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Gummere family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-950-086

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the correspondence, photographs, and clippings of the Gummere family.


  • Creation: 1901-1929


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

Amelia Mott Gummere (1859-1937) was born on July 17, 1859, in Burlington, New Jersey, the daughter of Richard Field and Susan Thomas Mott. She received her education at the Friends’ School in Providence, Rhode Island, where she graduated as a member of the class of 1878. In 1882, she married Francis Barton Gummere with whom she later had three sons. Gummere was a well-known author of works on Quaker subjects including: The Quaker—a Study in Costume, Witchcraft and Quakerism, The Quaker in the Forum, and The Journal and Essays of John Woolman. She served as the editor for the Bulletin of the Friends Historical Association for several years and was a member of multiple local and international Friends Historical Societies. She was a member of the Haverford Monthly Meeting and President of the John Woolman Association. Gummere died on October 7, 1937, in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

Francis Barton Gummere (March 6th, 1855 - May 30th, 1919) was born to Samuel J. Gummere and Elizabeth H. Barton in Burlington, New Jersey. He was half-brother of Caroline E. Gummere and John Gummere. In 1870, his family moved to Haverford, Pennsylvania. He became a student at Haverford College. He received his bachelor's from Harvard University in 1875 (the same year he received his master's from Haverford) and taught there for two years as an English instructor. He then ran the William Swain School for Advanced Work at New Bedford, Massachusetts, and later worked with the Penn Cord and Iron Works. After, he worked the law firm F.I. Gowan, and then as a teacher at the Providence, Rhode Island Friends’ School and later at Moses Brown School. He went on to become a professor of German and English at Haverford College in 1888. He studied abroad at the Universities of Berlin, Leipzig, and Jena, and received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Freiburg. He married Amelia Smith Mott in 1882, and had three children: Richard M., Samuel J., and Francis Barton Jr.


.3 linear ft. (11 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is comprised of the correspondence, photographs, and clippings of the Gummere family.


The Gummere family papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College by John F. Gummere. Geneological chart and poem donated July, 1984. Certificate donated December, 1978.

Related Materials

  • HC.MC.1005 Amelia Mott Gummere papers
  • HC.MC.1258 Francis and Samuel Gummere papers

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed February, 2016.

Gummere family papers, 1901-1929
Kara Flynn
February, 2016
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