Truman-Underhill Family Papers, 1755-1930

(2 boxes and oversized items, plus pictures)

RG 5/151


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Abstract
The Truman and Underhill families were prominent Philadelphia-area Quaker families with close ties to Swarthmore College and active in social concerns. Best known is George Truman (1798-1877), Quaker merchant and doctor and a recognized minister who visited Indians in the American West and former Quaker settlements in the West Indies. He was one of the founders of Swarthmore College. This collection contains chiefly the papers of Benjamin Mott Underhill (1863-1930), with some Truman-Underhill family material including genealogical and family documents, one folder of correspondence, and a picture collection which includes family albums, cased photographs, and silhouettes of the Truman and Underhill families.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL The Truman and Underhill families were Pennsylvania Quaker families with close ties to Swarthmore College and involved in social concerns. Best known is George Truman (1798-1877), Quaker merchant, dentist, and doctor and a recognized minister who visited Indians in the American West and former Quaker settlements in the West Indies.

Benjamin Mott Underhill (1863-1930) and his wife, Georgia Cook Myers Underhill (1877-1926) attended Swarthmore College. Benjamin Underhill graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1895 and from 1908 until his death was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He was active in the Delaware County Institute of Science and in Providence Friends Meeting in Media, Pennsylvania. His maternal grandfather was George Truman (1798-1877).

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT This collection contains chiefly the papers of Benjamin Mott Underhill (1863-1930) and Truman-Underhill family genealogical and family documents, one folder of family correspondence, and a picture collection which includes family albums, cased photographs, and silhouettes of the Truman and Underhill families. Of particular interest are a letter from George Truman to his wife Catherine describing his religious visit to Santa Cruz in 1840 and an account book, 1781-1796, of James Truman, coppersmith.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into five series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Quakers - Pennsylvania
  • Quakers - Social life and customs
  • Truman family
  • Underhill family
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Truman, George, 1798-1877
  • Underhill, Benjamin Mott, 1863-1930
Credits
Processed by: FHL staff
Date: 2000
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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, n.d.
Box 1

Ser. 2: Family correspondence, 1840-1847
Arranged chronologically in one folder.


George Truman to his wife
Describes religious visit to Santa Cruz and the welfare of slaves.
12/2/1840 (ALS) Box 1

Catherine Truman to daughter Sarah P. Truman, a student a Sharon Female Academy 5/30/1843 (ALS) Box 1

Lucretia Mott to William H. Channing
Original transferred to Mott Mss.
7/2/1847 (copy of ALS) Box 1

Ser. 3. Miscellaneous Family Papers, 1755-1904

Indenture, Benjamin Hickman Jr. apprentice to Daniel White 3/1/1755 Box 1

Account book of James Truman, coppersmith 1781-1796 Box 1

Certificate of membership of James Truman in the Society for the Institution and Support of First Day or Sunday Schools 5/19/1794 Box 1

Indenture, Benjamin Hickman and Phillip Physick 10/19/1795 Box 1

Membership certificate of William Masters in Pa. Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery 1796 Box 1

Parchment paper made by George Truman n.d. Box 1

Civil War passes between the lines for George Truman, Jr. (1834-1879) 1862 Box 1

Certificates, 1895-1904

Certificate: Univ. of Pennsylvania, Veterinary Medical Society 6/14/1895 Box RG 5+

Certificate: Pennsylvania State Veterinary Medical Association 3/3/1897 Box RG 5+

Certificate: American Veterinary Medical Association 9/5/1901 Box RG 5+

Certificate: Sociedad Dental Mexicana 8/18/1904 Box RG 5+

Certificate: Association for the Advancement of Science 12/27/1904 Box RG 5+

Watercolor (flowers) attributed to S.P. Underhill n.d. Box RG 5+

Ser. 4: Benjamin Mott Underhill, 1861-1929

Underhill family memorabilia, newspaper clippings, some invitations 1861-1929 Box 1

Writings and speeches 1921-1926 Box 1

Autograph album, Swarthmore College 1881 Box 1

Notebook with extracts of George Truman's sermons and writings Box 1

7 notebooks, mostly from lectures on veterinary medicine, and 4 books of clippings. (11 albums)

Ser. 5: Pictures, 1896-1894 & n.d., removed to picture collection PA 74:

Picture Albums: Various cabinet cards and cartes de visite, primarily of family and friends, also some celebrities

Album 1 Box 1

Album 2 Box 2

Album 3 Box 2

Album 4 Box 3

Album 5 Box 3

Album 6 Box 4

Daguerreotypes

Silhouettes
Hollowcut, one folder. One dated 1819 but others cut after 1830. Some appear to be from the Peale Museum. See also Album 1 silhouette of George and Catherine Truman by August Edouart, 1843.
1819, 1830-? Box 2

Miscellaneous loose pictures Box 2

Oversize pictures, 1851-1896

Residence of Dr. George Truman (interior) Box OS

Truman Family 1851, 1873 Box OS

George School, Class of 1897 Box OS

George School at Friends General Conference 1896 Box OS