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Joseph Meyers correspondence

Identifier: HC.MC-883

Scope and Contents

There are over 100 letters in this collection from 14 different correspondents. Most of the letter writers were Meyer’s classmates at Westtown School. The letters contain mostly life events, discussions of mutual friends, and reminiscence of the Westtown days. Many of the correspondents mention each other or their families in one letter or another, and it is clear that they are all familiar, likely through Westtown. The majority of the letters are from one William B. Kirkbride, Meyer’s school friend and his mother’s fourth cousin. Kirkbride’s letters span from their graduation from Westtown until less than one month before Kirkbride’s death. The non-correspondence materials include invitations to Haverford College events from 1879-1882 (especially relating to D.H. Forsythe, W. Leeds, E. Jones, C. Gause Jr.) and Meyer’s report cards from Friends School, Muncy from 1868-1872.


  • 1877-1924


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Joseph E. Meyers entered Westtown School at the age of 15 in November of 1873, after attending Friends School, Muncy. His father, William Meyers, was a resident of Wolf Run, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Joseph Meyers graduated from Westtown in 1877 and stayed on as an assistant teacher until 1878. This collection of letters sent to Meyers follows him from the year he graduated Westtown until 1931, ages 19 to 73.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)




Joseph E. Meyers entered Westtown School at the age of 15 in November of 1873. The letters in the collection are from classmates at Westtown, discussing life events, mutual friends, and reminiscence of the Westtown days and are dated from his graduation from the school in 1877 until 1924.


Letters are arranged by correspondent and then date.


The Joseph Meyers correspondence was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1991 by the Westtown School.

Processing Information

Processed by Anna Saum; completed October 2014

Joseph Meyers correspondence, 1877-1924
Anna Saum
October 2014
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