George A. Hoadley Family Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains the papers of George A. Hoadley, long-time professor of physics at Swarthmore College and secretary of the Franklin Institute, as well as papers of his extended family. Of particular interest are diaries kept by his second wife's parents, Carrie B. Kilgore and Damon Y. Kilgore, both attorneys and reformers. George Hoadley's correspondence with his children include mention of people and events in the Borough of Swarthmore and Swarthmore College. A founder of the Swarthmore College Camera Club, he was a avid amateur photographer. Approximately 1,000 of his glass negatives were preserved in the family home; they illustrate Swarthmore College and local homes and sites from circa 1899-1929.
- 1850 - 1957
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Biographical / Historical
George A. Hoadley was born in Sheffield, Massachusetts, in 1848 and graduated from Union College in 1874 with degrees in engineering. He served as principal of Argyle Academy, New York, 1874-1879, and at high schools in Massachusetts before being appointed professor of physics at Swarthmore College in 1888. In 1892 he was appointed Vice-President of the College, and he served as Acting President several times. While he remained committed to the College, he retired from the faculty in 1914 to become secretary of the Franklin Institute. As well as supporting College interests and activities, he served as president of the Swarthmore School District School Board. In 1900 with his second wife, Marie Kemp Hoadley, he moved his extensive family into a large frame home at 518 Walnut Lane, Swarthmore, a house which remained in the family until 2019. Ecumenical in his religious practice, he was a founder of the non-denominational Union Church in Swarthmore and occasionally lectured at the nearby Swarthmore Meeting.
Hoadley was married three times and had nine children, most of whom attended Swarthmore College. With his first wife, Ida Burtch Hoadley, he had four children, all of whom attended Swarthmore College. Ida died in 1891, and in 1895, George married second Marie A. Kemp, a professor of German at the College, 1891-1901. She earned her B.A. and A.M. from Swarthmore College. Marie had one child, Anthony deHothleigh Hoadley, born in 1901. Marie was the daughter of physician Agnes Nininger Saunders Kemp, prominent reformer and suffragist. Agnes Kemp received her medical degree in 1879 from Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania and operated a medical practice in Harrisburg as well as being a prominent lecturer on temperance. Retiring in 1903, she moved to Swarthmore to live with the Hoadleys, helping to raise her grandson, Anthony. She died in 1908, a year after her daughter.
In 1908, George A. Hoadley married third Fannie Burnham Kilgore, a Swarthmore College graduate, school teacher, and 32 years his junior. Her mother, Carrie Sylvester Burnham Kilgore (1838-1909) was a suffragist and the first woman admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar. Carrie Kilgore first worked as a school teacher. To enhance her knowledge of science and the human body, she earned an M.D. from Bellevue Hospital in New York City in 1864. In 1876 she married Damon Y. Kilgore, an attorney and radical social reformer. They both taught school in Wisconsin and elsewhere including the Hygieo-therapeutic College of Philadelphia and were members of International Workingman's Association before their marriage. Carrie applied to the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1871 and finally was admitted in 1881. She graduated in 1883, and after her husband's death in 1888, she assumed his law practice in Philadelphia. In 1890, she was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. She and Damon Kilgore had two daughters, Fannie B. Kilgore (1880-1959) and Carrie B. Kilgore (1878-1957). Carrie Sylvester Burnham Kilgore was close to her daughters and moved to a house on Elm Avenue in Swarthmore. Both daughters received degrees from Swarthmore College in 1903. Carrie (born 1878) became a school teacher and a member of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting in 1904. Three of Fannie Hoadley's children graduated from Swarthmore College. Son George B. Hoadley (1909-1995) became a Quaker on request and married Mary Elizabeth Betts in 1934 under the care of Buckingham Monthly Meeting. His younger sister, Florence A. Hoadley, Swarthmore College Class of 1932, became a member of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting in 1937 and lived in the family home until her death in 1993.
2.75 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
The collection contains the papers of George A. Hoadley, long-time professor of physics at Swarthmore College and secretary of the Franklin Institute, as well as papers of his extended family. Of particular interest are diaries kept by his second wife's parents, Carrie B. Kilgore and Damon Y. Kilgore, both attorneys and reformers. George Hoadley's correspondence with his children include mention of people and events in the Borough of Swarthmore and Swarthmore College. A founder of the Swarthmore College Camera Club, he was a avid amateur photographer. Approximately 2,000 of his glass negatives were preserved in the family home; they illustrate Swarthmore College and local homes and sites from circa 1899-1929.
Arranged in five series
The papers and pictorial material were stored in the family home and include clippings compiled by George A. Hoadley's daughter by his third wife and secretary, Florence A. Hoadley, who lived in the house until her death in 1993. Her grandparents were Damon Y. and Carrie B. Kilgore. The donor, John Lawrence, Jr., is Florence's great-nephew and grandson of Anthony deH. Hoadley, son of George Hoadley's second wife, Marie Kemp Hoadley. Marie and George Hoadley built the house at 518 Walnut Lane in 1900.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of John Lawrence, Acc. 2019.030
Glass plate negatives, lantern slides and other images removed to PA 213.
Florence A. Hoadley scrapbook of her Class of 1932 reunion and the Swarthmore diploma granted to Henry H. Hoadley transferred to College Archives.
Sorted by FHL staff and separated into pictures and family papers.
- Hoadley, George A. (George Arthur), 1848-1936
- Suffragists -- United States -- Correspondence
- Swarthmore (Pa.) -- History -- Sources
- Swarthmore College
- Universities and colleges -- Professional staff
- Universities and colleges -- United States -- History
- Women -- Suffrage -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Women lawyers -- United States -- History -- Sources
- George A. Hoadley Family Papers
- Susanna K. Morikawa
- January 2020
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