Friends Central School Records
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Friends' Central School was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a Quaker secondary school by a Joint Committee of three Hicksite monthly meetings (Society of Friends). It was first located at 4th and Cherry Sts. In 1857, it was moved to 15th and Race Sts., and in 1925, it was moved to its present location in Overbrook, Pa. The current academic program includes grades K-12.
The majority of this collection contains the minutes for Friends' Central School, including the Joint Committee, 1844-1921; Executive Committee, 1921-1944; Visiting Committee, 1851-1904; and Board of Trustees, 1926-1951. Also in the collection are the minutes, 1891-1899, of the Executive Committee for Friends' Central School System, an association organized to coordinate the curriculum of Friends' schools in the Philadelphia area as well as some miscellaneous papers including letters from William Wharton, Jr., and published materials.
The collection is organized into four series. The series are:
- Friends' Central School
- Friends' Central School System
- Miscellaneous papers
- Financial records
For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Gift of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting; Spruce Street Monthly Meeting, Friends Central School; Hannah Hull; Clayton L. Farraday, 1945-1985
Early minutes originally placed with Spruce Street Monthly Meeting and Philadelphia Monthly Meeting Miscellaneous Papers in a Small Collection. With the deposit in 1985 of minutes 1918-1951, all material was consolidated and catalogued; stored in RG 4. In 11/1999, published material pre 1965 was transferred from PG 2, added as a separate series, and checklist revised.
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- Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
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At first called Joint Committee on the subject of Education. Included representatives from Cherry Street (later Philadelphia), Green Street and Spruce Street Monthly Meetings.
This system is distinct from Friends Central School
2 reports, 2 compositions