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Chester Preparative Meeting Records

 Collection — othertype: SW/Ph/C436
Identifier: QM-Ph-C436

Scope and Contents

Records of the pre-Separation preparative meeting include: rough minutes, 1783-1784 & 1786-1788; subscription book for the support of the poor, 1769-1799; account books, 1785-1788 & 1807-1814. Records of the Hicksite meeting include: Minutes, 1827-1928; women's minutes, 1828-1876; membership lists, 1840-1902; rough minutes, 1887-1909; treasurer's book, 1892-1934; graveyard treasurer's book, 1878-1919. Records of the Orthodox meeting include: Minutes of the men's meeting and later, of joint sessions with women, 1861-1948; women's minutes, 1834-1916; deeds and other property records, 1886-1937; miscellaneous papers, 1916-1948.


  • 1769-1948


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 preparative meeting at Chester was established in 12mo, 1698/9. At the time of the Hicksite Separation of 1827, this meeting split into Hicksite and Orthodox branches.

In 1934, Chester Preparative Meeting (Hicksite) became the new Chester Monthly Meeting at the dissolution of the original Chester Monthly Meeting (Hicksite).

In 1948, Chester Preparative Meeting (Orthodox) became Twenty-Fourth Street Monthly Meeting and immediately merged with Chester Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) to form Chester United Monthly Meeting of Friends.


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Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition


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