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Friends Institute records


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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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When it was established in 1880, the Friends' Institute for Young Men was located at 112 N. 7th Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to offer a reading, lecture, and meeting room where "suitable" periodicals and other literature would be available to young men connected with the Society of Friends. There were approximately 200 original members of the Institute, including Edward Bettle, Jr., Ellis Y. Brown, T. Wistar Brown, John G. Bullock, Richard Cadbury, Howard Comfort, William H. Jenks, John H. Dillingham, John B. Garrett, Robert B. Haines, Josiah Leeds, Charles Roberts, Thomas Scattergood, George Vaux, Asa Wing, Edward M. Wistar, and others.

By 1885, it was concluded that women would be allowed membership, since they served on so many charitable and philanthropic organizations which held meetings in the Institute. It was determined that the efficiency of the Association would increase with female members and that there would be no detrimental effect in including them. At that point, the name changed to the Friends' Institute.

Around 1892, the Institute moved to 20 S. 12th Street, where later it would share quarters with the American Friends Service Committee. The Institute's purpose was said "to provide recreational facilities to Friends in the central section of the city." Charter was granted by the Court of Common Pleas in 1887. At least by the time of the publication of the Inventory of Church Archives in 1942, there was no affiliation with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and indicates "only a cooperative relationship with the church organization."

(Information from annual reports of Friends' Institute and Inventory of Church Archives)

This collection includes reports of various kinds and correspondence of Friends Institute.


Processed by Mary A. Crauderueff; completed February, 2016.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Mary A. Crauderueff
Finding Aid Date
February, 2016
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Board of Managers reports, 1891-1907, undated.
Box 17 Folder 1
Scope and Contents

Also includes list of committees, 1900-1901.

Secretary's reports, 1909-1928.
Box 17 Folder 2
Treasurer's reports, 1890-1927.
Box 17 Folder 3
Reports on Attendence and Use, 1905-1906, 1924.
Box 17 Folder 4
Correspondence, 1898-1923.
Box 17 Folder 5

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