The Library holds extensive Quaker records which include preparative meeting minute books for Bridlington (1774-1828; 1929-1964), Hornsea (1910-1957), Hull (1930-1966; includes correspondence), Kirkbymoorside (1702-1781; 1843-1855; 1947-1982), Malton (1815-1983), Pickering (1718-1843; 1938-1993 including correspondence from local MPs), Scarborough (1718-1942), Whitby (1726-1853, 1900-1938); monthly meeting minute books are held for Hull (1829-1838), Malton (1669-1789), Pickering (1795-1859), Pickering and Hull (1859-1938), Scarborough and Malton (1789-1834), Scarborough and Whitby (1669-1788). Women's preparative meeting minute books are held for Kirkbymoorside (1833-1843); Malton (1823-1886) and Whitby (1719-1800) and women's monthly meeting minute books for Malton (1725-1767), Pickering (1781-1859), Pickering and Hull (1859-1902) and Scarborough (1810-1874). The records for these meetings include miscellaneous correspondence and printed material. Yorkshire Quarterly meeting statements are held for 1855, 1865, 1905 and 1932. There are also records of births (1828-1908), marriages (1838-1940) and burials (1822-1961) and a large number of title deeds. There are miscellaneous records for the Beverley meeting including correspondence and financial statements and papers related to the burial ground. There are preparative meeting minute books and accounts for the Helmsley meeting (1844-1874); records for Scarborough including preparative meeting minute books (1942-1978) and records for Whitby including a preparative meeting minute book with accounts and correspondence (1939-1983). The remainder of the papers relate to various areas of Quaker activity such as the Missionary Helpers' Union, Scarborough (1891-1918); the Yorkshire Young Friends' Committee (1935-1946); the Yorkshire Quarterly Meeting's work with schools (1768-1968); papers about the Negro and Aborigines' Fund (1849-1859) and addresses of the London Yearly Meeting (1693-20th century). There are accounts and related papers for the following Quaker schools: Ackworth School, Pontefract; Bootham School, York; Brookfield Agricultural School, Ulster; Friends' School, Croydon; Friends' School, Great Ayton; Leighton Park School, Reading; The Mount School, York; Rawden School, Leeds; Wigton School, Carlisle. A further collection of Hull Preparative Meeting records was transferred from Hull Central Library in May 1997 [DQR; DQR(2)].
Fred Fletcher (1915-1993) was the Gardens Manager at the University of Hull. His papers comprise research notes and correspondence into the history of Quaker meetings, their meeting houses and burial grounds in East Yorkshire, as well as individual Quakers and well-known local families. He produced short histories of such meetings as Beverley and Hull, as well as biographies of, amongst others, John Good (1801-1876), and family histories of the Rowntree, Reckitt and Priestman families. A small number of notebooks and files document his research into the travels of George Fox in Yorkshire in 1651-52 and there is an illustrative map of Fox's journey. There are copies of his dissertations. His detailed study of the records of Hull and Owstwick and South Cave monthly meetings also resulted in the compilation of several useful lists and indexes covering such areas as the occupations of Friends in Hull in the 19th century and the Clerks of Hull monthly meeting between 1828 and 1858. The collection also includes a photocopy of the diary of William Stickney of Ridgmont, East Yorkshire, 1785-89, and a draft of 'Church government in the Society of Friends' written in 1951 by S H Priestman [DFF].