Media-Providence Friends School
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Overview and metadata sections
Media-Providence Friends School was established in 1981 through the merger of two educational institutions, Media Friends' School and Providence Friends School, both located in Media, Pennsylvania. The new school was incorporated separately from its parent meetings (Media Monthly Meeting and Providence Monthly Meeting) with the stipulation that at least 51% of the School Committee be members of the Society of Friends. At first, it offered a kindergarten through high school curriculum, but the upper division was laid down in 1987 due to declining enrollment.
Media Friends' School first opened in 1876 in a room above a livery stable on Baltimore Pike. In 1881, it was placed under the care of Media Preparative Meeting, and, in 1886, a school house was built. Chester Monthly Meeting (O), held at Media, assumed control in 1913.
After at least eight years of discussion, in 1930 Media Friends' School merged with Friends' Select School (Media, Pa.). Friends' Select School opened in 1885 in Media, Pa., under the care of Providence Preparative Meeting (H), which was succeeded by Chester Monthly Meeting (H). After the merger, classes were held in both buildings until classrooms were built in the Media Meeting House in 1935 and the Friends' Select School building was sold to Beth Israel Congregation.
Providence Friends School was founded in 1974 by Providence Monthly Meeting to provide a secondary-level education for Friends' children in the Media area. By 1978, it was a full secondary school with students in four grades, 9-12.
The collection include minutes, financial records, correspondence and other papers, and pictures relating to Media Friends' School (1876-1881), Friends' Select School (Media) which merged with Media Friends' in 1930 (1885-1930), Providence Friends School (1974-1981), and Media-Providence Friends School (1981-ongoing).
The colleciton is divided into four series:
- Media Friends' School
- Friends' Select School (Media)
- Providence Friends School
- Media-Providence Friends School.
Gift of Media Monthly Meeting
Gift of Providence Monthly Meeting
Gift of Media-Providence Friends School, 1991-
Gift of David Elkinton
Series 1-3 transferred from RG 2 Media Monthly Meeting and Providence Monthly Meeting in 1991 and catalogued under Media-Providence Friends School as a RG 4 collection. Media Friends' School material arranged before deposit by David Elkinton.
- Providence Monthly Meeting of Friends (Media, Pa.)
- Providence Preparative Meeting of Friends (Media, Pa.)
- Media Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
- Media Friends' School (Media, Pa.)
- Friends' Select School (Media, Pa,)
- Providence Friends School (Media, Pa.)
- Media-Providence Friends School (Media, Pa.)
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- FHL staff
- Finding Aid Date
- Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/.
Includes lists of teachers, committee members and early history
Includes attendance lists, staff and committee members, etc.
Special Reserve Fund
Includes budgets and financial statements
David C. Elkinton (1948, 1960); M.D. Elkinton (1975); Three Generations of Media Meeting Families at MFS
See also: Oversize: Schools: Media Friends School.
Compiled by Vincent PintoPhysical Description
mss and card file
Including essays, manuscript music, etc.
Includes grades, 1891-1894
Includes tuition accounts, 1895-1910
Includes attendance, 1921.
Includes clippings and lists of staff
Includes financial reports and miscellaneous