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David Bacon (1729-1809) was a Philadelphia hatter and a Quaker elder who visited Canandaigua, New York, in the fall of 1794, to be present at a treaty with the Indigenous populations of the Six Nations, also known as the Iroquois. Bacon kept this journal during his time with the Six Nations. Entries describe Bacon’s  journey to the Six Nations territory, and interactions between himself and the members of the Six Nations, as well as discussions between representatives from the United States and Six Nations governments concerning the treaty that was to determine the land rights of the Six Nations after the end of the Revolutionary War. Bacon also includes his accounts of speeches given by both United States representatives and Six Nation chiefs, including Cornplanter and Red Jacket.


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David Bacon Journal

A community-sourced archive of personal experiences and reactions to the pandemic. All members of the Bryn Mawr College community are invited and encouraged to participate. The College Archives welcomes any documentation that represents your individual experience or the experiences of your community. This could take many forms, including material you're already creating. Maybe you're keeping a journal, making art or poetry, or recording a vlog—perhaps you're turning to social media and making memes or taking photos and videos of your life to share with friends. We're interested too in stories about the impact of the shift to remote learning, instruction, and work. How has working or studying from home affected you? How are you and your friends and family keeping in touch during this period of social distancing and quarantine? Are you an essential service worker or living with someone who is unable to self-isolate? We want to hear your story. Submit material to the project here. If you have questions about the project or need assistance, please check out our FAQ or contact the College Archivist, Allison Mills.

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Documenting COVID-19 at Bryn Mawr College

Dorothy Burr Thompson (1900-2001) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1923 and the first student to earn a degree in classical archaeology and Greek. She studied under Rhys Carpenter, who sparked her interest in Hellenistic sculpture. She earned the prestigious European Fellowship, which helped fund her graduate studies at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (ASCSA). This collection contains seven of Thompson’s diaries, 1919-1925, during Thompson’s time at Bryn Mawr and the ASCSA.

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Dorothy Burr Thompson Papers

Dorothy Foster (1883-1968) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1904. She was senior class president in 1904, secretary to the Philosophy Club from 1903-1904, and a member of the English Club from 1903-1904. After Bryn Mawr, Foster earned a degree in English Literature from Radcliffe College in 1908 and did further graduate work at Harvard University from 1913-1914, and later became a professor at Mount Holyoke College. This collection contains letters Foster wrote to her mother during her junior and senior years at Bryn Mawr College. The letters cover a variety of subjects, including visiting speakers and their lectures, formal dinners, teas, club meetings, exams, hosting prospective students, the formation of the English club, Self-Government meetings, personal forays into early science courses at Bryn Mawr, and trips into Philadelphia.

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Dorothy Foster Papers

The lantern slides in this collection were gathered by E. Raymond Wilson while he was in Japan from Sept. 1926 to Sept. 1927, having been awarded the Japanese Brotherhood Scholarship for study and the building of friendships. Wilson's fascination with the people and places of Japan led to detailed letters home to America, in which he included observations about his trips around the country and to Formosa. The 257 lantern slides that he brought back with him reflect his interests, having to do with beautiful sites and scenery, daily life, agricultural practices, schools and universities, and the tribes of Formosa. Most of the slides were created by professional photographers (including T. Takagi and Futaba) and were hand-tinted by artists; a few of the slides were made from photographs taken by Wilson himself.

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Three Japanese women in kimonos kneeling and handling various objects

The Early Advertising Collection contains European and American printed advertisements dating from 1790 to 1910. The majority of the collection are trade cards of the late nineteenth century.

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Early Advertising Collection

This collection includes letters written to Elijah Pennypacker concerning the anti-slavery movement. It includes correspondence from Abby Kelly and H.B. Stanton relating to the American Anti-Slavery Society, from Thomas Garrett concerning arrangements for transportation and placement of emancipated and self-emancipated people, and from William Still about a visit and lecture by William Wells Brown.

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Engraving of Elijah F. Pennypacker's head and shoulders

The collection includes correspondence (1860-1926), diaries and journals (1856-1925), business papers, speeches and articles, pictures, and memorabilia relating to the personal and profession life of Elizabeth Powell Bond, first Dean of Swarthmore College. Having associated with Massachusetts literary and abolitionist circles, Dean Bond was familiar with such prominent personalities as William Lloyd Garrison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Susan B. Alcott, and Bronson Alcott. 

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Close up of handwritten letter from author Louisa May to Elizabeth Powell Bond discussing her work

This collection consists of the letters of Katherine Wistar Mason Elkinton (1892-1961) and her husband Howard West Elkinton (1892-1955) as they engaged in relief work in Europe during and after World War I. During the war, the Elkintons worked for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in France as relief workers (1917-1919). Katherine taught and worked in the maternity ward of a hospital in Chalons while Howard was posted in Sermaize. Upon their return to the United States, the couple helped to found Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting. In 1923, Katharine Elkinton established, along with business partner Sydney Cole, the Germantown Book Store in the front room of their home. In 1938, Katharine and Howard went to Germany; while Howard was director of the AFSC Berlin office, Katharine helped over 1,000 professional Jewish women emigrate to Australia.


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Elkinton Family papers

This collection includes the papers of Emily Howland (1827-1929), a Quaker educator and humanitarian who is particularly remembered for her work with formerly-enslaved African Americans in the South during and after the Civil War. The collection also contains family papers, surnames Howland and Tallcot.

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Portrait of Emily Howland standing

The Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of the Sick and Infirm Poor with Clothing was a Quaker charity founded in 1828 to distribute clothing and provide other assistance to the sick and poor of Philadelphia. It went out of existence in 1975. This collection contains the records of the Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of the Sick and Infirm Poor with Clothing, including correspondence, minutes, reports, membership lists, financial and legal documents.

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Cover of "Ledger: The Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Sick and Infirm Poor with Clothing, Etc."

The Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances was founded in 1800. The organization provided money to "needy" women and children while building assets with which to accomplish their work. At various times they were supported in their charitable efforts through donations of goods and money. They did spinning work, gave out soup and opened a home for widows and orphans. The records make no mention of contemporary events, except yellow fever in 1802 and 1803, the calamities of war in 1812-15 and bad financial years of 1819, 1841-2 and 1860-2. 

The records include a history of the association; correspondence, 1800-1955, including letters of officers of the Female Association: Hannah Boudinot, Susan Bradford, Gladys Connelly, Mary Hodge, Margaret Stocker, as well as from Elias Boudinot, Benjamin Chew, Benjamin Rush and James Vanuxem; Board of Directors reports, 1804-1830s; Committee reports, 1810-1812; Legal papers, 1802-1972, including an agreement of account with Pennsylvania Company, amendments to charter and by-laws, and articles of incorporation; Financial accounts, 1801-1967; and a line cut seal of incorporation designed by Thomas Sully, 1811.


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Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances records