Records of Bradford Friends Young Men's Mutual Improvement Society

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1867-1873 (2 vols.) [N 111]; including constitution and rules, attendance register and secretary's report for 1873; Magazine, nos. 1-2, 1871 [N 112]

Administrative / Biographical History

This Society was established in December 1867 with the aim of promoting the "mental, moral and social improvement of its members, by means of essays, debating and general miscellaneous readings". It met every two weeks and its first secretary was G.H. Braithwaite. Meetings were opened and closed by reading 'a portion of scripture'. By mid 1873, the Society was in decline. Activity revived the following year in the form of the Bradford Friends Essay and Discussion Society, which operated on very similar lines.

Arrangement

The records are numbered and arranged according to the system used when they were in Carlton Hill Meeting House

Conditions Governing Access

The conditions of deposit include a clause requiring written prior permission from a Friend Custodian for access to consult current legal documents and any material less than fifty years old

Acquisition Information

The collection of archives of the Society of Friends formerly held at the Friends Meeting House at Carlton Hill, Leeds

Note

In English

Other Finding Aids

Contents listed in Handlist 99, "Inventory of the records of Brighouse, Knaresborough, Leeds, and Settle Monthly Meetings of the Society of Friends formerly preserved at the Friends Meeting House, Carlton Hill, Leeds", 2nd edition, 1997

Conditions Governing Use

As with access, the photocopying of current legal documents and any material less than fifty years old requires the permission of a Friend Custodian

Related Material

Related material in Leeds University Library: Records of Bradford Preparative Meeting; Bradford Friends Essay and Discussion Society; Bradford Friends Literary Association

Additional Information

The records are deposited and remain the property of the Society of Friends