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Francis W. Thomas Papers

Identifier: FMS-25

Scope and Contents

The Thomas Papers include diaries, correspondence, essays, and sermon drafts illustrating the concerns and tendencies of Indiana Friends in this period. The diaries span the years of the Civil War.


  • 1860-1905
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1990

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to the public with no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish for commercial purposes must be requested from the Archivist.

Biographical or Historical Information

Francis W. Thomas was a well-known minister in Indiana Yearly Meeting of Orthodox Friends from the 1860s until his death in 1909. Thomas was born Jan 15, 1823, in new Garden Township, Wayne County, Indiana, the son of Francis and Lydia (Woodard) Thomas, North Carolina Friends who had come to Indiana in 1811. In 1864 he moved to Henry County, indiana, purchasing a farm near Dunreith, where he lived until his death. Thomas was recorded a Friends minister in the 1850s, and was for many years one of Indiana Yearly Meeting's leading members. He traveled widely among Friends in the Midwest. After 1870, he became a proponent of revivalism and pastoralism among Friends.

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Source of Acquisition

Indiana Yearly Meeting

Method of Acquisition

The Thomas Papers were transferred to the Friends Collection with other Indiana Yearly Meeting records in 1990.

Accruals and Additions

No additions or accruals are expected.

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository