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The Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College is devoted to the history of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and its concerns. The Library includes printed works dating from the mid-seventeenth century to the present, as well as archives, manuscripts and other materials. This virtual collection is a small sample of its approximately 60,000 visual resources holdings.

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Black and white photograph of Lucretia and James Mott from the shoulders up

Friends Instruction Association was organized in 1873 by Philadelphia Quaker women as A Mothers Meeting. Originally part of the Penn Sewing School, the group incorporated in 1876 as Friends Instruction Association, and Philadelphia Monthly Meeting provided a meeting space in the Race Street meeting house. Its purpose was to provide poor women regardless of race, religion or nationality with the life skills to improve their condition and to furnish them with clothing.

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Book cover with a colorful pattern and the text "Mothers Meetings Account Book" on a wreath

The Hannah J. Bailey collection includes personal papers, correspondence, diaries and journals, published and unpublished articles, biographical information and memorabilia. The collection also contains material on Bailey's work with the national and world Woman's Christian Temperance Union, the National Council of Women, financial and legal papers of the Woman's Temperance Publishing Association, her work for social causes, her travels abroad, and her connection with the Society of Friends (Quakers). 

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Photograph portrait of Hannah Bailey's head and shoulders

This collection contains the papers of Helen S. Judson, including correspondence while at the Sherwood Select School and from Emily Howland. It also contains typed transcripts of writings by Emily Howland, 1836-1929, and Sherwood Select School memorabilia.

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Photograph of teachers from the Sherwood Select School standing in front of its porch

In Her Own Right is a project executed by members of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). This collection contains digitized items from the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, and Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections that illuminate women's efforts to assert their rights and work for the rights of others in a variety of spheres in the century leading up to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Visit http://inherownright.org to view additional collections from other PACSCL libraries.

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Photograph of Pandita Ramabai Sarasvati's head and shoulders

In Her Own Right is a project executed by members of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). This collection contains digitized items from the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and the Swarthmore College Peace Collection that illuminate women's efforts to assert their rights and work for the rights of others in a variety of spheres in the century leading up to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Visit http://inherownright.org to view additional collections from other PACSCL libraries, and visit the full TriCo In Her Own Right collection to see all contributions from Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr special collections.

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Aged photograph of a parade of women in academic caps and gowns marching along a raised roadway in front of a streetcar. A busy street and a billiard academy are visible in the background.

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