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Archives & Manuscripts

Friends' Book Association of Philadelphia Records

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG4-021

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of the Friends Book Association of Philadelphia, a Quaker bookstore. It includes Minute Book, 1873-1097; Committee reports; Legal documents; Correspondence; and Financial papers.

Dates

  • 1873-1909

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.

Biographical / Historical

The Friends' Book Association of Philadelphia was incorporated in 1873 by Hicksite Quakers to operate stores for the sale of Quaker books and to subsidize the publication and reprinting of important Quaker books. Its purpose was “to conduct an establishment for the purchase and sale of Books, publications and incidentals, and it shall have authority to print, publish and issue such books and publications as its Stockholders or Board of Managers may direct.”

It functioned until 1908 when the merchandise was disposed of. Walter H. Jenkins purchased the imprinted goods from the Association at inventory price.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

The Friends' Book Association of Philadelphia was incorporated in 1873 by Hicksite Quakers to operate stores for the sale of Quaker Books and to subsidize the publication and reprinting of important Quaker books. It ceased operation in 1908. The collection contains minutes, committee reports, correspondence, financial and legal papers.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into 9 series. The series are:
  1. Minute Book
  2. Act of Incorporation and By-Laws
  3. Minutes
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Legal Documents
  6. Correspondence
  7. List of Books
  8. Financial Papers
  9. Annual Report
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Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mrs. George M. Taylor and Anne Blake, 1943
Title
An Inventory of the Friends' Book Association of Philadelphia Records, 1873-1909
Author
FHL staff
Date
2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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