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Byberry Library Company Records

Identifier: SFHL-RG4-013

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of the Byberry Library Company, 1794-1930. It includes the minutes of the director's meetings; constitution and by-laws, financial and property records, and miscellaneous papers.


  • Creation: 1794-1930


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

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Biographical / Historical

Byberry Library was established on December 29, 1794, and incorporated in 1799. It opened with 63 volumes in the house of a member. In 1798, the library was moved to the Byberry Friends School House. When the School House was rebuilt in 1823, the books were temporarily removed, but replaced in the school the following year. Although the stockholders were not exclusively Friends, the Library was generally under Quaker management.

According to a pamphlet prepared for the 150th anniversary of Byberry Meeting House, the Library was still in operation in 1958.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)




Byberry Library Company was founded in 1794 and incorporated in 1799. Located in the Byberry section of Philadelphia, Pa., the Library was generally under Quaker management. The collection includes the minutes of the director's meetings; constitution and by-laws, financial and property records, and miscellaneous papers.


The collection is organized into 5 series. The series are:

  1. Minutes of the Committee of Directors
  2. Constitution, By-Laws, Catalogues
  3. Circulation Records
  4. Financial Records
  5. Property Records

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Byberry Monthly Meeting

Processing Information

Removed from Byberry Monthly Meeting Records in 1991, catalogued separately and stored in Record Group 4.

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