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Friends Historical Library meetinghouse picture file

 Sub-Group
Identifier: SFHL-PA-MPF

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • 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."

Extent

25 Cubic Feet (83 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

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.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three groups. Within each group, the photographs are arranged by meeting name, alphabetically.
PA 110
North American meetinghouses (includes U.S. and Canada but not Mexico)
PA 131
Great Britain meeting houses (includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland)
PA 130
Foreign meetinghouses (outside U.S., Canada, and Great Britain)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Find It at the Library

Most of the materials in this catalog are not digitized and can only be accessed in person. Please see our website for more information about visiting Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Library

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