Abby Hopper Gibbons Family Photographs
Scope and Contents
This collection includes: a carte de visite album compiled by Abby Hopper Gibbons; a daguerreotype of Abby with her husband James and children; and photographs of her descendents, the Dunning family. There is also a later (1990s) color photograph of a doll dressed by Abby Hopper Gibbons that was donated to the Friends Historical Library at the same time as these photographs.
- 1854 - 1935
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Biographical / Historical
Abigail Hopper Gibbons (1801-1893) was an important figure in many of the reform movements in the middle and late nineteenth century. Like her father, Isaac T. Hopper (1771-1852), "Abby" Gibbons was an ardent abolitionist and dedicated to prison reform. She served as a Civil War nurse and visited army camps in that period and also was a welfare worker. After the War, she established a "Labor and Aid Society" to provide work for returning veterans. Abby Hopper Gibbons was one of the founders of the Women's Prison Association and The Isaac T. Hopper Home in New York City, which was established to aid former prisoners' return to society. Many of the leading reformers of the day were entertained in her New York City home; the house was destroyed by a mob during the 1863 draft riots.
Abigail Hopper Gibbons was born in Philadelphia in 1801, the third of ten children. In 1833, she married fellow Quaker, James Sloan Gibbons, in New York City. Both before and after her marriage, she directed Quaker schools. Like her father and her husband, she was deeply committed to anti-slavery concerns. After they were disowned by the New York Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) in 1841 for their writing and testimonies against slavery, the following year she resigned her membership, along with her four minor children. Nonetheless, the family remained "Quakerly" in worship and life-style.
Abigail and James Gibbons had six children. Two boys died in infancy, and a third son died suddenly after an accident while a student at Harvard.
Abigail Hopper Gibbons remained active in reform concerns into old age, and in her later years dressed dolls in Quaker dress to present to quarantined and hospitalized children.
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Abigail Hopper Gibbons (1801-1893) was an important figure in many of the reform movements in the middle and late nineteenth century. Like her father, Isaac T. Hopper (1771-1852), "Abby" Gibbons was an ardent abolitionist and dedicated to prison reform. This collection includes: a carte de visite album compiled by Abby Hopper Gibbons; a daguerreotype of Abby with her husband James and children; and photographs of her descendents, the Dunning family.
This collection is arranged in roughly chronological order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These photographs were removed from the Abby Hopper Gibbons Papers, RG 5/174. That collection was given to FHL in 1987 and 1993 by the three great-grandchildren, Sarah Dunning Schear, James Morse Dunning, and Frances Dunning Beebe.
The Abby Hopper Gibbons Photograph Album was acquired separately as a purchase from Archway Books, NH (acc. 2014.014).
In 2018, an Abby Hopper Gibbons album purchased from a bookdealer (acc. #2014.014), which was formerly processed as a separate collection as PA 174, was added to thise collection
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