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Darby Monthly Meeting Records

 Collection — othertype: SW/Ph/D300
Identifier: QM-Ph-D300

Scope and Contents

Records include: minutes since 1684; vital records since 1670; women's minutes; ministers and elders' minutes; financial and property records, etc. Records include a digitized minute book (held by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania) and a digital press release related to Darby Meeting's history with the Underground Rail Road.


  • Creation: 1670 - 2023


Conditions Governing Access

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

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

Darby Monthly Meeting was established in 1684 by Chester [Concord] Quarterly Meeting out of Chester Monthly Meeting. In 1827, after the Hicksite Separation in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the meeting split into Hicksite and Orthodox branches.

Darby Monthly Meeting (Orthodox) removed to Lansdowne in 1831. It was discontinued in 1849 and its members were transferred to Chester Monthly Meeting (Orthodox).

Darby Monthly Meeting (Hicksite), which reunited with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Orthodox) in 1955, was the forerunner of the current Darby Monthly Meeting of Friends.


30 linear ft.

12 GB (digitized surrogate of minute book held at HSP)

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Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Processing Information

A series of acidic scrapbooks with miscellaneous meeting records, 1682-1919, were disassembled and the contents stored by genre type in acid-free folders. These scrapbooks were filmed, probably in the 1940s, and can be viewed on Reel MR-Ph 150 in Friends Historical Library. Loose records, deposited by the meeting, have been added to these folders and the same are described in the inventory below.

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