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Theodore Pitcairn Family Papers

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Mss.005.089

Scope and Contents

The Theodore Pitcairn Family Papers are housed in two locations.  The section of the collections that is housed at Swedenborg Library ranges in time from about 1910 to 2000.  The collection includes correspondence to and from Theodore as well as his wife and some of his children from various periods in his life.  There are even some examples of his schoolwork as a boy and a young man.  There is a small amount of material relating to business interests as well as some material relating to the fine arts.  Genealogy and life history material from two of his children are included as well, arranged into their own series.

The section of the collection that resides in Glencairn Museum ranges in time from about 1927 to 1992.  The collection includes correspondence to and from Theodore regarding the purchase, sale and loan of art objects and his villa in France.  There is a small amount of photographic material relating to the construction of his home in Bryn Athyn, PA.  The collection is divided between two .5 foot boxes, based on the size of the materials.


  • 1897-2008

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Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions to this collection

Conditions Governing Use

Contact the archivists for any restrictions on use


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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by collection, series, sub-series and files.  There is no item level description.  The arrangement of the original materials was artificially imposed by the archivist by necessity, due to its condition at acquisition.  Subsequent material donated by his daughter, Deana (Diene) Pitcairn Cooper Duncan was minimally processed as it was pre-arranged upon arrival.

Physical Access Requirements

There are no physical restrictions on this collection

Technical Access Requirements

There are no technical restrictions on this collection

Custodial History

The materials in this collection were in family custody until their incorporation into this collection.

Source of Acquisition

Theodore Pitcairn Family

Method of Acquisition

The family information housed in the Swedenborg Library Archives was donated by Siri Hurst (Miriam Mitchell material) and by Deana Pitcairn Duncan (through Siri Hurst).  The material housed in Glencairn Museum was donated through Feodor Pitcairn through Siri Hurst.

Appraisal Information

Theodore Pitcairn was the second son of industrialist John Pitcairn.  He was ordained a minister in the General Church of the New Jerusalem and was a principal member of the group who left the church to form Nova Hierosolyma.  He was also an art collector, some his collection was donated to and hangs in Glencairn museum

Accruals and Additions

It is expected that accruals to this collection will take place at sporadic intervals as family members donate them.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

The Theodore Pitcairn Family Papers are closely related to the John & Gertrude Pitcairn Family Papers and the Raymond & Mildred Papers Family Collection.  Also related is the General Church of the New Jerusalem Record Group

Related Publications

My Lord and My God - by Theodore Pitcairn

Separated Materials

The theological papers (sermans, doctrinal writings, etc.) are held at the library of the Lord's New Church.  The Lord's New Church Which Is Nova Hierosolyma     P.O. Box 7     Bryn Athyn, PA 19009     U.S.A.

Phone Number: 215-947-4242 Email:


Processing Information

At this time, the contents have not been weeded, nor have newspaper articles been photocopied.  There are many drafts and copies of some documents, but the collection is relatively small.

Archon Finding Aid Title Mss.005.089
Gregory Jackson
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Repository Details

Part of the Academy of the New Church Archives Repository

PO Box 740
Bryn Athyn PA 19009 USA