This page provides access to the minutes of Pacific Yearly Meeting business meetings held at Annual Sessions and Representative Committee meetings back to 2001. We also have links to minutes from some earlier years, including the earliest years of PYM, i.e. from 1947, the year PYM was founded, to 1957. See the bottom of the page for more background on what is here.
Action Minutes Only
List of PYM Minutes of Action for all years 2001 through RepCom 2019. (Action minutes for Annual Session 2019 are not yet added to this file, but can be found in the full minutes packet for AS 2019).
Packets of Full Minutes and Reports
|Year||Representative Committee||Annual Session|
|2019 – 73rd year||RepCom 2019
|2018 – 72nd year||RepCom 2018||AS 2018|
|2017 – 71st year||RepCom 2017||AS 2017|
|2016 – 70th year||RepCom 2016||AS 2016|
|2015 – 69th year||RepCom 2015||AS 2015|
|2014 – 68th year||RepCom 2014||AS 2014|
|2013 – 67th year||RepCom 2013||AS 2013|
|2012 – 66th year||RepCom 2012||AS 2012|
|2011 – 65th year||RepCom 2011||AS 2011|
|2010 – 64th year||RepCom 2010||AS 2010|
|2009 – 63rd year||RepCom 2009||AS 2009|
|2008 – 62nd year||RepCom 2008||AS 2008|
|2007 – 61st year||RepCom 2007||AS 2007|
|2006 – 60th year||RepCom 2006||AS 2006|
|2005 – 59th year||RepCom 2005||AS 2005|
|2004 – 58th year||RepCom 2004||AS 2004|
|2003 – 57th year||RepCom 2003||AS 2003|
|2002 – 56th year||RepCom 2002||AS 2002|
|2001 – 55th year||RepCom 2001||AS 2001|
|We have made the first baby steps to producing scanned images of minutes for the years 1958 through 2000. We will add them to this table as we produce them. For now, what you see is what you get.|
|1969 – 23rd year||AS 1969 without attachments|
|1968 – 22nd year||RepCom 1968||AS 1968|
|Minutes from the first 11 years of PYM (1947-1957 inclusive) were published in issues of the Friends Bulletin (precursor to Western Friend magazine). These, and much more, are available online in the Western Friend “deep archive”. The links here take you to the appropriate issue of Friends Bulletin in that archive.
|1957 – 11th year||AS 1957|
|1956 – 10th year||AS 1956|
|1955 – 9th year||AS 1955|
|1954 – 8th year||AS 1954|
|1953 – 7th year||AS 1953|
|1952 – 6th year||AS 1952|
|1951 – 5th year||AS 1951|
|1950 – 4th year||AS 1950|
|1949 – 3rd year||AS 1949|
|1948 – 2nd year||AS 1948|
|1947 – 1st year||AS 1947|
Background and History
Pacific Yearly Meeting was officially formed in 1947. For the first 11 years it existed “jointly and within” the older organization, Pacific Coast Association of Friends. The early gatherings of PYM were held jointly with PCAF. The minutes of both organizations (which met as one and the same gathering) were published in Friends Bulletin, the publication of PCAF that first came out in 1929. The links above for 1947-1957 take you to scanned images of the appropriate issues of Friends Bulletin in the archives of Western Friend Magazine (today’s incarnation of Friends Bulletin). We encourage Friends to visit the extremely useful Western Friend deep archive to explore more of the history of Friends in the Pacific region as reported in the issues of Friends Bulletin.
In 1958 the name “Pacific Coast Association of Friends” was officially dropped. Informal reports about the PYM annual sessions continued to be published in Friends Bulletin but the actual minutes of the PYM sessions were published separately.
2001 was the first year that PYM minutes were published electronically on a PYM website (as well as on paper). It is these online minutes that are linked above for 2001 through the present. Many of the earlier ones (especially 2001-2004) do not contain all the referenced reports (“attachments”), nor are the reports to be found posted on the website. Generally since 2007 the packets do contain all, or nearly all, of the reports. The minutes for RepCom 2001 and 2002 had to be scanned from paper to make them available here. Regarding the minutes for years 2013-2018, see this status report.
Minutes for the “middle years” (1958 through 2000) are generally only available on paper under the care of the PYM Historian/Archivist (currently Jan Tappan of Orange Grove Meeting). Copies are stored in archives in the Whittier College Library, but they are not accessible publicly there. We are beginning to prepare scanned images of these minutes to make them available online, but that will be a slow process. If you would like to volunteer to help make that happen, please contact the PYM Secretariat Working Group (PYMSecretariat@gmail.com).