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Friends Medical Society

Identifier: SFHL-RG4-034
Contains the records of Friends Medical Association, including brief historical information, minutes, correspondence, and newsletters and reports.


  • 1950-1983


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.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)


Friends Medical Society is an informal association established in 1950 to voice Quaker concerns in the field of medicine, and, more specifically, to act as a medical and advisory resource for the American Friends Service Committee and other national and international medical programs. Its records contain minutes of the annual meetings, correspondence, and some miscellaneous papers.

Biographical / Historical

The Friends Medical Society was formed in 1950 at a small meeting of a group of Quaker physicians at Pendle Hill, the Quaker study center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. The purposes of this group were to determine what special contributions Quaker doctors might offer at home and abroad, to work with the American Friends Service Committee and other organizations of a similar purpose to provide medical support, and to help medical personnel to serve in other than a military context. Membership was non-sectarian and was open to all physicians and medical students.

The organization was very informal, with no fixed dues and only a part time staff. The Society conducted various activities, and general meetings were held almost every year, in addition to four weekend conferences at Woolman Hill in Massachusetts. Officers of the Society testified against extension of the draft before Congressional committees and presented statements on important issues to Congress and the public. In 1961, the Friends Medical Foundation was formed as an extension of the FMS to raise funds for charitable, scientific, and educational activities of medical significance; it was dissolved in July, 1980.


The collection is organized into four series. The series are:
  1. History
  2. Minutes
  3. Newsletters and reports
  4. Correspondence
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Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Perera, 1984


An Inventory of the Friends Medical Society Records, 1950-1983
FHL staff
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Language of description
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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