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The Northern Association of the City and County of Philadelphia for the Relief and Employment of Poor Women records

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG4-053
The collection contains legal documents, financial records, membership list (1849-1872), reports, correspondence, and related papers.

Dates

  • 1841-1929

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

1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Overview

This Hicksite Quaker women's charity was organized in 1844 and incorporated in 1856. Its mission was to provide employment in sewing for poor women. Lucretia Mott served as president until 1866. The Association went out of existence in 1926. The collection contains legal documents, financial records, membership list (1849-1872), reports, correspondence, and related papers.

Biographical / Historical

This Hicksite Quaker women's charity was organized in 1844 and incorporated in 1856. Its mission was to provide employment in sewing for poor women. The Association rented rooms to which women came to sew. Some women who were unable to leave their homes did sewing at home. In 1849 the Association purchased a house to be used as a store and workroom. The Association was incorporated in 1856, and Lucretia Mott served as president until 1866.

A survey made in 1918 by the Bureau for Social Research, Seybert Institution, indicated that the Association was not using its funds to the best advantage. All the women who were aided by the Association found it necessary to supplement their income in some other way.

In 1926 the Association dissolved, and its assets were distributed among five other charitable organizations.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into series. The series are:
  1. Constitution
  2. Legal documents
  3. Reports
  4. Correspondence
  5. Financial Records
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Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Hannah B. Pettit, 1928

Related Materials

Annual Reports, SG1
Title
An Inventory of the The Northern Association of the City and County of Philadelphia for the Relief and Employment of Poor Women Records, 1841-1929
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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