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Friends' Book Association of Philadelphia Records


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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The Friends' Book Association of Philadelphia was incorporated in 1873 by Hicksite Quakers to operate stores for the sale of Quaker books and to subsidize the publication and reprinting of important Quaker books. Its purpose was "to conduct an establishment for the purchase and sale of Books, publications and incidentals, and it shall have authority to print, publish and issue such books and publications as its Stockholders or Board of Managers may direct."

It functioned until 1908 when the merchandise was disposed of. Walter H. Jenkins purchased the imprinted goods from the Association at inventory price.

This collection contains the records of the Friends Book Association of Philadelphia, a Quaker bookstore. It includes Minute Book, 1873-1097; Committee reports; Legal documents; Correspondence; and Financial papers.

The collection is organized into 9 series. The series are:

  1. Minute Book
  2. Act of Incorporation and By-Laws
  3. Minutes
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Legal Documents
  6. Correspondence
  7. List of Books
  8. Financial Papers
  9. Annual Report

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

Mrs. George M. Taylor and Anne Blake, 1943

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
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Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
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Collection Inventory

Manuscript minute book of meetings of the Association., 1873-1907.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 volume

Two printed copies, one in pamphlet form, 1873.
Box 1

Rough manuscript minutes or copies of minutes arranged chronologically., 1878-1909.
Box 1

Manuscript reports on policy and financial situation of the Association., 1882-1908.
Box 1

Legal agreements with individuals and companies, tax receipts, etc., arranged chronologically., 1873-1882.
Ser. 6 Correspondence, 1874-1908.
Box 1

Manuscript list of books, numbered., 1881.
Box 1

Stock certificates, 1874-1882.
Box 1
Monthly statements, arranged chronologically., 1881-1908.
Box 1
Balance sheets, arranged chronologically., 1875-1882.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, arranged chronologically., 1874-1909.
Box 1
Receipt book, 1873-1875.
Box 1

Manuscript copy of 46th Annual Report of the Library Association of Friends of Philadelphia., 1882.
Box 1

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