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Friends' Reading Room Association 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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The Friends' Reading Room Association was founded in 1835, and dissolved in 1842. Its Constitution, included in the minutes, states its purpose: "The want of a suitable place of resort for the promotion of literary improvement and social intersources, has long been felt by many of the members of the Society of Friends, especially for the Younger class, as well natives of this city, as those who come to reside amongst us. [...] An Institution in a central part of the city, which shall be furnished with a judcious selection of books, maps and periodical publications, calculated to promote moral and religous improvement, a knowledge of the principles and history of the Society of Friends and an acquiantance with the arts, science and general literature."

This volume contains two sets of materials.

The first is the minutes of the Friends' Reading Room Association, from 1835 - 1842, from the organization of the association, until its resolution. The minutes describe the ongoings of the association, including acquisitions and memberships. It also details the decision to close the library, and its dissolution. Samuel F. Troth was secretary for this association at that time.

The second is a register of members of the Western District Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, from 1814 - 1886. Samuel F. Troth compiled this register, and was the recorder of the Meeting for a period of time.

This volume was purchased by T. E. Drake, Curator Quakeriana at Haverford College, in 1938 from Frederick Welty, Philadelphia.

Processed by Mary A Crauderueff; completed November 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Mary A Crauderueff
Finding Aid Date
November 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Records, 1835-1886.
Volume 1

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