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Byberry School Association Records


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The Byberry School Association was formed in 1837 by several members of the Society of Friends, mostly members of Byberry Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) for the purpose of raising stock to buy land and erect a secondary school in Byberry, Pennsylvania. John P. Townsend, James Thornton, James Bonner, Josiah Walton, and Joshua Gilbert were chosen managers in accordance with the Association's constitution.

David J. Griscom was engaged as the first teacher, and the "Byberry Institute and Private Boarding School for Boys" was opened late that year or early in the next. John G. Lewis of Frankfort succeeded Griscom when he became too ill to teach in 1839. He was succeeded by Thomas Foulke in 1841. Two years later, the school was closed, and the lot, house, and schoolhouse sold at public sale to James Thornton in 12/1843.

This collections contains the records of the Byberry School Association, 1837-1844. It includes minutes, financial records, and some miscellaneous papers.

The collection is organized into 2 series. The series are:

  1. Minutes
  2. Miscellaneous

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Donor: Byberry Monthly Meeting

Date: 5/1991

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

Byberry School Association, 1837-1844.
Box 1
Managers, Byberry School Association, 1837-1844.
Box 1

Miscellaneous. Includes proxies, financial reports, and miscellaneous papers., 1837-1842, n.d.
Box 1

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