John Russell Hayes Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains letters received by Hayes, 1887-1936, diaries covering the period 1880-1935, and miscellaneous papers including an album of collected manuscript samples of contemporary poets. The diaries include poetry and local notes and photographs and cover personal and Swarthmore College activities and concerns..
- Hayes, John Russell, 1866-1945 (Person)
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
Collection is open for research
Copyright and Rights Information
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Biographical / Historical
John Russell Hayes (1866-1945) was a Quaker educator, poet, and Librarian of Swarthmore College, 1906-1927, and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, 1927-1935. He was born in 1866, the son of William M. and Rachel (Russell) Hayes, and was descended from a long-time Chester County, Pa., Quaker family. He spent much of his childhood on the Hayes family farm on the Brandywine River. He married Emma Gawthrop of Wilmington, Delaware, in 1892. Both were graduates of Swarthmore College, Class of 1888.
J. Russell Hayes graduated from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, but he only practiced law for a year before returning to Swarthmore College to teach literature and composition. He also attended Harvard, Oxford, the University of Strassburg, Germany.
In 1906 he became College Librarian, a position he held until 1927. From 1927 to 1935, he served as Librarian of Friends Historical Library, and after his retirement, he was made Librarian Emeritus. Hayes supported the war effort in 1918, a position that was controversial among Quakers. J. Russell Hayes and his wife were both members of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting. They had three daughter, Esther, Katharine, and Eleanor, all of whom were also Swarthmore College graduates. Emma Hayes died in 1939, and J. Russell Hayes died Dec. 29, 1945. He was the author of a number of books, primarily of verse. Most of his poetry reflected the local landscape and his Quaker roots.
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John Russell Hayes (1866-1945) was a Quaker educator, poet, and Librarian of Swarthmore College, 1906-1927 and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, 1927-1935. The collection contains letters received by Hayes, 1887-1936, diaries covering the period 1880-1935, and miscellaneous papers including an album of collected manuscript samples of contemporary poets. The diaries include poetry and cover personal and Swarthmore College activities and concerns.
The colleciton is divided into four series:
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: J. Russell Hayes and family, before 1949
Donor: Jay Monaghan, 1974, 1975
Letters were found in FHL in 1949 and catalogued. Diaries were deposited by the family. Some writings and a letter from J. Russell Hayes were deposited by Jay Monaghan in 1974-75.
Letters catalogued and added to manuscript collection in 1949. In 1961, the diaries were added. Writings and a letter from J.R. Hayes deposited by Jay Monaghan were added to the collection in 1974-75 and transferred from Small Collection to Record Group 5 in 1988. Letters from Hayes' father, William M. Hayes, 1905 transferred from PG7 to Series 1, Correspondence. Correspondence relating to Hayes' tenure as Librarian were transferred to RG 4/027, Friends Historical Library Records, in July 2001.
- John Russell Hayes Papers, 1880-1936
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