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James P. Magill papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1128

Scope and Contents

These papers, primarily in the form of letters to James Magill (Haverford College class of 1907), reflect his philanthropic concerns, friendships, and interests, particularly in the arts and medicine. There are letters from authors, artists, scholars, scientists, and politicians, including George Bass, Alfred Bendiner, Hugh Borton, Nathaniel Burt, Norman Cousins, A.J. Cronin, Richardson Dilworth, Walker Hancock, Samuel Kramer, Eva Le Gallienne, Jacques Lipchitz, Katharine McBride, Fosco Maraini, William Menninger, Felix Morley, Frank Morley, John Powell, Froelich Rainey, Lessing Rosenwald, Gayle Stine, George Taylor, and Franklin Watkins. These are housed in boxes 1-5.

In addition, there is miscellaneous material, such as awards given to Magill and photographs of him and his family.


  • Creation: 1911-1974


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical / Historical

James Phineas Magill was born in 1885, son of Andrew and Mary Eleanor Magill. He attended Westtown Boarding School and received his B.S. from Haverford College in 1907. In 1920, he married Ruth Marshall. Magill, a Quaker and member of Germantown Monthly Meeting, was an investment banker, a partner of Eastman, Dillon in Philadelphia. He was an overseer and treasurer of William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia from 1929 to 1959. He served on the Board of Managers of Haverford College from 1959 to 1969, as well as on the boards of University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and others. His contributions forwarded several programs at Haverford College.


2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)




The papers of James P. Magill (b. 1885), a Quaker investment banker and philanthropist, dedicated to his alma mater, Haverford College, and with a great interest in the arts in the Philadelphia area. His circle of acquaintances included archaeologists, authors, and artists.

Separated Materials

  • To Haverford Archives: photographs of the library, photographs of faculty and board members, pamphlets about Haverford, memorial to Christopher Morley by the Library Associates, map of the college, reprint of a paper by William Cadbury, Jr. and paper by Lewis Green.
  • To stacks or Philips Wing: pamphlets, maps, art photographs
  • To Cricket: Cricket program at Haverford.
  • To P.G.: pamphlets

Processing Information

Original processing information unknown. Reboxed and finding aid revised September 2022 by Sakina Gulamhusein.

James P. Magill papers, 1911-1974
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Revision Statements

  • May 2022: by Nathaniel Rehm-Daly, Harmful Language Revision Project
  • September 2022: Reboxed and finding aid revised by Sakina Gulamhusein

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