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Friends General Conference Photos

Identifier: SFHL-PA-084

Scope and Contents

This collection of loose photographs and negatives dates from 1898 (near the creation of the FGC) to 1997 and depicts meeting attendees and the various locations at which conferences were held. From Frances B. Wright to ambassadors, this collection captures the multitude and variety of people involved in the FGC in 9 binders and 1 oversized box of photos, which also contains documents and cassette tapes.


  • Creation: 1894 - 1997


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Biographical / Historical

The Friends General Conference was organized in 1900 as the representative body of seven yearly meetings of Hicksite Friends: Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, Indiana, Illinois, Genesee and Ohio. These yearly meetings had associated together previously in four other conferences, First Day School General Conference, founded in 1868; Friends Union of Philanthropic Labor, 1881; Friends Religious Conference, 1893; and Friends Education Conference, 1894. The Young Friends Association also joined the combined conference at Chautauqua, NY in 1900.

Since 1955 with the reunification of Philadelphia, New York, Canada (Genesee) and Baltimore yearly meetings, and the new membership of additional yearly meetings, Friends General Conference has increased its contituency. At present (1984) FGC includes eleven yearly meetings in North America: Philadelphia, Illinois, Lake Erie, Northern, Ohio Valley and South Central, as well as Baltimore, Canadian, New England, New York and Southeastern which are associated with Friends United Meeting also.

The FGC is organized into an operating committee, the Central Committee of One Hundred, and program committees. The Central Committee has the general responsibility for all concerns and activities. The Executive Committee, appointed by the Central Committee is responsible for the budget and coordination of the programs. The names of the program committees have changed over the years, but they generally reflect the original concerns of the Conference: First Day schools, philanthropy, religion and education.


4.6 cubic ft. (10 binders and 1 oversized box)

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Founded in 1900, when Hicksite yearly meetings joined together, the FGC is dedicated to holding annual meetings intended to nurture Quaker faith, practice, and inclusivity. In this collection, dated from 1894 to 1997, the yearly FGC meetings are photographed and presented in loose black and white and color photographs that show conference attendees and locations.


Each binder of the colllection is arranged chronologically.

Jissel Becerra Reyes
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