Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Summary Information

Repository:
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Source - dnr:
Balderston, Sara (FHL donor)
Creator - crp:
Balderston, C. Canby (Balderston, C. Canby (Caleb Canby), 1897-1979 )
Creator - crp:
Balderston, Judith Braude, 1926-1993
Creator - crp:
Balderston, John Lloyd, 1849-1921
Creator - crp:
Balderston, Anna Elizabeth Marshall, 1856-1925
Title:
Balderston Family Papers
ID:
SFHL.RG5.299
Date [inclusive]:
1853-1949
Physical Description:
3.25 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The collection contains correspondence of the family of C. Canby Balderston, a prominent Quaker and businessman. He served with the Friends Relief Service and the Relief Commission for Belgium during WWI and both of his sons, Frederick Emery Balderston and Robert W. Balderston, were COs in WWII, working as ambulance drivers. Frederick E. Balderston (1923-2007) married Judith Braude (1926-1993) in 1949. A significant part of the collection consists of her childhood and college correspondence with her parents. It particularly reflects details of Swarthmore College students life, 1942-1946. Of special interest are the letters that Canby Balderston sent to his mother from France and Belgium, 1917-1919. Also included in the collection is correspondence of C. Canby Balderston's parents, John Lloyd Balderston and Anna Elizabeth (Marshall) Balderston, Quakers of Kennett Square, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Preferred Citation

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, Balderston Family Papers, RG5/299.

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Biographical / Historical

C. Canby Balderston (1897-1979) was the son of John Lloyd Balderston (1849-1921) and Anna Elizabeth Marshall Balderston (1856-1925). John Lloyd Balderston was the son of Lloyd and Catherine Canby Balderston who married under the care of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting in 1843 and settled in Colora, Cecil County, Maryland. They had twelve children including Anne (1844-1934), a teacher; George (1847-1907); C. Canby (1847-1923), teacher at Westtown and businessman; John Lloyd (1849-1921); Jane (1851-1924); Charles (1852-1924); Catherine (1854-58); William (1856-1914); Ellwood (1858-1921); Mark (1860); Alice (1861-64); and Lloyd, Jr. (1863-1933). John L. Balderston married Anna Elizabeth Marshall under the care of New Garden Monthly Meeting in 1881, and both were active members in the Society of Friends. John L. Balderston served as an elder in Kennett Monthly Meeting. After his death, Anna Elizabeth lived with their son Robert W. Balderston in Media, Pennsylvania. John L. and Anna E. Balderston had two sons, Robert W. (1882-1940) and C. Canby Balderston (1897-1979). Robert was a farmer and active in the National Milk Association.

C. Canby Balderston attended Westtown School and earned his bachelor, masters and doctorate at University of Pennsylvania where he served on the faculty for more than 30 years. During WWI, he served with the Friends Relief Service and the Relief Commission for Belgium. A prominent Quaker and businessman, C. Canby Balderston served as Dean of the Wharton School and as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1954-1966 and authored many articles and books on management and banking. e was also active in many institutions including Friends Hospital, Westtown School, Sidwell School, Bryn Mawr College, and Elywn Institute. C. Canby Balderston received many awards including the Medal of Merit for his services during WWII and honorary degrees from University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College.

In 1922 he married Gertrude Emery (1902-1941), the daughter of Frederick R. Emery and Jeanne Thomson Balderston. They had two sons: Frederick Emery Balderston (1923-2007), who married Judith Braude in 1949; and Robert Walter Balderston (1924-2012), who married Dorothea Ellinson. Gertrude was hampered by a heart condition and died at the age of 39.

In 1942, C. Canby Balderston married second Ida Roberts Smedley (1896-1993). A long-time teacher, she was the widow of Walter Smedley, a prominent Philadelphia architect.

Both of C. Canby and Gertrude's son attended Westtown School and in September 1942 volunteered with the American Field Service as ambulance drivers. They served with the British 8th and 9th Armies in the Middle East, North Africa, Italy and Austria in 1943-1945. Frederick Emery Balderston was a professor of business administration in the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a recognized authority on the savings and loan industry, university administration, and computer simulation research in banking and marketing.

In 1949 Frederick E. Balderston married Judith Braude (1926-1993), daughter of Paul and Anne Braude. She grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1946 Judith Balderston earned her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkley, in 1982, and worked as a Research Associate at Berkley.

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Scope and Contents

C. Canby Balderston (1897-1979) was the son of John Lloyd Balderston (1849-1921) and Anna Elizabeth Marshall Balderston (1856-1925). John Lloyd Balderston was the son of Lloyd and Catherine Canby Balderston who married under the care of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting in 1843 and settled in Colora, Cecil County, Maryland. They had twelve children including Anne (1844-1934), a teacher; George (1847-1907); C. Canby (1847-1923), teacher at Westtown and businessman; John Lloyd (1849-1921); Jane (1851-1924); Charles (1852-1924); Catherine (1854-58); William (1856-1914); Ellwood (1858-1921); Mark (1860); Alice (1861-64); and Lloyd, Jr. (1863-1933). John L. Balderston married Anna Elizabeth Marshall under the care of New Garden Monthly Meeting in 1881, and both were active members in the Society of Friends. John L. Balderston served as an elder in Kennett Monthly Meeting. After his death, Anna Elizabeth lived with their son Robert W. Balderston in Media, Pennsylvania. John L. and Anna E. Balderston had two sons, Robert W. (1882-1940) and C. Canby Balderston (1897-1979). Robert was a farmer and active in the National Milk Association.

C. Canby Balderston attended Westtown School and earned his bachelor, masters and doctorate at University of Pennsylvania where he served on the faculty for more than 30 years. During WWI, he served with the Friends Relief Service and the Relief Commission for Belgium. A prominent Quaker and businessman, C. Canby Balderston served as Dean of the Wharton School and as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1954-1966 and authored many articles and books on management and banking. e was also active in many institutions including Friends Hospital, Westtown School, Sidwell School, Bryn Mawr College, and Elywn Institute. C. Canby Balderston received many awards including the Medal of Merit for his services during WWII and honorary degrees from University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College.

In 1922 he married Gertrude Emery (1902-1941), the daughter of Frederick R. Emery and Jeanne Thomson Balderston. They had two sons: Frederick Emery Balderston (1923-2007), who married Judith Braude in 1949; and Robert Walter Balderston (1924-2012), who married Dorothea Ellinson. Gertrude was hampered by a heart condition and died at the age of 39.

In 1942, C. Canby Balderston married second Ida Roberts Smedley (1896-1993). A long-time teacher, she was the widow of Walter Smedley, a prominent Philadelphia architect.

Both of C. Canby and Gertrude's son attended Westtown School and in September 1942 volunteered with the American Field Service as ambulance drivers. They served with the British 8th and 9th Armies in the Middle East, North Africa, Italy and Austria in 1943-1945. Frederick Emery Balderston was a professor of business administration in the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a recognized authority on the savings and loan industry, university administration, and computer simulation research in banking and marketing.

In 1949 Frederick E. Balderston married Judith Braude (1926-1993), daughter of Paul and Anne Braude. She grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1946 Judith Balderston earned her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkley, in 1982, and worked as a Research Associate at Berkley.

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Arrangement

Arranged in three series.

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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

Revision Description

Revised in May 2018 by Susanna Morikawa with added series. 2018

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sara Balderston, Accession 2016.025 and 2018.012. She is the daughter of Frederick and Judith Braude Balderston.

Processing Information

The original gift was received in four boxes which contained the letters of Judith Braude Balderston before her mariage and one suitcase containing papers concerning C. Canby Balderston and his family. The collection was sorted into series and processed as RG5/299. The plastic deteriorating wallet and unrelated business cards belonging to C. Canby Banderston were discarded. In 2018, the donor added family correspondence centered on C. Canby Balderston's parents which was added as a separate series.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Swarthmore College Archives, RG6

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Swarthmore
  • Quakers -- World War, 1914–1918
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Society of Friends -- War relief and reconstruction
  • Quakers -- Agriculture
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Kennett Square
  • Balderston, Sara (FHL donor)

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Collection Inventory

Series. 1: C. Canby and Gertrude Emery Balderston, 1917-1951

C. Canby and Gertrude Emery Balderston correspondence

Title/Description Instances
C. Canby Balderston to his mother, 1917
Box 1
C. Canby Balderston to his mother, 1918
Box 1
C. Canby Balderston to his mother, 1919
Box 1
C. Canby Balderston to Gertrude Emery, 1920-1921
Box 1
Anna E. Balderston to Gertrude Emery, 1921

Scope and Contents: 2 ALsS from C. Canby's mother

Box 1
Gertrude to C. Canby, 1920-1924
Box 1
Gertrude to C. Canby , 1937-1939
Box 1
Gertrude to Anne Morrow Lindbergh (draft), 1935

Scope and Contents: Long letter expressing her appreciation for Lindbergh's book North to the Orient. She explains that she has been bedridden for most of the previous ten years and travels through books.

Box 1
C. Canby to Gertrude, 1940

Scope and Contents: 2 ALsS

Box 1
Robert W. Balderston to C. Canby Balderston, 1937-1941, n.d.

Scope and Contents: Robert, brother of C. Canby, died in an accident on Feb. 12, 1940. He had spent a year in Germany in the Child Feeding Program after WWI and worked for the National Milk Association in Chicago at the time of his death. In 1939, he visited Europe and reported business conditions. The 1941 letter is a carbon copy to his widow, Martha, concerning salary owed to him.

Box 1
Martha Balderston to Gertrude, 1937

Scope and Contents: Family news from Chicago

Box 1
C. Canby miscellaneous correspondence received, 1921-1942

Scope and Contents: Friends from relief work in Belgium; sympathy on death of his brother Robert W. Balderston (1882-1940), etc.

Box 1
Gertrude miscellaneous correspondence received, circa 1928-1936
Box 1
C. Canby Balderston correspondence received, 1948-1949

Scope and Contents: From Brian Mennell, South Africa, and William Morley, Wales. Political, financial, Quaker concerns

Box 1
Bob Balderston to his parents , 1939

Scope and Contents: Student at Westtown

Box 1
Fred Balderston to his parents, 1939-1940

Scope and Contents: From Westtown and subsequently Deep Springs College, CA

Box 1
Fred to his parents, 1941

Scope and Contents: Student at Deep Springs College

Box 1
Lizzie Burgess to Gertrude and C. Canby, 1938-1941
Box 1
Miscellaneous postcards, 1938-1939
Box 1

Canby and Gertrude Emery Balderston miscellaneous

Title/Description Instances
C. Canby Balderston journals , 1917-1918

Scope and Contents: Small journal, Aug. 29, 1917 - Jan. 8 1918, in France. Account book, etc., 1917

Box 2
C. Canby Balderston foreign service memorabilia, 1919

Scope and Contents: Receipts from Bruges, unidentified photographs and Keyen church, Foreign Service certificate, Friends War Victims Relief tie bar, Red Cross pin

Box 2
Balderston financial papers , 1921-1941

Scope and Contents: Deed, Friends Hospital financial report, etc

Box 2
Gertrude Emery autograph book, 1919-1920

Scope and Contents: Included is a clipping circa 1915 on her award winning temperance essay

Box 2
Wedding guest book , 1922-07-28

Scope and Contents: Also the wedding invitation

Box 2
Gertrude's small binder book, pencil tablet with notes, circa 1934

Scope and Contents: Addresses, miscellaneous notes, 2 loose ALsS

Box 2
Gertrude loose notes, n.d.
Box 3
Anna Balderston/Gertrude Balderston day book, 1925, 1935

Scope and Contents: Sporadic entries in 1925 with entries of 1935 in middle of volume

Box 3
Gertrude steno book and loose notes, circa 1938-1941
Box 3
Gertrude miscellaneous notebooks, datebooks, 1935-1941

Scope and Contents: Cash books, household accounts and inventory, small date books. With notes on health, addresses, handmade booklet created from bark.

Box 3
Fred E. and Robert Balderston miscellaneous, 1923-1936, 1939

Scope and Contents: Westtown graduation, doctor visits, drawings for his mother. Robert student essay

Box 3
C. Canby Balderston miscellaneous, circa 1942-1951

Scope and Contents: Business cards, Ozone Golf Club, etc.

Box 3
Photographs, circa 1920-1939

Scope and Contents: Snapshots in envelope labeled C. Canby and Gertrude Balderston. Most not labeled

Box 3
Photographic negatives, 1930s

Scope and Contents: Loose negatives and some in glassine folders in Kodak booklets. A sampling scanned and appear to be family photographs and scenes of Washington, D.C.

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Series 2: Judith Braude Correspondence

Title/Description Instances
Childhood correspondence with her parents, Paul and Anne Braude, 1923-1939

Scope and Contents: Largely letters from Anne Braude

Box 4
Cards from Judith to her parents, (1930-1940s)
Box 4
Correspondence with her parents, 1933-1939

Scope and Contents: Mostly camp correspondence: Camp Robinson Crusoe, Sturbridge, Mass.

Box 4
Family correspondence , 1937-1938

Scope and Contents: Mostly letters from her mother on summer travels, stored in a binder

Box 4
Correspondence with her parents, 1940-1943

Scope and Contents: Mostly camp correspondence

Box 4
Correspondence with her parents, 1940-1946

Scope and Contents: Other than camp correspondence

Box 4
Correspondence with her parents, Undated, circa 1930-1940

Scope and Contents: Mostly camp correspondence

Box 4
Correspondence with her parents, undated, circa 1930-1940

Scope and Contents: Other correspondence

Box 4
Swarthmore College correspondence , 1942

Scope and Contents: The letter are verery descriptive of college life - gentle freshman hazing, studying in the dome of Parrish - Parrish belfry, courses

Box 5
Swarthmore College correspondence , 1943

Scope and Contents: Spring of freshman year and fall of junior year. Settling into coursework, Navy and Chinese officers are on campus

Box 5
Swarthmore College correspondence , 1944, 2mo - 3 mo

Scope and Contents: College life, social and coursework.

Box 5
Swarthmore College correspondence , 1944, 4 m-5 mo

Scope and Contents: Coursework, studying in math library at top of Parrish, enjoys folk and modern dance

Box 5
Swarthmore College correspondence , 1944, 6 mo-12 mo

Scope and Contents: Excitement about the War news. Social life with the Navy, continued studies during summer months. Moved to Worth dormitory in the fall. Campaigning for Democrats and interested in labor issues

Box 5
Swarthmore College correspondence , 1945

Scope and Contents: Working hard, busy social life, folk dance competition. Death of FDR, distress about finding a lasting peace. Collection to mark V-E day, dance competition in NYC. Uncomfortable that at Collection there is regular hymn singing, not very Quakerly and also visiting the pretentious home of a classmate whose parents live in Philadelphia. She write that she is glad that she is a Jew from the Bronx.

Box 5
Swarthmore College correspondence , 1946

Scope and Contents: Applying for graduate school. Graduation with a B.A., Mathematics major and minor in Economics. This was followed 1946-1947 with graduate work at Columbia University in Mathematical Statistics.

Box 5

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Series 3: John L. and Anna E. Marshall Balderston Correspondence

Title/Description Instances
Caleb H. Canby indenture, 1853

Scope and Contents: Bond to Hiram Taylor, Cecil County, MD

box 6
Lloyd Balderston, Colora, to John L. Balderston, 1855-05-08

Scope and Contents: Letter tTo his son

box 6
C. Canby Balderston, Colora, Maryland, to George Balderston, 1861, 1863

Scope and Contents: To his brother at Westtown School. Family and business news, including a proposed liquid coffee. 2mo 10, 1864 letter mentions that Eliphaz Cheyney was visiting the family; a false rumor had circulated that he had been arrested for his strong abolitionist sentiments. 1863 letter sent from Westtown where Canby worked as a teacher.

box 6
John L. Balderston to C. Canby Balderston, 1862

Scope and Contents: John at home, Canby at Westtown, his first semester at boarding school.

box 6
Charles Balderston, Colora, to brother, 1864

Scope and Contents: Two letters to Canby or John. Charles is a student, mentions railroad almost connected to depot at Rising Sun.

box 6
John L. Balderston to parents, 1866

Scope and Contents: Student at Westtown

box 6
Anna Elizabeth Marshall, Westtown, to Mark Marshall, 1865-1871

Scope and Contents: Letters to her brother. Also a printed invitation 1869 from Mark and Lydia Marshall to J. L. Balderston to dine

box 6
William and Martha (Walter) Marshall, Kennett, PA, to their children, Anna and Henry, 1864-1869

Scope and Contents: Family news

box 6
William and Martha (Walter) Marshall, Kennett, PA, to their children, Anna and Henry, 1870

Scope and Contents: Correspondence with children. Anna at Westtown

box 6
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William and Martha (Walter) Marshall, Kennett, PA, to their children, 1871

Scope and Contents: Family and Quaker news. Phebe Roberts and Abbie Hall preaching.

box 6
William and Martha (Walter) Marshall, Kennett, PA, to their children, 1872-1873

Scope and Contents: Letters to their daughter. Mention of Africans coming through.

box 6
Anna Elizabeth Marshall, Westtown, to parents, 1879-1882

Scope and Contents: Anna mentions that a Hicksite woman, Sarah Fell, was visiting to observe Westtown in the hope of starting her own boarding school.

box 6
Lloyd Balderston, Colora, MD, to John L. Balderston, 1874-11-29

Scope and Contents: Letter to his son reports the death of cousin Sarah Child, who regards as having fallenl away from the way of Friends with the distraction of women's suffrage and abolition.

box 6
John L. Balderston and Anna Elizabeth Marshall, 1879

Scope and Contents: Beginning of courtship corrrespondence

box 6
Morris Cope to Anna E. Marshall, 1880-08-12

Scope and Contents: Note with his carte-de-visite portrait enclosed

box 6
John L. Balderston and Anna Elizabeth Marshall, 1880

Scope and Contents: Courtship correspondence. Interesting mention in letter of 2nd month of a "passing dress."

box 6
John L. Balderston and Anna Elizabeth Balderston to family, 1881

Scope and Contents: They married 3 month 17, 1881

box 6
John L. and Anna E. Balderston to his family, 1882

Scope and Contents: Early parenthood, family news.

box 6
Anna E. Balderston to mother, sister, and in-laws, 1882-1886
box 6
John L. and Anna E. Balderston , 1884-1885
box 6
John L. Balderston to Anna E. Balderston, 1885

Scope and Contents: From home to Anna at Asbury Park, NJ

box 6
John L. and Anna E. Balderston to his family, 1886-1887

Scope and Contents: Family news. John's letter of 11 month 1887 relates Robert's visit to the Philadelphia Zoo and museum; 12 month 1887 describes his travel on the Cornwall Railway carrying ore in Lebanon County, PA.

Box 7
Charles Balderston poem, 1888

Scope and Contents: In honor of Canby C. and Mary Anna Balderston's anniversary

Box 7
John L. and Anna E. Balderston to his family, 1888-1893

Scope and Contents: Family news.

Box 7
John L. and son Robert Balderston, 1893

Scope and Contents: Letters home sent from Alexandra Hotel, visiting Chicago Worlds Fair

Box 7
John L. and Anna E. Balderston to his family, 1895-1903

Scope and Contents: Family news. John's letters express political views. In a 1902 letter he wonders if the U.S. will give Cuba trade reciprocity

Box 7
Anna E. Balderston to sister Anne Balderston and Aunt Mary, 1898-1903
Box 7
Anna E. Balderston and Robert W. Balderston correspondence, 1904

Scope and Contents: Robert was visiting the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World's Fair), staying in Camp Lewis, the "city of tents."

Box 7
George Balderston, Mount Airy, Philadelphia, to John L. Balderston, 1905-1906

Scope and Contents: Uncle of John L. Balderston with family history information about his grandfather Caleb H. Canby

Box 7
Lloyd Balderston to John L. Balderston , 1906-1907

Scope and Contents: Family news including the death of George Balderston, John L. Balderston's older brother on 4mo 28, 1907. Father Lloyd Balderton died 12mo 23.

Box 7
Edith Pennock, Kennett Square, PA, to Anna M. Balderson, Kennett Square, 1909-07-02

Scope and Contents: Letter to her cousin explaining that she had been given family letters to dispose of, and they included a letter from Anna M. Balderston's mother dated 1870 which she enclosed for Anna with an explanation of the family connection

Box 7
Anna E. Balderston to Anne Balderston , 1910-1919
Box 7
John L. and Anna E. Balderson anniversary, 1911
Box 7
Robert W. Balderston to John L. Balderston , 1917

Scope and Contents: Letterhead of Inter-State Milk Producers' Association to his father in Orlando, Florida

Box 7
Miscellaneous family correspondence , 1920-1927
Box 7
Undated miscellaneous letters, family birth notes, fragments, undated
Box 7

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