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Albert Joseph Edmunds papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1152

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters to and from Albert J. Edmunds and J. Rendel Harris.

A folder of the manuscripts of Albert J. Edmunds includes his thoughts on belief and memories of J. Rendel Harris.

Letters from J. Rendel Harris, primarily to Edmunds, were written from Haverford College, England (including Woodbrooke), Suez, Athens, and Constantinople (now Istanbul). The letters offer Harris's advice on Edmunds's notable research interest, the parallels and intersections of Buddhism and Christianity; various topics in Christianity; Buddhism and the New Testament; and incidental issues.

Included also is correspondence of Albert Edmunds, written 1933-1941. There are some responses from Morris Evans Leeds and Felix Morley. Some of this material is especially concerned with Buddhism and Christianity, as well as his time at Haverford.

Letters to Edmunds are from Haverford College friends. Writers include John H. Dillingham, Amelia Mott Gummere, Rufus Jones, Rayner W. Kelsey, Morris Evans Leeds, Christopher Morley, Felix Morley, Frank V. Morley, Robert Rogers, Charles Coleman Sellers, Edith F. Sharpless, and Edward Valentine.


  • Creation: 1887-1941


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

Albert J. Edmunds (1857-1941) was a scholar and mystic, as well as a pupil and disciple of J. Rendel Harris. He was born in England and educated at Friends' Schools. After emigrating to Philadelphia in 1885, he worked as a librarian at Haverford College from 1887 to 1889. He worked from 1891 to 1936 at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.


.25 linear ft. (1 box)

Language of Materials



Correspondence and manuscripts of Albert Edmunds primarily relating to Buddhism and Christianity.


The letters of J. Rendel Harris and Albert Edmunds are arranged chronologically; letters of other writers are arranged alphabetically.


The Albert Joseph Edmunds papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1941 by Albert J. Edmunds.

Related Materials

Albert J. Edmunds papers, Collection 1342, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Processing Information

Processed by Diana Franzusoff Peterson; completed December, 2011.

Albert Joseph Edmunds papers, 1887-1941
Diana Franzusoff Peterson
December, 2011
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Revision Statements

  • March, 2019: Revised and box listed added by Seabrook Jeffcoat

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