Wilmer Atkinson Family Papers, 1881-1948

(4 boxes; 1.75 linear ft.)

RG 5/005

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Wilmer Atkinson (1840-1920) of Philadelphia, Pa., was a Quaker journalist and editor and publisher of the Farm Journal. He was active in social concerns, especially suffrage for women. The scrapbooks in this collection were compiled by his daughter, Gertrude Atkinson (1874-1948). The collection includes scrapbooks containing clippings and memorabilia concerning the Atkinson, Allen, and related families, and a typed copy of a journal which Wilmer Atkinson kept in 1917 concerning the War.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL Wilmer Atkinson was born June 13, 1840, the son of Thomas and Hannah (Quimby) Atkinson of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He was a birthright and lifelong member of the Society of Friends. Atkinson was educated at the Foulke Boarding School at Gwynedd and then at Freeland Seminary, which became Ursinus College. He served briefly in the Civil War, and in 1866 he married Anna Allen, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Allen of Philadelphia. His sister, Mary Anna Atkinson, married Howard M. Jenkins, who became a business partner. Wilmer and Anna had three daughters, Elizabeth Allen, Emily Quimby, and Gertrude. The youngest daughter, Gertrude (1874-1948) never married and compiled the scrapbooks in this collection.

Wilmer Atkinson was an editor of newspapers in Wilmington, Delaware, and Norristown, Pa., with his brother-in-law, Howard Jenkins. In 1877 he founded the Farm Journal, a monthly farm journal published in Philadelphia, Pa. His nephew, Charles Francis Jenkins, longtime member of the Swarthmore Board of Managers, succeeded him as editor of the Farm Journal. Atkinson was a journalist and active in social concerns, especially women's suffrage. He died May 10, 1920.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT Wilmer Atkinson (1840-1920) was a Philadelphia, Pa., Quaker journalist and publisher of the Farm Journal. The collection includes scrapbooks containing clippings and memorabilia concerning the Atkinson, Allen, and related families, and a typed journal which Atkinson kept in 1917 concerning the War. The family was involved with Ursinus College, women's suffrage, and Buck Hill Falls.

Arrangement The collection is divided in two series:

Added entries

  • Allen family
  • Atkinson family
  • Buck Hill Falls (Pa.)
  • Farm journal
  • Pennsylvania -- Quakers
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Quakers -- World War, 1914-1918
  • Quimby family
  • Scrapbooks
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Atkinson, Wilmer, 1840-1920
  • Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa
Processed by: SKM
Date: 2001
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Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Journal and notebooks, 1917, n.d.

War Journal of Wilmer Atkinson 1917 (typed mss.) Box 1

2 notebooks on family matters, genealogy (typed) Box 1

Misc. genealogical correspondence and biography of Atkinson by his daughter, Emily Ellis Box 1

Ser. 2. Scrapbooks, complied by Gertrude Atkinson, 1893-1948, n.d.

Scrapbook "W.A." on life and death of W. Atkinson Box 2

Loose items removed from scrapbook, condolences, etc. Box 2

Family Records, 1893-1948

Family Records 1893-1914 Box 2

Family Records 1914-1926 Box 2

Family Records 1925-1935 Box 3

Family Records 1932-1948 Box 3

Samuel Allen Family Record Book Box 4

Historical clippings (2 scrapbooks) Box 4