Skip to main content

Bristol Preparative Meeting Records

 Collection — othertype: SW/Ph/B770
Identifier: QM-Ph-B770

Scope and Contents

Records of Bristol Preparative Meeting (Hicksite), include: minutes, 1777-1933; women's minutes, 1861-1877; burial records, 1832-1863; account book, 1821-1926; queries, ca. 1777; deeds and property papers, 1711-1803; papers concerning Desborough property dispute, 1913-1915; miscellaneous papers, 1783-1818 & 1869; Bristol Friends' School account book, 1875-1912.


  • Creation: 1711-1933


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

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

Copyright and Rights Information

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

A meeting for worship at Bristol was organized around 1704 and established under Falls Monthly Meeting in 1707. Bristol Preparative Meeting was established on a formal basis in 1755, although the meeting may have been functioning as a preparative meeting before that time. In 1788, the preparative meeting and meeting for worship were transferred to Middletown Monthly Meeting (Bucks County). After the Hicksite Separation of 1827, Orthodox members were transferred to Middletown Preparative Meeting. The Hicksite preparative meeting was transferred to Bristol Monthly Meeting in 1874. In 1930, the preparative meeting began to be held on an annual basis. It was probably discontinued soon after that date.


3 Linear Feet



Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Bristol Preparative Meeting Records
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

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 reproductions from Quaker Meeting Records at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Library