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Sunnycrest Farm for Negro Boys (Cheyney, Pa.) Records

Identifier: SFHL-RG4-043
Sunnycrest Farm for Negro Boys was founded in 1855 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the Home for Destitute Colored Children, a Hicksite Quaker women's charity which provided shelter and education for black children (generally boys) and then placed them with private families. The Home built a new facility in Cheyney, Pa, in 1922, and the name was changed to Sunnycrest Farm for Negro Boys in 1945. The collection contains minutes, financial and legal records, and reports.


  • 1855-1956


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Collection is open for research.

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1.75 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

The Home for Destitute Children was founded in 1855 by Mary Jeanes in Philadelphia, PA. It was incorporated on April 11, 1856, as a Hicksite Quaker women's charity which provided shelter and education for black children and then placed them with private families (at one point as apprentices). First located in West Philadelphia, it accepted both sexes until 1919. The Home moved to Cheyney, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, in 1922. The name was changed in 1945 to Sunnycrest Farm for Negro Boys.


  1. Board of Trustees
  2. Committee on Management
  3. Financial Records
  4. Miscellaneous

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Gift

Date: 1982 and earlier.

Processing Information

Previously cited as Home for Destitute Colored Children. For better access annual reports transferred in 2004 to Friends Historical Library, SG3, Annual Reports.
Sunnycrest Farm for Negro Boys (Cheyney, Pa.) Records, 1855-1956
FHL staff
ca. 1982
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Revision Statements

  • 2016: 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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