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Eli and Mahalah Jay Collection

Identifier: FMS-13

Scope and Contents

The Eli and Mahalah Jay collection contains material regarding their lives and families from roughly the 1840s to the early 1900s. The major strength of the collection is its correspondence section including Jay family correspondence, Ballard correspondence, and Mahalah Jay's Missionary correspondence. The collection also includes journals, addresses, compositions, and essays that express the Jays opinions on many topics. This is a rich collection for nineteenth century Quakerism.


  • 1840-1910

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical or Historical Information

Eli Jay (1826-1911) and Mahalah (Pearson) Jay (1827-1916) were prominent Richmond, Indiana, Friends and teachers in several Quaker schools in both Ohio and Indiana. They attended Oberlin and Antioch Colleges together and were both clerks for the Indian Agency in the mid-1800s. They joined the Earlham faculty as principals of the Preparatory Department in the 1860s, and they taught at the school in the 1870s and 1880s.

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11 Boxes

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