An Inventory of the Aaron M. (Aaron Macy) Powell Papers, 1865-1900

(1 box; 0.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/122

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

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Aaron M. (Aaron Macy) Powell, 1832-1899, was a Quaker social reformer. The collection contains correspondence, much of it letters of condolence following the death (1867) of Powell's daughter Elizabeth, biographical materials and tributes, and mss. of his biographies of George Fox and Wendell Phillips.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL Aaron M. (Aaron Macy) Powell, (1832-1899) was a Quaker social reformer, active in the Anti-Slavery Society.

Aaron M. Powell was born March 26, 1832, in Clinton, New York, the son of Townsend and Catherine Macy Powell. He was a birthright Quaker and the older brother of Elizabeth Macy Powell, who became the first Dean of Women of Swarthmore College. When he was thirteen, the family moved to Macy homestead in Ghent, New York, and Powell as a young man became active in the anti-slavery movement. He was an editor of the National Temperance Advocate and the National Anti-Slavery Stand and a founder of the American Purity Alliance. Powell was a member of Plainfield and Rahway Monthly Meeting (N.J.) at the time of his death on May 13, 1899.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection, which was removed from the papers of Powell's sister, Elizabeth Powell Bond, contains personal correspondence, much of it letters of condolence following the death (1867) of Powell's only child, Elizabeth; biographical materials and tributes; and manuscripts of his biographies of George Fox and Wendell Phillips.

Arrangement The collection is divided into four series:

Added entries

  • Abolitionists
  • Biographies
  • Powell, Elizabeth, d. 1867 - Death and burial
  • Quaker Abolitionists
  • Quakers -- New Jersey
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Quakers --United States
  • Social reformers-- United States
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Elizabeth Powell Bond, 1841-1926
  • Fox, George, fld 1624-1691
  • Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884
  • Powell, Aaron M. (Aaron Macy), 1832-1899
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Sponsor: Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries


Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Biographical material

Includes sketch of life, memorials Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1865-1882

Includes letters from Emerson, Wendell Phillips, signatures of Lucy Stone, Lydia Maria Child, and others. 1865-1882 Box 1

Ser. 3. Manuscripts

By Aaron M. Powell on George Fox and Wendell Phillips. Box 1

Ser. 4. Album, 1872

Album of brief quotations from well-known authors presented to Anna Rice Powell by her husband 1872 Box 1