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Philadelphia Yearly Meeting News photographs

Identifier: SFHL-PA-220

Scope and Contents

This collection includes black and white photographs and color photographs of various sizes, as well as negatives and color slides. There are a few cartoons and other graphics as well.

The photographs in the series "Philadelphia Yearly Meeting News" are original versions of the photos printed in issues of that publication. They are primarily photographs of individual Meeting members, of groups of Meeting attendees, of projects or events undertaken by a Meeting, or of Meeting Houses. Occassionally, a proof or draft of the issue was retained with the collection, where the Friends Historical Library is missing the final copy/issue.

There is also a series "Annual Sessions," which consists of photographs taken at the annual gathering of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, including many photographs which were not published in the newsletter.

The "Miscellaneous" series includes graphics which could not be matched to a specific issues of the newsletter or a specific yearly meeting. Of special interest is a file of cartoons and correspondence by Ronald William Taylor (R.T.), a cartoonist for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting News, which includes a cartoon about South African Friends divesting from Philadelphia after the MOVE bombings.


  • Creation: 1987 - 2001


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce items in this collection beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the copyright holder or their heirs/assigns. See

Biographical / Historical

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends began publishing a newsletter in 1963 and continued, usually releasing eight issues a year, until 2009. It was titled Philadelpha Yearly Meeting News, sometimes known as PYM news, Yearly Meeting news, or just News.


0.8 linear ft. (2 boxes)

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Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends began publishing a newsletter in 1963 and continued until 2009. This collection consists of photographs collected for use in the publication, from the late 1980s into the early 2000s.


The photographs are organized into three series: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting News, which includes photographs from specific issues of that publication; Annual Sessions, which includes photographs from various Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Residential Yearly Meeting sessions; and Miscellaneous. Within each series, the files are arranged by date and then alphabetically by title.

Related Materials

Final issues of the newsletters are stored with serials, SG1: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting News.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by FHL student worker Zivia Lichtenberg in 2023. Drafts and proofs of the newsletter were discarded during processing, except in cases where FHL is missing the final published issue.

Zivia Lichtenberg with Celia Caust-Ellenbogen
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