John Russell Hayes Papers, 1880-1936

(5 boxes; 2.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/180


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500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399  

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Abstract
John Russell Hayes (1866-1945) was a Quaker educator, poet, and Librarian of Swarthmore College, 1906-1927 and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, 1927-1935. The collection contains letters received by Hayes, 1887-1936, diaries covering the period 1880-1935, and miscellaneous papers including an album of collected manuscript samples of contemporary poets. The diaries include poetry and cover personal and Swarthmore College activities and concerns.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL
1866-1892 John Russell Hayes (1866-1945) was a Quaker educator, poet, and Librarian of Swarthmore College, 1906-1927 and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, 1927-1935. John Russell Hayes was born in 1866, the son of William M. and Rachel (Russell) Hayes, and was descended from a long-time Chester County, Pa., Quaker family. He spent much of his childhood on the Hayes family farm on the Brandywine River. He married Emma Gawthrop of Wilmington, Delaware, in 1892. Both were graduates of Swarthmore College, Class of 1888.
1892-1906 J. Russell Hayes graduated from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, but he only practiced law for a year before returning to Swarthmore College to teach literature and composition. He also attended Harvard, Oxford, the University of Strassburg, Germany.
1906-1935 In 1906 he became College Librarian, a position he held until 1927. From 1927 to 1935, he served as Librarian of Friends Historical Library, and after his retirement, he was made Librarian Emeritus. Hayes supported the war effort in 1918, a position that was controversial among Quakers.
1939-1945 J. Russell Hayes and his wife were both members of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting. They had three daughter, Esther, Katharine, and Eleanor, all of whom were also Swarthmore College graduates. Emma Hayes died in 1939, and J. Russell Hayes died Dec. 29, 1945. He was the author of a number of books, primarily of verse. Most of his poetry reflected the local landscape and his Quaker roots.
Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection contains letters received by Hayes, 1887-1936, diaries covering the period 1880-1935, and miscellaneous papers including an album of collected manuscript samples of contemporary poets. The diaries include poetry and local notes and photographs and cover personal and Swarthmore College activities and concerns..

Arrangement
Arrangement The colleciton is divided into four series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • American poetry -- Quaker authors
  • Authors -- Quaker
  • Diaries
  • Pennsylvania -- Quakers
  • Poetry
  • Quaker -- Poetry
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Swarthmore (Pa.)
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Swarthmore College
Credits
Processed by: SKM
Date: 2001
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. Letters received, Emma and J. Russell Hayes

Correspondence
Most early letters are from Esther T. and William Hyde Appleton and Elizabeth Powell Bond. Later letters concern Hayes' poetry. Of particular interest are letters written to Hayes in reaction to his support of the war effort in 1918.
1887-1936 (bulk 1899-1913) Box 1

Ser. 2. Diaries of Emma & J. Russell Hayes, 1880-1935
(31 vols)

Diary/day book of Emma Gawthrop Hayes 1885-1888, 1891 Box 1

Diaries of J. Russell Hayes 1880-1935

Diaries of J. Russell Hayes 1880-1906 Box 2

Diaries of J. Russell Hayes 1906-1820 Box 3

Diaries of J. Russell Hayes 1920-1935 Box 4

Ser. 3. Albums, 1894-1918

Catalogue of the library of J. Russell and Emma G. Hayes 1894- Box 5

Rachel H. Russell's autograph album 1861 Box 5

Mss album of collected poetry: "Book of Poets" 1902-1918 Box 5

Ser. 4. Writings, 1898, n.d.

Poetry [see also the diaries] Box 5

Prose writings, 1898, n.d.

"An evening with Dr. Horace Howard" Box 5

"Furness at `Lindenshade' " 3/8/1898 Box 5