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Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) Records: Committee on Economic Problems (1937-1948)

 Collection — othertype: SW/Phy/730
Identifier: QM-Phy-730

Scope and Contents

Includes minutes, 1937-1947, financial records, 1940-1949, correspondence, 1939-1942, records of programs and visitation, 1939-1948, and miscellaneous records, 1936-1947 & n.d.


  • 1936-1948


Language of Materials

The records are entirely in English

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.

Biographical / Historical

The Committee on Philanthropic Labor of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) formed a Economic Order sub committee in the early '30's. In 1937, the Yearly Meeting authorized Representative Committee to establish a separate Social Order committee to cooperate with the corresponding committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Orthodox). A Committee on Economic Problems was appointed in 1938 with Clair Wilcox, Economics professor at Swarthmore College, as Chair.

In the ten years of its existence, Economic Problems had a number of sub committees, including Industrial Relations, Community, Economic and Social Research, and a joint sub committee on the visitation of Meetings.

David S. and Mary Richie's program of Weekend Workcamps began in 1940 and was sponsored jointly by the Arch Street group and the American Friends Service Committee. Richie himself was named Executive Secretary of the Committee on Economic Problems in 1944. Three years later, the Committee on Economic Problems and the Social Order Committee (Arch Street) combined their efforts, and in 1948 were finally merged as a joint committee.


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The Committee on Economic Problems was appointed in 1937 to cooperate with the Social Order Committee of the Arch Street Yearly Meeting. Clair Wilcox, a Quaker professor of Economics at Swarthmore College was the first Chair. The Committee was interested in a variety of related issues, including industrial relations, unemployment, and economic and social research.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, v.d.

Gift of Martha Richie, 2007

Related Materials

Records of the Philanthropic Committee and of the Social Order Committee, predecessor and successor committees respectively, are described in the relevant finding aids, located at David S. Richie's personal papers are in the collections of the Quaker Collection at Haverford College..

Separated Materials

Wilcox, Clair. The Obligations of the Individual in His Economic Relationships : An Outline of Questions for Discussion Groups. Philadelphia Yearly meeting of Friends, 1939.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends (Hicksite : 1827-1955). Committee on Economic Problems. Reconstructing Our World. Philadelphia, 1941.

Richie, David S. Building Tomorrow : Some Quaker Explorations. Philadelphia : Friends Central Bureau, or Friends Book Store, 1943.

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