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Little Britain Monthly Meeting Records

 Collection — othertype: SW/B/L581
Identifier: QM-B-L581

Scope and Contents

Records of Little Britain Monthly Meeting, 1775-2020. Includes men's and joint minutes 1804-2020 (including some from Penn Hill Preparative), women's minutes 1804-1874, vital records 1775-2013, Ministers and Elders minutes 1853-1950, and miscellaneous 1803-2019.

Includes 20th and 21st century records from Little Britain's two constituent preparative meetings (as it is arranged on the traditional English model) of Eastland and Penn Hill.


  • Creation: 1775 - 2020


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access may be provided via digital or microfilm copy, per repository policy. Digital files are accessible to TriCollege accounts or on-campus users.

Biographical / Historical

With the consent of Concord Quarterly Meeting, Eastland and Little Britain Preparative Meetings joined together to form Little Britain Monthly Meeting in 1804. The first meeting was held in 10mo 1804. Little Britain came under Baltimore Yearly Meeting in 1819 upon the creation of Nottingham Quarterly Meeting.

During the Separation of 1828, the meeting affiliated with the Hicksite branch of Friends, as a majority of members identified themselves as Hicksite. Those with Orthodox sympathies withdrew from the meeting and joined with Orthodox Friends from Eastland Preparative Meeting to form the Little Britain Preparative Meeting of Nottingham and this body afiliated with Primitive Friends after 1854. In the 20th century, Little Britain Monthly Meeting arranged itself on the traditional English system of having two preparative meetings, Penn Hill and Eastland, and alternating business meetings between the two meetinghouses, a model that continues into the 21st century.


3 linear ft.

0.1 GB

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

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit. Digital records from the 2010s deposited by Wayne Finegar, General Secretary of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, in 2020.

Existence and Location of Copies

Also available in microfilm, for use in the Library only: MR-B, 159-164.


Vol. 1.5 includes list of trustees, list of overseers appointed, and census reports. Vol. 1.7 includes lists of committee members. Vol. 2.1 includes certificate of removal of Thomas B. Brown. Vol. 2.2 was damaged by is fragile and illegible in parts; for reading, see Women's minutes 1804 - 1857. Vol. 5.1 includes constitution & by-laws, roll of members, and minutes. For burials, see card catalogue: graveyard records for Ballance, PA.

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Find It at the Library

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