Friends Historical Library Miscellaneous Extracts Collection
Scope and Contents
Many of the extracts contain advice or rules of behavior for Friends, and were likely copied out by or for a clerk compiling a Quaker Meeting's Book of Discipline.
Some of the extracts concern an individual Quaker, and were likely copied out and given to that person for their information and for their personal records.
Some of the extracts are proceedings, or an abstracted report of the events at a Meeting, copied out and distributed to constituent Meetings.
Some of the extracts are more modern copies created by historians, genealogists, or librarians/archivists. These might include photocopies created for reference purposes or to include in an exhibition, or compiled transcripts of meeting minutes, perhaps on a particular topic or covering a certain time period.
- 1671 - 1952
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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.
PREPARATIVE MEETING: A regularly-organized business meeting of a single congregation which prepared business to be presented to the monthly meeting. The scope of business as recorded in its minutes was normally limited to responses to queries and matters of property and school oversight.
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.
.63 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)
Quarterly, Monthly, and Preparative Meeting extracts are arranged chronologically, with undated and compiled extracts at the end.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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