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Crosswicks and Chesterfield Preparative Meetings Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: QM-Ph-C810

Scope and Contents

Records of Crosswicks Preparative meeting and its predecessor, Chesterfield Preparative Meeting, include: Hicksite men’s minutes, 1793-1799, 1884-1937; Orthodox men’s minutes, 1827-1956; pre-Separation women's minutes, 1796-1826; Orthodox women’s meeting, 1796-1903; Hicksite account books, 1819-1847, 1899-1950; Orthodox account books, 1863-1970; Orthodox women’s account books, 1857-1911; Crosswicks building committee account books and stockholder’s minutes, 1830-1854; property records, 1847-1886; school fund trustees records, 1793-1970; Hicksite men's minutes, 1793-1799, 1884-1937; Hicksite women's minutes, 1796-1826; Hicksite treasurer's account books, 1819-1847, 1899-1950; Hicksite minutes of the particular meeting at Chesterfield, 1783-1805.


  • Creation: 1783-1970


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

Chesterfield Preparative Meeting was first established in 1726, then discontinued in 1738. It was re-established in 1763, and again discontinued, then was established for a third time in 1775. In 1827, after the Hicksite Separation in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the preparative meeting split into Hicksite and Orthodox branches. In 1919, Chesterfield Preparative Meeting (Hicksite) changed its name to "Crosswicks Preparative Meeting". In 1958, Chesterfield Preparative Meeting, the former Orthodox meeting, merged with Crosswicks Preparative Meeting, the former Hicksite meeting, to form Crosswicks Preparative Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. This preparative Meeting became Crosswicks Monthly Meeting in 1974.


1.5 linear ft.

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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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


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