Eleanor Stabler Clarke Family Papers, 1950-1979

(1 box; 0.5 linear ft)

RG 5/185


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Abstract
Eleanor Stabler Clarke (1896-1995), a birthright Quaker, was active in the American Friends Service Committee and other Quaker organizations, and served on the Swarthmore College Board of Managers from 1935-1971. She was the daughter of Charles M. and Ida Palmer Stabler, and in 1918 she married William Anderson Clarke, Sr. Her sister, Cornelia Stabler Gillam (1898-1979) was active in the theater and performed for the U.S.O. in 1945 and 1946. The collection includes a genealogy with stories and photos compiled by Eleanor Stabler Clarke (1896-1995) titled "A Goodly Heritage," and writings by Cornelia Stabler Gillam (1898-1979). Cornelia Gillam's writings include her one-woman dramatic biography "Charlotte Bronte," which she first performed in 1957, and "European and Veterans Hospitals Via USO," given as lectures in 1945 and 1946

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL Eleanor Stabler Clarke (1896-1995) was the daughter of Charles M. and Ida Palmer Stabler. A birthright Quaker, she had a lifelong interest in family genealogy as well as a deep commitment to Quaker organizations, especially the American Friends Service Committee. She served on the Swarthmore College Board of Managers from 1935 to 1971, and many members of her family are College alumni. Her family belonged to the Society of Friends for generations.

Her father taught at the George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and Eleanor Stabler was born on the George School campus. After her father's death, the family moved to Swarthmore, and she graduated from Swarthmore College, Class of 1918. In 1918 she married William Anderson Clarke, Sr., (1896-1965), also a graduate of Swarthmore College and president of the W.A. Clarke Mortgage Company, Philadelphia. In 1928 they built "Crumwald," designed by R. Brognard Okie in Wallingford, on property adjacent to Swarthmore College. Mrs. Clarke gave the house and property to Swarthmore College in January 1971; it was used as a college guest house and presently is rented to members of the Swarthmore College community.

The three albums in this collection were compiled by Eleanor Stabler Clarke in 1950-51 for her family. They include photographs and stories as well as family genealogy for the Stabler and Palmer and collateral lines.

Also part of the gift are two manuscripts by Eleanor Stabler Clarke's sister, Cornelia Stabler Gillam (1898-1979). Known professionally as Cornelia Stabler, Mrs. Gillam was born at the George School and graduated from Swarthmore College, Class of 1920. In 1921 she married Clifford R. Gillam, who became the manager of the Inn at Buck Hill Falls, Pa. She was the author of radio plays and dramas and directed the Buck Hill Players. In 1945-46, she participated in U.S.O. tours. Her accounts of "European and Veterans Hospitals Via U.S.O." were first read at the Foxhowe lecture series at the Inn of Buck Hill Falls.

Cornelia Stabler was well-known for character monologues which she performed across the country, including at the White House for President and Mrs. Roosevelt in 1939. Her play Where's the Fire was published circa 1937. Along with a second copy of "European and Veterans Hospitals," this gift includes her dramatic biography of Charlotte Bronte, which she first performed in 1957 and was copyrighted in 1958.

Portions of Cornelia Stabler Gillam's accounts of her USO experience were published in the George School Quarterly.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection includes a genealogy with stories and photos compiled by Eleanor Stabler Clarke (1896-1995) titled "A Goodly Heritage," and writings by Cornelia Stabler Gillam (1898-1979) including her one-woman dramatic biography "Charlotte Bronte," which she first performed in 1957, and "European and Veterans Hospitals Via USO," given as lectures in 1945 and 1946.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into two series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Palmer Family.
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania.
  • Quakers -- Social Life and customs.
  • Quakers -- Virginia.
  • Stabler Family.
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Bronte, Charlotte, 1816-1855.
  • Gillam, Cornelia Stabler, 1898-1979
  • United Services Organizations (U.S.)
Credits
Processed by: SKM
Date: 1997
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. Genealogical Papers: Family sketches added to PG 7 files

"A Goodly Heritage: A genealogy with stories and photographs, compiled by Eleanor Stabler Clarke, 1950-1951." 1950-1951 (3 loose-leaf binders) Box 1

Vol 1: The ancestral lines of Charles Miller Stabler. Includes:

Biles Vol. 1

Carr Vol. 1

Contains: Vol. 1

Gibbons Vol. 1

Gibson Vol. 1

Griffith Vol. 1

Haines Vol. 1

Hartshorne Vol. 1

Hugg Vol. 1

Ingledew Vol. 1

Janney Vol. 1

Lawrence Vol. 1

Miller Vol. 1

Parke Vol. 1

Parson Vol. 1

Phillips Vol. 1

Price Vol. 1

Reeve Vol. 1

Robinson Vol. 1

Saunders Vol. 1

Saunders Vol. 1

Stabler Vol. 1

Stacy Vol. 1

White Vol. 1

Wright Vol. 1

Yardley Vol. 1

Vol. 2: The ancestral lines of Mary Ida Palmer. Includes: Vol. 2

Ashmead Vol. 2

Baldwin Vol. 2

Bennett Vol. 2

Chalfant Vol. 2

Hadly Vol. 2

Hannum Vol. 2

Hunt Vol. 2

Johnson Vol. 2

Leech Vol. 2

Marshall Vol. 2

Mather Vol. 2

Palmer Vol. 2

Passmore Vol. 2

Penrose Vol. 2

Pusey Vol. 2

Russell Vol. 2

Southery Vol. 2

Trimble Vol. 2

Waite Vol. 2

Vol. 3: The ancestral lines of Mary Ida Palmer. Includes:

Bane Vol. 3

Bourne Vol. 3

Cock Vol. 3

Dickinson Vol. 3

Dickson Vol. 3

Feke Vol. 3

Fletcher Vol. 3

Fones Vol. 3

Gregg Vol. 3

Heath Vol. 3

Hicklin Vol. 3

Hoopes Vol. 3

Hurford Vol. 3

Knight Vol. 3

Levis Vol. 3

Lewis Vol. 3

Malin Vol. 3

Malin Vol. 3

Maris Vol. 3

Martin Vol. 3

Mendenhall Vol. 3

Metcalfe Vol. 3

Miller Vol. 3

Morris Vol. 3

Newlin Vol. 3

Pennock Vol. 3

Perdue Vol. 3

Pim Vol. 3

Prior Vol. 3

Slack Vol. 3

Smith Vol. 3

Thomas Vol. 3

Walter Vol. 3

Weldon Vol. 3

Williamson Vol. 3

Winthrop Vol. 3

Woodward Vol. 3

Worrilow Vol. 3

Ser. 2. Literary works by Cornelia Stabler Gillam

Catalogued as publications and added to Library stacks:

"Charlotte Bronte: The Passionate Victorian"

"Europe and Veterans Hospitals Via U.S.O."