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Archives & Manuscripts

Novelty Records

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG4-107

Scope and Contents

The records contain material preserved in a metal box labeled "The Novelty." It includes minutes, 1887-1938 and scattered, 1954, 1982-1984; by-laws and membership lists and attendance, writings by members, histories, and some miscellaneous material.

Organized into four series:
  1. By-laws and membership
  2. Minutes
  3. Writings
  4. Miscellaneous

Dates

  • 1887-1992

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.

Biographical / Historical

The Novelty was a women's social club founded in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, in 1887. Most of its first members were Quakers and members of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting. The group was established for the promotion of sociability and good house and home-keeping, according to its by-laws. It remained a small group (limited to thirty until 1929 and subsequently, forty members) and met in members' homes.

Besides fellowship, the meetings for many years consisted of a time for reading and questions, usually on household matters. Although primarily social in mission, the group did address concerns in the community such as unwrapped bread and lack of trash cans, and in the twentieth century, it established a civic committee.

The Novelty's members were active in the establishment of other civic groups such as the Lansdowne Library, Needlework Guild, and the Associated Charities Association. The Club encouraged the founding in 1904 of a larger women's group, the Twentieth Century Club of Lansdowne, a federated women's club; the first president of Novelty, Lydia T. Hallowell, also served as the first president of the Twentieth Century Club.

By 1992, with changing times, membership had dwindled, and almost half of the active members were residing in homes for the aged in the Philadelphia area.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (3 box)

Language

English

Overview

The Novelty was a women's social club founded in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, in 1887. Most of its first members were Quakers and members of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting. The group was established "for the promotion of sociability and good house and home-keeping," according to its by-laws. The records include minutes, 1887-1938 and scattered, 1954, 1982-1984; by-laws and membership lists and attendance, writings by members, histories, and some miscellaneous material.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Quaker Collection, Haverford College

Date: 2003

Accession number: 2003-014

Related Materials

The Neighbors Club, the men's social club in Lansdowne, is still active in 2003.

Processing Information

The collection, received in a metal box, was transferred from the Quaker Collection Haverford College. Minutes post 1928 are largely missing. Most of the early members belonged to Lansdowne Monthly Meeting, and the Curator at Haverford thought the collection more appropriately deposited at Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College which holds the records for Lansdowne Monthly Meeting.
Title
Finding aid for Novelty (Club : Lansdowne, Pa.) Records, 1887-1992
Author
FHL staff
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

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