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David Huddleston Papers

Identifier: FMS-3

Scope and Contents

The David Huddleston Papers document the daily life and religious faith of a conservative Orthodox Friend in Wayne County, Indiana.  They illuminate a period when most Midwestern Friends underwent significant changes in their ways of life and worship. The Huddleston Papers include one folder containing correspondence concerning the acquisition and provenance of the collection, circulars advertising David Huddleston’s nursery, clippings concerning the Huddleston Inn operated by David Huddleston’s brother John near Dublin, three letters to the Huddlestons, and a photograph of David and Elizabeth Huddleston. There are 33 volumes of journals numbered sequentially.  Earlham lacks those numbered 5, 20, 23, and 29.


  • 1872-1891
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1960


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the colleciton

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

David Huddleston was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, on Oct. 6, 1801, the son of Jonathan and Phebe (Gardner) Huddleston.  In 1815 the family moved to Union County, Indiana.  There David Huddleston was married under Silver Creek Monthly Meeting of Friends on March 26, 1827 to Elizabeth Powell (1808-1891), daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Powell.             The Huddleston family split when the Hicksite Separation took place--David’s father and a sister became Hicksites, while he and other siblings remained with the larger Orthodox group.  David was active in the affairs of his monthly meeting (the name of which was changed to Salem in 1834) and in Indiana Yearly Meeting, although not without controversy.  In 1841 the monthly meeting charged him with various kinds of disorderly conduct, but the complaint was eventually dismissed.             In 1864, the Huddlestons moved to Dublin, Indiana, where David Huddleston operated a nursery.  As holiness revivalism, with its accompanying use of music, became common among Indiana Friends in the 1870s and 1880s, he was a hostile observer.  Occasionally he contributed articles critical of such innovations to the Philadelphia Friend.  His diaries reflect this skepticism and discuss his occasional confrontations with leading revivalists like David B. Updegraff.  David Huddleston died in Dublin on Oct. 14, 1890.

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Custodial History

After his death, David Huddleston’s diaries were divided among family members.  They came to Earlham early in the 1960s, some on loan, some as a gift.  It is now unclear which are the college’s property and still legally belong to descendants.

Source of Acquisition

from Huddleston family members

Method of Acquisition

Loan and gift, 1960s.

Accruals and Additions

No accruals or additions are expected

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository