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Eastland Preparative Meeting Records

 Collection — othertype: SW/B/E371
Identifier: QM-B-E371

Scope and Contents

Records of Eastland Preparative Meeting, 1796-1954. Includes men's and joint minutes 1803-1926, women's minutes 1807-1890, vital records 1803-1954, financial and property records 1885-1954, and miscellaneous 1796-1843.

Current records of Eastland Preparative Meeting (along with those of Penn Hill Preparative Meeting) are arranged and described with Little Britain Monthly Meeting, which is modeled on the traditional British system of two worshipping congregations constituting a traveling monthly meeting for business.


  • Creation: 1796-1954


Conditions Governing Access

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

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Biographical / Historical

Nottingham Monthly Meeting indulged a meeting for worship at Eastland in 1796 as part of Little Britain Preparative Meeting. Eastland Meeting petitioned the Western Quarterly Meeting for its own preparative meeting in 1802, and the request was granted in 1803. In 1804, members of Eastland Preparative Meeting joined with those at Little Britain to form Little Britain Monthly Meeting. Most of the Friends at Eastland were Hicksites after 1828, but some Orthodox members from Little Britain Monthly were joined as an Orthodox preparative meeting. Today the meeting at Eastland is also known as Little Britain-Eastland.


1 linear ft.

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Divided into series: 1.Men's and Joint Minutes; 2.Women's Minutes; 3.Vital Records; 4.Financial and Property Records; 5.Miscellaneous.

Physical Location

This collection is stored at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, Baltimore Yearly Meeting.


Vol. 2.3 contains West Nottingham Preparative Meetings Minutes, 1761-1770. Vol. 3.1 includes membership records, marriages, and lists of officers. Vol. 4.1 includes misc. papers. Vol. 5.1 includes minutes from Nottingham Monthly Meeting concerning the creation of Eastland Preparative Meeting.

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