An Inventory of the Robert Heydon Gayner Papers, 1927-1932

(6 boxes; 3 linear ft.)

RG 5/048


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Abstract
Chiefly family papers of tye Gayner family, Quakers, of Sunderland, England. Especially includes John Gayner (1824-1911), and his brother, Robert Heydon Gayner (1831-1916). Topics include family affairs, various Quaker interests, including the religious welfare of sailors and evening schools for young men, American Civil War, and trips to Europe and Egypt.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE The Gayner family were Quakers, of Sunderland, England. The papers chiefly concern John Gayner (1824-1911), and his brother, Robert Heydon Gayner (1831-1916). Topics include family affairs, various Quaker interests, including the religious welfare of sailors and evening schools for young men, American Civil War, and trips to Europe and Egypt.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS Much of the correspondence in this manuscript collection was written by or to Robert Heydon Gayner, born 1831, died April 22, 1916. Most of the rest was written to the unmarried daughter, Juliet Gayner, with whom he lived after his wife's death.

In the early years of this correspondence, the 1850's and 1860s, some of the more interesting letters were written to Robert by his older brother, John Gayner, Jr. John offered Robert advice on marriage, expressions of his Quaker beliefs, monetary interests in Roberts shipping business, comments on America's Civil War, and discussions of farm land values during the settlement of their father's estate in 1863. He mentions his interest in various concerns of English Friends of this period, such as distributing copies of the Scriptures to foreign sailors from Catholic countries, evening schools for young men, and promoting the knowledge of Friends views among other people. These letters have been kept separate from the main body of correspondence, and are organized chronologically.

The rest of the correspondence is concerned with the daily concerns of various members and relatives of the Gayner family in England and on their travels. These letters are also arranged chronologically. The Gayner Family was also acquainted with members of some of the prominent English Quaker families of the period, such as Sturge, Pease, Backhouse, and Fry.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into six series:


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Subjects
  • Davies family
  • Education -- Great Britain
  • Egypt -- Description and travel
  • Europe -- Description and travel
  • Evening and continuation schools -- Great Britain
  • Gayner family
  • Genealogies
  • Great Britain -- Churches and religious affairs -- Quaker
  • Great Britain -- Education -- Schools
  • Great Britain -- Family and personal papers -- 19th-20th centuries
  • Quakers -- Great Britain
  • Seamen -- Religious life
  • Sunderland (Tyne and Wear, England) -- Family and personal papers
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Foreign public opinion, British
  • Voyages and travels
  • Young men -- Education
  • Young men -- Great Britain
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Gayner, John, 1824-1911
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1967
Restrictions: Use Restrictions 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 of 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 and genealogical material
Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1845-1932
Arranged chronologically.


Correspondence, 1845-1932

Correspondence 1845-1859 Box 1

Correspondence 1860-1869 Box 2

Correspondence 1875-1909 Box 3

Correspondence 1910-1918 Box 4

Correspondence 1920-1932 Box 5

Ser. 3. Business, 1839-1863, n.d.

Letters, receipts, etc., dealing with the Gayner shipping business 1839-1863 Box 5

Household, clothing, hotel, etc., bills and receipts Box 5

Tax receipts, insurance and stock interests, etc Box 5

Ser. 4. Memorabilia

Newspaper clippings, sermons, Bible study cards, sketchbook, programs, poems, etc. Box 6

Marriage, "at home," death announcements, calling cards Box 6

Recipes Box 6

Student's lecture notes. Box 6

Ser. 5. Pictorial Material
Box 6

Ser. 6. Reference material
Box 6