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Byberry Library Company Records

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG4-013
This collection contains the records of the Byberry Library Company, 1794-1922. It includes the minutes of the director's meetings; constitution and by-laws, financial and property records, and miscellaneous papers.

Dates

  • 1794-1922

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Overview

Byberry Library Company was founded in 1794 and incorporated in 1799. Located in the Byberry section of Philadelphia, Pa., the Library was generally under Quaker management. The collection includes the minutes of the director's meetings; constitution and by-laws, financial and property records, and miscellaneous papers.

Biographical / Historical

Byberry Library was established on December 29, 1794, and incorporated in 1799. It opened with 63 volumes in the house of a member. In 1798, the library was moved to the Byberry Friends School House. When the School House was rebuilt in 1823, the books were temporarily removed, but replaced in the school the following year. Although the stockholders were not exclusively Friends, the Library was generally under Quaker management.

According to a pamphlet prepared for the 150th anniversary of Byberry Meeting House, the Library was still in operation in 1958.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into 5 series. The series are:
  1. Minutes of the Committee of Directors
  2. Constitution, By-Laws, Catalogues
  3. Circulation Records
  4. Financial Records
  5. Property Records
For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Byberry Monthly Meeting

Date: 5/1991
Immediate Source of Acquisition Deposited by Byberry Monthly Meeting

Processing Information

Removed from Byberry Monthly Meeting Records in 1991, catalogued separately and stored in Record Group 4.
Title
An Inventory of the Byberry Library Company Records, 1794-1922
Author
FHL staff
Date
2000
Description rules
dacs
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

Revision Statements

  • 2016 Summer: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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