Charles J. Darlington Papers, 1950-1966

(2 boxes (1.0 cu. ft.))

RG5/230


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Abstract
This collection contains the papers of Charles J. Darlington, relating primarily to the reunification of the two Philadelphia Yearly Meetings, his visits to the Five Years Meeting, and his work on Swarthmore College Alumni Fund. He served on the Joint Committee for Organic Union during the years preceding the reunification of the two branches of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1955. He subsequently served as Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends from 1955 to 1960. Since some of the yearly meetings belonging to the Five Years Meeting of Friends were undergoing similar reunifications, he and several other Philadelphia Friends were invited to the Five Years Meetings in 1955, 1960, and 1963; the name was changed in 1965 to Friends United Meeting. Charles Darlington was in the Swarthmore Class of 1915 and attended his 50th reunion before his death in 1966.

Background note:
Charles Darlington was born in 1894 on a dairy farm in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College in 1915 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and in 1916 with a Master’s degree in Chemistry.

He worked for the Dupont Corporation for 43 years and retired in 1959 after having been Superintendent of the Semi-Works at the Chamber Works in Deepwater, New Jersey. He died on February 21, 1966.

Charles Darlington was a Quaker and dedicated to social service through a variety of organizations. He was national chairman of the Friends Committee on National Legislation and was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Friends Service Committee, serving on a number of its committees, including Peace Education, Finance, and Community Relations.

From 1955 to 1960 he was Clerk of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and for 15 years served as chairman of its Committee on Education. He was also a director of Farmers and World Affairs and served a term as president of the Friends Social Union.

Because of his many community and religious activities in his home town of Woodstown, New Jersey, in 1962 he received the Woodstown Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year award, and in the same year, Charles and his wife Eleanor were presented with the Brotherhood Award of the Salem (New Jersey) County Council on Human Relations.

Scope and content
This collection contains the papers of Charles J. Darlington, relating primarily to the reunification of the two Philadelphia Yearly Meetings, his visits to the Five Years Meeting, and his work on Swarthmore College Alumni Fund.

Organization: Organized into three series: Series 1: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1950-1959; Series 2: Five Years Meeting, 1955-1963; Series 3: Swarthmore College Alumni Correspondence, 1964-1966.


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
Deposit, Esther Collins Darlington '58, 4/19/97, 3/18/99

Processing information
Class of 1915 50th Reunion photographs were removed to FHL Photos.

The following volume was removed to RG2/Ph/W63: Woodstown Monthly Meeting. Service Committee. Minutes, 1932-1939.

The following duplicate minutes were removed from the collection: Chester Quarterly Meeting. Minutes, 1972-1973.; Chester Quarterly Meeting. Representative Committee. Minutes, 1972-1973.; Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Joint Committee on Organic Union. Minutes, 1950-1955.; Philadelphia Yearly Meetings. Philadelphia General Meeting. Planning Committee. ; Minutes, 1946-1950. Swarthmore College. Student Council. Minutes, 2/14/1965.

Two issues of The Palladium-Item were removed from the collection: July 23, 1963 (Vol. 133, No. 174) and July 24, 1963 (Vol. 133, No. 175).

The remaining materials were organized into series and placed in RG5.

Related material
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Records, RG 2/Ph

Esther Darlington Papers, Acc. 96-010

FHL pictures

Bibliography
Darlington, Charles J. Memoirs of Charles J. Darlington. In two volumes. Philadelphia : Dunlap Printing Co., c1966-67.


Added entries

Subjects
  • Darlington, Charles J. (Charles Joseph), 1894-1966
  • Five Years Meeting (Society of Friends : U.S.)
  • Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
  • Quakers - New Jersey
  • Quakers - Pennsylvania
  • Society of Friends - Reunification
  • Society of Friends - United States
  • Swarthmore College

    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: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1950-1961

    Joint Committee on Organic Union. Miscellaneous papers.
    1950-1955
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Joint Committee on Organic Union. Faith and Practice drafts.
    1951-1954
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Yearly Meeting Session.
    1953
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Yearly Meeting Session.
    3/1954
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Yearly Meeting Special Session.
    11/1954
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Yearly Meeting Session.
    1955
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Yearly Meeting Session.
    1956
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Planning Committee. Minutes and related papers.
    1957-1961
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Yearly Meeting Session.
    1959
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Series 2: Five Years Meeting, 1955-1963

    Newspaper clippings
    1955 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Meeting Session.
    1955
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Meeting Session
    1960
    (2 folders)
    Box 2

    Meeting Session
    1963
    (2 folders)
    Box 2

    Series 3: Swarthmore College Alumni Correspondence, 1964-66

    Alumni Annual Giving Fund. Correspondence with the Class of 1915.
    1964-1966
    (1 folder)
    Box 2