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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives:
A Guide to Resources in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

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Lists of Entries: District of Columbia - Maryland - Virginia

Friends Meeting of Washington Library

Address: 2111 Florida Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008-1912
Telephone Number: (202) 483-3310
Contact Persons: Larry Jackson, Clerk of the Library Committee/Librarian

Access Policies

Hours of Service: By appointment only
Open to the public: By appointment only
Photocopying:: No
Interlibrary loan: No

The meeting house is staffed Monday through Friday and access to the Library can be arranged. The Library is sometimes staffed on Sunday mornings. The Library is used for worship on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

Reference Policy:
Telephone and mail reference questions are not answered.
Borrowing Privileges:
Borrowing privileges are available to members and attenders only. The collection does not circulate to the public.
Background Note:
The library was founded in 1932.

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Description of Collections

Books and monographs:
The collection holds approximately 5,000 volumes with inclusive dates covering the 18th through the 20th centuries. Strengths of this collection are Quakers and the Religious Society of Friends.

A card catalog is available. Bibliographic control is good, but not complete. Of all types of materials, the books are most completely cataloged.

Periodicals and newspapers:
There are 87 current subscriptions on the Society of Friends from Great Britain, Germany, and the United States. The collection consists primarily of current newsletters and flyers from Friends organizations. Friends Journal is bound since 1966. This Meeting also has a collection of Swarthmore and other lecture series and some proceedings. Very little is exhaustive or comprehensive.
Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
Most archives and manuscripts for this meeting house are located at Swarthmore, PA.
Vertical Files:
There are approximately 18 linear feet of pamphlets dating from 1934. The strength of this collection is Society of Friends, peace studies, conscientious objection, disarmament, and other areas of interest to the Society of Friends. About two thirds of the collection is published by Pendlehill Publishers.

Subject Headings

Conscientious objection; Pacifism--Religious aspects--Society of Friends; Peace studies; Society of Friends


Stevens, Mary Channell. The History of the Library in Friends Meeting House, Washington, DC. Washington, DC: Friends Meeting House of Washington, DC, 1957.

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