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Elizabeth Gurney Fry collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-SC-044

Abstract

This collection includes letters of Elizabeth Fry, both original and photocopies. The letters cover a wide range of subjects, from personal news to prison reform. Her correspondence is particularly concerned with education and religious instruction of prisoners, and the treatment of women and children prisoners. One letter describes the philosophy of Quaker marriages. Most of the recipients are unnamed. Also included are several letters of Joseph Fry, passes to visit Newgate prison, and photographs of Elizabeth Fry.

Dates

  • 1800-1845

Creator

Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Fry was a well-known Quaker minister and social reformer. Born in England in 1780, she was the sister of Joseph John Gurney, who led an evangelical movement in Quakerism. She married Joseph Fry and bore him seven children. In her later life, Elizabeth Fry concentrated her efforts in social service and prison reform. Newgate prison, in London, was the focus of her reform work. She died in 1845 at the age of 65.

Extent

.1 Linear Feet (.1 linear feet (51 folders.))

Language

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Martha Slatten. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1968.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Kenneth W. Rendell. Method of acquisition--Purchased from; Date of acquisition--1970, 1971, and 1976.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Argosy Book Store. Method of acquisition--Purchased from; Date of acquisition--1959.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--C. Marshall Taylor. Method of acquisition--Gift of.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Green Street Monthly Meeting. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1967.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Kenneth W. Rendell. Method of acquisition--Purchased from; Date of acquisition--1971.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Kingston Galleries. Method of acquisition--Purchased from; Date of acquisition--1968.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Goodspeed's Book Shop. Method of acquisition--Purchased from; Date of acquisition--1970.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Charles F. Jenkins. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1970.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Carnegie Book Shop. Method of acquisition--Purchased from; Date of acquisition--1963.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Emma C. Bancroft. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1917.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Peter Eaton, Ltd. Method of acquisition--Purchased from; Date of acquisition--1968.

Creator

Description rules
Archives, Personal Papers, And Manuscripts (Appm)
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

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