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Friends Historical Library collection of memorials

 Collection — othertype: MSS-056
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-056


Memorials are brief biographical essays which testify to the spiritual values of a Quaker's life. Early meetings only wrote memorials for ministers, but today some meetings continue the practice to memorialize all deceased members. In the 19th century, in particular, some Yearly Meetings periodically published compilations of memorials. This collection consists of miscellaneous memorials, from various meetings and regarding various Friends, collected by the Friends Historical Library over time.


  • Creation: 1760 - 1920

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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


.1 linear ft.

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Memorials are filed in chronological order.

Processing Information

Originally a series in MSS 056 Miscellaneous Meeting Papers, the memorials were removed into their own collection when Miscellaneous Meeting Papers was reprocessed in 2018.

Friends Historical Library collection of memorials
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