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Watson W. Dewees Meeting House Photographs

 Collection — othertype: PA-011
Identifier: SFHL-PA-011

Scope and Contents

This collection of photographs captures several Friends' meeting houses across Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Southeastern Ohio. The disbounded album's black and white prints are mounted on acidic, brittle black paper, and due to detrioration, have been stored in Mylar folders.


  • Creation: 1905


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See

Biographical / Historical

Photographs taken circa 1905 by Watson Wood Dewees (1845-1929). Dewees was born in Goshen, Ohio, and became a teacher at the Westtown School from 1866-1904. He was an avid amateur photographer, and his principle hobby was photographing Friends’ meeting houses. He often presented slide lectures with his photographs of meeting houses in Southeastern Pa., New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Southeastern Ohio. He was an Elder and Minister inat Haverford Monthly Meeting.

This collection of his photographs belonged to his daughter, Susan Janney Dewees, who grew up on the Westtown campus and was also a member of Haverford Monthly Meeting. She was one of the founders of the Woolman School in Swarthmore and its successor, Pendle Hill. She lived at “The Barclay,” a Quaker Home in West Chester, Pa., and died in 1953.


.3 cubic ft. (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of Friends' meeting house photographs taken circa 1905 by Watson Wood Dewees. The meeting houses depicted are located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Southeastern Ohio, Maryland and Delaware.


The photographs of Meeting Houses are generally arranged by state and county.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection belonged to Watson W. Dewees' daughter, Susan Janney Dewees.

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