This collection consists of images of various Quaker meetinghouses across the world, collected at various times from various sources, by the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. The bulk of the collection is photographs of meetinghouses in the United States. There are also a large number of photographs of meetinghouses in Canada and Great Britain, and a small number of "foreign" meetinghouses outside these areas. The vast bulk of the collection is photographs but there are also some artworks on paper.
1800 - 2000
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
This collection is available for research use.
Copyright and Rights Information
Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to reproduce images must be submitted to the Curator. 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
Most Quakers use the term "meetinghouse" or "meeting house" to describe the building where they meet for worship. Most meetinghouses are plain, without steeples or adornment, and none are consecrated. Some 20th and 21st century Quakers, especially in the Evangelical Quaker tradition, prefer the term "church."
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