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Media-Providence Friends School

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG4-050
The collection include minutes, financial records, correspondence and other papers, and pictures relating to Media Friends' School (1876-1881), Friends' Select School (Media) which merged with Media Friends' in 1930 (1885-1930), Providence Friends School (1974-1981), and Media-Providence Friends School (1981-ongoing).

Dates

  • 1881-[ongoing]

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

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

5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Overview

Media-Providence Friends School was established in 1981 through the merger of two educational institutions, Media Friends' School and Providence Friends School, both located in Media, Pennsylvania. The collection include minutes, financial records, correspondence and other papers, and pictures relating to Media Friends' School (1876-1881), Friends' Select School (Media) which merged with Media Friends' in 1930 (1885-1930), Providence Friends School (1974-1981), and Media-Providence Friends School (1981- ongoing).

Biographical / Historical

Media-Providence Friends School was established in 1981 through the merger of two educational institutions, Media Friends' School and Providence Friends School, both located in Media, Pennsylvania. The new school was incorporated separately from its parent meetings (Media Monthly Meeting and Providence Monthly Meeting) with the stipulation that at least 51% of the School Committee be members of the Society of Friends. At first, it offered a kindergarten through high school curriculum, but the upper division was laid down in 1987 due to declining enrollment.

Media Friends' School first opened in 1876 in a room above a livery stable on Baltimore Pike. In 1881, it was placed under the care of Media Preparative Meeting, and, in 1886, a school house was built. Chester Monthly Meeting (O), held at Media, assumed control in 1913.

After at least eight years of discussion, in 1930 Media Friends' School merged with Friends' Select School (Media, Pa.). Friends' Select School opened in 1885 in Media, Pa., under the care of Providence Preparative Meeting (H), which was succeeded by Chester Monthly Meeting (H). After the merger, classes were held in both buildings until classrooms were built in the Media Meeting House in 1935 and the Friends' Select School building was sold to Beth Israel Congregation.

Providence Friends School was founded in 1974 by Providence Monthly Meeting to provide a secondary-level education for Friends' children in the Media area. By 1978, it was a full secondary school with students in four grades, 9-12.

Arrangement

The colleciton is divided into four series:
  1. Media Friends' School
  2. Friends' Select School (Media)
  3. Providence Friends School
  4. Media-Providence Friends School.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Media Monthly Meeting

Gift of Providence Monthly Meeting

Gift of Media-Providence Friends School, 1991-

Gift of David Elkinton

Processing Information

Series 1-3 transferred from RG 2 Media Monthly Meeting and Providence Monthly Meeting in 1991 and catalogued under Media-Providence Friends School as a RG 4 collection. Media Friends' School material arranged before deposit by David Elkinton.

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Media-Providence Friends School Records, 1881- [ongoing]
Author
FHL staff
Date
2001
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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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