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Concord and Chester Quarterly Meetings Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: QM-Ph-C690

Scope and Contents

Records include: minutes of the pre-Separation meeting, 1684-1827; minutes of the Hicksite meeting (1827-1955), the Orthodox meeting (1827-1955), the United meeting (since 1955), the pre-Separation women's meeting (1695-1827), the Hicksite women's meeting (1827-1895), and the Orthodox women's meeting (1827-1919); minutes of the pre-Separation meeting of Ministers and Elders, 1701-1827; the Hicksite meeting of Ministers and Elders, 1827-1918; the Orthodox meeting of Ministers and Elders, 1832-1955; the meeting of Ministry and Counsel, 1918-1954; the meeting of Worship and Ministry since 1954. Also includes financial records, First Day School Union papers, miscellaneous papers, digital event flyers and photos, and minutes and papers of other committees. Digital files are accessible to TriCollege accounts or on-campus users.


  • Creation: 1684 - 2019


Language of Materials

Records in English

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access may be provided via digital or microfilm copy, per repository policy. Digital files are accessible to TriCollege accounts or on-campus users.

Conditions Governing Use

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 Twelfth Month, 1683/1684. 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 and Haverford Quarterly Meetings. Concord Quarterly Meeting is currently active.


8.25 linear ft.

0.1 GB

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


Concord and Chester (1683-1800) Quarterly Meetings Records
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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 repoductions from Quaker Meeting Records at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Library