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"Some Notes on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Extracted by Jacob R. Elfreth of Landsdowne, Penna. From his Diary"


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

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Overview and metadata sections

Jacob R. Elfreth Jr. (1837-1924), the son of Jacob R. Elfreth Sr. and Abigail Pierce Elfreth, was born on October 22, 1837, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a Quaker merchant, elder, and minister. Initially apprenticed for five years to J.R. Sowers & Co., dry goods, Elfreth started a carpet business with his brother, James Elfreth. Elfreth Jr. never married and died November 14, 1924, in Landsdowne, Pennsylvania.

This collection is comprised of the single volume manuscript of Jacob R. Elfreth's notes on Philadelphia Yearly meeting, as well as correspondence related to the manuscript.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed December, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
December, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Manuscript, ca. 1916.
Volume 1
Scope and Content

The volume was compiled by Albert L. Baily Jr. after Jacob R. Elfreth's death, using extracts from Elfreth's diaries. The volume includes a foreword by Albert Baily. The volume provides a brief history of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and includes Baily's account of the Yearly Meetings for the following years: 1874, 1876-1878, 1880-1890, 1892-1894, 1896-1906, and 1909-1916.

Related Correspondence, 1917.
Box 13
Scope and Content note

The Related Correspondence for this collection includes correspondence between Albert L. Baily and Jacob R. Elfreth regarding Baily's research for the manuscript.

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