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Dr. Francis Harvey Green Papers

Identifier: 025
This collection is divided into 6 Series: Collection Information, Professional and Administrative Papers, Pennington School for Boys, Personal Papers, Artifacts, and Posthumous Documents. Series 1: Collection Information contains miscellaneous materials related to and that describe the collection. Series 2: Professional and Administrative Papers (1879-1966) contains materials that accompanied Francis Harvey Green in his professional career. This series is divided into seven subseries: Writings, Speeches, and Publications, Research Materials, Lecture Materials, Quotations, Portraits, Correspondence, and Awards. Quotations pertain to a collection of quotes by famous authors that Green collected. Portraits are pictures of famous authors that Green collected. Awards are accolades either presented to Francis Harvey Green or presented by him to someone else. Series 3: Pennington School for Boys (1922-1950) contains materials that Francis Harvey Green used during his time as headmaster at Pennington. This series is divided in to four subseries: Speeches, Administrative Papers, Publications, and Ephemera. Speeches are those given by Francis Harvey Green at Pennington. Administrative Papers are papers handled by and relating to Green’s position as headmaster. Publications are poems, songs, and other pieces of writings published by Green that were written in Pennington. Ephemera pertain to short-lived, meaningful items to Green at this time. Series 4: Personal Papers (1881-1951) contains materials that Francis Harvey Green collected and wrote in his free time. This series is divided into three subseries: Newspaper Articles, Correspondence, and Ephemera. Newspaper Articles either contain entire newspapers, mainly from the Daily Local News, or certain articles containing literary pieces, etc. Correspondence contains letters to Green’s family and friends, many of which are to his nephew, Sharpless Green. Ephemera contain some memorabilia, including a scrapbook, Amulets, etc. Series 5: Artifacts contains personal items of Francis Harvey Green, namely a lap desk and a letter opener. Series 6: Posthumous Documents (1951) contains newspaper articles and other items pertaining to the death of Francis Harvey Green.


  • 1879-1966

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Open for research.


14 Boxes


Francis Harvey Green (1861-1951) was a former graduate of West Chester State Normal School in 1882. He then joined the English faculty and became department head from 1890-1920. This collection includes both personal items and items that accompanied Green in his career at West Chester Normal School and Pennington School. These items consist of speeches, writings, publications, correspondence, personal collections, newspaper articles, etc.

Biographical Note

Francis Harvey Green (1861-1951) was born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and graduated from West Chester State Normal School in 1882. He then received a Master of Arts degree from Dickinson College in 1893, a Doctor of Literature degree from Temple University in 1909, and a Doctor of Laws degree from Juniata College in 1931. He completed work in English at Amherst College and Harvard University as well. Prior to his employment at West Chester State Normal School, Green taught in public schools and at Juniata College until 1888. Green was first hired at Normal School as an assistant professor of English, but rose to the position of department head in 1890 and held that position until 1920. He then became headmaster at Pennington School in New Jersey and retired in 1943. During his career, Francis Harvey Green contributed to the arts as an author and a poet, as well as being an excellent orator. Green married Gertrude Langdon, an English teacher at Bryn Mawr College, in 1911.


Dr. Francis Harvey Green Papers
Taylor Getty, Class of 2016
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Part of the West Chester University Archives Repository