Vaux collection of correspondence, documents and graphics
Scope and Contents
The addition to the Vaux family papers of correspondence, documents and graphics in boxes 4-28 and albums 1 & 2 most prominently reflects the research interests of George Vaux VIII and the photographic work of George Vaux Jr. and George Vaux X.
The correspondence and documents relate to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, including the Forrest Trust, Lewis Legacy for Poor Children, Richardson Trust, Josiah White Schools and the constituent meetings of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Western District, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Northern District and Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Southern District, but also Quaker topics such as Quakers in Tortola and Barbados, Quakers in Charleston, S.C., the Bible Association of Friends in America, The Emlen Institution for the Benefit of Persons of African and Indian Descent, Friends Historical Society, and Haverford College.
The graphics include glass slides of American travel views and Native American sites, and of Haverford College, especially those taken by George Vaux Jr., but also by William S. Vaux and M.M. Vaux, and photographs and other art media of Quakers and places with Quaker connections, such as Meetinghouses, burial grounds, Tortola and Barbados. There are also 2 albums of 35mm and stereoscopic slides by George Vaux X, including of Meetinghouses and Quaker sites on Barbados and Tortola.
Especially prominent in the collection addition are George Vaux VIII, George Vaux IX and George Vaux X. Correspondents include: Joel Cadbury, Richard Cadbury, Harriet Durham, Amelia Mott Gummere, Henry Hartshorne, Rufus Jones, Albert Cook Myers, Norman Penney, James E. Rhoads, Charles Roberts, Isaac Sharp.
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Biographical / Historical
George Vaux IX (1863-1927) was also born in Philadelphia. He graduated from Haverford College in 1884 and received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the law firm of P. Pemberton Morris, giving much time to penology and prison reform. He was a manager of the board of the Eastern Penitentiary. He was also on the board of the Academy of Natural Sciences from 1894 until his death. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him to the Board of Indian Commissioners, a post he retained until his death. In 1907, GV Jr. married Mary W. James with whom he had two sons. Vaux had a great interest in mineralogy and was a student of glacial activity. GV Jr. was active in Friends' education, serving on the boards of Friends' Select School, Westtown School, Haverford College and the Institute for Colored Youth (Cheyney University).
George Vaux X (1908-1996) graduated from Haverford College in 1930, then studied at Cambridge and London Universities; he excelled in research of crystals. In 1941, he married Anne Hawks. Among other jobs, he was a manufacturer's representative for scientific equipment. He was a member of the boards of Bryn Mawr College, Ludwick Foundation, Richard Humphreys Foundation and others, and president of the Athenaeum (Philadelphia) for over 30 years.
15 Linear Feet (28 document boxes and 2 albums)
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- Vaux collection of correspondence and documents, 1659-1978
- Diana Franzusoff Peterson
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