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QM/Ph/MM. Constituent Monthly, Preparative, and Quarterly meetings

 Record Group Term
Identifier: QM/Ph/MM
_____ 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:

Plainfield Preparative Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-P545
Scope and Contents Records of Plainfield Preparative Meeting, 1793-1918, include: men's minutes, 1879-1904; women's minutes, 1834-1861; school fund treasurer's accounts, 1793-1892; school fund trustees minutes, 1824-1918.

Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-R338
Scope and Contents Records of the Orthodox meeting and its predecessor, the pre-Separation meeting, 1700-1827. Includes: vital records, 1806-1910; men's meeting minutes, 1802-1910; women's meeting minutes, 1823-1903; Ministers and Elders meeting minutes, 1857-1875 ; financial records, 1814-1890.

An inventory of the Hicksite and post-Reunification Meeting records may be found with the finding aids for New York Yearly Meeting at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

Rahway Preparative Meeting of Friends Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-R315
Scope and Contents Records of Rahway Preparative Meeting (Orthodox), include: minutes, 1852-1910; women's minutes, 1838-1908; financial records, 1828-1897; school committee minutes, 1875-1888.

Rahway Preparative Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-R339
Overview Records of Rahway Preparative Meeting (Hicksite), 1808-88. Includes men's and women's minutes 1838-88, and vital records 1808-9.