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The Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances records

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-831
The records of a women's charitable Quaker organization based in Philadelphia spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, the organization provided money to needy women and children while building assets with which to accomplish their work. The records include: A history of the association; correspondence, 1800-1955, including letters of officers of the Female Association: Hannah Boudinot, Susan Bradford, Gladys Connelly, Mary Hodge, Margaret Stocker; also Elias Boudinot, Benjamin Chew, Benjamin Rush and James Vanuxem; Board of Directors reports, 1804-1830s and no date; Committee reports, 1810-1812; Legal papers, 1802-1972, including agreement of account with Pennsylvania Company, amendments to charter and by-laws and articles of incorporation; Financial accounts, 1801-1967; and a line cut seal of incorporation designed by Thomas Sully, 1811.

Dates

  • 1800-1999

Creator

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Copyright and Rights Information

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Extent

4 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 3 packages)

Abstract

Records of a women's charitable Quaker organization based in Philadelphia spanning the 19th and 20th centuries

Biographical/Historical note

The Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances was founded in 1800. They first met on October 30, 1800. At various times they were supported in their charitable efforts through donations of goods and money. They did spinning work, gave out soup and opened a home for widows and orphans. The records make no mention of contemporary events, except yellow fever in 1802 and 1803, the calamities of war in 1812-15 and bad financial years of 1819, 1841-2 and 1860-2. For further information, see: The history of the Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances / by Eleanor S. Wistar, (secretary of the organization) 1965. BX7640.F318 H67 1965

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

On permanent loan from the Female Association of Philadelphia, April, 1983

Materials Cataloged Separately

Printed materials to the Quaker Collection
Missing Title
  1. Constitution and By-Laws: 1834, 1854, 1896, 1906, 1923, 1947, 1960
  2. Articles of incorporation: 1973
  3. Annual reports: 1837-1976 (some gaps)
  4. History of the Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances
Title
The Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances. Records, 1800-1999
Status
completed
Author
Diana Franzusoff Peterson
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
ENG

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