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Elkinton Family Pictures

Identifier: SFHL-PA-060

Scope and Contents

The photographs are related to the Elkinton Family Papers, RG5/037. The collection includes photograph albums, black and white photographs, negatives, portraits and individual, loose photographs. Depictions are mostly of Elkinton, Bucknell, Grove, and Dunham family members and family gatherings.


  • Creation: 1856 - 1987


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is available for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

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Biographical / Historical

Joseph Elkinton was born in Salem, New Jersey, in 1794 and settled in Philadelphia where he established a soap manufacturing business which eventually became the Philadelphia Quartz Company. He was involved with the Seneca Indians at the Quaker school at Tunesassa (Quaker Bridge), New York, where his oldest son, Joseph Scotton Elkinton, was born in 1830. The latter was a Quaker minister and involved with the resettlement of the Doukhobors in Canada. His oldest son, Joseph Elkinton, was active in the Society of Friends in the Midwest and traveled to Japan and China on religious visits. His sister, Mary Passmore Elkinton, married the Japanese diplomat, Dr. Inazo Nitobe, in 1891. His son, Joseph Passmore Elkinton, married Mary Russell Bucknell in 1909; after Mary's death in 1929, he married Anna Bassett Griscom, a Hicksite minister, in 1931. J. Passmore also was a Quaker minister.


4 Cubic Feet (16 boxes)




This collection consists of 15 boxes of photograph albums, black and white photographs, negatives, portraits, and loose photographs, dating from approximately 1856-1987. It includes images of the Elkinton, Bucknell, Grove, and Dunham families.


The photographs are organized in files in boxes by ascending birth year order of the individual.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of the collection was removed from RG5/037 Elkinton Family Papers. The Joseph Elkinton album was donated separately by J. Passmore Elkinton and originally cataloged as PA 032.

Separated Materials

Collection removed from RG5/037 Elkinton Family Papers

Processing Information

In 2019 the Joseph Elkinton album, originally cataloged seaprately as PA 032, was consolidated into this collection.

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