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Quakers in Latin America: Friends Historical Collection Resources

Resources relating to Quakers in Latin America, including useful introductory sources and primary sources in the Friends Historical Collection.

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Books with Quaker call numbers can be accessed whenever the Quaker Archives is open (Research Room 116), normally Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 am to noon and 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

Quaker Ref books, manuscripts and special files may require an appointment. E-mail Quaker Archives staff at archives@guilford.edu, or Inquire in person or by phone during normal hours, (336) 316-2264.


Find early Quaker texts in Spanish at Raíces Cuáqueras.

Abbreviated Historical Timeline

1871 – American missionaries Samuel and Gulielma Purdie arrive in Mexico. They soon start a school for girls in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.

1900 – Zenas Martin arrives in Cuba.

ca 1917 – American pastors and teachers have to leave Mexico.

1927 – Cuba becomes an independent Yearly Meeting.

1939 –American Friends Service Committee starts international work camps in Vera Cruz and Nayarit, Mexico.

1951 – Quaker families from Iowa and Alabama emigrate to Costa Rica.

1956 – Friends in Mexico City form Casa de los Amigos.

General Sources

Hinshaw, Seth B. and Mary Edith Hinshaw, editors, Carolina Quakers, Tercentenary (Greensboro, N.C., North Carolina Yearly Meeting, 1972).
Quaker BX7607.N8 N8 1972

The section "Missionaries from North Carolina" (pp. 70-71) includes portraits of missionaries to Mexico and Cuba.