Held at: African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas [Contact Us]6361 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19151
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
Frances I. Clark was a West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania resident active in the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, especially from the 1960s through the 1990s. She was elected to the church's Auxiliary Vestry in 1968 and was appointed Clerk at the reorganization meeting of the church's Vestry in 1973. She served as head of the Episcopal Church Women (Diocese of Pennsylvania) in the 1990s.
This collection consists of Francis I. Clark's papers related to her involvement with the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, including church records, history/research materials, clippings, pamphlets and brochures, and some photographs. A large quantity of these materials relate to the church's history and anniversary programs, such as: planning materials for the church's bicentennial in 1992, with research and history of the church and people associated with it; records of the church's history committee (also known as the Absalom Jones Historical and Cultural Center), including financial records, minutes, and reports; research on and pamphlets from other historic churches; materials relating to the 250th anniversary of Absalom Jones; and photocopied research articles, especially on historical figures associated with the church. There are also some records of the church, including vestry minutes and parish reports; newsletters, correspondence, and other materials from the Episcopal Church Women; minutes of the Matron's Guild (1967-1970s); and documents relating to the Union of Black Episcopalians.
Gift of Clark family, circa 2010.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.
In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas directly for more information.
- Episcopal Church Women
- Episcopal Church. Diocese of Pennsylvania
- Episcopal Church
- St. Thomas' Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- African American churches
- African American Episcopalians
- African American women
- Episcopalian women
- Women in the Episcopal Church
- African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Sarah Leu through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- Access Restrictions
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