Smithfield Monthly Meeting

  • 1716-2018
  • 6 boxes (9 linear feet)
  • Call no.: MS 902 s658

Founded in 1703, the Smithfield Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is the oldest surviving institution in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The original meetinghouse was built in 1719 and the current building was erected after a fire in 1881.

The records of the Smithfield Monthly Meeting document three centuries of an active meeting within the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends. Beginning 1718, the collection includes comprehensive minutes for both men's and women's meetings (when separate); notices of births, deaths, marriages, separations, removals, and arrivals; accounts of the meeting's Bible School held in the last quarter of the nineteenth century; records of the Ladies' Aid and Women's Foreign Missionary Auxiliary; and in more recent years, a complete run of newsletters.

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Background on Smithfield Monthly Meeting


An image of: Smithfield Meeting House

Smithfield Meeting House

Part of New England Yearly Meeting, Smithfield Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is one of the oldest Quaker meetinghouses in the area.

Founded in 1703, the Smithfield Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is the oldest surviving institution in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The original meetinghouse was built in 1719 and the current building was erected after a fire in 1881. Through continuous use of the building and land, the meeting has a long history of service to the community. A center of the American Abolition Movement, the meeting took a strong stand for equality by admitting slaves and freed men into membership. Stephen Hopkins, Governor of Rhode Island and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was removed from the membership rolls for refusing to free his slaves.

Smithfield has an important place in the history of Rhode Island and NEYM, having remained a center of activism to this day. Our meetinghouse, parsonage, and cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Scope of collection

The records of the Smithfield Monthly Meeting document three centuries of an active meeting within the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends. Beginning 1718, the collection includes comprehensive minutes for both men's and women's meetings (when separate); notices of births, deaths, marriages, separations, removals, and arrivals; accounts of the meeting's Bible School held in the last quarter of the nineteenth century; records of the Ladies' Aid and Women's Foreign Missionary Auxiliary; and in more recent years, a complete run of newsletters.

Collection inventory

Minutes
1716-2018
Smithfield Monthly
1716-1928
Box: 0.5 lin. ft.
11:E4
Smithfield Monthly
1780-1960
Box: 0.5 lin. ft.
11:E4
Smithfield Monthly
1977-1995
Box: 0.5 lin. ft.
11:E4
Smithfield Monthly
1995-2007
Box: 0.25
11:E4
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes (Miscellaneous)
1923-1954
Bound vol.
NOS
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes
1903 Oct.-1936 Dec.
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes
1937-1950
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes
1950-1961
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes
1961-1976
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes (Men and Women)
1857 Mar. 26-1903 Aug. 27
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: (In same box: Smithfield Monthly (1940-1942, 1992-1998) and Smiths Neck Monthly (1999-))
1940-1999
Box: 0.5 lin. ft.
11:E5
Smithfield Monthly: (In same box: Smithfield Monthly (1940-1942, 1992-1998) and Smiths Neck Monthly (1999-))
1940-1999
Box: 0.5 lin. ft.
Merged
Mens' Meeting
1718-1857
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes (Men)
1718 May 9-1763 May 26
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes (Men)
1763 June 20-1780 Aug. 31
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes
1780 Sept. 28-18 Jan. 11-26
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes
1801 Dec. 30-1829 Mar. 26
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes
1829 Apr. 30-1857 Feb. 26
Bound vol.
09:D4
Womens' Meeting
1718-1892
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes (Women)
1718-1774
Folder
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes (Women)
1775 Jan. 27-1818 Sept.
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes (Women)
1818 Oct. 22-1847 May 27
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes (Women)
1847 June 23-1892 June 30
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Minutes (Women) (Denials, removals, etc.)
1783 June 26-1872 Apr. 11
Bound vol.
09:D3
Bible School
1874-1931
Smithfield Monthly: Bible School (Minutes)
1874-1877
Bound vol.
09:D2
Smithfield Monthly: Bible School (Minutes)
1898 Apr. 24-1916 Mar. 12
Bound vol.
09:D2
Smithfield Monthly: Bible School (Minutes)
1916 Mar. 26-1931 May 17
Bound vol.
09:D2
Smithfield Monthly: Bible Class
1883-1884
Bound vol.
09:D2
Smithfield Monthly: Bible School
1891
Bound vol.
09:D2
Smithfield Monthly: Bible School
1891-1931
Box: 0.25
11:E5
Smithfield Monthly: Bible School
1899
Bound vol.
09:D2
Smithfield Monthly: Bible Class Superintendent
1885-1890
Bound vol.
09:D2
Smithfield Monthly: Bible School Superintendant
1891-1895
Bound vol.
09:D2
Smithfield Monthly: Bible School Superintendant
1896-1900
Bound vol.
09:D2
Committees
1929
Ladies Aid Society
1718-1892
Smithfield Monthly: Ladies Aid (Minutes)
1919 Feb. 18-1924 June 3
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Ladies Aid (Minutes)
1924 Sept. 23-1930 Sept. 15
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Ladies Aid (Minutes)
1930 Oct. 6-1936 Oct.
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Ladies Aid (Minutes)
1936 Nov. 18-1943 Sept. 22
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Ladies Aid (Minutes)
1949 Mar. 2-1057 Dec. 18
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Ladies Aid (Minutes)
1953-1955
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Ladies Aid (Treasurer)
1919-1965
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Membership
ca.1833
Bound vol.
09:D3
Ministry and Counsel
1718-1892
Smithfield Monthly: Ministers and Elders
1783 Sept. 4-1858 Jan. 27
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Ministry and Counsel
1960 Feb. 7-1980 Dec.
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Ministry and Oversight
1923-1959
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Preparative: Ministry and Oversight
1902 July-1922 July 26
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Monthly: Treasurer
1776 Oct. 25-1910 Aug. 23
Bound vol.
09:D3
Womens' Foreign Auxiliary
1718-1892
Smithfield Monthly: Womens Foreign Missionary Auxiliary (Membership)
1929-1947
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Womens Foreign Missionary Auxiliary (Treasurer)
1915-1919
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Womens Foreign Missionary Auxiliary
1919-1920
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Womens Foreign Missionary Auxiliary
1929-1938
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Womens Missionary Society
1939 Jan. 11-1952 July 9
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Young Peoples Society for Christian Endeavor
1903-1918
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: First Day School Conference
1875
Bound vol.
09:D2
Smithfield Monthly: School
1777-1836
Bound vol.
09:D3
Vital records, epistles, and newsletters
1929
Smithfield Monthly: Epistles received
1712-1860
Box: 0.5 lin. ft.
11:E5
Smithfield Monthly: Newsletters (Same box: West Falmouth Preparative, Saylesville Monthly, Smithfield Monthly)
1986-2008
Box
11:G2
Smithfield Monthly: Property records
Box: 0.25
11:E4
Smithfield Monthly: Vital records: Births and deaths
1765-1857
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Vital records: Denials, intentions of marriage, removals
1786-1900
Bound vol.
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Vital records: index
undated
Folder
09:D3
Smithfield Monthly: Vital records: Marriages
1723 Oct. 1-1905 Oct. 18
Bound vol.
09:D3
Quarterly
1929
Smithfield Quarterly: Conference records
1882 Mar. 1-1895 Feb.
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: Ministers and Elders
1801 Nov. 11-1847 Nov. 10
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: Ministers and Elders
1848-1918
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: Ministry and Oversight
1919-1949
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: Minutes
1913-1951
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: Minutes
1951-1964
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: Minutes
1951 June-1954 Apr.
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: Minutes (Men)
1801 Nov. 12-1847 May 13
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: Minutes (Women)
1801 Nov. 12-1847 May 13
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: Minutes (Women)
1847 Aug. 11-1886 May 13
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: Minutes (Women)
1886 Aug. 12-1894 Feb. 8
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: Treasurer
1801 May 12-1915 Jan. 20
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: Treasurer
1910-1979
Bound vol.
09:D4
Smithfield Quarterly: (In same box: Rhode Island Quarterly (1923-1969) and Smithfield Quarterly (1954-1969))
1954-1969
Box: 0.25
Merged
Smithfield Quarterly: (May also be Rhode Island Quarterly)
1965-2010
Box: 0.5 lin. ft.
11:E5

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Part of the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends Records, October 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, October 2018.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Smithfield Monthly Meeting Records (MS 902 S658). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Missionaries--Rhode Island
  • Quakers--Rhode Island
  • Woonsocket (R.I.)--History

Names

  • New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

Genre terms

  • Newsletters

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