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Thousands of images of Friends’ meeting houses have been brought together digitally in this online collection. Photographs, drawings, and postcards from both Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College are included. The majority of these images come from within Philadelphia and New York Yearly Meetings, but also include pictures from across the United States and abroad.


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Quaker Meeting Houses

The Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and the Haverford College Quaker Collection serve as official depositories for the records of a number of North American yearly meetings of the Society of Friends. Joint holdings include over 5000 linear feet of paper-based archives. In 2011 the two Libraries began to accept digital records as well. Quaker meetings that are interested in more information about digital records should contact their depository.


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Quaker Meeting Records

English and American Quakers were engaged in relief and reconstruction work in Europe during and following World War I involving civilians in Russia, Serbia, Austria, and Poland. In 1919 Friends extended their efforts to include a program of child-feeding in Germany. This collection of almost 1000 glass lantern slides assembled by the AFSC shows the damage caused by war, rebuilding efforts, hospitals and orphanages, and other projects.

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Quaker Relief in Europe, 1914-1922

Color slides by the Swarthmore College Library Media Department of items from the exhibit mounted by the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and Swarthmore College Peace Collection in McCabe LIbrary of Swarthmore College in honor of Black History Month, Feburary 1990. Slides are individually numbered and there is an inventory with the collection. There are a few 8x10 photographic prints.

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Quakers and Black History Exhibit Slides

The Religious Society of Friends was the first corporate body in Britain and North America to fully condemn slavery as both ethically and religiously wrong in all circumstances. It is in Quaker records that we have some of the earliest manifestations of anti-slavery sentiment, dating from the 1600s. After the 1750s, some Quakers actively engaged in attempting to sway public opinion in Britain and America against the slave trade and slavery in general. At the same time, some Quakers became actively involved in the economic, educational and political well being of the formerly enslaved.

 Quakers and Slavery was a consortial project of Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Funding was provided by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, through a program stipulated by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). This program is administered in Pennsylvania through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries for assisting libraries in providing all users access to information, developing partnerships, and increasing information access for persons who have difficulty gaining it.


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Quakers and Slavery

Records of Salem Monthly Meeting, 1675-2015, include: men's and joint meeting minutes, vital records, women's minutes, Ministers and Elders' minutes, manuscript copies of men's minutes, miscellaneous papers, property records, and newsletters.

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Salem Monthly Meeting of Friends (Salem, N.J., 1827-)


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