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Jean Scobie Davis (1892-1985) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1914. After graduating, Davis traveled with her family to Neuchâtel, Switzerland, with the intention of studying French in preparation for taking graduate courses in Paris. The outbreak of World War I altered her plans and she instead studied economics and international law at the University of Geneva during the winter of 1914-1915. In March 1915, Davis left Switzerland for Paris and after a brief stay returned to the United States in July. Davis went on to teach economics and sociology at Agnes Scott College, Vassar College, Pierce College, Wells College, and the American Women’s College in Beirut. While working at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia, Davis developed an interest in prison reform, particularly in women’s prisons and reformatories for teenagers. She served on the Board of Visitors of the New York State Reformatory for Women at Bedford Hills, New York, for thirty-six years. This collection features letters written by Jean Scobie Davis to her parents and friends during her junior and senior years at Bryn Mawr College through her time in Geneva and Paris.

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Jean Scobie Davis Papers

Joel Bean (1835-1914) and his wife, Hannah Elliott Bean (1830-1909), were prominent Quaker ministers in Iowa Yearly Meeting in the mid-nineteenth century when Quaker settlements were expanding in Iowa. Friends Historical Library holds a collection of Joel and Hannah Bean Papers (SFHL-RG5-012). Select materials were transcribed by Tom M. King of San Jose, CA, in 1998. The original materials have not been digitized, but the transcripts are available for download.

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Joel Bean Diary Transcripts

John Hunt, a Quaker minister from Chester, New Jersey, was born in 1740, the son of Robert and Abigail (Wood) Hunt. He kept a journal for more than 40 years, recording Quaker concerns and daily events. This collection includes manuscript journals, 1770-1800; fragments of 1805, 1806 & 1808; and 1814-1824.

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Close up of an engraving of a Quaker man, presumably John Hunt

This collection consists of selections from the Jones-Cadbury Family Papers. The bulk of the collection is comprised of the papers of the related Quaker families of Cadbury, Jones, and Warder.


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Jones-Cadbury Family Papers

This notebook was created by Joseph A. Meyer (1856–1894), a Massachusetts Institute of Technology architecture graduate who accompanied John Henry Haynes on the Nippur expedition in order to make archaeological sketches. This journal and sketchbook covers the dates May 28 to July 19, 1894. The journal relates daily life at the excavation site in Nippur, Iraq, including work done and materials found, and includes numerous sketches of scenery, architecture, and materials found.


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Joseph A. Meyer notebook on the Excavation of Nippur

Correspondence of Dugdale and his wife, Ruth Dugdale, both of whom were active in reform efforts such as the abolition of slavery and women's rights. Correspondents include Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Garrett, William Lloyd Garrison, James Mott, Lucretia Mott, and Wendell Phillips.

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Photograph portrait of Joseph Dugdale's face

Joshua Evans, a Quaker minister and abolitionist, was born in 1731 in West Jersey, a member of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting. About the year 1754, he experienced a religious conversion and thereafter devoted his life to sharing his rigorous interpretation of the Gospel through an ascetic and pious life style and simple ministry. Barely educated, he nevertheless was acknowledged as a minister by Haddonfield Monthly Meeting in 1759. Evans was a vegetarian and a fervent proponent of the peace testimony, Quaker plainness, and ending slavery. In 1798, he traveled through the southern states condemning slavery in the strongest terms. Returning to New Jersey, he died in July 1798. A detailed inventory of the Joshua Evans papers held by the Friends Historical Library is available at

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Close up of a portion of Joshua Evans' journal, describing the Clubfoot, North Carolina meeting

Julia A. Wilbur was an anti-slavery and women’s rights proponent during the 19th century. The daughter of Mary Lapham and Stephen Wilbur, Julia Wilbur was born into a Quaker family on August 8, 1815, near Rochester, New York. In 1844, she began teaching in the Rochester public school system. Wilbur became involved with the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society, for which she served as a correspondence secretary. The Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society sent Wilbur to Virginia in 1862, where she worked alongside Harriet Jacobs providing supplies and education to freed slaves. In 1865, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she became increasingly involved with the women’s rights movement and also took a job working in the U.S. Patent Office. Wilbur spent her last years living in Washington, D.C., with her sister, Frances, until her death in 1895.

This collection is comprised primarily of Julia Wilbur’s personal journals, which span from 1844 to 1895.


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Julia Wilbur Diaries

Katrina Thomas (1927-2018) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1949. After graduating, Thomas had a long career as a freelance photographer. She worked extensively in Africa and the Middle East, and her photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Aramco World, and publications of the U.S. Information Agency. Thomas began photographing ethnic festivals and parades in the late 1960s as a way of documenting the increasingly diverse nature of American society. Within a few years, she focused on weddings, in which she could see the importance of cultural traditions to a community more clearly than in the often-scripted and commercialized festivals. Capturing the weddings on film highlighted a community’s religious and cultural traditions while revealing how those traditions were changing in a new world. Her ethnic wedding photographs were featured in Something Old, Something New: Ethnic Weddings in America, a traveling exhibit cosponsored by Modern Bride and the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in Philadelphia in the 1980s. This collection includes 800 photographs captured by Thomas between 1963 and 2001, documenting the ways in which immigrant groups maintain and adapt wedding practices in the United States. While the greatest number took place in recent immigrant families, there are also many in older immigrant communities. Thomas sought out weddings where the family had decided to maintain or revive their group’s ceremonial traditions, although often enacting them within a contemporary context.

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Katrina Thomas Ethnic Wedding Photographs

The collection contains correspondence, journals, other writings, account books, albums, photographs, and miscellaneous notes of members of the Lewis and Fussell families of Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania. Includes the papers and drawings of Graceanna Lewis, prominent Quaker natural scientist and social reformer.

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Photograph of a person sitting at a table with papers and an inkwell on it and their room in the background

The Lighted Fools is a Bi-Co (Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College) improv and sketch comedy group. They perform shows twice per semester and host fun events. Auditions for this club are held in the Spring.

The finding aid for additional physical materials pertaining to Lighted Fools is available here.


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Lighted Fools Collection