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Mary Birckhead papers

 Collection — othertype: SC-163
Identifier: SFHL-SC-163


Includes: Her drawings and writings, 1959-1991, including a publication entitled Tide Pools.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1959-1991-1985-1991


Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Birckhead is a Quaker, often attending Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting in Maryland. She was born ca. 1914-5, and spent her life as an artist and a poet. She taught art classes, wrote and illustrated children's books, worked at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, and met with fellow poets, dramatists, and musicians on a regular basis. She occasionally wrote under the pseudonym "Babby." She retired at Friends House.


.1 Linear Feet (.1 linear feet (2 folders.))



Ownership and Custodial History

Most of the material was originally given to Martha Nesbitt by Mary Birckhead. Martha Nesbitt urged her to supplement it as a gift to the Friends Historical Library. It was brought in by Joy Shotts, Sandy Spring representative to Baltimore Yearly Meeting Records Committee.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Martha Nesbitt. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1993.

Description rules
Archives, Personal Papers, And Manuscripts (Appm)
Language of description
Script of description

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