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:
Richland Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Title:
Richland Monthly Meeting Records
ID:
QM/Ph/R500
Date [inclusive]:
1685-2016
Physical Description:
14 Linear Feet
Language of the Material:
English

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Biographical / Historical

Richland Monthly Meeting was established in 1742 by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting out of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. Its opening session was held in 11mo, 1742/3. In 1786, Richland was transferred to Abington Quarterly Meeting. After the Hicksite Separation of 1827, Orthodox Friends were attached to Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. The Hicksite monthly meeting was the forerunner of the current Richland Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

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Scope and Contents

Records of Richland Monthly Meeting, 1685-2016, include: minutes, 1743-2000 and 2007-2016; vital records, 1685-1986; women's minutes, 1743-1896; ministers and elders' minutes, 1748-1894; financial records, 1749-1829 and 1888-1993; epistles received, 1755-1817; minutes of the Richland Friends' School Committee, 1838-1916; as well as other kinds of 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 -- Quakertown
  • Quakertown (Pa.) -- Genealogy
  • Richland Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society 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.

Births and deaths, 1685-1812

Physical Description: 1 v. ([17], 182 p.) ; 34 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 3.1

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph 555
  • Haverford: No Film
Burials (Richland, Pa.), 1818-1897

Physical Description: 1 v. (47 p.) ; 21 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 3.2

Scope and Contents: Account of interments at Friends' burial ground in Richland, Pa., 1818- 1897. Record of Penrose family deaths, 1871 (numbered 48 for microfilming) laid in.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph 556
  • Haverford: No Film
Burial permits for Friends' Cemetery at Quakertown, 1928-1952

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 3.2

General Note: Placed in box with Miscellaneous papers, 1928-76.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
A List of all the marriages accomplished in Richland Monthly Meeting since the establishment thereof in the year 1742, 1743-1890

Physical Description: 1 v. (16 p.) ; 20 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 3.4

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph 556
  • Haverford: No Film
Marriage certificates, 1804-1978

Physical Description: 1 v. (208 p.) ; 34 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite/United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 3.5

General Note: Microfilmed to 1942.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph 555
  • Haverford: No Film
Membership lists, [1809]

Physical Description: 3 items (in folder) ; 38 cm

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 3.6

Scope and Contents: List of members; list of families; list of members at Williamsport.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Membership, 1846-1986

Physical Description: 1 v. (140 p.) ; 48 cm. + 20 items (in folder).

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite/United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 3.7

Scope and Contents: Membership register includes information on births, deaths, marriages, removals, etc. Accompanying folder contains loose membership papers and a membership list, 1827-1830 which includes Orthodox Friends, Friends at Stroudsburg, and members with their views not known.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph 555
  • Haverford: No Film
Membership list, ca. 1930

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 3.8

General Note: Placed in box with Miscellaneous papers, 1928-76.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Removals issued, 1791-1940

Physical Description: 1 v. (183 p.) ; 33 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 3.9

Scope and Contents: Meeting's record of certificates of removal issued on behalf of members transferring to other meetings, 1791-1940. Volume also contains a record of removals received by the meeting, 1896-1940. Indexed to 1852.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph 555 and 561.
  • 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.

Extracts of minutes, 1742-1754

Physical Description: 1 v. ; 34 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 1.1

Scope and Contents: Rough copy of extracts of Richland Monthly Meeting concerning the authority of the Meeting, 1743-1754. First section in shorthand.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Minutes, 1743-2009

Physical Description: 16 v. + 11 folders (3.5 linear ft.).

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite/United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 1.2-1.32

Scope and Contents: Minute books of Richland Monthly Meeting, 1743-2000 and 2007-2009. Volume for 1743-1764 accompanied by a separate index. Minutes to 1963 also available in microfilm.

General Note: Joint sessions in which men and women meet together for business begin in 1896.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph 557/558/559 and 560
  • Haverford: No Film
Minutes, 2010

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 1.33

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Minutes, 2011-2012

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R500 1.34

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore:No Film
  • Haverford:No Film
Minutes, 2013-2014

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R500 1.35

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore:No Film
  • Haverford:No Film
Minutes, 2015

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R500 1.36

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore:No Film
  • Haverford:No Film
Minutes, 2016

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Orthodox

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5

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Women's Meeting

A Book of Entries of the Extracts of the yearly Meeting of Women Friends held at Philadelphia, 1761-1813

Physical Description: 1 v. ; 33 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation: Pre

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 2.1

Scope and Contents: Copies of the extracts of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, kept by Richland Monthly Meeting, 1761-1813. Also includes miscellaneous epistles of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Minutes, 1743-1896

Physical Description: 9 v. (2 linear ft.).

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 2.2-2.10

General Note: Joint sessions with men begin in 1896.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph 561/663
  • Haverford: Microfilm 75A (1826-1896)

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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.

Preparative Meeting of Ministers and Elders. Minutes, 1748-1894

Physical Description: 4 v. (1.5 linear ft.).

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 4.1-4.4

Scope and Contents: Minute books of the meeting of ministers and elders as follows: 1748-1762, 1764-1800, 1800-1843, 1843-1894.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film

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Financial Records

An Act to authorize the Trustees of the Society of Friends in Richland Township Bucks County to sell certain Real Estate, 1861

Physical Description: 1 item (in folder).

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 5.1

Scope and Contents: A copy of the Act of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania permitting the Trustees of Richland Monthly Meeting to sell a four acre tract in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, 1861.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Financial records, 1749-1829

Physical Description: 1 v. + 12 items (1 linear ft.).

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 5.2-5.3

Scope and Contents: Poor fund accounts, 1821-1829; subscription lists, 1749-1862; and miscellaneous financial papers, 1790-1823.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Financial Records, 1888-1993

Physical Description: 12 v. + 2 boxes ; 2 linear ft.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:H/United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 5.4-5.19

Scope and Contents: Miscellaneous financial records of Richland Monthly Meeting, 1888-1993. Volumes include: contributions, 1959-68 & 1984-89, monthly meeting fund (including the Alfred Moore & M.E. Green legacies), 1925-49, graveyard funds, 1908-57 & 1958-75, Moore & Green Legacies records, 1950-75, school funds, 1908-52 & 1958-75, treasurer's books, 1932-57, 1958-75, 1984-85, & 1985-86. Boxes include: records of Alfred Moore and Mary E. Green Legacies, 1925-49 & 1950-75, bequests, 1923-91, budget, 1984-85, contributions, 1936- 37/89-90, 1959-68, & 1984-89, correspondence, 1979-89, deposit records, 1983-90/92-93, graveyard fund, ca. 1920, 1908-57, & 1958-75, list of security box contents, 1929, school fund records, 1894-1908, 1908-52 & 1958 -75, treasurer's accounts (rough), 1990-92, 1909 & 1917, 1952-53/55-59, 1975-77, 1978-80, 1981-84, and Treasurer's books, 1932-57, 1958-75, 1984-85, 1985-86, & 1986-90.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Treasurer's books, 1965-1975

Physical Description: U

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:2 vols. ; 29 x 49 cm.

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 5.20-5.21

Scope and Contents: Treasurer's account books of Richland Monthly Meeting, 1965-73 & 1974-75.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film

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Property Records

Architectural plans of meeting house and grounds, 1955-1964

Physical Description: 1 folder.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 6.1

General Note: Placed in box with Miscellaneous papers, 1928-76

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Brief of title, ca. 1885

Physical Description: 1 item (in folder).

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 6.2

Scope and Contents: A copy of the brief of title of the Richland meeting house and Foulke and Roberts family lots surrounding it, ca. 1885.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Petition to Bucks County Court of Quarter Sessions, 1840

Physical Description: 1 item (in folder).

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 6.3

Scope and Contents: Petition to Bucks County Court of Quarter Sessions, 1840, asking that a road running through the meeting property be relocated to the property line.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film

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Miscellaneous

Epistles from London Yearly Meeting of Women Friends, 1761-1813

Physical Description: 1 v. ; 32.5 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 7.1

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Miscellaneous papers, 1768-1862 & n.d.

Physical Description: 12 items (in folder).

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 7.2

Scope and Contents: Miscellaneous papers of Richland Monthly Meeting, 1768-1862 & n.d. Includes certificates of removal received, committee reports, queries, a receipt, membership census, and disownments.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Miscellaneous Records, 1855 & n.d.

Physical Description: 3 items (in folder).

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 7.3

Scope and Contents: Notes on the history of Richland Monthly Meeting (n.d.), an extract from the minutes concerning the appointment of Samuel Carey and Wilson Dennis to attend quarterly meeting (1855), and a copy of a letter from a member of the meeting concerning problems within the meeting and the apparent inattention of the Overseers in that matter (n.d.).

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Miscellaneous Records, 1934-1979

Physical Description: 3 folders.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:H/United

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 7.4-7.6

Scope and Contents: Miscellaneous records of Richland Monthly Meeting, 1934-79. Includes correspondence from Germany concerning CARE packages, 1949-1952, meeting attendance for the year of 1979, and other miscellaneous records.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Richland Monthly Meeting newsletter

Physical Description: v. ; 36 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 7.7

Scope and Contents: Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 4 (January 1960); title from caption.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Record of the proceedings of the Richland Friends School Committee, 1838- 1916

Physical Description: 1 v. (ca. 200 p.) ; 33 cm.

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 7.8

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film
Miscellaneous papers, 1749-1862

Physical Description: 1 folder

Physical Location: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Quaker Meeting Note: Affiliation:Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Call Number: RG2/Ph/R5 7.9

Scope and Contents: Miscellaneous papers of Richland Monthly Meeting, 1749-1862. Includes list of subscribers, 1749, toward addition to meeting house, 1791-92, toward a wall for the graveyard, 1825, toward erecting carriage and horse sheds, 1826, toward building a meeting house, 1861-62.

Microfilm availability:

  • Swarthmore: No Film
  • Haverford: No Film

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