Alice Hall Paxson (1868-1955) was a Quaker
author and editor, of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Thomas
Heston and Lydia H. (Cox) Hall of Chester County. The family moved to
Swarthmore, Pa., about 1889, and Alice graduated from Swarthmore College in
1888. In 1897, she married Charles Paxson. The family had close ties to
Swarthmore College, including many graduates. Lydia (Cox) Hall was founding
editor and editor for forty years of the periodical Scattered Seeds, a position
in which her daughters, Abby Hall Paxson and Abby Hall Roberts, succeeded her.
About 1828, Alice Hall Paxson became sole editor. The collection contains
chiefly editorial correspondence and other papers relating to Scattered Seeds,
a magazine for Quaker children, from 1930-1936 when it was edited by Paxson.
The collection also includes correspondence with American Unitarian Association, publishers of a
similar periodical, The Beacon.