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He received his early education in the public schools of Adams County and was prepared for college at Martin Academy in Kennett Square, PA, graduating in The fall of the same year saw Myers enrolled in Swarthmore College, where he received a Bachelor of Letters in and a Master of Letters in He served as registrar and a member of the faculty at Swarthmore from Myers spent his post graduate years of historical study at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Harvard, sharpening his skills as an historian.
During much of this time, he attended lectures taught by Frederick Jackson Turner. He proposed to recreate the life and works of Penn, accounting for each day. To this end, he undertook a massive campaign to raise money amounts needed to complete project were vastly underestimated. He became a member of the War Service Committee and worked without compensation to provide for the servicemen coming to Philadelphia.
He organized historical walks through Philadelphia, ending with meals and receptions at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
He wrote pamphlets for the serviceman, pointing out the history of Philadelphia. According to published reports, about 32, servicemen were reached with his activities. Though the editing of the works of Penn took up all of his life, Myers participated in other fields of endeavor. From to , he served on the board of the Valley Forge Commissioners, a time when the greatest expansion of the park took place. During his early tenure, he was the driving force behind erecting 27 large historical markers.
Other activities often took him away from his Penn pursuits. In , he spearheaded a campaign to raise money to buy the original charter of Penn to Pennsylvania, and was in charge of the celebration in when the charter was formally presented to the State. In , he directed the th Anniversary Celebration of the French alliance with America, with a pageant and French officials recalling the Valley Forge Encampment.
In , Myers directed the grand celebration of the th anniversary of the First Arrival of Penn in America. Because his main focus was Penn, the man and his works, Myers was sought as a lecturer.
He was known as the foremost authority on Penn, using lantern slides to illustrate the points in his lecture. He also made himself available to budding historians, helping them find manuscripts and sources to aid in their research. A lifelong Hicksite Quaker, Myers was active in the affairs of the Society of Friends and served on several boards.
Myers lived at the family home in Moylan, Delaware County from until , when it was sold. He moved to West Chester, PA for a short time and lived the rest of his life at Pocopson Home, until his death in His legacy leaves many written works by Myers, even though his masterpiece on Penn was never completed or published. Among his written works are the following: A major portion of the collection consists of Penn papers.
These papers were organized into loose leaf notebooks and an index, produced by Myers, exists for these papers. By recreating the life of Penn in chronological order, Myers hoped to include all his writings and notes on his life. Rather, at the time the collection came to Chester County Historical Society, over other boxes of material compiled during the lifetime of Albert Cook Myers, came with it and were put aside.
Some of these other than Penn topics, were researched in depth; other skim surfaces and were just ideas which struck the fancy of Myers. Before discussing subject matter, a few words need be said about the research methods of Myers. During his lifetime, Myers never learned to type or drive a car. He was always dependent on secretarial services for producing typed manuscripts or reports and on mass transit, hired drivers or friends, for transportation to research opportunities.
These factors did not necessarily limit his research, but his methods of research were shaped by them. Because transportation limited where he could go and how often he could go, Myers became a copious note taker whenever he was present at a research facility.
His notes were not always taken according to an outline or just one topic. Because he might not be able to return easily, he took massive notes on any subject he might use in the future, always planning to separate and organize his notes at some future time.
When Myers took notes, he never made a single copy. In fact, he always had carbon paper and note tablets, enabling him to take notes in triplicate or quadruplicate. What this means for the user of this collection is that his notes show up in different forms and in different places. Sometimes there are just folders of stray notes, with any organization being indiscernible. From this disorganized state, many stages exist in between. To reach this state, Myers sorted out all his information, reread everything according to his outline, and put them together in a form he would use to produce a manuscript.
He then went one step further and pasted these notes to sheets, which were then usually placed in binder notebooks. In the mind of Myers, this research was complete and ready for the final writing. Research in this form is so noted. Because of limited transportation, Myers compensated in two ways. He got the endorsement of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and was given full access to their materials from the beginning of the 20 th century until The other way Myers conducted research is through extensive correspondence.
The collection contains much of this correspondence exchanged with noted contemporary historians as well as research institutions. This collection follows the interests of Myers and his circumstances at various times in his life. He had the good fortune to have many relatives in residence, who were willing to do research for him and submit the results to him by mail. As Myers found himself on various committees or boards, usually as a secretary in charge of keeping records and taking notes the results being part of this collection , his research followed the agenda of the committees and boards.
Therefore, there is a large collection of information on Quakers since Myers was a birthright Quaker himself and served on the various Quaker boards. The order in which the topics appear in this guide is artificial.
Myers left no specific order. An arbitrary order was created by me, attempting to tie like subjects together. Introductions to each section appear, as well as a listing of file names. To help the researcher, the types of information found in the files are listed next to the file name. These types run from simple notes, printed matter, and organized notes to polished manuscripts. All photographs, of which there are many, have been removed from this part of the collection and part of the photo collection of the Chester County Historical Society.
Printed matter on a specific topic is found with the topic, unless specifically noted as being part of the book collection of Albert Cook Myers. He was particularly interested in finding all depositories of Quaker records, which could be used by the researcher. He also became vitally interested in the movement of Pennsylvania Quakers to the West and wanted to publish a book on this topic.
He searched many manuscript collections seeking journals and diaries. This subject is not clearly distinctive from the research on William Penn. File First Friends Meeting House—organized notes pasted to sheets. File Dutch Quakers--Vandervoot Family—family chart, loose notes. File Dutch on the Delaware—loose notes, notes of Wm Buck. File English A Chamber notes , c.
File EnglishQuakerSchool, c —organized notes pasted to sheets. File Friends in General, Sources—note cards and loose papers. File Meeting House—Concord—loose notes, magazine articles. File Meeting House--Longwood—loose notes, pamphlets: File Quaker Costume—Penn, notes and photostats from books. Samuel Janney on Western Friends.
Routes and roads, History of Bedford County. Emigration of Howell Family, Virginia to Ohio, Mc Master on Emigration, Journeys of Emigrant Families to the West. File Notes, Outline, Bibliography, Correspondence about possible book. Caleb Swayne of London Grove, Thomas Lippincott, Minister, Burlington Co. This series of boxes was originally designed and put together by Myers. By reading some of his personal notes, he once entertained the idea of writing a definitive history of Pennsylvania.
The form it was to take never appears in his notes. As he went through his life, more and more files were added under the general topic of Pennsylvania History. In most instances the word used on the file as a label was determined by ACM himself.
Some of the topics have vast amount of information contained within the files; others are very scanty. Of value to the genealogist, are alphabetical files of non-Quaker ethnic group immigration. Myers also collected many items on various religious groups. Some files are full of information with massive amount of notes. Others are very scanty containing very few notes.
Beavers, Betsy Ross House includes the controversy about whether historical marker is on correct house ,. Biographies includes sources of records. Boundaries, The topic of boundaries utilizes several folders and is dealt with extensively. The survey lines were to determine the actual boundaries of the land Penn bought from the Indians. They are organized with the notes pasted to sheets, giving structure and order.