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Leon Kanegis papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1193

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Leon Kanegis’ writings on various civil rights, religious, and political topics, as well as copies of his letters, including to his family, to political and judicial figures. As well, there are Kanegis’ teaching and committee membership files, spiritual diaries and philosophical deliberations, including into his own health issues, and cassette tapes on teaching in the First Day School. There are also annotated books on faiths explored by Kanegis and letters from the children whom he taught.


  • Creation: 1932-2003


Biographical note

Leon Kanegis (1916-2003) was a convinced (converted) Quaker and member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.). He was a pacifist who wrote on many topics, including against segregation and capital punishment. In his Meeting, he worked with the Religious Education Committee and the First Day School. He married Lillian Hayman (1913-1952) and later Sylvia Meyers.


7 linear ft. (14 boxes, 2 volumes)

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The papers of Quaker Leon Kenagis who deliberated over some of the challenging issues of the 20th century, such as civil rights, religion and education.


Arranged by topic. Folder titles are those of Leon Kanegis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Barbara Nnoka, June 2003.

Processing Information

Original processing information unknown. Rehoused and revised by Hannah Kolzer, March 2022.

Leon Kanegis papers, 1940-2003
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Revision Statements

  • March 2022: Reboxed and finding aid updated
  • May 2022: by Nathaniel Rehm-Daly, Harmful Language Revision Project

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