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Margaret Hope Bacon Research Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-276

Scope and Contents

Her Research Papers consist primarily of the manuscripts and files that assembled in the process of research.


  • Creation: 1947-2007

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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Margaret Hope Bacon (1921-2011), born Margaret Hope Borchardt in New York City, earned a bachelor's degree at Antioch College in 1943. Swarthmore College awarded her an honorary doctorate in the 1980s.

She joined the Society of Friends in the 1950s and served as Assistant Director of Information Services for the American Friends Service Committee from 1962 until she retired in 1984. She was also a longtime vice president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, was a cofounder of Women's Way, and, with her husband and others, established the Delaware County Fair Housing Council. In 1978, Bacon was honored by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. She was a T. Wistar Brown Fellow in Quaker studies at Haverford College and a Friend in Residence at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, England. Her interest in Lucretia Mott also led her to involvement with the preservation of Fair Hill, the burial ground in North Philadelphia where many Hicksite Friends are interred.

Margaret Hope Bacon was married to S. Allen Bacon. While raising three children, she wrote freelance articles for national magazines such as Parents and Good Housekeeping, as well as an Evening Bulletin weekly piece titled "Child's Weekend." From 1959 through 2007, Mrs. Bacon published more than a dozen books, including Valiant Friend: The Life of Lucretia Mott1980), I Speak for My Slave Sister: The Life of Abby Kelley Foster (1974), Let This Life Speak: The Legacy of Henry Joel Cadbury (1987), and Abby Hopper Gibbons: Prison Reformer and Social Activist (2000).


8 linear ft. (19 boxes)

Language of Materials



Margaret Hope Bacon was a prolific Quaker author and social activist. Her Research Papers consist primarily of the manuscripts and files assembled in the process of research.


Folder titles and contents have been largely retained as arranged by Margaret Bacon. The collection is divided into seven series:

  1. Ser.1 Correspondence
  2. Ser.2 Manuscripts
  3. Ser.3 Speeches
  4. Ser.4 Professional
  5. Ser.5 Publications
  6. Ser.6 Reviews
  7. Ser.7 Reference

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog

Custodial History

This collection was given to the Friends Historical Library in three parts. The first consisted of the original manuscript for Valiant Friend: The Life of Lucretia Mott, originally catalogued as MSS007. The bulk of the collection was donated by Bacon in 2010, shortly before her death.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Gift of Margaret Hope Bacon, 1993, 2010

Donor: Gift of S. Allen Bacon, 2012.034

Additional accruals: 2004.005, 2014.034


  1. The Abolitionist sisterhood : women's political culture in Antebellum America /. Ithaca : Cornell University Press ; published in cooperation with the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1994.
  2. America's alternative religions /. Albany : State University of New York Press, 1995.
  3. Back to Africa : Benjamin Coates and the colonization movement in America, 1848-1880 /. University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005.
  4. For emancipation and education : some black and Quaker efforts, 1680-1900 /. Philadelphia, PA : Awbury Arboretum Association, 1997.
  5. Friends in the Delaware Valley : Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1681-1981 /. Haverford, Pa. : Friends Historical Association, 1981.
  6. Invisible Philadelphia : community through voluntary organizations /. Philadelphia : Atwater Kent Museum, 1995.
  7. Living in the light : some Quaker pioneers of the 20th century. Vol. I. In the U.S.A. /. Kennett Square, Pa. (Box 728, Kennett Square 19348) : Friends General Conference and Quaker Publications, 1984.
  8. Lucretia Mott. Mount Laurel, NJ : NFL Films Video, 1985.
  9. Nine contemporary Quaker women speak /. Kennett Square, Pa. : Quaker Publications, [1989?].
  10. Non-violence, the American tradition part 1. [Philadelphia, Pa.] : SANE Education Fund, [1981?].
  11. Nonviolence in theory and practice /. 2nd [Waveland Press] ed ed. Long Grove, Ill. : Waveland Press, 2005.
  12. Quaker crosscurrents : three hundred years of Friends in the New York Yearly Meetings /. 1st ed ed. [Syracuse, N.Y.] : Syracuse University Press, 1995.
  13. Wilt thou go on my errand? : journals of three 18th century Quaker women ministers : Susanna Morris, 1682-1755; Elizabeth Hudson, 1722-1783; Ann Moore, 1710-1783 /. Wallingford, Pa. : Pendle Hill Publications, 1994.
  14. American Friends Service Committee. Menus from many lands. [Philadelphia] : American Friends Service Committee, [1967].
  15. Abby Hopper Gibbons : prison reformer and social activist /. Albany : State University of New York Press, 2000.
  16. As the way opens : the story of Quaker women in America /. Richmond, Ind. : Friends United Press, 1980.
  17. The back bench : a novel /. Philadelphia, Pa. : Quaker Press of Friends General Conference, 2007.
  18. Belief into action, action into belief : religious and political aspects of effective peacemaking /. Philadelphia : Wider Quaker Fellowship, 1985.
  19. But one race : the life of Robert Purvis /. Albany : State University of New York Press, 2007.
  20. Conformers or Transformers? Quakers in the 19th Century. Ithaca, N.Y. : Friends General Conference, 1978.
  21. Conformers or transformers : the Quaker reformers. Draft of speech for Friends General Conference, Ithaca, New York, July 1, 1978. [Ithaca, N.Y. : Friends General Conference, 1978].
  22. "The double curse of sex and color" : Robert Purvis and human rights /. Philadelphia, Pa. : Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1997.
  23. Henry J. Cadbury : scholar, activist, disciple /. Wallingford, Pa. : Pendle Hill Publications, 2005.
  24. History of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, the Relief of Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage, and for Improving the Condition of the African Race /. Philadelphia : Pennsylvania Abolition Society, 1959.
  25. I speak for my slave sister : the life of Abby Kelley Foster. New York : Crowell, [1974].
  26. In the shadow of William Penn : Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends /. Philadelphia : Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 2001.
  27. Lamb's warrior : the life of Isaac T. Hopper /. New York : Thomas Y. Crowell Co., [c1970].
  28. Let this life speak : the legacy of Henry Joel Cadbury /. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987.
  29. Love is the hardest lesson : a memoir /. Wallingford, Pa. : Pendle Hill Pubs., 1999.
  30. Lucretia Mott: holy obedience and human liberation : a paper to be read at the Symposium on Quaker women, Guilford College, March 16-17-18 [1978].
  31. Lucy McKim Garrison : pioneer in folk music. Millersville, Pa. : Pennsylvania Historical Association, 1987.
  32. Mothers of feminism : the story of Quaker women in America / Margaret Hope Bacon. 1st ed ed. San Francisco : Harper & Row, 1986.
  33. The night they burned Pennsylvania Hall : a chapter in the struggle for the liberation of slaves and women /. Philadelphia, PA : Friends General Conference, 1992.
  34. "One great bundle of humanity": Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911) /.; 1989.
  35. One woman's passion for peace and freedom : the life of Mildred Scott Olmsted /. 1st ed ed. Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1993.
  36. The Quaker struggle for the rights of women /. [Philadelphia : American Friends Service Committee ; 1977].
  37. Quaker women in the peace movement /.
  38. The quiet rebels : the story of the Quakers in America /. New York : Basic Books, [1969].
  39. The quiet rebels : the story of the Quakers in America /. Philadelphia, PA : New Society Publishers, 1985.
  40. The quiet rebels : the story of the Quakers in America /. Wallingford, Pa. : Pendle Hill Pubs., 1999.
  41. Rebellion at Christiana. [1st ed.] ed. New York, Crown Publishers, [c1975].
  42. Sarah Mapps Douglass, faithful attender of Quaker Meeting : view from the back bench /. Philadelphia, Pa. : Quaker Press of Friends General Conference, 2003.
  43. Valiant Friend : the life of Lucretia Mott /. New York, N.Y. : Walker, 1980.
  44. Valiant Friend : the life of Lucretia Mott /. [2nd ed.] ed. Philadelphia, Pa. : Friends General Conference, 1999.
  45. Year of grace : a novel /. Philadelphia, Pa. : Quaker Press of Friends General Conference, 2002.
  46. Brinton, Howard Haines 1884-1973. Friends for 350 years : the history and beliefs of the Society of Friends since George Fox started the Quaker movement /. Rev. ed. of Friends for 300 years ed. Wallingford, Pa. : Pendle Hill Publications, 2002.
  47. Friends Association for Higher Education (U.S.). Conference (13th : 1992 : Bryn Mawr College). Proceedings thirteenth annual conference, Friends Association for Higher Education, June 19-23, 1992, Bryn Mawr [College], Bryn Mawr, PA /. [Greensboro, NC] : Friends Association for Higher Education, 1992.
  48. Ham, SÅ k-hÅ n 1901. An anthology of Ham Sok Hon /. Seoul : Samin, 2001.
  49. Mott, Lucretia 1793-1880. Lucretia Mott speaking : excerpts from the sermons & speeches of a famous nineteenth century Quaker minister & reformer /. [Wallingford, Pa.] : Pendle Hill, [1980].
  50. Vining, Elizabeth Gray 1902-1999. The Virginia exiles /. 2nd ed ed. Philadelphia, Pa. : Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 2002.
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