence with readers, newspaper clippings, book reviews, and documents related to the John Woolman Association and other memorial projects.

Other research and writing within the collection are Amelia Mott Gummere’s work on Quaker topics including material for several unpublished articles such as her notes on the origin and development of Quaker Discipline and “Quaker Meetings from the Social Side,” as well as correspondences related to Quaker customs, meetings, and research on both individuals and families. Gummere’s local history research materials include correspondence related to Burlington, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and William Penn. Also included are unpublished short stories for children, such as “Daniel Offley and Indian Music,” and her unpublished and illustrated version of The Book of Tobit.

Other miscellaneous documents contained within the collection include personal projects and papers such as a genealogical map of Abraham Lincoln’s family and some notes on Gummere’s own family.

An addition to the Amelia Mott Gummere papers (1681-1919) was donated in 1992, and includes a variety of materials related to Gummere’s research on Burlington, New Jersey (1681-1896), including primary source documents such as correspondence, legal documents, financial records, and a collection of coin imprints given to Hannah Logan from Isaac Browne. Materials related to Burlington also include a folder containing an article on Richard Smith who was a part of the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1776, as well as several newspaper clippings and other articles. There is also a binder containing a manuscript written by Richard F. Mott entitled "Hickory Grove, Burlington, N.J." The addition to this collection also contains some personal, family-related papers (1865-1919), including correspondence of Francis Gummere.

Additionally, many of these documents have supporting information via glass slides. Glass slides on John Woolman, George B. Wood, Henry Cadbury, and many others are included in this collection. Additionally, glass slides capturing important historical places around London and the east coast of the United States are contained in this collection.


  • Creation: 1681-1961
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1899 - 1937


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

Born on July 17th, 1859, in Burlington, New Jersey, Amelia Mott Gummere was the daughter of Richard Field and Susan Thomas Mott. She received her education at the Friends’ School in Providence, Rhode Island, where she graduated as a member of the class of 1878. Gummere was a well-known author of works on Quaker subjects including: The Quaker: a Study in Costume, Witchcraft and Quakerism, The Quaker in the Forum, and The Journal and Essays of John Woolman. She served as the editor for the Bulletin of the Friends Historical Association for several years and was a member of multiple local and international Friends Historical Societies. She was a member of the Haverford Monthly Meeting and President of the John Woolman Association. In 1882, she married Francis Barton Gummere and later had three sons. Gummere died on October 7th, 1937, in Haverford, Pennsylvania.


2.5 linear ft. (5 document boxes)

Language of Materials



Amelia Mott Gummere (1859-1937) was a noted writer on Quaker subjects. Her published works include The Quaker: a Study in Costume, 1901; The Journal and Essays of John Woolman, 1922; Witchcraft and Quakerism, 1908; and several other works. She was editor of the Bulletin of the Friends Historical Association and President of the John Woolman Association.


This collection contains certain folders of notes by Amelia Mott Gummere which are maintained in their original order within the general arrangement of the collection. The first four boxes of the collection contain the primary donation, while the fifth box contains a subsequent addition to the collection.

Custodial History

This collection was presented by the estate of Amelia Mott Gummere in 1937, with additions in 1952 and 1999.

The documents contained within the Burlington, New Jersey, series as well as the Personal papers series in Box 5 of the collection, were obtained through a gift by Francis Barton Gummere in May of 1992.


The Amelia Mott Gummere papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1937 (with additions in 1952 and 1999) by the estate of Amelia Mott Gummere and in 1992 by Francis Barton Gummere.

Related Materials

Additional related material may be found in:

Gummere-Mott Family papers (1715-1919), HC.MC-1148.

Processing Information

Processed by Grace Thiele; completed June, 2014.

Amelia Mott Gummere papers, 1681-1961
Grace Thiele
June 2014
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