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Virginia Friends Conference


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

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By 1845, the number of Quakers resident in the State of Virginia had drastically declined; Virginia Yearly Meeting was laid down and remaining members were attached to Baltimore Yearly Meeting. The 20th century again saw growth in numbers of Friends in Virginia. Existing and new meetings were affiliated with five yearly meetings: Baltimore, North Carolina (FUM), Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region, North Carolina (Conservative) and Ohio (Conservative). The Virginia Friends Legislative Committee was organized in the early 1960's under the leadership of Albert Turner as an inter-Yearly Meeting association to oppose capital punishment in Virginia. In 1967, a concern was felt to expand that fellowship beyond legislative matters, and the first large-scale All-Virginia Friends Conference was held near Richmond in October. The name was changed in 1975 to the Virginia Friends Conference. The Conference absorbed the former Virginia Friends Legislative Committee after 1968. The Virginia Friends Conference was laid down in 1993 and its assets distributed.

Series 1, Minutes, contains a bound volume of minutes of the Virginia Friends Conference; there is an incomplete set of the minutes of the Virginia Friends Legislative Committee, bound in chronologically. Miscellaneous files (Series 2) contain conference materials, publicity, and correspondence; these files are arranged chronologically. Two additional files in this series contain material relevant to the Virginia Friends Legislative Committee, 1967-68, and a folder-level inventory of the VFC archives, conducted in 1995.

The collection is divided into two series:

  1. Minutes
  2. Miscellaneous

  1. Worrall, Jay Jr. The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Press, 1994.

Donor: Evelyn W. Bradshaw, Clerk

Date: 6/5/1995

The collection was deposited in 1995 by Evelyn W. Bradshaw, former Recording Clerk. Records include a bound volume of minutes and folders with general files, arranged chronologically by Bradshaw.

The original order and arrangement was retained when processed.

Photographs received as part of this collection were catalogued separately and placed in a PA

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Collection Inventory

Minutes, 1967-1993.
Box 1

Miscellaneous papers, 1967-1968.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1969.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1970-1972.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1973-1974.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1975.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1976-1977.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1978-1979.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1980.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1981-1982.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1983.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1984.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1985.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1986-1987.
Box 1
Miscellaneous papers, 1988.
Box 2
Miscellaneous papers, 1989.
Box 2
Miscellaneous papers, 1990.
Box 2
Miscellaneous papers, 1991.
Box 2
Miscellaneous papers, 1992.
Box 2
Miscellaneous papers, 1993.
Box 2
Virginia Friends Legislative Committee, 1967-1968.
Box 2
Inventory of Archived Records, 1995.
Box 2

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