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Germantown Preparative Meeting Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: QM-Ph-G310

Scope and Contents

Records include: Minutes of the pre-Separation and Orthodox men's meeting and later of joint sessions with women, 1756-1939; Hicksite men's minutes, 1877-1914; pre-Separation and Orthodox women's meeting minutes, 1784-1917; Hicksite women's minutes, 1877-1880; Orthodox account books 1739-1812, 1832-1938; Hicksite account books,1877-1914; Orthodox receipt books, 1859-1895; Orthodox membership, 1799-1843; Hicksite membership, 1807-1812, 1888-1911; Orthodox women's records, 1862-1902; building committee financial records, 1705, 1867-1871; property records (blueprints, 1901); Germantown Friends School minutes, accounts, and attendance, 1845-1905; library committee minutes and account books, 1862-1945; trustees meeting minutes and accounts, 1859-1956.


  • Creation: 1705-1956


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

A meeting for worship at Germantown was organized ca. 1682. It was attached to Abington Monthly Meeting by 1687. Germantown Preparative Meeting was established by 1728. In 1816, it was transferred to Frankford Monthly Meeting. The Orthodox preparative meeting was transferred to Germantown Monthly Meeting in 1906. It began to meet on an annual basis in 1907. Currently the preparative meeting functions as a body of trustees for the monthly meeting. Germantown Preparative Meeting (Hicksite) was merged into Frankford Preparative Meeting in 1827 and then transferred to Green Street Monthly Meeting. In 1877, a new preparative meeting was established by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting after the dissolution of Frankford Preparative Meeting. In 1914, at the removal of Green Street Monthly Meeting to Germantown, this preparative meeting was discontinued.


11.75 linear ft.

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Physical Location

This collection includes records stored at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Germantown Preparative Meeting Records
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