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Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts Records

Identifier: SFHL-RG4-109

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records of the Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts from its founding in 1993 through 1998. Included are administrative minutes, letters, and memos, newsletters and correspondence received from various artists and others. In addition, it includes information about individual artists and their work (including some pictures, postcards, and newspaper clippings). There are also extensive lists of members in the FQA directory, along with drafts of the directory and response slips from members requesting spots in the directory.

The collection is organized in four series: Administrative papers, Newsletters and correspondence, Information on artists and shows, and Directory and membership.


  • Creation: 1993-1998


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

In 1993, an Ad Hoc Committee for Quaker Arts presented a proposal to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting concerning Ministries of Celebration: A Fellowship of Quaker Artists. The clerk of the Committee was Minnie Jane Ham, an artist from Trenton Monthly Meeting. Her idea was to create a group of artists and supporters of the arts in Quaker communities to promote spiritual growth and understanding. The Fellowship of Quaker Artists was modeled after London Yearly Meeting's Quaker Fellowship of the Arts and worked to counter the long-standing idea in Quaker communities that the arts were detrimental to the practice of Quakerism. In 1997, the group changed its name to the Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts to include those who were supportive and interested but not themselves artists. The Fellowship organized exhibitions of Quaker art, supported independent exhibitions by Quakers, published a newsletter, and maintained a directory of Quakers artists across the country.


0.75 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts was founded in 1993 "to nurture and showcase the literary, visual, musical and performing arts within the Society of Friends, for the purpose of Quaker expression, ministry, witness and outreach," according to the group's mission statement. The collection contains the records of the Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts from its founding in 1993 until 1998, including administrative documents, newsletters, and member information.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Date: 2002

Separated Materials

Types and Shadows, Newsletters, scattered issues, 1996-1997, removed to FHL Serials

James Turrell: Light and Space, James Turrell et. Al, 1980 Whitney Museum of American Art, printed by Village Craftsmen, Rosemont, NJ

James Turrell, ARC Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1983 [in French]

Roden Crater (Plateau Magazine of the Museum of Northern Arizona), Dorothy A. House, 1988

James Turrell: Un Peu Plus Prés Du Ciel, Pierre Restany, Galerie Froment & Putman, 1989 [in French]

James Turrell: Change of State, Esther Friedman, Oliver Wick, & Iréne Preiswerk Turske, translated by Hilary Heltay, F. GG Frankfurt, 1991 [in German and English]

Long Green, James Turrell, Jost Krippendorf, Oliver Wick, Turske & Turske, Zurich 1990

James Turrell: Alien Exam, St. Elmo's Breath, Behind my Eyes, The Wait, Musée d'Art Contemporain Lyon, 1992 [in French]

James Turrell, Air Mass, James Turrell and Mark Holborn, The South Bank Centre, 1993

James Turrell, ed. By Jiri Svetska with Alison Sarah Jacques and Julia Brown, translated by Angela Ballesteros Cyan, Dr. Cantz'sche Drückerei, Ostfildern-Ruit bei Stuttgart [in English and Spanish]

Processing Information

Received with other Philadelphia Yearly Meeting papers. Records received in a single carton. Order maintained, described and rehoused. Scattered issues of newsletter Types and Shadows (#s 1, 3, 4, 5, 6. and 8) transferred to FHL Serials holdings. Publications concerning James Turrell transferred to FHL book collection,

Finding aid for Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts Records, 1993-2012
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