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Friends Association of Byberry Records


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

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The Byberry Friends Association was a Quaker group which met monthly in Byberry, Pennsylvania, to hear papers on a variety of topics and to discuss issues of the day.

The Byberry Friends Association was founded in 1900 in the belief that "a thorough knowledge of the history and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends is essential to an active interest and participation in its affairs." Although it was structured like a Young Friends Association, Arabella Carter, its first Chairwoman, felt that the use of the word "young" in the name of the Association would limit participation by older Friends.

Dues paying members met monthly to hear papers on a variety of subjects and to discuss vital issues of the day. In the beginning, the primarily Quaker membership was large enough to meet in the Byberry Friends Meeting House, but later meetings were held in private homes.

This collection contains the records of the Friends Association of Byberry, 1900-1932.

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

  1. Constitution and by laws
  2. Minutes
  3. Papers by Arabella Carter and others

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

Gift of Byberry Monthly Meeting, 1991

Removed from Byberry Monthly Meeting Records in 1991 and catalogued separately.

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Collection Inventory

Constitution and By-Laws.
Box 1

Executive Committee Minutes, 1900-1911.
Box 1
Minutes, 1910-1915.
Box 1
Minutes, 1915-1924.
Box 1
Minutes, 1924-1932.
Box 1

Arabella Carter: "The Shakers--Their Origins, Beliefs, Early Customs,", 1901.
Box 1
Caroline J. Atkinson: "How Shall We Spend Our First-Days,", 1903.
Box 1
Anonymous: on Charles H. Eliot's "The Religion of the Future" (as delivered at the Harvard Summer School of Theology), 1909.
Box 1
Anonymous: "Arabela Carter", 1932.
Box 1

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