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Southern Quarterly and Half-Yearly Meetings Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: QM-Ph-S650

Scope and Contents

Records of the Southern Quarterly and Southern Half-Yearly Meetings and of the Quarterly Meeting on the Eastern Shore, 1756-1994, include: Orthodox vital records, 1832-1871; Hicksite/United minute books, 1759-2010; Hicksite women's meeting minutes, 1756-1816; Hicksite financial papers, 1793-1860; extracts from Hicksite minutes, 1784; miscellaneous Hicksite correspondence, 1970.


  • Creation: 1756-2010


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

By 1679, two quarterly meetings had been established for Friends in Maryland, one for each of the eastern and western shores. The Quarterly Meeting for the Eastern Shore was under Baltimore Yearly Meeting until its meetings were joined to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Southern Quarterly Meeting was established in 1789 by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It included the meetings in Delaware and those on the Eastern Shore of Maryland which had previously been part of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. The first business sessions of this quarter were held in 1790.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Orthodox) discontinued Southern Quarterly Meeting in 1828. Southern Quarterly Meeting (Hicksite) became Southern Half-Yearly Meeting in 1905. In 1987 this meeting began to meet again on a quarterly basis. It is currently active.


6.25 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. 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