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New York Preparative Meeting was established in 1753 by Flushing Monthly Meeting. After the Separation of 1828, the two surviving Orthodox preparative meetings, Northern and Southern Districts, merged in 1828 to form the Preparative Meeting of New York (Orthodox). In 1902 the name was changed to New York Congregational Meeting (also known as 20th Street Congregation); it merged with the Hicksites at 15th Street in 1958.

Records of the New York Congregational Meeting and its predecessor, New York Preparative Meeting (Orthodox), 1828-1957. Collection includes minutes, minutes of the Overseers and the Pastoral Committee, Reception/Visiting Committee, Mission Committee, First Day School (including the Bible-School Assn. of Friends & First Day School Assn.), financial Records and women's minutes of the Eastern District, 1808-1824, and Southern District, 1824-1828. Also includes miscellaneous records of the Friends Lyceum, Friends Freedmen's Association, and Christian Endeavor Society.

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Close up of printed text of the proceedings of an annual meeting at Junius Meeting House

Established to give relief to sick poor non-Friends, the New York Female Association first provided aid to sufferers of Yellow Fever. In 1800, following a proposal to open free schools for poor children who lacked other means of obtaining an education, the NYFA opened New York's first public school for female students.

This collection consists primarily of minutes and financial records. In its early years, the Committee met often, concerning itself with the affairs of its public schools. Common entries consist of lists of the numbers of attenders at a particular school and a judgement of the teacher. 

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Engraving of a woman sitting at a table with her children for the Female Association of New York

Contains a membership list providing names, addresses, and year joined. Also a statement of the number of Africans and their descendants who had been freed and the number attending the free school in New York City, 1791-1814. The list was kept by Isaac T. Hopper.

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Close up of handwritten record of the members of the New York Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves

This Hicksite Quaker women's charity was organized in 1844 and incorporated in 1856. Its mission was to provide employment in sewing for poor women. The Association rented rooms to which women came to sew. Some women who were unable to leave their homes did sewing at home. In 1849 the Association purchased a house to be used as a store and workroom. The Association was incorporated in 1856, and Lucretia Mott served as president until 1866.

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Handwritten text: "Northern Association of the City and County of Philadelphia for the Relief & Employment of poor Women"

The New York Association of Friends for the Relief of Those Held in Slavery and the Improvement of Free People of Color was an association organized in 1839 by individual Hicksite Quakers to support abolition of slavery and the education of blacks in New York City. The first meeting was held 6/1/1839, in the Rose Street Meeting House and other meetings were held in Friends' homes. Thirty-six members are listed in 1840, including Isaac T. Hopper, James Gibbons and Charles Marriott.

The Association corresponded with a similar group in Green Plain, Clark County, Ohio, and with the Association of Friends held in Philadelphia for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery. The Antislavery Standard published accounts of its work.

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Handwritten "record of the members belonging to the Association," including Abby Hopper Gibbons and Isaac T Hopper, among others

This collection of material constitutes primarily oversize items too large to be stored with the manuscript collections from which they came. Included are documents, graphics, newspaper advertisements, and cloth items (mostly banners). These items are often important for the peace propaganda they conveyed and/or for the biographical information they contain about peace leaders. It should be noted that the numbering starts over within each sub-category (or type of item), as noted above.

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Pink poster with black text with a white outline reading "Give Peace a Vote"


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