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Nottingham Monthly Meeting Records

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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.

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Nottingham Monthly Meeting began as a meeting for worship in 1709. It was established as a preparative meeting in 1715 under Newark (Kennett) Monthly Meeting; in 1718 it was placed under the care of New Garden Monthly Meeting. Nottingham Monthly Meeting was set off from New Garden in 1730, and until 1758 was known informally as East Nottingham Monthly Meeting. In 1819, Nottingham became part of a new quarterly meeting under the jurisdiction of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. At the time of the Separation in 1828, there were two Nottingham Monthly Meetings. Nottingham (Orthodox) changed its name in 1829 to Nottingham and Little Britain. Orthodox Quakers at Nottingham withdrew from Baltimore Yearly Meeting in 1854; they affiliated with the Primitive branch of Friends, but this meeting was laid down in 1890, its membership joined to Primitive Friends in Philadelphia.

The successor to Nottingham Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) is currently active. The Meeting is sometimes referred to as Oxford.

Records of Nottingham Monthly Meeting, 1680-2021. Includes men's and joint minutes, women's minutes 1730-1892, vital records, Ministers and Elders minutes, financial and property records 1763-1925, among other records and reports.

Divided into series: 1.Men's and Joint Minutes; 2.Women's Minutes; 3.Vital Records; 4.Ministers & Elders; 5.Financial and Property; 6.Miscellaneous.

Volume 1.17 is a traveling minute for George Churchman and Joseph Richardson at Concord Meeting in the North Western Territory. Volume 3.2 is a copy by Kirk Brown of the birth and death records.

Also available in microfilm, for use in the Library only: MR-B176,178-182,184-186, 237-238.

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/N681 1.1. Minutes, 1730-1756.
Volume 1.1
Scope and Contents

"The first book of the Monthly Meeting of East-Nottingham for the recording of the minutes containing the necessary business and affairs belonging to the same 1730." Indexed in a seprate volume.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B179
Physical Description

1 vol.; 30.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.13. Name index to 1730-1756 minute book, circa 1975.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.2. Minutes, 1756-1766.
Volume 1.2
Scope and Contents

"Records of Nottingham Monthly Meeting B Minutes from 1756 to 1766, 10 years, 373 pages."

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B179
Physical Description

1 vol.; 31.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.3. Minutes, 1766-1778.
Volume 1.3
Scope and Contents

"Records of Nottingham Monthly Meeting C Minutes from 1766 to 1778, 12 years, 365 pages."

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B179
Physical Description

1 vol.; 33 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.4. Minutes, 1778-1792.
Volume 1.4
Scope and Contents

"Records of Nottingham Monthly Meeting D Minutes from 1778 to 1792, 14 years, 568 pages."

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B180
Physical Description

1 vol.; 33 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.5. Minutes, 1792-1808.
Volume 1.5
Scope and Contents

Cover: " Records of Nottingham monthly Meeting E Minutes from 1792 to 1808, 16 years, 559 pages." Title page: "Minutes of Nottingham Monthly Meeting 1792."

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B181
Physical Description

1 vol.; 33.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.14. Traveling Minute, 1802.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

George Churchman and Joseph Richardson, 10 mo 16 1802, to Concord Meeting in the North Western Territory.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.6. Minutes, 1808-1836.
Volume 1.6
Scope and Contents

"Records of Nottingham Monthly Meeting F Minutes from 1808 to 1836, 28 years, 583 pages."

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B182
Physical Description

1 vol.; 32 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.7. Minutes, 1836-1879.
Volume 1.7
Scope and Contents

"Record of Nottingham Monthly Meeting." Includes committee dates at the end of the volume.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B182
Physical Description

1 vol.; 32 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.8. Minutes, 1879-1904.
Volume 1.8
Scope and Contents

Includes loose sheets: copy of the Declaration of Independence from a book; correspondence regarding membership.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B185
Physical Description

1 vol.; 39 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.9. Minutes, 1909-1944.
Volume 1.9
Scope and Contents

Includes appointments for 1907-1944.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B185
Physical Description

1 vol.; 35.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.10. Minutes, 1944-1950.
Volume 1.10
Scope and Contents

Includes the newsletter "Friendly Items, Oxford Meeting of Friends," 1941-1955.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B185
Physical Description

1 vol.; 28 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.11. Minutes, 1950-1955.
Volume 1.11
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B178
Physical Description

1 vol.; 28.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.12. Minutes, 1956-1970.
Volume 1.12
Scope and Contents

"Minutes of the Nottingham Monthly Meeting of Friends January 1956 to February 1970"

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B178
Physical Description

1 vol.; 27 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.15-1.23. Minutes, 1970-1999.
Box 1
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B237 / MR-B238
Physical Description

9 folders

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 1.24-1.29. Minutes, 2000-2008.
Box 2
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B238
Physical Description

6 folders

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681. Minutes (digital), October 2010 - January 2020.
Scope and Contents

Some gaps. Also includes the May 2015 minutes of the Brick Meetinghouse stewards

Physical Description

96 PDF files

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 2.1. Minutes, 1730-1778.
Volume 2.1
Scope and Contents

"Records of Nottingham Monthly Meeting A Minutes of Womens Meeting from 1730 to 1778, 48 years, 570 pages"

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B180
Physical Description

1 vol.; 32 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 2.2. Minutes, 1778-1810.
Volume 2.2
Scope and Contents

"Records of Nottingham Monthly Meeting B Minutes of Womens Meeting from 1778 to 1810, 31 years, 473 pages."

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B185
Physical Description

1 vol.; 33.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 2.3. Minutes, 1810-1873.
Volume 2.3
Scope and Contents

"Records of Nottingham Monthly Meeting of Women Friends."

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B184
Physical Description

1 vol.; 32.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 2.4. Minutes, 1874-1892.
Volume 2.4
Scope and Contents

"Minutes Nottingham Monthly Meeting Women Friends 1874-1892."

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B184
Physical Description

1 vol.; 26 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 2.5. Minutes, 1776-1780.
Scope and Contents

Rough minutes.

Physical Description

1 vol.; 20 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 3.1. Births and Deaths, 1691-1883.
Volume 3.1
Scope and Contents

Note: beginning notations also include information on migration and how people died

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B176
Physical Description

1 vol.; 32 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 3.2. Births and Deaths (abstracts) of members from 1680-1889, 1895.
Volume 3.2
Scope and Contents

First sentence of volume reads: "The following was copied direct from the record Birth and Death of Nottingham Monthly Meeting, 5 month 1895 by Kirk Brown"

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B176
Physical Description

1 vol.; 21 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/H/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 3.7. Indexed abstract of the records of Nottingham Monthly Meeting, 1730-1825, 1864.
Volume 3.7
Physical Description

1 volume

Material Specific Details

Pre/H

RG2/B/N681 3.3. Marriages, 1730-1889.
Volume 3.3
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B176
Physical Description

1 vol.; 38 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 3.4. Membership, 1801-1970.
Volume 3.4
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B178
Physical Description

1 vol.; 27 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/H/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 3.5. Removals, 1764-1855.
Volume 3.5
Scope and Contents

"This book beongs to Nottingham Monthly Meeting for Recording certificates of removal." Includes removals sent.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B176
Physical Description

1 vol.; 32.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 3.6. Removals, 1856-1923.
Volume 3.6
Scope and Contents

Cover: "Certificates of removal from Nottingham Monthly Meeting." Indexed, but incomplete. Includes removals sent, 1856-1923, and received, 1896-1923.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B178
Physical Description

1 vol.; 30 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681. Directory (digital), 2010.
Physical Description

1 PDF file

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681. Apportionment Questionnaire responses and community statistics to BYM (digital), 2011-2013.
Physical Description

3 PDF files

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 4.1. Minutes, 1895-1926.
Volume 4.1
Scope and Contents

Cover: "Minutes of Nottingham Preparative Meeting of Ministers and Elders 8/16/1895." Title Page: "Minute book for ministers and elders of Nottingham Preparative Meeting 16th of 8th Mo 1895." Changed to Ministry and Counsel after 1914.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location:

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-B186
Physical Description

1 vol.; 20.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 4.2. Spiritual State of the Meeting reports, 1979 and undated.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Annual reports from Ministry and Counsel (one from 1979 and three undated)

RG2/B/N681 5.1. "Warrant for Return of Proprietary Lotts at Nottingham", 1765-03-20.
Object 5.1
Scope and Contents

Now an unfolded broadsheet, the cover states "1765 March 20th. Warrant. for Return of Proprietary Lotts at Nottingham. & of Survey of 40 a[cres] for Friends Meeting House there. Chester County." References the survey under the authority of William Penn's warrant from 1701 that granted forty acres to Quakers "for a Meeting house for Religious Worship & a Burial Yard [...] now belonging to those of the Township of East Nottingham." Signed by John Lukens, Surveyor General, and John Penn, colonial governor. Certified as "a true Copy of an Original Warrant remaining in the Surveyor Generals Office at Philadelphia."

General

Copy made by John Lukens on November 1, 1766

Physical Description

Housed separately. Manuscript encapsulated between glass; both sides are visible.

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 5.2. "Draught of the Common Lotts [for...] Quakers in Nottingham", 1763.
Box 3
General

Copy made by John Lukens on November 1, 1766

Scope and Contents

Surveyers map of the 40 acres in East Nottingham for the Quaker Meeting House and its immediate surroundings, mapping the names of nearby landowners and their rough extents. "Resurveyed in the Year 1763 & Certified by George Churchman."

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 5.3. Finance- and Property-related records, 1901-2007.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Folder includes correspondence and other records related to leases to and from the Meeting, Calvert Friends trustees, trustees of the Brick Meeting House, and bequests to the Meeting.

RG2/B/N681 5.4. Articles of Incorporation, 1926-2013.
Box 3
RG2/B/N681 5.5. Little Meeting Lot in West Nottingham property records, 1853 - 1925, 1972.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

File was compiled by Bliss Forbush in 1972 and sent to Ellis Williams for BYM's discussion. It includes an inventory and paraphrase of the deed records, which date from 1853 to 1925, relating to the care and funding of the Little Meeting Lot and West Nottingham grave yard. Records include deeds and correspondence. The 1853 minute does make brief reference to the Brick Meeting House in East Nottingham.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 5.6. Little Elk Meeting House and Oxford Meeting property records, 1876-1975.
Box 3
RG2/B/N681 5.7. Brick Meeting House records, 1977-1981.
Box 3

RG2/B/N681 6.1. List of Overseers, circa 1750-1770.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

"Here follows a List of the Succession of Overseers in the Several Meetings belonging to Nott[ingha]m Mo[nthly] Meeting, as appears from the foegoing Minutes of the same." Signed "George Churchman His Pen" and circa date derived from his time as clerk.

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 6.2. Schools Committee minute book, 1804-1810.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 vol.; 20.5 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 6.3. Oxford Friends Newsletter, 1955-1969.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 6.4. Lists of Committee Members from the Nominating Committee, 1966-1980.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/B/N681 6.5. Financial Reports and Budgets, 1953-1983.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Records relate to West Nottingham Friends and to Oxford Friends.

RG2/B/N681 6.6. Miscellaneous committee reports, 1915, 1962-1980.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Reports previously removed (date unknown) from minute files

Physical Description

1 folder

RG2/B/N681 6.7. Records-related correspondence, 1948-2021.
Box 2
RG2/B/N681. Spiritual State of the Meeting reports (digital), 2011-2019.
Scope and Contents

Lacking 2012, 2015, and 2017

Physical Description

6 PDF files

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Print, Suggest