rotating decorative images from SCUA collections

Northwest Quarterly Meeting of Friends Records

1957-1989
2 boxes (1 linear foot)
Call no.: MS 902 N67848

The Northwest Quarterly Meeting of Friends consists of a collection of monthly meetings located in northwestern New England, specifically from Vermont and western New Hampshire. It was formed out of the Upper Connecticut (CT) Valley Monthly Meeting and was set off from the Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting in 1959. It currently includes monthly meetings from Bennington (VT), Burlington (VT), Hanover (NH), Plainfield (VT) and Putney (VT).

The collection primarily includes correspondence from the start of the QM in 1959 to 1982, and is organized by clerk, chronologically. It also includes a partial collection of minutes, mostly handwritten from 1959-1974, and a folder of Ministry and Counsel committee minutes from 1964 and from 1970. There are six folders of administrative records (mailings lists and position statements) and a folder of miscellaneous logistical information sent to the membership about preparations for various quarterly meetings. There are also 2 additional boxes with an almost complete set of issues of the newsletter "The Nor'wester" from 1959-2005.

See similar SCUA collections:

Background on Northwest Quarterly 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

The Northwest Quarterly Meeting of Friends consists of a collection of monthly meetings located in northwestern New England, specifically from Vermont and western New Hampshire. It was formed out of the Upper Connecticut (CT) Valley Monthly Meeting. Initially, the Upper CT Valley attracted members from both Vermont and New Hampshire, more often-but not always-from New Hampshire towns bordering Vermont. In 1959, it was set off from the Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting. As it evolved, it initially included monthly meetings from Bennington (VT), Burlington (VT), and Hanover (NH), then eventually Plainfield (VT) and Putney (VT). According to NEYM archivist Richard Stattler, prior to the 1990’s, “the Quarterly Meeting and its monthly meetings provided only informal care to the independent worship groups within its boundaries. These worship groups were often based on only a handful of families, and were often transitory in nature. Any attempt to list them must be somewhat imprecise.”

Scope of collection

The collection primarily includes correspondence from the start of the QM in 1959 to 1982, and was originally organized by clerk, chronologically. This organization has been maintained in the "Correspondence" series. It also includes a partial collection of minutes, mostly handwritten from 1959-1974. There is one folder of Ministry and Counsel committee minutes from 1964 and from 1970. In the Administrative Records series, there are four folders of mailing lists spanning 1957-1970 as well as 2 folders containing position statements on capital punishment and the Vietnam War. There is one folder of miscellaneous logistical information sent to the membership about preparations for various quarterly meetings sometimes held at the Farm and Wilderness Camp in Vermont. There are also 2 additional boxes with an almost complete set of issues of the newsletter "The Nor'wester". The newsletter appears to have been published January to May or June and Sep-Dec from 1960-1964, switching to quarterly publication at the very end of 1964 with the "Fall 1964" issue.

Inventory

Minutes and Reports
1959-1974
Northwest Quarterly: Minutes
1959-1974
Box 1: 1
Northwest Quarterly: State of the Northwest Quarter Report
1972
Box 1: 2
Correspondence
1959-1983
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence
1959-1968
Box 1: 3
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--"Round Robin" letters
1959 Nov-Dec
Box 1: 4
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--"Round Robin" letters
1960-1961 Mar
Box 1: 5
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Lepneau, Frank J.
1962 Jan-Mar
Box 1: 6
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Wilson, Emily-Clerk
1969 Jul-Dec
Box 1: 7
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Wilson, Emily-Clerk
1970 Jan-Apr
Box 1: 8
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Wilson, Emily-Clerk
1970 May-Dec
Box 1: 9
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Wilson, Emily-Clerk
1971 Jan-Feb
Box 1: 10
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Colman, Elizabeth (Shep)-Clerk
1971 Oct-Dec
Box 1: 11
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Colman, Elizabeth (Shep)-Clerk
1972 Jan-May
Box 1: 12
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Colman, Elizabeth (Shep)-Clerk
1972 Jun
Box 1: 13
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Colman, Elizabeth (Shep)-Clerk
1972 Sep-Dec
Box 1: 14
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Colman, Elizabeth (Shep)-Clerk
1973 Jan-Jun
Box 1: 15
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Agard, Robert-Clerk
1973 Jun-Dec
Box 1: 16
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Agard, Robert-Clerk
1974
Box 1: 17
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Agard, Robert-Clerk
1975
Box 1: 18
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Agard, Robert-Clerk
1976
Box 1: 19
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Agard, Robert-Clerk
1977 Jan-Jun
Box 1: 20
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Towle, Virginia-Clerk
1977 Jun-Aug
Box 1: 21
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Towle, Virginia-Clerk
1977 Sep-Dec
Box 1: 22
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Towle, Virginia-Clerk
1978 Jan-Jun
Box 1: 23
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Ross, Frances-Clerk
1978 Jun-Dec
Box 1: 24
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Ross, Frances-Clerk
1979
Box 1: 25
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Ross, Frances-Clerk
1980
Box 1: 26
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Ross, Frances-Clerk
1981 Jan-Jun
Box 1: 27
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--St. John, Constance-Clerk
1981 Jun-Nov
Box 1: 28
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--St. John, Constance-Clerk
1981 Dec - 1982 May
Box 1: 29
Northwest Quarterly: Correspondence--Bassett, Thomas-Editor of "Nor'wester"
1981 Aug-1983 May
Box 1: 30
Worship and Ministry Committee
1964, 1970
Northwest Quarterly: Ministry and Counsel Minutes
1964, 1970
Box 1: 31
Adiministrative Records
1957-1974
Upper Connecticut Valley Monthly: Mailing Lists
1957 Jul - 1958
Box 1: 32
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Mailing Lists
1958-1959
Box 1: 33
Northwest Quarterly: Mailing Lists
1959-1963
Box 1: 34
Northwest Quarterly: Mailing Lists
1965-1970
Box 1: 35
Northwest Quarterly Members Holding NEYM Offices
1961, 1967-1974
Box 1: 36
Northwest Quarterly: Position Statements
1959
Box 1: 37
Northwest Quarterly: Statistical Records (lacking 1970, 1974)
1959-1976
Box 1: 38
Northwest Quarterly: Position Statements
circa 1972
Box 1: 39
Newsletters
1959-2005
Northwest Quarterly: Newsletters
1959 Nov-1964 Jan
Box 2: 1
Northwest Quarterly: Newsletters
1964 Feb-1970
Box 2: 2
Northwest Quarterly: Newsletters
1971-1977
Box 2: 3
Northwest Quarterly: Newsletters
1978-1983
Box 2: 4
Northwest Quarterly: Newsletters
1984-1989
Box 2: 5
Northwest Quarterly: Newsletters
1990-1996
Box 2: 6
Northwest Quarterly: Newsletters
1997-2001
Box 2: 7
Northwest Quarterly: Newsletters
2002-2005
Box 3: 1
Miscellaneous
1965-1973
Northwest Quarterly: Miscellaneous--Note from Junior Friends Meeting to the "Grownups"
circa 1959
Box 1: 40
Northwest Quarterly: Miscellaneous--Logistical Information for Upcoming Meetings
1965-1973
Box 1: 41

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

https://neym.org/meetings/by-quarter/northwest

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, October 2018; Susan Creighton, June 2019.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Northwest Quarterly Meeting of Friends Records (MS 902 N67848). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • New England Yearly Meeting of Friends
  • New Hampshire--Religious life and customs
  • Quakers--New Hampshire
  • Quakers--Vermont
  • Society of Friends--New Hampshire
  • Society of Friends--Vermont
  • Vermont--Religious life and customs

Contributors

  • Northwest Quarterly Meeting of Friends [main entry]

Genres and formats

  • Correspondence
  • Minutes (Administrative records)
  • Newsletters
  • Reports

Link to similar SCUA collections