Margaret P. Apgar. Collected Writings of Friends House Residents, 1980-1995

(2 boxes ; 1 linear ft.)

RG5/225


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Abstract
Contains collected writings of residents of Friends House, a Quaker retirement home in Sandy Spring, Md., and Haviland Hall, its nursing home extension. Margaret P. Apgar collected, typed and edited the writings between 1980 and 1994. The collection includes Gleanings, the published collection of residents’ work in six volumes, and additional writings by individuals including by Grace Yaukey who published under the name of Cornelia Spencer, Margaret Wells Steer, Grace Nesbitt, and Margaret Birckhead.

Background note:
Friends House is a Quaker retirement home in Sandy Spring, Md., which opened in 1961 under the sponsorship of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Friends Nursing Home, Inc., was established as an extension of the retirement home; Haviland Hall is the assisted living facility of the Nursing Home.

Margaret P. Apgar was a resident Friends House. She co-edited the Friends House Newsletter and typed and edited writings of residents. A selection were published in-house in six volumes under the title of Gleanings. The writings were initiated by a Friends House Writers Workshop held in 1980 which in turn inspired a Writers Group wherein residents shared more of their memories and writings.

Margaret Apgar left Friends House in 1991 after sixteen years, and returned in 2001. Her notebooks include additional works by the residents of Friends House and Haviland Hall, including works by Grace Yaukey who published under the name of Cornelia Spencer, Margaret Wells Steer, Grace Nesbitt, and Margaret Birckhead.

Scope and content
Contains writings of residents of Friends House, a Quaker retirement home in Sandy Spring, Md., and Haviland Hall, its nursing home extension. The majority were typed and collected between 1980 and 1994 by Margaret P. Apgar who was a resident of the House, and most of the authors represented were Quakers.

Organization: Three series: 1. Gleanings, published in-house, 2, Margaret Apgar’s notebooks with additional miscellaneous writing; 3. Other writings and collected works by residents, arranged alphabetically.


Administrative and Other Descriptive Information

Restrictions
Collection is open for research.

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.

Acquisition Information
Gift, Margaret P. Apgar, 1996

Gift, Pamela Apgar, 1999

This collection was assembled by Margaret Apgar, editor of the newsletter of Friends House, Maryland, and of Gleanings, six volumes of collected writings of the residents of the retirement home. In December, 1999, Pamela Apgar, Margaret's daughter, donated additional works of Mary Birckhead which were collected by her mother.

Processing information
Duplicates were removed and the full set of Friends House Newsletter transferred to FHL Serial Group 1. Writings by individual authors arranged alphabetically. Individual manuscript items sent by Mary Birckhead to Larry and Margaret Apgar and received from Martha Nesbitt (1999) added to the other papers by Mary Birckhead.

Separated material
Steer, Margery Wells, The View in Winter. Southbound Press, 1992. Transferred to FHL books.

Friends House Letter, Vols. 1-15, transferred to FHL Serial Group 1.

Related material
Birckhead, Mary B., Papers, 1959-1991, 1985-1991, SC 163

Steer, Margery Wells, Dear grandparents : letters from around the world. Ardmore, Pa. : Dorrance, c1981.

Steer, Margery Wells, The View in Winter. Southbound Press, 1992.

Nesbitt, Martha C., Chronicles of Sandy Spring Friends meeting and environs / by Martha C. Nesbitt and Mary Reading Miller, et al. ; drawings and maps by John Weske. Sandy Spring, Md. : Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 1987.


Added entries

Subjects
  • Aged -- Social networks
  • Apgar, Margaret Parsons
  • Friends House (Sandy Spring, Md.)
  • Old age homes -- Maryland
  • Quakers - Old age
  • Quakers - Social life and customs
  • Quakers -- Maryland
  • Quakers -- Old age homes

    Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Birckhead, Mary B.
  • Spencer, Cornelia, 1899-
  • Steer, Margaret Wells, 1899-1992

    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 1: Gleanings, 1980-1991

    Margaret Apgar was editor of the newsletter of Friends House, Maryland, and of Gleanings, six volumes of collected writings of the residents of the retirement home.

    Gleanings
    1980-91
    (6 volumes)
    Box 1

    Series 2: Notebooks, 1980-1994

    Margaret Apgar’s notebooks
    ca. 1980-1994
    (2 volumes)
    Box 1

    Contains collected writings, letters concerning Gleanings, and samples of the Haviland Hall Writers Group

    Series 3: Writings of residents of Friends House, collected by Margaret Apgar, 1975-95

    Typed manuscripts and photocopies

    Mary Birckhead
    ca. 1975-1990

    Sinimum Serpent
    1963
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Hand-bound and colored books
    ca.1977
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Farm Sketches
    1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    A Painter’s Palette
    1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Tide Pools
    1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    “Babby” short stories and poems
    1968-1990 and n.d.
    (2 folders)
    Box 2

    Manuscripts
    ca. 1975-1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Hand-painted mss items sent to Larry and Margaret Apgar at Friends House

    Vera Curtis
    1994-1995

    Autobiography, The Backward Glance
    1994-1995
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Helene Doying
    ca. 1990

    Recollections of her mother
    ca. 1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Recollections of her mother, Maisie McLachlen, who lived in early 20th century Alaska

    Martha Nesbitt
    1993

    A Potpourri of Time and Place and People
    1993
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Sarah Louise Pennington Owen
    1991

    Memories
    1991
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Margery Wells Steer
    1987-1992

    Harvest of Chaff
    1987-1989
    (3 vols.)
    Box 2

    Autumn Harvest
    1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Bits and Pieces
    1992
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Evelyn Williams
    1992-1993

    Reminiscences Book 1
    1992-1993
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Reminiscences Book 2
    1992-1993
    (1 folder)
    Box 2