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COLLECTION Identifier: A-40

Diaries of Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker, 1735-1807


Diaries of Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker, invalid and Quaker.


  • Creation: 1735-1807

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

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.


.83 linear feet (2 file boxes)

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.


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.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

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).


  1. Box 1: 1-14
  2. Box 2: 15-24

Processing Information

Processed: January 1982

By: Eric Nils Lindquist

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
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Repository Details

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