Christopher Densmore Biographical Information

Head of Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College since 2001, formerly with the University Archives, University at Buffalo, 1974-2001; author of Red Jacket: Iroquois Diplomat and Orator (Syracuse Univ. Press, 1999), co-author of Quaker Crosscurrents: Three Hundred Years of the New York Yearly Meetings (Syracuse, 1995), author of introduction to the new edition to Robert C. Smedley’s History of the Underground Railroad in Chester and the Neighboring Counties of Pennsylvania (Stackpole Books, 2005), and of fifty other publications including articles in Quaker History and New York History, entries in American National Biography and other reference sources.  Former Chair, Canadian Friends Historical Association, Program Chair, Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, Vice President, Pennsylvania Abolition Society, Board member, Friends Historical Association.  Graduate of Oberlin College, and the University of Wisconsin.

Recent presentations include:

Across Regions, Across Religion, Across Race: Quakers and the Underground
Railroad on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Harriet Tubman Conference,
Cambridge, Maryland, June 5, 2010; Aim for a Free State and Settle Among Quakers: African-American and Quaker Parallel Communities, Quakers and Slavery Conference, Philadelphia, November 5, 2010;  Elizabeth Cady Stanton Had it Wrong: The Origins of the Woman’s Rights Movement, Medford Leas, New Jersey, February 16, 2011.