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Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting (and its predecessors) Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: QM-B-B358

Scope and Contents

Records of Baltimore Quarterly Meeting, pre-Separation, Hicksite, and Orthodox, 1675-1969. Pre-Separation and Hicksite records include: men's and joint minutes, 1675-1949; women's minutes, 1775-1893; Ministers and Elders minutes, 1759-1951; and miscellaneous records, 1812-1963. Orthodox records include: men's and joint minutes, 1710-1775, 1807-1823, 1856-1941, 1956-1969; women's minutes, 1703-1766, 1774, 1855-1900; Mininstry and Oversight and its predecessors, 1852-1941; Baltimore Junior Fellowship Union, 1901-1906; Miscellaneous Reports and Minutes, 1790-1842; Miscellaneous Loose Papers, 1872-1956.


  • Creation: 1675-1969


Language of Materials

Records in English

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Information on reproduction policies available in the Library.

Biographical / Historical

Originally known as Quarterly Meeting for the Western Shore, the Baltimore Quarterly Meeting was held at West River until 1785 when it moved to Baltimore. In 1796 it became Baltimore Quarterly Meeting. At this time, the meeting was composed of Gunpowder, Clifts, Deer Creek, and Baltimore Monthly Meetings. During the Separation of 1828, two Baltimore Quarterly Meetings emerged; of the original monthly meetings belonging to Baltimore Quarter, only Baltimore and Gunpowder had enough Orthodox members to function as monthly meetings. In 1951, Potomac Quarterly Meeting was established; it was affiliated with both yearly meetings, and included Hopewell United, Goose Creek United, and Friends Meeting of Washington. Twenty years later, the two Baltimore Quarters were reorganized on the recommendation of the Yearly Meeting Committee on Quarterly Meetings; the name was changed to Chesapeake.


8 linear ft.


Divided into series: 1. Men's and Joint Minutes; 2.Women's Minutes; 3. Ministry and Oversight and its predecessors; 4. Miscellaneous.

Physical Location

This collection includes records stored at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Please contact for more information on depositing new records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, Baltimore Yearly Meeting.


6.5 is the clerk's notebook for joint meetings of Baltimore Quarterly Meeting, Homewood, and Nottingham Quarterly Meeting, Stony Run.

Baltimore Quarterly Meeting Records
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Find It at the Library

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