Anna Braithwaite Thomas Family Papers, 1869-1943

(2 boxes; 1 linear ft.)

RG 5/148


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Abstract
Anna Braithwaite Thomas (1854-1947) was a British American Quaker, of Baltimore, Maryland. The collection contains correspondence, drawings, notes, albums, poems, and photos, and eight volumes of diaries (1894-1896, 1936-1944). The earlier diaries describe a trip to England and Europe taken by Anna Thomas and her husband, Richard Henry Thomas (1854-1904), a Baltimore physician. Also included is a notebook (1869-1871) of Richard Henry Thomas while a student at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, along with articles and related materials concerning the couple's daughter, Henrietta Martha Thomas (1879-1919). These articles relate to her World War I pacifist service in Germany and Austria. Material relating to the genealogy of the Braithwaite and Thomas families is also part of the collection.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL Anna Braithwaite Thomas was the daughter of J. Bevan and Martha Gillet Braithwaite, born in Banbury, England, in 1854. She attended Bedford College and in 1878 was married to Dr. Richard H. Thomas of Baltimore, Maryland, and a graduate of Haverford College. The Braithwaite family was active in American Quaker activities, and Anna Thomas was a writer, peace activist, and involved in various Quaker concerns. She lived in England during the First World War where she served on the Alien's Committee and a relief mission to Vienna, Austria, after the War. Her daughter, Dr. Henrietta Thomas, died in 1919 after war service. Anna Braithwaite Thomas was recorded as a minister of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, and she represented Baltimore Yearly Meeting in various Quaker conferences. Anna Thomas died in 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection contains correspondence, diaries (8 volumes, 1894-1896, 1936-1944), the earlier diaries describe a trip to England and Europe taken by Anna Thomas and her husband, Richard Henry Thomas (1854-1904), a Baltimore physician, and drawings, notes, albums, poems, and photos; together with notebook (1869-1871) of Richard Henry Thomas while a student at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, article and related materials concerning the couple's daughter, Henrietta Martha Thomas (1879-1919) and her World War I pacifist service in Germany and Austria, and material relating to the genealogy of the Braithwaite and Thomas families.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into four series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Braithwaite family
  • British Americans -- Maryland
  • Peace -- Religious aspects
  • Quakers - Diaries
  • Quakers -- Austria
  • Quakers -- Maryland
  • Thomas family
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Thomas, Anna Braithwaite,
  • Thomas, Henrietta Martha, 1879-1919
  • Thomas, Richard Henry, 1854-1904
Credits
Processed 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.


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, 1894-1924, n.d.

"Table of the Descendants of Joseph Bevan and Martha Braithwaite"
Compiled by William C. Braithwaite.
1921 (printed leaflet; 2 copies) Box 1

Journals of trip to England of Richard H. and Anna B. Thomas, written by Anna 1894-1896 (2 volumes) Box 1

Diaries of Anna B. Thomas 1936-1944 (8 volumes) Box 1

Notebook of miscellaneous notes, drafts of letters, etc., by Anna B. Thomas.
Includes biographical account of some members of the Braithwaite family and brothers and sisters of Anna B. Thomas
Box 1

Obituaries
Of William Chas. Braithwaite (2); Henrietta M. Thomas, daughter of Anna B. Thomas; and John Clapp Thomas.
(printed) Box 1

Ser. 2. Writings

Typewritten draft of William C. Braithwaite, Memoir and Papers, by Anna Lloyd Braithwaite Thomas and Elizabeth B. Emmott
Includes related papers.
Box 2

Article by Henrietta M. Thomas, "A visit to Vienna and Berlin" (printed) Box 2

Poem, "Rhyme of the Kings" Box 2

Ser. 3. Memorabilia, 1851-1914, n.d.

Water color sketches by Anna B. Thomas
Includes some photographs and prints.
(2 notebooks) Box 2

Pen and ink drawing of a Quaker Meeting, signed A.B. Hand-painted motto. Box 2

Autograph album, apparently of Anna Braithwaite Thomas 1877-1927 Box 2

Notebook of drawings and water-colors by Elizabeth Gillett and copied "pieces." 1851 Box 2

Notebook belonging to Richard H. Thomas while at Haverford
Contains "pieces" copied by various classmates.
1869-1871 Box 2

"Moonlight", small homemade magazine 1893 (3 issues) Box 2

"The Ephratense Chronicle or The Vampire on a Pilgrimage," by Richard H. Thomas 1872 Box 2

Verses by Richard H. Thomas Box 2

Henrietta M. Thomas' passport 1914 Box 2

Ser. 4. Pictures

Mainly photographs of members of the Braithwaite and Thomas families Box 2