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Matlack Family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1120

Scope and Contents

These papers include journals, diaries, account books, commonplace books, and poetry of the Matlack family, as well as other families (Roberts and Stackhouse, among others), plus three boxes of letters, genealogical materials, and other papers. Included among the papers is "Notes Taken from Samuel Spavold's Testimony," signed by Anthony Benezet (n.d.); a copy of George Keith's Journal of Travels...on the Continent of North America, printed in London, 1706; an announcement of a visit he will pay to Pennsylvania by Elias Hicks (n.d.); an account of the manner in which he met his wife [Phoebe Harrison or Alice Hodgson(?)], by Phineas Pemberton (n.d.); and a letter to Samuel Emlen, describing the death of John Woolman by Esther Tuke written in York, 10mo. 14, 1772. There is also a map of the Meetings within the Limits of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1897.


  • Creation: 1685-1900


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

The Matlacks were a Quaker family with deep roots in the Pennsylvania region. Asa Matlack (1783-1851) was the son of Reuben Matlack (1757-1808) and Elizabeth Coles. He married Tamar Matlack (1783-1850).


.75 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection includes miscellaneous historical and genealogical documents of the Matlack and other Quaker families focused on the 18th and 19th centuries. Collection is notable for its variety of formats, including commonplace books, diaries, account books, correspondence, and poetry.

Related Materials

See Collections 1106 and 1106A of T. Chalkley Matlack (1858-1945) of photographs and descriptions of Meeting houses along the east coast of the U.S. from New York to Virginia.

Processing Information

Original finding aid author unknown. Processed March, 2007.

Matlack Family papers, 1685-1900
March, 2007
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • May 2022: by Nathaniel Rehm-Daly, Harmful Language Revision Project

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