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Lewis Family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1010

Scope and Contents

Chiefly letters, also reports, photographs, maps and some miscellaneous papers related to the Lewis family of Ohio and Iowa. Includes correspondence of Enoch and Jehu Lewis, brothers and physicians, with family and friends; topics include family news and medical matters; letters of other family members discuss family news, Friends' activities, farming, college life. The correspondence (1887-1923) of Mary H. Lewis tells of her student life at Bryn Mawr College and her year of teaching at Friends Girls School in Japan; correspondence (1883-1960) of Alice L. Pearson relates to her time as a student at Bryn Mawr College, her experiences in Japan during her association with Friends Girls School and the 1923 Tokyo earthquake; letters (1919-1931) to William L. Pearson discuss Oregon Yearly Meeting's withdrawal from Five Years Meeting (1926) and Friends' missionary work in Jamaica (1929); other topics include travel, Friends' missions, temperance activities, efforts to end prostitution in Japan, news of Japanese Friends and Friends' relief work after 1923 earthquake; miscellaneous manuscripts include a biographical sketch of William H. Coffin written by his sister, Mary Coffin Johnson, and a 1911 report of the Friends Girls School (Tokyo).


  • Creation: 1853 - 1960


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Conditions Governing Use

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

The Quaker Lewis family of Ohio and Iowa included Dr. Enoch Lewis (1838-1904), son of Jehu and Hannah Foulke Lewis. Her brother was William Foulke. His brother was Dr. Jehu Lewis (1842-1878). His sisters were Elizabeth Lewis, Hannah Lewis and Sarah Lewis. Enoch married Rebecca Green (d. 1922). Their children included Carl S. Lewis, Esther Lewis, George Lewis, Mary H. Lewis (1869-1934) and Alice Lewis (1872-1964) who m. William L. Pearson (1849-1935) and was associated with Friends Girls School (Tokyo), where she taught and served as principal.


1 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Papers of the midwest Quaker Lewis Family, which included Enoch Lewis, M.D. and his brother Jehu Lewis, M.D. and Enoch Lewis' daughter, Alice Lewis Pearson, an educational missionary in Japan in the 20th century.


Lewis Family papers, 1853-1960
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