Records of Quaker Meetings at Friends Historical Library
Friends Historical Library (FHL) is an official depository for the records of many North American yearly meetings of the Society of Friends. Its holdings include over 3700 linear feet of original archives: membership books, minutes, and other original records. FHL also holds over 2500 reels of microfilm of Friends' records from Canada, United States, Britain, and Ireland.
Information about our original holdings can be obtained by searching both the on-line Library catalogue (Tripod) as well as the on-line finding aids, organized by Yearly Meeting affiliation:
The oldest meeting records in the Library date from 1665. To guard against damage to fragile originals, most of the records have been microfilmed. We also have microfilm for many Quaker meetings, domestic and foreign, for which we do not hold the originals. A comprehensive in-house card file to this extensive microfilm collection is maintained on-site. Researchers are encouraged to email the Library to ascertain whether a particular meeting's records are represented in the collection. None of this material is available for inter-Library loan.
Some meeting records have been indexed -- on the microfilm, in print, or on-line. Microfilm must be consulted in the Library. On-line indexes are referenced in the indices section of our "History Resources" link to the left of this panel. We also maintain a list of the printed indices available in-house for American Quaker meetings. Helpful research aids, including tips on searching, a Glossary of terms, are also linked on the left side of this page, under "Quaker Meeting Records."