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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

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 https://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/repositories/7/resources/2442

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

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

Family papers of Mariana Wright Chapman. Includes her correspondence received while she was active in suffrage activities in New York State, 1893-1900, family letters, particularly between Mariana and Noah, and the correspondence of the Wrights, the Chapmans, and of her son, A.Wright Chapman. 

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Photograph of three women sitting on a porch, one of whom holding a baby

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