fonds HARVEY - Harvey Archive

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Harvey Archive


  • c 1897-1900 (Creation)

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0.01 cubic metres

1 box

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Name of creator

(fl 1873-1967)

Biographical history

The Harveys were a prominent Quaker family in Leeds in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, related by marriage to the Fryer, Firth, Jowitt and Rowntree families. In 1873 William Harvey, a teacher and art collector, married Anna Maria Whiting and the couple settled at Roundhay, a Leeds suburb. The couple had at least eight children together: Thomas Edmund ‘Ted’ (1875-1955); Mary Katherine (1877-1962); Bernard (1878-1878); Margaret (1881-1917); Helen Grace (1882-1944); William Fryer (1885-1937); Philip (1887-?); and John Wilfred (1889-1967).

The Harvey daughters, including Margaret, also known as Marnie, and Helen Grace, also known as Nell or Nellie, were educated at The Mount School, a Quaker boarding school for girls in York. Their brothers were educated at Bootham School, York.

Mary Katherine went on to marry Arnold Stephenson Rowntree, MP for York, in 1906. Margaret trained as a nurse in the East End Settlement Hospital in London and married Rawlinson Charles Ford in 1909, while Helen Grace married Quaker tea merchant Hugh Theodore Crosfield in 1911. Of their brothers, Ted became MP for Leeds, John Wilfred became Professor of Philosophy at the University of Leeds between 1832 and 1854, and William Fryer was an author and prominent campaigner for adult education.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was gifted to the Borthwick Institute in 2013.

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Scope and content

11 letters written by Helen Grace Harvey and Margaret Harvey of Leeds while they were pupils of The Mount School, York, c.1897-1899, with transcriptions and biographical notes; summer term school report for Helen Grace Harvey, 1900.

Letter recipients comprise their father William Harvey; mother Anna Maria Harvey, née Whiting; and brother Thomas Edmund 'Ted' Harvey, later MP for Leeds. Subjects include school hockey; Quaker Meetings and talks given by John Stephenson Rowntree; a visit to The Retreat; and general school and family news.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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The archive has not yet been catalogued.

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Related units of description

The archive of The Mount School, York, is also deposited at the Borthwick Institute. It includes a watercolour given to Margaret Harvey by Elspeth Backhouse in 1897 (Reference: MOU/10/4/3/10). The Borthwick also holds extensive family papers of the Rowntree family, including letters and papers relating to Arnold Stephenson and Mary Katherine Rowntree, née Harvey.

The principal archive of the Harvey family is deposited at the University of Leeds. Special Collections, as 'Papers relating to the Harvey family of Leeds' (Reference: MS 1701). The university also holds miscellaneous papers relating to Rawlinson Charles Ford, which includes papers of his first wife Margaret Ford, née Harvey, 1904-1910 (Reference: MS 866).

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 27.02.17.




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