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

Summary Information

Repository:
Quaker Meeting Records at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Creator:
Bristol Monthly Meeting of Friends
Title:
Bristol Monthly Meeting Records
ID:
QM/Ph/B750
Date [inclusive]:
1862-2017
Physical Description:
7 Linear Feet
Language of the Material:
English

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Biographical / Historical

Bristol Monthly Meeting was established in 1873 by Bucks County Quarterly Meeting (Hicksite) out of Bristol Preparative Meeting of Middletown Monthly Meeting (Bucks County). Its first business sessions were held in 1874. This is currently an active monthly meeting.

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Scope and Contents

Records of Bristol Monthly Meeting include: Minutes, 1874-1978 and 1990-2016; vital records, 1873-2017; Women's minutes, 1874-1880; minutes of the meeting of Ministers and Elders, 1882-1918; minutes of the meeting of Ministry and Counsel, 1919-1935; loose marriage papers, 1875; financial papers relating to burial lot funds, 1933-1938; deeds, 1909-1926 and n.d.; and other fiancial and miscellaneous papers, 1873-2017.

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Administrative Information

Publication Statement

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

friends@swarthmore.edu or hc-special@haverford.edu

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access is through microfilm, if available.

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Society of Friends -- Pennsylvania -- Bucks County
  • Bucks County (Pa.) -- Genealogy
  • Bristol Monthly Meeting of Friends

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Collection Inventory

Vital Records

Biographical / Historical: At the time of the Separation in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1827-28, pre-Separation vital records were generally retained by the branch with which the recorder was affiliated. Researchers are advised to consider vital records which span this period carefully: in many cases, the meeting without the original records may have reconstructed these records for its membership only, giving the impression that individuals in the other branch were never members.

[Register], 1873-1939

Physical Description: 1 v. ; 35 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 3.4

Scope and Contents: Membership book of Bristol Monthly Meeting. Includes the following: Births, 1876-1930; deaths, 1873-1939; marriage certificates, 1913 & 1933; membership lists, 1874-1927; removals issued, 1875-1919; removals received, 1874-1935.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph38
  • Haverford: No Film
Membership, 1939-1989

Physical Description: 1 volume

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Hicksite/United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 3.5

Marriage request and permission for John Comly and Rebecca T. Buckman, 1875

Physical Description: 1 folder (3 items)

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 3.1

Scope and Contents: Includes letters of parental consent and a note to Bristol Monthly Meeting concerning the marriage of John Comly and Rebecca T. Buckman.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph37
  • Haverford: Microfilm 158
Miscellaneous membership records, 1862-1875

Physical Description: 1 folder (9 items)

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 3.2

Scope and Contents: Includes membership list probably of Bristol Preparative Meeting (11mo 17 1862), a list of members of Middletown Monthly Meeting who have removed without certificates (1865), and a statistical report of the membership of Bristol Monthly Meeting.

General Note: Probably assembled at the time that Bristol was set off from Middletown.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph37
  • Haverford: Microfilm 158
Miscellaneous membership records, 1930-1972 & n.d.

Physical Description: 1 folder (61 items)

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Hicksite/United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 3.3

Scope and Contents: Applications for membership, certificates of removal, letters of transfer, membership statistics, and an annotated typed membership list of Bristol Monthly Meeting (ca. 1955).

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph37
  • Haverford: Microfilm 158
Members and attenders lists and miscellaneous records, 2007-2017

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 3.6

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Men's Meeting and Joint

Biographical / Historical: Official records of proceedings kept for all Quaker business meetings. Only Quakers could 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. Beginning at the end of the 19th century, men and women ceased to hold separate business meetings, meeting instead in joint session.

Minutes, 1874-1957

Physical Description: 3 v. ; 37 cm. or smaller

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Hicksite/United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.1-1.3

Scope and Contents: Minute books as follows: [1.1] 1874-1912, [1.2] 1912-1931, [1.3] 1931-1957.

General Note: Joint sessions in which men and women meet together for business begin in 1880. 1912-31 volume includes membership lists for the years 1911-1930.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph37 (1874-1912)
  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph38 (1912-31; 1931-57)
  • Haverford: No Film
Minutes, 1958-1978 2mo

Physical Description: 1 volume

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.4

Minutes, 1990-1992

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.5

Minutes, 1991-1992

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.6

Minutes, 1993-1994

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.7

Minutes, 1996-1997

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.8

Minutes, 1998-1999

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.9

Minutes, 2000-2001

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.10

Minutes, 2002-2004

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.11

Minutes, 2005-2006

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.12

Minutes, 2007

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.13

Minutes, 2007 12mo-2011

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.14

Minutes, 2012-2016

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 1.15

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Women's Meeting

Minutes, 1874-1880

Physical Description: 1 v. ; 25 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 2.1

Scope and Contents: Minutes from 1874 1mo 2 to 1880 1mo 2.

General Note: Joint sessions in which men and women meet together for business begin in 1880.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph38
  • Haverford: Microfilm 156

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Worship and Ministry and its predecessors

Biographical / Historical: Committee which had care of the spiritual welfare of the meeting, particularly the meeting for worship. Ministry and Counsel committees were established in 1918 by Hicksite meetings, which no longer designated members as ministers or elders. The predecessor of Ministry and Counsel was the Preparative Meeting of Ministers and Elders.

Minutes, 1882-1935

Physical Description: 3 v. ; 26 cm. or smaller.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 4.1-4.3

Scope and Contents: Includes minutes of the Meeting of Ministers and Elders, [4.1] 1882-94, [4.2] 1894-1921, [4.3] 1922-35.

General Note: Meeting's name changed to Preparative Meeting of Ministry and Counsel on 2mo 16, 1919.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph37
  • Haverford: Microfilm 158

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Finance and Property

Burial lot funds, 1933-1938

Physical Description: 1 folder (20 items)

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 5.1

Scope and Contents: Correspondence, receipts, and other financial records concerning funds for the upkeep of cemetery lots in the Bristol Friends Cemetery.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph37
  • Haverford: Microfilm 156
Deeds, 1909-1926 & n.d.

Physical Description: 1 folder (6 items)

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 5.2

Scope and Contents: Includes deeds for land in Bristol (1909, 1916), an agreement of sale by Falls Monthly Meeting to the Italian Christian Church in Bristol (1922), and miscellaneous copies of deeds.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph37
  • Haverford: Microfilm 158
Bristol Friends' School (Bristol, Pa.) Account book, 1875-1912

Physical Description: 1 v. ; 35 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 5.3

Scope and Contents: Contains entries from 1875 9mo 14 to 1912 11mo 8. Label on cover: Treasurer Friends' School for girls and boys. Bristol, Bucks County, Pa.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph38
  • Haverford: No Film
Account book, 1939-1991

Physical Description: 1 volume

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 5.4

Miscellaneous financial records and reports, 2005-2016

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 5.5

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Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous papers, 1873-1912

Physical Description: 1 folder (3 items)

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 6.1

Scope and Contents: Includes a proposition from Bristol Preparative Meeting to Middletown Monthly concerning the establishment of a monthly meeting at Bristol (1873), a printed address from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting concerning schools (1877), and a reply from the U.S. Department of State in reference to the negotiation of arbitration treaties (1912).

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph37
  • Haverford: Microfilm 158
Historical publications and clipings, 1956-1985

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 6.4

Membership statistics, 1990-2015

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 6.3

Annual Reports, 2005-2017

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/B75 6.2

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