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Friends Literary and Library Association of New York


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

The Friends Literary and Library Association was a Hicksite Quaker organization formed in New York City in 1880 to provide opportunity for mutual improvement in religious and literary subjects. Members gathered weekly to discuss published essays and social issues, give reports or read from their own essays. Debates were organized and held as public events. The organization also maintained a library. Some of the individuals involved included Rachel W. Underhill, Benjamin Smith, J. William Hutchinson, Mary J. McDowell, and John Cox.

The collection of records from 1880 to 1906 includes minutes, treasurers' records, and library catalogues.

The collection is divided into three series:

  1. Minutes
  2. Treasurers' Records
  3. Library Catalogues

Donor: New York Yearly Meeting, 1997

The collection was given as part of the transfer of records of New York Yearly Meeting from the Haviland Records Room in 1997.

Material was received with meeting records and transferred to RG4.

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
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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

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Collection Inventory

Minutes and Constitution (edited, 1888), 1880-1883.
Box 1
Board of Managers Minutes, 1881-1888.
Box 1

Treasurer's Book, 1881-1906.
Box 1

Library Catalogue, ca. 1880-1904.
Box OE
Library Catalogue, Librarian's copy, ca. 1888-1896.
Box 1
Library Accession List, ca. 1880-1900.
Box OE

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