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The Association of Friends for the Free Instruction of Adult Colored Persons was a Quaker organization organized in 1789 in Philadelphia to operate a charity school for black adults. The Association provided free adult education to blacks until 1904 when it was dissolved and its assets were transferred to the Institute for Colored Youth.
Organized in Philadelphia in 1789 as a "Society for the free instruction of orderly Blacks and People of Colour," the Association provided free adult education to African Americans until 1904 when it was dissolved and its assets were transferred to the Institute for Colored Youth.
The Association was briefly suspended from 1822-1831, but was reorganized by 1832 under the name "Association for the Free Instruction of Adult Colored Persons. The Association ran both evening schools and, during some periods, First-Day afternoon schools, at several locations in Philadelphia, including Miller's Alley, Willings' Alley, Green's Court and Raspberry and Shields Courts.
A Women's Association began in 1795 as the Society for the Improvement of African Women. By 1797 the name had been changed to "Society for the Free Instruction of African Females;" this group was suspended and reorganized several times, but in 1845, the men's association took charge of running the women's school.
Contains minutes, financial records, and some correspondence of the Association of Friends for the Free Instruction of Adult Colored Persons and its predecessors, the Society of the Free Instruction of the Black People, the Society for the Free Instruction of African Females, and the Association of Friends for the Free Instruction of Colored Women.
The collection is organized into 7 series. The series are:
- Constitution and History
- Executive Committee
- Women's Association
- Financial records
For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Microfilm available: Association of Friends for the Free Instruction of Adult Colored Person: Film Org.-A
Donor: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Deposited by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1975
The collection was first processed in the Spring 1982 and stored in Record Group 4. In 1998, the 1819-22 minute book, received in 1975 and originally catalogued as the Society for the Free Instruction of the Black People (RG4/061) was reunited with this collection. At the same time, SC/011 (Black Children Mss./Writing Assignments, 1790-1802) was also reunited. Parts of this collection (minutes) have been microfilmed; access is through microfilm when available.
- Society for the Free Instruction of African Females
- Association of Friends for the Free Instruction of Colored Women
- Society for the Free Instruction of the Black People (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- African Americans -- Services for -- Pennsylvania
- African Americans -- Education -- Pennsylvania
- African Americans -- Pennsylvania
- Charities -- Pennsylvania
- Education -- Pennsylvania
- Society of Friends -- Charities -- Records and correspondence
- Quakers -- Pennsylvania
- Schools -- Pennsylvania
- Schools -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
- African Americans -- Education -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
- Charities -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
- Social service -- Pennsylvania
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- FHL staff
- Finding Aid Date
- Encoding made possible by a grant from the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
- Access Restrictions
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Includes list of first membersPhysical Description
ms., printed 1813
Includes list of members with addresses.Physical Description
3 copies, printed
At back: Appendix containing letters written.
Men's schoolPhysical Description
Women's schoolPhysical Description
Contains names and addresses of women entered
Includes Roll book, 1830-1831 of Evening and first-day class for Colored Men
Originally catalogued as SC/011