Records are lacking between and Atlantic City Friends Meeting traces its origins to soon after the establishment of Atlantic City as a resort town. The first Quaker meetings for worship were gatherings at the summer cottage of the Whitall family. Several other summer residences and a public school served as the meeting house for the fledgling meeting. In a permanent meeting house was built.
Haddonfield Quarterly Meeting had been unwilling to authorize a meeting house, so several prominent local Friends, including John M. Whitall, Eliza P. Gurney, Elisha Roberts, George M. Elkinton, Charles L. These Friends formed the Trustees for Friends Meeting House and Lots, a body charged with overseeing the finances and property holdings of the Atlantic City meeting. New trustees were selected by the existing members for a lifetime position. As the meeting's membership expanded, various additions and modifications were made to the meeting house.
In a heating system was added to the building because Atlantic City had grown from a summer resort to a permanent residence for an extensive community of Friends. Inthe Atlantic City Friends School was started for members' children, and a second floor was added to the meeting house.
In a larger Colonial Revival building deed by Walter Price was built on the lot, incorporating the old meeting house. Trustees associated with this expansion include J. Henry Bartlett, Walter J. Buzby, Charles Evans, and Henry W. The meeting reached the height of its success in the s and early s under the next generation of trustees, including F.
Fisher White, J. Howard Buzby, and Paul M. It became a monthly meeting inand a of Friends from nearby meetings, both Orthodox and Hicksite, ed the Atlantic City Monthly Meeting, increasing membership to over 60 regular members. A high school adjacent to the main school grounds, which peaked at roughly students, was also founded in this period. Despite this period of success, the Atlantic City Meeting and, in particular, the Friends School were stricken by a financial crisis beginning in the late s.
Interest in the meeting began to decline among the younger generation of Friends, leading to declining enrollment in the school and in donations to the Meeting. The downturn was linked to the declining fortunes of Atlantic City, as the city entered into a prolonged period of economic recession and urban decay, leading to an exodus of the prosperous Quaker community that had utilized the school.
Legal battles with the city government over the mortgage status of school property were also a ificant drain on the school's financial resources. Litigation over the deed trust, collapse of the real estate market, and huge mortgage brought the School to the edge of ruin inbut it was rescued by a loan from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Inthe Board of Managers of the school decided to move the school from Atlantic City to a new facility in Egg Harbor township. This plan was abandoned as too ambitious, and the School was forced to move to rented facilities first in Northfield and then in Brigantine.
The Atlantic City land sale in and lack of permanent location were the final blows to the School. A last minute effort to save it and move it to English Creek Road development in Egg Harbor Township failed when enrollment for the academic year was insufficient to operate. Student records were forwarded to Moorestown Friends School.
His daughter, Rosalind, married Robert G. The School was financially sound until the early s when its fortunes paralleled the decline of Atlantic City. Inthe School left Atlantic City for temporary quarters. It was laid down in due to poor enrollment. For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Two photographs of the meeting house and two photographs of the meeting house and school transferred to FHL General Meeting House collection. Unidentified residence retained with collection. Papers were received in two cartons, not in any order.
They were sorted into three series: minutes and reports, financial, and miscellaneous papers organized chronologically. Most of the materials in this catalog are not digitized and can only be accessed in person.
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Fisher White Date: Accession : Separated Materials Two photographs of the meeting house and two photographs of the meeting house and school transferred to FHL General Meeting House collection. Processing Information Papers were received in two cartons, not in any order. Record Groups. Organizational Records. Related Name. Creator White, F. Contributor, Organization.
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