In Her Own Right

Northern Association of the City and County of Philadelphia for the Relief and Employment of Poor Women Records

Date range 1841 – 1929
Creator Northern Association of the City and County of Philadelphia for the Relief and Employment of Poor Women
Abstract This Hicksite Quaker women's charity was organized in 1844 and incorporated in 1856. Its mission was to provide employment in sewing for poor women. The collection contains legal documents, financial records, membership list (1849-1872), reports, correspondence, and related papers.
Description The most interesting documents in this collection are the single extant annual report (1849) and the Seybert Institution report (1918). The former documents the association's commitment to helping the "worthy" poor and its role as a precursor to modern social welfare organizations. The latter gives brief life histories of the women receiving aid through the association, albeit through the eyes of those conducting the report. Other documents are largely about donations, rules and procedures, and income and expenditures.
Research interest This organization is an interesting footnote in the history of women's benevolent and social welfare activism and in the life of cofounder Lucretia Mott, but the collection does not provide enough material for an in-depth investigation. It is interesting to note that they offered aid to both white and African-American women.
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