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Trenton Preparative Meeting Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: QM-Ph-T730

Scope and Contents

Records of Trenton Preparative Meeting, 1795-1973, include: Hicksite minutes, 1827-1973; Orthodox minutes, 1816-1881; Hicksite women's minutes, 1813-1878; Orthodox women’s minutes, 1862-1903; Hicksite treasurers' account book, 1852-1893; Orthodox subscription book, 1837-1840; Hicksite collectors' books, 1897-1929 and 1933-1935; Indian subscription book, 1795-1796; Hicksite Overseers records, 1922-1938 & 1964-1973; Hicksite list of members, 1884; Hicksite/United Recorders' records, 1956-73 & n.d.; a Hicksite visitors' register, 1929; and other miscellaneous Hicksite records, 1831-1922.


  • Creation: 1795-1973.


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

An indulged meeting at Trenton was established in 1734 by Chesterfield Monthly Meeting; the meeting was established circa 1740. Trenton Preparative Meeting was established in 1775, though an earlier preparative meeting may have been established in 1763. The former was rejoined to Chesterfield Preparative Meeting three years later, at the time of the occupation of the meeting house by military forces, and re-established in 1797. Two branches were formed at the time of the Separation in 1827. The Orthodox preparative meeting was discontinued in 1835, and its meetings were merged into Stony Brook Preparative Meeting. Trenton Meeting continued, and a preparative meeting was re-established in 1841. In 1956, the former Hicksite, or Hanover Street Meeting, merged with the former Orthodox, or Mercer Street Meeting, to form Trenton Preparative Meeting. In1974, through a division of Chesterfield Monthly Meeting, this preparative meeting was established as Trenton Monthly Meeting.


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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


Trenton Preparative Meeting Records
Trenton Preparative Meeting of Friends (Trenton, N.J.).
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