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Friends Historical Library Quaker meeting reference files

 Collection — othertype: PG-1
Identifier: SFHL-PG-1

Scope and Contents

PG6 Quaker meeting reference files consists primarily of publications by and about Quaker meetings and committees, including pamphlets, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and other materials (mostly secondary source), collected at various times from various sources, and organized by meeting. It also includes directories (including lists of Quaker member organizations and individual Quakers) and epistles (letters exchanged between Quaker organizations, especially from one yearly meeting to another; often used to articulate Quaker doctrine and discipline). Some almanacs are stored with the collection, but are cataloged individually in Tripod, Swarthmore's library catalog..

Unless otherwise specified, most titles refer to monthly meetings. There are also some quarterly meetings, yearly meetings, committees, and other meeting types.

Dates

  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900 - 2020

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Some of the items in this collection may be protected by copyright. The user is solely responsible for making a final determination of copyright status. If copyright protection applies, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder or their heirs/assigns to reuse, publish, or reproduce relevant items beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to the law. See http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/UND/1.0/.

Biographical / Historical

MONTHLY MEETING: The basic unit of Quaker administration, which holds regular monthly business meetings. Only members can participate. It has responsibility for care of members, authorizes removals and marriages, maintains discipline, considers the queries, manages meeting property, fosters social concerns, and reports regularly to the quarterly meeting.

QUARTERLY MEETING: Meetings for business held four times per year, attended by representatives of all monthly meetings in a region. It is an intermediary between the monthly and yearly meeting, serves as an appellate body for disciplinary matters, and considers problems too large for a local meeting to solve. A quarterly meeting holds the authority to establish or discontinue a monthly, preparative, or particular meeting for worship. It collects financial assessments from each monthly meeting in accordance with the quota established by the yearly meeting.

YEARLY MEETINGS: Large autonomous bodies of Quakers, meeting for several days once annually to conduct business, formulate the discipline, receive reports and concerns from its constituent meetings, review the state of the Society, and communicate with other yearly meetings and non-Quaker organizations.

Extent

60 linear ft.

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

PG6 Quaker meeting reference files consists primarily of publications by and about Quaker meetings and committees, including pamphlets, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and other materials (mostly secondary source), collected at various times from various sources, and organized by meeting. It also includes directories (including lists of Quaker member organizations and individual Quakers) and epistles (letters exchanged between Quaker organizations, especially from one yearly meeting to another; often used to articulate Quaker doctrine and discipline). Some almanacs are stored with the collection, but are cataloged separately.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series, and then filed alphabetically by meeting name.

Series

A
Clippings and ephemera
B
Directories
C
Epistles
D
Almanacs

Other Finding Aids

The almanacs in this collection are are cataloged in Tripod, Swarthmore's book catalog

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were collected at various times from various sources by Friends Historical Library staff.

Related Materials

For reference files on individual people or families, see PG 7; Quaker schools, see PG 2; Quaker organizations, see PG 3; or other general topics, see PG 6.

For more epistles, see MSS/006, Friends Historical Library manuscript epistles collection.

For photographs of Quaker meeting houses, see Friends Historical Library meetinghouse picture file (North American meetinghouses, PA 110; Great Britain meetinghouses, PA 131; and Foreign meetinghouses, PA 130)

Title
Friends Historical Library Quaker meeting reference files
Author
FHL staff
Date
2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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