Emma Jones Lapsansky

Special Collections, Magill Library, Haverford College

Haverford, PA 19041

(610) 896-1274

FAX: (610) 896-1102 (Attn: Lapsansky)

email: elapsans@haverford.edu



Ph.D., American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania, 1975

(Concentration in American Social History and Material Culture, with Anthony N. B. Garvan)

M.A., American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania, 1969

B.A., American History, University of Pennsylvania, 1968


Rare Book School, Columbia University, Summer, 1991

Summer Institute, Winterthur Museum, 1969

College of Information Studies, Drexel University, 1996-


Recent Professional Experience

July 1995 Professor of History and Curator, Special Collections Haverford College

July 1990 Assoc Professor of History and Curator, Special Collections Haverford College

Spring, 1990 Visiting Lecturer, History Princeton University

1988-95 Adjunct Professor, African American Studies Univ. of Pennsylvania

1973-90 Asst/then Assoc Professor,History (Assoc Dean, 1984-86) Temple University


Recent Publications, Presentations, Professional Activity


Neighborhoods in Transition: William Penn's Dream and Urban Reality. (Garland Press, 1994).


"Making it Home:" The Black Presence in Pennsylvania. (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1990)


"The World the Agitators Made: The Counterculture of Agitation in Urban Philadelphia," in The Abolitionist Sisterhood: Women's Political Culture in Antebellum America, Jean Fagan Yellin and John C. Van Horne, eds. (1994)

" 'Discipline to the Mind:' The Banneker Institute of Philadelphia, 1854-1872," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, (January, 1993).

"Feminism and Freedom: Black Women's Strategies in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia," Pennsylvania of Magazine of History and Biography, (January, 1989).

Book Reviews in: Journal of American History, Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of Southern History, Quaker History, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

Professional Activities:

1996 Director, NEH Summer Institute, "Religion and Diversity in American Society"

1995-96 Chair, Organization of American Historians, Committee on the Status of Women

in the Historical Profession

1990- Board of Directors, Friends' Historical Association

1990- Publications Review Committee Pendle Hill Pamphlets

1991 Program Committee Pennsylvania Historical Assn.

1991 Consultant, Faculty Workshops on Diversity in Curriculum, Millersville University and Indiana

University of Pennsylvania

1984-1990 Editorial Board of Review Temple University Press

1984-85 Advisor, Philadelphia Alliance for Teaching Humanities in the Schools (PATHS)

1982- Editorial Board Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

Current Professional/Research Interests:

Family and community life, especially in antebellum cities; architecture, material culture and community planning; religion and popular culture in nineteenth-century America; Quaker history; the American West; historical interpretation for popular audiences.

Public Lectures and workshops: Army Corps of Engineers, Brandywine Museum, Cliveden National Historic Site, Fraunces Tavern Museum, Mercer Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Westchester University, Smithsonian Institution, other colleges, universities, historical societies, museums, senior citizens' groups, radio and television interviews.

Consultant: Afroamerican Historical and Cultural Museum, Atwater-Kent Museum, Chester County Historical Society, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Please Touch Museum for Children, Bucknell University Department of History.

Grants Application Reviewer: American Council of Learned Societies, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Library Company of Philadelphia, National Endowment for the Humanities.


Community Service

1992-95 Advisory Committee Friends Council on Education

1986- Pemberton Grant Subcommittee Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends

1986-95 School Oversight Committee Lansdowne Friends School

1978-96 Board of Trustees Friends Central School

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