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Yearly Meeting of Friends, held in Virginia Records

Identifier: QM-By-V
Records of Virginia Yearly Meeting, 1674-1887. Includes men's minutes 1702-1844, women's minutes 1763-1838, Worship & Ministry and its Predecessors 1758-1853, vital records 1674-1885, committee records 1811-1840, and miscellaneous 1740-1887.


  • 1674-1887


Language of Materials

Records in English

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Collection is open for research. Access may be provided via digital or microfilm copy, per repository policy.

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4.25 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

Virginia Yearly Meeting was established in 1672 and at various times included thirteen Monthly Meetings. In 1777, Friends in Virginia made the decision to disown members holding slaves. By 1784 Friends persuaded the Virginia legislature to pass a law permitting manumission and within six years nearly all Quaker slave-holders had freed their slaves. Life in slave states became difficult and many Quakers from Virginia and surrounding states migrated west.

There was no Hicksite Separation in this area. Virginia Yearly Meeting was laid down in 1843. At this time the Meeting was assumed as a Half-Years Meeting under Baltimore Yearly Meeting (Orthodox).

In 1912, because the group wished to meet four times per year rather than two, they established themselves as the Virginia Quarterly Meeting. But in 1976, they opted again to meet only twice per year and the name changed once again to Virginia Half-Year's Meeting.


Divided into series: 1.Men's Minutes; 2.Women's Minutes; 3.Worship & Ministry and its Predecessors; 4.Vital Records; 5.Commtittee Records; 6.Miscellaneous.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, Baltimore Yearly Meeting.
A Finding Aid for its Records Deposited in Haverford College Quaker Collection
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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