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Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting Records

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

Scope and Contents

Records of current and laid down meetings of Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association include the following:

  1. Atlanta Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Atlanta, Ga.)
  2. Berea Friends Meeting (Berea, Ky.)
  3. Birmingham Friends Meeting (Birmingham, Ala.)
  4. Boone Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Boone, N.C.)
  5. Boone Worship Group (Society of Friends : Boone, N.C.)
  6. Brevard Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Brevard, N.C.)
  7. Celo Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Burnsville, N.C.)
  8. Chattanooga Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Chattanooga, Tenn.)
  9. Columbia Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Columbia, S.C.)
  10. Crossville Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Crossville, Tenn.)
  11. Foxfire Friends Meeting of the Holston Valley (Abingdon, Va.)
  12. Huntsville Area Friends Meeting (Huntsville, Ala.)
  13. Memphis Friends Meeting (Memphis, Tenn.)
  14. Nashville Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Nashville, Tenn.)
  15. Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association of the Religious Society of Friends
  16. Tri Cities Friends Meeting (Bristol, Tenn.)
  17. West Knoxville Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Knoxville, Tenn.)


  • Creation: 1943 - 2023


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to the Friends Historical Library. 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

Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association opened 1970/05/02 as an outgrowth of Southern Appalachian Association of Friends, itself formally organized 1959/05/17 at its fourth annual gathering. It joined Friends General Conference in 1977.

(Thomas C. Hill, Monthly Meetings in North America, 1998)


13 Linear Feet

0.2 Gigabytes




Records of the Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association and many of its constituent members. Includes minutes, membership records, newsletters, committee records, and miscellaneous. Some born-digital records. The Charleston WV and Swannanoa Valley Meetings, which disaffiliated with SAYMA in 2022 and 2023, are described separately.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, 1994-present

Related Materials

For early correspondence of Friends groups in the Southern Appalachian region, see: RG4/004 American Friends Fellowship Council. Records, 1933-1954. For the records of Charleston WV and Swannanoa Valley Monthly Meetings (including those from when they were affiliated with SAYMA), please find them described separately as independent meetings.

Guilford College is the co-depository for SAYMA. Some records are duplicated across both repositories, and some records are only present at Swarthmore or Guilford.


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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 reproductions from Quaker Meeting Records at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Library