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Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists (CQHA): Past Conferences

Call for papers, program and registration information, and guidelines for presenters for the upcoming Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists.

Past Conferences

2018 Program

*Location: All events take place in Room 163C, UMass Campus Center, unless otherwise noted.*

Friday, June 22, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Archives Workshop 1

History in the Making: Best Practices for 21st Century Recordkeeping - Pat O’Donnell (Swarthmore College), Celia Caust-Ellenbogen (Swarthmore College)

1:00 pm
Residence Hall Check-In Begins

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Archives Tour: Location: 25th floor, W.E.B. DuBois Library

• Tour of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Special Collections & University Archives

3:00 pm
Hotel Check-In Begins

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Archives Workshop 2

Care and Handling of Quaker Family Collections: From Analog to Digital - Sean Ferguson (Northeast Document Conservation Center)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Welcome and Session 1: Belief on the Ground in Revolutionary-era Philadelphia

Times and Travails of Christopher Marshall - Spencer Wells (The College of William and Mary)
Defiantly Neutral: The Friends of Revolutionary Philadelphia - Shannon Duffy (Texas State University)

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Dinner: Location: Amherst Room, UMASS Conference Center (10th Floor)

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Session 2: Seagoing Friends

Newport’s Role in Creating the Quaker Whaling Empire on Nantucket - Jeffrey Kovatch (Independent Scholar)
Whaler, Traitor, Coward, Spy!: William Rotch, the Quaker Ethic & the Spirit of Capitalism - Sarah Crabtree (San Francisco State University)
Quakers at Sea - Stephen Berry (Simmons College)

Saturday, June 23, 2018

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Session 3: Centers and Margins: Context and Critique

Asylum, Agency, and Retirement in the Poems of Mark Holman Shephard - Kevin Binfield (Murray State University) and Kaley Owens (Murray State University)
A Complex Faith: Strategies of Marriage, Family and Community among Upper Canadian Quakers - Sydney Harker (Trinity Western University) and Robynne Rogers Healey (Trinity Western University)
Philadelphia-based Quaker Historical Associations: Then and Now, a Review and Critique - Mary Crauderueff (Haverford College)

10:30 am - 11:00 am

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Session 4: Controversial Quakerism in the Seventeenth Century

The Radical Origins of Quaker Spirituality: The Reconceptualization of the Divine in the Transition Space of the English Civil War - Robert Williams (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Cross Referencing Besse – An Exploration of Sources Concerning Quaker Persecution in the English Restoration - Sally Gold (Reading University)
Quakers and Transatlantic Politics: The Multiple Audiences of the 1672 Rhode Island Debate - Adrian Weimer (Providence College)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch (On Your Own)

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free Time/Optional Activities

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Session 5: Written Forms of Quakerism

“Our dear Friend has departed this life”: Testimony Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century - Erica Canela (University of Birmingham) and Robynne Rogers Healey (Trinity Western University)
The Power of Discipline: Unity, Purity or Salvation? - Andrew Fincham (University of Birmingham)

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Session 6: War and Peace and Politics, 1850-1920

Quaker delegates at the Founding Republican National Convention in 1856 - Jim Fussell (Independent Scholar)
Ely S. Parker, Quakers, and the Origins of Ulysses S. Grant’s Indian “Peace Policy” - Glenn Crothers (University of Louisville)
Five Year Friends and the Great War - Greg Hinshaw (Independent Scholar)

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Dinner (On Your Own)

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lightning Talks

• Katie Bednark
• Rachel Cope
• Scott Gerber
• David Hanson
• Julie Holcomb
• Frederick Martin
• Isaac May

Sunday, June 24, 2018

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Session 7: Atlantic Slavery and its Aftermath

Sustaining Faith: Quakers and Slavery in the Seventeenth-Century Anglo-Atlantic - Katherine Freedman (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
The Many Sounds of Silence: Crafting Slave Law in Seventeenth-Century Pennsylvania - Kyle Repella (University of Pennsylvania)
Legacies of Slavery & Freedom: A Recount of History’s Most Famous Emancipation and Reparation Effort - Keith Stokes (1696 Heritage Group) [Withdrew from the program]

10:30 am - 11:00 am

11:00 am
Check Out Deadline

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
CQHA Business Meeting

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch (On You Own)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Optional Tour Departs for Providence, RI


2016 Program

Friday, June 24, 2016

Welcome: 2:45 pm-3:00 pm

Session 1a: 3:00 pm-4:30 pm: Quakers Confront the Spanish Civil War
• Pour la renaissance des villages abandonnés: Quaker humanitarian aid in a France at war - Gemma Caballer (CEHI, University of Barcelona) and Bernard W. Wilson (Independent researcher)
• Removing the Occasion of War: Quaker Relief Work and the Peace Testimony during the Spanish Civil War - Alexandra Corcoran (Haverford College)
• ‘Humanitarian Literature’ and ‘Intimate Ethics’: Reading the Quaker Spanish Civil War Fundraising Pamphlets as Modernist Pacifist Documentary Projects - Ashley Foster (Haverford College)
Moderator: Mary Crauderueff

Session 1b: 3:00 pm-4:30 pm: New Perspectives on Quaker Abolitionism
• “Nearer the confines of the dwelling of Slavery:” North Carolina Quakers and the Abolitionist Dilemma in the 1830s - Gwen Erickson (Guilford College)
• The Reinventing of an Abolitionist: The transatlantic study of the United States, Sierra Leone, England, and the quest for an imaginary home land in Africa through the eyes of Paul Cuffe, 1776-1817 - Damon Turner (Morgan State University)
• Meeting Culture, Testimony, and the Development of Quaker Abolitionism - Robert Williams (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Moderator: Betsy Cazden

Session 2a: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm: Relief and Reconstruction in the Wake of WWII
• “From the nameless to the nameless” – The Role of Quakers in Saving European Jews during the Nazi Period - Lucinda Martin (University of Erfurt)
• Quaker relief and reconstruction work in Finnmark after the Second World War - Marion Strachan (University of Birmingham)
Moderator: Walter Hjelt Sullivan

Session 2b: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm: Case Studies from the WWI British Home Front
• ‘Enemy Aliens’: German Prisoners and British Quakers during World War I - Betty Hagglund (Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre)
• Albright and Wilson: a Quaker business divided by the First World War - Nicola Sleap (University of Birmingham)
Moderator: Erica Canela

Session 3a: 7:30 pm-9:00 pm: Before, During and After the American Revolution
• The French and Indian War and the Quaker Peace Testimony: A Collision of Events and Ideals - David Crosby (Independent researcher)
• Philadelphia Quakers and the Test Act of 1777: A Politics and Poetics of Loyalty - Susan Garfinkel (Library of Congress)
• A Peculiar People Move North: Domesticity and the Replanting of an American Quaker Community in Upper Canada; 1784-1824 - Greg Finnegan (University of Saskatchewan) and Robynne Healey (Trinity Western University)
Moderator: Geoffrey Plank

Session 3b: 7:30 pm-9:00 pm: Quaker Organization on the Eve of Modernity
• John Willam Graham and American Quakers - Joanna Dales (Independent researcher)
• The Blessed Channel of Work: Gender, Power and the Union of the Women’s Foreign Mission Societies in the Religious Society of Friends - Isaac May (University of Virginia)
• ‘Developing our own gifts and those of others’: the educational role of the Warwickshire North Women’s Conferences, 1895-1960 - Sian Roberts (University of Birmingham)
Moderator: Ben Pink Dandelion

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Session 4a: 9:15 am-10:15 am: Empowerment Starts at Home
• Living Room Utopias: Cultural Democracy & the Late Activism of Rachel Davis DuBois - Joan Bryant (Syracuse University)
• The Charitable Work of Mrs Eleanor Clark of Street: The Olive Leaf Society and ‘Grand Fancy Bazaars’ in the 1850s - Anna Vaughan Kett (University of Brighton)
Moderator: Gwen Erickson

Session 4b: 9:15 am-10:15 am: Quaker Theology in Historical Contexts
• Quaker Christology in the seventeenth century: a response to Maurice Creasey - Madeleine Ward (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)
• “The Search for Order”: Friends Bible Institute and the Emergence of Urban Bible Institutes - Jacci Welling (Malone University)
Moderator: Paul Anderson

Session 5a: 10:30 am-11:30 am: New World Encounters
• Seeking a New World: the emergence of Quaker faith amongst Seekers in early modern North America - Garry Duncan (Avondale College)
• Pastorius’s Natives: “[T]he so-called savages” - Margo Lambert (Blue Ash College, University of Cincinnati)
Moderator: David Crosby

Session 5b: 10:30 am-11:30 am: Fighting Quakers in Fact and Fiction
• Quaker, Innkeeper, Father of the Marine Corps: Why Don’t we Remember Samuel Nicholas? - Lynne Calamia (Arch Street Meeting House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
• “The Warlike Man of Peace”: Robert Montgomery Bird’s Fighting Quaker (1822-1845) - William Fenton (Fordham University)
Moderator: Patricia O'Donnell

Libraries and Archives Session: 11:45 am-12:45 pm
Representatives from Earlham College, Friends House Library, Guilford College, Haverford College, Library of Birmingham, Swarthmore College, and Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre will give brief presentations and answer questions on the holdings of their repositories and opportunities for research.
Moderator: John Anderies

Excursion: 1:50 pm-4:30 pm
Coach to Birmingham City Library for Library Tour and display of local Quaker records and artefacts.

George Richardson Lecture: 5:00 pm-6:30 pm: Robynne Healey

Lightning Talks: 7:45 pm-9:00 pm
• CLIRing the Air for Access: Processing Two Collections into Hundreds - Mary Crauderueff (Haverford College)
• ‘We simply can’t risk another Yearly Meeting like the one in 1960!’: Trust, mistrust, and the management of change in London Yearly Meeting - Penelope Cummins (University of Birmingham)
• The Meaning of “Quaker History” - Jeffrey Dudiak (The King’s University)
• Amelia Opie and her Norwich Friends - Ann Farrant (Independent researcher)
• Consequences of the testimony against tithes for Quaker commerce - Andy Fincham (Birmingham University)
• Breaking Every Yoke: North Carolina Anti-Slavery Friends & Their Times - Roger N. Kirkman (Winston-Salem State University)
• Early 20th century Quakers & Business - Karen Tibbals (Independent researcher)
Moderators: John Anderies and Susan Garfinkel

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Session 6a: 9:30 am-11:00 am: Using Quaker Records
• The Importance of Quaker Records in the History of African American Education in Early National Philadelphia - Elise Kammerer (University of Cologne)
• Creating and using digital texts for corpus-based Quaker research investigations - Judith Roads (University of Birmingham) and Rachel Kirkwood (University of Manchester)
• The eloquence of lists; the usefulness of Rebecca Jones’s memorandum books as source material for 18th-century Quaker history - Gil Skidmore (Independent researcher)
Moderator: Susan Garfinkel

Session 6b: 9:30 am-11:00 am: The Curious Case of the Quaker Lifecycle
• Eulogising a Seventeenth Century Friend – The Commendable Life and Noble Death of Humphry Smith - Erica Canela (University of South Wales)
• Quakers and marriage legislation in England before 1753 - Rosalind Johnson (University of Winchester)
• “We hope that he behaved like a good child”: Quaker Childrearing and Spiritual Practice in Antebellum Philadelphia - Janet M. Lindman (Rowan University)
Moderator: Robynne Rogers Healey

CQHA/QSRA Business Meetings: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

2014 Program

Monday, June 16, 2014

Session I: 3:30 pm-5:30 pm - You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania
• Universal Free Grace Denied: George Keith, Benjamin Furly, and the Founding of Pennsylvania -- Geoffrey Plank, University of East Anglia
• Building upon Restraint: William Penn, Community, and Pennsylvania’s Security Culture -- Patrick Cecil, The University of Alabama
• The Authorship of “An Earnest Address” and Why It Matters -- David Crosby, Independent Researcher
• Friendly Fire: Free Quakers and the Politics of Citizenship and Belief in the Early American Republic -- Spencer Wells, The College of William and Mary
Moderator: Susan Garfinkel

Session II: 7:30 pm-9:00 pm - Innovative Approaches in Quaker Studies
• The Strange Career of Benjamin Lay: Disabled Quaker Abolitionist -- Nate Kogan, University of Texas at Arlington
• 7,459 Miles in the Name of the Lord: Traveling Ministers and the Possibilities of Digital Scholarship for Quaker Historians -- Kathryn Falvo, The Pennsylvania State University
• Threads of Useful Learning: Quaker Education through the Eye of a Needle -- Mary Brooks, Westtown School
Moderator: John Anderies

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Session III: 9:00 am-10:30 am (concurrent with Session IV) - Quaker Religious Movements on the Wane
• “Failure to Thrive”: The Decline of Hicksite Quakerism West of the Appalachians, 1827-1900 -- Tom Hamm, Earlham College
• The Decline of “Western Quakerism” in Eastern North America -- Greg Hinshaw, Independent Researcher
• Personalist Renewal in 20th-Century Liberal Quakerism and at Pendle Hill -- Doug Gwyn, Pendle Hill
Moderator: Betsy Cazden

Session IV: 9:00 am-10:30 am (concurrent with Session III) - Religion, Education, and Reform Through the Lense of Biography
• Five Generations of Wilburites … or Six?: Finley Perry and the continuity of “The Smaller Body” in New England -- Frederick Martin, Independent Researcher
• John Jackson and Rachel Jackson: On Education, Peace, and Religious Reform -- Ellen Ross, Swarthmore College
• Medicine, Religion, and Social Activism: The Life of Dr. Virginia M. Alexander, A Forgotten Black Quaker -- Vanessa Northington Gamble, The George Washington University
Moderator: Chris Densmore

Session V: 11:00 am-12:00 pm (concurrent with Session VI) - African Americans and Quaker Community in the 19th Century
• The Clocks of Peter Hill: Production and Patronage in a Quaker Community, 1780-1820 -- Lynne Calamia, The Pennsylvania State University
• The Life of Moses Small of Maryland (1790 – 1861): The Earliest Documented African-American Student at a Friends’ School -- Peter Curtis and Douglas P. McElrath, University of Maryland at College Park
Moderator: Mary Brooks

Session VI: 11:00 am-12:00 pm (concurrent with Session V) - Open Space for Unplanned Meetings and Collaboration

Session VII: 1:30 pm-2:30 pm (concurrent with Session VIII) - Quakerism and the Political Right
• “Learn to Listen Courteously to Each Other”: Quaker Decision-Making in the McCarthy Era -- Allison Hepler, University of Maine at Farmington
• The Quaker Republicans:  Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon and the Weighty Quakers in the Republican Party -- Isaac May, University of Virginia
Moderator: Tom Hamm

Session VIII: 1:30 pm-2:30 pm (concurrent with Session VII) - Finding Friends in the Archives
• Still, Small Voices: Uncovering Quaker Collections at Small Archives -- Celia Caust-Ellenbogen, Historical Society of Pennsylvania
• Walking the Walk: Preserving an Historical Association’s Materials -- Mary Crauderueff, Organize. Preserve. Simplify!
Moderator: Gwen Gosney Erickson

Session IX: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm (concurrent with Session X) - Borders and Crossings: 17th Century Quakers in Britain and Holland
• ‘Lamentation over England’: Morgan Watkins (-c.1675), Polemics and Restoration Quakerism on the English Borders -- Erica Canela, University of South Wales
• Going Dutch: The Travels of the First Quakers in the Netherlands in 1655 -- Stephen Wright, Independent Researcher
Moderator: Ann Upton

Session X: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm (concurrent with Session IX) - Issues of Land Use on the American Frontier
• Quaker Naturalists and the Roots of Agricultural Reform in the Greater Antebellum Trans-Appalachian West -- John Henris, Kent State University
• 'a difference of opinion...has arisen between us': The Society of Friends and the Civilization Fund of 1819 -- Lori Daggar, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Kevin Gallagher

Session XI: 4:30 pm-6:00 pm - Book and Project Lightning Talks
• Stephen Angell, Earlham School of Religion
• David Crosby, Independent Researcher
• Gordon Davies and Betsy Brinson, Independent Researchers
• Kaye Edwards, Haverford College
• Chuck Fager, Independent Researcher
• Joy Totah Hilden, Independent Researcher
• Geoffrey Plank, University of East Anglia
• Philip Valenti, Independent Researcher
Moderators: John Anderies and Susan Garfinkel

Session XII: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm - Examining "Quaker Values in Action"
• With Bread in Both Hands: American Quakers in Post-WWI Germany -- Guy Aiken, University of Virginia
• Quaker Relief and Rehabilitation during the Bengal Famine, 1942-1945 -- Steven Baumann, Brooklyn College
• Beulah Hurley Waring: A Friend to Those in Need -- Diana Peterson, Independent Researcher
• The American Friends Service Committee and the Black Power Movement: Reconciling Quaker Activism with Grassroots Empowerment -- Tracy K'Meyer, University of Louisville
Moderator: Robynne Rogers Healey

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Session XIII:  9:00 am-10:00 am - Update on Digitization of Quaker Records
• Roundtable discussion with Chris Densmore, Gwen Erickson, Tom Hamm, Pat O'Donnell, and Ann Upton.
Moderator: John Anderies

Closing Session: 10:00 am-11:15 am - CQHA Business Meeting (all invited and encouraged to attend)
Convenor: Robynne Rogers Healey

2012 Program

2012 CQHA Sessions



Session I: 7:30 – 9:00 pm

"Changing the Usual Harmful Patriotism": Quakers, the Civil War, and the Reinterpretation of American History – Aaron Jerviss, University of Tennessee

Reconciling Approaches to Non-Violence and Apartheid: Pacifist Conflict between Southern African Quakers and the AFSC in the 1970s and 1980s – Robynne Rogers Healey, Trinity Western University, British Columbia

"Academic Barnstorming": The AFSC’s Visiting Lectureship Program and New Approaches to Postwar Interracial Activism –  Allan W. Austin, Misericordia University




Session II: 9:00 – 10:30 am

The Brothers' Grim Reality: Confronting Slavery, Family, and Masculinity in Revolutionary America – Bill Leon Smith, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.

"The Punishment of a Few" for the "Preservation of Multitudes": Capital Punishment, Penal Reform, and Social Order in late Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia – Gabriele Gottlieb, Grand Valley State University, Mich.

The 1755 "Crisis of Conscience" Reconsidered: A View from Rhode Island – Betsy Cazden, Independent Researcher, Rhode Island


Session III: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm (concurrent sessions)

Mazo de la Roche (1879-1961) – Sandra McCann Fuller, Independent Researcher, Ontario

Who am I? Exploring Quaker Identity in Children's Literature – Mary Crauderueff, Independent Researcher, Pennsylvania


Session IV: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm (concurrent sessions)

Varieties of Interpretation of Francis Howgill's Works: Apocalypse, Light and Convincement in Tension – Frederick Martin, Andover-Newton Theological School, Massachusetts

Beyond Liberalism: Rufus Jones and Thomas Kelly – Guy Aiken, University of Virginia


Session V: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

The Progressionists of Battle Creek, Michigan: The Impact of Hicksite Quakers on a 19th-Century Midwestern Town – Brian C. Wilson, Western Michigan University

"Being Firmly Persuaded that Barclay Hath Erred"; or, Samuel Wetherill's Free Quaker Theology – Susan Garfinkel, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

A New Look at Progressive Friends, Founders and shapers of Liberal Quakerism – Chuck Fager, Quaker House, Fayetteville, North Carolina


Session VI:  3:30 – 5:00 pm

Quaker Collection at Ancestry – Lisa Arnold and Eric Horne,, Utah

The Canadian Quaker Register/Directory of Built Heritage – Ian Woods, Built Heritage of the Canadian Friends Historical Association, Ontario


Session VII: 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Sharon Temple