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Friends Medical Society


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 Medical Society was formed in 1950 at a small meeting of a group of Quaker physicians at Pendle Hill, the Quaker study center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. The purposes of this group were to determine what special contributions Quaker doctors might offer at home and abroad, to work with the American Friends Service Committee and other organizations of a similar purpose to provide medical support, and to help medical personnel to serve in other than a military context. Membership was non-sectarian and was open to all physicians and medical students.

The organization was very informal, with no fixed dues and only a part time staff. The Society conducted various activities, and general meetings were held almost every year, in addition to four weekend conferences at Woolman Hill in Massachusetts. Officers of the Society testified against extension of the draft before Congressional committees and presented statements on important issues to Congress and the public. In 1961, the Friends Medical Foundation was formed as an extension of the FMS to raise funds for charitable, scientific, and educational activities of medical significance; it was dissolved in July, 1980.

Contains the records of Friends Medical Association, including brief historical information, minutes, correspondence, and newsletters and reports.

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

  1. History
  2. Minutes
  3. Newsletters and reports
  4. Correspondence

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

Gift of Charles Perera, 1984

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Collection Inventory

History file.
Box 1

Minutes, 1950-1951.
Box 1
Minutes, 1971-1982.
Box 1

Newsletters and reports, 1951-1983.
Box 1

Correspondence, 1950-1983.
Box 1

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