BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL
Charles F. Jenkins was born December 17, 1865, the eldest of seven children of Howard M. Jenkins and Mary Anna (Atkinson)
Jenkins. His father was a scholar of Pennsylvania history, active in the Society of Friends, editor of Friends Intelligencer,
and a member of the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College. In 1890 Charles Jenkins married Maria Cope, and he became editor
and publisher of Farm Journal, a magazine founded by his uncle, William Atkinson.
Charles F. Jenkins was active in Quaker concerns, including serving as Clerk of Green Street Monthly Meeting (1901-43) and
Treasurer of the American Friends Service Committee (1917-1930), the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (1919-1934), Friends Boarding
Home Committee of the Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, and the Quaker periodical, Friends Intelligencer. He was active with
his father, Howard M. Jenkins, in the development of the Inn and Community of Buck Hill Falls in Pennsylvania. He was a Manager
of Swarthmore College for 40 years and President of the Board from 1933 to 1944. He also was a founder of the Ozone golf club
and the Friends Social Union, President of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, a member of the American Philosophical
Society and many other learned, social, and philanthropic organizations. In addition, he was an historian of Germantown, Pennsylvania,
an author, and poet, as well as interested in horticulture. His garden, "Far Country," on his estate in Germantown included
a hemlock arboretum and a Signer's Walk with stepping stones commemorating the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Jenkins also collected autographs of prominent Quakers and other important reformers. He established the Howard M. Jenkins
Professorship of Quaker History and Research (later the Howard M. and Charles F. Jenkins Professorship) at Swarthmore College
in memory of his father. He died July 2, 1951.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
Includes correspondence about "Signers' Walk" at Far Country, 1939-46, and general correspondence, 1897-1947, relating to
Swarthmore College, Quaker meetings, William Penn, Pennsylvania history, Tortola, Anna T. Jeanes, and other topics. Correspondences
include William I. Hull, J. Russell Hayes, Archibald Henderson, Paul Pearson, and others. Also included in the collection
is a journal, 1865, possibly of Howard M. Jenkins, addresses, poems, stories, and genealogical papers relating to the Jenkins
and associated families. Of particular interest is the 1931 correspondence relating to a pamphlet Jenkins wrote on the Society
of Friends reunification.
The collection is divided into six series:
Speeches and Writings
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