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Spencer Family papers

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-963

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of family correspondence, 1812-1905, and the commonplace books of Edith Spencer, 1804, and Rachel Spencer, 1812-1816. Chief correspondents are Rebecca Spencer (1794-1861), Amelia (Spencer) Jackson (fl. 1845), Lydia (Spencer) Morris (ca. 1829-1903), and Anna Spencer (ca. 1832-1905). The correspondence concerns family life from early days of family members at Westtown Boarding School through later years. Letters are arranged alphabetically by author. As many of the dates are incomplete, letters having no date are positioned first under each author, then letters having weekly dates, in the order of the days of the week, then letters having monthly dates, in their order, and finally, letters having full dates, in regular chronological order.

Dates

  • 1729 - 1905
  • Majority of material found within 1812 - 1905

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical / Historical

Edith Spencer, Rachel Spencer, Rebecca Spencer, Amelia (Spencer) Jackson, Lydia (Spencer) Morris, Anna Spencer.

Samuel Morris (1827-1905) married Lydia Spencer (1829-1903). George Spencer Morris (1867-1922) married Lydia Ellicott (1872-1956).

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Language

English

Overview

The 19th century correspondence and commonplace books of members of the Quaker Spencer family.

Arrangement

Letters are arranged alphabetically by author. As many dates are incomplete, letters having no date are positioned first under each author, then letters having weekly dates, in the order of the days of the week, then letters having monthly dates, in their order, and finally, letters having full dates, in regular chronological order.

Acquisition

The Spencer Family papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1965 by Nancy Morris Wood.

Related Materials

Related materials include the diary of Anna Spencer (1855-1903), located in HC.MC-975-01-075, and the Morris-Sansom papers, HC.MC-1008.

Processing Information

Original processing information unknown.

Title
Spencer Family papers, 1728-1905
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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