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Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting

Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting

1935-2012
1 box 1.5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 902 C6668

Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting is one of eight quarterlies currently comprising the New England Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends. In 1935, the Connecticut Valley Association of Friends was formed as “a temporary organization to promote fellowship among… meetings in and adjacent to the Connecticut Valley, but which was otherwise unaffiliated.” At the time of the general unification of Wilburite and Gurneyite meetings in New England in 1944, this Association was accepted into New England Yearly Meeting as a quarterly.

The record of Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting are an important resource for documenting the post-World War II growth of the Society of Friends in western Massachusetts and Connecticut. The bulk of the collection consists of minutes of the Quarterly from its formative year to the present, however the minutes often extend beyond simply the recorded transactions of the meeting. In many cases, the minutes include quite an array of supporting material, correspondence, calendars, state of the society reports from constituent monthlies, ministry and counsel reports, minutes of concern on social issues, planning documents, and budgetary information.

Background on Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting

Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting is one of eight quarterlies currently comprising the New England Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends. In 1935, twenty-seven years of informal efforts to organize Friends in the Connecticut River Valley resulted in formation of the Connecticut Valley Association of Friends, which they intended as “a temporary organization to promote fellowship among… meetings in and adjacent to the Connecticut Valley, but which was otherwise unaffiliated. At the time of the general unification of Wilburite and Gurneyite Friends in New England in 1944, this Association was accepted into New England Yearly Meeting as a quarterly.

Currently, Connecticut Valley Quarterly oversees nine monthly meetings in Connecticut and Massachusetts, all unprogrammed, including Hartford (since 1944), Litchfield Hills (1980, known as Watertown Monthly, 1975-1980), Middletown (1956), New Haven (1944), New London (1967), and Storrs (1963) in Connecticut; and Northampton, Mount Toby (1964, known as Middle Connecticut Valley Quarterly from 1945-1964), and South Berkshire (1984) in Massachusetts; as well as a worship group in Cornwall, Conn. (1993-present). The monthly meeting in Northampton has a complex history, although mostly under care of Connecticut Valley Quarterly: the original Northampton Monthly met from 1937-1945, after which it changed name to Middle Connecticut Valley (1945-1964), and then Mount Toby. A new Northampton Monthly was set off from Mount Toby in 1994.

Historically, Connecticut Valley Quarterly cared for a handful of meetings in western New England that have been laid down or transferred to other quarterlies. Northwest Quarterly Meeting was set off from Connecticut Valley in 1959 and oversees a number of meetings in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Meeting Current status
Guilford, Conn. (1957-1866) Laid down, 1966
Monadnock, N.H. (1958-1973) Northwest Quarterly
New London, Conn., Worship Group (1964-1967) Monthly meeting
Pleasant Street (1963-1973) and Pleasant Street-Worcester, Mass. (1973-1988) Rhode Island-Smith Quarterly (1988-present)
Springfield, Mass. (1945-1946)
Upper Connecticut Valley, Vt. (1956-1959) Northwest Quarterly

Scope of collection

The record of Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting are an important resource for documenting the post-World War II growth of the Society of Friends in western Massachusetts and Connecticut. The bulk of the collection consists of minutes of the Quarterly from its formative year to the present, however the minutes often extend beyond simply the recorded transactions of the meeting. In many cases, the minutes include quite an array of supporting material, correspondence, calendars, state of the society reports from constituent monthlies, ministry and counsel reports, minutes of concern on social issues, planning documents, and budgetary information.

The records of Connecticut Valley Quarterly appear not to have been centrally maintained, but have been assembled from former clerks and the records of constituent meetings. Consequently there are both gaps and points of duplication, as well as some inconsistency in what has been retained.

Inventory

Minutes
1935-2012
11:B4
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1935-1940
Box 1: 1
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1941-1942
Box 1: 2
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1943-1944
Box 1: 3
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1945-1946
Box 1: 4
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1947-1948
Box 1: 5
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1949-1950
Box 1: 6
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1952-1952
Box 1: 7
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1953
Box 1: 8
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1954
Box 1: 9
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1955
Box 1: 10
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1956
Box 1: 11
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1957
Box 1: 12
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1958
Box 1: 13
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1959
Box 1: 14
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1960
Box 1: 15
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1961
Box 1: 16
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1962
Box 1: 17
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1963
Box 1: 18
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1964
Box 1: 19
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1965-1966
Box 1: 20
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1967-1969
Box 1: 21
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1970-1971
Box 1: 22
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1973-1973
Box 1: 23
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1974
Box 1: 24
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1975
Box 1: 25
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1976
Box 1: 26
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1977
Box 1: 27
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1978-1984
Box 1: 28
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1985-1988 May
Box 1: 29
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1985 Oct.-1992
Box 1: 30
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
1993-1996
Box 1: 31
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
2001 Oct.-2004 May
Box 1: 22
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Minutes
2008-2012
Box 1: 33
Finance and property
1940-1950
11:B4
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Treasurer
1940-1945
Box 1: 34
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Treasurer
1945-1950
Box 1: 35
Miscellaneous
1940-1950
11:B4
Connecticut Valley Quarterly: Historical notes
1935
Box 1: 36

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: Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting Records (MS 902 c6668). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Concord (N.H.)–Religious life and customs
  • Quakers–Connecticut
  • Quakers–Massachusetts
  • Society of Friends–Connecticut
  • Society of Friends–Massachusetts

Names

  • New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

Genre terms

  • Newsletters

Link to similar SCUA collections

Gift of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, April 2017

Subjects

Quakers--ConnecticutQuakers--MassachusettsSociety of Friends--ConnecticutSociety of Friends--Massachusetts

Contributors

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

Types of material

Minutes (Administrative records)

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