Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Summary Information

Repository:
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Creator:
Mather, Thomas T. (Thomas Tyson Mather), 1814-1877
Creator:
Mather, Rachel N. (Rachel Nicholson Mather), 1834-1900
Creator - ctb:
Nicholson family
Title:
Mather-Nicholson family papers
ID:
SFHL.RG5.297
Date [inclusive]:
1822-1903
Physical Description:
1 Linear Feet (1 oversize folder (7 items) and 1 legal sized box)
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
Collection contains student work books, two marriage certificates and four school certificates relating to the Thomas T. and Rachel (Nicholson) Mather family.

Preferred Citation

[Indicate the cited item or series here], Mather-Nicholson Family Papers, RG5/297, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

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Biographical / Historical

Thomas T. Mather (1814-1877) was the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Mather, members of Abington Monthly Meeting. He married Rachel G. Nicholson (1834-1900), daughter of William and Susan G. Nicholson, in 1856 at Green Street Monthly Meeting. Rachel Nicholson Mather was awarded a teaching certification from the Pennsylvania Normal School in 1853 and was an acknowledged Quaker minister. Their daughters, Sarah, Eleanor, and Rachel Mather, attended Friends Central School, Froebels School and the School District of Philadelpia. Their son Thomas T. Mather (1873-1957) married Bertha Marie Ohnmeiss in 1903.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes student note books of Thomas Tyson Mather (1814-1877) and his sister, Mary Ann Mather (1811-1889), two marriage certificates and four school certificates relating to the Thomas T. and Rachel (Nicholson) Mather family, Philadelphia Quakers. Of special interest is the diary kept by Quaker minister Rachel Mather, 1866-1875, in which she remarks on spiritual matters and speakers at the meetings she attended. Also includes a store ledger/day book kept by William Nicholson, 1834-1838, which subsequently was used in part as a scrapbook for clippings.

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Administrative Information

Publication Statement

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

500 College Avenue Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081 friends@swarthmore.edu URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/friends-historical-library.xml

Revision Description

This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.The finding aid was updated in May 2017 by Susanna Morikawa to unite items in accession into a single collection. 20162017

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Mather, IV. Acc. 2013.017

Custodial History

The donor, Thomas Tyson Mather, IV, is the great-grandson of Thomas Tyson Mather and Rachel Nicholson. Mather.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Quakers -- Lay ministry
  • Quakers -- Education
  • Copybooks
  • Mather family

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Collection Inventory

Student work books, 1822-1828

Physical Description: 5 Volumes

Scope and Contents: Student workbooks, largely mathematics

box Box 1
Title/Description Instances
Mary Ann Mather mathematics notebook, Bristol Seminary, 1823
Thomas T. Mather mathematics notebook, Gwynedd Boarding School, 1822
Thomas T. Mather mathematics notebook, Bristol School, 1824
Thomas T. Mather school notebook, "Exchange", 1826-1827
Thomas T. Mather geometry notebook, Gwynedd Board School, 1828

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Daybook, journal, 1834-1838

Physical Description: 2 Volumes

box Box 1
Title/Description Instances
William Nicholson store ledger and daybook, 1834-1839

Physical Description: 1 Volumes

Scope and Contents: William Nicholson (1809-1875) was a birthright member of Salem Monthly Meeting. He became a Philadelphia merchant, a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting at his death. The daybook commences 8mo 11, 1834, as a business ledger in ink which ends in 1839. This is followed by rough calculations, vocabulary, etc., in pencil and, after a break, cake recipes in bulk in pen. Loose pages dated 1838 are more ledger notes in pen, partly covered by unrelated newspaper clippings. William Nicholson was the father of Rachel Nicholson who married Thomas Tyson Mather in 1856.

Rachel N. Mather journal, 1866-1875

Physical Description: 1 Volumes

Scope and Contents: Rachel Nicholson Mather was acknowledged as a minister at Green Street Monthly Meeting. The journal mentions family events such as the deaths of her son in 1870 and her mother in 1873 as well as description of speakers at the Quaker meetings she attended and spiritual musings. The visiting ministers included Elizabeth Plummer, Martha Travilla, Catherine Foulke, Lucretia Mott, and particularly, Sarah Betts.

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Certificates, 1853-1896

Scope and Contents: Marriage certificate of Thomas T. Mather and Rachel G. Nicholson and marriage certificate of their son, Thomas T. Mather, and Berta Marie Ohnmeiss. Teaching certification awarded to Rachel G. Nicholson and school certificates granted to her daughters.

oversize RG5/297, Mather-Nicholson
Title/Description Instances
School certificates, 1853-1899

Scope and Contents: Rachel Nicholson, Pennsylvania Normal School teaching certification, Feb 10, 1853; Sarah Mather, Friends Central certificate, 1880; Sarah Mather, Froebels School certificate, 1882; Eleanor Mather, School District of Philaelphia, 1896. Rachel Mather, Froebel's certificate, 1899.

Marriage certificates, 1856, 1903

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Contents: Marriage of Thomas T. Mather (1814-1877) and Rachel Nicholson, Green Street Monthly Meeting, 12 mo 3, 1856; Marriage of Thomas Tyson Mather (1873-1957) and Bertha Marie Ohmmeiss, Green Street Monthly Meeting, 6 mo, 24, 1903.

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