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John Gummere day book

Identifier: HC.MC-975-11-013

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the single volume day book of John Gummere. It records attendance of his pupils, likely at Westtown School, and the back of the volume includes “an account of paper sold to the children." The front inside cover of the volume includes a number of signatures of Samuel Gummere. Samuel R. Gummere (1789-1866) was a teacher around the same time as John Gummere, in Burlington N.J., but it seems more likely that these signature belong to John Gummere’s son, Samuel James Gummere (1811-1874).


  • Creation: 1809-1815


Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

John Gummere (1784-1845) was born in 1784 near Willow Grove, Pa., the son of Samuel and Rachel (James) Gummere. Gummere was a teacher, and taught at Horsham, Pa. (1803) and Westtown School (1808-1815), before opening his own school for boys in Burlington, N.j. (1815). He married Elizabeth Buzby in 1808, and the couple had 11 children: Elizabeth, Frances,George, Henry Deacon, John, Martha, Mary, Rachel, Samuel James, Susan, and William. In 1825, Gummere earned his M.A. from princeton, and in 1833, he became a teacher at Haverford College, where he would later become superintendent. Among Gummere's published works were: "Treatise on Surveying," "Treatise on Theoretical and Practical Astronomy, and "An elementary treatise on Astronomy."


0.04 linear ft. (1 volume)

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Related Materials

  • MC 1258 Francis and Samuel Gummere papers
  • MC 1148 Gummere-Mott family papers
  • MC.950.086 Gummere family papers
  • MC 1112 Wills family papers

Processing note

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed December 2015.

John Gummere day book, 1809-1815
Kara Flynn
December 2015
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