Josiah White papers, 1797-1949 (HC.MC.1166)

Date created 1797-1949
Creator White, Josiah, 1781-1850
Abstract Josiah White was a 19th-century engineer and the inventor of a method to bring coal down the Lehigh River, a tributary of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. He was also heavily involved in the education of many among America's less privileged, establishing a number of manual labor schools in the midwest. The collection includes White's business and personal papers, as well as the papers of Hannah White Richardson and Rebecca White, his daughters, whose interests extended to religious and community affairs.
Additional Description Thirteen letters from abolitionist and educator Sarah Mapps Douglass to her friend Rebecca White, written between 1854 and Douglass's death in 1882. Letters describe Douglass's religious journey, her fondness for Rebecca, her own family history (with a particular focus on her mother and grandfather) and their attempts to confront racism, her time at Woman's Medical College, and the challenges of teaching.
Research Interest While Douglass was a leader in the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, these letters are unique in providing her individual voice--particularly important for a movement that was for African Americans but for which the bulk of the extant documents come from white women. These letters, by contrast, offer an illuminating look at Douglass's activism and the challenges she faced, as well as the nature of an interracial friendship in the nineteenth-century US.
Size 10 linear feet
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Local identifier HC.MC-1166
Contributing institution Haverford College Libraries, Quaker & Special Collections
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