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Visitor's Book of Allen and Rebecca Thomas

Identifier: HC.MC-975-11-057

Scope and Contents

This is a one-volume visitor’s book kept by Allen Clapp Thomas and his wife, Rebecca between 1872 and 1892. The couple lived at Edinburgh, Scotland for a time and entries in the book made between December 1872 (first entry) and February 1873 are addressed from there. Subsequent entries (through 1892) are addressed from Baltimore. They were visited by many people associated with Haverford College and by other prominent Quakers, including Thomas Chase, Anna Yarnall, James Rhoads, J. Rendell Harris, and Frank Morley.

Entries usually have name, date, and region from whence the visitor has come. Multiple entries per page. Often, whole families recorded their names at once. The book is not wholly filled--only the first 60 pages have entries, with the remainder of the book being blank.


  • Creation: 1872 - 1892


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

Allen Clapp Thomas was born on December 26, 1846, in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Richard Henry Thomas, M.D., and Phebe Clapp. He entered Haverford in 1861, and graduated in 1865. He was the valedictorian of his class and the alumni poet in 1866. After graduating from Haverford, he was involved with the mercantile, shipping, and commission business from 1865 to 1878. Afterwards, he became a member of Haverford's faculty, first as a prefect from 1878 to 1887, then as a professor of history and political science from 1887 to 1893 and finally as professor of history from 1893 to 1912. He also worked as a librarian from 1878 till 1915. He was the Presiding Clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends (Orthodox) from 1897 to 1920, and was involved with a number of other spiritual and philanthropic societies throughout his life. He married Rebecca H. Marble in Rhode Island in 1872, and they had two children, Edward Thomas and Miriam Thomas. He died in Haverford, Pennsylvania, on December 15, 1920.


.01 linear ft. (1 volume)

Language of Materials





Single volume with chronological entries


Gift of Elizabeth Moger, 1985

Processing Information

Processed by Hannah Kolzer, completed March 2022

Visitor's Book of Allen and Rebecca Thomas
Hannah Kolzer
March, 2022
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