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Birmingham Monthly Meeting 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

Birmingham Monthly Meeting was established in 1815. At the time of the Hicksite separation of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1827, it split into Hicksite and Orthodox branches. It was known informally in later years as the Chestnut Street (West Chester) Friends Meeting, and merged with West Chester Monthly Meeting in 1964. The Hicksite branch was discontinued in 1955; in 1956, its constituent preparative meetings, Birmingham and West Chester, were set up as monthly meetings. Birmingham Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is currently active.

Records of Birmingham Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and its predecessors, ongoing. Records of the the pre-Separation, Hicksite, and post reunification meeting include: Minutes, 1815-2021; Women's minutes, 1827-1895; Ministry and Counsel records, 1924-2019; Overseers' minutes, 1941-1952; Vital records, 1770-1955; and other miscellaneous materials. Also includes Orthodox records: Vital Records, 1816-1963; Marriage certificates, 1818-1962; Removals, 1827-1963; Overseers minutes and miscellaneous correspondence, 1959-2010; Membership records, 1956-1963; and other miscellaneous papers, 1915-ca.1940; Minutes, 1827-1957; Women's Minutes, 1815-1916; Ministers and Elders' Minutes 1896-1962. Digital records are included for 2021 as a combined minute file with committee reports.

Deposit

Publisher
Quaker Meeting Records at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Date
2011
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Access may be provided via digital or microfilm copy, per repository policy.

Use Restrictions

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.

Collection Inventory

RG2/Ph/B5 3.1. Births and deaths [copy], 1939 typescript recording birth/death information from 1770-1899.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

1939 Typescript. Birth and death data copied from Birmingham Monthly Meeting's record books by Dorothy Lapp, Chester County Historical Society, January 6, 1939. Earliest recorded birth: 1770. Latest recorded death: 1899.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder; 38 cm.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B52 1.1. Marriage Certificates, 1781-1962.
Scope and Contents

Meeting's copies of marriage certificates, 1816-1962, and births & deaths, 1781-1818. Volume also includes: Births entered in back, in reverse direction to marriage certificates. Titles on covers: Record Marriage Certificates A; Record Births & Burials. Includes indexes. Includes pre-Separation births, deaths, & marriages. Marriages to 1939 also available in microfilm

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph 27
  2. Haverford: No Film
Physical Description

1 v.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Orthodox/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

HC.PhM.B520.01.001 (1250/J5.15.1). Marriages-Papers, 1951.
Box B-1
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder (1 item)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

RG2/Ph/B5 3.2. Marriage Correspondence [photocopy], 1980.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of correspondence concerning marriages under the care of Birmingham Monthly Meeting, 1980.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.3. Marriage Certificates [photocopy], 1993.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Meeting's copies of marriage certificates of Michael Lee Cook to Ann Bowen Bartlett, 26 6mo 1993, and Jennifer Marie Kipp to David Duane Stewart, 12 6mo 1993.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.22-24. Marriage and membership-related correspondence, 1956-2008.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Letters are arranged alphabetically by surname. They were removed from a 3-ring binder (prior to deposit), and mostly consist of letters to and from Birmingham Monthly Meeting regarding membership removals and transfers, with some correspondence requesting marriage under the care of the Meeting.

Physical Description

3 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.21. Marriage-related correspondence, 1844-1896.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.6. Membership, 1815-1906 or 1907.
Scope and Contents

Book of S. Emlen Sharples (1828-1914) containing names of persons belonging to Birmingham Monthly Meeting of Friends, showing increase and decrease of membership from the organization of the meeting (1815-1906). Membership abstracts. Volume also contains: recorder's reports (1887-1895). "Presented by him 3mo 16 1907 to A. D. Sharples." S. Emlen Sharples was recorder of Birmingham Monthly Meeting.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 v.; 33 cm.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.4. Membership, 1816-1955.
Scope and Contents

Running title. Certificate of removal and other pertinent papers laid in.

General

Membership forms numbered (170-199) for microfilming.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph343
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 125A
Physical Description

1 v.; 45 cm. + 30 membership forms (in folder)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.8. Membership, 1827-1842.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Membership list of the Hicksite meeting (1827-1832) with birth dates and, in some instances, death dates. Accompanying folder contains birth and death information for some members and their children (1827-1842). Membership list of the Hicksite meeting (1827-1832) with birth dates and, in some instances, death dates. Accompanying folder contains birth and death information for some members and their children (1827-1842). "A part of the members of Birmingham Monthly Meeting having separated themselves from their Brethren on the 8th of 11mo 1827 and since that time, the following is a list so far as it extends of the members attaching themselves to the regular Monthly Meeting. Each member subscribing his or her name to this list except children's names written by parents or except those otherwise specified at the place." -- preliminary page.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 v.; 23 cm. + 1 folder.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

HC.PhM.B520.01.006 (1250/J5.12). Membership, 1885-1921.
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph12
  2. Haverford: No Film
Physical Description

1 volume (236 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.01.005 (1250/J5.16.2). Membership Lists, 1863-1955.
Box B-1
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder (5 items)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.01.003 (1250/J5.16.1). Membership-Papers, 1846-1955.
Box B-1
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.01.008 (1250/J5.16). Membership, 1918-1958.
Physical Description

1 volume (94 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox/United

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

RG2/Ph/B52 1.2, 1.4, 1.5-1.6. Membership records, 1956-1963.
Scope and Contents

Membership records of Birmingham Monthly Meeting (Orthodox) as follows: Membership lists, 1956-1962, n.d.; Membership statistics, 1956-1963; Recorders' notebook, 1956-1963; Correspondence, 1957-1963.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

4 folders

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.11-12. Membership Lists, 1965-2000.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Includes membership lists for 1965, 1969, 1976, 1981, 1984-1985, 1987-1988, 1990-2000

Physical Description

2 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.5. Membership list and transfers, 1979-1989.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Membership list, 1981; correspondence concerning transfers of membership; and statistical reports to Yearly Meeting, 1979-1989.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.17-18. Member information reports to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1985-2013.
Box 3
Physical Description

2 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.19. Blank membership forms, undated.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Several varieties of blank forms for member information for Birmingham Monthly Meeting as well as Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.20. Membership statistical reports, 1956-2009.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.7. Register, 1788-1955.
Scope and Contents

Volume contains the following: Births, 1788-1861; Deaths, 1827-1861; Marriages, 1828-1955.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph30
  2. Haverford: No Film
Physical Description

1 v.; 33 cm.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.16. Membership change ledgers, 1956-1997.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

2 bound ledgers with "Received into Membership" and "Membership Losses" forms printed at each opening.

Physical Description

2 vols.

Material Specific Details

United

RG2/Ph/B5 3.14. Certificates of Transfer - Blank Forms, undated, circa 1920 and 1980.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Hicksite/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.9. Certificates of removal, 1816-1919.
Scope and Contents

Meeting's copies of certificates issued by the meeting for members removing to other meetings (1816-1868). Volume also includes : abstract of removals issued (1866-1918) ; abstract of removals received (1865-1919). Folder contains loose certificates received by the meeting and letters acknowledging receipt of certificates issued by the meeting (1870-1919). Title transcribed from cover.

General

Items in folder are numbered 160 to 229 for microfilming.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph30
  2. Haverford: No Film
Physical Description

1 v.; 34 cm. + 1 folder (69 items)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

HC.PhM.B520.01.002 (1250/J5.13). Removals Issued, 1828-1859.
Box B-1
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph29
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 25
Physical Description

1 vol. (143 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.01.004 (1250/J5.15). Removals Issued, 1859-1890.
Box B-1
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph29
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 25
Physical Description

1 volume in folder (173 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.01.007 (1250/J5.14). Removals Issued, 1890-1926.
Box B-1
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph29
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 25
Physical Description

1 volume in a folder (176 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

RG2/Ph/B5 3.13. Removals Received, 1893, 1915.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Letter from Nathaniel G. Hickman requesting removal from membership (1893 11mo 14) ; Certificates of removal from Sadsbury Monthly Meeting for Lillian C. Webster and Mary C. Webster (1915 7mo 7) ; Certificate of removal from London Grove Monthly Meeting for Blanche L. P. Slack (1915 8mo 12).

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder (4 items) ; 38 cm.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B52 1.3. Certificates of removal, 1927-1963.
Scope and Contents

Certificates of removal sent and received. Some certificates include membership information.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.15. Removals Received, 1935-1948.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Copies from membership record of persons, whose memberships were transferred to Birmingham Monthly Meeting. Also included is one certificate of dismission issued by First Presby. Church of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (1942). These forms accompanied certificates of removal issued by direction of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Some forms are undated and missing information.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder (23 items) ; 38 cm

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 3.10. Memorials, 1923, 1933, 1977.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of memorials written for Mary Parker Darlington, Jennie J. Darlington, Isaac A. Passmore, George Steele, and Horace F. Darlington Sr.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 1.1-1.6. Minutes, 1815-1955.
Scope and Contents

Minute books of the Hicksite men's meeting and later, of joint sessions with women as follows : [1.1] 1815-1844, [1.2] 1844-1888, [1.3] 1888-1912, [1.4] 1913-1936, [1.5] 1936-1953, [1.6] 1953-1955. Volume 1815-1844 contains pre-Separation men's minutes, 1815-1827.

General

Joint sessions where men and women met together for business began in 1896.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph23 (1888-1936)
  2. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph24 (1936-55)
  3. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph27 (1815-88)
  4. Haverford: No Film
Physical Description

3 linear ft. (6 v.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

HC.PhM.B520.02.001 (1250/J5.A1). Minutes-Copy, 1815-1827.
Box B-1
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph28
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 24
Physical Description

1 volume in folder (170 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.02.002 (1250/J5.1). Minutes, 1827-1847.
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph28
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 24
Physical Description

1 volume (375 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.02.003 (1250/J5.2). Minutes, 1847-1875.
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph28
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 24
Physical Description

1 volume (398 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.02.004 (1250/J5.3). Minutes, 1875-1916.
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph28
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 24
Physical Description

1 volume (600 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.02.005 (1250/J5.4). Minutes, 1916-1922.
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph29
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 24
Physical Description

1 volume (160 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.02.006 (1250/J5.5). Minutes, 1923-1930.
Box B-1
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph14
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 99
Physical Description

1 folder (303 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.02.007 (1250/J5.6). Minutes, 1931-1941.
Box B-2
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph14
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 99
Physical Description

1 folder (299 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.02.008 (1250/J5.7). Minutes, 1941-1957.
Box B-2
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph14
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 99
Physical Description

1 folder (299 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox/United

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

RG2/Ph/B5 1.7-1.8. Minutes [rough], 1944-1946.
Scope and Contents

Volumes as follows: 1.7 1944, 1.8 1945-1946.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

2 v.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

HC.PhM.B520.02.009 (1250/J5.8). Minutes, 1957-1964.
Box B-2
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph14
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 99
Physical Description

1 folder (163 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

RG2/Ph/B5 1.9-1.12. Minutes, 1956-1979.
Scope and Contents

Minute books as follows : [1.9] January 1, 1956 - January 2, 1966; [1.10] February 5, 1966 - December 6, 1970; [1.11] 1971-1974; [1.12] 1974-1979; Volume 1956-1966 contains membership list (1mo 1, 1956). Volume 1966-1970 includes ten-year analysis of membership (1956-1966). Pertinent papers laid in.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph25 (1956-66)
  2. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph26 (1966-79)
  3. Haverford: No Film
Physical Description

1.5 linear ft. (5 v.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 1.13. Minutes, 1980-1989.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 1.21-1.23. Minutes, 1990-1992.
Box 1
Physical Description

3 folders

Material Specific Details

United

RG2/Ph/B5 1.14. Minutes, 1993-2005.
Box 2
Physical Description

13 folders

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 1.15-1.17. Minutes, 2006-2013.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Minutes of the monthly meeting for business: 2006-2007, 2008-2009, and 2010-2013 4mo.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

3 folders

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 1.18. Minutes, 2014-2015.
Box 1
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on Microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation:United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 1.19-1.20. Minutes, 2016-2018.
Box 1
Physical Description

2 folders

Material Specific Details

United

RG2/Ph/B5. Minutes (digital), 2021.
Scope and Contents

"Approved Minutes of Birmingham Monthly Meeting - 2021" is a combined file, with table of contents, included the reports to the monthly meeting of all meeting committees and from Quarterly and Yearly Meetings.

Physical Description

2 files (1 docx and 1 pdf/a)

RG2/Ph/B5 2.1-2.2. Minutes, 1827-1895.
Scope and Contents

Minutes of the Women's Meeting from 11mo 8, 1827 to 12mo 28, 1895. Volumes as follows: 2.1 1827-1878, 2.2 1878-1895.

General

Joint sessions with men began in 1896.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph30
  2. Haverford: No Film
Physical Description

2 v.; 35 cm. or smaller.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

HC.PhM.B520.03.001 (1250/J5.8.1). Minutes, 1815-1846.
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph14
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 99
Physical Description

1 volume (346 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Pre-Separation/Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.03.002 (1250/J5.9). Minutes, 1846-1896.
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph31
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 100
Physical Description

1 volume (427 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.03.002.1 (1250/J5.9). Index to Minutes, 1846-1896.
Box B-2
Physical Description

1 volume in folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.03.003 (1250/J5.10). Minutes, 1896-1919.
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph31
  2. Haverford: Microfilm 100
Physical Description

1 volume (213 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

HC.PhM.B520.03.004 (1250/J5.11). Minutes-Rough, 1908-1916.
Box B-2
Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 volume in folder (95 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

RG2/Ph/B5 4.1. Minute book, 1924-1940.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Minutes from 10mo 19, 1924 to 4mo 14, 1940.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph24
  2. Haverford: No Film
Physical Description

1 v. (189 p.) ; 22 x 15 cm.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 4.2-4.13. Minutes, 1993-2019.
Box 7
Physical Description

13 folders

Material Specific Details

United

RG2/Ph/B5 4.14. Annual Reports, 1978-2009.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

RG2/Ph/B5 5.1. Account book [Women's Monthly Meeting], 1857-1897.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 v. (44 p.)

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 5.2-5.6; 5.8-5.24. Financial records, 1897-2018.
Box 7 Volume 5.3 Volume 5.4 Volume 5.5
Scope and Contents

Financial records of Birmingham Monthly Meeting, 1869-1997. Includes account books [5.3] 1949-1971, [5.4] 1971-1986 & [5.5] 1986-1997, and 19 folders of financial papers, dated 1897, 1966-1968, and 2001-2018. Volume 1949-1971 include the records of Birmingham Preparative Meeting (Hicksite), 1869-1956 prior to the balance turning over once it was established as the Birmingham Monthly Meeting. Earlier financial records of Birmingham Preparative Meeting can be found in that collection.

Physical Description

3 v. + 19 folders. Bound volumes housed separately.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 5.7. Agreement with Friends Fiduciary Corporation (Hannum Trust Funds), 1987.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 6.1. Octagonal Schoolhouse Deed Transfer, 1967.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 6.2. Specifications and conditions of classroom addition to meetinghouse, 1967.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Architectural specifications and notes on the classroom addition to Birmingham Friends meeting house in Chester County, Pennsylvania, designed by William Macy Stanton and Cope & Lippincott, Architects, 1967.

Physical Description

1 v.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 6.3. Deed, 1991.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 6.4. Deed report, 1903.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 6.5. Buildings appraisal, 1983.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Insurance appraisal of the Octagonal Schoolhouse and the Meeting House by Mutual Inspection Bureau, Inc.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 6.6. Meeting House lease for kindergarten, 1971-1972.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 6.7. Use and Occupancy Agreement with Chester County Voter Services, 2024.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 6.8. Common Boundary Agreement for Burial Ground South, 2024.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Legal agreement related to a fence set back from the Burial Ground South's true common boundary with the property owners of 1270 Birmingham Road.

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.1. Annual reports, 1980-2005.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.2-7.10. Events, 1960-2001.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Files were kept by the Advancement and Fellowship Committee by event (turkey supper, chicken BBQ, rummage sale, etc.)

Physical Description

10 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.11. Record book of meals held at High Street Friends Meeting, 1931-1956.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Account book relating to quarterly, monthly, and preparative meeting suppers, as well as to suppers served for fundraising and social purposes at the West Chester meeting house. Included are: names of members of organizing committees, names of food donors, menus, news clippings, etc. Pertinent papers laid in.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.12. Minutes and landscape plan, 1956-1999.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.13. Account book, 1966-1986.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.14-7.15. Records, 1966-1969.
Box 7
Physical Description

2 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.16. Architectural plans, 1966-1967.
Folder RG2 OVERSIZE
Scope and Contents

Building plans and schematics are oversize, shelved flat separately

Physical Description

1 oversize folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.17. Bequests and trusts, 1971-2012.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.18. Budgets, 1969-1998.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.19. Tornado damage claims, 1998.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.20. Treasurer reports, 1968, 199-2002, 2007.
Box 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.21-7.27. Orthodox Meetinghouse acquisition, 1998-2006.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

In 1998, the former Birmingham Orthodox Meetinghouse was the private home of Dorothy Carroll, who wished to return it to the care of the current Birmingham Monthly Meeting. This file includes corresponence, minutes, and internal documentation of the Orthodox Meetinghouse acquisition consideration, alongside appraisals, fundraising files, and documents related to the 2006 Agreement of Sale.

Physical Description

7 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.28-7.29. Peace Center, 2001-2006.
Box 8
Physical Description

2 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.30-7.31. Minutes from Threshing and Visioning Meetings, 1992-1999.
Physical Description

2 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.32. Octagonal Schoolhouse History and Rehabilitation, 1981-1982.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.33. Discussions with members, circa 1989.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.34. Annual reports, 2003, 2007.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.35. Minutes, 2001.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.36. Individual memorials, 1972-2018.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.37. Annual reports, 1918, 1990-1991, 2004-2007.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.38. Minutes, 2000-2010.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.39. Annual reports, 2005-2006.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.40. Minutes, 1992-2004.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B52 2.1. Records, 1959-1962.
Scope and Contents

Records of the Overseers of Birmingham Monthly Meeting (Orthodox), primarily concerning the merger with West Chester Monthly Meeting. Included are: Minutes, 1959-1962; Membership lists, 1959-1962; and other miscellaneous papers.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.41. Annual reports, 1978-2007.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.42. Charitable contributions, 1974-2004.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.43. Letter to Distant Friends, 1995-2018.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.44-7.45. Marriage guidelines, circa 1970-2005.
Box 8
Physical Description

2 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.46-7.48. Membership guidelines, 1997-2008.
Box 8
Physical Description

3 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.49. Memorial guidelines, circa 2003.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.50-7.60. Minutes, 1946-2018.
Box 8
Physical Description

11 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.61. Tuition aid, 1999-2002.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.62-7.64. Minutes, 2003-2012.
Box 9
Physical Description

3 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.65. Publicity and public files, 2004-2012.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.66. Annual reports, 1978-2007.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.67-7.68. Minutes, 1968-2009.
Box 9
Physical Description

2 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.69. Reports to Monthly Meeting, 2002-2006.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.70. Annual reports, 1967-2015.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.71. Bids, 1982-2015.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.72. Burial grounds, circa 1977-2000.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.73-7.74. Clerk's file, 1987-2015.
Box 9
Physical Description

2 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.75. Insurance, 1999.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.76. Inventories, 1957-1982.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.77-7.78. Minutes, 2001-2008.
Box 9
Physical Description

2 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Scope and Contents

The Religious Education Committee records also cover First Day School

RG2/Ph/B5 7.79. Account books, 1953-1966.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.80. Annual reports, 1980-2007.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.81. Friendship Doll, 1927.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.82. Miscellaneous papers, 1980-2001.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.83-7.90. Minutes, 1908, 1966-1970, 1983-2014.
Box 9
Physical Description

8 folders

Material Specific Details

Hicksite/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.91. Vacation School, 1969.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.92. Visioning, 1997-1999.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.93. Annual reports, 2003-2007.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 7.94. General file, 2000-2001.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.1-3. Anniversary celebrations, 1915-1990.
Box 6
Physical Description

3 folders, including one guestbook

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.4. Annual Reports, 1983-2007.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.5. Birmingham Forum, 1987-1997.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.6. Boy Scout troop charters, 1948-1956.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.7. By-Laws, circa 1960s-2012.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.8-8.11. Clerk's records, 1990-2011.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Clerk's files may be duplicative of other series, as they include financial records, membership information, etc., but have been left intact to preserve the Clerk's ordering. Coverage is not comprehensive, and bulk of material is 1990-1996.

Physical Description

4 folders

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.12. Event flyers and programs, 1992-2012.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.13. Gravestone inscriptions of Lafayette Cemetery, 1936.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Lists gravestone inscription found at Lafayette Cemetery (Hicksite), Birmingham, Pennsylvania (1814-1936). Folder also contains : gravestone inscriptions found at the Orthodox Friends Cemetery (1858-1938). Carbon copy of typescript. With : Gravestone inscriptions of the Orthodox Friends Cemetery, Birmingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania / copied on July 18, 1936 by Bart Anderson and Marwood Darlington

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

  1. Swarthmore: Microfilm MR-Ph30
  2. Haverford: No Film
Physical Description

1 folder; 38 cm.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.14-8.16. Guestbooks of visitors to Meeting, 1940-2020.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Three bound guestbooks for meeting visitors. Guestbooks include special events, like a 11/25/1963 John F. Kennedy memorial and a 3/1/1996 World Day of Prayer, but mostly consists of visitors to weekly Meetings for Worship.

Physical Description

3 v.

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite/United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.17. "The History of Birmingham Monthly and West Chester Preparative Meetings...", circa 1850-1958.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Folder includes a record book with the handwritten history of the Meetings, written at some point after 1850. Folder also includes handwritten notes in a variety of hands, and a 1958 typescript of the record book.

Physical Description

1 folder, including bound volume

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.18. Manuals of procedures, 1982-1994.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.19-8.20. Officers and Committee Members, 1962-2020.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Includes index (in binder) of officers and committee members by assignment, 1962-1987, and a folder with an incomplete list by year, 1972-2020.

Physical Description

2 folders

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B52 3.1. Papers, 1915-ca. 1940.
Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous papers of historical interest related to the Orthodox Birmingham Monthly Meeting, including the script of Christmas tableaux (ca.1940), and notes on the celebration of the centennial of Birmingham meeting, 1915.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in the following location(s):

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

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: Orthodox

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.21-8.22. Sonia Ralston: publication correspondence, 1989-1997.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Working files for Ralston's publications Plowshares and The Amazing Grace of Silence.

Physical Description

2 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.23. Safe Deposit Box Contents, reviewed in 2005, 2005.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Affiliation: United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 8.24. Website working group, 2007-2008.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 9.1-9.3. The Meeting Messenger, 1920-1955.
Physical Description

3 volumes

Material Specific Details

Hicksite

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 9.4. The Messenger / Friends Messenger [Draft], 1958-1971.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Incomplete run

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 9.5-9.9. Friends Messenger [Draft], 1972-1991.
Box 5
Physical Description

5 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 9.10-17. Friends Messenger, 1991-2013.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Weekly newsletter through 2013 8mo

Physical Description

8 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/B5 9.18-9.29. Birmingham Friends Bulletin, 2000-2011.
Box 5
Physical Description

12 folders

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Print, Suggest