Anna Braithwaite Thomas Family Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains correspondence, diaries (8 volumes, 1894-1896, 1936-1944), the earlier diaries describe a trip to England and Europe taken by Anna Thomas and her husband, Richard Henry Thomas (1854-1904), a Baltimore physician, and drawings, notes, albums, poems, and photos; together with notebook (1869-1871) of Richard Henry Thomas while a student at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, article and related materials concerning the couple's daughter, Henrietta Martha Thomas (1879-1919) and her World War I pacifist service in Germany and Austria, and material relating to the genealogy of the Braithwaite and Thomas families.
- Thomas, Anna Braithwaite (Person)
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
Collection is open for research.
Copyright and Rights Information
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Biographical / Historical
Anna Braithwaite Thomas was the daughter of J. Bevan and Martha Gillet Braithwaite, born in Banbury, England, in 1854. She attended Bedford College and in 1878 was married to Dr. Richard H. Thomas of Baltimore, Maryland, and a graduate of Haverford College. The Braithwaite family was active in American Quaker activities, and Anna Thomas was a writer, peace activist, and involved in various Quaker concerns. She lived in England during the First World War where she served on the Alien's Committee and a relief mission to Vienna, Austria, after the War. Her daughter, Dr. Henrietta Thomas, died in 1919 after war service. Anna Braithwaite Thomas was recorded as a minister of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, and she represented Baltimore Yearly Meeting in various Quaker conferences. Anna Thomas died in 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland.
1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Anna Braithwaite Thomas (1854-1947) was a British American Quaker, of Baltimore, Maryland. The collection contains correspondence, drawings, notes, albums, poems, and photos, and eight volumes of diaries (1894-1896, 1936-1944). The earlier diaries describe a trip to England and Europe taken by Anna Thomas and her husband, Richard Henry Thomas (1854-1904), a Baltimore physician. Also included is a notebook (1869-1871) of Richard Henry Thomas while a student at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, along with articles and related materials concerning the couple's daughter, Henrietta Martha Thomas (1879-1919). These articles relate to her World War I pacifist service in Germany and Austria. Material relating to the genealogy of the Braithwaite and Thomas families is also part of the collection.
The collection is divided into four series:
- Biographical and genealogical material
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: Mrs. William Watkins, 1967
Mary Caroline Braithwaite, sister of Anna Braithwaite Thomas, married Willis Norton Whitney, brother of the mother of Mrs. William Watkins, the donor. (Her birth name is Kaji). Mrs. Watkins received the papers through her sister, Miss Mabel Kaji of Baltimore, a close friend of Anna Thomas, to whom they came after Anna Thomas's death.
The following materials, originally part of the collection, have been recatalogued:
- William Charles Braithwaite, Memoir and Papers; FHL call no. BX7796,.B832T4
- "Baltimore Yearly Meeting (Homewood) Directory, 2/1941" (paper-bound, mimeographed) See PG 1.
- "Homes and Haunts of the Poets," Original etchings (5) by W.B. Closson -Whittier, See picture file.
- "Illustrated lecture on Vienna" prepared by the Friends' relief Mission, 1920. See manuscript catalogue under "Vienna" or "Friends' Relief Mission."
- Facsimiles of "A Few Select Extracts from the Journal of Joseph John Gurney," 1851, 2 copies. See Miscellaneous manuscripts.
- Facsimiles of 8 ALsS and I D, in folio, Hanna and/or William Penn, to various recipients, 1674-1701. See Miscellaneous manuscripts.
Received partially sorted. Arranged and placed in documents boxes, in Record Group 5. Certain items removed to Miscellaneous manuscripts, and other FHL files (See materials catalogued separately.)
- Anna Braithwaite Thomas Family Papers, 1869-1943
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