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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:

Catawissa Monthly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-C360
Scope and Contents Records, all pre-Separation, include: minutes of the men's meeting, 1796-1808; women's meeting minutes, 1796-1808; marriage certificates, 1796-1802; index of removals issued, 1797-1808.

Record of births and deaths at Catawissa contained in the book of births and deaths for Roaring Creek Monthly Meeting, 1790-1901.

Millville Monthly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-M570
Scope and Contents Records include: Hicksite men's minutes, 1830-1906; Hicksite women's minutes, 1830-1876; pre-Separation and Hicksite vital records, including births and deaths, 1788-1923; removals issued, 1897-1907; membership statistics, 1897-1935; School Committee minutes, 1886-1912.

Millville Preparative Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-M580
Scope and Contents Minutes of the men's meeting and later, of joint sessions with women, 1838-1894; minutes of the women's meeting, 1863-1893.

Roaring Creek Monthly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-R562
Scope and Contents Records of the Hicksite Monthly Meeting and its predecessor, the pre-Separation Meeting, 1790-1917. Included are: minutes, 1814-1917; births and burials, 1790-1901; marriages, 1826-1905; removals issued, 1816-1882; rough women's minutes, 1820-1883; rough men's minutes, 1814-1848; burial records, 1855 & n.d.