An Inventory of the Mary Sullivan Patterson Papers, 1878-1987

(13 linear ft.)

RG 5/118


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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081-1399 U.S.A.  

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Abstract
Mary Sullivan Patterson (1906-1987) was a Quaker historian and genealogist from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. The collection contains correspondence, including that with Friends meetings in Great Britain (1957) concerning the location of their records, written in preparation for a trip to compile notes concerning Quaker immigrants to America, diary (1924) kept during a visit to England with a young Friends group, articles on biographical and historical topics and Quaker affairs, genealogical notes on the Thomson, Sullivan, and other related families, reference materials on historic homes, particularly the homes of Caleb Pusey in Delaware County, Pa., and Benjamin West in Swarthmore, Pa., pictures, clippings, and memorabilia. Includes typewritten transcripts of diary (1809) of Sarah Thomson.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL Mary Sullivan Patterson (1906-1987) was a Quaker historian and genealogist from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection contains correspondence, including that with Friends meetings in Great Britain (1957) concerning the location of their records, written in preparation for a trip to compile notes concerning Quaker immigrants to America. Also incuded is a diary (1924) kept during a visit to England with a young Friends group, articles on biographical and historical topics and Quaker affairs, genealogical notes on the Thomson, Sullivan, and other related families, reference materials on historic homes, particularly the homes of Caleb Pusey in Delaware County, Pa., and Benjamin West in Swarthmore, Pa., pictures, clippings, and memorabilia. Includes typewritten transcripts of diary (1809) of Sarah Thomson.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into nine series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Delaware County (Pa.) -- Historic buildings and sites
  • Diaries
  • Emigration and immigration -- Great Britain
  • Emigration and immigration -- United States
  • Genealogies
  • Genealogists -- Pennsylvania
  • Great Britain -- Churches and religious affairs -- Quaker
  • Great Britain -- Description and travel -- 1901-1945
  • Great Britain -- Description and travel -- 1946-1970
  • Great Britain -- Emigration and immigration
  • Historians -- Pennsylvania
  • Historic buildings -- Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania -- Family and personal papers -- 19th-20th centuries
  • Pennsylvania -- Historic buildings and sites
  • Pusey, Caleb-- 1650?-1727 -- Homes and haunts
  • Quakers -- Genealogy
  • Quakers -- History
  • Quakers --United States
  • Quakers--Great Britain
  • Sullivan family-- Genealogy
  • Swarthmore (Pa.) -- Family and personal papers
  • Swarthmore (Pa.) -- Historic buildings and sites
  • Thomson family -- Genealogy
  • United States -- Emigration and immigration
  • West, Benjamin, 1738-1820 -- Homes and haunts
  • Women genealogists -- Pennsylvania
  • Women historians -- Pennsylvania
  • Women, Quaker-- Pennsylvania -- Personal and other papers -- 20th century
  • Youth -- United States-- Travel -- Great Britain
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Thomson, Sarah
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1969
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 material

Clippings, articles, etc., mainly regarding the Sullivan and Thomson families. Includes Christmas letters. Box 1

Ser. 2. Writings, 1904-1962, n.d.

Articles and speeches

“Feeding Our Hungry School Children,” talk given on Philadelphia radio station Spring 1931 (typewritten copy) Box 1

“John Barnes, the Man Who Owned Jenkintown,” by Mary S. Patterson and Marion Rubicam Balderston. n.d. Box 1

“Housing for the Quaker Spirit,” Reprinted from Friends Journal Nov. 5, 1955 (2 copies) Box 1

“Saving a Seventeenth Century Pennsylvania Home.” Printed in the Germantowne Crier, Vol. 14, No. 3, p.75 Sept. 1962 (2 copies) Box 1

“The German Children's Party,” Friends' Intelligencer, p. 707 Oct. 25, 1904 Box 1

Material collected for “The Biddles of Swarthmore College,” Friends Journal July 14, 1956 Box 1

Verse Box 1

Ser. 3. Correspondence, 1878, 1890, 1909, 1924, Kendal Conference, 1930-1968. Mostly received by Mary S. Patterson.
Various authors. See finding aid in library for checklist of correspondence ca. 1957 with meetings in Great Britain.In 1957 Mary Patterson planned a trip to Great Britain for historical and genealogical research. She wrote to many of the Monthly Meetings there inquiring about the location of their meeting records prior to 1750. These replies are arranged as far as possible alphabetically by the name of the meeting. A list of meetings follows:


Aberdeen Two-Months Meeting, Scotland Box 1

Allendale M.M., Northumberland Box 1

Alton M.M., Hampshire Box 1

Brighouse M.M., Yorkshire Box 1

Bristol and Frenchay M.M. Box 1

Cambridge M.M. Box 1

Canterbury M.M., Kent Box 1

Carlisle M.M., Cumberland Box 1

Cheshire M.M. Box 1

Colchester M.M., Essay Box 1

Cornwall M.M. Box 1

Darlington M.M., Co. Durham Box 1

Devonshire House and Tottenham M.M., London Box 1

Dorking, Horsham, and Guildford M.M., Surrey Box 1

Edinburgh M.M. Box 1

Friends House, London Box 1

Gloucester and Nailsworth M.M. Box 1

Hardshaw West M.M., Liverpool Box 1

Hereford and Radnor MM. Box 1

Hertford and Hitchin M.M., Hertfordshire Box 1

Holm M.M., Cumberland Box 1

Kendal and Sedbergh M.M., Westnorland Box 1

Kingston M.M., Middlesex Box 1

Lancaster M.M. Box 1

Leeds M.M., Yorkshire Box 1

Leicester M.M. Box 1

Lewes and Chichester M.M., Sussex Box 1

Lincolnshire M.M. Box 1

Luton and Leighton M.M., Hertfordshire Box 1

Marsden M.M., Lancashire Box 1

Mid-Somerset M.M. Box 1

Newcastle M.M. Box 1

Northampton and Wellingborough M.M, Northants Box 1

North Somerset and Wilts M.M Box 1

Norwich M.M, Norfolk Box 1

Notts and Derby M.M. Box 1

Pardshaw M.M., Cumberland Box 1

Pontefract M.M., Yorkshire Box 1

Preston M.M., Lancashire Box 1

Reading M.M., Berkshire Box 1

Rochester M.M, Kent Box 1

Settle M.M., Yorkshire Box 1

Shaftsbury and Sherborne M.M, Dorset Box 1

South Wales M.M, Cardiff Box 1

Strickland M.M., laid down, records at Penrith, Cumberland Box 1

Swarthmore M.M., Lancashire Box 1

Thaxted M.M., Essex Box 1

Tivetshall M.M., Norfolk Box 1

Upperside M.M., laid down, records at Friends House, London Box 1

Warwickshire M.M., Birmingham Box 1

Wellingborough M.M., Northants Box 1

West Devon M.M., Plymouth Box 1

West Somerset M.M. Box 1

Westminster and Longford M.M., Friends House Box 1

Witham M.M., Chelmsford, Essex Box 1

Witney M.M., Berkshire Box 1

Woodbridge M.M., Ipswich, Suffolk Box 1

Worcestershire and Shropshire M.M. Box 1

York M.M. Box 1

Ser. 3a. Manuscript, 1957, 1982

“Quaker emigrants to America: notes made in England and Wales, 1957.”
Index prepared by John Ivie, 1982.
1957 (3 vols., typescript) Box 1s

4. Memorabilia, 1921-1941

Personal scrapbook Box 1b

Photo album
Includes tribute to Miriam Davidson Wilson.
1923-24 Box 1b

Photo album 1921-41 Box 1

Personal diary of Alice Sullivan Perkins '04, after her husband's death in the flu epidemic of 1918.
Includes material on Eilene Galloway, SC classmate of Mary Patterson.
Box 1

Diary of journey of a delegation of American young Friends to England and Germany, 1924 Box 1

Ser. 5. Diary, 1809

Diary of Sarah Thompson, 1809 (typewritten copy) Box 2

6. Pictures, 1964, n.d.

Pictures, including President L.B. Johnson's Commencement Visit 1964 Box 2

Ser. 7. Genealogical material, 1825-1958, n.d.

Miscellaneous generalogical material
Includes The New Jersey Genesis, Oct. 1958, Vol. No.6, Issue No. 1, containing “Abraham Lincoln's New Jersey Ancestors;” note on the Sharpe Family; some genealogical correspondence.
Box 2

Fisher gen. (White Meadow Mansion) Box 2

Staffordshire M.M. minute Richard Smith Research on various family names 1825 9mo. 1 Box 2

Ser. 8. Legal Papers, 1715-1916

Deed, John S. Collins to Joseph T. Sullivan, Burlington, N.J., 1887 6mo. 27 Box 3

Deed, William Jenkins to Samuel Cart, Phila. June 4, 1715 (negative photostat) Box 3

Will of Alice Sullivan Perkins 4/25/1916 Box 3

9. Reference material, 1919-1967

Miscellaneous, reflecting Mary S. Patterson's interest in Quakerism, and in things historical. Box 3

Caleb Pusey House Box 3

Historic Pennsylvania Leaflet, Nos. 1-15, 17-25, 1957-1962 Box 3

Cape May Co., N.J. Mag. of Hist. & Gen. 1933, 1943 Box 3

Gloucester Co. Hist. Soc. - min. of Court 1686-7 Box 3

Germantowne CRIER Sept. Dec. 1964, May 1965, May 1966 Box 3

Schofield School, Aiken, S.C. - annual reports & corr. 1919-1926 Box 3

Benjamin West birthplace
Correspondence with J.W. Frost, Director of FHL re her belief that the house on S.C. campus is B.W.'s birthplace.
Box 3