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Chester Quarterly Meeting (1955- ) Records

 Collection — othertype: SW/Ph/C460
Identifier: QM-Ph-C460

Scope and Contents

Records of Chester Quarterly Meeting since 1955. Included are: Minutes 1955-1973 and 1979-1982; Representative Committee minutes, 1965-1973 and 1979-1982; papers of the Committee to Study Quarterly Meeting, also known as the Ad Hoc Committee on Quarterly Meetings, 1964-1965. A separate series is devoted to the records of the Peace Center of Delaware County (1987-2022).

Records of the first Chester Quarterly Meeting are described with the records of Concord Quarterly Meeting.


  • Creation: 1955 - 2023


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

Chester Quarterly Meeting was established by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1683; its first business sessions opened in 12mo 1683/84. In 1800, the name of this meeting was changed to Concord.

After the Separation, there were two Concord Quarterly Meetings. The Hicksite and Orthodox branches merged in 1955, and several monthly meetings were transferred from Concord to the newly-formed Chester Quarterly Meeting (1955- ) or to Haverford Quarterly Meeting. Chester Quarterly Meeting currently includes the monthly meetings of Chester, Media, Darby, Providence, Lansdowne, Springfield, and Swarthmore. The Peace Center of Delaware County (under care of Chester Quarterly Meeting) was established in 1987 at Springfield Friends Meeting as an expression of Quaker witness. The Peace Center was a community space dedicated to peace and justice, providing a physical location to encourage networking and operational planning for peace actions. In recognition of the changing needs of peace activists, the Center requested that it be laid down by the Quarter in 2023.


1.5 Linear Feet



Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition


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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