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Elizabeth Shinn Haines Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-054

Scope and Contents

Contains diaries (1850-1881) and commonplace books (1836-1882) of Elizabeth Shinn Haines, a Philadelphia Quaker housewife.


  • Creation: 1836-1882


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Shinn Haines was born December 12th, 1823, the first-born of eight children of Earl and Sarah (Comfort) Shinn of Philadelphia. Her younger sister, Lydia Comfort Shinn, married Richard Cadbury, who was active in the anti-slavery movement. Her youngest brother, Earl Shinn, was a prominent art critic and historian. Elizabeth Shinn married Henry Haines (1819-1905), son of Job and Phoebe Haines, on October 1st, 1845, under the care of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Orthodox), and they had one surviving child, Henry Haines. Elizabeth Haines died in 1883.


1 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Elizabeth Shinn Haines (1823-1883) was a Philadelphia Orthodox Quaker. She married Henry Haines in 1845. The collection contains diaries, commonplace books, and albums.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Unknown, prior to 1967

Related Materials

See also:

  1. See Richard Tapper Cadbury Papers, RG 5/025, for correspondence of Elizabeth Shinn Haines.

Processing Information

Bound diaries, albums, and piece books were organized, put in document boxes, and placed in RG 5 before 1967.


An Inventory of the Elizabeth Shinn Haines Papers, 1836-1882
FHL staff
Before 1967
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Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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