Papers of the Quaker writer and activist, John William Graham (1859-1932). Graham was a significant figure in Quaker intellectual life from the 1880s until his death in 1932. This is reflected in the content of his papers, which include correspondence, manuscript writings, scrapbooks and notebooks, and published offprints relating to his religious, political and academic activities. There is also a good deal of personal material, including juvenilia.
The collection includes extensive correspondence, covering significant events and periods in Graham's life; for example his student days at Cambridge 1880-1884, and visits to the U.S.A. in 1896, 1904, and 1912, which is useful for his views on the Quakers in North America. There is also commentary on domestic religious and political issues, particularly relating to the First World War, where topics include pacifist politics (particularly in the Manchester area), conscientious objection and the operation of war tribunals, and the Union for Democratic Control.
Graham's papers include extensive notes and manuscripts (some published, others not) on a diverse range of topics including anti-vivisection, foreign policy, social issues, conscription, and numerous writings on theology and ethics. Papers present include “New facts on our survival of death”, “The Messiahship as changed by Jesus”, “Some thoughts on the divine nature”, “A Quaker thought of God”, “The mind of the Son of Man”, “Christian priesthood in the 3rd century”, “Quakers and modern thought”, “Jewish Apocalypses”, “The Book of Revelation”, “Messianic prophecy”, “Christ and the word and vision of God”, “Education grants”, “Mohammedanism”, “Buddhism”, “Nonconformists and conscription”, “Apparitions, premonitions and immortality”, “Hypnotism, healing and prayer”. There is also a file relating to his professorship at Swarthmore 1925-6.
Graham assiduously collected cuttings of his journalism and reviews of his books, so the transmission of his ideas and reception of his published work are well-covered. His numerous journalistic pieces for the Friends' Intelligencer and The British Friend are present in the collection. There are reviews of Faith of a Quaker, Evolution and Empire, The Quaker Ministry, Harvest of Ruskin, William Penn, Divinity of Man, War from a Quaker point of view, and Conscription and Conscience.
The papers include Graham's diaries for 1904, 1910, 1912 -1923 and 1930-1932, and notebooks covering his early life. A number of sketchbooks compiled by Graham as a youth are also present. There is a small quantity of personal material and juvenilia, including some of Graham's school documents, a phrenological examination (1865) and an astrological analysis of Graham (n.d), together with a copy of his death certificate and will, and miscellaneous obituaries and letters of condolence. There is also material on the Graham family genealogy. The papers include a file entitled 'Notes for biographers', which was apparently compiled by Graham's son, Michael, which provides useful biographical information.
Also present in the collection is a letter from John Dalton to Elihu Robinson, 23 Aug 1788 concerning meteorology and thermometers; an offprint by Hannah Wigham, “Bag of old letters”, reprinted from Friends’ Quarterly Intelligencer [1891?], describing letters from Dalton to Robinson; and a letter from Hannah Wigham 25 Aug 1899, offering the letter to Dalton Hall. It assumed that this material was acquired by Graham when he was Principal of Dalton Hall.