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Marcus Mote Collection

Identifier: FMS-5

Scope and Contents

The Mote Collection consists of diaries, notebooks, correspondence, and works by Mote, as well as research material on Mote gathered by former Earlham College archivist, Opal Thornburg.


  • 1840-1898

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access.

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

Marcus Mote (1817-1898) was a Quaker artist of Lebanon, Ohio and Richmond, Indiana, best known for his portraits of Quakers. He also drew two of the few existing portraits of President John Quincy Adams. A teacher at Turtle Creek School in Warren County, Ohio, he married pupil and fellow fifth generation American Quaker Rhoda Steddom in 1837. After moving to Richmond, Mote opened an academy of design there and taught drawing in its public schools. He also circulated a petition that resulted in a law authorizing the teaching of art in Indiana’s public schools.

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8 Boxes

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Source of Acquisition

Collection acquired before 1975.

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository