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This receipt book was kept by Samuel Comfort (1776-1862) and other members of the Comfort family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between 1803 and 1841. The book records payments made by the family to various individuals and is arranged chronologically.


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Comfort Family Receipt Book

The Cope Evans Family Papers contain the letters of the closely related Quaker families of Cope and Evans who lived in Germantown, Pennsylvania.  The materials  in the collection were created between 1730-2009. Letters  discuss family, friends and home life, and reflect the social environment of these Quaker families.  Other topics to be found within the letters include Philadelphia history, Haverford history, travels in Europe, education, illness and death, and discussions of national events such as the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln and McKinley.  They are a rich source of information on a large number of topics.

Collection Guides for HC.MC-1170 Cope Evans Family papers and HC.MC-1242 Cope Evans Family papers



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Cope Evans Family Papers

Counterpoint was founded in 2007, following a dispute in the Extreme Keys a cappella group at Bryn Mawr College. It was a Bi-Co (Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College) a cappella group of high-voiced people (sopranos and altos) regardless of gender. They sang everything from folk songs to pop to rock to anything their members really enjoyed. They usually rehearsed twice a week for two hours each. Counterpoint disbanded during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Quaker & Special Collections also holds a physical collection of Counterpoint song arrangements. Please see the collection guide for information.


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Counterpoint Collection

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

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

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


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