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Friends Historical Library collection of disownments

 Collection — othertype: MSS-055
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-055


A disownment is the involuntary termination of membership in a meeting, when a member of a meeting acts contrary to established discipline. Reasons for disownment have changed over time, often reflecting contemporary societal mores. Today, very few people are disowned. This collection consists of miscellaneous minutes of disownment, from various meetings and regarding various Friends, collected by the Friends Historical Library over time. It contains a mix of original documents and copies.


  • Creation: 1770 - 1890

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See


.1 linear ft.

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The collection is arranged in in chronological order.

Processing Information

Originally a series in MSS 055 Miscellaneous Meeting Papers, the certificates of removal were removed into their own collection when Miscellaneous Meeting Papers was reprocessed in 2018.

Friends Historical Library collection of disownments
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