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Related Projects and Resources

The Scattergood Journals

portrait of Thomas Scattergood
Portrait of Thomas Scattergood - author unclear

This online exhibit, curated by Jordan Nieusma '14 in the Summer of 2014, is made up of important and representative passages from the journals, letters, and memoirs of Thomas Scattergood (1748-1814). The website contains entries from Scattergood's journals which are unique in their content and the sentiments they convey, but overall convey the identity of a man lost in his spiritual uncertainty and accepting the guidance of his Inner Light.

Thomas Scattergood was a traveling minister, and he spent six years (1794-1800) visiting Quakers in England as a part of his ministry. He suffered from depression, and he was impressed by the Retreat’s humane treatment of the mentally ill. When he returned to the United States, he argued that American Quakers should start an institution similar to the York Retreat. As such, after visiting the York Retreat, Thomas Scattergood was inspired and prompted other Quakers to think of creating what would eventually become Friends' Asylum.

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Digitized Day Books and Annual Reports

View digitized documents from Haverford College Quaker and Special Collection's archive on the Asylum.

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Finding Aid to Other Resources at Haverford

Guide to the records of Friends Asylum, from 1813 to 1975, which are held in Quaker & Special Collections. This Guide provides information on the types of materials in the collection, only some of which are currently represented in this online project. All materials listed on the guide can be consulted in person in Quaker & Special Collections.

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Resources About Other Asylums

Information about other mental hospitals from the same period:

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