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Concord Friends Meeting Records

1967-2007
2 boxes (0.75 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 902 c6636

Although a Friends' meeting met in Concord, N.H., from 1805 to 1840, the current Monthly Meeting dates to 1953, when it was accorded status as a preparative meeting under Weare Monthly. It has been part of Dover Quarter since it was set off on its own in 1967.

The records of the Concord Friends Meeting contain a relatively complete set of minutes from 1967 through 2006, and newsletter starting in about 1992.

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Background on Concord Monthly Meeting


An image of: Abbie Loring in Cape Cod Quaker attire, ca.1930.Photo by Alton H. Blackington

Abbie Loring in Cape Cod Quaker attire, ca.1930.
Photo by Alton H. Blackington

The Quaker monthly meeting in Concord, New Hampshire, has both a long and short history. In the latter part of the eighteenth century, Benjamin Hannaford moved from Haverhill, Mass., to Concord and set up a popular tavern in town. His son Greely Hannaford, a builder, became a convinced Friend after hearing a woman preach in meeting in Portland, Maine, "so appropriately to my state of mind," he wrote, "that I was astonished and like Paul, struck down to the ground at noontime."

Hannaford in turn convinced his sister to follow his lead and become a Quaker, and it was she who returned to Concord in 1805 to establish the first meeting. The first meetinghouse there was constructed in 1815, however when the site was sold to the state in the following year, the meetinghouse was relocated to a site adjacent to the Hannaford tavern.

The Concord meeting reached its peak in about 1820, but languished thereafter. By 1840, it was laid down, with the meetinghouse sold to the local school district in 1845, and then sold again in 1859 and turned into a private residence. A small Friends' burial ground is part of the Old North Cemetery on State Street.

Revived after the Second World War, the Friends meeting in Concord was accorded status as a preparative meeting under Weare Monthly Meeting in 1953, and was set off on its own as a monthly in 1967. It has been part of Dover Quarter since its founding.

Scope of collection

The records of the Concord Friends Meeting contain a relatively complete set of minutes from `967 through 2006, and newsletter starting in about 1992.

Inventory

Minutes
1967-2006
11:B3
Concord Monthly: Minutes
1967 May-1968 Nov.
Box 1: 2
Concord Monthly: Minutes
1969-1970 Sept.
Box 1: 3
Concord Monthly: Minutes
1971-1973
Box 1: 4
Concord Monthly: Minutes
1974-1975
Box 1: 5
Concord Monthly: Minutes
1976-1978 June
Box 1: 6
Concord Monthly: Minutes
1978 July-1983 May
Box 1: 7
Concord Monthly: Minutes
1983 June-1986 Aug.
Box 1: 8
Concord Monthly: Minutes
1986 Sept.-1988
Box 1: 9
Concord Monthly: Minutes
1989
Box 1: 10
Concord Monthly: Minutes
1990
Box 1: 11
Concord Monthly: Minutes
1990-1992
Box 2: 1
Concord Monthly: Minutes
1993-1998 June
Box 2: 2
Concord Monthly: Minutes
2006 July, Sept., Nov.
Box 2: 3
Correspondence and reports
1975-1989
11:B3
Concord Monthly: Correspondence
1975-1983
Box 2: 4
Gfroerer, John: First Friends' meeting of Concord
1989 May
Box 1: 1
Newsletters and publications
1992-2007
11:B3
Concord Monthly: Newsletters
1992-1996
Box 2: 5
Concord Monthly: Newsletters (lacking Sept. and Oct. 2001)
1997-2003 Summer
Box 2: 6
Concord Monthly: Newsletters (lacking Dec. 1995, 2007 Winter)
2005 Nov.-2007 Fall
Box 2: 7

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends Records, March 2016.

Related Material

This collection is part of the New England Yearly Meeting Records.

Current contact for the meeting

Concord Friends Meeting website (accessed Nov. 2018).

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, November 2018.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Concord Friends Meeting Records (MS 902 c6636). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Concord (N.H.)--Religious life and customs
  • New England Yearly Meeting of Friends
  • Quakers--New Hampshire
  • Society of Friends--New Hampshire

Contributors

  • Concord Monthly Meeting [main entry]

Genres and formats

  • Minutes (Administrative records)
  • Newsletters

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