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William Penn House Records

Identifier: SFHL-RG4-119
Records of the William Penn House in Washington, D.C., 1966-2004. Includes administrative and financial records, reservation lists, seminar files, housekeeping journals, and staff records. The latter are restricted.


  • 1966-2004


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.

Access to Staff Files is restricted; consult Curator for further information.


11 Linear Feet (23 boxes)


William Penn House functions as a Quaker seminar and hospitality center on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. These records, dating from its founding in 1966 through 2004, document its many activities.

Biographical / Historical

In September 1966, local Quaker meetings in the Washington DC joined together to create the William Penn House, drawing on the experiences of Quaker agencies already at work on Capitol Hill. Bob and Sally Cory who were finishing a 5-year assignment at the Quaker U.N. Office were asked to be the first directors. They had AFSC experience in administering work camps and foreign student seminars and in providing hospitality and orientation for refugees from Europe. Besides being a center for demonstration strategy and passive resistance training, William Penn House quickly became a place where congressional staff members and citizen action leaders could meet for informal luncheon discussions with Quakers and persons known to Quakers who could supply first-hand information on policy issues.

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William Penn House, 2009.

Separated Materials

The William Penn House Newsletter may be found with serials in SG1.
An Inventory of the William Penn House Records, 1966-2004
FHL staff
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

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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