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North American Quaker Tapestry Records

Identifier: SFHL-RG4-090

Scope and Contents

Records of the North American Quaker Tapestry project, 1988-2013. Includes exhibit panels, blueprints and sketches of the panels, posters, calendars, and commemorative materials, correspondence, photographs, general publicity, the completed Quaker Women Pioneers panel and unfinished FGC and Peaceable Kingdom tapestries.


  • 1988-2013


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

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

The original Quaker tapestry project began in England in 1981. Anne Wynn-Wilson, its founder, envisioned a series of embroidered panels to celebrate and commemorate significant events in Quaker history. The idea for a North American Quaker Tapestry grew out of a study retreat led by Wynn-Wilson held at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, in May 1988. The Project planned six panels, to be designed and embroidered by American Friends. An exhibit of the designed works, together with selected English examples, toured the United States in 1993 and 1994. Four additional panels were planned, but only about half of the panels were executed. Ruth Hall Brooks of Salem Quarterly Meeting, NJ, (1925-2014) was the organizer and clerk for the North American TapestryProject.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes and 2 oversized folders)




The collection contains the records of the North American Quaker Tapestry project which created a series of embroidered panels commemorating Quaker accomplishments in North America.


The collection is divided into four series:

  1. North American Tapestry project
  2. Tapestry panels
  3. Quaker Tapestry Tour
  4. Miscellaneous

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Ruth Hall Brooks, Accession numbers: 1998.007, 2006.003, 2007.012, 2010.022, 2011.003

Donor: Roni Sionakides, Accession number: 2016.005


  1. Exhibition guide to the Quaker tapestry; editor, Margaret H. Simpson; text compiled by Betty Harris, Harold Nichols and Margaret H. Simpson; cartoons drawn by Anne Wynn-Wilson the design team. BX7631.2.Q25 S5 1991
  2. Pictorial guide to the Quaker tapestry. Kendal [England]: Quaker Tapestry at Kendal, c1998. + BX7631.2.Q25 P42 1998
  3. Quaker Tapestry [videorecording]: Anne Wynn-Wilson at Pendle / Ruth Hall Brooks. Videorecording 184
  4. The Quaker tapestry: a celebration of insights / John Greenwood; prologue by Anne Wynn-Wilson. London: Impact Books, 1990. BX7631.2.Q25 G73 1990
  5. The Quaker tapestry: and the North American Quaker tapestry; the first North American tour. Swarthmore, Pa.: Friends Historical Library of College, 1993. BX7631.2.Q25 N6 1993
  6. Quaker Tapestry at Guilford [1 videocassette (VHS): col.; 0.5 in. Videorecording 188

Processing Information

The first donations were processed in 2002. The collection was re-processed in 2016 together with additions from Ruth Hall Brooks, Clerk of the North American Tapestry Project, and Roni Sionakides, the Midwestern Clerk.


An Inventory of the North American Quaker Tapestry Records, 1988-2013
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