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Yearly Meeting Extracts from their Minutes

Identifier: HC.MC-970

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Yearly Meeting extracts, or proceedings, primarily from the mid 18th through the mid 19th centuries, in manuscript (handwritten) or printed form. Prior to the 19th century, clerks created an abstracted report of the events at Yearly Meeting in the form of extracts from the minutes. They then copied and re-copied the extracts to be distributed to Quarterly Meetings and other constituents.

A collection of contemporary copies of extracts of the minutes of various meetings within the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, devoted to the promotion of church unity and discipline, and presenting a picture of the growth and progress of Quakerism. These papers contain the names of the prominent Quaker leaders of the time, and incidentally reflect the political and social issues of the American colonies, such as slavery, Native Americans, temperance, education, religious doctrines, and other subjects. Of interest are the minutes of 1778, which shed light on Quaker attitude against complying with the law of declaration of allegiance and abjuration and the paying of taxes for war purposes.

This collection also includes extracts from Baltimore, London, Dublin, and Central America Yearly Meetings


  • Creation: 1732-1842, 1971

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law apply (U.S. Title 17).

Historical Note

The Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which organizes Monthly Quaker Meetings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, was founded in the early 18th century and is now one of the largest Yearly Meetings in the United States. The Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is a member of the Friends General Conference.


0.63 linear ft. (2 document boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains copies of extracts of minutes of meetings within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1732-1799. Topics include church unity and discipline, the growth of Quakerism, slavery, Native Americans, temperance, education, and religious doctrines.


The extracts are arranged by Yearly Meeting and then chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired over time, exact acquisitions unknown, unless notes in scope and contents note

Processing Information

Original processing unknown, reprocessed by Mary Crauderueff, February 2023

Genre / Form

Yearly Meeting Extracts from their Minutes
Original processing unknown, reprocessed by Mary Crauderueff
February, 2023
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