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Christopher Densmore Research Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-326

Scope and Contents

This collection includes both raw research materials and finished papers. Topics include Quakers in Canada, Native American history, Progressive Friends, the Underground Railroad and Abolition, and Women's Rights.


  • Creation: 1980-2017


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce items in this collection beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the copyright holder or their heirs/assigns. See

Biographical / Historical

Christopher Densmore retired in 2018 after seventeen years as Curator of the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Before coming to Swarthmore he worked at the State University of New York at Buffalo, serving as Acting Director of the University Archives (1995-98) and University Archivist (1998-2001). He earned his Master's in American History at the University of Wisconsin (1973) and a Bachelor's in History at Oberlin College (1971). Chris has served on the Board of Friends Historical Association, Vice President of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, and Chair of the Canadian Friends Historical Association.


16 boxes




Christopher Densmore served as Curator of Friends Historical Library, retiring in 2018. This collection includes his raw research materials as well as completed papers.


Folders are arranged in series by topic, then chronologically or topically within the series or subseries. The contents of the folders are as arranged by the donor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Christopher Densmore, 2018.

Processing Information

Two of Chris Densmore's unpublished papers, previously given to the Library, have been added to this collection.

Christopher Densmore Research Papers
Patricia C. O'Donnell
June, 2020
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