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Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting of Friends Records

1985-2010
1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 902 f747

Since the merger of the Boston Monthly Meeting with the Independent Cambridge Monthly during the second quarter of the twentieth century, the Society of Friends has expanded in the Boston area. Fresh Pond began as an allowed meeting under Cambridge Monthly in 1989 and was set off as a monthly meeting of its own in 1991. It has been under care of Salem Quarterly Meeting since its inception.

The records from Fresh Pond include a nearly complete set of minutes for the meeting's first five years and a nearly comprehensive set of newsletters.

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Background on Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting of Friends


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

Since the merger of the Boston Monthly Meeting with the Independent Cambridge Monthly during the second quarter of the twentieth century, the Society of Friends has expanded in the Boston area.

Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting got its start at a potluck supper at the Friends Meeting in Cambridge in November 1988, when Andrew Towl spurred a his associates to explore establishing a new meeting in the Boston area. The rationale behind the plan ranged from a desire for a smaller group where a sense of community could be built that was difficult to achieve in a meeting as large as Cambridge to the hope of better accommodating intergenerational worship and expanding the theological climate in meeting to include those with more explicitly Christian language.

The group gathered for worship for the first time on Jan. 1, 1989, was accepted as an allowed meeting under Cambridge Monthly shortly thereafter, and was set off as a monthly meeting of its own in 1991. It has been under care of Salem Quarterly Meeting since its inception.

Scope of collection

The records from Fresh Pond include a nearly complete set of minutes for the meeting's first five years and a nearly comprehensive set of newsletters.

Inventory

Minutes
1990-1995
Fresh Pond Monthly: Minutes (lacking Feb.-Mar. and June-Dec 1991; Jan., Mar-May, and Aug. 1992)
1990 Dec.-1995 June
Box 1: 5
(11:B5)
Correspondence and reports
1990, 1992-1993
Fresh Pond Monthly: State of society reports
1990, 1992, 1993
Box 1: 5
(11:B5)
Fresh Pond Monthly: Directory of members
1993
Box 1: 1
(11:B5)
Newsletters and publications
1995-2010
Fresh Pond Monthly: Newsletters
1995-2000
Box 1: 1
(11:B5)
Fresh Pond Monthly: Newsletters
2001-2003
Box 1: 2
(11:B5)
Fresh Pond Monthly: Newsletters
2003-2005
Box 1: 3
(11:B5)
Fresh Pond Monthly: Newsletters (lacking 2006 Oct.-Dec, 2007 Dec.)
2006-2010
Box 1: 4
(11:B5)
Miscellaneous
1985
Fresh Pond Monthly: Meeting history
1995
Box 1: 1
(11:B5)

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

Website

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, October 2018.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting of Friends Records (MS 902 F747). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Cambridge (Mass.)--Religious life and customs
  • New England Yearly Meeting of Friends
  • Quakers--Massachusetts
  • Society of Friends--Massachusetts

Contributors

  • Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting of Friends [main entry]

Genres and formats

  • Minutes (Administrative records)
  • Newsletters

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