An Inventory of the Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn Papers, 1910-1955

(2 boxes; 1 linear ft.)

RG 5/027


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Abstract
Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn (1876-1959) was a Quaker author, reformer, and pacifist from Manchester, Vermont, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Throughout her life she was active in a number of reform movements, including peace, anti-vivisection, women suffrage, anti-lynching, prison reform, and opposition to child labor. She joined the Socialist party at the age of 35. At the time of her death in 1959, she was a member of Chestnut Hill (Pa.) Monthly Meeting. The collection contains correspondence, biographical data, essays, pageants and poetry, clippings, memorabilia, and photographs. Includes a grangerized copy of Cleghorn's autobiography, Threescore, and her War Journal of a Pacifist. Correspondents include Emily Greene Balch, A.J. Muste, Scott Nearing, Clarence Pickett, Norman Thomas, and Muriel Lester.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn (1876-1959) was a Quaker author, reformer, and pacifist from Manchester, Vermont, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born in Norfolk, Va., in 1876, Sarah Cleghorn spent her early life in Wisconsin and Minnesota. She was educated at a seminary in Vermont, and spent a year at Radcliffe as a special student. Throughout her life she was active in a number of reform movements, viz. peace, anti-vivisection, women suffrage, anti-lynching, prison reform, and opposition to child labor. She joined the Socialist Party at the age of 35. At the time of her death in 1959, she was a member of Chestnut Hill (Pa.) Monthly Meeting.

SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS The collection contains correspondence, biographical data, essays, pageants and poetry, clippings, memorabilia, and photographs. Includes a grangerized copy of Cleghorn's autobiography, Threescore, and her War Journal of a Pacifist. Correspondents include Emily Greene Balch, A.J. Muste, Scott Nearing, Clarence Pickett, Norman Thomas, and Muriel Lester.

RELATED MATERIAL : Essay "What about the animals?" Signed, typed carbon, 1929, with cover letter to her editor, Mr. Kellogg (MISC MSS); See also: Cleghorn Papers at the University of Vermont

ARRANGEMENT
The collection is divided into six series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Authors, women
  • Lynching
  • Peace
  • Prison reformers
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Social reformers
  • Socialists
  • Suffrage
  • Vivisection
  • Women, Quaker
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Balch, Emily Greene, 1867-1961
  • Cleghorn, Sarah Norcliffe, 1876-1959
  • Lester, Muriel, 1883-1968
  • Muste, Abraham John, 1885-1967
  • Nearing, Scott, 1883-
  • Pickett, Clarence, 1884-1965
  • Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1959
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Full discretion has been granted to the Director of Friends Historical Library by Sarah Fisher Scott (Mrs. J.P. Scott), Literary Executor of Sarah Cleghorn, to permit the use of these papers “for any general reference work, papers, essays, etc.” Anyone wishing, however, to use this material for the purpose of writing a book about Sarah Cleghorn must obtain permission from the Literary Executor whose address in June 1958 was 10 Hancock Street, Bar Harbor, Maine. Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.
Sponsor: Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries


Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Biographical material and notes

Grangerized copy of Threescore, her autobiography
Includes letter from SNC to Zephine Fahnestock, n.d., describing dream, inserted following p.29, per request of Anna Pettit Broomell, 4/18/63
Box 1

“War Journal of a Pacifist” [Restricted. See note in folder.] Box 1

“Footnotes to Threescore” by Anna Pettit Broomell and Book of Common Prayer with notes concerning family pasted in (photocopy of mss.) Box 1

Pictures and memorabilia Box 1

Miscellaneous Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1917-1955

Correspondence
Includes correspondence concerning the radio program “This I Believe”
1917-1955 Box 2

Ser. 3. Manuscript Writings

Essays:

“Blessing the Animals” Box 2

“Champion of Girls' Brains” Box 2

“Family Huddle on War” Box 2

“Four Fields of Pain” Box 2

“A Happy Crusader” Box 2

“Homemade Observations on Sleep and Dreams” Box 2

“Hypothesis from Mein Kampf” Box 2

“Increase of Torture?” Box 2

“Pioneer Mother -- Anne Story” (2 mss., both incomplete) Box 2

“Portrait of Albert Schweitzer” (book review) Box 2

“Religion and the Torture of Animals” (3 mss.) Box 2

“Soap Its Own Soap-Dish” Box 2

“Stubborn Child” Box 2

“The World is a Child” Box 2

“The Worsted Church” Box 2

Poetry:

“House, Hail and Farewell” Box 2

“Immortal Water” Box 2

“Life is that Sibyl” Box 2

“Orchard Notions I and II” Box 2

“The Slow, Long Burning” Box 2

“The Survival of the Fittest” Box 2

“We Do Sit Down” Box 2

Ser. 4. Pageants

“Liberty and Union” Box 2

“Historical Pageant” Box 2

“Second Christmas Pageant” (incomplete) Box 2

Letters to editors Box 2

Agreements with publishers re: manuscripts Box 2

Ser. 5. Printed Writings, 1910-1924, n.d.

Pamphlets and periodical articles Box 2

“Ballad of Gene Debs” Box 2

“Ballad of the Vermont Children's Aide” Box 2

“The Blackwater Tantrums” Box 2

“Contemporary Opinions of Thackeray” Box 2

“The Curiosities of Fashion”
Published in The Outlook.
Sept. 12, 1910 Box 2

“The Feel of a Jail” Box 2

“The Hearth of Life” Box 2

“Henry Peaslee and His Aunt Emma” Box 2

“The Homelike Name of God” Box 2

“Instead of the Thorn, the Fir Tree” Box 2

“Irish Fairies” Box 2

“Let Us Pray” Box 2

“Living by Intimations” Box 2

“Mr. Charles Raleigh Rawdon, Ma'am” Box 2

“Oh, How Delicate They Are” Box 2

“The Poltroon” Box 2

“Respect for the Body” Box 2

“The True Ballad of the Camden Boy” Box 2

“The True Ballad of the Extraordinary Fortitude of William Griffin” Box 2

“The True Ballad of Glorious Harriet Tubman” Box 2

“The True Ballad of Lionel Licorish” Box 2

“Turnpike Stories” Box 2

“Utopia Interpreted”
Published in The Atlantic Monthly.
July and Aug., 1924 Box 2

“The World is a Child” Box 2

Printed clippings Box 2

Ser. 6. Miscellaneous and unidentified papers

Miscellaneous papers collected by SNC Box 2