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Friendly Woman Records


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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This collection contains papers related to the publication of the Quaker periodical, Friendly Woman. Friendly Woman is a quarterly journal focusing on Quaker women's concerns and experiences. It was begun as a newsletter in 1974 at the conclusion of a women's conference held at Pendle Hill, the Quaker study center. Editorial responsibility for Friendly Woman is transferred every two years to a different Quakers women's group in a different city. The periodical contains essays, fiction, poetry, commentary, and art.

This collection contains papers relating to the publication of the Quaker periodical Friendly Woman. Editorial responsibility is transferred every two years to a new women's collective. Each publishing unit becomes a new volume number, and this is how the series in the collection is designated. Within each series, papers are organized by minutes, correspondence, production records, and special projects

The collection is divided into three series:

  1. 6. Volume 6: Friendly Woman, University Friends Meeting, Seattle, WA
  2. 10. Volume 10: Friendly Woman (Eugene, OR)
  3. 11. Volume 11: Friendly Woman (Denver, CO)

Donor: Lois Barton, 1995, and Mary Barclay Howarth, 1999. Accession numbers: 95-018, 95-034, 96-036, 97-037, 97-053, 98-051, 99-035 99-045

Loose issues gift of Gail Haines, 2022.

Editorial responsibility for Friendly Woman passes to a new women's group which may or may not have a formal organization before and after the period of responsibility. Each collective exists as a Friendly Woman body only during its term. In 1995, records belonging to Friendly Woman (Denver, Colorado) were deposited, with additional accessions following in 1996, 1997, and 1998. A computer disk containing subscription information has been transferred to FHL Computer Disk Storage. Papers relating to the Friendly Woman (Eugene, Oregon) deposited by Lois Barton in 1995 were also processed with this collection.

At FHL, those papers have been organized and placed in series; the series number is defined by the volume number of Friendly Woman, so that additional deposits as received can be easily placed in chronological order of publication:

  1. Series 6 contains the records of Friendly Woman, Vol. 6, published by the Seattle Collective, 1982-1984.
  2. Series 10 contains the records of Friendly Woman (Eugene, OR), Vol. 10, published 1991-1992.
  3. Series 11 contains the records of Friendly Woman (Denver, CO), Vol. 11, published 1993-1994/5.

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Minutes and Miscellaneous, 1981-1984.
Box 1

Minutes (scattered) and correspondence, etc., 1992.
Box 1
General publication and related information, 1987-1990.
Box 1
Miscellaneous, 1995-1997.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes a compilation of publishing guidelines and press releases, sent to Eugene Friendly Woman by previous collective, Prairie Women's Collective of Iowa

Minutes and reports, 1992-1994.
Box 1
Minutes, Colorado Friendly Women Alumnae, 1956-1961.
Box 1
Biographies and papers related to Indiana Collective, 1994.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

The Indiana Collective was the subsequent editing group.

Correspondence, memos, and form letters, 1994-1997.
Box 1
Subscription, surveys and miscellaneous, 1993-1995.
Box 1
Subscription record on computer disk, ca. 1993.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Transferred to computer disk storage

Box 1
Phone lists, 1994.
Box 1
Box 2
Papers related to publication of cookbook.
Box 2
Maxims used in cookbook.
Box 2
Recipes used in cookbook.
Box 2

E-mail correspondence, 1999.
Box 2
E-mail correspondence, 2000.
Box 2
E-mail correspondence, January-August 2001.
Box 3
E-mail correspondence, September-December 2001.
Box 3
E-mail correspondence, 2002 and undated.
Box 3

Related Materials

See SG1 Friendly Woman for a complete bound run of the publication

Loose issues, 1975-1991.
Box 3
Loose issues, 1992-2005.
Box 3

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