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New York Yearly Meeting Records: Outreach and Witness Committees

Identifier: QM-NYy-600_799

Scope and Contents

Records include minutes, reports, and general files of the New York Yearly Meeting committees particularly involved in carrying out the Quaker testimonies which involved outreach. Each committee is described and ennumerated separately, with reference to its predecessors and sucessors.


  • Creation: 1795-2011


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access is through microfilm, if available.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Repository. 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

The Witness Section of New York Yearly Meeting "comprises those committees and representatives to Quaker bodies which try to make visible the traditional testimonies and newer concerns of Friends in ways that extend beyond the Society of Friends. Its work attemptes to express beliefs into action. The Witness Coordinating Committee (WCC) functions as an enabling body of this section." (NYYM Handbook, 1998)

The WCC was established in 1977, but was not the first coordinating committee for Quaker outreach activity. A Peace and Social Action Program Steering Committee was established in 1966, uniting the Peace and Service Committee with the Steering Committee for a Peace Action Program. The Hicksite Yearly Meeting appointed a Philanthropic Labor Committee in 1888 to coordinate Friends efforts in Indian Affairs, Temperance, Prison Reform, Education of Colored People, Arbitration, Corrupt Literature, and Tobacco. Quakers at Twentieth Street (Orthodox) established a Bible School and Missionary Board in 1873 to consolidate work among the Freedmen and the encouragement of First Day Schools.


12 linear ft.

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Physical Location

This collection is stored at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

Immediate Source of Acquisition



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Revision Statements

  • 2020: Updated outdated, harmful terminology related to enslavement, except where it appears in a title, quotation, or subject heading.

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