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Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting lantern slide collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SFHL-PA-219

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of glass lantern slides, donated to the Friends Historical Library by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (CPMM). It seems to have been compiled by Philadelphia Young Friends' Association, possibly as entertainment for the members of the PYFA at various gatherings. Most slides depict Quaker meetinghouses, portraits of Quakers, slides of Quaker conferences, or topics relating to Quakerism in the United Kingdom. The lantern slides are primarily photographs of subjects, as well as illustrations, silhouettes, and photographs of statues or busts.

The “Meetinghouses” series includes exterior and interior photographs of meetinghouses, mainly Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Most of the photographs were taken from 1890-1900 by Gilbert Cope.

The “Portraits” series includes portraits of Friends from the same period and notable Quaker figures from before the 20th century.

The “Quakerism in the UK” series includes images of and relating to Quaker sites in England, including Swarthmoor Hall.

The “Conference” series is comprised of photographs taken at Friends conferences in Swarthmore, PA (1896), Richmond IN, (1898), and Chautauqua. NY (1900).

The “Various” series includes other miscellaneous or unidentified slides, including residences, maps, and floor plans.

Of special interest are a portrait of Wilson Chinn, a formerly enslaved person who was branded with his enslaver’s initials and whose portraits were circulated during the abolitionist movement; slides of maps indicating George Fox’s travels through England and Europe; and portraits of To-hee (Brier), an Iowa chief.


  • Creation: circa 1900-1920

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is available for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See

Biographical / Historical

This collection seems to have been compiled by Philadelphia Young Friends' Association (PYFA). PYFA was a Hicksite organization established in 1888 for educational and social purposes. It established and operated The Whittier, a hotel and social center in Philadelphia, which stood where Friends Center now stands. The name of PYFA was changed in 1957 to The Whittier Association. In 1971, The Whittier was sold to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, and in 1974 its assets were merged with Trustees of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.


8.75 Linear Feet (10 boxes)




This is a collection of glass lantern slides, originally owned by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (CPMM), and likely compiled by the Philadelphia Young Friends' Association. Most slides depict Quaker meetinghouses, portraits of Quakers, slides of Quaker conferences, or topics relating to Quakerism in the United Kingdom.


In the finding aid, all slides are arranged alphabetically by title within four series: “Meetinghouses”, “Portraits”, “Quakerism in the UK”, “Conferences”, and “Various”. The "Conferences" series is further divided into subseries for each of three conferences. The "Meetinghouses" series is organized alphabetically by meeting name. The “Portraits” series is arranged alphabetically by the last name of the subject; where there is more than one subject, the first listed subject’s surname is used.

In the physical boxes, the slides are sorted by their original identifiers: MH-1 through MH-496 and P-1 through P-124. These identifiers are listed alongside the titles slides in the finding aid.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 2022 (acc. FHL-2022-065)

Related Materials

Young Friends' Association (Philadelphia, Pa.). Records, 1888-1952, RG 4/058, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

Separated Materials

This collection was donated with a circa 1890s kerosene lantern slide projector. It was retained by FHL, but separated from the lantern slide collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2023. Slides were moved from their original wooden boxes, inventoried, and placed in archival sleeves and boxes. The original physical order was retained.

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