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Friends Central School Records

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG4-022
The majority of this collection contains the minutes for Friends' Central School, including the Joint Committee, 1844-1921; Executive Committee, 1921-1944; Visiting Committee, 1851-1904; and Board of Trustees, 1926-1951. Also in the collection are the minutes, 1891-1899, of the Executive Committee for Friends' Central School System, an association organized to coordinate the curriculum of Friends' schools in the Philadelphia area as well as some miscellaneous papers including letters from William Wharton, Jr., and published materials.

Dates

  • 1844-1951

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

3 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Overview

Friends' Central School was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a Quaker secondary school by a Joint Committee of three Hicksite monthly meetings (Society of Friends). It was first located at 4th and Cherry Sts. In 1857, it was moved to 15th and Race Sts., and in 1925, it was moved to its present location in Overbrook, Pa. The current academic program includes grades K-12. The collection contains minutes of the Friends' Central School and Friends' Central School System and related papers.

Biographical / Historical

Friends' Central School was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a Quaker secondary school by a Joint Committee of three Hicksite monthly meetings (Society of Friends). It was first located at 4th and Cherry Sts. In 1857, it was moved to 15th and Race Sts., and in 1925, it was moved to its present location in Overbrook, Pa. The current academic program includes grades K-12.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into four series. The series are:
  1. Friends' Central School
  2. Friends' Central School System
  3. Miscellaneous papers
  4. Publications
  5. Financial records
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Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting; Spruce Street Monthly Meeting, Friends Central School; Hannah Hull; Clayton L. Farraday, 1945-1985

Processing Information

Early minutes originally placed with Spruce Street Monthly Meeting and Philadelphia Monthly Meeting Miscellaneous Papers in a Small Collection. With the deposit in 1985 of minutes 1918-1951, all material was consolidated and catalogued; stored in RG 4. In 11/1999, published material pre 1965 was transferred from PG 2, added as a separate series, and checklist revised.
Title
An Inventory of the Friends' Central School Records, 1844-1951
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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