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Norristown 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

Norristown Monthly Meeting was established in 1936 by Abington Quarterly Meeting (Hicksite) out of Norristown Preparative Meeting at the dissolution of the first Gwynedd Monthly Meeting (Hicksite). It became a united meeting in 1953 by affiliation with the two Abington Quarterly Meetings. Norristown is currently an active monthly meeting

Collection includes: minutes of the Business Meeting, 1936-2021 (including 1936 records of Norristown Preparative Meeting). Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Corporation and Board of Trustees minutes, 1962-2005, along with other legal and financial papers (including incorporation files related to Norristown Monthly and Preparative Meetings). Other records include an index of marriages, financial and property records (including relating to Providence Meeting House and Norristown Preparative Meeting), and a newsletter, Friendly Notes.

The records of Norristown Monthly Meeting also include some records of its predecessor, Norristown Preparative Meeting, which was under care of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) and Abington Quarterly Meeting. Bulk of records related to Norristown Preparative Meeting are described separately in QM-Ph-N620.

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/N6 2.1. Marriage Records Index, 1915-2005.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Volume entitled Index to Marriage Records In Book No.2, of which the first part is a copy of the same in the records of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting, 1780-1917, and then continues as an index of the marriages of the members of Norristown. Folder also includes a computer printout continuing the index to 2005.

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

Scope and Contents

Minutes of the Business Meeting, 1977-2003, may be found in Series 4 Miscellaneous (4.4).

RG2/Ph/N6 1.1-1.10. Minutes, 1936-1947.
Volume 1.1
Scope and Contents

Volume also contains minutes of Norristown Preparative Meeting, 1936.

Physical Description

1 volume

Material Specific Details

United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/N6 1.2-1.6. Minutes, 1947-1991.
Box 1 Box 2 Box 3 Box 4 Box 5
Scope and Contents

1.2: 1947-1954, 1.3: 1954-1971, 1.4: 1972-1978, 1.5: 1979-1986, 1.6 1987-1991.

Box 1.4 includes minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Corporation and other legal papers, 1962-1986.

Physical Description

5 boxes

RG2/Ph/N6 1.23-33. Minutes [Clerk's general files], 1992-2004.
Box 7 Box 8
Scope and Contents

Minute files for 1992-2003 are general files for the years' business. They also include reports to the monthly meeting for business from various committees (Finance, Oversight, Social Concerns, etc.), treasurer's reports, State of the Meeting reports, annual Board of Trustee reports, membership and memorial minutes, Recorder reports on meeting members, occasional correspondence, and other clerk's files.

Physical Description

11 folders

RG2/Ph/N6 1.7-1.22. Minutes, 2004-2021.
Box 6 Box 7
Physical Description

16 folders

RG2/Ph/N6 1.34. Minutes, 2022.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Includes appended reports

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/N6++ 3.5. Deeds, Indentures, and Property Plans, 1830-1982.
Folder RG2 OVERSIZE Box 9
Scope and Contents

Property records, including some related to Norristown Preparative (1860-1936) and Indulged (1852-1860) Meetings. Also included is 1982 plan of Norristown property by Richard William Clauser, surveyor. Other related property records are part of Norristown Preparative Meeting collection

Physical Description

1 oversize folder and 1 regular folder

Material Specific Details

Pre-Separaration / Hicksite / United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/N6 3.9. "Draft of Friends' Burying Ground", circa 1840s.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

List of children buried in shared plots and a plot map of interments with names. Undated, but likely created before 1860 (the last recorded interment was in 1848) as the plot mat leaves significant space to note additional interments.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Hicksite

RG2/Ph/N6 3.10. Request to discontinue the burial ground, circa 1850s.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Undated request, signed by several dozen members of Norristown Preparative Meeting, to Gwynedd Monthly Meeting to formally discontinue the use of the burial ground at Norristown.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Hicksite

RG2/Ph/N6 3.1. By-Laws and Incorporation Records, 1872-1945.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Incorporation and account transfer paperwork dates from Norristown Monthly Meeting's establishment in 1937, and also includes incorporation paperwork related to its predecessor Norristown Preparative Meeting under care of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) and Abington Quarterly Meeting.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Hicksite / United

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

RG2/Ph/N6 3.3. Bills and Receipts, 1891-1947.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Includes bills for caring for Upper Providence, 1891, receipt for subscription to Farm Journal, 1894, bill for cleaning and mowing, 1934, and maintenance, 1947. Folder also includes undated photograph (copy) of the Thomas Elwood Rogers family and that of of Upper Providence.

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/N6 3.4. Account book, 1920-1953.
Volume 3.4
Scope and Contents

Contains Rates of Members of Norristown Preparative and Monthly Meetings, 1920-1953, as well as notes on Invested Funds, 1931-33. Volume also includes accounts of the First Day School, 1907-1917.

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/N6 3.2. Stock Certificates, 1945.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Certificates for 5 shares of Jefferson Building, Inc. totaling 25 shares; certificates marked as receiving a liquidating dividend.

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/N6 3.11. Redevelopment analysis, 1956.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Carbon copy of "A Redevelopment Analysis for the Norristown Friends Meeting House" dated August 24, 1956.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

RG2/Ph/N6 3.8. List of bequests, 1962.
Box 8
RG2/Ph/N6 3.7. Friends Fiduciary Corporation agreement with Norristown Monthly Meeting of Friends, Inc., 1972.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

RG2/Ph/N6 3.6. Treasurer's Reports and other financial statements, 1972-2003.
Box 8
Physical Description

1 folder

RG2/Ph/N6 5.1-5.2. Board of Trustees minutes and related records, 1961-2005.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Primarily minutes of annual Board of Trustees meetings (with accompanying MM Treasurer reports). File also includes some general financial correspondence and bequest and trust information as well as revised incorporation and by-laws drafts for Norristown Monthly Meeting preceeding the 2005 laying down of the Board of Trustees as a separate corporate body.

Physical Description

2 folders

RG2/Ph/N6 5.3. Corporation Annual Meeting minutes, 1962-1986.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

RG2/Ph/N6 5.4. Incorporation By-Laws, 1962.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

RG2/Ph/N6 5.5. Incorporation Charter, 1944.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

RG2/Ph/N6 6.1. Building Committee records, 1938.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

RG2/Ph/N6 6.2. Scholarship Committee report, 1971.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

United

RG2/Ph/N6 6.3. Nominating Committee reports, 1976-1986.
Box 9

RG2/Ph/N6 4.4. History materials, 1929-1966.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Includes a record of the 1929 deposit agreement with the Friends Historical Library, a 1934 accounting of grave markers at the Swede & Jacoby Street property, and a typescript of an article about the Providence Meetinghouse from the Norristown Times Herald (6/25/66).

Physical Description

1 folder

RG2/Ph/N6 4.5. Extracts from Gwynedd Monthly Meeting minutes re establishment of Norristown Meeting, 1842-1860.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Undated ms copy (pre-1900) of the meeting minutes of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting that relate to the establishment of a meeting for worship and, later, a preparative meeting at Norristown under Gwynedd's care.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Hicksite

RG2/Ph/N6 4.6. Providence Meeting House building repair records, 1915-1919.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Correspondence and bills related to repairs needed at the Upper Providence Meeting House.

Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Hicksite

RG2/Ph/N6 4.7. Records-related correspondence, 1929-1944.
Box 9
Physical Description

1 folder

RG2/Ph/N6 4.3. Norristown Monthly Meeting plan of organization, 1980, 1993.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

The 1980 plan also includes a carbon copy of the 1944 corporation charter and incorporation by-laws.

Physical Description

1 folder

RG2/Ph/N6 4.8. Friendly Notes [newsletter], 1937-1944.
Physical Description

1 folder

Material Specific Details

Hicksite

RG2/Ph/N6 4.1-4.2. Friendly Notes [newsletter], 1945-2012.
Physical Description

2 boxes

Physical Location

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

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