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Tract Association of Friends collection

Identifier: HC.MC-1280

Scope and Contents

This collection includes both the official business of the organization, including minutes, correspondence, financial records, and annual proceedings, as well as published materials of which two have been preserved, as able, including tracts, almanacs, calendars, and books. The Association had a collection of tract association materials from non-Philadelphia tract associations, which is included at the end of the collection.


  • 1816-2012

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

The Tract Association of Friends in Philadelphia was founded in 1816 for the purposes of “printing and distribution of moral and religious books and pamphlets, principally such as explain and enforce the doctrines of the Christian religion.” By the 1850s, the association had distributed over four million tracts. The Association still exists today. Their website is:


15.75 Linear Feet (24 boxes and 27 volumes)




This is the collection for the Tract Association of Friends of Philadelphia.


This collection has four series:

  • Minutes and Correspondence (split into two subseries: minutes and correspondence)
  • Financial Records
  • Annual Proceedings
  • Publications (split into five subseries: tracts, almanacs, calendars, books and other publications, and non-Philadelphia materials)

Related Materials

HC.MC.1015 Tallcot Family papers, 1724-1857

Processing Information

Processed by Mary A. Crauderueff; completed March, 2018.

Tract Association of Friends collection
Mary A. Crauderueff
March, 2018
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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