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Friends Institute scrapbook

Identifier: HC.MC-975-04-007

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the single volume scrapbook of the Friends Institute. The volume includes materials related to the Friends Institute for Young Men, particularly for the lectures and events of the organization. Lectures focus on a variety of topics, including: Business Ethics, Party Politics, Early Friends and Their services in America, the Idolatry of Culture, and Siberian Convicts. Also included are the Annual Reports of the Board of Managers.


  • 1881-1909

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Historical note

The Friends’ Institute for Young Men was originally located at 112 N. 7th Street in Philadelphia when it was established in1880 to offer a reading room, lecture and meeting room where “suitable” periodical and other literature would be available to young men connected with the Society of Friends. There were approximately 200 original members of the Institute including Edward Bettle, Jr., Ellis Y. Brown, T. Wistar Brown, John G. Bullock, Richard Cadbury, Howard Comfort, William H. Jenks, John H. Dillingham, John B. Garrett, Robert B. Haines, Josiah Leeds, Charles Roberts, Thomas Scattergood, George Vaux, Asa Wing, Edward M. Wistar and others. Although women were almost immediately allowed to use the reading room, by 1885, it was concluded that since women served on so many charitable and philanthropic organizations which held meetings in the Institute, the efficiency of the Association would increase, and there would be no detrimental effect in allowing them to become members. At that point, the name changed to The Friends’ Institute.

Around 1892, the Institute moved to 20 S. 12th Street, where later it would share quarters with the American Friends Service Committee. The Institute’s purpose was said “to provide recreational facilities to Friends in the central section of the city.” Charter was granted by the Court of Common Pleas in 1887. At least by the time of the publication of the Inventory of Church Archives in 1942, there was no affiliation with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and indicates “only a cooperative relationship with the church organization.”

(Information from annual reports of Friends’ Institute and Inventory of Church Archives)


0.27 Linear Feet (1 volume)





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  • MC 1197 Friends Institute records
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Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed September 2015.
Friends Institute scrapbook, 1881-1909
Kara Flynn
September 2015
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