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SFHL/FHL/MSS. Assembled Collections

 Record Group Term
Identifier: SFHL/FHL/MSS
Included in this record group are manuscript collections that were assembled by the Friends Historical Library or assembled by other collectors (not the creator of the material). Major genre collections include: Account Books (MSS 001), Albums (MSS 002), Journals (MSS 003), and Miscellaneous Manuscripts (MSS 004). In this section you will also find topical collections assembled over time to document prominent Quakers like Lucretia Mott.

Found in 35 Collections and/or Records:

Friends Historical Library account book collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-001
Overview

Account books are ledgers in which commercial and personal financial accounts are recorded. This collection consists of individual account books that were given to the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College as single accessions.

Dates: 1729 - 1946

Friends Historical Library album collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-002
Overview

This collection consists of scrapbooks, commonplace books, class notebooks, autograph albums, piecebooks, and other albums that were received by the Friends Historical Library as individual volumes and not as part of a larger collection.,

Dates: 1656 - 1957

Collection of John Bright correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-011
Overview

Collected correspondence of John Bright, a British Quaker. He was a Radical and Liberal statesman, a promoter of free trade policies, and one of the greatest orators of his generation. The collection contains about 200 letters.

Dates: 1839 - 1888

Collection of Bringhurst Family Correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-046
Overview Contains the collected correspondence of the Bringhurst family, largely compiled by C. Marshall Taylor. It includes correspondence, 1780-1806, of Philadelphia Quaker businessman James Bringhurst and his letters received from John Murray of New York City. Bringhurst corresponded with family and prominent friends including John Dickinson, Job Scott, Nathan Hunt, James Pemberton, Jesse Kersey, Lindley Murray and Moses Brown. Of particular interest are descriptions of life in Philadelphia and...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1780 - 1811; 1780 - 1941

Burton Alva Konkle Manuscripts

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-033
Overview

The collection contains unpublished writings by Burton Alva Konkle, author and historian. The bulk of the material concerns James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the six original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States. Also included is a manuscript on David Lloyd, William Penn's personal lawyer, Attorney General of Pennsylvania, and Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Dates: Undated. Circa 1940

Charles F. Jenkins Autograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-031
Overview

Collection consists of over 450 original letters, documents, and photographs collected by Charles Francis Jenkins (1865-1951) of personalities distinguished in American history, politics, international and cultural affairs, and in the Society of Friends in Britain and the US.

Dates: 1656-1940

Friends Historical Library collection of disownments

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-055
Overview A disownment is the involuntary termination of membership in a meeting, when a member of a meeting acts contrary to established discipline. Reasons for disownment have changed over time, often reflecting contemporary societal mores. Today, very few people are disowned. This collection consists of miscellaneous minutes of disownment, from various meetings and regarding various Friends, collected by the Friends Historical Library over time. It contains a mix of original documents and...
Dates: 1770 - 1890

Friends Historical Library manuscript epistles collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-006
Overview

The term "epistle" is used to refer to letters exchanged between Quaker organizations, especially from one yearly meeting to another. Epistles are often used to articulate Quaker doctrine and discipline. This collection of various manuscript (handwritten) epistles was compiled from the Friends Historical Library from different sources.

Dates: 1688 - 1973

Friends Historical Library Miscellaneous Extracts Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-058
Scope and Contents This collection contains a miscellaneous assortment of minutes extracted, or copied out, of various Quaker meeting records for several reasons. It includes a mix of manuscript copies created at the time, as well as photocopies or modern transcriptions.Many of the extracts contain advice or rules of behavior for Friends, and were likely copied out by or for a clerk compiling a Quaker Meeting's Book of Discipline.Some of the extracts concern an individual Quaker, and...
Dates: 1671 - 1952

Gathered Leaves: Miscellaneous Papers from New York Yearly Meeting

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-062
Overview

The bulk of the collection is epistles, sorted roughly by topic. William Wood, the Clerk of New York Yearly Meeting who arranged the collection, was particularly interested in the issues of slavery, freedmen, peace testimony, and religious education. Also included are correspondence, Quaker documents, and miscellaneous papers. Correspondents include Moses Brown, William Rickman, John Pemberton.

Dates: 1694-1871