Friendship Fire Company Records, 1817-1884

Call Number:  MG-523

1 box     4 folders     .5 cubic ft.

Repository: (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 11

Description:  This collection contains the constitution and by-laws, minutes, partial transcription of the minutes, and an account book for the Friendship Fire Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Creator:  Friendship Fire Company (Lancaster, Pa.)

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Source unknown unless specified at the item level.

Administrative/Biographical History:  The Friendship Fire Company began in 1763. It was out of existence from 1768 until 1791 and then reorganized. The company ended its active service in 1882 when the paid City Fire Department came into existence. (Ellis & Evans, 384)

Custodial History:  These volumes were transferred from MG-266 Daybook and Ledger Collection, Series 4 on 10 March 2009.


Folder 1  Constitution and by-laws of the Friendship Fire Engine and Hose Company Minutes. 1817-1850.

Folder 2  Partial transcription of the volume in Folder 1, including constitution, by-laws, and meeting minutes. January 1817 to March 1819. (Transcribed by a Millersville University intern, Fall 2006.)

Folder 3  Minutes of the Friendship Hose Company. 1851-1884. Purchased with the assistance of the Lancaster County Fireman’s Association.

Book 4  Account Book of the Friendship Steam Fire Company. 1867-1884.


Charter and constitution for Friendship Fire Company, Lancaster. Signed by W. Carpenter, Prothonotary with seal of the Court of Common Pleas, 15 November 1858. Signed by A. Good, Recorder with seal of the Recorder’s Office, 16 November 1858. Miscellaneous Book A, page 117 &c. Housed in Oversized Box 14, Folder 5.