Joseph Solomon Walton Papers, 1878-1943 [bulk, 1878-1910]

(5 boxes; 2.25 linear feet)

RG 5/ 158

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Table of contents
Joseph Solomon Walton (1855-1j912) was a Quaker educator and the second principal (1901-1912) of the George School (Bucks County, Pa.). The collection contains diaries and biographical material, financial and legal papers, correspondence, writings and lectures, and papers related to the George School.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL Joseph Solomon Walton (1855-1912) was a Quaker educator and the second principal of the George School (Bucks County, Pa.). He was a birthright member of Fallowfield Monthly Meeting, the son of George and Ann Eliza (Pusey) Walton. He attended West Chester State Normal School and taught at public and Friends' schools, including West Chester State. He married Dora E. Brosius in 1880, and they had four sons: George A. (1883-1969), Joseph Bernard (1885-1963), Jesse Pusey (b. 1887), and Lewis Brosius (b. 1889). Walton served as superintendent of Chester County schools, principal of Friends Central School (1898-1901) and headmaster of the George School (1901-1912). He also taught part-time at Swarthmore College.

Joseph S. Walton died suddenly in January 1912, and his son, George A. Walton, succeeded him as headmaster of the George School.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection contains diaries and biographical material, financial and legal papers, correspondence, writings and lectures, and papers related to the George School. The Waltons were a long-time Quaker family, involved in Quaker, social, and educational concerns.

Arrangement The collection is divided into six series:

Added entries

  • Bucks County (Pa.) --Education
  • Education -- Schools --Quakers
  • George School (Bucks County, Pa.)
  • Pennsylvania --Quakers
  • Quakers - Diaries - 19th and 20th century
  • Quakers - Travel
  • Quakers -- Education--Schools
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Newtown
  • Quakers --Social life and customs--29
  • Schools -- Bucks County, Pa.
  • Travelers' writings, American - Quaker
  • Walton, George A. (George Arthur), b. 1883
  • Walton, Joseph Solomon, 1855-1912
Processed by: FHL staff
Date: 1967
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Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Biographical material, ca. 1880-1911

Outline chronology of life of Joseph S. Walton (1 sheet) Box 1

Journals, 1879-1911

Diary 1879-1897 Box 1

Diary 1898-1908 Box 1

England and Scotland journal 1904 Box 1

Journal entitlted "Glimpses of Friends in England" 1904 Box 1

Tour of Europe journal 1911 Box 1

"Notes by the Way", 1902-1906
Describes experiences in traveling to be used for articles or books.
Box 1

"A Pedestrian's trip to Buck Hill" 1902 Box 1

"A Sunrise at Sea" n.d. Box 1

"Sunset Oak" 1902 Box 1

"In Through Creek Valley" 1903 Box 1

"Lake George Camp" 1903 Box 1

"Quaker Footsteps in the Land of J. Knox"
Published in the Friends' Intelligencer.
1906 (printed) Box 1

"Maine" 1906 Box 1

List of Lewis B. Walton "Archives of Joseph S. Walton"
Papers which belonged to Lewis B. Walton and are included in this collection.
Box 1

University of Pennsylvania records and thesis (printed) 1893-1896, 1897 Box 1

Miscellaneous notes, Swarthmore College 1904 Box 1

Family pictures, including copy negatives Box 1

3 photos unidentified ca. 1880 Box 1

Obituaries, and personal letters to George Walton after the death of Joseph S. Walton, and of Dora E. Walton Box 2

Letters re: Joseph S. Walton Box 2

Account of mountain climb in Switzerland with his father, written by Lewis B. Walton Box 2

Ser. 2. George School Papers, 1901-1965

Correspondence, 1908-1965:

Letter from Deborah Fisher Stubbs (J. Walton's sister), matron, to Isaac and Isabel Wierman 10/21/1910 Box 2

Letter from Joseph Swain 11/11/1908 Box 2

Letters from recent alumni to Joseph S. Walton
Letters kept in his desk.
1911 Box 2

Letters and memos from former pupils to George A. Walton
Letters includes reminiscences about Joseph S. Walton.
1964-1965 Box 2

Dr. J. S. Walton as his pupils remember him, by classes at George School Box 2

An account of Joseph S. Walton at the time of his death, with account to George School (4 typed carbon pages) Box 2

Address by the principal, re: Thanksgiving 1901 Box 2

Note by George Walton about Joseph S. Walton Box 2

"To the graduates" 1903 Box 2

Founders Day Welcome 1903 Box 2

Teachers' outing 1909-1910 Box 2

Ser. 3. Lectures and other writings, 1890-1909

Struggle for Ohio Valley (incomplete manuscript) n.d. Box 3

Newspaper clipping, "Conclusion as formed in the child's mind" 1890 Box 3

Lectures and lessons 1890-1893

Book of judgment Box 3

Emergencies (series of talks to school audiences) Box 3

Possibilities Box 3

Quakerism: what shall a Quaker do with it? Box 3

Who pays the school tax? Box 3

The Will Box 3

Boys and boys 1891-1899 Box 3

Great men, God's instruments: George Washington 1897 Box 3

Boys on a farm (unfinished manuscript) Box 3

The new democracy or the advent of Quakerism 1901-1902 Box 3

The inner light 1902-1903 Box 3

Keithianism 1903 Box 3

The legacy of William Penn
Reprint from Friends Quarterly Examiner, v. 37 p. 46-53.
1903 Box 3

Theological portions of Penn's writings n.d. Box 3

Religious education
Prepared for address at 15th and Race St.
1905 Box 4

Philosophy of education 1905 Box 4

David Lloyd (incomplete) 1905 Box 4

Elements of liberty in a spiritual religion 1906-1907 Box 4

Early Quakerism lectures (given at Swarthmore) 1907 Box 4

Studies in mystical religion
Printed in the Friends Intelligencer, v. 66, no. 34.
8/21/1909 Box 4

Ser. 4. Financial and legal papers, 1878-1943

Will of Joseph S. Walton 3/29/1890 Box 4

Publication contract between J.S. Walton and George W. Jacobs & Co.
re: book Conrad Weiser and the Indian Policy of Colonial Pennsylvania
4/30/1900 Box 4

Account book of Joseph S. Walton 1904-1911 Box 5

Account book of Joseph Walton, used by others 1912-1937 Box 4

Quit claim from Martin G. Brumbaugh to J.S. Walton
concerning Stories of Pennsylvania
9/10/1906 Box 4

Will of Dora E. Walton 3/20/1933 Box 4

Agreement, Dora E. Walton to Helen C. Muller re. Buck Hill Falls property 4/1/1939 Box 4

Estate of Dora E. Walton; George A. Walton, Exec. 1943 Box 4

Marriage certificate, Joseph to Dora Brosine
Filed in Chart Case.
Box CC

Joseph S. Walton diplomas
Filed in chart case.
Box CC

University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D, philosophy 1896

Dora Brosine diplomas
Filed in chart case.
Box CC

State Normal School, Master in Didactics 1878 Box 4

Ser. 5: Correspondence, 1895-1904

Personal correspondence received, 1895-1904:

from: American Book Company 11/7/1898 Box 5

L. [W.?] Brosius "To Brother and Sister" 4/25/1902 Box 5

John J. Cornell 11/24/1898 Box 5

F. Darlington
With news clippings regarding Joseph S. Walton's speech on teachers and tobacco.
Box 5

Lilian Graham 11/13/1904 Box 5

Jessie R. Henderson
With excerpts from an article titled "Lincoln's Religion."
2/10/1898 Box 5

John A. M. Passmore 2/15/1897 Box 5

James L. Pennypack 12/17/1903 Box 5

G.M. Phillips 8/12/1896 Box 5

Laura Richardson 11/14/1904 Box 5

D.S. "To My dear brother" n.d. Box 5

[indecipherable] of the State Normal School 6th District "To my dear friend" 2/5/1902 Box 5

Martin Brumbaugh 1900, 1901 Box 5

Ellen Gordon 1895-1896 Box 5

Miscellaneous correspondence rec'd re: farm materiall, 1898-1902

from: W.H. Thomas 1898-1902 Box 5

George Mavle, with notes 7/18/1898 Box 5

Pusey Harvey 7/28/1898 Box 5

Miscellaneous correspondence rec'd re: milk, 1902-1903

from: George Abbott (Abbot's Alderney Dairies), with Milk Statements 1902-1903 Box 5

Ser. 6. Memorabilia from George School, 1870-1904

Donation note of a book to Mrs. H.J. Turner, from the Agassiz Association of Philadelphia n.d. Box 5

Memorial of Mrs. Ernest Turner
As published in The Amateur Naturalist, vol. III no. 6.
2/1885 Box 5

Resolutions passed at the last meeting of the Leidy Association, concerning Mrs. Turner 1/7/1885 Box 5

Catalogue of the West Chester State Normal School 1st District
J.S. Walton listed in the student roster.
1876 Box 5

Funeral announcement for Margaretta Walton 5/4/1904 Box 5

Correspondence of Martin G. Brumbaugh

with American Book Company, with receipts 1898-1900 Box 5

from Addison L. Jones 3/22/1898 Box 5

Franchise to Ramon Valdes
Franchise grants the right to use water in the Rio Plata for energy production. 2 versions, with "Notes of inquiry on Valdes Franchise." No signature.
4/12/1900 Box 5

Puerto Rican currency 7/23/1870 Box 5

Unidentified photograph (Margaretta Walton?) ca. 1880s Box 5