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Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Western District (1814-1956) Records

 Collection — othertype: HV/Ph/P467
Identifier: QM-Ph-P467

Scope and Contents

Records of Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia for the Western District include: vital records, 1732-1963; men’s minutes, 1814-1955; women’s minutes, 1813-1918; ministers’ and elders’ minutes, 1814-1955; financial records, 1814-1955; property records, 1803-1931; Dorcas Society records: 1867-1973; Twelfth Street First Day school records, 1861-1914; Western District Colored School records, 1848-1919; Richardson-White Trust, 1882-1986; library committee, 1870-1886; overseers’ minutes and papers, 1895-1956; members and attenders committee, 1892-1927; necessitous Friends committee, 1933-1955; miscellaneous papers, 1816-1931.


  • Creation: 1732-1973


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

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

Copyright and Rights Information

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

Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia for the Western District was established in 1814 by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting by a division of the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia. The territory of this meeting included the north side of Market Street west of 8th Street and the south side of Market Street west of 7th Street, and westward from 7th Street between Market and Walnut Streets.

This meeting remained with the Orthodox Friends after the Separation, but Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) held responsibility for this geographical area.

In 1956, Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia for the Western District, formerly an Orthodox meeting, merged with Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) to form Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting is currently an active meeting.

This meeting is often referred to as "Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Western District" or "Twelfth Street."


15.75 Linear Feet



Physical Location

This collection is stored at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


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