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Rogerenes of New England photograph collection

 Collection — othertype: PA-090
Identifier: SFHL-PA-090

Scope and Contents

This collection of prints and copy negatives consists of sepia photos (some mounted and/or damaged) and their loose negatives depicting the Rogerene Meeting House and cemetery and other structures. There also photographs of individuals standing by their houses or of landscapes/signs, but the majority of the photographs are of the Rogerene's Meeting House in Connecticut.


  • Creation: 1940


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See

Biographical / Historical

Although often referred to as Rogerene Quakers, the Rogerenes had no connection to the Society of Friends founded by George Fox. Instead, they were originally a splinter sect of the Rhode Island Seventh Day Baptists and were founded by John Rogers Sr. in the late 1670s. As an oppositional group to the Congregational Church, the Rogerenes believed in not paying taxes to the church, and most scandously, disrupted church service to make their beliefs known and to argue with the minister. Fined and repeatedly imprisoned, the Rogerenes nevertheless persisted into the early 20th century. They were, however, active in the abolition movement and in the push for women's rights.


.1 cubic ft. (1 folder, stored with PA-091 and PA-093)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of images relating to the Rogerenes, a pacifist religious sect founded by John Rogers (1648-1721) in New England in the late 1670s. These materials were collected by Ellen Starr Brinton during her tenure as Curator of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection (1935-1951); she wrote several articles on the Rogerenes and compiled an extensive bibliography of sources.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Swarthmore College Peace Collection in 1998 as part of the Rogerenes of New England Collection, cataloged by FHL as MSS/053. Ellen Starr Brinton researched and wrote about the Rogerenes while serving as the curator of the Peace Collection.

Related Materials

Part of the Rogerenes of New England collection, MSS/053.

Processing Information

The photographs were described and housed by staff at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Stored in archival photo envelopes.

Rogerenes of New England photograph collection
Jissel Becerra Reyes
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