Manuscripts Collection

Society of Friends (Quakers)


Society of Friends. Highland (Minn.) Meeting. Records, [ca. 1886]-1955.
Photocopied minutes of business meetings (1889-1951) and of the committee on ministry and oversight (1899-1902, 1925), and membership register book (ca. 1886-1955), of the Highland (Fillmore County) Friends Meeting with data on church finances, maintenance, committee appointments, answers to "the queries" regarding the religious and moral condition of the meeting, and other business matters.

Society of Friends. Minneapolis Monthly Meeting. Records, [1860]-1987 (bulk 1950-1980).
Correspondence, minutes (1860-1978), bulletins (1953-1986), newsletters (1958-1973), subject files, and related printed matter documenting a local Quaker society organized in 1863. The administrative records of the Society also include substantial documentation of the Meeting's involvement in such allied or affiliated organizations as the American Friends Service Committee, the Iowa Yearly Friends Meeting, the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, the Minnesota Council on Religion and Race, and the United Church Committee on Indian Work. The collection also contains extensive documentation on such social and religious topics as the military draft, conscientious objection, the Vietnam War, alcoholism and temperance, racial discrimination and relations with minority groups, and community and human development.


Richard Junius and Abby S. Mendenhall, 1828-1906. Papers, 1853-1861.
A diary (1856-1861) kept by Mendenhall, a Minneapolis (Minn.) banker, and his wife Abby, containing information on social life in Minnesota, land speculation and surveying, freed blacks in Minnesota, Quakers in Minnesota (1858-1860), the state fair at Fort Snelling (1860), early Minneapolis, Forest City, and St. Cloud. Included also are three documents (1853) giving the Mendenhall family servants their freedom.

Mulford Quickert Sibley. Papers, 1924-1998.
Biographical materials (1924-1994), correspondence (1934-1989), literary works and manuscripts (1932-1986), and teaching materials (1934-1986) related to Mulford Quickert Sibley, an avowed Quaker and socialist who taught political science and American studies at the University of Minnesota. The bulk of the papers focus on Sibley's academic career, his defense of intellectual freedom, and his extensive writings on political philosophy, particularly on the subjects of classical and modern political theory, conscientious objection, pacifism, utopianism, and parapsychology.