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Smith family correspondence

 Collection — othertype: SC-133
Identifier: SFHL-SC-133


The collection contains family correspondence, most received by Ebenezer R. Smith, a Quaker of New York State and Iowa. Of interest is an unsent letter to Orson Squire Fowler, phrenologist and radical author, in which Ebenezer Smith expresses interest in taking Fowler's courses in order to pursue a career as lecturer and phrenologist. Letters from his parents, Barak and Mary Smith, of Springdale, Iowa, and other relations mention farm life and family concerns.


  • Creation: 1852-1878


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Ebenezer R. Smith (1829-1885) was a birthright member of Collins Monthly Meeting, the son of Barak Smith and Mary Palmer Smith. Barak and Mary Smith were granted a certificate from Danby Monthly Meeting to Collins in 1828 with their four older children, and then transferred to Red Cedar Monthly Meeting, Iowa, in 1853. In 1857, Ebenezer and his wife Carrie followed his parents to Iowa. They returned to New York State in the early 1870s where Ebenezer died in 1885.


.1 Linear Feet (.1 linear feet (2 folders.))

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--2011.

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