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Guilford Monthly Meeting of Friends

Guilford Monthly Meeting Records

1953-1966
1 box 0.5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 902 G855

Friends began to meet informally for worship in Guilford, Connecticut, in September 1951, and gained approval from the Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting to form a preparative meeting a year and a half later under the care of New Haven Monthly. Although they were accorded status as a monthly meeting in 1957, Guilford never truly thrived, and by 1966, they were officially laid down with the remaining members transferred to New Haven.

The collection is a relatively complete record of Guilford Monthly Meeting from its establishment as a preparative meeting in 1953 through its elevation to a monthly and ultimate dissolution. In addition to well-kept minutes, the collection includes some financial records, information on membership, and a small quantity of correspondence.

Background on Guilford Monthly Meeting of Friends

Friends began to meet informally for worship in Guilford, Connecticut, in September 1951, and gained approval from the Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting to form a preparative meeting in April 1953 under the care of New Haven Monthly. Never a large group, they bolstered their numbers by joining with the equally small worship ground at Old Saybrook in 1955, and were active and stable enough to be set off as a monthly meeting in 1957.

Maintaining their vitality, however, proved to be a challenge. After reaching a peak in 1963 with 31 members, including those from out of town, Guilford reported only twenty members little more than a year later, with many having moved away. Reluctantly, the meeting was laid down in May 1966, with the remaining members transferring to New Haven.

Scope of collection

The collection is a relatively complete record of Guilford Monthly Meeting from its establishment as a preparative meeting in 1953 through its elevation to a monthly and ultimate dissolution. In addition to well-kept minutes, the collection includes some financial records, information on membership, and a small quantity of correspondence.

Inventory

Minutes
1953-1966
11:B6
Guilford Monthly: Minutes
1953 May-1957 Dec.
Box 1: 1
Guilford Monthly: Minutes
1958 Feb.-1962 Dec.
Box 1: 1
Guilford Monthly: Minutes
1963 Jan.-1966 May
Box 1: 1
Correspondence and reports
1956-1966
11:B6
Guilford Monthly: Correspondence
1963-1965
5 folders
Box 1: 1
Guilford Monthly: Correspondence with other meteings
Box 1: 1
Guilford Monthly: Membership
1956-1966
Box 1: 1
Guilford Monthly: Membership applications
Box 1: 1
Guilford Monthly: Membership: certificates of transfer
Box 1: 1
Guilford Monthly: Statistics
1958 Feb.-1962 Dec.
Box 1: 1
Worship and ministry
1957-1964
11:B6
Guilford Monthly: Ministry and Counsel
1957-1964
Box 1: 1
Finance and property
1956-1966
11:B6
Guilford Monthly: Ledger
1956-1962
Box 1: 1
Guilford Monthly: Treasurer’s cash book
1959-1966
Box 1: 1
Guilford Monthly: Finance
Box 1: 1
Miscellaneous
1953-1966
11:B6
Guilford Monthly: History of Guilford Monthly Meeting
1953-1966
Box 1: 1
Guilford Monthly: History of Friends in New England
Box 1: 1

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: Guilford Monthly Meeting of Friends Records (MS 902 g855). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Guilford (Conn.)–Religious life and customs
  • Quakers–Connecticut
  • Society of Friends–Connecticut

Names

  • New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

Genre terms

  • Minutes (Administrative records)

Link to similar SCUA collections

Gift of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, April 2017

Subjects

Guilford (Conn.)--Religious life and customsQuakers--ConnecticutSociety of Friends--Connecticut

Contributors

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

Types of material

Minutes (Administrative records)

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