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Illinois Yearly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-IL
Records of predominately Hicksite Quaker meetings in Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, and Iowa, 1820-1961.


  • 1820-1972


Language of Materials

These records are entirely in English

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Where available, access is through microfilm.

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Biographical / Historical

Illinois Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) opened in 1875. It was composed of Blue River Quarterly Meeting, set off from Indiana Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) in 1874, and Prairie Grove Quarterly Meeting, set off from Baltimore Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) the same year. It joined in founding Friends General Conference.

There was no Illinois Yearly Meeting (Orthodox). Orthodox meetings in Illinois and Iowa were part of Iowa Yearly Meeting.

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, Illinois Yearly Meeting, 1940-42.

Gift of Reginald Willis, 1978.

Related Materials

A number of 20th century meetings in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Indiana -- many on college campuses -- were sponsored by the American Friends Fellowsip Council between the time the latter was set off from the Fellowhip Committee of the AFSC in 1933 and when it merged into the FWCC American Section in 1954. Information on Chicago, Decator, Lake Forest, Oak Park, Urbana, Iowa City, Ames, Council Bluffs, Lincoln, Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Perdue University may be found in these records (RG4/004) and in the correspondence of the FWCC (RG1/001) which have been deposited at Friends Historical Library.
Records of Illinois Yearly Meeting
An Inventory of Its Records at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Inventory prepared by: FHL Staff
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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.
  • 2019: SG1 newsletters added to Urbana-Champaign by P. O'Donnell.

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Most of the materials in this catalog are not digitized and can only be accessed in person. Please see our website for more information about visiting Quaker Meeting Records at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Library