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Bucks Quarterly Meeting Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: QM-Ph-B860

Scope and Contents

Records include: minutes of the men's meeting, 1684-1827; minutes of the Hicksite meeting, 1827–1955 (with joint men and women's sessions beginning in 1893); minutes of the Orthodox meeting, 1827-1898; minutes of the United meeting since 1955; Hicksite women's meeting minutes, 1685-1893; Orthodox women’s meeting minutes, 1827-1898; records of births and deaths, 1680-1711; marriage records, 1683-1696; removals, 1682-1743; acknowledgements, 1683-1716; record of manumissions, 1776-1793; Orthodox membership list, 1827-1829; minutes of the Hicksite Ministers and Elders meeting, 1702-1955; minutes of the Orthodox Ministers and Elders meeting, 1827-1898; Worship and Ministry minutes and committee reports of the United meeting, 1958-1988, with gaps; minutes of some committes, 1777-1778, as well as other records.

Beginning in 2017, records have been deposited digitally and are accessible to Tri-College accounts or on campus users.


  • Creation: 1680 - 2022


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

Bucks Quarterly Meeting was established by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1683. The first business sessions were held in 1684. After the Separation of 1827, there were two Bucks Quarterly Meetings. In 1898, Bucks Quarterly Meeting (Orthodox) was laid down and its members attached to Burlington Quarterly Meeting, renamed Burlington and Bucks Quarterly Meeting. Bucks Quarterly Meeting (Hicksite) merged with Burlington and Bucks Quarterly Meeting (Orthodox) in 1955. The constituent New Jersey meetings of the latter were transferred to the reunited Burlington Quarterly Meeting. The reunited Bucks Quarterly Meeting resumed the use of its pre-Separation name. It is currently active.


6.5 Linear Feet

0.1 Gigabytes



Physical Location

This collection includes records stored at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Please contact for more information on depositing new records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Separated Materials

Orthodox records of Burlington and Bucks Quarterly Meeting may be found in the relevant finding aid.

Bucks Quarterly Meeting Records
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Bucks Quarterly Meeting of Friends.
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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 reproductions from Quaker Meeting Records at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Library