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Camden Monthly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-C340
Records of Camden Monthly Meeting and of its predecessors, Duck Creek and Motherkiln Monthly Meetings, 1686-2014, include: vital records, 1686-2000; pre-Separation, Hicksite and United men’s and joint session minutes, 1705-1961 and 1994-2006; women's minutes, 1711-1874; financial records, 1829-1961; miscellaneous papers, 1740-2014. The Camden Friends Meeting Newsletter, in Series 6, contains copies of the unapproved minutes of the Meeting.


  • 1686-2014

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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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Biographical / Historical

A monthly meeting at Duck Creek was established by Chester (Concord) Quarterly Meeting in 1705 out of Newark (Kennett) Monthly Meeting. Motherkiln Monthly Meeting was established in 1788 by Western Quarterly Meeting from a division of Duck Creek. Both monthly meetings became part of Southern Quarterly Meeting when it was established in 1789.

The Orthodox branch of Motherkiln was discontinued at the time of the Separation. In 1828, a new monthly meeting was established for the Orthodox members in the area of Southern Quarterly Meeting. Three years later, this new meeting was held solely at Third Haven. Orthodox members at Motherkiln were attached to Wilmington Monthly Meeting (Orthodox).

Camden Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) was formed in 1830 by the merger of Duck Creek Monthly Meeting and Motherkiln Monthly Meeting. This Hicksite monthly meeting, which reunited with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Orthodox) in 1955, was the forerunner of the current Camden Monthly Meeting.

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

  • 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.
  • 2017: This electronic finding aid was updated by Sierra Zareck, 2017

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