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Friends Social Union (Philadelphia, Pa.)


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.

Overview and metadata sections

Friends Social Union was founded in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pa., as a social club for Quaker men. In 1976 the by-laws were amended to include women as members. The records include by-laws, minutes, and miscellaneous, 1924-1990.

Minute books, bylaws, committee, treasurer, and membership reports, programs, menus, and other records.

The collection is organized into 4 series. The series are:

  1. By-Laws
  2. Minutes and other records.
  3. Programs
  4. Correspondence

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

Gift of James Frorer, 1960. Gift of H. Mather Lippincott, 2000. FHL-2023-007.

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1

Physical Description


Minutes of meetings of Executive Committee, 6/26/1924-4/12/1934.
Scope and Contents

Mainly and also of joint Executive and Membership Committee and of Board

Minutes of Annual Meetings, 1925-1934.
Scope and Contents

In some cases printed programs or clippings are attached

Record of programs of annual Spring Pilgrimages, 1926-1934.
Scope and Contents

In some case printed programs or clippings are attached

Lists of officers and members of Executive Committee, 1928-1934.
Scope and Contents

Attached are copies of printed Bylaws, which differ in some items from typed draft

Physical Description

Typed draft

Notebook, 1934-1970.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Containing essentially the type of material in the first book above

Minutes, 1970-1990.
Box 1

Programs, route maps, 5/22/1931-2/4/1949.
Box 1
Programs, miscellaneous papers of H. Mather Lippincott, 1972-1978.
Box 1
Programs, 1978-1990.
Box 1

Correspondence, 1955-1990.
Box 1

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