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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 7 Collections and/or Records:

Frankford Monthly Meeting Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-C390
Scope and Contents Records of the Orthodox branch of Frankford Monthly Meeting, 1788-1987, include: vital records, 1788-2005; men’s minutes, 1816-2005; women’s minutes, 1816-1915; ministers’ and elders’ minutes, 1816-1970; financial records, 1831-1934; overseers’ records, 1904-1990s; school committee records, 1840s-1999.

Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia for the Northern District Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-P465
Scope and Contents Records of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Northern District include: vital records 1754-1914; men’s and joint meeting minutes, 1772-1914; women's minutes, 1772-1914; financial records 1797-1966; property records 1684-1914; committee records 1821-1914; Miscellaneous, 1772-1914.

Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia for the Southern District Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-P466
Scope and Contents Records of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Southern District include: births, 1733-1872; deaths, 1773-1872; marriages, 1773-1872; membership, 1773-1855; removals, 1773-1872; men’s and joint meeting minutes, 1772-1872; women's minutes, 1772-1872; Miscellaneous, 1771-1872.

Preparative Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia for the Northern District Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-P481
Scope and Contents Records of the Preparative Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia for the Northern District (Orthodox) include: women's minutes, 1813-1825.

Preparative Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia for the Western District Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-P485
Scope and Contents Records of the Preparative Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia for the Western District (Orthodox) include: women's minutes, 1856-1867.

Preparative Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-P486
Scope and Contents Records of the Preparative Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Orthodox) include: men’s minutes, 1817-1907; women's minutes, 1806-1917; ministers & elders minutes, 1796-1974; miscellaneous papers, 1918-1935.