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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 18 Collections and/or Records:

Merion Preparative Meeting Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-M470
Scope and Contents Records of the Hicksite preparative meeting and of its predecessor, the pre-Separation preparative meeting. Included are: minutes,1702-1705, 1832-1834, 1854-1859, 1862-1951; burials, 1682-1919 and 1918-1929; deaths 1702-1808; membership, 1848-1887 and 1929-1930; women's minutes, 1819-1836 and 1848-1884; financial and property records; and miscellaneous papers.

Norristown Monthly Meeting Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-N600
Scope and Contents Minutes of the Business Meeting, 1936-1991 and 2004-06. Vol. 1936-1947 also contains minutes of Norristown Preparative Meeting, 1936; vol. 1972-1978 includes minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Corporation and other legal papers, 1962-1986. Records also include an index of marriage records, financial and property records, and a newsletter, Friendly Notes.

Norristown Preparative Meeting Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-N620
Scope and Contents Records include: Hicksite minutes, 1861-1913 and 1919-1935; Hicksite women's minutes, 1861-1897; property records; First Day School records.

Plymouth Monthly Meeting Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-P570
Scope and Contents Records include: Hicksite and United minutes, 1936-[ongoing], and the meeting's newsletter.

Plymouth Preparative Meeting Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-P580
Scope and Contents Records of the Plymouth Monthly Meeting, 1773-1936, include: minutes of the Hicksite men's meeting and later, of joint sessions with women, 1773-1934; Orthodox women’s minutes, 1844-1897; Hicksite women's minutes,1810-1897; Orthodox women’s minutes, 1827-1906; Hicksite account books, 1773-1903; Hicksite subscription book, 1773-1902; Orthodox property records, 1831-1832.

Radnor Monthly Meetings Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-R300
Scope and Contents Records of both the pre-Reunification Radnor Monthly Meetings and the records of the sucessor of Radnor United Monthly Meeting. Records of the first Radnor Monthly Meetings, pre-Separation, Orthodox and Hicksite, 1685-1951 include: vital records, 1680-1826; Hicksite vital records, 1763-1950; Hicksite men’s minutes, 1827-1951; Orthodox men's minutes, 1682-1865; women's minutes, 1685-1811; Hicksite women’s minutes, 1872-1887; Orthodox women’s minutes, 1835-1865; ministers and elders'...

Unami Monthly Meeting Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Ph-U500
Scope and Contents Records of Unami Monthly Meeting, 1972-ongoing. Includes: minutes, 1972-2005, a marriage certificate (transparency), 1987, records of Ministry & Worship and Overseers, 1976-2005 (gaps), and other miscellaneous records.