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Dartmouth Monthly Meeting of Friends (Wilburite) Records

1845-1990
2 boxes, 12 vols. (1.75 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 902 w553 d378

Separating from the "larger body" of the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting in 1845, in Dartmouth, Mass., the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting became one the more successful Wilburite meetings in New England, strengthened by the absorption of smaller peers including Westport (1850), New Bedford (1865), and Berwick (1881). In 1944, just prior to the New England Friends' reunification, Dartmouth Monthly changed its name to North Dartmouth Monthly to distinguish itself from the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting situated in South Dartmouth.

The relatively rich documentation for Dartmouth Monthly Meeting (Wilburite) begins with the meeting's establishment in the separation of 1845 and continues through reunification as the North Dartmouth Monthly Meeting. This collection includes continuous minutes from 1845 through 1989 (including the men's and women's minutes), with less thorough records from the Treasurer and, for a brief period only, for the Ministers and Elders. The vital records are restricted to a single volume of certificates of removal.

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Background on Dartmouth Monthly Meeting of Friends (Wilburite)


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

Separating from the "larger body" of the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting in 1845, in Dartmouth, Mass., the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting became one the more successful Wilburite meetings in New England, strengthened by the absorption of smaller peers including Westport (1850), New Bedford (1865), and Berwick (1881). In 1944, just prior to the New England Friends' reunification, Dartmouth Monthly changed its name to North Dartmouth Monthly to distinguish itself from the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting situated in South Dartmouth.

After the separation of 1845, Dartmouth became part of the Sandwich (1845-1935) and then the combined Rhode Island and Sandwich Quarterly (1935-1945). Since the Wilburite and Gurneyite reunification, North Dartmouth has been part of the Narragansett (1944-1951), Rhode Island (1951-1971), Rhode Island-Smithfield (1971-1979), and finally the Sandwich Quarterly (1979-present). In turn, Dartmouth oversaw a worship group in nearby New Bedford (1865-1871 and 1881-1892) and preparatory meetings known as the North (1845-1935) and South Preparatory Meetings (1845-1863, which was also a worship group 1863-1865), as well as Westport Preparatory (1851-1851).

Scope of collection

The relatively rich documentation for Dartmouth Monthly Meeting (Wilburite) begins with the meeting's establishment in the separation of 1845 and continues through reunification as the North Dartmouth Monthly Meeting. This collection includes continuous minutes from 1845 through 1989 (including the men's and women's minutes), with less thorough records from the Treasurer and, for a brief period only, for the Ministers and Elders. The vital records are restricted to a single volume of certificates of removal.

The records of Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite) and North Dartmouth Monthly are kept together because they were kept continuously through the reunion of the New England Yearly Meeting in 1945, using the same volumes.

Inventory

Minutes
1845-1960
Men's Minutes
1845-1911
Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite): Men's minutes
1845-1911
Bound vol.
08:H1
Women's Minutes
1845-1908
Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite): Women's minutes
1845-1894
Bound vol.
08:H1
Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite): Women's minutes
1894-1908
Bound vol.
08:H1
Joint Minutes
1912-1989
Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite): Minutes
1912-1973
Bound vol.
08:H1
Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite): Rough Minutes
1924-1932 Dec. 29
Bound vol.
08:H1
North Dartmouth Monthly (label inaccurately reads "Treasurer")
1973-1989
Bound vol.
09:B4
Correspondence and reports
1944-1991
North Dartmouth Monthly: Minutes (rough draft, lacking 1969-1978)
1961-1981
Box 1: 1
North Dartmouth Monthly: Cemeteries
1969-1970
Box 1: 2
North Dartmouth Monthly: Finances
1966-1972
Box 1: 3
North Dartmouth Monthly: History
1969, 1974
Box 1: 4
North Dartmouth Monthly: Marriages
1947-1973
Box 1: 5
North Dartmouth Monthly: Membership
1946-1980
Box 1: 6
North Dartmouth Monthly: Miscellaneous
1962-1991
Box 1: 7
Contents:

Includes news clippings regarding members, State of the Society reports, correspondence, committee reports, Statement on realignment (1991).
North Dartmouth Monthly: Oral history with Marion Goodwin ("North Dartmouth Meeting recollections")
1972 Aug. 27
1/4" reel
Box 1: 8
North Dartmouth Monthly: Peace activities
1967-1982
Box 1: 9
North Dartmouth Monthly: Statistical report
1944-1980
Box 1: 10
North Dartmouth Monthly: Yearly Meeting schools
1970-1973
Box 1: 11
Vital Records
1845-1917
Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite): Removal certificates
1845-1917
Bound vol.
08:H1
Worship and Ministry
1845-1907
Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite): Ministers and Elders (1845-1871) and Preparatory Meeting (1904-1907)
1845-1907
Bound vol.
08:H1
Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite): Ministers and Elders (1845-1871) and Preparatory Meeting (1904-1907): copied
1845-1907
Bound vol.
08:H1
Financial and Property
1845-1974
Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite): Deeds and property records
1835-1990
Box: 0.25 lin. feet
Box 2
(11:D3)
Contents:

Includes materials on Little Compton property.

Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite): Mary Hart Fund
1855-1974
Bound vol.
08:H1
Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite): Treasurer
1845-1930
Bound vol.
08:H1
Dartmouth Monthly (Wilburite): Treasurer
1931-1960
Bound vol.
08:H1

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.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, October 2018.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Dartmouth Monthly Meeting of Friends (Wilburite) Records (MS 902 w553 d378). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Dartmouth (Mass.)--Religious life and customs
  • New England Yearly Meeting of Friends
  • North Dartmouth Monthly Meeting of Friends
  • Peace movements--Massachusetts
  • Quakers--Massachusetts
  • Society of Friends--Massachusetts

Contributors

  • Dartmouth Monthly Meeting of Friends (Wilburite: 1845-1944) [main entry]

Genres and formats

  • Deeds
  • Minutes (Administrative records)
  • Vital records (Document genre)

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