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Birmingham Monthly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-B520
Records of Birmingham Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and its predecessors, the pre-Separation meeting (1815-1827) and the Hicksite meeting include: Minutes, 1815-2018 (gaps); Woman's minutes, 1827-1895, and account book, 1857-1898; Ministry & Counsel minutes, 1924-1940; Overseers' minutes, 1941-1952; Vital records, 1770-1955; and other miscellaneous materials.Also includes Orthodox records: Vital Records, 1816-1963; Marriage certificates, 1818-1962; Removals, 1827-1963; Overseers minutes and miscellaneous correspondence, 1959-2010; Membership records, 1956-1963; and other miscellaneous papers, 1915-ca.1940; Minutes, 1827-1957; Women’s Minutes, 1815-1916; Ministers and Elders’ Minutes 1896-1962.


  • 1770-2018


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

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

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to the Repositories All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the individual Meeting or its successor. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Repositories as the holder(s) of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.


2.5 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

Birmingham Monthly Meeting was established in 1815. At the time of the Hicksite separation in Phila. Yearly Meeting in 1827 it split into Hicksite and Orthodox branches. It was known informally in later years as the Chestnut Street (West Chester) Friends Meeting, and merged with West Chester Monthly Meeting in 1964. The Hicksite branch was discontinued in 1955; in 1956, its constituent preparative meetings, Birmingham and West Chester, were set up as monthly meetings. Birmingham Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is currently active.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

A Finding Aid for its Meeting Records Deposited in Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and Haverford College Library Quaker Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2017: This finding aid was updated by Madison Arnold-Scerbo in 2017.

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