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SFHL/FHL/MSS. Assembled Collections

 Record Group Term
Identifier: SFHL/FHL/MSS
Included in this record group are manuscript collections that were assembled by the Friends Historical Library or assembled by other collectors (not the creator of the material). There are genre collections such as the Friends Historical Library Journals Collection, as well as topical collections assembled over time to document prominent Quakers like Lucretia Mott.

Found in 33 Collections and/or Records:

Burton Alva Konkle Manuscripts

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-033
Overview The collection contains unpublished writings by Burton Alva Konkle, author and historian. The bulk of the material concerns James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the six original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States. Also included is a manuscript on David Lloyd, William Penn's personal lawyer, Attorney General of Pennsylvania, and Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Dates: Undated. Circa 1940

Charles F. Jenkins Autograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-031
Overview Collection consists of over 450 original letters, documents, and photographs collected by Charles Francis Jenkins (1865-1951) of personalities distinguished in American history, politics, international and cultural affairs, and in the Society of Friends in Britain and the US.
Dates: 1656-1940

Collection of Bringhurst Family Correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-046
Overview Contains the collected correspondence of the Bringhurst family, largely compiled by C. Marshall Taylor. It includes correspondence, 1780-1806, of Philadelphia Quaker businessman James Bringhurst and his letters received from John Murray of New York City. Bringhurst corresponded with family and prominent friends including John Dickinson, Job Scott, Nathan Hunt, James Pemberton, Jesse Kersey, Lindley Murray and Moses Brown. Of particular interest are descriptions of life in Philadelphia and the...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1780 - 1811; 1780 - 1941

Collection of John Bright correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-011
Overview Collected correspondence of John Bright, a British Quaker. He was a Radical and Liberal statesman, a promoter of free trade policies, and one of the greatest orators of his generation. The collection contains about 200 letters.
Dates: 1839 - 1888

Friends Historical Library collection of disownments

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-055
Overview A disownment is the involuntary termination of membership in a meeting, when a member of a meeting acts contrary to established discipline. Reasons for disownment have changed over time, often reflecting contemporary societal mores. Today, very few people are disowned. This collection consists of miscellaneous minutes of disownment, from various meetings and regarding various Friends, collected by the Friends Historical Library over time. It contains a mix of original documents and copies.
Dates: 1770 - 1890

Edward Hicks Manuscript Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-016
Overview This collection is composed of the draft manuscript of the memoirs and journal of Edward Hicks and related miscellaneous papers. Included are his drafts of the first pages of the memoirs, photocopies of letters and sermons of Hicks relating to the Hicksite Separation, abolition, and Quaker spirituality. Also included are a typescript copy of Samuel Johnson's letter to Edward Hicks on slavery, the original of Hicks' responses, and a letter from Isaac Parry to Benjamin Ferris after the death of...
Dates: 1836 - 1952; Majority of material found within 1836 - 1849

Elias Hicks Manuscript Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-044
Overview Elias Hicks (1748-1830) was an eminent Quaker minister from Jericho, Long Island, N.Y. In the 1820s, a religious controversy within the Society of Friends which focused on Hicks' ministry led to the Hicksite-Orthodox Separation of 1827-1828. The collection includes correspondence written and received by Elias Hicks, sermons, surveyor's drawings, family correspondence, and other papers. Also includes the original 1748-1822 manuscript journal of Elias Hicks (in three parts) and the 1828 Ohio...
Dates: 1779 - 1948; Majority of material found within 1779 - 1830

Friends Historical Library Miscellaneous Extracts Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-058
Scope and Contents This collection contains a miscellaneous assortment of minutes extracted, or copied out, of various Quaker meeting records for several reasons. It includes a mix of manuscript copies created at the time, as well as photocopies or modern transcriptions.Many of the extracts contain advice or rules of behavior for Friends, and were likely copied out by or for a clerk compiling a Quaker Meeting's Book of Discipline.Some of the extracts concern an individual Quaker, and were...
Dates: 1671 - 1952

Friends Historical Library account book collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-001
Overview Account books are ledgers in which commercial and personal financial accounts are recorded. This collection consists of individual account books that were given to the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College as single accessions.
Dates: 1729 - 1946

Friends Historical Library album collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-002
Overview This collection consists of scrapbooks, commonplace books, class notebooks, autograph albums, piecebooks, and other albums that were received by the Friends Historical Library as individual volumes and not as part of a larger collection.,
Dates: 1656 - 1957