The Friends Yearly Meeting in Philadelphia began mission work in Japan in the 1880s, and materials in our collections cover through the 1970s. Philadelphia Quakers supported the creation of a Tokyo Friends Center (largely for visitation), Girls' School, several Monthly Meetings, and eventually the Japan Yearly Meeting. Activities in Japan were first overseen by the Women's Foreign Missionary Association, and many of the early missionaries and teachers were also women. Listings in the individual manuscripts section on the right include papers of those who worked at the Girls' School and Friends Center. The Japan Committee records include correspondence, meeting mintues, reports, statistics, financial records, work applications, and photographs.