Records of York Friends Book Society

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1852-1911 (3 vols.) [J 2.1-2.3]; including lists of books acquired and lists of members

Administrative / Biographical History

The York Friends Book Society was already in existence by 1852. It began as a book club which acquired religious works recommended by individual Friends and then sold copies to its members. It developed a social side to its activities by holding lectures on literary topics. It was still active in 1911.


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

Access Information

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 in Clifford Street, York


In English

Other Finding Aids

Contents listed in Handlist 75, "Inventory of the records of Yorkshire General Meeting and York and Thirsk Monthly Meetings of the Society of Friends formerly preserved at the Friends' Meeting House, Clifford Street, York" (1986)

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 York Preparative Meeting and York Friends Biblical Library Association

Additional Information

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