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Birmingham Monthly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-B520

Scope and Contents

Records of Birmingham Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and its predecessors, ongoing. Records of the the pre-Separation, Hicksite, and post reunification meeting include: Minutes, 1815-2021; Women's minutes, 1827-1895; Ministry and Counsel records, 1924-2019; 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. Digital records are included for 2021 as a combined minute file with committee reports.


  • Creation: 1770 - 2024


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

Birmingham Monthly Meeting was established in 1815. At the time of the Hicksite separation of Philadelphia 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.


7 linear ft.

0.1 GB

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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


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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 or requesting repoductions from Quaker Meeting Records at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Library