QM/Ph/MM. Constituent Monthly, Preparative, and Quarterly meetings
Record Group Term
_____ MONTHLY MEETING _____ The basic unit of Quaker administration, which holds regular monthly business meetings. Only members can participate. It has responsibility for care of members, authorizes removals and marriages, maintains discipline, considers the queries, manages meeting property, fosters social concerns, and reports regularly to the quarterly meeting. _____ PREPARATIVE MEETING _____ A regularly-organized business meeting of a single congregation which prepared business to be presented to the monthly meeting. The scope of business as recorded in its minutes was normally limited to responses to queries and matters of property and school oversight. _____ QUARTERLY MEETING _____ Meetings for business held four times per year, attended by representatives of all monthly meetings in a region. It is an intermediary between the monthly and yearly meeting, serves as an appellate body for disciplinary matters, and considers problems too large for a local meeting to solve. A quarterly meeting holds the authority to establish or discontinue a monthly, preparative, or particular meeting for worship. It collects financial assessments from each monthly meeting in accordance with the quota established by the yearly meeting.
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Records, pre-Separation and Hicksite, include: minutes, 1698-1899 & 1941-1952; women's meeting minutes, 1765-1848; births & deaths, 1678-1839 and 1751-1851; marriage records, 1698-1784 and 1785-1851; removals issued, 1800-1847; acknowledgements, 1768-1776; disownments, 1767-1777; property records, 1941-1952; History, ca. 1942.
Scope and Contents Records include: men's meeting minutes, 1801-1811.
Scope and Contents Records of Chester River Monthly Meeting include: minutes, 1976-2002, miscellaneous papers, and marriage records, 1980.
Scope and Contents Records of the Southern Quarterly and Southern Half-Yearly Meetings and of the Quarterly Meeting on the Eastern Shore, 1756-1994, include: Orthodox vital records, 1832-1871; Hicksite/United minute books, 1759-2010; Hicksite women's meeting minutes, 1756-1816; Hicksite financial papers, 1793-1860; extracts from Hicksite minutes, 1784; miscellaneous Hicksite correspondence, 1970.