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:
Merion Preparative Meeting of Friends (Hicksite : 1827-1951)
Title:
Merion Preparative Meeting Records
ID:
QM/Ph/M470
Date [inclusive]:
1682-1952
Physical Description:
6 Linear Feet
Language of the Material:
English

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Biographical / Historical

Merion Preparative Meeting was established in 1701. In 1827, at the time of the Hicksite Separation in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the meeting split into Hicksite and Orthodox branches. Merion Preparative Meeting (Orthodox) was discontinued in 1827. Merion Preparative Meeting (Hicksite) was established as Merion Monthly Meeting in 1951 at the dissolution of Radnor Monthly Meeting.

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Scope and Contents

Records of the Hicksite preparative meeting and of its predecessor, the pre-Separation preparative meeting. Included are: minutes,1702-1705, 1832-1834, 1854-1859, 1862-1951; burials, 1682-1919 and 1918-1929; deaths 1702-1808; membership, 1848-1887 and 1929-1930; women's minutes, 1819-1836 and 1848-1884; financial and property records; and miscellaneous papers.

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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

Revision Description

This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model. 2016

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 -- Montgomery County
  • Montgomery County (Pa.) -- Genealogy
  • Merion Preparative Meeting (Society of Friends : 1701-1827)
  • Merion Preparative Meeting of Friends (Hicksite : 1827-1951)
  • Merion Preparative Meeting (Society of Friends : 1701-1827)

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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.

Burials (Merion, Pa.), 1682-1919

Physical Description: ca. 700 index cards

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Call Number: Reading Room File

Scope and Contents: Copied by Thomas Wynne. Removed from RG2/Ph/M47 and put into file drawer in Reading Room of FHL.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Deaths : graveyard Records, 1702-1808

Physical Description: 1 v.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 3.2

Scope and Contents: Record of persons buried at Merion meeting house graveyard. Includes "some strangers and negroes" (p. 22).

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph300
  • Haverford: Microfilm 162
Membership, 1821-1832, 1935

Physical Description: 2 v.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 3.3-3.4

Scope and Contents: Membership book of Merion Preparative Meeting, 3.3 1821-1832. Includes names, removals received and sent, and remarks. Membership list, 3.4 1935.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Membership list, 1935

Physical Description: 1 folder.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 3.5

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film

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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, 1702-1705

Physical Description: 1 v.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 1.1

Scope and Contents: Minutes of the pre-Separation men's meeting from 12mo 6, 1702 to 5mo 6, 1705. Minute book in fragile condition.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph300
  • Haverford: Microfilm 169
Minutes, 1832-1951

Physical Description: 9 v.+ 1 folder of loose minutes.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 1.2-1.11

Scope and Contents: Minute books of the Hicksite Preparative Meeting as follows: 1.2 1832-34, 1.3 1854- 59, 1.4 1862-68, 1.5 1868-90, 1.6 1890-1903, 1.7 1904-16, 1.8 1916-29,1.10 1930-41, 1.11 1941-51, 1940-1948, 1941 -51. Vol. 1916-29 includes Burials (Merion, Pa.), 1918-1929 & membership list, 1929-1930. Accompanied by: folder containing loose minutes. Minutes to 1941 also available in microfilm (SW)

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph300
  • Haverford: Microfilm 169

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Women's Meeting

Minutes, 1819-1884

Physical Description: 4 v.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 2.1-2.4

Scope and Contents: Minute books of the Hicksite women's meeting as follows: 2.1 1819-1836,2.2 1848- 1852, 2.3 1853-1865, 2.4 1865-1884. Vol. 1819-1836 contains pre-Separation women's minutes, 1819-1827; vol. 1848-1852 includes membership list, 1848-1887.

General Note: Joint sessions with men began ca. 1884.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph300
  • Haverford: Microfilm 162

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Financial Records

Account book [Women], 1848-1869

Physical Description: 1 v.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 4.1

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph300
  • Haverford: Microfilm 169
Miscellaneous financial papers, 1790-1878 & n.d.

Physical Description: 97 items in folder.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 4.2

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Trustees' Financial Records, 1888-1902

Physical Description: 1 folder (3 items)

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 4.3

Scope and Contents: Financial statements of the Trustees of the Property of Merion Preparative Meeting, 1888-1902.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Incorporation papers, 1949

Physical Description: 1 folder (5 items)

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 4.4

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Accounts, 1846-1875

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M470 4.6

Existence and Location of Originals: Available on Microfilm in the following location(s): Swarthmore:No FilmHaverford:No Film

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Property Records

Map of the property of Merion Friends Meeting : located in Lower Merion Twp. Montgomery County, Pa., 1891

Physical Description: 1 map ; 43 x 72 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 5.1

Scope and Contents: "Surveyed Oct. 1891."

General Note: Scale : 40 ft.=1".

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Subscriptions and expenditures for the meeting house, 1713-1714

Physical Description: 1 item (in folder).

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 5.2

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film

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Committees

Nominating Committee

Correspondence, 1934-1937

Physical Description: 1 folder.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 6.1

Scope and Contents: Miscellaneous correspondence of the Nominating Committee, 1934-1937.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film

Overseers Committee

Minutes, 1942-1952

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 6.2

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film

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Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous papers, 1833-[1884] and n.d.

Physical Description: 16 items in 4 folders.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 7.1-7.4

Scope and Contents: Papers containing minutes, 1833-1865 (7.1); printed papers, 1864-1883 (7.2); genealogical data compiled from various sources, 1880 (7.3) and n.d.; summaries of Radnor Monthly Meeting records, [1884] (7.4).

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Correspondence concerning conscientious objection, 1940-1943

Physical Description: 1 folder.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 7.5

Scope and Contents: Correspondence and reports concerning conscientious objection in Merion Friends Meeting during World War II. Includes reports from Reuben Bochert Bowen and James K. DeArmond Jr.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
First Day School Attendance register, 1901-1906

Physical Description: 1 volume

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 7.6

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Guest books, 1915-1949

Physical Description: 2 v.

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/M47 7.7-7.8

Scope and Contents: Visitors' registers as follows : 7.7 1915-1941, 7.8 1941-1949.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film

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