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Mission Board of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Phy-836
Records of the Mission Board of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at Haverford include the minutes, financial accounts and other records from the time of the groups inception in 1923 until 1956, as well as those of its branches at Germantown, Haverford and Moorestown Monthly Meetings and other miscellaneous documents, including the extensive diary collection of missionary Edith F. Sharpless, which begins in 1908 but provides a thorough chronicle of her experience with the Mission Board in Japan.


  • 1923-1956

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research. Access may be provided via digital or microfilm copy, per repository policy.

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.


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Biographical / Historical

The Mission Board was appointed by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1923 to succeed its Foreign Missionary Association, coordinating cooperative domestic issues while maintaining missionary work done primarily in Japan with the help of the nascent Japan Yearly Meeting. By 1956, the responsibilities of the Board were effectively assumed by PYM's newer Japan Committee.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

A Finding Aid for its Records Deposited in the Haverford College Library Quaker Collection
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Society of Friends: 1676- : Delaware County, Pa.).
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Revision Statements

  • 2017: 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. This electronic finding aid was updated by Sophie McGlynn, 2017.

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