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Circle of the King's Daughters


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

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The Circle of the King's Daughters was an international philanthropic association with membership in 28 states and Canada (1970). While the New York chapter, also called "Here-a-Little, There-a-Little," was Quaker, the association had Baptist and Congregationalist membership in other parts of the world. Members gathered to read Bible passages, discuss Lenten observance, and perform philanthropic work. The latter included donations to the Colored Mission and production of diapers and other garments. The New York chapter disbanded in 1975, citing the lack of a meeting place and transportation issues.

Collection contains minutes and financial reports, from 1892 to 1975, incomplete, as well as a small amount of correspondence and printed materials.

The collection is divided into three series:

  1. Minutes
  2. Financial records
  3. Other records

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.) Series 3, at one time stored with PG3, were integrated into the collection in 2023.

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Collection Inventory

Loose undated minutes, late 19th/early 20th century.
Box 1
Minutes, 1895-1900.
Box 1
Minutes, 1900-1907.
Box 1
Minutes, 1910-1913.
Box 1
Minutes, 1914-1919.
Box 1
Minutes, 1919-1929.
Box 1
Minutes, 1941-1952.
Box 1
Minutes, 1952-1961.
Box 2
Minutes, 1961-1975.
Box 2

Treasurer's Book, 1892-1895.
Box 2
Treasurer's Book, 1896-1899.
Box 2
Treasurer's Book, 1903-1908.
Box 2

Correspondence and notes, 1904-1920.
Box 2
Pamphlets and ephemera, 1901-1917.
Box 2

Print, Suggest