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Byberry Hall Association Records


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Byberry Hall Association was organized in 1854 when the citizens of Byberry township and vicinity decided to form a company for the purpose of erecting a building where residents could meet to hear lectures, hold elections, etc. Any person who contributed one dollar towards the building fund was considered a member and was entitled to one vote at any election. The Hall and premises were under the management of seven directors who were chosen by ballot at annual elections. Although members were not exclusively Friends, the Hall was generally under Quaker management.

With the passing of years, the building outlived its usefulness, and there was discussion about the trusteeship of the Association and the care and management of the building. The record suggests that these matters were considered by Byberry Monthly Meeting and that the Hall was eventually placed under the Meeting's care.

This collection contains the records of the Byberry Hall Association, 1847-1981. It includes the secretary's book containing minutes (1854-1905); account books, deeds and miscellaneous papers.

The collection is organized into three series. The series are:

  1. Minutes and Finances
  2. Miscellaneous papers
  3. Deeds

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Deposited by Byberry Monthly Meeting

Removed from Byberry Monthly Meeting Records in 1991, catalogued separately and stored in Record Group 4.

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Collection Inventory

Secretary's Book (includes Minutes), 1854-1905.
Box 1
Account Book (includes Constitution and By-Laws as well as Minutes and Correspondence relating to the trusteeship of the Association and the disposition of Byberry Hall, 1923-1975), 1906-1981.
Box 1
Receipts, 1899-1903.
Box 1
Bills, 1906-1907.
Box 1
Bills, 1918-1923.
Box 1

Miscellaneous Papers (including list of stockholders, copies of stock transfers, etc.), 1918-1923.
Box 1

Deeds, 1847-1855.
Scope and Contents

Stored in Oversized

Deeds, 1960-1980.
Box 1

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