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Economic Development Fund for Disadvantaged Minority Groups and of the 1970 Working Party of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Phy-735

Scope and Contents

Minutes and grant files of the Economic Development Fund for Disadvantaged Minority Groups. Also includes the records of the founding committee, the 1970 Working Party; this body was also known as the Working Party on Racism.

Dates

  • 1968-1978

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research. Access to granting records is restricted. Details available in repository.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to the Repositories. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the individual Meeting or its successor. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Repositories as the holder(s) 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

Prompted by a challenge presented to Yearly Meeting by the Black Manifesto of the Black Economic Development Conference, the 1970 Working Party was appointed in the spring of 1970 to examine racism within PYM. The Working Party issued a Preamble in June which in turn was the impetus for the establishment of the Economic Development Fund for Disadvantaged Minority Groups in March of 1971. The objective of the fund was to make "substantial resources available to projects which may be expected to result primarily in the development of growth, self-sufficiency, and economic independence of persons who are within a currently disadvantaged minority group." Initial investment in the Fund was a grant from the capital funds of the Yearly Meeting and from other contributors. Representative Meeting and the Working Party also sent out a series of queries to monthly meetings, requesting information on "the nature of involvement in the 'Social Crisis.'"

Operations of the Fund were laid down in 10mo 1976 because of lack of resources.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

The 1970 Working Party was appointed in the spring of 1970 to examine racism within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The Working Party issued a Preamble in June which in turn was the impetus for the establishment of the Economic Development Fund for Disadvantaged Minority Groups in March of 1971. The objective of the fund was to make "substantial resources available to projects which may be expected to result primarily in the development of growth, self-sufficiency, and economic independence of persons who are within a currently disadvantaged minority group." Operations of the Fund were laid down in 10mo 1976 because of lack of resources.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Economic Development Fund records deposited in August, 1981;

1970 Working Party records deposited by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1985, and by Bainbridge Davis, 1987.
Title
PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING OF THE RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR DISADVANTAGED MINORITY GROUPS.
Subtitle
A Finding Aid for its Records Deposited in Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Date
2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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