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Virginia Yearly Meeting Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: QM-By-V

Scope and Contents

Records of Virginia Yearly Meeting, 1674-1887. Includes men's minutes 1702-1844, women's minutes 1763-1838, Worship & Ministry and its Predecessors 1758-1853, vital records 1674-1885, committee records 1811-1840, and miscellaneous 1740-1887. Most records after Virginia Yearly Meeting was laid down and assumed as a Half-Years Meeting by Baltimore Yearly Meeting are described in QM-B-V574.


  • Creation: 1674-1887


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Virginia Yearly Meeting was established in 1672 and at various times included thirteen Monthly Meetings. In 1777, Friends in Virginia made the decision to disown members who enslaved people. By 1784 Friends persuaded the Virginia legislature to pass a law permitting manumission and within six years nearly all Quaker enslavers had freed the people they enslaved. Life in states where slavery was legal became difficult and many Quakers from Virginia and surrounding states migrated west.

There was no Hicksite Separation in this area. Virginia Yearly Meeting was laid down in 1843. At this time the Meeting was assumed as a Half-Years Meeting under Baltimore Yearly Meeting (Orthodox).

In 1912, because the group wished to meet four times per year rather than two, they established themselves as the Virginia Quarterly Meeting. But in 1976, they opted again to meet only twice per year and the name changed once again to Virginia Half-Year's Meeting.


4.25 linear ft.

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Divided into series: 1.Men's Minutes; 2.Women's Minutes; 3.Worship & Ministry and its Predecessors; 4.Vital Records; 5.Commtittee Records; 6.Miscellaneous.

Physical Location

This collection is mostly stored at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections, with the exception of "Minutes, 1737-1758" which is stored at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, Baltimore Yearly Meeting.

Virginia Yearly Meeting Records
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Revision Statements

  • 2020: Updated outdated, harmful terminology related to enslavement, except where it appears in a title, quotation, or subject heading.

Find It at the Library

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