Records of the Friends Temperance Union of New York, 1876-1905. Includes Minutes, 3/5/1876 to 12/12/1880, Executive Committee minutes, 9/1876 to 11/1880, a Treasurer's book, 4/1876 to 9/1905, and miscellaneous papers. The first volume also contains a list of members and the Union's constitution (updated in 1885 & 1889).
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Biographical / Historical
The Friends Temperance Union of New York was a Quaker organization founded in 1876, which promoted abstinence from all alcohol. It lobbied State and federal officials to research the injurious effects of liquor consumption and to banish its sale. Prominent members, primarily from New York City, included Joseph A. Bogardus, Rachel W. Underhill, Thomas E. Skinner, George T. Capron, Jacob Capron, Jonah L. Rees, William M. Jackson, Anna Rice Powell, and Aaron M. Powell. Aaron Powell edited the National Temperance Advocate from 1873-1894 and in 1878 helped convince the New York State Board of Education to adopt a school text on the effects of alcohol. The Friends Temperance Union of New York ceased to meet after 5mo 1898, and remaining funds were disbursed in 1905.
In 1879, New York Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) appointed a Joint Committee on the Subject of Intemperance to coordinate temperance work in Quaker meetings; many of the representatives to the NYYM Committee from Westbury (New York) Quarter were also members of the Friends Temperance Union.
Records of the Friends Temperance Union of New York, a Quaker organization which promoted abstinence from all alcohol. It was founded in 1876 and ceased to meet after 5/1898. Includes Minutes, Executive Committee minutes, a Treasurer's book, and miscellaneous papers.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: New York Yearly Meeting, 1998
The collection was given by New York Yearly Meeting at the time of the transfer of its records to Friends Historical Library in 1997.
RG2/NY New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Hicksite: 1828-1955). Temperance Committee. Records, 1879-1886.
Collection consisted of three volumes. Loose material, consisting of two annual reports, a post card, and rough notes, were removed, from the volumes of minutes and separately foldered. Labels on the volumes indicate that the material was stored with the records of New York Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) in New York.
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[Indicate the cited item or series here], RG4/094 Friends Temperance Union (New York, N.Y.), Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. http://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/repositories/7/resources/1861 Accessed November 19, 2019.