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Moore-Tyson family photographs

Identifier: SFHL-PA-153

Scope and Contents

This collection contains both Moore and Tyson family photographs. Some are loose and some are on card. Among those pictured are Swarthmore College founder Martha Ellicott Tyson.


  • 1803 - 1986

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is available for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

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Biographical / Historical

The Moores and Tysons were Maryland Quaker families. Robert Rowland Moore (1863-1934) was married in 1886 to Margaret Gittings Tyson (1859-1937). She was descended from Elisha Tyson, prominent Quaker abolitionist, and George Ellicott of Ellicott City, Maryland. Robert Rowland Moore was descended from William Wilson Moore (1786-1855) who married Tabitha Brook Rowland (1790-1817) in 1808 at Motherkill Monthly Meeting, Md., and also from Joseph Townsend (1756-1841), who wrote an account of the Battle of Brandywine and subsequently moved to Baltimore.


.3 Cubic Feet (1 box, stored with PA152: Biddle family Swarthmore College photographs)




The Moores and Tysons were Maryland Quaker families. Prominent family members include abolitionist Elisha Tyson, George Ellicott of Ellicott City, Maryland, and Swarthmore College founder Martha Ellicott Tyson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Esther Leeds Cooperman (a descendant of the families), 1998, 2007. Part of Moore-Tyson family papers, RG5/206.

Separated Materials

This collection was removed from Moore-Tyson family papers, RG5/206.

Processing Information

Pictures that were part of accession 98-015, given by Esther Leeds Cooperman, were removed from RG5/206 and assigned PA 118, Moore-Tyson Picture Collection. A list of contents was created, but the items were not foldered. In April 2006, the same donor gave a second group of papers and photographs. These were described as Esther Leeds Cooperman Family Pictures and assigned PA 145, a number that was assigned to a second collection.

In 2010, the two groups were consolidated into a single collection, assigned PA 153, Moore-Tyson Family Pictures. Esther Leeds Cooperman gave the first series containing three folders in 1998; the second series contains the 2006 accession.

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