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Philadelphia General Meeting (1946-1954) Records

 Collection — othertype: SW/Phg
Identifier: QM-Phg

Scope and Contents

Records of the Philadelphia General Meeting (Society of Friends) and the joint committees appointed in anticipation of reunification, including the Joint Committee on a Common Book of Discipline, Faith and Practice and the Joint Committee on Organic Union. Also includes the relevant papers -- minutes and correspondence -- of committee members.


  • Creation: 1933-1955


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

In 1945, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) instructed its Representative Meeting to consider possible ways and means of closer unity with its Orthodox counterpart; this direction was met with a similar proposal from Arch Street. A preliminary study resulted in the formation of a Philadelphia General Meeting of Friends, comprising all members of both Philadelphia Yearly Meetings. Philadelphia General Meeting convened in the autumn of each year. Direction of this Meeting was vested in a Planning Committee of fifty, half of which would be appointed by each Yearly Meeting. Initially the sessions were limited to consideration of those projects which were already conducted jointly, including the American Friends Service Committee Friends Council on Education, etc., with two evenings of an inspirational or educational nature.

In 1950, agreement on the complete merger of the two yearly meetings was reached; this organic reunification was finally accomplished in 1955. The last session of Philadelphia General Meeting was held in 1954.


1.25 linear ft.

Language of Materials



Records of Philadelphia General Meeting, an annual meeting of members of both Philadelphia Yearly Meetings from 1946-1954. Also includes minutes, correspondence, and other records of joint committees involved in the process of the reunification of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting .

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition


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