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The Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances records

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Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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The Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances was founded in 1800. They first met on October 30, 1800. At various times they were supported in their charitable efforts through donations of goods and money. They did spinning work, gave out soup and opened a home for widows and orphans. The records make no mention of contemporary events, except yellow fever in 1802 and 1803, the calamities of war in 1812-15 and bad financial years of 1819, 1841-2 and 1860-2. For further information, see: The history of the Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances / by Eleanor S. Wistar, (secretary of the organization) 1965. BX7640.F318 H67 1965

The records of a women's charitable Quaker organization based in Philadelphia spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, the organization provided money to "needy" women and children while building assets with which to accomplish their work. The records include: A history of the association; correspondence, 1800-1955, including letters of officers of the Female Association: Hannah Boudinot, Susan Bradford, Gladys Connelly, Mary Hodge, Margaret Stocker; also Elias Boudinot, Benjamin Chew, Benjamin Rush and James Vanuxem; Board of Directors reports, 1804-1830s and no date; Committee reports, 1810-1812; Legal papers, 1802-1972, including agreement of account with Pennsylvania Company, amendments to charter and by-laws and articles of incorporation; Financial accounts, 1801-1967; and a line cut seal of incorporation designed by Thomas Sully, 1811.

On permanent loan from the Female Association of Philadelphia, April, 1983

Processed by Diana Peterson

Printed materials to the Quaker Collection

    Missing Title
  1. Constitution and By-Laws: 1834, 1854, 1896, 1906, 1923, 1947, 1960
  2. Articles of incorporation: 1973
  3. Annual reports: 1837-1976 (some gaps)
  4. History of the Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances

Publisher
Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Diana Franzusoff Peterson
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Collection Inventory

Papers.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

The papers include:

A history of the association in typescript form;

correspondence, 1800-1955, including letters of officers of the Female Association: Hannah Boudinot, Susan Bradford, Gladys Connelly, Mary Hodge, Margaret Stocker; also Elias Boudinot, Benjamin Chew, Benjamin Rush and James Vanuxem;

Board of Directors reports, 1804-1830s and no date;

Committee reports, 1810-1812;

Legal papers, 1802-1972, including agreement of account with Pennsylvania Company, amendments to charter and by-laws and articles of incorporation;

Line cut seal of incorporation designed by Thomas Sully, 1811.

a. Accounts, 1801-20, 1831-1994.
Box 2
b. Beneficiaries.
Box 2
c. Treasurers' reports,, 1807-21 and no date, 1946-57.
Box 2
d. Accounts, 1948-1967.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Appropriation and sales of securities and assets, 1948-1967

Annual reports and minutes, 1947-1999.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

The annual reports and minutes include the following: 1947-1981 & 1983; 1961-1975; 1976-1984; 1985-1994; 1994-1999

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