Richard R. Wood family papers
Scope and Contents
The Friends Freedmen’s Association records are the largest section of the collection. The minutes cover the earliest years of the Society, from 1863 to 1878. Minutes describe both regular and annual meetings, which feature reports from standing committees and information about expenses and schools supported. Lists of officers for each year are included, as is a draft constitution. Accounts cover the period 1907 to 1945; J. Henry Scattergood was the Treasurer during this entire period. They show contributions, payments for teachers and students, and costs associated with running the schools. There is also farm information, including the amount of several types of crops produced and expenses for feed and equipment. Expenses for the Christianburg Industrial Institute are often listed separately, and there is a photo of students and teachers in 1929 pasted into volume 5 of the accounts. In some years, details are given about how many students are boarding at schools. Correspondence covers the period 1912 to 1928; it deals almost exclusively with the Christianburg Industrial Institute, particularly fundraising and the construction of a new school building.
Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Public Economy materials cover the period 1818 to 1829 and include financial records and minutes. The financial records are addressed to Samuel B. Morris as Treasurer. These include mortgages, loans (often to the House of Refuge), and records of payments and donations. The minutes are from 1828 and discuss disbursement of funds.
Personal materials include materials related to Richard R. Wood and family photographs. Letters include one from Haverford College President William Wistar Comfort on the shape he hopes future relief work will take, and an anonymous one enclosing a Westtown document from 1848. Mission Anglo-Américaine de la Société des Amis includes two travel permit and two copies of a list of mission members. The family photographs are unlabeled and undated.
Miscellaneous materials are a small book with a handwritten copy of a letter dated June 25, 1867 from Basel, Switzerland about a visit to Bethelwald, a Christian community, written by Henry Hartshorne.
- Wood, Richard Reeve (Person)
Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Public Economy Founded in May 1817, the Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Public Economy was inspired by observations of poverty in Philadelphia in the winter of 1816 and a report on the causes of poverty and who was poor. Committees included those on the poor laws, on public prisons, on domestic economy, on the suppression of vice and immorality, and on the public schools. The Society sought to educate the poor and improve their management of their resources. While some of the founding members and officers of the Society were Quaker, it was not an exclusively Quaker organization.
Friends Freedmen’s Association Friends' Freedmen's Association was an organization of Philadelphia Quakers founded in 1863 as Friends' Association of Philadelphia and Its Vicinity, for the Relief of Colored Freemen. Its purpose was to provide relief and education to freed slaves during and after the Civil War. The name was changed circa 1873. Between 1870 and 1847, the Association supported the Christianburg Institute, a school founded in Montgomery County, Virginia to educate freed slaves. From 1947 to 1955 the Association supported black students in schools and summer work camps. From 1955 to 1970 the income from investments was used to provide grants for scholarship to needy black students. From 1970 income and principal was distributed yearly primarily among Bryn Mawr, Earlham, Guilford, and Haverford Colleges. In January 1982 the Association was dissolved. The funds were distributed among the four colleges named above to be used as aid to black students as the J. Henry Scattergood Scholarship Fund.
1.2 Linear Feet (1 box, 7 volumes)
- Wood, Richard Reeve (Person)
- Friends Freedmen's Association (Organization)
- Mission Anglo-Américaine de la Société des Amis (Organization)
- Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Public Economy (Organization)
- Richard R. Wood family papers
- Sarah Horowitz
- August, 2018
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