Harvey Family Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection includes Leonard's own writings as well as family manuscripts, photographs and other memorabilia. Also includes material from her sister, Ruth Harvey Mavronikolas, and extensive genealogical material compiled by her cousin, Kathaleen Johnson Carter. Of particular interest are Dorothy's writings about her life experiences and the autobiographies of her grandfather, Adolphus E. Harvey, who married an English Quaker, Lyra Tregelles. Adolphus was the son of Quaker politician and minister, Cyrus W. Harvey, who also was editor of The Western Friend. Also, autobiographies of Anne Palmer Thorp and her daughter, Emma Thorp Forsythe. The Thorps were longtime residents of Media, Pa., active in Chester Monthly Meeting and many of the children attended Westtown School.
Organized into five series:
- Dorothy Harvey Leonard
- Harvey Family
- Kathaleen Johnson Carter
- A Quaker Family Calendar
- Dorothy Harvey Leonard, 1925-2007 (Person)
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
Series 1-4 are open for research; Ser.5 is open for research but no scans, photocopies, or photographs may be made.
Copyright and Rights Information
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Biographical / Historical
Dorothy Harvey Leonard was born April 19, 1925. She was a member of the Society of Friends and worked as a professional nurse from 1946 until her retirement in 1987. She was also a poet, writer, and family historian, creating A Quaker Family Calendar from 1988-2001. Dot died in 2007.
The Harvey family descends through Jesse Harvey, the son of Michael and Elizabeth, who was married to Kezia Ward in Center Monthly Meeting, NC, in 1786. Related families include Carter, Tregelles, Thorp, Palmer, Sharpless, Hampton, and many others.
The donor's parents, Cyril H. (1901-1981) and Ruth S. Thorp Harvey (1899-1962) were teachers at a number of Friends schools including Atlantic City, Friends Central, and Penn Charter. Cyril was the son of Adolphus Enoch Harvey and Lyra Tregelles Harvey. He was the grandson of Cyrus W. Harvey (1843-1916), a Kansas politician, Quaker minister, and editor of the periodical, The Western Friend. Ruth was the daughter of George Smedley Thorp and Anne Palmer Thorp of Media, Pa. Cyril and Ruth Harvey had four children: Dorothy Alice, born 1925; Ruth, born 1931; Cyril H., Jr., born 1933; and Mary Jane, born 1939 and died in 1958.
The family moved often, and Dorothy Harvey attended Atlantic City Friends School, Media Friends School, Friends Central, and graduated from Olney Friends School in Barnesville, Ohio, in 1942. She spend three semesters at Earlham College and earned a R.N. diploma from the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing (U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps) in 1946, was licensed in December 1946, and earned a certificate in Psychiatric Nursing in Pennsylvania Hospital in 1947. She was later awarded a B.S. in Education and M.S. in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary area of expertise was in Psychiatric Nursing, and she also worked as an instructor and nursing administrator. She married John Leonard in 1950. They had one child, Diana Fell Leonard, and divorced in 1959.
Dorothy Leonard's distant cousin, Kathaleen Johnson Carter (1901-2002) was a commercial artist and family genealogist. She and Dorothy shared a passion for family history, and her genealogical papers came to Dorothy after Kathaleen's death.
22 Linear Feet (46 boxes)
Dorothy Harvey Leonard was a nurse and family historian until her death in 2007. The collection includes Leonard's own writings as well as family manuscripts, photographs and other memorabilia. Also includes material from her sister, Ruth Harvey Mavronikolas, and extensive genealogical material compiled by her cousin, Kathaleen Johnson Carter. The Harvey family descends through Jesse Harvey, the son of Michael and Elizabeth, who was married to Keziah Ward in Center Monthly Meeting, NC, in 1786. Related families include Carter, Tregelles, Thorp, Palmer, Sharpless, Hampton, and many others.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donors: Dorothy Harvey Leonard and Ruth Harvey Mavronikolas, 1991-2004; Estate of Dorothy Harvey Leonard via Diana Brose, 2008 (Accession numbers: 91-016, 91-021, 95-008, 96-003, 97-009, 97-073, 97-086, 98-004, 98-020, 98-023, 99-024, 99-043. 2000-019, 200-024, 2000-029. 2000-057, 2008-009)
Pictures catalogued in FHL Picture Collection. See separate inventory.
Video, reel-to-reel, and film catalogued in FHL Audio-Visual Collection:
- Nursing, 1960
- Nursing, 1961-1962
- Nursing, 1961
- R.G. and D.L. interviews, 1962
- BMH School of Nursing Educational Tapes, property of D. Leonard
- Nursing, 1961 and 1966
- Nursing, Disaster Drill, 1961-1962
- Chester Hospital, 1963
- Pennsylvania Hospital, Men, 1963-1964
- Christmas, 1960
- Relatives, 1963
- For Fun, 1960
- Children, 1960
- Crisis in Chester
- Diana and Jack, 1957-1958
- Dorothy A.H. Leonard speech, District
- Ruthie tape, 1965
- Family movies, 1955-1961
- DIM, Friends, 1961
- DIM, 1958-1962
The first deposits from Dorothy Harvey Leonard contained primarily her writings and correspondence and were arranged by the donor. A preliminary inventory was created in 2000.
Additional family papers and photographs were subsequently deposited, including extensive genealogical files and writings compiled by Kathaleen Johnson Carter, a cousin of Dorothy Leonard who shared her interest in family history. In 2005, the collection was sorted was sorted into four series, rehoused and a new finding aid produced. Photographs were removed from the collection and stored in PA 124, FHL Picture Collection. Audio-visual materials were removed to FHL Audio-visual Collection. Players Club of Swarthmore programs and newsletter for 1961 transferred to RG 7/Swarthmore Historical Society Reference Files.
After Dot's death in 2007, additional materials were deposited by her daughter, Diana Brose. At that time the collection was rehoused to accommodate the addition.
- Dorothy Harvey Leonard, 1925-2007 (Person)
- Harvey, Cyril H., 1901-1981 (Contributor, Person)
- Harvey, Ruth T. (Ruth Thorp), 1899-1962 (Contributor, Person)
- Carter, Kathaleen Johnson, 1901-2002 (Contributor, Person)
- Friends Boarding School (Barnesville, Ohio) (Contributor, Organization)
- Leonard, Dorothy A. H. (Dorothy A. Harvey) (Contributor, Person)
- Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane (Contributor, Organization)
- Finding aid for Harvey Family Papers, 1851-2003
- FHL staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
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