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Friends Housing, Inc., Records


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

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Friends Housing, Inc., was formed as an independent non-profit corporation in 1966 in response to a petition signed by 100 residents of the Mantua neighborhood in Philadelphia and the concern of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Social Concerns Committee. The Corporation was primarily involved in fund-raising for the rehabilitation of vacant and vandalized properties for low income families. David S. Richie, a Quaker who organized the Weekend Workcamp program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, served as president of the board of directors. The Board included representatives from the community and members of the Mantua Belmont Joint Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

This collection contains the records from 1966-1975 of Friends Housing, Inc., a non-profit Quaker organization founded in 1966 to aid in the rehabilitation of low income housing in the Mantua section of Philadelphia, Pa. The records include minutes and reports, correspondence, and related papers.

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

  1. Minutes and reports
  2. Correspondence
  3. Miscellaneous papers

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

Gift of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Meeting for Social Concerns), 1985

Gift of Mary Frances James, 1987

Later accrual: accession number 2023.016.

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Minutes and reports (with gaps), 1966-1975.
Box 1

Correspondence, 1966-1973.
Box 1

Miscellaneous, 1968-1974.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes certificate of organization and bylaws of Friends Housing, Inc., among other papers.

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