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QUAKER RESEARCH IN PROGRESS By John and Barbara Curtis The editors are desirous of keeping this column up to date on any projects involving research in Quaker history. We try to keep informed in a variety of ways, but we depend largely on information sent to us directly by scholars, as well as data gained from contacts at the two Quaker Collections in the Philadelphia area: Haverford College Quaker Collection and Friends Historical Library (Swarthmore College). Please write to John and Barbara Curtis, editors Quaker Research in Progress and send to 631 Walnut Lane, Haverford, Pa. 19041. * * » Jennifer Loustan of 290 Bishop Hollow Rd., Media, Pa., a candidate for a master's degree at Temple, is preparing a demographic study of women in the 18th century in Edgemont Township, Delaware County, Pa. "A religious inquiry into silence" is the topic selected for a paper in Systematic Theology by Merlin Muhrer of 134 W. Baltimore Pike, Lansdowne, Pa. Muhrer will examine the uses of silence as related to an experiential theology of a Quaker, for a master's thesis at Union Theological Seminary. * * ? Ned Landsman of 4400 Pine St., Philadelphia, is preparing a doctoral dissertation for the department of history at the University of Pennsylvania which will be in the nature of a comparative community study. The title of the thesis is "Scottish community life in the Old and New Worlds, 16801750 ." * » * "Female benevolence in Philadelphia, 1790-1860" is the topic of a dissertation by Marlene Keller. Archival research in preparation for writing the doctoral thesis is in progress. Keller is a candidate for the Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Mark Kadzielski of 605 West Olympic Blvd., %Lawler, Felix and Hall, Los Angeles, Calif. 90015, a candidate for the doctorate at University of Pennsylvania , has nearly completed his research. The thesis is titled, "A social history of Newtown, Bucks County, Pa.: 1683-1813." * * * Mary G. Cook, keeper of records for New York Yearly Meeting, reports a project completed in her department. Phebe Smith Apgar has written a master's diesis entitled "The Quakers in Otsego County (N.Y.) during the Nineteenth Century." The work was prepared for and submitted to the faculty of the State University of New York College at Oneonta at its Cooperstown Graduate Program. 127 ...


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