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Lewiston Monthly Meeting of Friends

Lewiston Monthly Meeting of Friends Records

1980-1993
1 box 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 902 L495

The Society of Friends has had a long, but discontinuous history in Lewiston, Maine. After periods of activity from 1785-1851 and 1867-1911, Quaker worship in Lewiston was revived in 1972, leading to reinstatement of a monthly meeting in 1980. Oxford Hills Monthly Meeting was set off from Lewiston in 1993.

The records of the Quaker meeting in Lewiston, Maine, cover its third and most recent iteration, including minutes from 1980 to 1993 ad a handful of state of society reports. The collection also include limited documentation of the Oxford Hills Worship Group prior to its setting off as a monthly meeting in 1993.

Background on Lewiston Monthly Meeting of Friends

The Society of Friends has had a long, but far from continuous history in Lewiston, Maine. A Quaker worship group began meeting in Lewiston under care of Falmouth Monthly Meeting in 1785, transferring five years later to Durham Monthly and becoming a preparative meeting in 1816.

After having been laid down from 1851 to 1867, the Lewiston Preparative Meeting was revived and advanced to a monthly meeting under Falmouth Quarter when it was set off from Durham in 1891, but twenty years later it was again laid down with its remaining members transferred to Durham.

In 1972, Quakers in Lewiston came together yet again to hold summer meetings for worship under the care of Falmouth Monthly Meeting, leading to a reinstatement of Lewiston Monthly Meeting in 1980. A worship group in Oxford Hills that began meeting under Lewston’s care in 1984 was set off as its own monthly meeting in 1993.

Scope of collection

The records of the Quaker meeting in Lewiston, Maine, cover its third and most recent iteration, including minutes from 1980 to 1993 ad a handful of state of society reports. The collection also include limited documentation of the Oxford Hills Worship group prior to its setting off as a monthly meeting in 1993.

Inventory

Minutes
1980-1993
11:C2
Lewiston Monthly: Minutes
1980 June-1986
Box 1: 1
Lewiston Monthly: Minutes
1987 Jan.-1993 May
Box 1: 1
Correspondence and reports
1980, 1990-1993
11:C2
Lewiston Monthly: State of the society reports
1980, 1990-1993
Box 1: 1
Oxford Hills Worship Group and Monthly Meeting
1980, 1990-1993
11:C2
Oxford Hills Worship Group: Minutes (lacking Mar., 1989)
1988 Nov.-1989 May
Box 1: 1
Oxford Hills Monthly: Minutes
1993 May-1994 Feb.
Box 1: 1
Oxford Hills Monthly: Minutes
1995
Box 1: 1
Oxford Hills Monthly: State of the society reports
1990-1994
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.

A volume of minutes from Lewiston Monthly Meeting, 1891-1911, are housed at the Maine Historical Society.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, October 2018.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Lewiston Monthly Meeting of Friends Records (MS 902 L495). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Lewiston (Me.)–Religious life and customs
  • Quakers–Maine
  • Society of Friends–Maine

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

Lewiston (Me.)--Religious life and customsQuakers--MaineSociety of Friends--Maine

Contributors

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

Types of material

Minutes (Administrative records)

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