Records of York Friends Biblical Library Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Treasurer's account books, 1854-1946 (2 vols.) [J 2.8-2.9]; Catalogue of York Friends Biblical Library, 4th edition (Sessions, 1904) [J 2.6]; Papers, comprising report of founding conference, printed annual reports and accounts, and ms. accounts, 1852-1923 (1 bundle) [J 2.7]

Administrative / Biographical History

Following a conference held in York, a decision was taken in 1854 to create a Biblical library for the use of local Friends and a committee, comprising Joseph Rowntree, John Ford and John Kitching, was appointed to acquire a set of recommended books from which the library developed. The York Friends Biblical Library Association was formed by those interested in supporting this venture. In 1985, a number of important 17th and 18th century works from the library were donated to Leeds University Library to be added to the Birkbeck Library.

Arrangement

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

Note

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, York Friends Book Society and Birkbeck Library

Additional Information

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