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Anna C. Stabler Family Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-204
The Amna C. Stabler Papers are a collection of miscellaneous manuscripts relating to Quakers and the Society of Friends in southeastern New York State. Of particular interest are several letters addressed to John Bowne (1627-1695) from England, and a commonplace book, probably of Edward S. Willets, with an obituary for Matthew Franklin (1815), The Speech of Sagoua Fla (1811), Address of the Seneca Indians to Dewitt Clinton (1818), An Indian Oration on the Death of Commodore Decater (sic.) (1820), and Circumstance related by Samuel Parsons (1826). Also included are a commonplace-book, belonging to Deborah M. Field, with an opening passage from Scripture inscribed to her and signed by Elias Hicks (silhouette of Elias Hicks inserted in front of book) as well as an inspirational passage from Jesse Kersey, a School Fund Account Book (kept by Isaac T. Hopper), and a collection of financial papers related to the building of the Pearl Street Meeting House in New York City, 1774-75.


  • 1675-1864


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 of 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.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)


The Amna C. Stabler Family Papers are a collection of miscellaneous manuscripts relating to Quakers and the Society of Friends in southeastern New York State.

Biographical / Historical

Amna C. (Amna Cope) Stabler was the wife of Edward Russell Stabler. His father, Edward L. (Edward Lincoln) Stabler of Greenwich, Connecticut, lent at least part of the collection to New York Yearly Meeting (?) in 1957, according to a note found with the materials. Edward L. Stabler was the son of Louisa M. Field Stabler and the grandson of Mary Hartshorne Stabler.


The collection is divided into five series:
  1. 1. Bowne family
  2. 2. Hunt family
  3. 3. Other family papers
  4. 4.1 Society of Friends records: Pearl Street Meeting House
  5. 4.2 Society of Friends records: Financial Records, Epistles, & Extracts

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information

Donor: New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 1997

The collection was given to the New York Yearly Meeting by Amna C. Stabler on 11/22/1983. It was transferred to the Friends Historical Library in 1997.

Related Materials

See also:
  1. New York Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Hicksite: 1828-1957: New York, N.Y.). Records, 1783-1957
  2. Monthly Meeting of New York (Society of Friends: ca. 1671-1828: New York, N.Y.) Records, 1640-1828
  3. Stabler-Brooks Papers, RG5/234

Separated Materials

The following materials were removed from the collection and added to RG2:
  1. RG2/NYy New York Yearly Meeting, Meeting for Sufferings, Minutes, 5th Mo. 1758 through 5th Mo. 26, 1775. (Clerk's Draft). (5N 12/2488)
  2. RG2/NY/N452 v.1.15 New York Monthly Meeting, Minutes, Men's, 9th Mo. 6, 1769-8th Mo. 1, 1771 (Clerk's Draft). (2F 13/2489)
  3. NYYM Mss. List of the Members of the New York Manumission Society, 1787-1827. MSS2-2495
  4. RG2/NY/N453 v.2.3 New York Monthly Meeting (H), Minutes, Women's, 6th Mo., 1850—4th Mo. 1, 1857, and 7th Mo., 1858-11th Mo. 2, 1859 (Clerk's Draft) (N 11/2490)
  5. RG2/NY/N453 v.2.4 New York Monthly Meeting (H), Minutes, Women's, 5th Mo. 6, 1857—4th Mo. 7, 1858 and 5th Mo. 5, 1858 (Clerk's Draft). (N 11/2491)


  1. Bowne House Historical Society. John Bowne, his story: from the time he left England for America in 1649 until he returned from exile in Holland in 1664. New York: The Society, 1963
  2. Quaker crosscurrents: three hundred years of Friends in the New York Yearly Meetings / edited by Hugh Barbour... [et al.]; with a foreword by Martin E. Marty [Syracuse, N.Y.]: Syracuse University Press, 1995

Processing Information

Collection was housed in a large manuscripts box when received from NYYM. All manuscripts were housed in either mylar or plastic sleeves. Plastic sleeves were removed, and the collection was sorted, placed in series, foldered, and returned to the original manuscripts box. Two unrelated manuscripts, given to NYYM by Frona Vicksell in 1997, were removed from the box and catalogued separately as Miscellaneous Manuscripts
Anna C. Stabler Family Papers, 1675-1864
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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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