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Sunnycrest Farm for Negro Boys (Cheyney, Pa.) Records


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

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Overview and metadata sections

The Home for Destitute Children was founded in 1855 by Mary Jeanes in Philadelphia, PA. It was incorporated on April 11, 1856, as a Hicksite Quaker women's charity which provided shelter and education for black children and then placed them with private families (at one point as apprentices). First located in West Philadelphia, it accepted both sexes until 1919. The Home moved to Cheyney, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, in 1922. The name was changed in 1945 to Sunnycrest Farm for Negro Boys.

  1. Board of Trustees
  2. Committee on Management
  3. Financial Records
  4. Miscellaneous

Donor: Gift

Date: 1982 and earlier.

Previously cited as Home for Destitute Colored Children. For better access annual reports transferred in 2004 to Friends Historical Library, SG3, Annual Reports.

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
ca. 1982
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Collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Minutes, 1856-1932.
Box 1
Minutes, 1932-1947.
Box 1
Annual Meeting Minutes, 1933-1956.
Box 1

Minutes, 1855-1879.
Box 2
Minutes, 1880-1891.
Box 2
Minutes, 1904-1916.
Box 2
Minutes, 1916-1944.
Box 3

Cash book, 1922-1931.
Box 3
Receipts and disbursements, 1925-1937.
Box 3

Correspondence, 1905-1939.
Box 4
Brochures, agreements, copies of bequests, lists of investments and securities, reports of special committees, etc., 1856-1932.
Box 4
Blueprints for Cheyney building, 1922.
Box 4

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