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Drinker, Elizabeth Sandwith, 1734-1807. Diaries of Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker, 1758-1807: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: A-40
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker, 1735-1807
Title: Diaries of Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker, 1735-1807
Date(s): 1735-1807
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries of Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker, invalid and Quaker.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 81-M231
This photocopy of the typed transcript of the diaries of Elizabeth (Sandwith) Drinker was given to the Schlesinger Library by Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker's great-great-great granddaughters, Ernesta Drinker Ballard and Cecilia Drinker Saltonstall, in September 1981. The originals of both the diaries and the transcript are in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Collection No. 1760).

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1982
By: Eric Nils Lindquist

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker Diaries, 1758-1807; item description, dates. A-40, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker's milieu was the community of well-to-do Quakers in eighteenth century Philadelphia. She was born in 1735, the daughter of Sarah Jervis Sandwith and William Sandwith, a Philadelphia merchant and shipowner. In 1761 she married Henry Drinker (1743-1809), also a merchant. An invalid much of her life, she died in 1807.


The diaries, covering the years 1758-1807, are concerned mainly with private and family matters, although some entries for the period of the Revolutionary War include detailed information on the treatment of Quakers and on the British occupation of Philadelphia. The private entries are particularly interesting for their descriptions of the illnesses of Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker's family and of medical treatment, and for details about the Society of Friends in eighteenth century Philadelphia.


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Additional Index Terms

Family records
Families--Health and hygiene
Medical care--History--18th century
Philadelphia (Pa.)--History
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs
Quakers--Family relationships
Society of Friends
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783