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Dunnings Creek and Fishertown Monthly Meetings Records

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Held at: Quaker Meeting Records at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Quaker Meeting Records at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Dunnings Creek was established as a monthly meeting in 1803 by Warrington Quarterly Meeting. Following the Separation of 1828, the majority of members in the meeting affiliated with the Hicksite branch of Friends. Orthodox Friends withdrew and established the Dunnings Creek Monthly Meeting (Orthodox) in 1831; this meeting became Fishertown Monthly Meeting in 1918. In 2010 Fishertown Monthly Meeting merged with Dunnings Creek.

In 1790 all meetings in Northern Virginia, Western Maryland, Nottingham Quarter, and meetings farther west in Pennsylvania were assigned to Baltimore Yearly Meeting.

Records of Dunnings Creek and Fishertown Monthly Meetings, 1794-1990. Includes men's and joint minutes 1803-1973, women's minutes 1803-1867, 1883-1887, worship & ministry and its predecessors 1922, vital records 1803-1990, financial records 1935-1938, property records 1794-1868, committees 1894-1897,1909-1929, 1943, 1956-1971, and miscellaneous 1904.

Some minutes in the 1950s-1970s of the two meetings were digitized from a photocopy. Some digital minutes, reports, and historical material sent to the Yearly Meeting present. Digital files are accessible to TriCollege accounts or on-campus users.

Divided into series: 1.Men's and Joint Minutes; 2.Women's Minutes; 3.Worship & Ministry and its Predecessors; 4.Vital Records; 5.Financial Records; 6.Property Records; 7.Committees; 8.Miscellaneous.

Vol. 1.2 includes list of members. Vol. 1.7 includes miscellaneous correspondence. Vol. 6. 1 includes correspondence between Hiram Blackburn and Dr. I. H. Betz. Vol. 6.3 and 6.4 include names of pupils enrolled. See Pamphlet Group 1 for Burials. Meetinghouse Centennial Exhibit (1987) is stored in Picture Cupboard

Deposit. Digital records from the 2010s deposited by Wayne Finegar, General Secretary of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, in 2020.

Publisher
Quaker Meeting Records at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Date
2005
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Access may be provided via digital or microfilm copy, per repository policy. Digital files are accessible to TriCollege accounts or on-campus users.

Collection Inventory

RG2/B/D861 1.1. Minutes, 1803-1877.
Scope and Contents

Title page marked: "Records of the Minutes & Proceedings of Dunnings Creek Monthly Meeting." Includes rough minutes, 1818 (small book inside the volume).

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B113 (1803-1887)
Physical Description

1 vol.; 33.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861 1.2. Minutes, 1867-1871.
Scope and Contents

Rough minutes. Includes list of members (1870).

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: No Film
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861 1.3. Minutes, 1887-1954.
Scope and Contents

Title page marked: "Record of the Minutes of Dunnings Creek Monthly Meeting."

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B108
Physical Description

1 vol.; 41 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

HC.BM.D861.02.001 (1116/149). Minutes, 1910-1925.
Box 46
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Haverford: No Film
  2. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B97
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

RG2/B/D861 1.4. Minutes, 1929-1935.
Scope and Contents

Title page marked: "Minutes of Dunning Creek Monthly Meeting of Friends held at Fishertown, Penna." Rough minutes.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: No Film
Physical Description

1 vol.; 21 cm.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861 1.8. Minutes, 1949-1952.
Scope and Contents

Minutes from Fishertown Monthly Meeting.

Existence and Location of Copies

Also available as digitized photocopy. Digital files are accessible to TriCollege accounts or on-campus users.

Physical Description

1 vol.; 27.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861 1.5. Minutes, 1954-1956.
Scope and Contents

Title page marked: "Minutes of Dunning Creek Monthly Meeting."

Existence and Location of Copies

Also available as digitized photocopy. Digital files are accessible to TriCollege accounts or on-campus users.

Physical Description

1 vol.; 27.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861 1.6. Minutes, 1956-1968.
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B108
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861 1.7. Minutes, 1968-1973.
Scope and Contents

Includes misc. correspondence, articles, and a note concerning the death of Mabel K. Wright.

Existence and Location of Copies

Also available as digitized photocopy. Digital files are accessible to TriCollege accounts or on-campus users.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861 2.1. Minutes, 1803-1867; 1883-1887.
Scope and Contents

Note: Minutes from 1867 to 1883 are missing.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B108 (1803-1867)
Physical Description

1 vol.; 32 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861 3.1. Marriages and Removals, 1803-1990.
Scope and Contents

Includes removals sent and received: 1803-1990 (marriages); 1807-1930 (removals).

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B108
Physical Description

1 vol; 33.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/H/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

HC.BM.D861.01.001 (1116/149.1). Membership Records, 1830-1937.
Box 46
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Haverford: No Film
  2. Swarthmore: No Film
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

RG2/B/D861 3.2. Membership lists, ca. 1906 & n.d.
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Haverford: No Film
  2. Swarthmore: No Film
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

HC.BM.D861.03.001 (1116/Box 6). Meeting of Ministry and Oversight: Minutes, 1922.
Box 47
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Haverford: No Film
  2. Swarthmore: No Film
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.BM.D861.04.001 (1116/Box 6). Financial Records, 1935-1938.
Box 47
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Haverford: No Film
  2. Swarthmore: No Film
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

RG2/B/D861 4.1. Deeds, 1794-1868.
Scope and Contents

Deeds and miscellaneous papers re: Division of Meeting House lands after the Separation.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: No Film
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861 4.2. "Subscription to Friends New Meeting-house outside of membership", n.d.
Scope and Contents

Includes other financial notations.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: No Film
Physical Description

1 vol.; 9 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861 5.1. Minutes, 1894-1896.
Scope and Contents

Includes names of pupils enrolled.

Physical Description

1 vol.; 10.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

RG2/B/D861 5.2. Minutes, 1896-1897.
Scope and Contents

Includes names of pupils enrolled.

Physical Description

1 vol.; 10.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

RG2/B/D861 5.3. Minutes, 1909-1916.
Physical Description

1 vol.; 37 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

RG2/B/D861 5.4. Minutes, 1916-1923.
Physical Description

1 vol.; 37 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

RG2/B/D861 5.5. Minutes, 1923-1929.
Physical Description

1 vol.; 37 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

RG2/B/D861 5.6. Minutes, 1956-1971.
Physical Description

1 vol.; 31 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite/United

RG2/B/D861 6.1. Underground Railroad Correspondence, 1904.
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence between Hiram Blackburn and Dr. I. H. Betz.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861 6.2. Record of Burial Stones in Old Friends Graveyard near Spring Meadow, n.d.
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Unitedn

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861. Minutes (digital), May 2018.
Physical Description

1 PDF file

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861. Spiritual State of the Meeting reports (digital), 2011-2019.
Physical Description

9 PDF files

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861. Apportionment Questionnaire responses to BYM (digital), 2011-2013.
Physical Description

3 PDF files

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861. "A History of the Dunning's Creek and Fishertown Meetings" (digital), 1985.
Scope and Contents

A paper by Kim Wallace for Don Yoder's "Quaker History and Ethnography" course discussing the history of the unique continued separation of the Hicksite and Orthodox meetings in a united BYM.

Physical Description

1 PDF file

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/D861. Minute of Reunification for Fishertown and Dunnings Creek Monthly Meetings (digital), 2009.
Scope and Contents

Fishertown and Dunnings Creek, having originally been Hicksite and Orthodox branches of the same monthly meeting, only united in 2009 nearly 50 years after the rest of the Yearly Meeting.

Physical Description

2 PDF files

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

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