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Pennington Family Papers

 Collection — Box: Leg.44
Identifier: MS-37

Content Description

This collection chronicles the majority of Levi Talbot Pennington’s life, particularly his career as president at Pacific College (now known as George Fox University), the poetry he wrote, and his life as a Quaker. The collection has several sources that talk about Pennington’s early life, and those were made near to and after his passing. The collection consists of letters, photographs, personal notes, poems, passports, diaries, sermons, newspaper articles, and general records. This collection is informative and useful for those who wish to learn more about the history of George Fox University and its culture, the values and teachings of the Quaker tradition, and the life of one of the presidents of George Fox University. With the knowledge available in this collection, people who view it will come to a deeper understanding of George Fox University and the Quaker tradition.


  • 1876-1975


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for use.

Conditions Governing Use

George Fox University owns the copyright to some, but not all, of the materials housed in its archives. Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of George Fox University is retained by George Fox University and requires its permission for publication. Copyright status for other collection materials varies. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Levi Talbot Pennington lived from 1876 to 1975, from 1911 to 1941, he served as president of Pacific College, which later came to be known as George Fox University. Throughout his life, he was a follower of the Quaker tradition, which can easily be seen in most of the collection, particularly in regards to his poems, letters and personal notes. During his life, he was married twice, and authored several books, including three collecting his poetry and one reflecting on his life. When he passed away, he had just turned 99 years old. After his passing, Pennington was survived by his children, including daughter Mary Beth Pennington, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren.


3.5 Cubic Feet (Three archival boxes and two records boxes.)

Language of Materials



This collection mostly follows the later life of Levi Talbot Pennington. The materials that this collection includes are letters, poems, photographs, diaries, and personal notes. These materials ultimately provide insight into aspects of Pennington's life, such as his time as president of Pacific College and his Quaker religion. This collection is useful for those who want to want to learn more about the Quaker religion and the history and culture of Pacific College, which is now known as George Fox University.

Condition Description

All unnecessary binding has been removed, including staples and paper clips, as a means not to obstruct or ruin any of the other materials. There are still occasional rips though and some little scraps of paper, as well as some stains and marks caused by age and usage. While the staples and paper clips have been removed, some of the materials have rust on them. Yet, despite this, the collection is still im pretty good condition.


Guide to the Pennington Family Papers
Baily Olson, Rachel Thomas
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the George Fox University and Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Archives Repository

416 North Meridian Street
Newberg Oregon 97132 U.S.A.