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Goshen Monthly Meeting Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: QM-Ph-G600

Scope and Contents

Records of Goshen Monthly Meeting, 1705-2015, include: acknowledgements, 1762-1774; births and deaths, 1705-1896; disownments and removals, 1721-1930; marriage certificates, 1722-1938; membership registers and lists, 1828-1991; Hicksite men’s minutes, 1722-1962; Orthodox men’s minutes, 1828-1956; Hicksite women’s minutes, 1827-1889; Orthodox women’s minutes, 1722-1911; United minutes, 1985-1999; Hicksite ministers and elders minutes, 1827-1938; Orthodox ministers and elders minutes, 1892-1924; financial records, 1900-1939; Goshen First Day School minutes, 1878-1880; Hicksite library circulation records, 1866-1876; Malvern First Day School minutes, 1908-1918; School Committee records, 1828-1879; Willistown First Day School minutes, 1882-1923; Newsletters, 1986-2015.

Burial ground record books have been retained by the meeting but digitized versions are available online to TriCollege accounts or on-campus users.

Also includes digital meeting minutes, reports, and contracts from 2016-2021. Digital files are accessible to TriCollege accounts or on-campus users.


  • Creation: 1705-2021


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

Goshen Monthly Meeting was established in 12mo 1721/2 by Chester [Concord] Quarterly Meeting out of Chester Monthly Meeting (Pa.). Its first business sessions opened in 1722. In 1827, at the time of the Hicksite separation in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the meeting split into Hicksite and Orthodox branches. In 1939, the three preparative meetings constituting Goshen Monthly Meeting (Hicksite), Goshen, Newtown and Willistown were established as monthly meetings. The original Hicksite meeting held its last business sessions in 1940. In 1956, the second Goshen Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) merged with Goshen Monthly Meeting at Malvern, the former Orthodox meeting, to form the present-day Goshen Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.


25 linear ft.

.1 GB

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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. Please contact for more information on depositing new records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition



Minutes after 1999 are published in the Newsletters.

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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