Foster-Meyers Family Papers, 1765-2003

(49 boxes (25 linear ft.), plus oversized items and photographs)

RG5/221


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Abstract
Contains the papers of the Foster Family, a Wilburite New England Quaker family of Rhode Island, and the Meyers Family, conservative Orthodox Quakers of the Midwest. The families were united in 1924 by the marriage of Henry Cope Foster (1895-1987) of Warwick, Rhode Island, and Thyra Jane Meyers (1898-1984), born in West Branch, Iowa. The collection contains extensive personal correspondence of five generations of the Foster and Meyers families, school materials, diaries, writings, reminiscences and biographies which offer insight into conservative Quaker life in Iowa, Ohio, and New England in the late nineteenth and twentieth century. Also includes extensive records of the Foster family farm in Warwick, Rhode Island, memorabilia, pictures, and correspondence and related papers of John Henry Foster concerning his AFSC service at Friends Rural Center, Rasulia, India.

Background note:
Thyra Jane (or Jane) Foster (1898-1984) was born in West Branch, Iowa, to Joseph E. and Mary Warner Meyers. She attended Stillwater Primary School in West Branch, the Friends Boarding School of Barnesville, Ohio, and the Westtown School in Westtown, Pa. In 1921, Jane graduated from Mt. Holyoke College and in 1924 married Henry Cope Foster (1895-1987). Henry graduated from the Massachusetts Agricultural College (now the University of Massachusetts) in 1923 and returned to Warwick. Rhode Island, where in his early years he worked in the family farm with his brother William and his father Horace. His two sisters, Anna and Elizabeth Foster, lived on the farm for their entire lives. Jane taught chemistry, physics, Latin, and German in the Coventry school system from 1944 until her retirement in 1959. After her retirement, she was the founding archivist of the Archives of the New England Yearly Meeting. Thyra Jane and Henry Foster were active members of the Providence Monthly Meeting of Friends. The Fosters’ son, John Henry Foster, was born in 1926, and twins Harold M. and Thera were born in 1929. The children were educated at Westtown School before college. John H. Foster married Georgana Falb in 1954. He was a member of the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Thyra Jane’s father was Joseph E. Meyers (1858-1937), a conservative Orthodox Quaker, raised in Pennsdale, Pa., a member of the Muncy Monthly Meeting. His father, William D. Myers (1826-1892) was a convinced Friend who became a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Southern District in 1854. His mother was Mary Roberts Warner (1828-1873), a birthright member of Muncy Monthly Meeting. Through his mother’s side, Joseph E. Meyers was related to prominent Muncy Quaker families such as Lundy, Carpenter, Winner, and Starr.

Joseph E. Meyers was the second of four children and the only to survive early childhood. His father was disowned by the Society of Friends in 1859, and the marriage was not a happy one. In 1863, Mary Meyers returned to Pennsdale and the Muncy Monthly Meeting. She raised her only surviving child with strict adherence to the rules of discipline regarding dress, behavior, and marriage. After her death, Meyers attended Westtown Boarding School and then West Chester Normal School. It had been the desire of his mother that he pursue a career as a teacher, and for about ten years, he taught at a number of schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Iowa. However, it was a career to which he was ill-suited, and by 1894, he became a farmer.

In 1880, with the encouragement and support of his uncle, Charles Warner, he moved to Barnesville, Ohio, where he became acquainted with members of the Ohio Yearly Meeting. For about the next ten years, he spent time in Ohio, Kansas, and Iowa. In 1894, Joseph Meyers married Mary J. Worthington at Stillwater Monthly Meeting in Barnesville, and for a short time they lived on a farm in Cedar County, Iowa. About 1896, the family returned to Barnesville, Ohio. He remained at Stillwater MM until 1931 when he moved to Rhode Island to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Thyra Jane and Henry Cope Foster. About 1929, he began to compile biographies on Quakers that he knew from his youth in Pennsdale, Pa., and his many years in Ohio and Iowa, corresponding with a number of friends for information and suggestions.

Additional biographical notes are included as preface to individual series.

Scope and content
Organization: The papers were organized by family units by the donor, and that organization has been largely retained. They have been placed in seven series: Series 1 includes the papers of Henry and Thyra Jane Foster and Henry’s siblings, the series includes extensive correspondence from Thyra Jane; Series 2 contains the papers of Joseph E. Meyers and his family, including his reminiscences of conservative Quakers; Series 3 contains the papers of Horace Bragg and Mary S. Cope Foster and their generation, as well as some Sharpless family material which descended through Mary Sharpless Cope Foster; Series 4 contains a small amount of earlier Foster family generations, that of Horace Foster’s parents, John and Pauline Kenyon and family correspondence centered on the Foster family and its residents; Series 5 contains the papers of John H. and Georgana Foster; Series 6 concerns the Foster family farm in Warwick, Rhode Island; and Series 7 contains miscellaneous papers.

Series 1: Henry and Thyra Jane Foster and their generation: a. Henry and Thyra Jane Papers; b. Charles and Hilda Steckle Foster; c. Elizabeth and Anna Foster; d. William (Bill) Oliver and Millicent Foster; e. Family postcard scrapbooks.

Series 2: Joseph Meyers and Family: a. Joseph E. Meyers Papers; b. William D. and Mary Warner Meyers and the Warner family; c. Mary Worthington Meyers; d. Bernice Meyers; e. Charles Lionel Meyers.

Series 3: Horace and Mary Cope Foster Family and Cope ancestors: a. Horace Bragg and Mary Cope Foster; b. Joshua Sharpless Family; c. Hannah Sharpless Cope and Caleb Cope; d. John Hoxie and Mary E. Simkinson Foster, Lizzie Foster Leigh and Thomas Leigh, Edward H. and Emma Walmsley Foster, and Martha Otis Foster.

Series 4: Foster Family: Horace Foster’s ancestors: Ethan Foster, John and Paulina Kenyon Foster, Family correspondence of the Foster Family.

Series 5: John and Georgana Foster.

Series 6: The Foster Family Farm, Warwick, Rhode Island Farm, 1838-1992.

Series 7: Miscellaneous.


Administrative and Other Descriptive Information

Restrictions
Collection is open for research.

Copyright has not been assigned to the Repositories. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the individual Meeting or its successor. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Repositories as the holder(s) of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Acquisition Information
Deposit, John H. Foster, 1992-2003.

Processing information
Received in several parts beginning in 1992. The papers concerning Joseph E. Meyers, including informal personal reminiscences and other writings, remained in the family at Meyers’ death. His grandson, John H. Foster, sorted and transcribed most of the papers. In April 1997, the Joseph E. Meyers Papers were arranged in four series, described, and processed as RG 5/186, Joseph Meyers Papers. Oversized documents such as marriage certificates and diplomas are stored in Oversize.

Later the same year (1997), an additional 22 cubic feet of Foster family papers were received with inventories by the donor. In general, the papers were organized by family units, and that organization largely has been preserved. Selected papers were photocopied for the donor. Photocopies of the records of the Kickemuit Literary Society were added to the collection in 1999. A small amount of material was added in 2000, and in 2002, the whole collection was integrated, renamed the Foster-Meyers Family Papers, and a new finding aid produced. In 2003, John H. Foster deposited additional Foster family letters and some personal papers.

Relics and photographs were removed to FHL Relics and FHL PA 115, respectively. Brochures from the Friends Boarding School, later Moses Brown School, transferred to reference files for better access. File with secondary material on PAX, Massachusetts Political Action for Peace, and peace candidate Stuart Hughes transferred to Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Pictures of Quaker schools and meeting houses and Moses Brown which arrived with Miscellaneous Papers have been stored in FHL General Picture Collection for ease of access.

Inventories and general notes by John H. Foster are filed in Series 5, John H. and Georgana Foster Papers. Comments, transcripts, explanatory notes are stored with the related originals.

A typescript of Joshua Sharpless’s 1798 journal which was given to FHL in 1979 by Thyra Jane Foster was transferred from MSS 040 to be stored with the original in RG 5/221, Series 3. MSS 040, Sharpless Manuscripts, contains a different version of the Sharpless journal given to FHL in 1970 by Elizabeth Foster, aunt of John H. Foster and sister-in-law of Thyra Jane Foster.

The collection is open, with additional papers relating to John H. and Georgana Foster and their generation retained by the family.

Separated material
Photographs removed to PA 115

Medicine box of Paulina Kenyon Foster, prior to 1882, removed to Relics

Plain clothes patterns removed to Relics

Artifacts from Mary Cope Foster’s letterbox and John Foster’s spectacles removed to Relics

Related material
The donor has transcribed many Joseph Meyers’s writings and some Foster letters, and these transcriptions are stored with the originals.

MSS 003/443. Rachel Coope Journal, “Some Account of Rachel Coope. . . “, 1805. 2 MSS copies; also, another (incomplete) version of “Some Account of Rachel Coope.”

MSS 040: Sharpless Manuscripts. Includes expanded version of Joshua Sharpless journal of trip to visit the Indians, 1798. Typsecript, photocopy. Parts of the journal were published in The Friend, 1847.


Added entries

Subjects
  • Foster, John Henry, 1926-
  • Agriculture -- Rhode Island
  • Foster family
  • Friends Boarding School (Barnesville, Ohio)
  • Iowa Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends. Hickory Grove Quarterly Meeting
  • Meyers family
  • Meyers, Joseph E. (Joseph Elkinton), 1858-1937
  • Muncy Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends)
  • Nantucket Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Orthodox : 1845- 1867 : Nantucket, Mass.)
  • New England Yearly Meeting of Friends
  • Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends (Conservative : 1854- )
  • Providence Monthly Meeting of Friends (Providence, R.I.)
  • Quakers -- Anecdotes
  • Quakers -- Biography
  • Quakers -- Conduct of life
  • Quakers -- Costume
  • Quakers -- Iowa
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Quakers –- Ohio
  • Quakers –- Pennsylvania
  • Society of Friends -- Indiana
  • Society of Friends -- Ohio
  • Society of Friends -- Pennsylvania
  • Society of Friends -- Rhode Island
  • Stillwater Monthly Meeting of Friends
  • Warner family
  • Warwick (Rhode Island)
  • Westtown Boarding School
  • Wilburite Quakers

    Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Coope, Benjamin, 1765-1845
  • Coope, Rachel, 1771-1807
  • Foster, Elizabeth, 1888-1980
  • Foster, Henry C. (Henry Cope), 1895-1987
  • Foster, Horace B. (Horace Bragg), 1850-1933
  • Foster, Mary C. (Mary Cope), 1854-1936
  • Foster, Thyra Jane
  • Meyers, Bernice L. (Bernice Lydia), 1896-1946
  • Meyers, Joseph E. (Joseph Elkinton), 1858-1937
  • Meyers, Mary W. (Mary Worthington), 1862-1925
  • Sharples, Joshua, 1747-1826
  • Sharples, Edith, 1743-1787

    Contact information

    Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

     


    Collection inventory

    Note to Researchers: These records may only be consulted at Swarthmore, and are not available through inter-Library loan.


    Series 1a: Henry and Thyra Jane Foster Papers, 1904-1988

    Thyra Jane, or Jane Foster (1898-1984) was born in West Branch, Iowa, to Joseph E. and Mary Warner Meyers. She attended Stillwater Primary School in West Branch, Friends Boarding School of Barnesville, Ohio, and Westtown School in Westtown, Pa. In 1921, Jane graduated from Mt. Holyoke College and in 1924 married Henry Cope Foster (1895-1987). The Foster’s son, John H. Foster, was born in 1926, and twins Harold M. and Thera were born in 1929. The children were educated at Westtown School before college. Jane taught chemistry, physics, Latin, and German in the Coventry school system from 1944 until her retirement in 1959, and after her retirement she was the founding archivist of the Archives of New England Yearly meeting. Thyra Jane and Henry Foster were active members of the Providence Monthly Meeting of Friends.
    Henry Cope Foster was born in 1895 on the Foster family farm in Warwick, Rhode Island, to Horace Bragg and Mary Cope Foster. Henry graduated from the Massachusetts Agricultural College (now the University of Massachusetts) in 1923 and returned to Warwick to work on the family farm. He married Thyra Jane Meyers in 1924. In his early years he worked with his brother, William, and his father, and his two sisters, Anna and Elizabeth, lived on the farm for their entire lives. In 1951, dairy farming ended on the Foster farm, and Henry Foster began to work with the Rhode Island Soil Conservation Program . He died on September 13, 1987.
    Their eldest child, John Henry Foster (b. 1926) graduated from Cornell University, with graduate degrees from Purdue and Cornell Universities. He spent several years in the early 1950s in India, and in 1954, married Georgana Falb. In 1954, he joined the faculty of University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John H. Foster transcribed many of the writings and added interpretation and commentary to the papers.
    The bulk of Series 1 is the family correspondence of Thyra Jane Foster and her writings and activities, contained in Series 1a.

    Biographical
    1917-1987

    The Draft and Henry's Discharge
    1917
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Thyra Jane and Henry's Wedding
    1923-1924
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Correspondence related to their Engagement Announcement
    1923-24
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Marriage certificate, Stillwater MM
    1924
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    25th Wedding Anniversary
    1949
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    50th Wedding Anniversary
    1974
    (2 folders)
    Box 1

    Cards from Thyra Jane's 80th Birthday
    1978
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Thyra Jane and Henry's Deaths
    1978-1987
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Vital Statistics
    1978-87
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Letters related to Henry's death
    1987
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    List of slides selected for the family archives
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Correspondence
    1920-1987

    Friends and Relatives
    1920-1939
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Miscellaneous Postcards
    1920-1981
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Letters saved by Jane
    1923-1925
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Letters from Sara and Myra Tucker
    1924-1925
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Letters saved by Jane
    1926-1929
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Letters to Jane from her siblings
    1927-1930
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Correspondence with Bernice from family
    1932-1940
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Thera and Harold at Westtown (and in previous years)
    1936-1947
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Correspondence with friends from Barnesville and other areas
    1937-1977
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Jane to brother Lionel
    1939-1981
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Friends and Relatives
    1940-1959
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    To Jane from Rita Couture, a Coventry High School colleague
    1946-55
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Letters to children and their families
    1952-1983
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Friends and Relatives
    1960-79
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Letters from Amy Grace McKee
    1964-65
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Sympathy cards received for Elizabeth Foster's death
    1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Friends and Relatives
    1980-87
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Friends and Relatives
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Correspondence between Jane and Henry
    1920-25

    Letters from Jane to Henry
    1920
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Letters from Henry to Jane
    1920
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Letters from Jane to Henry
    1921
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Letters from Henry to Jane
    1921
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Letters from Jane to Henry
    1922
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Letters from Henry to Jane
    1922
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Letters from Jane to Henry
    1923
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Letters from Henry to Jane
    1923
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Letters from Jane to Henry
    1924
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Letters from Henry to Jane
    1924
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Letters from Jane to Henry and Henry to Jane
    1925
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence from Jane to her sister Bernice
    1931-1946

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1931
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1932
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1933
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1934
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1935
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1936
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1937
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1939
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1940
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1941
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1942
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1943
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence between Jane and Bernice
    1944-46
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence with Quakers
    1923-78

    Miscellaneous Quaker correspondence to Jane
    1923-25
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence with Quakers
    1940-59
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence with Quakers
    1960-69
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence with Quakers
    1970-78
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence with Quakers
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence from Jane to her son John
    1941-1984

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1941
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1942
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1942
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Includes some letters from Henry

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1943
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1944
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1946
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1947
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1948
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1949
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1950
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1951
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1952
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1953
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1954
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1955
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1956
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1957
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1958
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1959
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1960
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1961
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1962
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1963
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1964
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1965
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1966
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1967
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1968
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1970
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1971
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1972
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1973
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1974
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1975
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1976
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1977
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1978
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1981
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1982
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1983
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Correspondence between Jane and John
    1984
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Correspondence to Jane from her cousin Evelyn Kuhn
    1950-1978

    Correspondence between Jane and Evelyn
    1950-59
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Correspondence between Jane and Evelyn
    1960-64
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Correspondence between Jane and Evelyn
    1965-69
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Correspondence between Jane and Evelyn
    1970-78
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Correspondence between Jane and Evelyn
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Writings
    1914-1983

    "Camp Sunshine," camping journal
    1914
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Writings by Jane
    1924-76
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Includes typed correspondence and radio broadcasts with transcripts by John H. Foster

    Jane's letters to editors
    1950-68
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Jane's brief summaries of Foster Family Letters
    1958
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Brief summaries of Foster Family Letters, 1858-1881.

    Rhode Island Quakers in the American Revolution booklet
    1977
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    "A Tribute to Elizabeth Foster - A Member of an Uncommon Family"
    1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Booklet by Thyra Jane Foster

    "Growing Up in a Friends Family in Iowa, 1902-1907" and "Growing Up in a Friends Family on an Iowa Farm, 1907-1915"
    1983
    (2 copies)
    Box 9

    Booklet by Thyra Jane Foster

    Jane's Education
    1904-1921

    Quote Book
    1904-1910
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Grade Reports and Miscellaneous Documents
    1904-1914
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Composition Book
    1907
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Geography Exercise
    1907
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Composition Book
    1908-1909
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Miscellaneous Calendar Photos
    1909
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Composition Book
    1910
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Stillwater Primary Souvenirs
    1910
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Composition Book
    1910-11
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Loose-leaf Botany Book
    1912
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Grade Reports
    1913
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Westtown
    1916-1917
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Mt. Holyoke
    1917-1921
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Course in Archive Administration
    1966
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Essay - "Shall We Condemn in the Nation that which We Condemn in the Individual"
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Botany Copybook
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Note, Composition Book
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Diplomas
    1911-21
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Diplomas from the Friends Boarding School, Westtown School, Mount Holyoke College, and grammar school.

    Jane's Employment
    1920-59

    Correspondence related to Employment
    1920-1922
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Class Records of Teacher
    1922-1923
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    History of Coventry High School
    1941, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Mementos of Coventry High School
    1944-59
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Jane at Coventry High School
    1944-64
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Reports on Human Relations in the Classroom
    1955
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Student Council and PTA of Coventry High School
    1955-57
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    A Tribute to Thyra Jane from Coventry High School
    1956
    (1 folder)
    Box 10, Map case

    Issues of "The Entry"
    1957-59
    (1 folder)
    Box 10

    Issues of the Coventry High School newspaper

    Jane's Alumni Activities
    1923-83

    Mt. Holyoke Round Robin Letters
    1923-1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Invitations to Friends Boarding School Commencements
    1925-1929
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Friends Boarding School 50th Anniversary
    1926
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Letters from Various Classmates
    1952-1977
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Stillwater Primary Reunion
    1955
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Correspondence related to donations to the Friends Boarding School, Barnesville, Ohio
    1956-64
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Friends Boarding School 50th Reunion
    1962-64
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Friends Boarding School 60th Reunion
    1974
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Westtown 65th Reunion
    1982
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Barnesville Newspapers
    1983
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Henry's Education
    1905-1923

    Spelling Book
    1905
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Schoolwork
    1908-1912
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    School Papers
    1909
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Notes and Theme Book
    1910-11
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Composition Book
    1911-1912
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Massachusetts Agricultural College
    1923
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Chemistry Lab Book
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Chemistry Notes
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Science Notebook
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Composition Book
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 11

    Diplomas
    1910, 1923
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Diplomas from Warwick Grammar, Massachusetts Agricultural College

    Henry's Employment
    1961

    Retirement
    1961
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Soil Conservation Service Certificate of Merit
    1961
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Henry's Alumni Activities
    1968-87 & n.d.

    Stockbridge Honorary Alumni Award
    1968
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Accession Sheet, University of Massachusetts Archives
    1986-87
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Obituary of Algernon S. Gallup, Henry's primary school teacher
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Henry and Thyra Jane Foster Financial
    1937-1988

    Miscellaneous Financial Documents
    1937-1987
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Receipts from Charitable Donations
    1975-1983
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Wills and Estates
    1980-88
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Henry and Thyra Jane Foster Miscellaneous Activities
    1929-1968

    Jane's Miscellaneous Activities
    1929-1968, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Includes the Women's Christian Temperance Union

    Radio Broadcast
    1933-34
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Quaker Activities
    1940-1982
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Jane's notes from various activities
    1943-1981
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Includes notes related to Friends and to Coventry High School

    Jane's Notes from various activities
    1951-1963
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Includes notes related to Friends and to Coventry High School

    A Quaker Pilgrimage Presentation
    1952
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Moses Brown exhibit at the New England Yearly Meeting
    1962
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Notes from New England Yearly Meeting
    1963-64
    (1 folder)
    Box 12

    Jane's Notes from Quaker Exhibits
    1963-1980, n.d.
    (2 folders)
    Box 13

    Henry's Inventions and Activities
    1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 13

    Meeting Minutes copied by Thyra Jane
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Note cards from Thyra Jane Foster's exhibit
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 13

    Quaker Play
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 13

    Foster Family Exhibits
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 13

    "The Quaker Experiment with Dress as a Testimony"
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 49

    Short play by Thyra Jane Foster

    "Quaker Costume at Friends School"
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 49

    Short play by Thyra Jane Foster

    Essay, Quaker Costume in Friends School
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 49

    Inventory of Quaker Costumes (reproductions as teaching tools)
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 49

    "Suggestions for Use of Quaker Costumes" by Thyra Jane Foster
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 49

    Scrapbook with examples of Quaker costume
    n.d.
    (copies and originals)
    Box 49

    Paper patterns
    n.d.
    (reproduction)
    Box 49

    Henry and Thyra Jane Foster Travel
    1948-77

    Miscellaneous Documents related to Travel
    1948-1971
    (1 folder)
    Box 13

    Trip to England - Various Educational and Quaker-related conferences
    1952
    (1 folder)
    Box 13

    Correspondence to folks at home
    1952
    (1 folder)
    Box 13

    Friends World Conference Tercentenary Conference Papers
    1952
    (2 folders)
    Box 13

    Trip to England - postcards
    (1 folder)
    Box 13

    Trip to England - pamphlets from sites visited
    1952, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 13

    Letters related to Travel and Trips
    1952-59
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Letters related to Travel and Trips
    1960-77
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Henry and Thyra Jane Foster Memorabilia
    1904-1983 & n.d.

    Henry's Miscellaneous Mementos
    1904-1925, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Writing by W.C. Meader, friend of the Fosters
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Booklet - The Staggering Burden of Armament
    1921
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Newspaper Clippings
    1921-76
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Illustrated Weekly
    1922-23
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Booklet made by Jane for Henry

    Guest Book
    1924-1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Articles and Writings Collected by Jane
    1925, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Visit to Bielefeld, William Meyers' home
    1952, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Jane's Miscellaneous Mementos
    1963-74, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Quiet Dresden Plate Design by Thyra Jane
    1969
    (Mounted photographs)
    Folder OE

    Brief History of Friends in New England by William B. Watson
    1983
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Lists of Foster family books and exhibits
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Address book
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Blueprint, house plan by Baxter
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 14, Map case

    Series 1b: Charles Foster and Hilda Steckle Foster Papers, 1899-1943

    Series 1b includes papers of Henry’s brother, Charles Foster (1887-1955), who married Hilda Steckle Foster, and his family.

    Miscellaneous Correspondence
    1899-1945
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Letters from Cousins to Charles
    1904-1909
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Charles, School Tests and Exercises
    1899-1905
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Charles, Report Cards
    1902-1904
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Charles, Certificates of Merit
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Charles, School Books
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Shock Absorber Patent granted to Charles Foster
    1908
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Real Estate Documents
    1943
    (1 folder)
    Box 14

    Series 1c: Anna and Elizabeth Foster Papers, 1899-1997

    Elizabeth and Anna Foster, the daughters of Horace B. and Mary Foster and the sisters of Henry Foster, spent most of their lives together on the family farm, and for this reason, their papers are held in the same series.
    Anna Foster was born in Warwick, Rhode Island in 1890, and she lived in Warwick her entire life. After dropping out of high school in the tenth grade, she and Elizabeth helped with the family farm and in caring for their parents until their deaths. In 1928 or 1929, Anna started the family roadside stand and operated it for about ten years. She also reupholstered furniture and completed other projects with the Home Demonstration Club. With the Sewing Group at the Friends Meeting House in Providence, Anna was instrumental in the preparation and transfer of used clothes to the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia. Throughout most of her life, she lived in the west end of the family farmhouse and never married. She died of a heart attack on July 31, 1958, in Warwick.
    Elizabeth Foster was born on December 9, 1888, in Warwick. After completing the eleventh grade and helping around the home with Anna into the 1920s, Elizabeth worked keeping house for others for most of her life. According to John H. Foster (son of Henry and Thyra Jane), Elizabeth was the more outgoing of the sisters. In 1922, she took a trip to England and independently toured there for some time. Later on in her life, she attended weeklong workshops at Pendle Hill and the Wellesley Institute and relished the opportunities to learn and interact with others. Like Anna, she was interested in the Home Demonstration Club and the donation of clothes to the American Friends Service Committee. Elizabeth also had a keen interest in horses. A lifelong resident of Warwick and unmarried, Elizabeth died on May 13, 1980.
    Series 1c contains the papers of Henry Foster's sisters Elizabeth (1888-1980) and Anna (1890-1958) Foster who also lived on the family farm.

    Anna & Elizabeth -- Biographical
    1993, n.d.



    Biographical Comments by John H. Foster
    1993
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Observations/Comments on Foster/Cope Genealogy
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Genealogical Chart of Anna Foster
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Anna & Elizabeth -- Correspondence
    1904-1978

    Miscellaneous Correspondence
    1904
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Miscellaneous Cards
    1910-1967
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Miscellaneous correspondence with family members
    1911-1968
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Correspondence with cousin Mariana Foster Hall
    1914-17
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Correspondence related to travel
    1914-20
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Correspondence with Eliza and Priscilla Leeds
    1915-78
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Copy of the Friendsville Current from E.F. Leeds
    1933
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Invitations
    1938-47
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Last letter to Anna and Elizabeth from their "Auntie"
    1943
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Anna & Elizabeth -- Financial
    1970-78

    Expense book (no name in book)
    1970-74
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Expense Book (no name in book)
    1975-78
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Anna & Elizabeth -- Memorabilia
    1899-1969, n.d.

    Miscellaneous
    1899, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Includes Quaker play.

    Autograph Book
    1904-1933
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Newspaper Clippings
    1969, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Anna Foster's Papers
    1903-1969, n.d.

    Documents related to Anna Foster's death and funeral
    1958-60
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Anna's Miscellaneous Correspondence
    1908-1920
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Anna's Miscellaneous Correspondence
    1933-69
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    Includes letters to nephew and letters from organizations.

    School Books
    1908, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 15

    School and Art Work
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 15, Map case

    Anna's Expense Log
    1914-1931
    (1 folder)
    Box 16

    Newspaper Clippings featuring Anna Foster
    1957, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 16

    Anna's Diaries
    1903, 1916
    (1 folder)
    Box 16

    Anna's Address Book
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 16

    9th grade graduation diploma
    1905
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Elizabeth Foster's Papers
    1901-1981

    Documents related to birth, death, and illness
    1922-80
    (1 folder)
    Box 16

    Tribute to Elizabeth by Thyra Jane Foster
    1980
    (copy 2)
    Box 16

    Correspondence related to travel
    1907-22
    (1 folder)
    Box 16

    Includes travel documents

    Miscellaneous correspondence
    1949-64
    (1 folder)
    Box 16

    Includes letters to nephew and postcards

    Correspondence with Hilda
    1955-65
    (1 folder)
    Box 16

    Cards received
    1979-80
    (1 folder)
    Box 16

    Elizabeth's School Work and Report Cards
    1901-1906, n.d.
    (2 folders)
    Box 16-17

    Elizabeth's Art Work
    1903-1904, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 17

    Diploma
    1904
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Elizabeth's Diploma from Centreville Grammar School, 9th grade graduation diploma

    Elizabeth, Adult Education
    1942-45
    (1 folder)
    Box 17

    Includes notes and plans from leadership seminar

    Elizabeth Expense Logs
    1953-66
    (1 folder)
    Box 17

    Elizabeth Appraisal of Real Estate
    1960
    (1 folder)
    Box 17

    Financial Log
    1964-80
    (1 folder)
    Box 17

    Inventory of Hillside Estate and will preparation
    1975-79
    (1 folder)
    Box 17

    Friends Community Development Corporation
    1975-81
    (1 folder)
    Box 17

    Miscellaneous memorabilia
    1922-64, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 17

    Includes memory book and handkerchief

    Documents related to Elizabeth's participation in various activities
    1933-77
    (1 folder)
    Box 17

    Elizabeth's Letters to Editors
    1940
    (1 folder)
    Box 17

    Elizabeth's Diaries
    1905, 1921-26
    (1 folder)
    Box 18

    Elizabeth's Diaries
    1927-34
    (1 folder)
    Box 18

    Elizabeth's Diaries
    1935-46
    (1 folder)
    Box 18

    Elizabeth's Diaries
    1947-51
    (1 folder)
    Box 18

    Elizabeth's Diaries
    1952-61
    (1 folder)
    Box 19

    Elizabeth's Diaries
    1962-71
    (1 folder)
    Box 19

    Elizabeth's Diaries
    1972-79
    (1 folder)
    Box 19

    Series 1d: William (Bill) Oliver and Millicent Foster, and their daughter Mary Cadbury, 1972-2000

    Series 1d contains the papers of Henry's brother William Oliver Foster (b. 1897) who married Millicent Steer.

    "In Memory Of"
    1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 19

    Recollections by William Oliver Foster

    50th Anniversary for Mary and Christ Cadbury
    2000
    (1 folder)
    Box 19

    Letter to Bill and Millicent from Taber
    1972
    (1 folder)
    Box 19

    Series 1e: Foster Family Picture Postcard Scrapbooks, 1904-ca. 1916

    Series 1e contains scrapbooks of postcards collected by the Fosters. Scrapbooks contain picture postcards collected by Henry Cope Foster, his siblings, and their parents.

    Loose postcards with Quaker related sites
    1906-1915
    (1 folder)
    Box 43

    With typed transcript by John H. Foster

    Scrapbook of picture postcards
    1904-1907
    (1 folder)
    Box 43

    Scrapbook of picture postcards
    1907-ca. 1913
    (1 folder)
    Box 44

    Scrapbook of picture postcards
    1911-ca. 1916
    (1 folder)
    Box 44

    Series 2a: Joseph E. Meyers Papers, 1873-1977, n.d.

    Joseph E. Meyers (1858-1937) was a conservative Orthodox Quaker, raised in Pennsdale, Pa., a member of the Muncy Monthly Meeting. His father, William D. Meyers (1826-1892) was a convinced Friend who became a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Southern District in 1854. His mother was Mary Roberts Warner (1828-1873), a birthright member of Muncy Monthly Meeting. Her parents were Samuel Warner and Abigail Roberts, and through his mother’s side, Joseph E. Meyers was related to prominent Muncy Quaker families such as Lundy, Carpenter, Winner, and Starr. His parents were married at Philadelphia MM- SD, in 1855.
    Joseph E. Meyers was the second of four children and the only to survive early childhood. His father was disowned by the Society of Friends in 1859, and the marriage was not a happy one. In 1863, Mary Meyers returned to Pennsdale and the Muncy Monthly Meeting. She raised her only surviving child within the “ancient testimonies” of the Society of Friends, with strict adherence to the rules of discipline regarding dress, behavior, and marriage. After her death, Meyers attended Westtown Boarding School and then West Chester Normal School. It had been the desire of his mother that he pursue a career as a teacher, and for about ten years, he taught at a number of schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Iowa. However, it was a career to which he was ill-suited, and by 1894, he became a farmer.
    In 1880, with the encouragement and support of his uncle, Charles Warner, he moved to Barnesville, Ohio, where he became acquainted with members of the Ohio Yearly Meeting. For about the next ten years, he spent time in Ohio, Kansas, and Iowa. In 1894, Joseph Meyers married Mary J. Worthington at Stillwater Monthly Meeting in Barnesville, and for a short time they lived on a farm in Cedar County, Iowa. About 1896, the family returned to Barnesville, Ohio. He remained at Stillwater MM until 1931 when he moved to Rhode Island to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Thyra Jane and Henry Cope Foster. About 1929, began to compile biographies on Quakers that he knew from his youth in Pennsdale, Pa., and his many years in Ohio and Iowa, corresponding with a number of friends for information and suggestions.

    Reminiscences of his Early Life
    1873-94, n.d.

    John H. Foster's notes on the material
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Includes a listing of the paging of the original

    Joseph Meyers' school experience prior to Westtown School
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Days at Westtown School
    1873-77
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Westtown workers
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Remembrances of Muncy Monthly Meeting
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Remembrances of Muncy Monthly Meeting in the 1860's and 1870's, with a history of the meeting and some of its members.

    More of the people in Pennsdale
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Includes a fragment about William and Charles

    Continued Pennsdale, leading into an account of his education
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Paragraph on Charles Winner
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Ellis Winner and others
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Parvin Masters and William Winner
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    John Warner and others
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Thomas Warner and others
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Draft for a biography on his uncle, Charles Warner
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    His grandfather, Samuel Warner
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    His father, William D. Meyes, and others of his boyhood
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    His life 1889-1894 and courtship of Mary Worthington
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Thoughts on selling the farm, circa 1930
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Miscellaneous
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Certificates of merit and grade sheets from Friends School, Pennsdale, 1869-72, and an invitation to Haverford College 1877 graduation.

    Marriage certificate, Richland MM, Ohio
    1894
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Diplomas
    1877, 1879
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Diplomas from Westtown (1877), and State Normal School (West Chester, Pa., 1879)

    Biographies of Ohio Quakers compiled by Joseph
    ca. 1929

    Draft of Introduction to biographies of Ohio Quakers
    1929
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Manuscript draft, transcription by John H. Foster

    Joseph's MSS drafts of biographies of Ohio Quakers
    1929
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Joseph's typed drafts of biographies of Ohio Friends
    1929
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Correspondence to Joseph Meyers used in compiling his biographies
    1929
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Rough drafts
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 20

    Rough drafts on various Ohio subjects, including boarding schools at Barnesville, Ohio Yearly Meeting, Willson Hall, and Ann Branson Branson.

    "Impressions of Friends With Whom I Was Associated With in Iowa, With Many Anecdotes and Reminiscences of a Historical Nature Concerning the Meeting There"
    1880-1900, n.d.

    Writings of Iowa Friends.

    Photocopy of Joseph Meyer's Writings on Iowa Friends
    1880-1900
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Volume 1: Hickory Grove Quarterly Meeting
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Volume 2: Friends Associated with Hickory Grove and with Conservative Iowa Meeting
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Miscellaneous Essays and Writings
    1879-1937, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box



    Essay on Balance of Silence
    1930
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Essay on Conservative Friends and Controversies of the Day
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Essay on Plain Dress
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 21



    Essay on why Conservative Friends of Iowa and Hickory Grove should not unite
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Misc. Thoughts on Plain Dress and Iowa Friends
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Misc. Thoughts on plain dress, Albert Emmons, and First Day School
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Short Essays on Various Subjects
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Draft of letter addressed to Benjamin Brown on Ohio Yearly Meeting
    1909
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Essay on the origins of Intemperance
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Poem written for the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Horace and Mary Foster
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Six small diaries
    1879-1937
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Comment on the Epistle of 1697
    n.1931
    (1 folder)
    Box 41

    Book of Essays
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Donor's note: Maybe written 1927-1938.

    Joseph Meyers: Correspondence Sent
    1911-1937

    Benjamin Brown
    1912
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Elisha Bye
    1911-12
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Henry H. Perry
    1933-37
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Frederick Sainte
    1930
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    "Dear Ones at Home" from the Yearly meeting
    1906, 1924-25
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Foster Family
    1926
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    "Dear Children" from Barnesville and Warner genealogy
    1926
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Meyers Children
    1926
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Meyers Children
    1927
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Meyers Children on the Ohio Farm
    1930
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Meyers Children, written from Rhode Island
    1931
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Foster Family in Rhode Island
    1932
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Ambrose and Bernice Meyers
    1932
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Jane and Henry Foster
    1933
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Bernice Meyers
    1933
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Bernice Meyers
    1934
    (1 folder)
    Box 21

    Bernice Meyers
    1935
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Bernice Meyers
    1936
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Joseph Meyers: Correspondence Received
    1877-1964

    Reading books and school notes
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    West Chester School
    1879-89
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Westtown Boarding School
    1879-1919
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Teaching Book
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Three Account Books
    1893-1932
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Miscellaneous Account Books
    1917-1936
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Plain Dress
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Clippings and ads for ready-made plain suits

    Calling cards, etc.
    1880-1888, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Estate Papers
    1932-1947
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Mortgage Deeds - Meyers Family
    1924-37
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Account Book
    1901-05
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Account Book
    1886-1907
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Also belonged to William D. Meyers

    Memorial for Harold W. Meyers
    1977
    (1 folder)
    Box 22

    Series 2b: William D. and Mary Warner Meyers and the Warner Family, 1847-1982

    William D and Mary Warner Meyers were the parents of Joseph E. Meyers. William D. Meyers (b. about 1826) was born Wilhelm Dietrich Meier in Germany. He came to the U.S. in 1836 and joined the Society of Friends in 1854 at Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Southern District. He married Mary Roberts Warner (1828-1873) from Pennsdale, Pa., a member of Muncy Monthly Meeting, in 1855. William was disowned in 1859, and the marriage was not a happy one. After Mary’s death in 1873, their only surviving child, Joseph Elkinton Meyers was placed in Westtown School, under the care of his uncle. Charles L. Warner.
    Charles L Warner (1822-1898) was born in Muncy, the son of Samuel and Abigail (Roberts) Warner. He was in the provision business in Philadelphia and later was a map publisher and building contractor. He married Jane Sharpless, daughter of John and Ruth (Martin) Sharpless, in 1856. Charles L. and Jane Warner had no children, and they helped educate Joseph Meyers and in his various careers endeavors.

    William D. Meyers Biographical account, draft notice, property papers
    1855-1865
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Biographical account was written by Joseph E. Meyers, and is undated. It is a typescript; the original is in Joseph Meyers' Reminiscences.

    Marriage certificate, Philadelphia MM, Southern District
    1855
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Accounts of William D. Meyers
    1857-78
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    ALS to Mary Warner Meyers from her brother Benjamin Warner
    1864
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Mary Warner Meyers' Autograph Book
    1851
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Mary Warner Meyers' Commonplace Book
    1847-1848
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Family tree Warner family
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Biographies
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Photocopy of Joseph Meyers' biography of Charles Warner, Biographical Sketch of Charles Warner, typescript of Joseph Meyers' biography of Samuel Warner, his grandfather (1794-1870).

    Charles L. and Jane Warner Documents
    1857
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Miscellaneous day books, notebooks, typed account of a trip from Philadelphia to Chicago
    1858-91
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Miscellaneous Financial Papers
    1887-1902
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Letters to Joseph and Mary Meyers
    1884-1919
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    25 letters to Joseph and Mary Meyers, selected by John Foster as a sample of the correspondence; the entire collection of letters was summarized by Thyra Jane Foster in 1963 calendar book.

    Charles Warner to Joseph Meyers
    1877-1885
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Jane Warner to Joseph Meyers
    1898-1919
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Jane Warner to Bernice Meyers
    1904
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Will of Charles Warner
    1889
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Distribution Schedule
    1907-1982
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Correspondence regarding the estate of Charles Warner
    1907-08, 1921-22
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Correspondence from Girard Trust regarding estate of Charles Warner
    1907-1929
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Second and Third Distribution Schedules
    1901-52
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Tooled Billfold that belonged to Charles Warner
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 23

    Series 2c: Mary Worthington Meyers Papers, 1862-1925

    Mary Worthington Meyers (1862-1925), the wife of Joseph E. Meyers, was the daughter of Jacob and Lydia Hollingsworth Worthington of Pennsville, Ohio. Like her husband, she had a difficult childhood. She was educated in Friends Boarding School, Barnesville, Ohio, and worked as a companion/housekeeper before her marriage to Joseph Meyers in 1894 under the care of Stillwater Monthly Meeting, Ohio. The couple first settled in West Branch, Iowa, and then moved to a less successful farm in Barnesville, Ohio, so as to be close to the Friends School. Mary and Joseph had four children, Charles Lionel (1900-1984), Ambrose (born 1904), Thyra Jane (1898-1984), and Bernice Lydia (1896-1946).

    Character sketch of Mary W. Meyers by her daughter
    1919
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Journal
    1890-1892
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    MS and typescript. Describes the final months of her brother's life. Zenas Worthington died 2mo, 14, 1892.

    Two small bound diaries and albums: A visit to Charles Jones' home with her mother
    1880, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Autograph albums, Olney, OH
    1876-1887
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Three letters and fragment from Mary W. Meyers to her children
    1920-24
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Family letters received
    1882-1891
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Estate papers, Jacob Worthington, Mary W. Meyers' father
    1862
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Guardianship account of Mary Worthington
    1880
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Financial papers
    1890-1920
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Marriage invitation, etc.
    1894
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Papers concerning her illness in 1924 and death in 1925
    1924-25
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Worthington family miscellaneous, including some letters
    1862-98
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Memorabilia
    1878-1906
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Mary Worthington Meyers' Receipts
    1886-95
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Series 2d: Bernice Meyers (1896-1946), Sister of Thyra Jane Foster, 1904-47

    Bernice was the eldest child of Joseph and Mary Meyers and endured a sickly childhood and ill health throughout her life. She studied at Friends Boarding School (Barnesville, Ohio), the Westtown School, and graduated from Earlham College. As the unmarried daughter, she returned home to care for her ailing mother and then to keep house for her father and brothers after her mother’s death in 1925. Charles Lionel Meyers left the farm in 1928 to take a job in Cleveland. He never married. The farm was sold in 1931, and Bernice tried various employments and careers. Her youngest brother, Ambrose, was married in 1939 to Hazel Williams. Bernice corresponded often with her sister, Thyra Jane. Jane’s correspondence with Bernice is stored in Series 1, Henry and Thyra Jane Foster Papers.

    Bernice Meyers Writings, Memoirs
    1896-1925 & n.d.

    Short journal concerning Bernice, by her mother
    1896-98
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    A Child There Was
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    By Bernice Meyers. Compiled and edited by Thyra Jane Foster, with a biographical sketch of Bernice.

    A Raven of the Rocks
    1925
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    Novel written by Bernice Meyers, typed and bound by her sister, Thyra Jane Foster

    Three notebooks
    1913-45
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    Outline for her memoirs, notes for "Heritage" and "Thoughts".

    Bernice Meyers Correspondence
    1904-46

    Early letters, 1904, and to Aunt Jane Warner, 1914
    1904, 1914
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    ALSs to Thyra Jane and the Foster family in Rhode Island
    1923-25
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    31 ALSs. Includes letter about her losing her job in NYC.

    46 ALSs to Jane and family
    1926
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    38 ALSs to Jane and family
    1927
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    49 ALSs to Jane and family
    1928
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    54 ALSs to Jane and family
    1929
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    52 ALSs to Jane and family
    1930
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    Jane visits the farm with her three children and Bernice leaves the farm.

    47 ALSs to Jane and family
    1931
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    47 ALSs to Jane and family
    1932
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    46 ALSs to Jane and family
    1933
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    46 ALSs to Jane and family
    1934
    (1 folder)
    Box 25

    36 ALSs to Jane and family
    1935
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    11 ALSs to Jane and family
    1936
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    Bernice moves to Rhode Island

    34 ALSs to Jane and family
    1937-38
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    Bernice moved to Philadelphia area

    23 ALSs to Jane and family
    1939
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    Ambrose Meyers married

    36 ALSs to Jane and family
    1940
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    26 ALSs to Jane and family
    1941
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    28 ALSs to Jane and family
    1942
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    31 ALSs to Jane and family
    1943
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    31 ALSs to Jane and family
    1944
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    17 ALSs to Jane and family
    1945
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    22 ALSs to Jane and family
    1946
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    Bernice to Joseph E. Meyers, birthday cards
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    L.M. Hollingsworth (cousin) to Bernice
    1934-41
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    2 TLs and his published poetry booklet, "The Opened Tomb."

    Correspondence received from friends and relatives
    1935-46
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    Correspondence received from cousins, Mary and Edith Love, and others, to Bernice
    1936-46
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    Correspondence with Cousin Elizabeth
    1938-39
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    Letters and cards from friends and relatives to Bernice
    1945-46
    (1 folder)
    Box 26

    Bernice Meyers Education: Report Cards and miscellaneous papers
    1904-1939

    Friends Primary School, Iowa
    1904
    (1 folder)
    Box 27

    Olney Friends Boarding School, Barnesville, OH
    1911-23
    (1 folder)
    Box 27

    6 composition books and notebook, girls' dress code

    Report cards, Friends Boarding School
    1912-14
    (1 folder)
    Box 27

    "List of Books Read"
    1912-23
    (1 folder)
    Box 27

    Columbia College of Expression
    1918-19
    (1 folder)
    Box 27

    Earlham College, Women's Athletic Association Field Day Program
    1919-20
    (1 folder)
    Box 27

    Diplomas
    1914-39
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Friends Boarding School, Westtown School, Earlham College, Lewis Hotel Schools, YWCA.

    Bernice Meyers Miscellaneous
    1915-1947
    (1 folder)
    Box 24

    Birth certificate and receipt for absentee ballot
    1920
    (1 folder)
    Box 27

    Two notebooks of accounts
    1915-47
    (1 folder)
    Box 27

    Address book
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 27

    Job concerns
    1940-42
    (1 folder)
    Box 27

    Includes art work samples and professional vocational analysis.

    Papers concerning her illness and death
    1940-47
    (1 folder)
    Box 27

    Series 2e: Charles Lionel Meyers (1900-1984), Brother of Thyra Jane Foster, 1908-1985

    Charles Lionel Meyers Biographical
    1918-84

    Biographical
    1969-84
    (1 folder)
    Box 28

    Includes a biographical sketch by John H. Foster

    ALS, Lionel to Jane Foster
    1936-45, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 28

    3 ALSs received by Lionel
    1918-25
    (1 folder)
    Box 28

    Correspondence related to Lionel's condition
    1981-84
    (1 folder)
    Box 28

    Charles Lionel Meyers Education
    1916-24, n.d.

    Olney Friends Boarding School, Barnesville
    1916-18
    (1 folder)
    Box 28

    Class notes from senior year and diploma; report card.

    Olney Friends Boarding School Diploma
    1918
    (1 folder)
    Box 28

    Westtown School diploma, cashed checks
    1919-24
    (1 folder)
    Box 28

    Cashed checks, paid in Oberlin, OH, indicate that Joseph E. Meyers contributed to Charles Lionel Meyers' educational costs. (JHF's note)

    Miscellaneous school papers, possibly CLM's
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 28

    Charles Lionel Meyers Miscellaneous
    1908-85
    (1 folder)
    Box

    Papers concerning Cleveland property and possible companies with which he was employed
    1945-66
    (1 folder)
    Box 28

    Inventory of records and address book, ID cards
    1908, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 28

    Papers concerning his death and estate
    1981-85
    (1 folder)
    Box 28

    West Branch State Bank Account Book
    1911-12
    (1 folder)
    Box 28

    Series 3a: Horace B. and Mary Sharpless Cope Foster Family Papers, 1839-1980

    Horace Bragg Foster (1850-1933) was born on the Foster family homestead in Centreville, R.I., on July 1, 1850. He was the son of John and Paulina (Kenyon) Foster. He married Mary S. Cope on March 26, 1882, in Hatboro, PA. Just four days after their wedding, the family relocated to the Foster family homestead where they remained for the rest of their lives. Horace worked as a farmer on the land until 1925, when he passed the business onto his sons. Horace and Mary C. had six children, Charles (1887-1955) who married Hilda Steckle; Elizabeth (1888-1980); Anna (1890-1958); Edward (1891-1959) who married Jessica Green; Henry Cope (1895-1987) who married Thyra Jane Meyers; and William Oliver (1897-) who married Millicent Steer. The family had a rather insular lifestyle, worshipping as a unit. Horace B. Foster died in 1933, and Mary died in 1936.
    The Kickemuit Literary Society was organized 1924-1928 by Horace and Mary Foster and the others in their immediate unit to provide a social activity for the family.
    Mary S. Cope (1854-1936) was born in Jenkintown, Pa., on April 24, 1854, the daughter of Caleb B. and Hannah (Sharpless) Cope. Caleb B. Cope married Hannah Sharpless on New Garden Monthly Meeting in 1842. Hannah was the daughter of Joshua Sharpless (1779-1860), a Philadelphia carpenter, and Philadelphia Drinker (1779-1875). Philadelphia was the daughter of Joseph and Hannah Hunt Drinker, and Joshua Sharpless was the son of Joshua Sharpless (1746/7-1826) and Edith Yarnall Sharpless (1743-1787). Both Joshua and Edith Sharpless were Quaker ministers. Joshua Sharpless made a visit to the Indians in New York State in 1798, and he was the first headmaster of the Westtown School, Pa.

    Miscellaneous biographical documents
    1882-1929, n.d.

    Miscellaneous documents related to Horace B. and Mary C.
    1883-1929
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Includes birth certificate and 50th Anniversary poem

    Marriage certificate, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting
    1882
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Horace B. and Mary Cope Foster Correspondence
    1873-1936

    Horace B.'s Miscellaneous Correspondence
    1873-1933
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Mary C.'s Correspondence with other Cope Relatives
    1874-1943
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Wedding Invitations
    1882-1934
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Invitations
    1897-1924
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Graduation Invitations
    1906-1916
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Condolence Letters for death of Horace B. Foster
    1933-1934
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Condolence Letters for death of Mary C. Foster
    1936
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Horace B. and Mary Cope Foster Education
    1856-1916

    Report of the School Committee of Warwick
    1856
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Mary C.'s School Notebooks
    1870-71
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Horace B. and Mary C.'s Schoolwork and lesson plans
    1916, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Horace B. and Mary Cope Foster Writings
    1870-1933

    Mary C.'s copybook
    1870-75
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Miscellaneous Writings by both Horace and Mary C.
    1879-1933
    (1 folder)
    Box 29

    Mary C.'s copybook
    1883-1931
    (1 folder)
    Box 30

    Mary C.'s notebook/diary
    1906-1924
    (1 folder)
    Box 30

    Kickemuit Literary Society and Chronicle
    1924-25
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Minutes, Kickemuit Literary Society
    (4 folders, photocopies)
    Box 30

    Horace B. and Mary Cope Foster Financial
    1882-1958

    Horace B. and Mary Cope Foster Financial
    1882-1892
    (3 folders)
    Box 30

    Horace B. Foster's Account Book
    1887-1911
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Sale of Real Estate by Heirs of Mary Ann Shove
    1888
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Estates and Wills
    1889-1958
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Miscellaneous Financial Documents
    1909-1946
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Miscellaneous Financial Documents related to Horace B. and Mary C., including documents related to their estates

    Horace B. Foster's Account Book
    1911-31
    (1 folder)
    Box 41

    Horace B.'s account books
    1913-30
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Includes some receipts.

    Horace's Account Book/Diary
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Horace B. and Mary Cope Foster Memorabilia
    1939-1934, n.d.

    Keepsakes removed from Mary C.'s Bible
    1839-1921, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Miscellaneous memorabilia
    1854-92, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Keepsakes from Mary C.'s Letter Box
    1863-1914
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Artifacts removed from letter box
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box Relics

    Deaths and Births list from Horace and Mary C.'s bible
    1882-1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings
    1933-34
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Map to the J.S. Cope farm and Caleb C. Cope home
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Fabric swatches from Family Wedding Dresses
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Removed from Mary C.'s bible and letter box.

    Horace B. Foster's Brass Address Stencil
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    The Slave's Friend Book
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Belonged to Horace Foster.

    Framed flowers (heather bells)
    1903
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Gathered 1903, inscribed in memory of Horace and Mary C. Foster in 1908.

    Abby L. Chace's Notebook
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 41

    Series 3b: Joshua and Edith Yarnall Sharpless Family Papers, 1765-1963

    Mary S. Cope (1854-1936), who married Horace B. Foster in 1882, was born in Jenkintown, Pa., on April 24, 1854, the daughter of Caleb B. and Hannah (Sharpless) Cope. Caleb B. Cope married Hannah Sharpless on New Garden Monthly Meeting in 1842. Hannah was the daughter of Joshua Sharpless (1779-1860), a Philadelphia carpenter, and Philadelphia Drinker (1779-1875). Philadelphia was the daughter of Joseph and Hannah Hunt Drinker, and Joshua Sharpless was the son of Joshua Sharpless (1746/7-1826) and Edith Yarnall Sharpless (1743-1787). Both Joshua and Edith Sharpless were Quaker ministers. Joshua Sharpless made a visit to the Indians in New York State in 1798, and he was the first headmaster of the Westtown School, Pa.

    Joshua Sharpless' Will
    1861-1862
    (2 copies)
    Box 41

    Rachel Sharpless' Copybook
    1786
    (1 folder)
    Box 41

    MS journal of Joshua Sharpless
    1798
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Incomplete journal of Joshua Sharpless, describing a trip to the Indians of New York State. With typed copy.

    Typed transcript of Joshua Sharpless Journal
    ca. 1978
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Describes trip to the Indians of Western New York. Original in FHL.

    Typescript of Joshua Sharpless Sr.'s trip to the Indians of Western New York
    1963
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    MS account of the ministry of Edith Sharpless by Joshua Sharpless
    1788
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    MS account of plainness which belonged to Edith Sharpless
    1765
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Edith Sharpless ALS with an account of her ministry
    1779
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Fragments on Quaker ministers
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    MS account of life of Rachel Coope
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Possibly by her brother, Joshua Sharpless.
    Rachel Coope, daughter of Joshua and Edith Yarnall Sharpless, traveled with her husband to New York State to minister to the Indians, 1805-1807.

    Correspondence with Joshua Sharpless Jr.
    1794-1852
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Mathematics student book
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 31

    Joseph Drinker's Plea for the Admission of Colored People to the Society of Friends
    1947
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Originally printed in 1795. Reprint from Journal of Negro History.

    2 ALSs, Joseph Drinker to his wife, Hannah
    1794
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    ALS from George Drinker to his sister Mary James
    1811
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    MS Memorial to Hannah Drinker
    1825
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Series 3c: Hannah Sharpless Cope and Caleb Cope Family, 1819-1932

    Caleb B. Cope married Hannah Sharpless on New Garden Monthly Meeting (Pa.) in 1842. Hannah was the daughter of Joshua Sharpless (1779-1860), a Philadelphia carpenter, and Philadelphia Drinker (1779-1875). Philadelphia was the daughter of Joseph and Hannah Hunt Drinker.

    A Short Account of Elizabeth Cope
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Marriage Certificate of Caleb and Hannah Sharpless Cope
    1842
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Hannah S. Cope’s MS account of life and death of Caleb B. Cope
    1879
    (2 copies)
    Box 32

    Joshua S. Cope’s Will
    1932
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Joshua S. Cope was the son of Caleb B. and Hannah S. Cope.

    Hannah’s Correspondence
    1845-1892
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Joshua S. Cope’s Correspondence
    1857-1869
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Caleb’s Correspondence with Hannah from England
    1857-1876
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Letter from Caleb to his sister Mary
    1863
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Hannah Sharpless Cope’s Westtown Notebook
    1825
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Hannah Sharpless journal
    1850-1894
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Contians commonplace entries. Commonplace books.

    Caleb Cope’s Journal trip to England
    1876
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Includes typed transcript

    Hannah’s Short Diary
    1881-1882
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Hannah Sharpless’s Receipt
    1842
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Hannah’s Account Book with her mother
    1869
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Caleb’s Traveling Map of Ireland
    1876
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Series 3d: Siblings of Horace B. Foster Papers, 1844-1974

    John Hoxie Foster (1845-1919), the brother of Horace, was born on the Foster family homestead. His wife, Mary E. Simkinson Foster (1853-1934) was born near Cockermouth, England, on December 19, 1853. She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Holmes) Simkinson. She came to America in 1872, and lived in New York State and Providence, R.I.
    Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) was the sister of Horace B. Foster. She married Thomas Leigh.
    Edward Foster was the brother of Horace B. Foster. He married first Emma Walmsley and second, Martha Otis.

    Miscellaneous Biographical Documents
    1875-1919
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Miscellaneous Biographical Documents related to John Hoxie and Mary E. Foster.

    Marriage certificate, Nantucket MM
    1887
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Miscellaneous Correspondence
    1862-1894
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Includes only correspondence with John Hoxie Foster

    Miscellaneous Correspondence
    1872-1933
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Includes typed lists of condolence letters to Horace B., Mary C., and Mary E.

    Invitation to Lizzie’s Wedding
    1876
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Correspondence with Mary E. Simkinson Foster
    1882-1883
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Condolence Letters on the death of Mary E. Simkinson Foster
    1934-1935
    (1 folder)
    Box 32

    Diary of Foster Family Farm
    1865
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    Diary of Foster Family Farm kept by John H. Foster. Transcript of diary also included.

    John Hoxie’s Diary
    1866
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    John H.’s Notebook
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    Penmanship Books and Certificates of Merit (Folder 1/2)
    1844-1858
    (2 folders)
    Box 33

    Poems by John Hoxie Foster
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    Miscellaneous Financial Documents
    1880-1936
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    Miscellaneous Financial Documents related to John H. and Mary E. Foster

    Providence and Worcester Railroad Documents
    1881
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    John H. Foster’s Account Book
    1887-1895
    (1 folder)
    Box 44

    Newspaper Clippings related to the Fosters
    1933-1974
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    Book – “Precepts of Jesus”
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    Elizabeth Foster Leigh and Thomas Leigh Miscellaneous Correspondence
    1865-1885
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    Edward H. Foster
    1872-1913

    Miscellaneous Correspondence
    1872-1875
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    “Visit at Newport” Letter from Bragg
    1876
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    Miscellaneous Correspondence
    1876-1878
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    Miscellaneous Correspondence
    1882-1913
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    Poem for Edward and Martha’s Wedding
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 33

    Series 4: Foster Family Papers, 1764-1900

    John Foster (1802-1880) was the father of Horace B. Foster. He married Paulina Kenyon (1814-1882) in 1837. She was the daughter of John and Ruth Collins Kenyon. John Foster was the son of Ethan and Temperance Bragg Foster. Paulina served as a community nurse.

    Billfold, Estate Deed
    1764-1839
    (1 folder)
    Box 34

    Deeds and Documents Belonging to Ethan Foster and John Kenyon
    1776-1849
    (1 folder)
    Box 42

    Pamphlets belonging to Ethan Foster
    1816-1870
    (1 folder)
    Box 34

    Ethan Foster Ciphering book and school book
    1798, 1817
    (1 folder)
    Box 42

    Marriage certificate Ethan Foster and Temperance Bragg
    1801
    (1 folder)
    Box 34

    Marriage certificate Ethan Foster and Mary Wilbur, Coventry MM, R.I.,
    1824
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Letter from Aunt Jane Bragg.
    1830
    (1 folder)
    Box 34

    ALS

    “A Reply to Editorial Remarks in ‘The Friend’”
    1856
    (1 folder)
    Box 34

    “The Conscript Quakers”
    1863
    (1 folder)
    Box 34

    John and Paulina Kenyon Foster Deeds, Contracts, Letters, Etc.
    1833-1882
    (1 folder)
    Box 42

    John Foster and Paulina Kenyon marriage certificate, S. Kingstown, CT.
    1824
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Typed transcripts by John Henry Foster, Foster family correspondence
    1860-1870's
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    Also includes two floppy disks.

    “Notes from Reading letters to John H. Foster while he traveled in “the West”
    March to August, 1868
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    Letters
    1857-1968 & n.d.

    1-10, John and Paulina Foster
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    11-20, John and Paulina Foster
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    21-30, to John Hoxie Foster
    1860s
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    31-40, to John Hoxie Foster
    1865-1866
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    41-50. to John Hoxie Foster
    1865-1868
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    51-60, to John Hoxie Foster
    1868
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    61-70, to John Foster and John Hoxie Foster
    1860, 1868
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    71-80, from George Kenyon, John Hoxie Foster, etc.
    1858-1859`
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    Some concern Providence Boarding School

    81-90, to John Hoxie Foster
    1857-1867
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    91-100, to John Hoxie Foster and others
    1865-1881
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    Empty Envelopes, 101-144
    ca. 1866-1900
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    Most to John Hoxie Foster or siblings, with handwritten listing of postage.

    Letters, not numbered, John H. Foster correspondence
    1858-1871
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    Postcards, 145-176, to John Hoxie Foster and others; letter 177
    1880-1883
    (1 folder)
    Box 45

    Photocopies of Letters to Paulina from Sarah Paddock
    1873-1881
    (1 folder)
    Box 34

    Correspondence with H.C. Hassey
    1871-1882
    (1 folder)
    Box 34

    Letters to Paulina from Sarah Paddock
    1880, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 34

    John and Paulina Kenyon Foster Notebooks and Storybooks
    1830-1836
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    John Foster’s Butter Account Book
    1844-1855
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Paulina’s Knitting Machine Account Book
    1862-1872
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Estate Book
    1880-1882
    (1 folder)
    Box 42

    Copybooks and Miscellaneous Poems
    1829-1859
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Medical/Practical Medicine Book
    1870
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Medical Books
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Series 5: John H. and Georgana Foster Family, 1938-2003

    John Henry Foster (b. 1926) is the eldest child of Henry and Thyra Jane Foster. He graduated from the Westtown School and then Cornell University, with graduate degrees from Purdue and Cornell Universities. He worked in an AFSC work camp in Mexico in 1948 and as the agriculturalist in Friends Rural Center, Rasulia, India, 1951-1954 where he was the first American involved in a largely English Quaker program. In 1954, he married Georgana Falb. Also in 1954, he joined the faculty of University of Massachusetts at Amherst, teaching Agricultural Economics and Third World Rural Development. In 1964-1965 he returned to India as a Fulbright lecturer in agricultural economics as Allahabad Institute. In addition to organizing the family papers, John H. Foster transcribed many of the writings and added interpretation. His comments are filed together with the related material.

    John H. Foster’s Inventories of papers
    1997, 2003
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    As deposited at Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

    Notes on Foster family burial ground
    1997
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    John H. Foster draft papers and related material
    1945-1952
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    Correspondence from Chris Cadbury
    ca. 1942
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    Photocopies and typescripts.
    Chris Cadbury was the son of Henry Cadbury.

    Correspondence from Karl Fezer
    1950-1951
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    Correspondence from Tim Nicholson
    1929-1944
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    Correspondence from Warren Haines
    1944-1946
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    Warren Haines was John Henry Foster's Westtown roommate. He was killed in 1946.

    Correspondence from Bill Young
    1944-1949
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    Correspondence from Tom Snipes
    1945-1951
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    Correspondence from Ted Rhoads
    1944-1946
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    Correspondence from Ralph Cook
    1948-1949
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    Ralph Cook was a C.O. imprisoned in Portland, Me, at the time.

    Young Friends at Cornell and Purdue Universities, AFSC clothing drive
    1948-1951
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    AFSC Service Committee, Mexico
    1948
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    Miscellaneous correspondence
    1838-1950
    (1 folder)
    Box 46

    Correspondence from Peter Mullen, India
    1949-1950
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    Correspondence, etc., concerning planned India project
    1951
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    AFSC India reports, etc., John Foster notes on introductory lectures, etc.
    ca. 1951
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    Rasulia program, activities
    1951-1954
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    Financial, India
    1951-1954
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    Reports on India projects
    1951-1965
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    Data on Rasulia agriculture and extension publications
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    Miscellaneous India reports
    1952-1954
    (carbons)
    Box 47

    Published Rasulia papers
    1952-1954
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    Published reports on Friends Rural Center
    1981-1987
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    Correspondence received while in India
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    Correspondence, etc., concerning trip home
    1954
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    Correspondence, trip home
    1954
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    Correspondence, etc., with Partap Aggarwal
    1954-1989
    (1 folder)
    Box 47

    Partap Aggarwal was the director of Friends Rural Center, India, and member of Hamilton MM (NY).

    Miscellaneous business correspondence in India
    (1 folder)
    Box 48

    Miscellaneous correspondence, etc.
    (1 folder)
    Box 48

    Correspondence from Gurdial Mallik
    1953-1970
    (1 folder)
    Box 48

    Gurdial Mallik was a teacher at Rabindranath (Tagore’s college). Also a convinced Quaker, resident at Pendle Hill, 1962-63.

    Correspondence from Alice Barnes, India
    1955-1968
    (1 folder)
    Box 48

    Correspondence from Quakers overseas
    1956-1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 48

    Correspondence regarding shared Indian experience, including correspondence with Donald and Erica Groom.

    Correspondence, Ratcliff and Gayle Addison and other
    (1 folder)
    Box 48

    Correspondence, William and Ruth Rowley
    1956-1991
    (1 folder)
    Box 48

    Correspondence from AFSC and other institutions
    1952-1954, 1996
    (1 folder)
    Box 48

    Letter from India (#11)
    1953
    (1 folder)
    Box 48

    Handwritten journal of Bombay to New York return travel
    1954
    (small loose leaf binder)
    Box 48

    Writings, talks, reports concerning India by John H. Foster
    1954-1972
    (1 folder)
    Box 48

    Essays on John H. Foster’s trips to Iraq and Damascus
    (typed)
    Box 48

    Published material on Friends Center
    1981-
    (1 folder)
    Box 48

    Miscellaneous clippings
    (1 folder)
    Box 48

    Series 6: The Foster Family Farm, 1846-2001

    History
    1925-2001, n.d.

    “Description of Hillside Farm. . . “ by John Foster
    2001
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Based on family letters written 1860s

    Articles of Partnership between Henry C. and William O. Foster
    1925
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Founding Hillside Farm Skit
    1938
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Farm diagrams and history by John Foster
    1992
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Notes on the History of the Hillside Farm by Thyra Jane Foster
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Real Estate / Property
    1846-1980
    (1 folder)
    Box

    Real Estate Deeds
    1846-1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Milkhouse Building
    1904-1921
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Real Estate Documents
    1932-1969
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Plans for Rebuilding Road
    1959
    (1 folder)
    Box 35



    Real Estate Appraisal
    1960
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Sale of Farm Property to the Golf Course
    1963
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Thyra Jane and Henry’s Distribution of Property
    1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Account Books
    1870-1945

    General Account Books and notes
    1870-1871
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    General Account Books
    1875-1880
    (1 folder)
    Box 42

    General Account Books
    1880-1887
    (1 folder)
    Box 42

    General Account Books
    1885
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    General Account Books – transcribed
    1890
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    General Account Books
    1914-1919
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    General Account Books
    1914-1919
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    Sweet Corn Account Book
    1916
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    General Account Books – transcribed
    1920
    (1 folder)
    Box 35

    West End
    1937-1945
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Notes on Account Books
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Inventories and Appraisals
    1881-1979

    General Inventory
    1881-1889
    (1 folder)
    Box 42

    Inventory
    1881-1885
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    General Inventory
    1928-1929
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Inventory of “Significant Items”
    1969
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Inventory of Household Furnishings in the West End
    1975
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Appraisal
    1975
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    General Inventory
    1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Appraisal of Aunt Elizabeth’s belongings
    1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    General Inventory
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Receipts / Bills
    1838-1939

    Miscellaneous Receipts
    1838-1939
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Construction Bills
    1859-1883
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Farm Receipts
    1869-1885
    (2 folders)
    Box 36

    Household Receipts
    1871-1887
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Hired Farm Labor
    1872-1885
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Construction Receipts
    1887-1932
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Rogers and Hubbard Company Contract and Receipts
    1914-1932
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Auto Expenses
    1919-1920
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Roadside Stand Tally Sheets
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Correspondence
    1977-1980, n.d.

    Miscellaneous
    1977-1980, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Miscellaneous
    1912-1979

    Overnight Guests
    1912-1944
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Newspaper Clippings
    1944-1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Items Given to the South County Museum
    1976
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Farm Auction
    1978-1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Quaker Items Given to the Newport Historical Society
    1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Miscellaneous Mementos
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1691-1980, n.d.

    Vision of Joseph Hoag, Extracts from Quaker speeches and letters
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Persons visited in Nantucket
    1860
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Donor speculated that this is a list of Gurneyites who were visited by a committee from the Otisites.

    Miscellaneous Quaker Documents
    1691-1866
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Accounts of Important Figures, Meeting Minutes

    Letter from H.J.
    1787
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Isaac Robert’s Deeds
    1794-1796
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Warwick, Rhode Island, property maps
    (1 folder)
    Folder OE

    Miscellaneous Writings and Correspondence
    1806-1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 36

    Account Book
    ca. 1812
    (1 folder)
    Box 36a

    Newspaper clippings glued over some pages

    The Doctrine of Baptisms by William Dell
    1815
    (1 folder)
    Box 37

    Pen and Ink Drawings, Foster Coat of Arms Illustration
    1815-1821, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 42

    Books on Scriptural Instruction and William Cowper
    1831-1834
    (1 folder)
    Box 37

    Children’s Books and Good Behavior Slips
    1836-1875
    (1 folder)
    Box 37

    Copies of Correspondence of Daniel Wheeler, Joel Clapp
    1839
    (1 folder)
    Box 37

    Almanacs
    1850-1875
    (1 folder)
    Box 37

    Miscellaneous Pamphlets and Clippings
    1850-1934
    (1 folder)
    Box 37

    Miscellaneous Pamphlets and Clippings
    1855-1943
    (1 folder)
    Box 37

    Putnam’s Monthly and miscellaneous bible pamphlets
    1858-1882
    (1 folder)
    Box 37

    Daily Text Books
    1859
    (1 folder)
    Box 37

    Newspaper Clippings
    1869-1881
    (1 folder)
    Box 37

    May have belonged to Meyers

    The Plymouth Pulpit, published sermons
    1872
    (1 folder)
    Box 38

    Commonplace book, author unknown
    1872-1929
    (1 folder)
    Box 38

    Almanacs
    1876-1889
    (1 folder)
    Box 38

    Old Trade Cards and Valentines
    1883-1884, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 38

    Miscellaneous Quaker Papers
    1890, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 38

    Pamphlets and Clippings from the Horace Foster era
    1893-1930
    (1 folder)
    Box 38

    Bibby Calendar from Fritchley, England
    1911
    (1 folder)
    Box 42

    Miscellaneous Quaker and Christian Pamphlets
    1913-1980
    (4 folders)
    Box 38

    Westtown Literary Union – Constitution
    1914
    (1 folder)
    Box 38

    Miscellaneous Documents on Peace and Politics
    1915-1970
    (1 folder)
    Box 38

    Probably belonged to Thyra Jane Foster

    Newspaper Clippings
    1917-1962
    (1 folder)
    Box 38

    May have belonged to Meyers.

    C.W. Johnson’s Photo Flowers and Poems
    1918, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Miscellaneous Pen and Ink Drawings, Song Book, Theater Program
    1920-1937
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Pawtuxet Valley Fair Ribbons
    1923
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Copies of Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings
    1933-1934, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Hymns of Praise, Number 2
    1934
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Documents on Christianity
    1938, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Mementos
    1939, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Mementos
    1939, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Harold M. Foster – postcard from Helen Gifford
    1944
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Newspaper Clippings
    1951-1966
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Religious Education Committee
    1958-1967
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Folder on Fall-Out Shelters
    1961-1962
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Political Peace Campaigns
    1962-1965
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Notes on Foster Family Burying Ground
    1997
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Joseph Greene’s Will Copy Book and Other Quaker Documents
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Personal Expenses Book
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 39

    Play – A Quaker Love Story and Romance
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    School Papers
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Photocopies of Meeting Minutes
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Child’s Drawing Book
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Miscellaneous Quaker Documents
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Accounts of Important Figures, Meeting Minutes. Copied by Donor.

    Anonymous Invitations
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Anonymous Invitations
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Miscellaneous prints of Quaker Buildings
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 40

    Plain clothes patterns
    19th century
    (1 folder)
    Box Relics