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Moorestown and Chester Monthly Meetings Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: QM-Ph-M600

Scope and Contents

Records of Moorestown Monthly Meeting, 1829-1977, include: Orthodox membership, 1912-1958; other vital records, 1804-1988; minutes of the pre-Separation men's meeting, 1804-1827; minutes of the Hicksite men's meeting and later, of joint sessions with women, 1827-1951; minutes of the Orthodox joint meeting, 1940-1951; minutes of the United meeting, 1951-1974; minutes of the Hicksite women's meeting, 1827-1900; minutes of the Orthodox/United Meeting of Worship and Ministry, 1944-1977 and of its predecessors, the Meeting of the Ministry and Counsel, 1918-1951, and the Meeting of Ministers and Elders, 1847-1918; miscellaneous papers, 1794-1957, undated; financial records, 1944-1963; property records; etc. Also included are records of the Young Friends Association, 1895-1917; records of the Moorestown Bible School Association (Orthodox), 1912-1915; minutes of the Mission Study Class (Orthodox), 1925-1927; minutes of the Moorestown Friends School Committee, 1939-1958; minutes of the Mission Board, 1942-1952.


  • Creation: 1794-2005


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

Chester Monthly Meeting (New Jersey) was established in 1803 by Haddonfield Quarterly Meeting out of Evesham Monthly Meeting. In 1827, after the Hicksite Separation in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the meeting split into Hicksite and Orthodox branches.

The Orthodox meeting changed its name to "Moorestown Monthly Meeting" in 1943. In 1951, Chester Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) merged with Moorestown Monthly Meeting (Orthodox) to form a united Moorestown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends under Haddonfield Quarterly Meeting (Hicksite) and Haddonfield and Salem Quarterly Meeting (Orthodox). Moorestown is currently an active monthly meeting.


15 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. Please contact for more information on depositing new records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


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